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Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting

This highly practical course gives you the exhilarating opportunity to learn the essential skills of pattern making, cutting and garment construction so you will be able to customise and create your own clothes with confidence.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in our spring term. Check out the term dates below.


Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


Laura Basevi



Course details

This complimentary clothes making course will guide you to master the fundamental skills that go into making a garment. You'll learn how to take measurements efficiently and accurately and apply them correctly to develop your own pattern using personal and direct body measurements.

You'll be introduced to the basic techniques of draping a neckline, a pattern cutting method employed frequently by designers that involves draping fabric onto a body form on a stand.

Throughout the course you'll study how to use specialist equipment, become familiar with pattern terminology, and learn the correct written and drawn information that’s applied to finished patterns.

You'll learn how to tackle more advanced elements such as pockets and garment openings, as well as grain lines, notches, and selvedge when laying out pattern pieces.

Using block pattern manipulation techniques, pivoting of darts, and development of drafts, you’ll go on to learn and put into practice various seams and explore a variety of different fabrics.

  • The basic and fundamental skills to create a garment, including measuring, pattern making, cutting, and garment construction
  • Using body forms to master draping a neckline
  • Practice of using specialist equipment needed in the garment making process
  • Tackling more advanced techniques to handle more complex elements such as pockets and garment openings
  • Comprehensive understanding of manipulation techniques to tailor fit a garment, including darts and a variety of seams

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own custom patterns and garments
  • Enhance your understanding of the garment making process, including technical aspects such as pockets and garment openings
  • Enable you to take your ideas and translate them into functioning patterns

  • Feel confident approaching pattern making, pattern cutting, and garment making using a variety of techniques
  • Group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

Ideally, you'll have completed our Clothes Making – An Introduction short course or possess some previous experience in garment construction and using sewing machines. Suitable for makers aged 18+.

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Pencils – preferably 2B
  • Tape measure
  • Dressmakers' pins
  • Paper
  • Fabric scissors

Please note, you'll be expected to purchase your own material for your final pieces.

A basic amount of calico and pattern paper for making a practice garment, known as a toile, will be supplied during the course. Further calico can be purchased from the tutor.

Please note, you'll be expected to purchase your own material for your final pieces.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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