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Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting (Stage 2)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


On this highly practical 10-week course, you'll learn the essential skills needed to create your own clothes with confidence.

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What you need to know

Spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 8 April 2025 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 


Suitable for adults aged 18+.   


Intermediate or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.   

Experience or qualifications required

You should possess some tailoring knowledge or experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Ideally, you'll have completed Clothes Making – An Introduction (Stage 1).

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222. 


Any additional costs 

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.  You'll be expected to purchase your own material for your final pieces.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
  • Drawing pencil – preferably 2B
  • Pens
  • Tape measure
  • Dressmakers' pins
  • Paper
  • Fabric scissors
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About this course

This comprehensive clothes making course will guide you to master the fundamental skills that go into making a garment. Across 10 weeks you'll learn the essential skills of pattern making, cutting and garment construction, so you'll be able to customise and create your own clothes with confidence.

On this course 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, employing a pattern cutting method frequently used by designers that involves draping fabric onto a body form using our professional mannequin stands.

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 your pattern pieces.

Using block pattern manipulation techniques, pivoting of darts, and development of drafts, you’ll progress your skills by stitching various seams and exploring different fabrics.

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

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Possess improved sewing and garment construction skills
  • Understand fundamental principles of measuring, pattern making, cutting, and garment construction
  • Possess the skills and techniques to create your own custom patterns and garments, including technical aspects such as pockets and garment openings
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there's no formal assessment. As the course progresses, your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

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