Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting

Course overview

Offering you an exciting opportunity to learn the essential skills of pattern making, this course is designed to provide you with an understanding of basic pattern cutting principles and garment construction, based on a standard size 12-Block.

You will learn how to take measurements, and apply them correctly to develop your own pattern using personal direct body measurements.

You will be introduced to the basic techniques of draping a neckline, a pattern cutting method used frequently by designers by draping fabric onto a body form on a stand.

You will learn how to use specialist equipment and will be taught pattern terminology and the correct written and drawn information that should applied to finished patterns.

Using block pattern manipulation techniques, pivoting of darts and development of drafts, you will go on to learn and put into practice various seams and fabric choices.

Technical advice will also be given on pockets and garment openings as well as grain lines, notches and selfidges when laying out pattern 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.


  • Learning to apply your measurements to the basic bodice block
  • Guided sessions on dart manipulation and alterations to the basic bodice block
  • Guidance through essential techniques of accurately taking body measurements
  • Learning how to master the skills of fitting a toile
  • Learning how to apply fitting alterations to the pattern

Spring term: Wednesday 17th January – 21st March 2018, 6-9pm


Soraya Parsi

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with the vital skills in fitting to achieve a good shape
  • Enable you to use manipulation techniques to create a variety of styles from the basic bodice block
  • Develop your understanding of balance marks, grain lines and other technical information
  • Provide you with the skills to accurately measure a body and apply measurements to a block

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • All students to have a good understanding of pattern manipulation to create different shapes which will enable them to alter existing patterns and create new ones
  • Students will have created their own file containing different patterns taken from the basic bodice which will be based on their own measurements
  • Students will have a good understanding of pattern terminology
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

Entry Requirements

Previous basic dressmaking experience would be beneficial although no pattern making experience is necessary for this course.

What You Need To Bring

  • Dressmakers pins
  • Tape measure
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Pens and pencils, notebook and 2b drawing pencils

Course Materials

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

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