Evening & Saturday CoursesClothes Making

Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting

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.

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.


Spring Term

  • Monday 23rd January – 27th March 2017  (Gillian Kelly)

Class size

Maximum 14 students


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