Pattern Drafting and Cutting Part 1

This 4-week course is for confident and more advanced dressmakers who have completed a good number of dressmaking projects and have a good knowledge base of the essential skills and techniques.
Ever wanted to just make your own designs a reality or do you feel you are paying too much for commercial paper patterns or maybe want to understand how to create a better more professional fit that works with your own body shape? Then we believe this course is for you.

Our tutor will guide you through designing making an A-Line skirt in the first 4 weeks and going onto for another 4 weeks (part 2) to make a Bodice tailored to your exact measurements in Part 2.  You will be sewing your garment in a style that suits you and fits your shape and size. You’ll gain an understanding of ease, dart design and pocket creation.

What you will learn Part 1:

  • Pattern drafting, including dart design, and how to perfectly fit to your measurements
    Skirt construction from hems and seams to facing, interfacing, bias tape and invisible zipper
    Taking accurate measurements
    Slash and spread for adding volume
    How to add waist support, pockets and unique embellishments
    Taking accurate measurements
    Slash and spread for adding volume

What You’ll Make:

A custom A-Line(or slimline) skirt pattern and skirt with an invisible zipper, personal BLOCK to use for grading and pattern adaption.

What’s Included:

All materials except skirt fabric – we want you to love and wear this skirt and everyone has their own “style look”
Use of our excellent sewing machines and equipment.

If you do wish to bring your own sewing machine we will need to know this before the course starts so that you are supplied with a list to ensure the machine is fully operational. To be fair to all our customers we want to avoid distractions of faulty or forgotten machines or missing equipment.

£125 4 weeks class (part 1)

(£10 concession for over 60s)