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Copy Your Clothes

Is there a favourite shirt you wished was available in another fabric or a skirt worn so much that it has become threadbare? In this 1-day workshop led by the Museum’s pattern cutting tutor and creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis, learn the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments without the need to pull them apart.

Under the guidance of the expert tutor, students will be taught the following skills:

  • Identifying the components of a garment
  • Copying the basic garment shapes and details (such as pockets, pleats, gathers.)
  • Basics of pattern drafting
  • Adding balance lines, grain lines, seam allowances, notches and cutting instructions
  • How to check the patterns for accuracy.

Bring in two simple garments or one more challenging garment to begin and finish at home in your own time. Using techniques used by couture pattern makers, students will use voile fabric to map out their garment. Michelle will then demonstrate how to transfer the voile pattern to paper.

Beginners are welcome. No previous pattern making experience is necessary, but students would benefit more if they have some prior sewing experience.

Equipment: Muslin and specialist equipment is provided but students will need to bring a notebook and pen to make their own notes through the workshop.

Michelle Lewis has over 10 years of pattern making experience and has worked in London and internationally for renowned luxury fashion labels including Zandra Rhodes.

Price: £95 includes materials and exhibition entry.

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Draw like a Designer


‘Hands down the best fashion drawing book !’
‘Fantastic for all ages’

Do you want to sharpen up your drawing skills? Look no further!
Join textile and fashion designer Suki Bourne on this practical 1 hour workshop to learn fashion drawing tricks based on the Museum’s best-selling books How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer and How to Draw Vintage Fashion.

Using a fashion template or croquis participants will learn how to turn a stick figure into a full figure and draw from garments taken from the museum’s collection. View the current exhibition before the workshop and be inspired to develop your own style of fashion drawing. This is a beginner’s step-by-step workshop suitable for ages 12+, perfect for budding designers and youngsters who have a passion for fashion.

Suki Bourne is a freelance fashion and textile designer who has worked both nationally and internationally. She teaches a variety of workshops at the Museum Including Fashion Collection and the Summer School programme. Suki also mentors young designers helping them to develop their work into commercially viable designs.

*Beginner level, suitable for children 12 to 18 years.

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Price: £15 including materials and exhibition entry
Price with book: £29.95 including materials, exhibition entry and copy of ‘How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer’.

Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions about this activity please complete our enquiry form

Purchase a copy of ‘How to draw like a Fashion Designer’ from the Fashion and Textile Museum Shop, or our online store.


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