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Copy Your Clothes

Friday 19 February | 10:45am–4:30pm | £125

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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: £125 includes materials and exhibition entry.
Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please get in touch via our contact form.

Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our visitors and staff. We have made changes and introduced new measures to help keep you and our team safe during your workshop. We have also introduced safe visiting guidance throughout the Museum.

– As of 14 September 2020, in line with new government guidelines, all workshops will observe the ‘rule of six’. Each workshop will be led by one tutor and attended by no more than five learners. We ask that you observe social distancing wherever possible throughout your workshop.

– On arrival you will be asked to queue outside the Museum in a socially distanced manner. Upon entry to the Museum foyer please present your workshop ticket on your device or bring a note of your booking reference – there is no need to print.

– Each participant will have use of a single set of equipment for the duration of the workshop. All equipment and furniture will be sanitised prior to your arrival and following your departure.

– Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the Museum. Please sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the workshop space.

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks or shields. Please ensure you bring a face covering to your workshop.

– Gloves will be available should you wish to use them.

– To avoid the need to gather round your tutor, additional technology will be in place to support demonstrations of techniques etc.

– As we are not currently able to provide water, we ask that you please bring your own.

– Your workshop ticket includes exhibition entry. To facilitate this safely we ask that you visit during your lunch hour, at which time capacity has been adjusted accordingly.

– All museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

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