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Copy Your Clothes

Friday 4 March | 10:45am - 4:30pm | £125

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 cotton garments or one more challenging cotton 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.

Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please get in touch.

Price: £125 includes materials and exhibition entry.

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The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– 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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