Pattern Cutting – Introduction

Tuesdays, 16 April – 7 May 2013 / 6.30–9pm
4-week evening course

Led by Zandra Rhodes’ pattern maker Michelle Lewis, participants will cover the basic rules of flat pattern cutting. The course focuses on using fashion blocks to create womenswear garment components including simple sleeves and skirts. This process will include bodice dart manipulations, style lines and how to add fullness through gathers and pleats.

You will be taught to:

  • use a block to design and create a simple skirt, blouse or dress pattern
  • identify balance lines, take measurements from the body and make basic fitting adjustments
  • dart manipulation, pivoting and slashing to create style lines and design components such as pleating and gathers
  • work with seam allowances and sew a toile
  • pattern terminology and how to use specialist equipment.

Demonstrations will use size 10 fashion blocks, but other standard sizes will be available to work with.

Level: No pattern cutting experience is necessary. This course is perfect for a beginner wanting to learn the principles as well as anyone who may have dressmaking experience but who now wants to experiment with their own patterns.

Equipment: Calico and specialist equipment is provided. You will need to bring metric tape measure, fabric shears, paper shears, fine steel pins, fine pointed tracing wheel, pencils (hb), felt tip pen (or magic).

Michelle Lewis has worked as a pattern cutter and designer in the UK and Australia. She is currently creative pattern cutter for the Zandra Rhodes Studio and previously ran her own label OK Carnivale.

Price: £160
If you have any questions about this short course please complete our enquiry form.

How to Book
Numbers are limited for this course, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Phone: 020 7407 8664 (booking line open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am–5pm)
Pay online: (+£1 non-refundable booking fee)
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