Led by Julian McDonald’s pattern cutter Nina Jaffres, 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 and how to add fullness through gathers.

You will be taught how 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. Participants must be able to use a sewing machine.

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)

Price: £160 includes materials and exhibition entry.
If you have any questions about this workshop please complete our enquiry form

How to Book
Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please be aware you will receive a payment confirmation from Paypal immediately following a payment transaction, and you will receive a booking confirmation from the Museum containing further details up to 24 hours after payment has been received.
Phone: 020 7407 8664 (booking line open Tues – Sat, 11am–5pm)
Pay online (+£1 non-refundable booking fee)
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