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Pattern Cutting Course

We are really excited to be welcoming Julia Hincks to our teaching team with this brand new series of workshops!

We have put together a series of pattern cutting workshops to take you on a journey of drafting and creating your own garment designs. We start with skirts as these are the simplest, moving on to trousers and then later in the sessions, drafting a bodice pattern. The process of pattern drafting will allow you to develop paper patterns, toiles and block patterns from which you can adapt to create your own designs. Toiles will be made in calico to check the design and fit of the garment. We will not be creating garments in fashion fabric.

These courses are suitable for those who have a confident level of sewing skills and have experience of using and following commercial (shop bought) patterns.  Pattern drafting requires precision, accuracy and the ability to follow written instructions.  You’ll need to have basic maths skills (divide, add, subtract) and be able to measure and draw accurately using tape measures and rulers with metric units (cm, mm).

We will provide all material and equipment but you may wish to have the following in order to continue your pattern cutting developments at home:

  • Pattern Master (metric ruler for creating your own pattern – see www.morplan.com)
  • Pattern paper (dot and cross paper is ideal – available to purchase in class)
  • Fabric for constructing toiles (e.g. calico – available to purchase in class)
  • Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear – Winifred Aldrich (we will be using the instructions from this book during the sessions and you will be provided with photocopies, although it’s preferable to have a copy of the book for your own use.)
  • Pattern notcher
  • Awl

Session Overview

Session 1 – Introduction to Pattern Cutting – Drafting a Skirt Block (September 25th)

Session 2 – Adapting the Skirt Block (October 9th)

Session 3 – Drafting a Trouser Block (October 23rd)

Session 4 – Adapting the Trouser Block (November 6th)

Session 5 – Drafting a Bodice Block (November 20th)

Session 6 – Adapting the Bodice Block (December 4th)

Session 7 – Drafting a Sleeve Block (December 18th)

Session 8 – Adapting the Sleeve Block (January 8th)

Session 9 – Drafting a Dress Block (January 22nd)

Session 10 – Drafting a Jumpsuit Pattern (February 5th)

Classes can be booked individually or as a full course, please read the full details before booking a single class as some previous experience/attendance is required for some of the sessions.

Session 1 – Introduction to Pattern Cutting – Drafting a Skirt Block

This workshop will introduce you to pattern cutting and show you how to draft a pattern to your personal measurements for a skirt. Once the pattern is ready and seam allowance added, you’ll make up a toile (sample garment) to check and amend the fit. During the session we’ll discuss standard pattern markings which should be used on your patterns and help you to use and recognise these.

The last stage will be to produce a block pattern – a card template which can be adapted to create different styles. Those who work through the process quickly can move on to creating a second paper pattern, toile and block pattern for trousers.

Session 2 – Adapting the Skirt Block

This follow on session will show you how a basic skirt block can be adapted into different styles. We’ll use half scale blocks and work through a series of adaptations including:

  • Inserting panels
    • Adding pleats and gathers
    • Creating an A-Line shape and adding flare
    • Creating waistbands and facings
    • Adding in-seam and hip pockets

Once you’ve experimented with a few different styles we’ll put your skills to the test and you will draft a half scale pattern for your own skirt design. Those who work quickly through this process can make up a half scale toile to test out their pattern.

Come to the session with a sketch of your skirt design or images from magazines / the internet that you can use to base your design on.

Session 3 – Drafting a Trouser Block

Develop your pattern cutting skills further and draft a pattern to your personal measurements for a pair of trousers. Choose from either the basic trouser block or the close fitting / jeans block.  Once the pattern is ready and seam allowance added, you’ll make up a toile (sample garment) to check and amend the fit. During the session we’ll discuss standard pattern markings which should be used on your patterns and help you to use and recognise these.

The last stage will be to produce a block pattern – a card template which can be adapted to create different styles. Those who work through the process quickly can move on to creating a second paper pattern, toile and block pattern for an alternative trouser block.

Session 4 – Adapting the Trouser Block

This follow on session will show you how a basic trouser block can be adapted into different styles. We’ll use half scale blocks and work through a series of adaptations including:

  • Adding a fly front
    • Adding flare
    • Adding pleats and gathers
    • Creating waistbands, yokes and facings
    • Adding in-seam, hip and patch pockets
    • Drafting culottes

Once you’ve experimented with a few different styles we’ll put your skills to the test and you will draft a half scale pattern for your own trouser design. Those who work quickly through this process can make up a half scale toile to test out their pattern.

Come to the session with a sketch of your trouser design or images from magazines / the internet that you can use to base your design on.

Session 5 – Drafting a Bodice Block

Learn to draft a pattern to your personal measurements for a bodice. Choose from either the easy fitting block or the close-fitting block.  Once the pattern is ready and seam allowance added, you’ll make up a toile (sample garment) to check and amend the fit. During the session we’ll discuss standard pattern markings which should be used on your patterns and help you to use and recognise these.

The last stage will be to produce a block pattern – a card template which can be adapted to create different styles. Those who work through the process quickly can move on to creating a paper pattern, toile and block pattern for a sleeve.

It is recommended that students have attended previous sessions and drafted

either a trouser and / or skirt block before creating a bodice block.

Session 6 – Adapting the Bodice Block

This follow on session will show you how a bodice block can be adapted into different styles. We’ll use half scale blocks and work through a series of adaptations including:

  • Bust dart manipulation (moving the dart to different positions)
    • Adding facings and button stands
    • Changing the shape of the necklines – round, v neck, square
    • Adding a collar

Once you’ve experimented with a few different styles we’ll put your skills to the test and you will draft a half scale pattern for your own bodice design. Those who work quickly through this process can make up a half scale toile to test out their pattern.

Come to the session with a sketch of your sleeveless bodice design or images from magazines / the internet that you can use to base your design on.

Session 7 – Drafting a Sleeve Block

This session follows on from session 5 – drafting a bodice block.

In this workshop you will draft a sleeve pattern to fit your bodice block. You’ll learn how to measure accurately to ensure the correct fit, how and where to place notches or balance marks and how to check the amount of ease in the sleeve. Once the pattern is ready and seam allowance added, you’ll cut out in calico and add the sleeve to your bodice toile.

The last stage will be to produce a block pattern of the dress.

Those who work quickly can create sleeve designs and learn how the block pattern can be adapted to different designs.

Students will have attended session 5 – drafting a bodice block and must bring their paper pattern, toile and bodice block with them to get the most out of this session. (We will use the paper draft of the pattern to draft the sleeve which will be fitted to the bodice toile. When creating the sleeve block we will discuss notches and make sure that those on the sleeve block match with those on the bodice block.

Session 8 – Adapting the Sleeve Block

This follow on session will show you how a sleeve block can be adapted into different styles. We’ll use half scale blocks and work through a series of adaptations including:

  • Adding flare
    • Creating a gathered head
    • Creating a pleated head
    • Grown on sleeves
    • Adding a cuff

Once you’ve experimented with a few different styles we’ll put your skills to the test and you will draft a half scale pattern for your own bodice design to include a sleeve. Those who work quickly through this process can make up a half scale toile to test out their pattern.

Come to the session with a sketch of your bodice design or images from magazines / the internet that you can use to base your design on.

Session 9 – Drafting a Dress Block

This session follows on from sessions 5 and 6 – drafting and adapting a bodice block.

In this workshop we will discuss the different ways to create a dress block from previous blocks that have been drafted.  We will lengthen and adapt the bodice block to create the dress block pattern, adding ease to fit around the hips. Once the pattern is ready and seam allowance added, you’ll make up a toile and check the fit. The last stage will be to produce a block pattern of the sleeve.

Those who work quickly can begin work on their own design and adapt a half scale dress block to their own design.

Students will have attended at least session 5 – drafting a bodice block in order to get the most from this session. Students must bring their paper pattern, toile and block with them. We will use the bodice block as a starting point and lengthen this to create the dress block.

Session 10 – Drafting a Jumpsuit Pattern

This session follows on from sessions 3, 4, 5 and 6 – drafting and adapting trouser and bodice blocks.

In this workshop we will discuss the different ways to create a jumpsuit block from previous blocks that have been drafted.  We will work in half scale, initially, to create a pattern in your chosen style by joining the bodice and trouser blocks. Once the half scale pattern is finalised, you’ll work through the process in full scale, creating a pattern to your own personal measurements using your bodice and trouser blocks. Once your pattern is complete and seam allowance added, you’ll make up a toile and check the fit. You’ll be able to take your pattern home to work on a jumpsuit in fashion fabric.

Students will have attended sessions 3, 4, 5 and 6 – drafting and adapting both trousers and bodice blocks, in order to get the most from this session. Students must bring their paper pattern, toile and blocks with them.

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