Pattern Cutting Taster

When and Where

14 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 (11 hours, 2 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Linda Powell
Course code

What you will learn

This taster course is an ideal opportunity for you to learn some basic pattern cutting skills and to complete simple patterns to your size.  In the studio there will be a number of clothing samples for you to study, and you will learn how to draft the patterns of your choice.  Not only will you study basic geometric shapes and how these work with the body, but also about tools of the trade and pattern cutting terminology. Whatever your preference be it menswear, womenswear, gender neutral or childrenswear, this course will benefit you. By the end of the day you will take home at least one completed pattern to your size. The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in making patterns for clothes. No previous experience is required. You can take 1 course or develop your skills further by taking 2 or all 3 of these weekend courses.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • to use pattern cutting tools
  • to use simple pattern making techniques
  • to identify and use the basic terminology of flat pattern cutting
  • to create patterns for either skirts, trousers or tops using simple but effective methods
  • take home a completed pattern to your size

Class format and activities

After examining and discussing examples and samples, the tutor will discuss suitable materials and pattern shapes and use demonstrations of appropriate cutting and construction methods. You will be able to develop a skirt, trouser or top pattern: handouts and other printed materials will be used as support for design and skill development. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome. •Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience •Students must be able to speak, read and write in English •Basic numeracy is essential

What you need to know before you enrol

• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary. • Working on patterns and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you. • Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. • The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift. • Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class

• paper scissors • a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, pins, tape measure • sewing thread • notepad and 2/3 colour pens, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser Also: • some pattern cutting tools are provided for use in the studio • paper and card are available for use in the studio • calico for toiling is available at cost price from your tutor • you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next

We run a variety of specialist courses, as well as other courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and pattern cutting. Please consult the course guide or for further details. You might want to try one of the following: Pattern Cutting: Beginners Draping on the Stand Introduction to Childrenswear Contemporary Millinery Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: