Sewing and Pattern Cutting for Childrenswear

When and Where

6 Nov 2020 - 11 Dec 2020 (18 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:00 - 21:00
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Linda Powell
Course code

What you will learn

This course is project based and suitable for anyone wishing to understand and learn the process of taking a design idea to a finished garment. Although childrenswear blocks are used the same principles can then be applied to menswear, womenswear and gender neutral patterns .This short course gives you a good basic grounding in pattern cutting. Each term we have a different project. All blocks and patterns are drafted from a standard aged 4 years old block. The 6 week Autumn term project will be a skirt and/or trouser dungaree. The 4 week Spring term project is a pinafore and the 5 week Summer term project is overalls. Hand outs are taken from the class book 'Metric pattern cutting for childrenswear and babywear' by Winifred Aldrich 4th edition. No previous pattern cutting experience is required

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand sizing of childrenswear
  • Draft a flat pattern bodyshirt/top block to age 4 years
  • Use the shirt block to draft a pattern for a basic shirt/top
  • Use the pattern to cut and construct a calico toile of the shirt/top

Class format and activities

Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual one to one basis using demonstrations, discussions, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate. The tutor will give demonstrations of technique and lead discussions.

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

Enthusiasm for the subject 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 Experience in sewing is an advantage though not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

You will be 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 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 and fabric scissors a basic sewing kit and threads notepad and 2/3 colour pens, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser A4 ring binder file ALSO: metric pattern cutting for children's wear and babywear 4th edition by Winifred Aldrich 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 accessories and 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: Introduction to the Multi-Thread Machine Contemporary Embellishment Techniques: Modern Smocking Techniques Contemporary Embellishment Techniques: Creative Use of Trims Pattern Cutting: Beginners Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: