When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability No
  • Tutor Alice Reynolds
  • Course Code W22FASB02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Pattern cutting is the engineering of fashion. This course explores innovative, creative, and technical pattern cutting with a focus on the relationship between 2D patterns and 3D form. This is an introduction to methods which can be used to create bespoke garments, combining flat cutting and draping techniques. The course will develop your technical skills and creativity and give you insights into both traditional and experimental pattern making methods. On this course you will be encouraged to think analytically and inquisitively; You will focus on problem solving in pattern making, creative 3D approaches to design, and developing your confidence within pattern making, Your tutor will introduce exercises which will push your knowledge and translation of both 2D to 3D and 3D to 2D. This course is aimed at those looking to build on their existing pattern cutting skills and working towards Intermediate or Advanced levels of pattern cutting. Previous experience with draping is optional. You should have previously completed at least one term of beginners pattern cutting or equivalent. Learners already working at Intermediate and advanced level will explore more complex designs and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • To implement pattern manipulation techniques such slash and spread, dart manipulation, and seaming to create a specific design
  • To translate patterns and problem solve in 2D and 3D
  • To translate patterns and problem solve in 2D and 3D
  • To explore creative design ideas through a combination of flat cutting and drape
  • To develop 3D thinking through drape and toiling


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, 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

    For Students to fully benefit from this course it is important that they have the correct level of existing skills. This taster course is an introduction to working at Intermediate level or higher. Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following: • Have completed 1 terms of Pattern Cutting: Beginners or equivalent • Understand correct labelling of work, what a grainline is and how to use it • Understand what a notch is and how to use it • Understand what seam allowance is and how to use it • Be able to follow existing pattern cutting instructions • Have experience of making toiles to fit and adjust patterns • Basic sewing skills using 2 threads domestic machine • Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English • Mathematics and numeracy skills are essential

    What you need to know before you enrol

    • 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.

    What you need

    • paper scissors • sharp fabric scissors • pattern master/set square (optional) • dressmaker’s pins • tape measure • tracing wheel • sewing threads • masking tape or magic tape • notepad and 2/3 colour pens, pencil, sharpener and eraser • A4 ring binder file/A3 wallets for pattern storage Also: • paper and card are available for use in the classroom • 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

    Continue to build your skills by enrolling in Pattern Cutting Intermediate or Advanced. Want to go further? Our HNC/HND, BA (Hons) or Access to Fashion Diploma courses can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk