When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability No
  • Tutor Linda Powell
  • Course Code W22FASB08B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

For beginners or for those returning to the subject, this structured course will provide you with a thorough introduction to the core skills of pattern cutting, enabling you to use basic blocks to create simple patterns. This course is also useful if you study textiles and want to create your own garments for your own fabrics. Using a standard size block, a different garment type is taught each term: autumn – skirts; spring – bodice with sleeve; summer – trousers. Attending all three terms of the course will build your knowledge and skills as you work on different garment types. Progression to Intermediate level is possible but you must have achieved competence at using basic blocks, making basic style manipulations and drafting simple patterns.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • to use a standard size pattern block to draft simple trouser shapes
  • to use basic manipulation techniques to create a variety of styles
  • to use balance marks, grainlines and other technical information
  • to make and use toiles as part of the process of creating a finished pattern


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This beginners pattern cutting course is aimed at both the home sewer and those wishing to pursue pattern cutting to a higher level and to work in the industry. All teaching is as whole class demonstration and individual one to one basis. You will be encouraged to practice further the patterns you have been doing in class by making up the patterns in half scale. It is advisable for those without sewing experience to also sign on for a beginners sewing class as this will help with understanding the concepts of pattern cutting.Regular feedback is given.

    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•Basic sewing skills are desirable but not 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.•Please note that eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

    What you need

    • paper scissors• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, tracing wheel• sewing threads• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser• A4 ring binder file Also:• ‘Metric Pattern Cutting’ 6th Edition by Winifred Aldrich is the reference book used on the course. It is useful to have your own copy• some pattern cutting tools are provided for use in the studio• 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

    If this is your first term of the course, further terms of Pattern Cutting: Beginners are advised in order to lead to Intermediate/Advanced level courses. We recommend attendance on all three terms as this will amount to a thorough foundation in the subject. Once you have achieved a foundation of skills, we offer a wide range of further and specialist courses in pattern cutting and garment construction. Want to go further? We offer a full BA (Hons) or Access to Fashion Diploma course which can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details visit: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk