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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Alice Reynolds
  • Course Code W22FASB09D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Pattern cutting is the engineering of fashion! On this course you will be encouraged to think analytically, focus on problem solving in pattern making, develop your confidence using knowledge you have gained in Beginners Pattern Cutting courses and prepare to complete patterns on a more professional level. This level is about problem solving, combining pattern cutting instructions and experimentation, based on what you already know and developing from there. The tutor will give you challenging exercises to push your knowledge and translation of a given image even further. This intermediate level course offers you a structured programme to develop your existing skills and in order to gain from the course you must have previous experience in pattern cutting (at least two terms of beginners level, one of which covering the bodice block).You will be learning manipulation techniques to produce a wider range of garment features and styles on a more complex level. The course will start with structured group exercises accompanied by hand outs and end with a personal project where you draft a spec drawing based on your own design, complete a pattern for it and stitch a toile to test the silhouette and pattern. The course will briefly cover exercises from all blocks (bodice, skirt, trousers, sleeve) and is only suitable for students who completed at least 2 terms of beginner’s level. If you wish to extend & develop your skills fully, it is recommended you attend all 3 terms, starting at term 1 and progressing to term 3.Students attending the evening class, can progress to Experimental pattern methods in Term 2 & Advanced Pattern Cutting in Term 3.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To use intermediate pattern cutting techniques to develop a variety of garment styles
  • To translate patterns and problem solve in 2D and 3D
  • To understand and develop technical drawing skills for the purposes of pattern cutting
  • To develop a pattern from your own design
  • To use the toiling process for testing your ideas
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  • 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.

    Entry requirements

    This is an Intermediate level course. Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following:• Have completed 2 terms of Pattern Cutting: Beginners• 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 use the technique of Slash and Spread• Be able to use techniques for dart manipulation, including pivoting• 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.• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed. Please see the following link for the Colleges response to Covid in line with Government guidance : https:/

    What you need

    paper scissors ,• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure ,• tracing wheel ,• sewing threads ,• masking tape ,• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, 2H pencil, sharpener and eraser ,• A4 ring binder file , Also: ,• ‘Metric Pattern Cutting’ by Winifred Aldrich is the reference book used on the course. It is useful for you 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: Intermediate are advised 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 courses in pattern cutting. We also run a variety of accessories and specialist courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and accessories. Please consult the course guide or for further details. You might want to try one of the following: Term 2 Experimental pattern cutting: Japanese and subtraction techniques. Term 3 Pattern Cutting: Advanced, Lingerie: Making Bras and Underwear, Draping on the Stand,. Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: