When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Linda Powell
  • Course Code W23FASB07B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

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 get an introduction to the tools of the trade and pattern cutting terminology. Whatever your preference be it menswear, womenswear, gender neutral or childrenswear, this course will be a benefit to you.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 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


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

    Entry requirements

    This is a beginner's course, all are welcome.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Activities in class can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be 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 lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

    What you need

    A basic pattern drafting kit: pattern curves, pencils, sharpener, rubber, paper scissors, masking tape. A basic note taking kit: notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener, rubber, calculator, A4 ring binder for hand outs. Some pattern cutting and garment construction tools are provided for use in the studio Paper and card are available for use in the studio

    What you can do next

    Ready for more? So are we! Try our Pattern Cutting Beginners course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of our other Draping on the Stand and Clothes Making courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!