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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Linda Powell
  • Course Code W22FASB11C
  • 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 also about tools of the trade and pattern cutting terminology. Whatever your preference be it menswear, womenswear, gender neutral or childrenswear, this course will benefit you. By the end of the day you will take home at least one completed pattern to your size. The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in making patterns for clothes. No previous experience is required. You can take 1 course or develop your skills further by taking 2 or all 3 of these weekend courses.

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 trousers using simple but effective methods
  • take home a completed pattern to your own size

Class format and activities

After examining and discussing sample clothing, the tutor will demonstrate basic pattern shapes and how these can be used to develop finished trouser patterns. You will be able to draft a loose fitting trouser pattern to your own size. Hand-outs and other printed materials will be used as support for design and skill development. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity.

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 and ability to use a ruler and take measurements. Sewing skills helpful in enabling an understanding of garment construction /Pattern pieces.

What you need to know before you enrol

• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.• 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, pins, tape measure• sewing thread• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser Also:• 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 specialist courses, as well as other courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and pattern cutting. You might want to try one of the following: Pattern Cutting: Beginners, Draping on the Stand and Clothes Making Beginners. Ready for more? So are we! 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. Find out more at