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Pattern Cutting Course

Pattern cutting classes open up a new world to dressmakers.


If you are new to dressmaking or have been sewing forever, or you are dissatisfied with the fit and style of commercial patterns and would like to be able design your own clothes, this course introduces you to the basic concepts of pattern cutting.

Making your own pattern from your body measure is not as difficult as it would at first appear – if you can add, subtract and divide using a calculator and then draw a line you can pattern draft! Please read the FAQ's below for more information and see if it's the course for you.

Course Schedule & Costs

You can book a one-to-one pattern cutting session all year round, or sign up to our newsletter (bottom of page) to be alerted on future course dates

  • Who is the course aimed at?
    Anyone who has had some sewing experience, has used a commercial pattern and can subtract and divide using a calculator.
  • What new skills will I have at the end of the course?
    You can take an accurate set of body measurements Make a perfectly fitting skirt block to your own measurements Make and fit a calico toile (fitting shell of the skirt block) Explore basic manipulation techniques: moving a dart, suppressing a dart in a style line. Learn how to draft waistbands, facings, pockets, pleats and gathers. Any skirt you design can be made from this block. You will be able to design a skirt and make a full size pattern for it to cut out and sew at home or in additional sewing class.
  • What do I need to bring?
    One metre of cotton calico fabric to make your toile A sketchbook/notebook pens and pencils eraser. Sewing machines are needed for home work but are not needed during the classes. You will need to have access to a sewing machine, pins, scissors and thread for your homework. If you do not have a sewing machine you can book in to a weekly class. We provide: rulers, tracing wheels, masking tape, spare paper scissors, tape measures, handouts.
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