Learn to Create Your Own Garment Patterns (Womenswear)


Start date:

Thursday 23rd April 2020 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


10 am - 1 pm


40 weeks over 1 year - no classes during school holidays


The Fashion Loop Studio, Bedford.


£1500 (3-month installment option available)

Venue: The Fashion Loop Studio, Bedford


This course is ideal for:

· Complete Beginners

· Those who wish to create their own garment patterns

· Home sewists having difficulty with commercial patterns

· For those having difficulty with fitting commercial patterns


This pattern cutting course is suitable for students with little or no experience of pattern cutting.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of pattern cutting before progressing at a steady pace onto more advanced techniques.


There are 4 places on this course which allows for lots of individual help. The course is also quite flexible – during our previous courses, we found students were able to organically choose what areas to hone onto so it works for them individually.


Course Outline:


Pattern cutting basics:

Learn about the equipment and language used in pattern creation. Gain an insight into the basic principles of pattern drafting, fabric grains and blocks. Explore the creation of form through the use of suppression.


Dart Manipulation:

Dart manipulation is the technique used for shaping & contouring the fabric to the body during the design process. As part of a small group of students you will learn an array of dart manipulation techniques. With expert one-to-one help, students will gain a firm foundation in this important process.


Dresses & Skirts:

Pattern cutting of classic skirt & dress designs is covered in this part of the syllabus.


Block Making:

Students will learn how to create their own basic bodice, skirt & sleeve blocks.

This topic is taught midway through the course when intermediate level skills will have been gained.


Pattern drafting for full garments:

This part of the syllabus enables students to explore their personal taste & style in clothing. You will create a full garment pattern draft & pattern pieces, along with mock-ups in calico, whilst learning to create a perfect fit. The final pattern pieces will be perfected ready to create in fabric. This aspect of the syllabus will bring together the elements learnt throughout the course and facilitate their successful application to your project.


By the end of this course students can expect to have gained fluent pattern cutting skills.

You will have acquired the ability to analyse & apply complex fashion designs into pattern cutting along with the confidence to embark onto more advanced pattern cutting techniques.


Other aspects to this course can include:

- Learning how to take a pattern from an existing garment

- How to adapt commercial patterns so the fit is perfect to your measurements


Upon completion of this course, students can progress onto advanced courses at The Fashion Loop.

There is no sewing involved in this course, except when creating mock-ups. It is not necessary to know how to sew but it would be helpful if you wish to create your own garments.


All pattern-cutting tools will be provided for in this course.

Refreshments are available during the workshops


Beginners Pattern Cutting, Block Making & Pattern Drafting

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