Pattern Cutting

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 176 Conc £70 Full £304

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 11 MAC 07/01/2020 24/03/2020 CS2803
Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 11 MAC 21/04/2020 07/07/2020 CS3803

What will the course cover?

This course will cover basic pattern cutting to be able to create a bodice block to your own, or the desired, measurements. For learners who already did a basic block, this course will teach you how to modify your basic blocks. We will cover trousers, skirts and tops. Once the pattern is done, you will sew a toile in calico to see if the fit is ok. Depending on the complexity of your project, you might be able to sew your garment in real fabric.

Who is the course for?

Those with little or no experience of pattern cutting and those who have worked on a basic block already.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None, just a general interest in fashion, clothing and dressmaking.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Demonstrate the ability to apply Health and Safety procedures in a pattern cutting room. Take accurate measurements of yourself and others. Make your own pattern and/or follow instructions set out in a commercially produced paper pattern. Make accurate tailors tacks to mark placement for darts, buttons etc. Be able to take your basic block to a complete pattern with seam allowances and markers, ready to cut.

How is the course organised?

Individual tuition - each student making a garment of their own choice, for beginners it is important that the garment is a simple one -ask your tutor for advice on the first session. Practical demonstration, formal instruction will be given. Samples, photocopies available to show sewing details. Question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Buying fabric. Observing how garments are made. Reading magazines and or text books on sewing.

How will my progress be assessed?

Continuous assessment will occur in class and an Individual Learning Plan will be used to monitor progress and give feedback between learner and tutor.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Buying fabric. Observing how garments are made. Reading magazines and or text books on sewing.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Pattern cutting paper or packing paper on a roll. Masking tape, pencil, eraser. Calico to sew the toile. Sewing kit

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.