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Pattern Cutting and Drafting for Beginners

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
25 hours
495.83 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Leisure / Fun Classes
Next available date: 25/01/2020 10:00 - Nottingham
Course Dates
25/01/2020 10:00  (English)
495.83 GBP
03/08/2020 10:00  (English)
495.83 GBP

Course description

Pattern Cutting and Drafting for Beginners

On this practical course you will be introduced to the skill of creating your own blocks and dress pattern from scratch - and work to develop fitting techniques and a series of toiles.

The course is ideal if you're already familiar with sewing and using patterns and would like to start  developing your own garment design without the reliance on commercial patterns.

Whether you're already working in the industry, hoping to pursue academic study or are a home dressmaker seeking to improve your skillset, this course will help you develop practical skills in  women’s wear garment design and construction.

During the course you will:

  • learn to take measurements correctly
  • produce a basic body block
  • produce an initial pattern from your own basic block
  • practice lay-planning
  • practice fabric marking and cutting techniques
  • assemble a toile
  • conduct a working fitting followed by block and pattern adjustments
  • complete a one-piece sleeve block
  • learn sleeve insertion techniques
  • complete dart movement exercises.

Depending on your own individual progress you may potentially:

  • make your fitted and adjusted garment in a top fabric of your own choice
  • create a second set of patterns based on your own design
  • look at how to adapt a commercial pattern.

Delegates will be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, paper-based instructions and one-to-one formative feedback and tutorials.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you'll be able to create your own bespoke block and apply this method when using the measurements of other people.

You'll know how to lift patterns from your block, and will understand how these work in relation to commercial patterns.

You’ll know how to conduct a fitting and how to use fitting techniques to perfect your block and patterns.

You'll also have developed a range of professional skills and enhanced your portfolio to widen future learning or employment opportunities.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: Experience in using a sewing machine and working from shop-bought patterns is required.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Certificate of attendance.

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Average rating 5

Based on 4 reviews

The information I was sent before the course was excellent, and I felt on the first day I knew where I was going and I had all the equipment I needed. I was a complete beginner to pattern drafting, but our tutor Leann was excellent and I learnt so much about garment construction - and also things about myself. You could say it was life changing....
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I honestly enjoyed every bit of this course, from beginning to end! The technical aspects were well explained and demonstrated. Leann was incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient. I learnt more in the first session than I imagined I would from the whole course!
Thoroughly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to the next level course in the future.
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