Introduction to pattern cutting for dresses
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
design.Expand your knowledge as you learn how to draft a classic dress block, manipulating patterns and understanding garment fitting and shape.You will then expand your knowledge as you learn how to use the block to create patterns and silhouettes from a design.
This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some experience in Clothes making and would like to try pattern making.
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Course Code: VJ120
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this introductory course we will start by learning how to use measurements to plot and draft a classic dress block. After completing this process we will then use the block as a base to learn different into how the block can be used to bring a design to life. To finish the course you will sew a calico toile of your chosen design.
What will we cover?
Body measuring, sizing and ease, How to read patterns, the step-by-step process of block making.
We will then look at how a classic dress block works as a starting point for creating different dress patterns and to finish the course, you will turn a design into a pattern and sew a toile mock-up for a group feedback session.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate understanding of how to take body measurements correctly
- Create a classic dress block pattern
- Understand basic pattern cutting symbols
- Be competent in using tools and equipment
- To learn how transfer a design into a pattern from the block
- Understand how to adapt the block to create different styles
- Cut and sew a design in toile (calico).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course so it is ideal for beginners. Some experience in clothes making will be beneficial.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-out, health and safety information, and will also be invited to take part in group discussion.
You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, discussions, workshop practice, one to one instruction and guidance.
All work can be completed during the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be supplied for samples will be provided but a notebook and pencil would
be useful for taking notes etc. There will be handouts accessible via our online class portal.
Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a a selection of courses in Fashion and Contemporary crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practicioners. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.