Introduction to pattern cutting I

Course Dates: 06/02/24 - 05/03/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a 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 learn how to craft their own patterns.
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Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00

Course Code: VJ133

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Tue, day, 06 Feb - 05 Mar '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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 complete a calico toile from a pattern of your own 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...

- Implement how to take body measurements correctly
- Create a classic dress block pattern
- Identify basic pattern cutting symbols
- Demonstrate competency in using tools and equipment
- Apply how to adapt the block to create different styles
- Produce a pattern taken from your design
- 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-outs, health and safety information. 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. You will also be invited to take part in group discussion. All work can be completed during the class.

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc.
You will be asked to complete learner progress records. Details on how to join will be sent to you. You can also find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.

Please note it is important that you sign up and log in to your course Google classroom prior to the first session. Joining details will be sent to you via email (check your junk/spam folder).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. A notebook/sketchbook for drawing and recording of ideas would be useful. Other materials may be required dependent on your design, the tutor can advise on what to buy if necessary.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course naturally leads to Pattern cutting II where you can extend your skills further. Wre also run a selection of Fashion courses where you can also apply what you have learnt. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.

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Rachel Selormey

Rachel has BA degree in Fashion Design from the University of East London specialising in Womenswear, but has a keen interest children's and menswear. She currently works as a freelance pattern cutter with experience working in all areas of the industry from the high street brands like ASOS to the designer high end and Bridal. Whether its casual tees or evening gowns Rachel has done it all. Rachel enjoys sharing these skills with others and believes in more making and mending their own clothes and just finding a fun creative outlet through fashion.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.