Womenswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive
The womenswear pattern cutting course has been designed as a great first step towards setting up your own business or a career as a professional pattern cutter. You’ll start with an introduction to the industry standard size 12 block and be taken step by step through the core skills of pattern reading and style interpretation...
Taught by: Annie Shellard, Jane Steadman.
The womenswear pattern cutting course has been designed as a great first step towards setting up your own business or a career as a professional pattern cutter. You’ll start with an introduction to the industry standard size 12 block and be taken step by step through the core skills of pattern reading and style interpretation. You’ll then move on to use this knowledge to alter different parts of the pattern pieces, practicing many variations of styles over an extended period of study whilst under the guidance of a specialist.
You’ll learn how to move darts to change the look of a garment as well as creating ease or a tighter fit. You’ll also be shown how to create varying silhouettes and how to adapt patterns for different types of daywear fabrics. Your tutor will give you technical advice on laying out pattern pieces when cutting fabric and elements of garment construction such as seam allowances and fastenings.
Through this process of development you will be able to interpret fashion designs and illustrations of daywear and eveningwear garments into your own patterns. You’ll leave the course with a comprehensive file of pattern samples in both paper and fabric.
This course covers all content included in ‘Introduction to womenswear pattern cutting’ alongside more advanced techniques.
This course will include pattern work for the following:
It’s worth noting that this course does not cover tailoring or working with jersey.
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Jane Steadman trained at London College of Fashion. After graduating she worked professionally as a designer, from junior designer in her first position to senior designer in her last full time role. She then started freelancing in her specialist area of evening and bridal wear. Jane has always worked in studios where she was not only for the designer but was responsible for the pattern cutting and detailing the first samples. She believes designers should be able to realise their own designs and enjoys helping students develop the fundamental skills that allow them to translate their own ideas in reality.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- Stiletto awl
- Metric tape measure
- 3/4 H pencils
- Magic scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Fine pointed tracing wheel
- Fine steel pins
- Fabric shears
- Paper shears
- Felt tip pen (or magic marker)