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Footwear Pattern Cutting

Footwear Pattern Cutting

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Nafi Mustafa, Havva Mustafa


For beginners or students with some relevant experience, this shoe pattern course fills a gap between footwear design courses and shoe-making courses. This practical and inspirational course is perfect for anyone wishing to take their first steps towards a professional career in the footwear industry.

The course includes:

  • Footwear pattern cutting techniques, producing forms, standards and sectional patterns
  • Last measurements
  • Foot measurements
  • Size conversions
  • Footwear components and fittings
  • Properties of different upper materials
  • Different types of edge finish and seams
  • Assembling samples and finished uppers from patterns


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.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


London College of Fashion joined forces with the world-renowned Cordwainers College in 2000, forming a union of unique specialist expertise in footwear and accessories. This collaboration has broadened LCF’s portfolio of specialist courses and since its formation has trained some of London’s most interesting shoe designers.

Tutor Description

Nafi Mustafa began his career at an early age working alongside his father who was a shoemaker. He studied at the Cordwainers College in East London where he gained a diploma in footwear design and a Royal Society of Arts bursaries and City & Guilds qualification in boot and shoe manufacturing. Following his graduation he ventured to Italy, where he trained and worked in the footwear industry, developing his appreciation and expertise in the craft of footwear. Shortly afterwards he worked with a range of brands including Bally of Switzerland, H&M Raynes, John Hlustik Design, Levis, Wrangler, Arrow and Clarks. He then went on to set up his own design consultancy company based in London, where he provided footwear manufacturers and tanners with a comprehensive range of design ideas for men’s women’s and children’s footwear, both in the UK and overseas.

Havva Mustafa was born into a family of third generation footwear artisans and designers, and growing up with the curious shapes of patterns, lasts and heels evoked an interest and passion for footwear from a very early age. Havva followed in her fathers footsteps and studied at the prestigious Cordwainers Footwear College in London. Developing strong technical skills and graduated with a degree in footwear design and construction, she spent several years in the footwear industry  gaining valuable experience in design, development and resourcing roles. She has now developed and launched her own brand HAVVA.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • HB pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Roll of masking tape (1 inch wide)

All other specialist equipment will be provided.

Available dates