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Innovative Fashion Design with Pattern Cutting Online Short Course

Course description

Beginners and intermediate fashion students are invited to join this course focussing heavily on 3D experimentation. You will learn how the most directional cutting edge designs are discovered by working directly on a dress stand. Plus, you'll explore innovative concepts using a variety of abstract research to inspire you to create experimental 3D shapes. You'll understand how inspiration can be found among a variety of sources: historical clothing references, architecture and images gathered from London streets.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in developing their fashion design skills, including students thinking of applying to further studies at foundation or degree level.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

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Topics covered

  • You will learn how to work instinctively and think creatively in a dynamic fashion school environment.
  • You will engage with research through 3D experimentation and drawing.
  • A CSM pattern cutting tutor and a sewing technician will assist you in realising your design ideas.
  • The course will culminate with the creation of your final piece.
  • You will also have a research book documenting all your design development.

Pre Course creative research work

Before the course starts, you are asked to read attentively the brief and start personal research all the different artists and their work in the 4 categories below to increase your knowledge and prepare some creative mood boards that you will present to the course team at the beginning of the 1st day in class.

Once you have researched all of them, you will need to select one of the groups to work in and prepare 6-8 initial mood board pages in PowerPoint or keynote that explains with imagery and keywords, quotes, reflective text why you like the collected images and how it relates to your identity.

You are also asked to prepare and present 5-6 hand sketches, fashion designs or collages as responses to the mood boards you have shown.

For the first day of course, please be ready to show Tutor your previous Fashion Design work in a low resolution pdf (under 10 MB) in a digital portfolio with a CV if you have one.

On the first day of teaching, you will be invited to present yourself to the class, which is an integral part of Central Saint Martin’s ethos.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Material required for the duration of the course

Toile making

  • Watercolors, paints, markersetc
  • Felt tip pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • coloured pencils eraser
  • Scissor for paper
  • Paper glue (e.g. Pritt stick)
  • laptop if possible
  • memory stick
  • Camera
  • repositionable tape
  • Blu tack
  • sketchbook
  • paper A4 and A3
  • drawing kit glue, tape etc...

Toile making

  • calico for fabric manipulation and drape (pleas buy enough as you will need to produce a full toile at the end)
  • second-hand garment to re/deconstruct
  • sewing materials thread, yarn, scissors
  • pattern cutting paper
  • sewing tools
  • sewing machine for sewing your toile
  • iron to iron fabric and calico for the toile
  • Scissor for fabric
  • Needles, pins
  • Thread and Embroidery yarn in the colour you need

Digital resources


    • Laptop/desktop with keynote (MAC) or powerpoint (MAC/PC) for digital sketch book
    • Camera (phone or digital)
    • Scanner (flat bed or on a phone)
    • printer that can print out your work in progress


    • photoshop and illustrator for digital artwork
    • digital drawing tablet

For organising your research, you can either work in a traditional sketchbook (A4 or A43 portrait) or ring bind folder of your choice

Other useful resources to have ready

  • previous best work/project/research or design work that you want to develop further
  • personal and interesting visual research
  • research garments with interesting details
  • interesting fabrics and materials that inspire you and you want to use for your project
  • fabric length to produce swatches

Recommended reading/magazines to follow as a starting point.

Please complete your research reference as you go along.

  • ID
  • 09Bz
  • 032c

Meet the Tutor:

Focussing on 3D experimentation, you will learn how directional cutting edge designs are discovered by working directly on a dress stand, you'll explore innovative concepts using abstract research to inspire you to create experimental 3D shapes.

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