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Contemporary Dress Design and Making Workshop

Contemporary Dress Design and Making Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Donna Kernan


Do you want to design and make your own dress that actually fits you? This course covers all the basics to get you started. Your tutor will guide you through this journey from the very beginning of the design process through to the developing of your own patterns and the final making of a calico sample of your own design. 

Topics covered

  • Fashion design
  • Pattern cutting
  • Sewing

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at anyone who has some experience in pattern cutting and sewing.

Level: All Levels

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

Tutor Description

Donna Kernan is a senior creative pattern cutter with over 20 years experience previously working with clients such as Victoria Beckham, Giles Deacon & Stella McCartney. She teaches pattern cutting on the BA fashion at Central Saint Martins.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • Layout paper pad for design work
  • Metric tape measure
  • Pattern master or set square for pattern cutting
  • 4H and B pencil or propelling pencil
  • Magic scotch tape
  • Glue stick
  • Fine steel pins
  • Fabric shears
  • Paper shears
  • Felt tip pen (or magic marker)
  • Eraser
  • Thread
  • Bobbin case (can be bought in the College Shop)

Available dates