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Patternmaking Experimental And Explorative Approaches Part 1 Short Course

Course description

Central Saint Martins is renowned for its innovative and open-minded approach to the creative process. This short intensive course explores some unconventional, versatile and inventive approaches to patternmaking and shape creation. It will show you snapshots of various techniques used to create patterns.

Tutor-led demonstrations will provide the starting point from which to practice and develop your skills and aesthetic sensibilities.

Entry requirements

  • The ability to use a sewing machine is essential if you are to benefit from this course.
  • Some knowledge of patternmaking would also be useful to follow this programme.
  • It is also essential that you come to this course with an open mind, be willing to experiment and take risks.

Level: Part 1 is suitable for students with a basic understanding of pattern cutting.

Follow-up courses

Students who successfully complete this course may want to consider taking Experimental and Explorative Approaches Part 2.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Your tutor will outline the course agenda in detail on day one of your course. 


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • Graders Set Square or Pattern Master
  • Paper Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Tracing Wheel
  • Pattern Awl
  • Masking Tape
  • Dress Maker Pins
  • Pens (various colours)
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • File for keeping course hand-outs/notes
  • Note Pad
  • Camera (to record the process)

Meet the Tutor:

This intensive course explores unconventional, versatile and inventive approaches to patternmaking and shape creation. It's a snapshot of techniques used to create patterns from which you will practice and develop your skills, and aesthetic sensibilities.

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