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Lingerie and Swimwear pattern cutting

Course description

This beginner’s pattern cutting course will introduce you to the skills you will need to start producing patterns for lingerie and swimwear. Over two weeks you will cover numerous different lingerie and swimwear styles, gain an understanding of different fabrics, and how to add pattern notations.

Week 1- Lingerie Pattern Cutting

During the first week of the course you will start producing patterns for lingerie. The styles included will be: mini, midi, and maxi briefs, thong, camisole, chemise, and French knickers.

During a series of practical technical demonstrations, you will be introduced to size 12 lingerie blocks, and learn how to use flat pattern cutting techniques for lingerie. The tutor will explain pattern notations, such as grain lines, balance marks, fabric suppression and appropriate seam allowances.

You will learn how to adapt the blocks to create shapes which include princess lines, darts, yokes and gathers. You will also learn how to incorporate lace, decorative features and trims for woven fabrics. The course will also include demonstrations of using cut-out laces, appliqué & bias cutting. Using these as a base, you will learn how to amend your patterns for different openings and straps.

Week 2- Swimwear Pattern cutting

The second week of the course will focus on the flat pattern cutting skills you will need to start producing patterns for swimwear. These styles will include: strappy, halter neck, inner support swimsuits & tankini, bandeau, triangle bikinis, different shaped bikini briefs.

You will learn about suitable fabrics for swimwear, grain and stretch, appropriate seam allowances, trimmings, cups, wires and hardware.

By the end of the courses you should be able to:

  • Use size 12 blocks to create different styles of lingerie and swimwear
  • Understand suitable fabrics, seam allowances, pattern notations and grain lines for lingerie and swimwear

The course does not include: Bra pattern cutting, sewing lingerie or swimwear, or grading to other sizes. All patterns will be made in size 12

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


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

  • Patternmaster or
  • Graders set square & French curve
  • Tape measure (metric)
  • Paper shears
  • Glue stick
  • Fine Pins
  • 5mm propelling pencil with one of the following types of lead: 2H to 6H
  • Eraser
  • Tracing wheel
  • Awl
  • Notepad & pen
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet


Topics covered:

  • Information on types of lingerie and swimwear fabrics and components
  • Seam types
  • Pattern adaptation
  • How to use decorative features and trims for woven fabrics
  • Hardware for lingerie and swimwear


Meet the Tutor:

This beginners, two week Lingerie and Swimwear pattern cutting course will introduce you to the skills necessary to produce a variety of patterns for lingerie and swimwear.

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