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Lingerie and Swimwear Pattern Cutting

Lingerie and Swimwear Pattern Cutting

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Linda Wing


You will work on a standard size 12 block and learn how to combine flat pattern cutting and working on a lingerie stand. The tutor will explain pattern notations, such as grain lines, balance marks, fabric suppression and seam allowances. You will then learn how to create a pattern for a basic camisole. Using this as a base you’ll alter your pattern for different edgings, openings, trims and straps. The tutor will also demonstrate how to incorporate style seams, bias cutting and lace appliqué. You’ll also cover patterns for a chemise, a pair of French knickers and a pair of briefs.

At the start of the second week the tutor will take you step by step through drafting a basic size 12 swimsuit block. Using professional contour mannequins, you will also learn how to create various swimwear styles, such as sports, bandeau and strappy frilled swimsuits. You’ll also be discussing various trimmings and components involved in swimwear. Once you have completed your basic swimsuit block, you will use an industrial machine to complete a simple toile from the block.

The course will include:

  • Information on types of lingerie and swimwear fabrics and components
  • Demonstrations of spelialist industrial machines
  • Seam types, grain and stretch of fabrics
  • Embellishments, frills, ties, clasps and rings
  • How to use decorative features and trims for woven fabrics 

This course covers pattern cutting for soft lingerie only and no sewing will be covered in the lingerie section of the course. During the swimwear pattern cutting section you will use an industrial machine to complete a simple toile from the block.  All patterns are made to an industry standard size 12 and grading to other sizes is not included on this course. 



Tutor Description

Linda Wing is a graduate of LCF and has worked for many years as a lingerie, nightwear and swimwear designer and pattern cutter, for manufacturers and retailers. She has also run her own company as a bespoke wedding gown designer/maker. She currently passes on her industry knowledge to the next generation of lingerie designers working as a lecturer and specialist technician on the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour degree alongside various lingerie and swimwear design and making short courses.


Black and white Shoben styling tape, tracing wheel, awl, needle, thread, fine pins, 5mm propelling pencil with 2h leads (hard), eraser, 3 different coloured fine felt tip pens, fabric shears/or rotary cutter, paper scissors, tape measure, Shoben pattern master, set square or French curve and fine pins.


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