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Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting: Intensive

Customised Pattern Cutting and Fitting: Intensive

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Sally Pittman


Are you unable to find clothing that fits? Confused as to why size 12 garments differ from shop to shop? Want to be able to get clothing to fit you perfectly? Then this is the pattern cutting course for you!

This three week course will take you through the core skills involved in personalised womenswear pattern cutting to industry level. On this course you’ll be creating blocks and patterns based on actual body measurements rather than using a standard size block. You’ll learn how to take measurements from the body and use these measurements to translate into your own personalised block. Working in pairs and small groups you’ll start by taking measurements for the bodice and one-piece sleeve block. Working at your own pace, you’ll then make your pattern into a toile, and then fit the toile to the body, adapting the pattern accordingly. Once you’ve completed your bodice and sleeve you’ll move on to create a personalised block for a skirt, dress and finally trousers.

You’ll leave the course with a fully comprehensive set of personalised blocks for you to work from and create your own patterns. You’ll also be able to use your new knowledge to create personalised blocks for family, friends and future clients.

The course will include:

  • Customising for individual fit
  • Manipulating the blocks
  • Pattern altering
  • Fitting procedures
  • Measuring and compiling size charts
  • Basic toile making: cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and altering


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

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


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Sally Pittman is a lecturer in Design and Creative Pattern Cutting. She has worked with London College of Fashion for seven years. Her courses include BA womenswear, MA Fashion Futures and MA womenswear at Kingston University. She has 25 years experience in pattern and creative cutting working across industry in contemporary and vintage cutting and tailoring as well as production and costume design in theatre and film.


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

  • 2H and 2B pencil or automatic pencil
  • Soft eraser
  • Pattern master or Shoben fashion curve (these are both optional)
  • Measuring tape (with both imperial and metric measurements)
  • Scotch tape and tracing wheel

Please note:on the first day of the course you will work in pairs and take your partner's body measurements. Please wear a fitted top as this will allow for more accurate measurements.

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