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Introduction to Digital Pattern Cutting for Production

Introduction to Digital Pattern Cutting for Production

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Megan Mcguire


The course will provide an overview of how computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing can be applied to the traditional skills of pattern cutting, grading, lay planning and fashion design. You'll learn to use various CAD/CAM software packages which include Adobe Illustrator, Gerber and Optitex 3D.

The course will start with teaching you how to use Adobe Illustrator for specification sheets and technical drawing skills for a garment and then move onto using Gerber for pattern development as well as creating a pattern to industry standards for a garment.

The course will also show you how to use Gerber for pattern grading as well as layplanning and costing.

The course also will give you the opportunity to practice using Optitex 3D for sewing and fitting a garment on to a virtual model

The course includes:

  • Computerised pattern development techniques
  • Pattern input via digitising
  • Computerised pattern development techniques
  • Converting traditional grading methods into computerised techniques
  • Lay planning/costing
  • Creating line drawings for range boards and specification sheets

Find out more about this course

We caught up with the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2019, Juliet Uzor, to find out what she learned whilst on this course. Continue reading


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

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Digital Pattern Cutting with Gerber Accumark 

Digital Pattern Grading with Gerber Accumark  

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

Megan McGuire began her academic career at London College of Fashion in 2004. Whilst working in education she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Art and Design and her Master’s in Digital Fashion. Megan has a substantial amount of fashion CAD/CAM experience, both scholastic and industry based, particularly on packages used for pattern cutting, grading, and lay planning. Throughout her career she has worked for fast-paced high street suppliers as well as for large well-established brands in the middle market. She has currently been employed at as Senior Digital Pattern Technician since 2014. She continues to do ad hoc freelance, teaching, and consulting work, and has contributed to a recently published book on pattern cutting.



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

  • A notebook and pen

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