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Pattern Cutting for Made to Measure

Pattern Cutting for Made to Measure

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Sally Pittman


This made to measure pattern cutting course will provide you with a chance to study the core skills involved in pattern cutting for womenswear, using your own body measurements. This method is used for couture and bespoke garments, usually designed and produced for individual clients.

You'll study the basics of personalised block making, creating a personalised 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. You'll leave us with a personalised bodice and sleeve block, an accurate pattern and a fitted toile.

The course will include:

  • Figure types
  • Customising for individual fit
  • Manipulating the blocks
  • Pattern altering
  • Fitting procedures
  • Measuring and compiling size charts


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
  • Fabric Shears

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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