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Introduction to Womenswear Pattern Cutting

Introduction to Womenswear Pattern Cutting

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Claudette Davis-Bonnick, Annie Shellard


This step-by-step introductory pattern cutting course will introduce you to the basic techniques for womenswear pattern cutting. You’ll be working from a standard size 12 template (block) and you’ll investigate how to make a range of pattern pieces for the bodice, skirt and sleeve. You’ll get the opportunity to discuss different styles and how you can alter your patterns to create different shapes. The course will also cover a brief introduction to sizing and how you can modify your patterns for a better fit. 

This course will include pattern work for the following:

  • Collars
  • Sleeves
  • Bodice
  • Skirts
  • Waistbands

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

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

Annie Shellard has 30 years experience of working in womenswear as a designer and pattern cutter. Her current professional practise specialisms are lingerie and bridalwear. Annie’s first design job was for a small London based manufacturer and wholesaler. Due to the size and nature of the business, she became skilled in all areas of the design and production processes. This experience has underpinned her approach to working within the industry and in her own businesses. Annie first began her teaching career at London College of Fashion in 2002. She has been teaching at FE and HE levels since that time and became a member of the Higher Education Academy in 2012.  


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

  • Stiletto awl
  • Metric tape measure
  • 3/4 H pencils
  • Magic scotch tape
  • Glue stick
  • Fine pointed tracing wheel
  • Fine steel pins
  • Fabric shears
  • Paper shears
  • Felt tip pen (or magic marker) and an eraser

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