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Mastering Pattern Cutting

Mastering Pattern Cutting

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Alina Moat, Annie Shellard


The skills of the pattern cutter remain very relevant today, and there are many unfilled jobs in this sector, around the world. If you are looking to move into the world of pattern cutting, to develop your own designs or to work in the industry, then this is the ideal course for you.

The course will take you from the very beginning of understanding what a pattern is through to developing your own patterns from a design. Over the 10 months (36 Saturdays) on this part-time course you will build up your knowledge of flat pattern cutting and also draping, and with practice at home, by the end of the course you should be able to create a pattern of your choice using a block (template). The course covers pattern cutting from a basic block for all garment types, except outerwear, and the methods used are those used in the industry. It is expected that whilst attending this course you can devote a further 3 hours a week to practicing the craft.

The course culminates in a personal project where you develop a pattern from a brief, with the support of the tutors, which is typical of what would be required in the industry.

 Week   Content 

Course overview, introduction to pattern cutting, blocks, sizing, fabric/grains, customer profile, slash, spread and pivoting methods

  3-4 Dart manipulation:- Single, combination, shaped, asymmetrical, temporary darts, darts into seam/style lines, darts through seam/style lines, back darts
  5-6 Bodices: Style analysis; changing the block silhouette. Sleeveless bodice and low necklines
  7-8 Facings, button stand, interlinings, linings, sample pattern with seam allowances
  9-10 Collars: applied & grown-on
  11-12 Cowl neckline - draping. Various cowls – flat pattern cutting and draping
  13 Sleeve introduction – set-in sleeve adoptions
  14 Grown on sleeves
  15-16 Professional practice
  16-17 Skirts - ‘A’ line, panel , tiered skirt, pleated, bias cut, waistbands, vents, godet
  18-19 Dress – development, introduction of ½ scale for style developments.
  20-22 Trouser – prep trouser blocks, classic pants with integral pocket, variety of silhouettes
  23-24 Student led, personal development of bodice, skirt, trouser or dress pattern
  25-26 Creative pattern cutting techniques, exploration of less conventional cutting techniques
  28-30 Draping and transferring draped shapes to paper 
  31-36 Student led, development of patterns for an outfit, this should incorporate techniques learnt throughout the course. The pattern will be complete, toiles made, proposed fabrics sourced, lay plans and costings supplied. These activities supported by tutors.  


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

You may also be interested in other courses from our Mastering programme.

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

Dates: (Saturdays, delivered in three parts)

Part 1: 14 September 2019  - 30 November 2020 
Part 2:  4 January 2020 - 21 March 2020 
Part 3: 18 April 2020 -  4 July 2020 


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.

Payment plans:

Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of our Mastering Skills courses. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44 20 7514 7552

Please note:

Due to the length of this course International Students who hold a passport from a country that is outside the EEA or Switzerland must already have immigration permission to stay in the UK which covers the full length of the course and has no restrictions on studying. 

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:

  • A3 sketchbook
  • Fabric scissors – the tutor will discuss the best scissors to buy in the first week for any students who don’t already have some.

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