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Menswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive

Menswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Nicholas Williams, Alina Moat


This LCF menswear pattern cutting course offers you an excellent opportunity to learn and develop all aspects of professional menswear pattern cutting skills to industry standard. The course will introduce you to exciting new methods of contemporary pattern cutting for menswear, focusing on current trends and shapes as well as covering the more traditional methods.

You’ll start with an introduction to industry standard blocks, and be taken step-by-step through the core skills of pattern reading and style interpretation. First you will focus on the menswear body blockand sleeve, learning the basics of pattern manipulation before moving on to create menswear patterns for a variety of garments. You’ll learn how to alter patterns for fit, as well as how to change the look of a garment to create different silhouettes and for working with different fabrics.

During the course you will build up a reference file of pattern work and notes. You will also produce basic sample pieces for some of the patterns you have worked on, to enable you to test your patterns for fit and accuracy. You’ll leave the course able to interpret fashion designs into your own patterns and garments.

This course will include:

  • Shirt (yokes, plackets, cuffs)
  • Trousers (waistbands, pockets & fly fastenings)
  • Shorts, pleats & turn-ups
  • Sleeves
  • Necklines, Collars & Hoods
  • Pockets
  • Oversized garments
  • Outerwear jacket (facings, linings)

"I’m finding it really intuitive, just struggling a bit with some technical parts but the tutor is there to help and is really good. I’m getting a lot done."

- Farouk, Menswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive student.


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

Nicholas Williams is an expert pattern cutter, garment technologist and designer. In 2012 he founded Thomas Bowler with the aim to provide fashion designers with high quality patterns that translate their designs from sketch to final production ready patterns.  In 2008 Nicholas worked as a designer, pattern cutter and maker for the London Olympic Games Handover ceremony as part of the Beijing Games, working in both  the London design rooms and in Beijing.  He has freelanced for a range of  brands including Alexander McQueen, Duckie Brown, ASOS, Topman and Carolyn Massey.


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

  • Pattern cutting ruler (pattern master or other versions)
  • Tracing wheel
  • Awl
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 point (HB)
  • Eraser
  • Black, blue and red biros
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors 
  • A3 plastic sleeves for patterns
  • Masking tape

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