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Pattern Cutting using Vintage Techniques

Pattern Cutting using Vintage Techniques

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Alina Moat


This pattern cutting course will allow you to explore vintage techniques and understand one classic Balenciaga womenswear piece from the 1950s, that changed the way we design and pattern cut today. It will provide an overview of different pattern cutting techniques and will focus on cutting/draping/sampling the classic piece. Using flat pattern cutting, draping on the stand and sampling techniques, you will be able to produce patterns and final toiles for the classic piece.

The course will include:

  • Overview of the development of pattern cutting & design throughout history
  • Researching pieces 
  • Sampling fabrics, interlinings & finishes
  • Overview of applicable draping/pattern cutting techniques 
  • Planning the cut
  • Creating patterns, toiling and reviewing the cut
  • Amending patterns
  • Final toile

Beginners/Intermediate. Some understanding of pattern cutting would be an advantage, for example, having done a Beginners Level of Pattern Cutting or Draping Course. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn. 

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


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)

Available dates