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Subtraction Pattern Cutting with Julian Roberts: One Day Masterclass

Subtraction Pattern Cutting with Julian Roberts: One Day Masterclass

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Julian Roberts


In this one day subtraction pattern cutting course you will explore and experiment with a unique method of hollow construction as developed and taught by designer Julian Roberts.

This pattern cutting technique, known as 'subtraction cutting' or 'zero waste', makes the most of the negative spaces that can be opened up in fabric and falls somewhere between traditional pattern cutting and draping - resulting in experimental garments that break from the boundaries of the usual garment shapes.

Through a series of live demonstrations, critiques, workshops and presentations you will create and take home your own subtraction cut garment of your choice.


Intermediate/Advanced. You will need some pattern cutting experience along with good sewing skills to get the most out of this course, and a willingness to work fast to a strict deadline.

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

Julian Roberts is a fashion designer and filmmaker, who has shown 13 collections at London Fashion Week and won the British Fashion Council's New Generation Award five times. Julian studied womenswear in Newcastle upon Tyne, and completed his menswear MA at the Royal College of Art, London. He was awarded a Professorship and set up the new fashion school at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK in 2004, and now lectures in MA Mixed Media Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. Julian has lead creative cutting workshops at over 20 universities in the UK, and in over 17 countries worldwide. He has also worked for both the BBC and British Council as a Fashion Adviser. Julian Roberts is the inventor of a garment pattern cutting method called 'subtraction cutting', which he demonstrates live in front of large audiences in America and the UK, teaching people of all ages and levels of expertise how to construct creative clothing. Julian blogs at


Notebook, pen, camera (camera phone is fine), fabric scissors, paper scissors, pins, notebooks, rulers, tape measures and any other dressmaking equipment or patterns you may wish to use.

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