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Womenswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive

Womenswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive

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


This womenswear pattern cutting course has been designed as a great first step towards setting up your own business or a career as a professional pattern cutter. You’ll start with an introduction to the industry standard size 12 block and be taken step by step through the core skills of pattern reading and style interpretation. You’ll then move on to use this knowledge to alter different parts of the pattern pieces, practicing many variations of styles over an extended period of study whilst under the guidance of a specialist.

You’ll learn how to move darts to change the look of a garment as well as creating ease or a tighter fit. You’ll also be shown how to create varying silhouettes and how to adapt patterns for different types of daywear fabrics. Your tutor will give you technical advice on laying out pattern pieces when cutting fabric and elements of garment construction such as seam allowances and fastenings.

Through this process of development you will be able to interpret fashion designs and illustrations of daywear and eveningwear garments into your own patterns. You’ll leave the course with a comprehensive file of pattern samples in both paper and fabric.
This course covers all content included in ‘Introduction to womenswear pattern cutting’ alongside more advanced techniques. 

This course will include pattern work for the following:

  • Collars
  • Sleeves
  • Bodice
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Dress
  • Linings
  • Pockets
  • Waistbands
  • Yokes

It’s worth noting that this course does not cover tailoring or working with jersey.


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

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)
  • Eraser

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