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Introduction to Fashion Production: Pattern Cutting – Womenswear Garment Pattern Making

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The Fashion Production Evening Classes consists of two courses which cover the essentials of professional womenswear clothing production.

Course 1 (this web page) focuses on pattern cutting which essentially is about manual flat pattern cutting to draft patterns from scratch. There is no sewing involved.

Course 2 focuses on the process of making a garment which includes learning a range of technical sewing skills.

Both courses are ideal for beginners who are able to commit and those who have some experience. Full involvement by the student is expected including practice time at home. 

The courses can equip students with confidence, technical skills, in-depth knowledge to kick start your journey to producing garments to a professional standard. Whether students wish to pursue personal sewing projects, or higher level courses in fashion production or fashion design, this course can help provide a stable foundation.

Throughout the courses students will work with woven (non-stretch) fabrics and learn about achieving a fit using tailoring skills. It is not essential to attend both courses or attend them sequentially, however in doing so it will gain the full scope of skills enabling greater independence.

Course content

Course 1: Pattern Cutting – Womenswear Garment Pattern Making
L1482S1 & L1482S2

The pattern cutting course will teach students how to flat pattern cut starting from basic level and develop onto advanced skills throughout the course. Womenswear primarily begins with understanding and manipulating suppression.

The following points are covered in the Pattern cutting course: 

Basic Elements:

  • Introduction to pattern cutting
  • Pattern cutting tools, equipment and uses
  • Understanding blocks and their application
  • Understanding grain of fabric in relation to the body
  • Understand basics of drafting a pattern
  • Understanding curves of female body & how this translates into suppression
  • In-depth learning and practice of darts and manipulation

Intermediate Elements:

  • Creating a pattern from scratch for upper body: learning to draft fitted blouse/bodice designs and create pattern pieces
  • Learn how to create good fitting on the body
  • Skirts: waist dart manipulation, drafting skirts of different shapes and fittings

Advanced Elements:

  • Creating of fitted/tailored dresses
  • Learning to eliminate waist seams through advanced dart manipulation
  • Create advanced level drafts and pattern pieces ready for cutting into fabric (time permitting)

Additional information

To take part in Course 1 (L1482S1/S2) the following equipment will be required:

  • Sharp paper scissors
  • Automatic/mechanical pencil HB
  • Eraser
  • A4 Lever Arch folder for notes, handouts, research & sample

Industry size 12 blocks will be used throughout the course so the teaching does not cover making custom made-to-measure blocks or making patterns specifically to individuals’ body measurements.

This course can provide the essential knowledge which can help students to create personalised blocks as a step up from this course.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 weeks 02/03/2021 Tue 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £299 Cauldwell Street BBL1482S2 Course in progress

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