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Pattern Cutting and Drafting: Methods of Creating Fullness

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 3 March 2024
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, three days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course will provide you with the techniques required for creating fullness in your garments, producing new shapes and silhouettes from a body block that you have already created.

It’s suitable for people who are interested in further developing their skills in womenswear, and is ideal if you have completed the ‘Pattern Drafting and Cutting for Beginners’ course or have a sewing background and have used commercial or shop-bought patterns.

This course will start by refreshing your knowledge of how to take measurements correctly and how to draft pattern pieces from a block.

There will also be a reminder about fabric lay planning, fabric marking and cutting, and toile assembly and fitting. You will then move quickly on to learning how to create fullness.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • be introduced to knife pleating, box pleating, godets and gores
  • create different waistband shapes
  • develop a puff sleeve, flounce cuffed sleeve and capped sleeve
  • create circular cut pattern pieces for skirts, peplums, sleeve cuff and frills.

You’ll be introduced to these techniques through group demonstrations, fittings, paired activities and technical workshop activities.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University City Campus.

Further information

By the end of the course, you will have consolidated the skills from the previous beginner’s course, and learnt how to creating fullness in your next projects.

Tutor Profile:

Leann Marshall has had a varied career as a costumer for film and theatre, a couture retailer and now runs a bespoke bridal wear design service, alongside prom wear, alterations and occasional interior styling and design projects.

Additional to working in the garment industry, Leann has had much experience in teaching others in the skills of sewing and garment construction.

Materials List:

Whilst a lot of materials, spare equipment and calico are supplied, you should bring along your own sewing kit, to include:

tape measure

tracing wheel

pencils (HB and coloured)

tailors chalk

30cm ruler

large set square

metre rule


small ‘snips’

pinking shears

fabric shears

paper scissors

a roll of masking tape


tacking needles

tacking thread


You should also bring on the first day a previously made basic body block and sleeve block.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirements: You must have prior knowledge of the drafting process, and have a basic close-fit body block to bring with you.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply