Pattern Cutting and Drafting for Beginners

  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 25 January 2020; 3 August 2020
  • Course duration: Five Saturdays or one week intensive, 10 am - 4 pm

On this practical course you will be introduced to the skill of creating your own blocks and dress pattern from scratch - and see it realised in a finished garment.

It is ideal if you are already familiar with sewing and using commercial patterns and would like to start developing your own garment design without the reliance on commercial patterns.

Whether you're already working in the industry, hoping to pursue academic study or are a home dressmaker seeking to improve your skillset, this course will help you develop practical skills in women’s wear garment design and construction.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you'll be able to create your own bespoke patterns and understand how to alter commercial patterns.

You'll have developed a range of professional skills and enhanced your portfolio to widen future learning or employment opportunities.

“The information I was sent before the course was excellent, and I felt on the first day I knew where I was going and I had all the equipment I needed. I was a complete beginner to pattern drafting, but our tutor Leann was excellent and I learnt so much about garment construction - and also things about myself. You could say it was life changing. All the staff were very helpful, especially the technician. I would recommend this course to everyone.” JB

“I honestly enjoyed every bit of this course, from beginning to end! The technical aspects were well explained and demonstrated. Leann was incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient. I learnt more in the first session than I imagined I would from the whole course!” SdV

"Thoroughly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to the next level course in the future." JH

"Brilliant! Will definitely be interested in a follow-on." MW

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.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms:

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • learn to take measurements correctly
  • produce a basic body block
  • produce an initial pattern from your own basic block
  • practice lay-planning
  • practice fabric marking and cutting techniques
  • assemble a toile
  • conduct a working fitting followed by block and pattern adjustments
  • complete a one-piece sleeve block
  • learn sleeve insertion techniques
  • complete dart movement exercises.

Depending on your own individual progress you may potentially:

  • make your fitted and adjusted garment in a top fabric of your own choice
  • create a second set of patterns based on your own design
  • look at how to adapt a commercial pattern.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £595.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £595.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418