Pattern Cutting and Drafting for Beginners

  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 26 January 2019; 29 July 2019
  • Course duration: Five Saturdays or one week

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.

“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

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.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418