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Pattern Cutting and Drafting for Beginners

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 10 October 2020; 23 January 2021; 2 - 6 August 2021
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week


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On this practical course, you will be introduced to the skill of creating your own blocks and dress pattern from scratch - and work to develop fitting techniques and a series of toiles.


This course is ideal if you are already familiar with sewing and using commercial patterns and would like to start developing your own garment design.

Whether you are 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 you 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 learning or employment opportunities in the future.

Here's what some of our previous attendees said:

"The tutor was super encouraging and checked on us throughout each class. We had a hands on approach, being shown a task and able to try it ourselves immediately afterwards. I wish the course was longer!"

"I enjoyed all of it."

"I wanted to learn the proper way of measuring, checking the fittings and adjustments and I achieved all of it." SS

"Leann is a great tutor, we learnt new skills each week." KR

"For someone who wants to learn about pattern drafting and has no idea what to do, this course is the best. My understanding of pattern drafting has improved in every way.”

"The whole course was really interesting and I learnt new techniques every week. I feel confident about drafting and practicing my new skills. Thank you Leann, I had a fantastic time on the course."

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 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. Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course, you will:

  • learn to take measurements correctly
  • produce a basic block
  • draft a pattern from your own block
  • practice lay planning, fabric marking and cutting techniques
  • discover how to assemble and fit a toile
  • alter and adapt your pattern
  • be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, and benefit from one-to-one tutorials to aid your development.

Depending on how you progress, you might also:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: Experience in using a sewing machine and working from shop-bought patterns is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: Experience in using a sewing machine and working from shop-bought patterns is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £625.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £625.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418