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Pattern Cutting and Drafting: Methods of Creating Fullness

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 21 November 2020
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, three weeks


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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.

What will you gain?

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.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

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.

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.

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 £355.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £355.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418