Pattern cutting course – starts September 2023

patterns cutting

Are you frustrated that your ‘me-made’ garments don’t end up fitting very well or disappointed with the results of your dressmaking efforts? A pattern cutting class is for those who want to understand, and work on, creating patterns that will perfectly fit their own shape. But a class is often not enough to fully understand how to use your block and adapt it to make a garment from it.

This pattern cutting course has been put together so that you can draft and create your own garment designs. Perfect for someone who already has some experience of using and following commercial patterns.

You will start by constructing a block for either trousers or skirt (recommended for beginners), or a fitted bodice and sleeve for the more experienced. You will use your own measurements to plot out your block and then use this to make a calico toile. By making a toile you can bring the block to life, get a 3D fit and make any necessary alterations to ensure a you get a fit that works with your own curves.

With your toile and block tested  you’ll then move on to working with a set of ‘mini-me’ blocks on which you will practice some pattern cutting techniques to develop the design of your garment including creating the silhouette, adding waistbands, facings, pleats, gathers or pockets.

Once the design is finished you will then create a sewing pattern of your own simple design and make a ‘mini-me’ toile to test the construction techniques and order of make.

By the end of your course you will leave with a sewing pattern of your design, the knowledge of how to construct it, plus the confidence to turn future designs and ideas into patterns.

Tickets for this course are available with payment by instalments. We use the PayPal Pay in 3 option which will space your payment over three monthly instalments. Just select PayPal pay later at checkout.






06 Dec 2023


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

What you will need

Equipment needed for the course:

3-4m Spot and cross paper

1.2m pattern card

Patternmaster (metric)

Tracing wheel


2H pencil

HB pencil

Coloured fine liner pens (helps to id different adjustment/fitting lines)

Fabric carbon paper and tracer tool/’blunt’ tracing wheel (fine crochet hooks work also) to trace pattern details onto calico and paper (optional)

3/4m medium weight Calico or similar


Tape Measure (metric)

Sewing machine



Drinks and biscuits will be available.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Jo Bunner

Jo has been teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting for over 7 years, from beginners to advanced, cushion covers to tailored jackets and bras. Her particular specialism is fitting and pattern adjustment, having gained her experience working in the fashion industry as a Designer/Pattern cutter in ladies outerwear and tailoring.' She has been sewing for over 40 years and it still provides her escape and relaxation

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