Hi, you are logged in as , if you are not , please click here

Pattern Drafting for Beginners

More Info

Course Information

students measuring patterns on a long table

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

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.

Course Code


Course Dates

27th January 2018 – 24th February 2018

Course Fee

Course Description

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 without the reliance on commercial patterns.

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.

During the course you will:

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

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 enhance your portfolio to widen learning or employment opportunities in the future.

"Thoroughly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to the next level course in the future." (JH, Summer 2017)

"Leann was very positive, helpful and good at dividing her attention between everyone." (Anon, Summer 2017).

"Brilliant! Will definitely be interested in a follow-on." (MW, Summer 2017)

“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, Autumn 2016)

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.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813