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Pattern Drafting for Beginners (one week)

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Students working in the fashion studios

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 10

On this practical course you'll be introduced to the skill of creating your own block and patterns from scratch, as well as developing skills in toiling and fitting.

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Course Dates

6th August 2018 – 10th August 2018

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Course Description

The course is ideal if you're already familiar with sewing and using 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.

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.

Delegates will be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, paper-based instructions and one-to-one formative feedback and tutorials.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you'll be able to create your own bespoke block and apply this method when using the measurements of other people.

You'll know how to lift patterns from your block, and will understand how these work in relation to commercial patterns.

You’ll know how to conduct a fitting and how to use fitting techniques to perfect your block and patterns.

You'll also have developed a range of professional skills and enhanced your portfolio to widen future learning or employment opportunities.

"Thoroughly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to the next level  course in the future."

"Leann was very  positive, helpful and good at dividing her attention between  everyone."

"Brilliant! Will definitely be interested in a follow-on."

“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!”

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 the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813