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Pattern Drafting for Beginners (Summer School)

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Students working in the fashion studios

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 12

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.

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Course Dates

31st July 2017 – 4th August 2017

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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'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 block
  • draft a pattern from your own basic block
  • practice layplanning
  • 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 I 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 future learning or employment opportunities.

“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?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813