4 x 3 hour sessions. Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th Feb
LOCATION: Stitches & Cream, Falmouth, Cornwall
MAX CLASS SIZE: 4
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The aim of the course is to come away with a well fitted dress block and sleeve block. Having your own block is so useful and essential for making new patterns at home. Please note, we will not be drafting the block from scratch, we will be amending a block to fit you.
The second part of the course will be learning some basic pattern cutting techniques so that you can adapt your block. This includes pivoting darts, adding seams, altering necklines and basic skirt variations. Armed with this knowledge you can make many different designs at home.
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LEARN
Making your block:
Take accurate body measurements
Select the right size block and understand where your body differs from the block
Adapt the block for your measurements
Learn common fit adjustments
Learn about seam allowance, notches, grain lines, preparing fabrics to cut and cutting techniques
Cut out and sew block in calico
Fit the block and make any final tweaks
Adapting your block:
Altering the neckline
Creating panels and seam lines
Basic skirt variations
Slash and spread techniques to add volume
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
We will provide all the pattern cutting tools you will need
Pattern cutting paper, calico and zip to make your toile
Pattern cutting card to trace your final block on to
Course booklet to take home.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Absolutely nothing! Everything is provided for the class.
Please wear something tight fitting like leggings and a vest top so that we can take accurate body measurements and fit the calico toile. You can get changed into something more comfy once that part’s done if you’d like!
WHO IS THIS CLASS SUITABLE FOR?
This is an intermediate class. This course is aimed at confident dressmakers who have experience working with commercial patterns. You will get a lot more out of the class if you’ve already made up a several garments before and got a grasp of garment construction. We will cover all the pattern cutting basics with you, such as: seam allowance, notch, drill hole, grain line. If you are wondering if this is the course for you, don’t hesitate to drop me a line to chat it through!
ABOUT YOUR TEACHER
Helen is a pattern cutter who has worked in the fashion industry in London for 10 years. She has cut patterns for several high-end designer brands, including Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou and Karen Millen. She loves sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years with others, to help them on their sewing journey. Whether they are taking their first steps into the fashion industry, or improving their home sewing techniques.
Cancellation Policy: All bookings have to be paid in advance. See our cancellation policy online before booking