The aim of this course is to go over the principles and practices of pattern cutting. By the end of the course, you will have a complete set of the women’s wear basic blocks in a sample size 12 and will understand how to draw up these basic blocks according to personal measurements.  We will cover how to convert these basic blocks to production patterns, and how to toile these production patterns. Finally, we will use the basic dress block to create a simple dress of our own design.

Please note that this is a fairly technical class and is most suitable for those either attending a fashion design course or considering fashion design as a career. Equipment needed is outlined below.

Classes will run from 6.00pm-9.00pm every week on the following dates.


  • Introduction to pattern cutting
  • How to measure and record accurate body sizes
  • Tailored skirt block

WEEK 2 – 11 APRIL:

  • Basic trouser block
  • Close-fitting bodice block & one piece sleeve

WEEK 3 – 18 APRIL:

  • Close-fitting bodice block & sleeve (continued)
  • Add neck, front opening & armhole facings
  • Principles of dart manipulation

WEEK 4 – 25 APRIL:

  • Skirt Manipulations – choose 3: panelled/gored/vent/gathered

WEEK 5 – 2 MAY:

  • One piece dress block
  • Two piece dress block

WEEK 6 – 9 MAY:

  • Classic shirt block – add shirt collar and cuffs

WEEK 7 - 16 MAY:

  • Cutting in calico – information and demonstration

WEEK 8 – 23 MAY:

  • Collars – mandarin/wing/convertible/flat/peter-pan

WEEK 9 – 30 MAY:

  • Design week – Dress

WEEK 10 – 6 JUNE:

  • Make pattern from own design

WEEK 11 – 13 JUNE:

  • Toile own design

WEEK 12 – 20 JUNE:

  • Toile own design (continued)

Due to the amount of information covered in this course, you will be expected to do some work in your own time. Access to a sewing machine is needed for toiling patterns.


  • Winifred Aldrich: Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear
  • L-Square - (
  • Grading Rule - (
  • Pattern Notcher
  • Drill hole punch
  • Protractor/sharp pencils
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Calico for toiles

Please note, workshop fees are non-refundable. You are able to transfer your attendance if you find someone to take your place or if we have a waiting list.