Pattern cutting a dress block

We are delighted to welcome trained pattern cutter Elizabeth Cake to Made and Making. 

Over an intensive weekend workshop you will learn how draft a dress pattern that fits you perfectly. 

By accurately measuring your waist, hips, bust etc you will lean how to draft a dress block for your own shape which you will then make into a paper pattern. From this you will make a toile allowing you to check the fit and make any final adjustments. You will then be able to take home a pattern and block for a perfectly fitting dress. You may be able to begin making a dress on the second day subject to time. 

You will learn not only how to create the block but also how to make simple adaptations of skirt shape and dart position. 

This is a beginners course so no previous pattern cutting experience is required but some of experience of dressmaking will be an advantage. 

You will need to bring a packed lunch and the following;

Sewing machine (please let us know if you would prefer to use one of ours)

A calculator

some coloured pens/pencils and a rubber.

You may find a patternmaster tool helpful, some will be available on the day but if you already have your own please do bring it along.

Pattern paper and calico are also required and can be made available for you on the day at an additional £10 charge. You need approx 1.5m of both. 

In preparation for starting your garment;

For dress

2m of fabric of your choice

Matching thread

22inch zip

For trousers

2m of fabric of your choice

Matching thread

7inch zip

Please wear tights to the course as it makes for the most accurate measurement taking. 

This workshop is led by Elizabeth.

We need a minimum of three people to run this course.

People do cancel and we do hold waiting lists. If the date you would like is full please do contact us and we can add you to the list. 

During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.Customer feedback " Thank you very much for the pattern cutting course...Elizabeth was a great teacher, looking after us all, helping and guiding us. The other ladies were a lovely group and we all had a good time. I would recommend this coiurse to anyone."