Pattern Drafting - Sleeves and Skirts

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Learn how to draft sleeves and add a skirt to a bodice block and master essential pattern making skills in this professional level, beginners workshop!

After this full day course you will have learnt the essential skills to begin designing your own patterns! 

You will learn many useful pattern making skills including pattern drafting.

You can choose to work with your own bespoke block made in our Bespoke Bodice Block workshop or a standard bodice block. 
You will practice these techniques using half scale blocks and then you will learn how to create a sleeve and skirt block, and manipulate this to include design details of your choice.

The workshop fee includes creation of a sleeve and skirt block. You can also trace off the bodice block of your size.  

About your tutor: 

Cath McBean worked as a pattern cutting lecturer for many years at The London College of Fashion and Ravensbourne College of Art. She then went on to work as a freelance pattern cutter, designer and bespoke dressmaker, and designed and made bespoke wedding dresses.

Cath's specialist skill is drafting a pattern the old fashioned way, on paper! Then making a toile to perfect the fit.

Cath will be supported by Crafty tutors Sarah, Freya or Emma, who will be on hand to assist with this class and provide advice about annotating your patterns and creating your construction notes. 

Our 2 tutors will help you every step of the way with demonstrations and advice. 

We’re here to support you before the workshop too. We will be in touch with you regularly in the run up to the workshop and you are very welcome to get in touch if you have any questions, at any time.

The one day course is £137 including your paper, card, calico and use of all pattern cutting and sewing equipment. 

You will learn: 

  • About blocks, sizing and ease
  • A recap on how to take accurate measurements
  • Draft a sleeve and skirt block
  • How to create volume, structure and movement in different sections of the sleeve and skirt using Pivoting and slash a spread methods
  • Design planning
  • Pattern drafting 
  • Creating the sample pattern and adding seam allowances and annotations
  • Writing construction instructions

    We will provide:  

    • Calico, paper and card
    • Pattern cutting equipment
    • Use of all necessary workshop equipment
    • Supporting handout including a quick reference glossary of terms and drafting techniques reminders with pattern creation checklist - you will receive this as soon as you purchase your workshop place so you can start to become familiar with the terms
    • Design templates with prompters to help you design your own style

    This workshop is being held at our Studio in The Makers Yard. 
    Our Studio is within a beautiful listed building that was once a thriving hosiery factory!  

    We're excited to have restarted our workshops after lockdown! Please read our Covid policy before booking to ensure you are happy with the additional safety measures we will be taking during the class. 

    Sewing sustenance!

    Refreshments including hot and cold drinks and cakes/biscuits will be provided throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch or money to buy lunch at one of the lovely local cafes. 

    Where can I stay?

    Local accommodation in beautiful self catering apartments is available. Take a look at our find us page or contact us for details. The Premier Inn is also a great option and very close by. 

    There will be a maximum of 6 guests in this workshop supported by 2 tutors.

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