Pattern drafting using the Bespoke Block - The Woven Top

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Learn essential pattern making skills in this professional level, beginners workshop!

We're excited to be restarting 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. 

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!  

This full day course will teach you the essential skills to begin designing patterns. 

You will learn many useful pattern making skills working with your own bespoke block (template made to your body measurements) to create a pattern for a top, including design details of your choice.

Before the class date, we will collect your measurements and a tailored bodice block will be drafted specifically for you. This wonderful tool will allow you to make garments to fit you! If you would like a standard size block to create patterns for others we are happy to provide this instead; just let us know!

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.

Crafty workshops manager and MHW pattern designer, Sarah, will also be on hand to assist with this class. 

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 invite you to join a WhatsApp group to access support and get to know your fellow sewists before the workshop. We will be in touch with you regulary 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 you bespoke block, paper, card and use of all pattern cutting equipment. 

Payment plans are now available to help you spread the cost of your workshop. Pay a deposit now and we will invoice you for the remainder in the 1st week of January. 

You will learn: 

  • About blocks and sizing
  • A recap on how to take accurate measurements
  • Demonstrations of dart manipulation, and different methods of using suppression to manipulate the block
  • 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:  

    • Your bespoke block
    • 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
    • Design templates with prompters to help you design your own style


    Sewing sustenance!

    Refreshments including hot and cold drinks and cakes and 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 appartments is available. 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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