Introduction to Pattern Cutting - Create a Skirt and Bodice Block

We're excited to be restarting our workshops after a hiatus during lockdown! Please read our Workshop Corona Policy before booking to ensure you are happy with the additional safety measures we will be taking during the class.


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th August 2021

6 Broadway Market Mews, London, E8 4TS

The workshop will take place in our shop just behind Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations. 


During this intensive 2 day course you will learn step-by-step how to draft a skirt and bodice block based on your own unique measurements.

This introduction to pattern cutting is a great starting point for sewists wanting to create their own patterns and build a solid foundation and understanding of pattern cutting.

Over the 2 days you will learn to draft both blocks, fit them on yourself and learn how to do some basic amendments to turn your block into a style.


+ How to measure a body accurately.
Basic pattern terminology & introduction to using tools
How to draft a skirt and bodice block using their own measurements
+ How to add seams and notches to the block
How to fit and amend the block
+ Basic changes to turn your block into a pattern 


Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to draft skirt and bodice blocks
+ Dot and cross paper
Pattern cutting tools (pattern master, notcher, pattern drill and tracing wheel, tape measure etc) Please feel free to bring your own tools if you already have some
Toiling supplies (calico, pins, threads etc)


+ A notebook and pen to take notes
+ A camera / phone to take process pictures (optional, but helpful!)


This class is for experienced sewers that are familiar with using patterns and want to expand their skills and knowledge into pattern cutting.


Kathryn is an experienced pattern cutter currently working in the industry. After starting at Karen Millen her CV has grown to include London Fashion week brands such as Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead as well as power house brand Topshop. She discovered a love of pattern cutting while studying fashion design at university and hasn't looked back since. After graduating she threw herself headlong into the industry and quickly rose up the ranks. After 7 years of hard grafting she is now keen to share what she has learnt with others and to see her love of pattern cutting spread!

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