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Yesterday I spent the day showing four eager students the delights of pattern cutting at the Beginner’s Pattern Cutting Workshop.
They started the day with just a piece of fabric and a blank piece of paper. Five hours later they were all amazed (I’m always amazed that my students are amazed!) to have created a basic skirt block, made a toile that fitted perfectly and learnt enough to be able to turn their basic skirts into either a pencil skirt or an a-line skirt.
One of the main things my pattern cutting students seem to leave with is the delight of having a garment that fits them perfectly. I guess if you’ve always tried to make yourself fit shop bought clothes and wrestled with fiddly pattern adjustments when working with dressmaking patterns, a garment that fits your body perfectly must be a bit of a revelation.
Here’s what they thought of the day in their own words:
“Yet another great day learning to sew…..again. Finally I can wear something that fits!” Deb
“So lovely to have a pattern that truly fits ME!! Great workshop covering everything from pattern through to stitching the skirt together.” Mary
“A wonderful day I understood everything that Wendy said and I was very pleased with the end result. I’ve started with the skirt block and I will be coming back to do the dress block!” Georgia
“Brilliant day, only 4 in the group so really had time with Wendy to learn. Would love to come back for the dress course!” Claire
And speaking of the dress pattern cutting workshop, here’s what some recent students thought of that one!
“An informative, fast paced and fun day. And I got a made-to-measure dress toile and pattern, drafted by me (under the watchful eye of Wendy), to my personal measurements. What a great way to spend a day.” Cathy
“I attended the dress block pattern course and it was excellent, very informative and very productive (especially for a Sunday!), I cant believe after one days work I now have a dress pattern which I can make again and again and for it to fit perfectly every time. And if I ever do loose that stone I planned on loosing in January, I’m confident that I can now redraft the block on my own with all the handouts provided. I had a really good time and I’ve already brought some fabric to make my first proper dress from the pattern! Thanks Wendy” Sarah
If you’d like to have a go at pattern cutting I’ll be doing more Sunday workshops after Christmas and more City & Guilds courses. To get priority booking for workshops which will be announced in the next few weeks get yourself on my mailing list! Email me on miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to be added.