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Beginners’ Pattern Cutting Workshop

This is the last post of catching up with the great work that’s been produced by students at recent workshops!

beginnerspatterncutting-may15-webMy 4 students hard at work in concentration mode!

Last Sunday was the Beginner’s Pattern Cutting workshop –  this is a really valuable skill to learn and is usually the next step for keen dressmakers who have got bored or frustrated by readymade patterns.

Pattern cutting enables you to draft your own patterns to your measurements and design. It’s quite a technical, mathematical skill and I find that people either love it or hate it! I love it, as I like how logical and precise you have to be, but there also still feels like there’s a bit of “magic” involved.  It’s such a satisfying process to be able to take an idea from your head and turn it into an actual garment that fits your body perfectly.

beginnerspatterncutting-may15-2I think those faces say it all, don’t you?!

It’s always satisfying for me as a teacher at the end of a pattern cutting class, to see a group of students try on the toiles they’ve drafted, half-expecting them not to fit and then see their faces light up as they fit perfectly.  And, when something fits well it automatically looks good, is flattering and is really comfortable.

Here’s what those happy faces thought of their day:

“Really good day, practical, useful and mellow. Wendy is strict but funny which means you get things done and enjoy yourself.  And my skirt fits!!!  Thank you.  Lara

“Thank you. Very well structured and clearly laid out. An excellent workshop which leaves you wanting to do more! See you on the stretch workshop!” Harriet

“A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day and the skirt fits me! As an introduction to pattern cutting the day was great and I learned techniques applicable to all my sewing. Can’t wait to learn how to cut trousers to fit me!” Mary

“Thanks Wendy, this was a great way to spend a Sunday – learning how to make a skirt that really fits me in a supportive friendly group. Fun and informative with plenty of hints and tips on sewing generally thrown in.” Jenny

If you want to have a go at drafting patterns perfect for you, I’m teaching a pattern cutting summer school in August this year. You can find all the details in this post.

If you can’t commit yourself to a whole week of it, I will be running this workshop and other pattern cutting workshops between July and December this year.  If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about new classes and get priority booking before they are advertised online, sign-up to my newsletter here.

Pattern Cutting Summer School – Now Booking!!

beginners pattern cutting patterncutting If you can never find what you want when looking for sewing patterns, maybe its time to have a go at pattern cutting and design your own! Pattern cutting is a valuable and useful skill that will enable you to draft patterns to your own measurements. No more tweaking and fiddling around with bought patterns to get them to fit. There will be no more than 4 people on this course so you will get lots of help and guidance. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? Anyone who has used dressmaking patterns and is interested in designing their own clothes. You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

  • use a sewing machine
  • read a dressmaking pattern
  • basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.


  • take an accurate set of body measurements
  • draft a skirt and trouser block to your own measurements
  • make and fit a calico toile (sample garment)
  • make some simple style adaptations to a basic block
  • make a pattern and toile from your own design for a skirt or trousers.

NOTE – this course teaches flat pattern cutting techniques, not draping on the stand. Tues 18th to Fri 21st August | 10am – 4pm | £550 Only 4 places available so don’t miss out! Ring 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop@gmail.com to book your place. (A 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your place with the balance due by 17th July.)

Tutor: Wendy Ward

Pattern Cutting for Dresses

Sunday 11th May was a day of dresses at MIY Workshop!

It’s a full-on workshop this one, but the effort students put in is worth it.  They were all thrilled by the end result of a perfectly fitting dress.  It always surprises me when students are so surprised with their results!

We all agreed that when a garment fits you properly it is just about the most flattering and nice to wear garment that you will ever put on.  Also confirmed by the fact that one student arrived for the workshop in one of 5 perfectly fitting skirts she’s made herself after attending my Beginners’ Pattern Cutting workshop.  What better way to spend a Sunday?

Here’s what they all thought of the day:

“Absolutely amazing!  To be able to draft a perfectly fitting dress so quickly was brilliant.”  Dianne

“Great class, I now have a dress block that is a perfect fit and what a difference it makes!  Really wonderful class and Wendy is a highly knowledgeable teacher.”  Kate

“It fits!  Great day had by all thanks to Wendy’s very patient nature.  Dresses galore for the summer.”  Delia

“So looking forward to the next session and my dress will have sleeves too.  Thanks so much!”  Tess

City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School

City & Guilds 7160(02) Level 2 Award 214 – PATTERN CUTTING FOR SKIRTS & TROUSERS

If you can never find what you want when looking for sewing patterns, maybe it’s time to have a go at pattern cutting to design your own and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

5 day Summer School 10-5.30pm (35 hours teaching):

Monday 4th to Friday 8th August

 COST:  £300 course fee plus £35 C&G registration fee


You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

• use a sewing machine
• read a dressmaking pattern
• basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.

 There will be a maximum of 4 people on the course.


Your final assessment will be based on a folio of your work, there is no written exam.  The course will cover the following:

•  drafting a basic skirt and trouser block
•  making a toile (sample garment) for the 2 blocks
•  making fit adjustments to toiles
•  looking at the historical, cultural and contemporary design of skirts and trousers
•  producing your own design for a skirt or trousers
•  making a pattern for your own design
•  making a toile for your own design.

NOTE – this course teaches flat pattern cutting techniques, not draping on the stand.


miyworkshop@gmail.com  |  01273 693451

You can have a look here to see what last year’s summer school students produced.