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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.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BY THE END OF THE COURSE?

  • 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

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

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

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.

WHAT IS COVERED 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.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE CONTACT WENDY:

miyworkshop@gmail.com  |  01273 693451

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

The First City and Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School

Last week was a VERY full-on week.  It was the first City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School and I worked my four students extremely hard.  They only had half hour lunch breaks and were sent off with homework each night.  I even started to feel a tad guilty about it, especially as the weather was so nice.  No need to feel guilty though, look what fantastic work they produced…..

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In just 5 days these students, all of whom were new to pattern cutting, achieved this:

  • drafted their own skirt and trouser blocks and made toiles (samples) to check the fit
  • wrote a design brief and designed a range of skirts or trousers
  • chose a design to then make a pattern for
  • made a toile for their own design.

Not to mention undertaking historical, cultural and current design research.

So even though the garments they’re all wearing are only toiles, they all turned out pretty good ones that fit really well.

From left to right, Clare made a pencil skirt with asymmetric pleated detail over one hip.  Clare runs her own sewing classes in Hampshire and decided it was time to venture into pattern cutting.

Sandeep made some lovely pleated waist, tapered leg trousers with turn-ups and a shaped waistband and pockets both with a small cutout detail.  I wish I’d also taken a photograph of the back of the trousers as the back of the waistband was also shaped down into a V which fitted perfectly.  Sandeep set herself a big challenge with these trousers, but made a fantastic job of them as her attention to detail is obvious.  She currently makes beautiful bespoke neck and bow ties.  Check her blog too for some extremely tasteful bunting.  Quite a rarity in the bunting-filled times in which we live!

Sally made a very wearable a-line skirt with a deep shaped yoke, an inverted pleat in the centre front and shaped pockets and seemed very pleased with the result!  I’m happy to say she has immediate plans to make more of them.  Sally teaches textiles and also makes gorgeous embroidered, appliquéd and quilted textile pieces of which you can see more and find out more about what she does on her blog.

And last, but certainly not least, Santa came all the way from Hong Kong for the course!  She’s spending a very creative few weeks in the UK taking courses and attending conferences.  As we speak she will now be in Oxford immersed in the world of corset-making!  Santa came up with a really feminine design for her skirt involving tucks, drapes and gathers and like Sandeep, set herself quite a challenge, but again, achieved an excellent end result.  She was working with two very different fabrics in order to achieve the effect she wanted and I think the result is stunning and flatters her shape perfectly.

By the end of the week we’d resorted to this to fuel the final push………!!

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But it was worth it!  Well done to the four of them and thank you for being such great company all week.

I might be running this C&G course again as an intensive week-long course in the autumn, but dates are yet to be confirmed.  If you would be interested email me at the address below to be the first to know of any new dates:

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I also run one-day pattern cutting workshops.  You can find out more details here.