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About Me

I am a Master Pattern Cutter and  fashion startup consultant, with forty years experience in the fashion industry.  I specialise in providing top quality services and advice to  startups in London and throughout the U.K. I have immense experience, having worked extensively in all aspects of menswear, ladieswear and childrenswear. I work with a team of highly experienced fashion professionals to supply  top quality services to the fashion industry. We also provide a number of special workshops for startups.

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL –  thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

In 1972 I began a Fashion Design course at Medway College Of Art And Design. Unfortunately I discovered that I had no talent in design and no interest in the designing process, while my interest was more in creating shapes and patterns. But the design course was not flexible enough to allow me to do more  pattern cutting rather than knitting and macramé.

So in 1976 I began my first job as an Assistant Pattern Cutter at Jaeger in Burgess Hill, with virtually no experience in pattern cutting. Some of my Colleagues had in fact come straight from school . Although I only spent twelve months here, I did obtain a very useful grounding in Tailoring Pattern Cutting and an understanding of the importance of accuracy in creating the final pattern. I try to stress the importance of accuracy and attention to detali to the young  fashionentrepreneurs I work with today.

“If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”   MARISSA MEYER

I then spent a further year teaching English to Italian Students in Milan before returning to the U.K. and resuming my pattern cutting career with Alexon Tailoring. I went on to work for a number of diverse fashion companies including Jean Muir, Jean Varon and Hennes.

Although I achieved a good grounding in pattern cutting , my learning only really began once I became a Freelance Pattern Cutter in 1984. Because of the wide variety of jobs I was tasked to do I had to become skilled in Menswear, Ladieswear, Childrenswear, Tailoring, Workwear, Sportswear, Outerwear and Lingerie etc.

As a Freelance Pattern Cutter, not only did I have to be skilled in all areas of pattern cutting, but I also had to be able to grade every type and category of garment including Childrenswear and Plus Sizes, make samples, do costings, make spec sheets, source production, liaise with factories, control production quality and manage entire projects.

Over the years I have worked for hundreds of top Fashion Designers, High Street Clothing Companies, Small Startup Clothing Companies, Fashion Students and Individual Clients. While I enjoy the extensive variety of work involved, maybe the most rewarding part of the job is working with the small startup clothing businesses. The whole process can be a minefield of potential problems, without the essential knowledge of how the process works and how to avoid these problems. The pattern making is only a small part of the whole process that I need to be involved in. It is essential for any Startup Fashion business to control costs and avoid costly mistakes. This is where my job really begins.

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL –  thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

We provide a number of  one day and half day workshops for fashion Business Startups. These are invaluable workshops for both complete novices and more experienced fashion people. If none of the dates are convenient we can also offer a one to one workshop tailored to your own needs. Please check The London Pattern Cutter for details. Workshops we offer include :-

  • FASHION BUSINESS START-UP ON A BUDGET
  • CREATING A TECH PACK
  • MAKING AND GRADING YOUR PATTERN
  • QUALITY CONTROL
  • MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERN
  • START A FASHION BRAND
  • BECOME A FREELANCER

Freelance Pattern Cutters For London, Kent and U.K.