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Pattern Cutting

We offer a  one-to-one pattern cutting workshop. These are aimed at anyone from the absolute beginner to advanced professionals. They can cover any aspect of pattern cutting such as block creation and dart manipulation.

We can use either the flat pattern cutting method, or draping on the stand. Often a mix of the two types is the best way to go. These pattern cutting classes can be tailored to your specific needs and timed to your own convenience.

PHONE – 07905-965-305


It is impossible to learn pattern cutting  quickly as It takes years of constant practise, day in and day out to become expert. That is why I advise anyone  interested in learning pattern cutting to invest in a good mannequin. This allows them to  put what they have learnt in the workshop into practise at home.

A good mannequin should last a lifetime. While there are those who have an aptitude for making patterns, in my opinion  it is as much an acquired skill as raw natural ability. Working at home on your own mannequin in conjunction with the pattern cutting classes is the most efficient way to learn.

PHONE – 07905-965-305


In our one to one pattern cutting workshop we like to show you how to do it yourself. We will try to show you that once you know the rules, that really there are no rules. Once you know them you can just forget them and do your own thing.

Many people trying to learn pattern cutting make the mistake of believing that they need to cut patterns to a formula. They buy books that tell them to make a pattern by joining the dots.  But you do not need a formula if you have a mannequin to use. Why not just make your pattern on the mannequin itself. Once you have perfected your initial pattern block, you can then use this block to cut many new designs from.

” Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime “


We have many fashion startup entrepreneurs or designers who want to understand how patterns are made. They like to get involved with the making of their own patterns. So in these cases we work with them by going through their design ideas and we develop a good working drawing for the pattern cutter. Then we set about creating their pattern with them.

Most patterns can be completed in a day, but some will require two days.  This gives the client an opportunity to do some homework themselves. They can complete some of the work at home and bring it back for the second day. In this way they kill two birds with one stone – They learn how to cut patterns while also getting the pattern they need to produce their design.

PHONE – 07905-965-305


You can either work according to our instructions, or you can bring along your own pattern cutting project. Your tutor will be  highly experienced in the field of pattern cutting that you are most interested in.


In the flat pattern method of pattern cutting, we learn how to create  basic block patterns and then to develop these block patterns into individual styles by a combination of methods. You will learn about dart manipulation and by slashing and spreading the pattern pieces.

PHONE – 07905-965-305


Draping on the stand

Our workshops for draping on the stand  are very popular with beginner and experienced pattern cutters alike.

I am a great believer in draping on the stand.  I like to get students draping on the stand from the outset. So no more ” E to F = C to D less 1/3 A to B + 1/4″. I mean, what the hell does that mean ?  Tailors often will have to use these systems in order to develop their patterns, because their clients are all sorts of sizes and shapes. They do not have one standard shape to base all their patterns on.  But even then, the systems appear to be structured in such a way as to be completely incomprehensible to the beginner.

The best investment any would be pattern cutter could make is to buy a good mannequin. A mannequin will last a lifetime. It may need recovering every thirty years or so, but it should never need replacing. And should you decide to sell, it will have maintained its value pretty well. You try to find a second hand mannequin on Ebay and you will see that they very rarely come up.

The great thing about draping on the stand is that it is not theory. What you do on the stand is reality. I will often start my patterns from a block that has itself been developed from the stand. Initially I will cut out the basic shape in paper, then place the paper on the stand to develop the shape and the style lines further.

Production pattern workshop

The production pattern workshop is a one to one workshop in which a highly experienced pattern cutter specialised on your specific field of pattern cutting would work exclusively with you to bring your design to life. This is aimed at, but not exclusively for, startup fashion entrepreneurs with an idea for a design that they intend to bring to market, but who  would also like to have some insight to the pattern development and an understanding of the process.

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We would speak by phone initially to see how realistic the idea was and to discuss the best way to proceed. We  will normally ask you to provide in advance,  a sketch of the design ( It doesn’t matter if you cant draw ), a similar garment if possible, and a  folder of relevant pictures, information and ideas. From these we can judge the practicality of your designs and gather together  whatever we may need to develop your design.

 Your pattern cutter would  sit down with you to go through your design in more detail. You will then begin to develop a rough pattern working alongside your specialist pattern cutter. This would probably be achieved with a combination of flat pattern and draping techniques, utilising the mannequin to  check the shape and detail. Sometimes this requires pinning and re pinning the toile until it is perfect.

The pattern would then be “toiled” in calico, adjusted if necessary, then made into a final factory ready pattern .  A further workshop  would involve making a sample of your design and developing a Tech Pack for the factory.

The pattern work can either by done by the client, or by the pattern cutter – Again, it is more likely to be a mix of the two. The final factory pattern may have to be completed by the professional pattern cutter, or at least finally checked by them as this is the final production pattern used by the factory to make the production.

PHONE – 07905-965-305


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