One To One Grading Classes.
(040). This short manual pattern grading course is conducted from our London studios in Greenwich SE18. These are one-to-one grading classes conducted by highly experienced pattern grading tutors.
This course provides a short introduction to pattern grading for menswear, ladieswear, or childrenswear. No experience is necessary, although a basic familiarity with patterns or garment construction is advisable.
The course can be for anyone considering taking up grading or pattern cutting as a career. Or for someone wanting to learn grading as part of a dressmaking hobby. Or to be able to adjust patterns to fit themselves.
Within the fashion industry, manual pattern grading is still widely used by smaller labels just grading one or two sizes. For anything else, computer grading is far more cost effective. Many brands outsource the grading to specialised digital grading services.
For anyone interested in becoming a professional grader, we recommend our digital pattern grading classes. Just ask for details.
Grading is an important part of the clothing production process. It involves the scaling of pattern sizes up and down from the base size, to provide an accurate fit in all sizes. This is a very useful skill both for the fashion professional and the home sewer.
Basic grading is fairly straightforward and can be learnt quickly. If you are considering learning how to grade via a computer, then it is a good idea to learn manual grading first as you are dealing with real physical patterns, rather than a computer screen.
Grading can be a useful introduction to pattern cutting, and every pattern cutter should learn how to grade.
It can be very expensive to have patterns professionally graded. Many graders will charge for a minimum of three sizes, so to have just one or two sizes graded can work out prohibitively expensive.
Manual Pattern Grading.
Grading manually is the best way to learn how to grade initially. This way you get a feel for the patterns and how the shape changes as you grade to different sizes. The hands on approach is best.
Our manual pattern grading courses are suitable for beginners or intermediates. In order to learn pattern grading it is useful to have a basic understanding of patterns, but it is not necessary to be an accomplished pattern cutter.
Today most professional pattern grading is done by computer rather than manually, as it is far more efficient. However, there are many small companies and individuals that still grade manually rather than invest in the necessary equipment for computer grading, or using grading services that can be very expensive.
Whether you use computer grading or manual grading, it is still necessary to understand the basic rules of pattern grading. These are really quite straight forward for most styles that require only three or four sizes.
While to fully understand pattern grading would take years of practise and study, the basic rules can be picked up very quickly.
Our pattern grading classes focus on the basics of practical manual grading. This way it is far easier to understand the process and apply it either in manual pattern grading or computer grading. Our qualified tutors will guide you through the processes of grading basic tops, dresses and trousers.
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