Saturday Pattern Cutting Workshop
Pattern Cutting Workshops.
In January 2021 we are due to begin a series of Saturday and weekend pattern cutting workshops for beginners, at our London studios. Each workshop will be teaching a different aspect of pattern cutting.
The workshops will have no more than four students per class, so that each student can get maximum attention from the tutor. If it is not possible to have group based classes at this time, we may have Zoom classes instead.
Creating Garment Blocks.
We will have a series of workshops teaching how to create various types of garment pattern block :- Skirt Block. Dress Block. Blouse Block. Trouser Block. You will learn how to create a standard size block complete with darts, ease and seam allowances. This basic block can then be manipulated and adjusted to create multiple styles.
Grading Your Block.
Our pattern grading workshop teaches you how to grade your standard block to different sizes. This is a very useful, but simple skill that can be used for any type of style.
Customising Your Blocks.
This pattern cutting workshop deals with the customisation of your pattern block so that it can fit a particular individual. This is a little more difficult than standard grading techniques, and very useful for bespoke made to measure work.
Sleeve drafting can often be a mystery to the inexperienced pattern cutter. It is important to understand the relationship between the armscye and the sleeve, and how the sleeve works within the armhole.
It is common for beginner pattern cutters to want to put unnecessary ease into a sleeve head, because they dont understand the purpose of the ease in the first place.
We like to teach the importance of modelling on the stand in conjunction with flat pattern cutting. Understanding dart manipulation is essential in this regard. It is important to understand both the theory and the practise of transferring suppression from one area to another.
When you are more experienced you can ignore all the rules and the theory, but until you know them, you cant ignore them.
The initial project will be to produce a standard size 10 block. Further classes will teach how to grade your block to different sizes, then to customise your block to fit a specific size. So, you can adapt the original block to fit your own measurements.