Fashion Design: Designing and Pattern Cutting Level 1
Have you made a couple of things from commercial dressmaking patterns but wish you had more choice and a better fit?
What if you could do your own designs, or copy your favourite clothes? On this course you'll learn the techniques professional pattern cutters use to create all types of patterns for designers, so you can create you own!
Taryn creates her 'block' pattern Week 3 finished toiles! (Mock ups to check fit) Emilys finished skirt!
8 evenings 7.00-9.30pm at The Werks in Hove:
8 Mondays 7th October - 25th November 2013
PLUS optional sewing classes on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, Thursday evenings or weekends to sew and fit final skirt - we recommend 1-5 sewing classes depending on the help you need. Info & booking here
COST £145 for 8 weeks
If you cannot do these dates but are keen to do this course you can usually cover this content in 8 hours of 121 classes with our tutors. To request details of this or later course dates Contact us here
To book and pay by Paypal or Credit/Debit card please read booking instructions here and then click the Buy Now symbol. N.b. the Split payment option - Part 2 to be paid by 5th September 2013:
"Kat's course gave me the confidence I can actually make a pattern for anything I want to design"
Julia Miles, Business Coach, Hove
"It's so amazing how well my garments fit first time when I've created them from my own 'block' pattern!"
Tara Dakini, Belly Dance Teacher, Hove
On this course you will make a perfect fitting skirt pattern template ('block') to your own measurements, then adapt it to create many different styles & design techniques - any skirt you can imagine can be made from this block!
You'll then design a skirt & make a full size pattern for it to cut out and sew in our classes or at home.
You can use the same techniques at home to create your own trousers, dresses, tops etc.
You'll also find shop bought patterns much easier to understand and customise/alter with some pattern cutting knowledge under your belt!
More course content info here
Pattern cutting combines creativity and technical precision. To get the most out of this course you should have made at least one garment before using a sewing machine, be able to use a sewing machine without help and be happy using a calculator for basic maths. You could book sewing classes with us if you want to learn some clothes-sewing skills before the course - click here for info.
If you have already acheived the level of expertise offered on this course, we offer Drafting Your Own Patterns Level 2 here
The only bit of sewing during the course is for homework on week 2. You will need to know how to sew, but if you don't have your own machine you can hire one of ours at The Sewing Lounge at your convenience for £5 an hour (£10 for 3h) plus we have weekly sewing classes for after the course should you need them.
VENUE The Werks, 45 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BE (just off Palmeira Sq, next to Hot Heads hairdressers and across the road from the Cornerstone Community Centre/Flower stall). Complimentary tea and biscuits. Plus optional sewing classes on Thursdays 7-9.30pm can be booked for you to get support sewing up your final skirt - from £15 a class.
TUTOR Sew In Brighton owner Kat Neeser
Students on previous courses said..
"Kat is very knowledgeable - I felt in safe hands. The course was very 'real' and I came away with practical skills"
Jane Hunt, Administrator, Portslade
"I liked being taken through each step little by little and thought the classes had a good pace. I enjoyed all apsects of the course, Kat explains the steps very clearly"
Eleanor Hughes, Art Teacher, Brighton
Read student Emily's blog posts about this course on our blog here!
There will be around 15 minutes of homework every week to support your learning on the course and a bit longer between weeks 2 and 3 when you will sew your 'toile's' (basic mock up skirt to check fit).
There will be a 'buddy' system set up to help you and others catch up should anyone miss one class unexpectedly - please try to attend all 8 classes to get the most from this course.
Equipment/what to bring
- Bring 1 metre of cotton calico fabric or an old cotton sheet (not too thin, not stretchy), to make your toile from (you can buy calico from Fabric Land)
- You'll need to have access to a sewing machine, pins, scissors and thread for your homework between weeks 2 and 3 and after the end of the course to sew your skirt up. We rent sewing machines at various times during the week for £5 per hour at The Sewing Lounge in Hove - contact us for more details. All other equipment needed for the course will be provided. You will be given info as to where to buy your own equipment & books if you'd like to.
- Bring a sketchbook or folder with holepunched A4 paper plus some pritt stick, a hard pencil (2H -4H) and a pen.
How to book & pay:
- After you've paid by clicking the 'Pay Now' button above, you'll be automatically sent to a booking form pageto book your course or classes and give us your details . You'll then get your receipt from us within 3 days - or sooner if your course starts very soon.
- Please note that once booked, classes, courses and workshops are non-refundable and there are no transfers or reschedules. Check your diary before you book and check you're happy with our full booking terms before you pay - also look at the bottom of the page to see what you need to bring with you
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Level 1 Course content
- How to turn a flat piece of fabric into a fitted shape
- How to measure the body accurately
- Making a skirt 'block' (template pattern) that fits you
- Adjusting block for a perfect fit
- How to create a variety of skirt styles from your basicblock
- Technical details: notches, seam allowance, straight grain etc
- Moving darts, designing in seams, adding fit and flare
- Pleats, pockets, gathering, waistband types
- Design a number of skirts before choosing final design
- Make the finished pattern ready to cut out and sew & make a sewing plan.
- How to use techniques learnt to create trousers, skirts etc