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Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Overview

By the end of the course, you will develop the basic skills learnt in the beginner’s pattern cutting classes and knowledge in flat pattern manipulation and garment production methods to make your own basic skirt draft. Developing key elements of manipulation (darts, panel seams, gathers, flare), you will then produce a simple skirt made to fit your measurements.

Course Content

Week 1-2
Bring a simple skirt design (sketch or image from a magazine or computer). Measure each other to obtain the sizes we need to draft the skirt pattern. Draft a basic skirt pattern to your measurements.

Week 3-4
Continue with basic skirt pattern. Cut in calico. Industrial machine induction. Make calico toile of skirt on the industrial machines.

Week 5-6
Try the calico toile on and pin to fit. Amend the pattern accordingly. Looking at the skirt design now manipulate the basic pattern draft to create the skirt design required.

Week 7-8
Continue with pattern amendments adding seam allowances, grainlines etc. Cut the new pattern in the student’s fabric.

Week 9-10
Start to sew the skirt using industrial techniques. Demonstrations of seam finishes, zip and waistband application will be given. Evaluate course.

Entry Requirements
Basic sewing experience and beginners pattern cutting would be an advantage.

Materials and Equipment
Demonstration or materials for experimentation and 1 metre of calico will be provided free of charge but you will be required to purchase your own fabric in order to complete your personal skirt design. You will need to bring pencils (preferably a technical pencil), ruler or Patternmaster, eraser, scissors (paper and fabric), dressmaking pins, tape measure, masking tape, coloured fine liner pens, highlighter pens and A4 folder for handouts. 

Calico is around £1.80/m, available from your Pattern Cutting tutor if more than 1 metre is required.


Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

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Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Modules

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Student Work

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Students Say

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Careers & Alumni

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Entry Requirements

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Resources

Pattern Cutting for Improvers — Interview

Course Code: SC9101617
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