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Advance your sewing - design and make full size patterns

Design your own patterns

Duration: 2.5 hours for 4 weeks (1:30-4:00pm)

Price: £100

Book with: Katrina O'Neill
at Stitchingtime

Little Baddow Memorial Hall
North Hill
Little Baddow, Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 4TA

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About the Course

4 week introduction to changing and adapting your patterns

Part one - Bodice styles
On this short course you will learn how to be more creative with your patterns and be able to add interesting features to your commercial patterns (or your block if you have one). You will make a copy of a pattern that fits you and then use some of these techniques to re-design your pattern:

* Move darts to anywhere on the bodice using cut and close and pivot techniques.
* Remove darts, using the dart allowance to form princess seams.
* Replace dart shaping with shaped yokes which absorb the dart allowance yet retain the fit
* Learn 'slash and spread' techniques to create fullness, gathers, pleats and tucks.
* Form flounces and frills to add interest to necks or hems.
*Create diagonal or curved seams for colour block styles

You'll need a plain shift dress or blouse pattern in your size or your sloper or block if you have one. You'll also need large sheets of pattern paper, 2 metres fabric to make a toile and 2 metres fabric for your garment. All this is available to purchase in our shop.

£25 per 2.5 hour session payable in advance.

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What's included in the price?

2.5 hours workshop where each participant will be working on their own full size pattern with demonstrations and tuition to show you the techniques you'll need to create your individual design

Assortment of teas, coffees, milk and dairy free alternatives with snacks and biscuits.

You will need to bring drawing equipment - rulers, pens, pencils etc.
Large sheets of pattern paper
paper scissors and masking tape

You do not need to bring any sewing equipment or a sewing machine to the first two lessons.


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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Intermediate level
  • Long term / weekly / monthly

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