How to use Dressmaking Patterns: Paper + PDF



Here it is, our new workshop, to help you get to grips with how dressmaking patterns work!

This workshop is aimed at beginners, who want to delve into the craft of using paper patterns and PDF patterns.

Using patterns can be quite a daunting prospect when you are first learning to sew. There are a lot of things you need to learn, about measurements charts, fabric consumption, how to place the patterns on your fabric correctly....and the list goes on!

Craig your tutor, will guide you through all of the important things you will need to know.... before you start.

That famous old saying "Measure twice....cut once"

Workshop breakdown:

Introduction to Paper Patterns (1 hour)

Choosing the right project for your sewing level (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced)
Size charts
Fabric consumption
Suitable fabrics for your chosen design
Where to buy fabrics
Woven fabrics Vs stretch fabrics
Choosing the right stretch fabric (stretch percentages)
How to cut out the paper pattern to your size
Basic alterations you can do on your pattern
Pattern Markings - and their meaning
Layout plans - Laying the patterns on your fabric
Cutting out techniques
Marking your fabric - Notches / Tailors Tacks / Chalking

Introduction to PDF Patterns - Digital Downloadable Patterns (1 hour)

What is a PDF pattern?
The best websites to get your PDF patterns (Free or paid)
The files you will receive when downloading your file
Adobe Acrobat - using layers to print out
Printing options - A4 / A0 / Projector files - Printing at home vs Copyshop
Printer settings - Very important!
Working with A4 printouts - joining them together

During this workshop, you will learn all you need to know about dressmaking patterns!

This workshop is delivered as a seminar. You will receive a printed PDF pattern of a small cushion cover, for you to learn how to join A4 sheets together, to create a full-size pattern.

You can then take this pattern home, to use to make a cushion cover if you wish.

Just turn up on the day!

This is a 2 hour workshop

This workshop is suitable for 14 years and above. All students under the age of 17, must be accompanied by a participating adult

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials


Craig Parr at The Fashion Box


718-722 Seven Sisters Road
Greater London
N15 5NH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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