Pattern Cutting Advanced - Morley College - 11 Weeks On Campus
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About the Course
It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course. The ability to draft your own patterns is the key to creating fashion and constructing clothing to your own designs.
This advanced level course will enable you to build on your existing skills and further develop a deeper understanding of the principles of pattern drafting and more advanced pattern cutting skills as you learn how to translate information from working drawings, photographs or other images into professional quality patterns. You will be able to devise your own development projects with the tutor and to work through your own plan. This may include drafting personal blocks and interpreting body proportions correctly, grading patterns or drafting patterns to your own designs.
This course is suitable if you are in further or higher education, already working as a pattern cutter, running your own business, or simply wanting to make high grade working patterns to make up into garments for yourself. You must have existing intermediate level skills to benefit from this course and to achieve the learning outcomes each term.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
• To analyse and interpret fashion drawings / clothing images
• To use appropriate methods for drafting blocks
• To adapt and manipulate blocks
• To use instructional handouts and materials correctly
• To construct, fit and amend toiles
This is an Advanced level course.
Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following:
• Completed 2 or more terms of the Pattern Cutting: Intermediate course
• Previously drafted patterns for bodices and trousers using blocks
• Use specification drawing as a guiding tool
• Draft patterns with different levels of features
• To construct toiles as part of the creation process
• Make relevant adjustment to patterns in relation to the changes to be made
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are essential
What you need to know before you enrol
• Working on patterns usually involves standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
Ideas for your project will be discussed with your tutor at the first lesson although it would be useful to bring:
• pattern blocks – if you do not have blocks, you will be able to draft your own in class
• paper scissors, Magic/scotch tape, Pritt stick
• calculator, A4 ring binder
• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, pins, tape measure and sewing thread
• tracing wheel, dressmaker’s carbon paper
• 2m x 1.5cm wide cotton tape
• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, retractable pencil and eraser
• ‘Metric Pattern Cutting’ by Winifred Aldrich is the reference book used on the course. It is useful to have your own copy
• some pattern cutting tools are provided for use in the studio
• paper and card are available for use in the classroom
• calico for toiling is available at cost price from your tutor
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course
What you can do next
We run a variety of specialist courses, including clothes making and accessories.
You might want to try one of the following:
• Costume Design and Making
• Fashion Design
• Draping on the Stand
• Introduction to Pattern Grading
Follow the link to Morley College for details of:
• Course times - *No classes on 13 Feb, 20 Feb and 3 April.*
• Concession & Senior fees where available
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You will be able to develop your skills by engaging with suitable projects determined by your existing level of development in discussion with the tutor. Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.