Pattern Cutting Intermediate - Morley College - 11 Weeks On Campus

Duration: 11 Weeks

Price: £290

Run by: Morley College London

020 7450 1889

61 Westminster Bridge Road
Greater London

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About the Course

Pattern cutting is the engineering of fashion! On this course you will be encouraged to think analytically, focus on problem solving in pattern making, develop your confidence building on knowledge you have gained in Beginners Pattern Cutting courses and prepare to complete patterns on a more professional level. The tutor will give you challenging exercises to push your knowledge and translation of a given image even further.

This intermediate level project-based course offers you a structured programme to develop your existing skills. Learning manipulation techniques to produce a wider range of garment features and styles on a more complex level. Each term will start with structured group exercises accompanied by hand outs and end with a personal project where you draft a spec drawing based on your own design, complete a pattern for it and stitch a a toile to test the silhouette and pattern.

Each term has a different focus: Autumn - skirts and trousers, Spring - bodice and sleeves, Summer - Dresses. It is highly recommended to start the intermediate level in the first term as we will build on knowledge you will gain each term.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
• to complete a pattern for a personal design
• to draft and use a technical spec drawing as a guiding tool
• to use a standard size block to create a variety of intermediate level styles
• to create an industry ready specification sheet
• to make and use toiles as part of the process of creating a finished pattern
• to identify different style names and techniques

This is an Intermediate level course.

Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following:

• Have completed 2 terms of Pattern Cutting: Beginners
• Understand what a grainline is and how to use it
• Understand what a notch is and how to use them
• Understand what seam allowance is and how to use it
• Be able to use the technique of Slash and Spread
• Be able to use techniques for dart manipulation, including pivoting
• Have experience of making toiles to fit and adjust patterns
• Basic sewing skills are desirable but not essential
• 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 and cutting fabric can involve 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
paper scissors:
• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure
• tracing wheel
• sewing threads
• masking tape
• notepad and 2/3 colour pens, 2H pencil, sharpener and eraser
• A4 ring binder file
• ‘Metric Pattern Cutting’ by Winifred Aldrich is the reference book used on the course. It is useful for you 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
If this is your first term of the course, further terms of Pattern Cutting: Intermediate are advised as this will amount to a thorough foundation in the subject. Once you have achieved a foundation of skills, we offer a wide range of further courses in pattern cutting. We also run a variety of accessories and specialist courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and accessories.

You might want to try one of the following:
• Pattern Cutting: Advanced
• Lingerie: Making Bras and Underwear
• Draping on the Stand
• Introduction to Childrenswear

Follow the link to Morley College for details of:
• Course times
• Concession & Senior fees where available
• Enrolment

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?

Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate. The tutor will give demonstrations of technique and lead discussions.

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.

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.

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