Pattern Cutting Blocks: skirt, trouser, bodice and sleeve

Pattern cutting blocks

Our Pattern Cutting Blocks workshops are for sewers who would like to progress beyond commercial sewing patterns by making their own.

The workshops introduce basic garment block drafting. Due to the current situation these are offered as three Zoom online sessions. You can book each on individually or as a block of 3.
We recommend you complete the skirt block first if you are new to pattern drafting as this introduces the principles.
1 Skirt block. 2 bodice and sleeve. 3 Trousers.

Taking accurate body measurements

The workshops start with an explanation of how to take an accurate set of body measurements. Jane will explain why each measurement is important and the effect it has on fit.

Drafting Garment Blocks

You will draft basic garment blocks using your body measurements or a standard measurement chart: skirt or trousers or bodice and sleeve (please see the dates in the booking information below).
We will discuss the importance of a toile (fitting shell) to achieve a great fit. Toile fittings can be booked as Sew Personal sessions.

The Pattern Cutting Blocks follow-on courses are:

Pattern Cutting 2: Pattern Adaptations
Can’t make the dates? You can book these workshops as a Sew Personal sessions with Jane.
This course is for intermediate and advanced dressmakers.
  • Cost: £35 per workshop including drafting paper and instructions.
  • Date:  skirt block – to be confirmed. Please contact us for more information. This workshop can be booked as a Sew Personal session.
  • Times: 7-9pm
  • Date: 10 May 2021 – trousers
  • Times: 7-9pm
  • Date: 22 May 2021 – bodice and sleeve
  • Times: 10am-1pm
  • Venue: via Zoom

These workshops can also be booked as Sew Personal sessions.

To book your specialist course you can:

  • Call Jane on: 07946 648748 or 01652 662053
  • Email Jane on:
  • For card payment by phone please call Jane on 07946 648748 or 01652 662053

We also accept payment by Paypal

Sew Short Course and conditions:

  • To secure a place on the course fees are payable in advance. Unpaid for bookings cannot be held.
  • Sorry, fees are non-refundable.
  • The cost of course materials is not included in the fee unless otherwise stated in the course description.
  • Tuition outside the course dates will be charged extra.
  • Jane White Couture Tuition reserves the right to cancel or change the date of courses.
  • Jane White Couture Tuition cannot be responsible for student’s internet connection to join or during the course. In the event of an internet outage at our end an alternative date will be offered.
  • The course information is an outline. The amount of work completed during the session will depend on your pre-existing skills and pace of work.

Thank you for a terrific course. I’ve wanted to try making my own patterns for years. I feel I have gained a new enthusiasm for dressmaking and I’m eager to start making clothes that fit and are unique!