Pattern Cutting Blocks: skirt, trouser, bodice and sleeve

Pattern cutting blocks

Progress beyond commercial sewing patterns by making your own with our Pattern Cutting Blocks course. Choose from skirt and trousers or the bodice block and sleeve. Substitute your personal body measurements for the the commercial standard sizing to achieve a better fit.

Taking accurate body measurements

Start by taking a full set of body measurements and discover how these affect drafting and fit.

Drafting Garment Blocks

Draft basic garment blocks. Choose from: skirt and trousers or bodice and sleeve. It’s not a complex as you might think!
Discover why a toile (fitting shell) is key to a fantastic fit.

The Pattern Cutting Blocks follow-on courses are:

Pattern Cutting 2: Pattern Adaptations
We have changed the format of our Sew Short Course programme in 2023 to make it more flexible for you. Instead of specific course dates you can now book any of the courses as a Sew Personal session or a shared Sewing Bee workshop. The session is limited to one or two sewers giving you lots of tutor time.
This course is for intermediate and advanced dressmakers.

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!