Project Based Course Information


Project Based Course information

Learn pattern cutting and garment construction in a mixed ability project-based workshop group. 

 Based on your initial and developing abilities, you’ll be encouraged to learn how to take a design idea, draft the pattern and sew the finished garment. All projects will be based on one-to-one discussions with the tutor.


The following gives an indication of how projects could progress.

Beginners to pattern cutting will start with a simple project, based on your own body measurement – for example, starting with a simple wrap-around gender-neutral skirt.  This would include:

  • converting your body measurements to the flat pattern paper
  • use of set square and metre ruler to draft the pattern,
  • adding seam allowances, grain lines and cutting instructions to the pattern
  • using the pattern to cut the fabric
  • assembling the fabric pieces and sewing a finished garment.

As you progress you can develop your own project ideas (e.g. for a pencil skirt) either by making a block to your own size - or using an industry standard size 12 block. Building on the above skills you would:

  • Learn how to change the silhouette of the skirt
  • Manipulate darts
  • Add details – yokes, pockets flare, pleats etc.

A next stage project could, for example, be making a simple shape jacket/top with sleeves. Building on pattern drafting techniques learnt in the first skirt project, this would in addition include:

  • Designing and drafting necklines and simple collars
  • Adding front fastenings, buttons or zips with facings
  • Drafting a sleeve band or cuff

Further bodice and sleeve projects would involve making a block to your own size or using an industry standard size 12 block enabling design variations to be designed and constructed around the essential body shape.

A simple shape trouser project would follow a similar path.

Students who have acquired the above skills or who are coming to the class with previous pattern cutting experience will be able to discuss and work on more personal projects.