Pattern Cutting Techniques


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Saturday 25th May 2024
32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP
The workshop will take place in our shop just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations.  


In this one day class you will learn some of the foundational skills in pattern cutting and pattern manipulation. Level-up your sewing skills and learn how to manipulate patterns to make your designs your own. During the class you will sample a variety of pattern cutting techniques including manipulating darts, to slashing and spreading and to properly lengthening pattern pieces. These skills form the foundation to designing your own dream patterns. You will take a basic block and learn how to adapt it to create sample patterns from it.


+ How to take a basic block and adapt it for a pattern

+ How to manipulate darts through rotation

+ How to convert darts to gathers 

+ How to convert darts to pleats

+ How to convert darts into princess seams

+ What slash and spread means and how to use the technique to create frills

+ How to correctly lengthen pattern pieces

+ How to use a half scale block to test pattern cutting techniques

This is a practical class and you will create a selection of sample patterns during the session using half scale blocks.


This class is suitable for intermediate sewists. You should be confident using a sewing machine and making garments. You don't need to have any previous pattern cutting experience although.


+ Use of our PFAFF Ambition 635 sewing machines in the classes. If you'd like to learn on your own machine then please do bring it along - please let us know the model in advance and bring your manual with you.
+ All tools and equipment
+ Instructions to take home with you
+ Hands on help to create your pattern pieces
+ Drinks and sweet treats to keep you going throughout the class.


Yourselves! During the class we will create versions of these patterns with half scale blocks and pattern paper. We will provide the paper, rulers, and everything else you need (including tea and biscuits!). We’ll also have samples of all the techniques so you can see what they will look like when they are made up. You might want to bring a notepad to take notes.


The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet. 


 This class will be taught by Kate, aka Project Patterns. An extremely experience pattern cutter, Kate has created patterns for countless high-end and high street brands and now also teaches pattern cutting through her online and in-person workshops.


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