Professional Pattern Cutting

The Womenswear Dress Block & Tailored Skirt

3 day course

Dates: 18th Jan | 15th Feb | 14th March

Time : 10.00am - 5.00pm

Price : £299.00


Are you fed up using commercial sewing patterns and wish you could create your own gorgeous designs from scratch? Want to know how to get that perfect fits-like-a-glove silhouette too?

Pattern cutting skills are vital in successful garment construction, and we can teach you all you need to know to get started!

MaryRose the studio owner teaches our pattern cutting courses, she is an award winning womenswear designer with nearly 25 years of experience in pattern cutting and design to date. She has worked in the London Fashion Industry for brands such as Oasis, M&S and Evans and as a result has much experience in designing & cutting for petite, standard and curvy figures.


During the 3 day course, MaryRose will teach you how to construct a womenswear dress, bodice, sleeve & tailored skirt block using the techniques taught at professional industry level. 

Course information

This is a 3 part course, one day a week over 3 months: (one class each month).


You will learn:



  • How to measure correctly - there are approximately 20 key measurements required to construct the dress block & resulting patterns


  • Posture and what to look out for


  • How to construct a foundation paper pattern (known as a block) using the correct techniques to add suppression and fit lines


  • Ease - what is it and why is it added


  • Professional pattern markings


  • How to add the correct seam allowances


  • How to add balance points


  • How to move darts to other areas


  • How to construct a mock up garment (known as a toile in the industry)




  • Starter pattern adaptations: how to make a bust area bigger, fit someone taller, petite, other fitting issues




Learn how to design from the block pattern & create many different fashion silhouettes, bye bye commercial patterns!



  • A tailored skirt block

  • A fitted bodice block

  • A fitted dress block 

  • A tailored sleeve block


(All pattern cutting techniques are taught in a standardised size in class, the skills learnt can then be utilised by you at home, to construct your own made to measure blocks & design variations). 

What is included in the price?

  • 3 days expert pattern cutting tuition in a working fashion studio.

  • All pattern cutting paper, tools, technical handouts & equipment are provided for you

  • Guaranteed one to one tuition in class for each and every student

  • Help yourself to tea, coffee and sweet treats anytime in class.

What you will need to bring with you

We provide all tools and equipment you need for this workshop, no need to bring anything with you to class.

Skill level required to join class

This course is perfect for confident dressmakers who are used to sewing garments from commercial patterns, and want to learn how to make their own.

* It is not suitable for beginner dressmakers, or absolute beginner sewers.*

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