Professional Pattern Cutting

The Perfect Fit Bodice Block

One Day Course

Date : Saturday 25th January 2020

Time : 10.00am - 5.00pm

Price : £99.00


When it comes to a professional looking, perfectly fitted garment - the bodice is key to the success of the project.

Bodices are the trickiest part of any garment to master - so much is involved in the construction and fitting of any bodice. Join this class and leave with the perfect bodice, ready to use in so many future designs.


In this class you will draft a made- to- measure block/ pattern to your own proportions. You will then be taught how to make the toile ( mock up garment as used in the fashion industry) & we will help fine- tune your bodice in class, adjusting it for a fabulous, fits-like-a-glove silhouette.

There are only 6 spaces available in this class, so we can provide lots of one to one tuition to each student in class. 

Course information

This all day intensive workshop teaches you how to:


  • Take measurements accurately - the professional way. You will be taught how to take the many measurements required for your perfect fit block.


  • How to draft a bodice block, utilising the same techniques used daily in the London Fashion Industry. 


  • How to add darts & suppression


  • How to adapt the bust line for larger or smaller proportions


  • How to move darts on the bodice into princess or french seams


  • Bodice draping techniques


  • How to make a toile as used in the industry for professional fitting (a mock up garment in muslin or calico)

  • How to fit your toile, make necessary adjustments and how to apply to your paper pattern

What is included in the price?

  • Expert pattern cutting and fitting instruction in a small class of 6 maximum. 

  • The use of a professional fashion studio for the day

  • All tools, equipment and the use of our pro cutting tables

  • One to one professional tuition when you need it in class

  • All technical handouts are yours to take home and keep

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

What you will need to bring with you

  • Your sewing machine

  • A spool of thread

  • Notebook & pen

What you will need to buy in class

The calico required to make your toile (calico = £3/metre, you will need anywhere between 1 metre or slightly above depending on your dress size).

***** We sell professional fabrics, trims, books and equipment needed to pattern cut at home - no need to scour the internet for what you need! *****

Skill level required to join class

This course is suitable for confident sewers who can use a machine unaided, and have completed several dressmaking projects to date. You can sew darts and have used a commercial sewing pattern several times with success and are ready to make a fitted bodice block!


*This course is not suitable for absolute beginner sewers, or beginner dressmakers who are not experienced in making dresses from commercial patterns.*

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