Sewing & Pattern Drafting Workshop - Beginners & Intermediate

Course aims

This course will cover all of the basic skills you will need to create patterns which will enable you to make clothes which are made to measure

Will I gain a qualification?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Course length

The course is for 6 weeks consisting of 12 guided learning hours. Please check the BAES web site learning directory or visit or telephone adult learning centres for details.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to make their own patterns to create simple garments.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You won’t need experience of pattern drafting for this course. However, because the course involves taking notes and measurements you will need to have basic levels of English and maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you. You will need some experience of making clothes.

What will I learn?

  • How to use tools safely and correctly
  • How to take and record body measurements
  • How to produce samples
  • How to produce a finished pattern block and pattern

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to short courses in other sewing techniques at Beginners Level.

How will I learn?

  • Tutor demonstration and instruction
  • Exploring equipment, tools and techniques
  • Practice of working to scale
  • By producing a small portfolio containing samples, information on techniques you have learned, and patterns that you have made

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual, and bring the correct materials to each session.

Important information

Dot and cross paper for making patterns is available at an average cost of 40p per metre from the centre; alternatively, you can provide your own. It will cost an average of £15.00 for all your start up resources to study this course.

Further information will be provided by your tutor at enrolment.

You will need to provide:

  • Your own pattern master ruler
  • Scissors for paper and measuring aids
  • A folder to store scale samples and written information

For the first week, you will need to bring a folder, pen and a tape measure.

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