Develop your pattern cutting skills on this pattern cutting course in Brighton.

Learn how to adapt your existing block pattern into a range of styles to create unique sewing patterns for your own garment designs.

You will learn how to create silhouettes, add style/design details such as pleats, collars and pockets, gain greater understanding of fit and develop your garment construction skills.

This course is designed for those who have already drafted a block pattern – whether trouser, skirt, top or shirt – and wish to adapt these to create their own garments.


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DURATION: 8 weeks

DAY: Tuesday

TIME:  2pm – 4.30pm

WHEN: 2 June – 21 July 2020 (half term 26 May)

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £130 / £80/ £15


Please note that concessions are not available online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.






This course aims to:

This course will further your skills in pattern cutting and show you how to create a sewing pattern(s) from your simple design ideas.  You will learn how to use your block(s) – skirt, trouser, bodice, shirt etc – to create different silhouettes, style and design features and complete sewing patterns of your own design.  By the end of the course you will have created a sewing pattern of your own design, made from your personal blocks and have the knowledge to practise making your own patterns.


NOTE: depending on complexity, you may be able to complete more than one sewing pattern,


Who this course is for?

This course is suitable for those who have made their own blocks (skirt, trousers, bodice, sleeve, shirt) and who wish to practise creating sewing patterns.  Pattern drafting requires precision, accuracy and the ability to follow written instructions.  You’ll need to have basic maths skills (divide, add, subtract) and be able to measure and draw accurately using tape measures and rulers with metric units (cm, mm).


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Take accurate body measurements, recognise and adapt patterns to your own personal body characteristics
  • Recognise and use pattern markings (e.g. grainline, cut on fold, notches)
  • Use your blocks to develop a variety of silhouettes and styles features e.g.
    • Adding flare
    • Creating an A-Line shape
    • Adding vents
    • Inserting panels
    • Adding pleats
    • Creating waistbands and facings
    • Pockets – in seam, hip pockets
    • Creating a fly front.
  • Create a pattern for your design
  • Create a toile of your design from calico
  • Create a final garment in fashion fabric (optional)


What materials will I need for the course?

Pattern Master (metric ruler for creating your own pattern – see OR similar items available from

Pattern paper (dot and cross paper is included in the course cost and available from the course tutor.)

Manila card for creating a block pattern (included in the course cost and available from the course tutor.)

Fabric for constructing samples of techniques and a toile (e.g. calico)



Masking tape



Basic sewing kit

We have lots of equipment in class but if you have your own please bring with you the following:

Fabric scissors, paper scissors, threads, chalk or other marking tool, pins, hand sewing needles, quick unpick tool, tape measure,


Sewing machine

There are machines at the centre but you can bring your own if you wish – It is important that you have your own machine at home to continue working on your garment.  We have a range of Janome and Bernina machines to use.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Simple sewing kit can be from £1 depending on shop/quality of items.

Pattern master costs from £10 – the tutor can advise on where to buy / what to buy in the first session

The following can be purchased from the tutor:

  • Calico £2.50 per metre
  • Manila card £1 per metre (1m is provided as part of the course fee)
  • Dot and cross paper 50p per metre (2m is provided as part of the course fee)


How will I know I am making progress?

Self-assessment against learning objectives each session, peer assessment, appraisals and tutor feedback.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Students will need to continue creating their garments, developing design ideas and practising techniques outside class. How much time will depend on progress made towards tasks set in class.  There will be homework tasks set each session which will take around 1 hour to complete.


Who is the course tutor?

Jo Bunner spent 10 years as Fashion Designer/Pattern Cutter, specialising in ladies tailoring and outerwear: coats, suits and jackets following her graduation from the London College of Fashion.  She is now a qualified Personal Image Consultant as well as teaching sewing and pattern cutting skills at local sewing schools. She has found that in helping others understand their own body characteristics it greatly enhances their sewing satisfaction.


What next?

Further pattern cutting or dressmaking courses – at Friends Centre

Pattern Cutting – Tuesdays 2-4.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Fridays 10am-12.30pm OR 1-3.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Thursdays 6.30-9pm

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2 from September 2020




Tuesday 2 June 2020 - Tuesday 21 July 2020
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 8

Full price: £130
Concession rate (if available): £80
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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