In this two-day course we will show you how to adapt a commercial sewing pattern to fit you perfectly.  Working with the trouser pattern of your choice (for woven fabrics only, no jeans), you will learn tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, tissue fitting patterns, making a toile, evaluating fit and making the necessary pattern adjustments.


We will cover how to recognise and make adjustments for your personal body characteristics, which can include (but not limited to): blending between sizes, full tummy and/or curved or flat bottom adjustments, high or low rise alterations, adding or removing darts. You’ll leave class with a finished toile and a corrected pattern so you can make the perfect trousers at home.


This masterclass is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make trousers that fit their personal body shape. If you have already made a pair of trousers from a pattern, but are disappointed with the fit, please bring these along.


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DURATION: 2 days

DAY: Saturday

TIME: 10.30am – 4.30pm


Spring: 21 March and 28 March

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £115 Full Fee / £75 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


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

Please not that concession cannot be booked online






This course aims to: 

Demonstrate how to identify personal fit issues on trousers, and teach the principles and techniques to make the necessary pattern alterations.


Who this course is for?

Confident sewists who have sewn a number of garments using commercial patterns.


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

  • Measure yourself correctly to select the best size pattern.
  • Tissue-fit pattern to assess for potential fit issues.
  • Identify and recognise your personal body characteristics and understand how these affect and effect fit (of the trouser).
  • Recognise how 2 dimensional alterations (on paper) affect and effect 3 dimensional shape (the garment).
  • Make fit adjustments on a toile and transfer these to your pattern.
  • Make the pattern alterations relevant to personal fit issues, which can include, but are not limited to:
    • Short or long nape to waist; long or short rise
    • Flat or sway backs
    • Flat or curvy bottoms
    • Narrow or flared hips
    • Full tummy
  • Have the confidence to make pattern alterations to other commercial pattern styles.
  • Be able to ‘read’ a sewing pattern.


What materials will I need for the course?

Please bring a trouser pattern that you’d like to work with (for woven fabrics only, no jeans)

Though available in class, it is recommended you bring your own long pins, tape measure, fabric scissors, HB and 2H pencils plus coloured pens/pencils.

Please wear or bring with you clothing that will enable you to take accurate measurements and aid with fitting (e.g. leggings / vest)

Optional: bring along a pair of trousers you have made (and its pattern) that you have been disappointed with for fit. Depending on time, we may be able to discuss relevant pattern alterations.

Pattern paper and calico will all be provided.


How will I know I am making progress?

Continual feedback during the masterclass will be provided and you will take home your pattern alterations for future reference.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Purely optional depending on your progress and inclination; it is not expected.


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 dressmaking courses – at Friends Centre

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




Saturday 21 March 2020 - Saturday 28 March 2020
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 18

Full price: £115
Concession rate (if available): £75
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Brighton Junction


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