Short Course in Pattern Cutting

A practical 5-day short course perfect for beginners looking to gain pattern cutting experience and skills.

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This short course is run by the Newham College School of Fashion & Tailoring and takes place in person at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This course is suitable for students aged 18+ and runs for five days over five weeks.

What will you learn?

This 5-day beginner short course will teach you how to draft patterns from standard blocks for various fashion styles alongside the relevant pattern-cutting terminology. You will develop skills to enable you to draft accurate patterns with the correct annotations and how to add seam allowances. Topics covered include techniques to shape patterns such as dart manipulation, adding volume and flair, and various sleeve styles such as bell, puff, and raglan.

You will be learning new skills each session culminating in a file of pattern cutting technique samples and fully realised pattern pieces.

On completion, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Entry requirements

This course is ideal for beginners. An ability to sew is desirable.

Materials and equipment

You will need to bring hard pencils, sharpener, eraser, pins, stationary file with sleeves, paper scissors, fabric scissors, notebook and pen. Calico will be available to purchase at £1.50 per metre.

You will be provided with metre rules, pattern masters, weights and pattern paper.

What can you do next?

Our short course in Bespoke Pattern Block Making is the perfect accompaniment to this course.

For more short courses in this series, please visit our new range of Fashion School short courses.

If your fashion curiosity is piqued, then join one of Newham College’s fashion and design courses including Bespoke Tailoring, Fashion Production and Clothes Making. For a full list of courses and to apply, please visit

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