Short Course in Pattern Cutting

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

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This short course is run in collaboration with Newham College Fashion and Tailoring and takes place in person at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This course is suitable for students 18+.

What will you learn?

This five-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, 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.

What materials and equipment do you 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 by the metre.

What materials and equipment are provided?

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


Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your course. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your course.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your course. If the registration time for your course is before 11 am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So, if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your visit, there is plenty to choose from.

Please note that you are welcome to view the current exhibition when studying at the museum, but be aware that the exhibition space is closed on Mondays.For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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