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Fit Buddy Class - make your mannequin fit you!



Join Claire-Louise Hardie, Sewing Producer & Mastermind for The Great British Sewing Bee (Series 1-4) for this very special workshop!

Learn how to tailor your very own fit buddy with an adjustable mannequin and begin making garments exactly the way you want. Frustrated that you can never find patterns in styles you like, or do you find your body is not a standard size?
Why not learn the art of pattern draping and make a torso block tailored exactly to your own fit buddy.

You must have made a couple of garments using a commercial pattern on your own before attending this class and have your own mannequin to bring along.

Over the 2 day weekend course you will measure yourself and create your own body double mannequin based on your measurements (please bring your own mannequin). You’ll then learn the basics of draping and create a dress pattern block, tailored specifically to your body.

From your block we’ll make a fitting toile which will be fitted to you, and then alterations to the block will applied before it’s finalised.

There will be time to work on some fun draping exercises too

Using your pattern block you can begin to draft your own patterns in any style you like. It’s also a great tool for making adjustments to commercial patterns too

In this class you will learn:
  • How to take your own accurate body measurements
  • Drape a torso/dress block based on your own unique measurements
  • Make a muslin or toile (a mock-up version of your pattern)
  • Simple pattern adjustments and manipulations

Note: You will not make any actual clothes in this class just a toile /muslin and the block pattern. You must have some experience sewing garments before taking this class.

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