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Creative Pattern Cutting School



Want to learn how to use a basic block to create more interesting garments? This is creative pattern cutting with a slightly oriental influence.

There are really only two basic processes involved in flat pattern cutting - dart manipulation and 'cut and spread'. Using these two techniques you will have fun experimenting and creating something unusual but wearable.

This is a very relaxed but creative way to 'design as you go' to come up with something no one else will be wearing! It will be a combination of flat cutting and draping to create your own designs.

Skills needed:

You will need to have had some experience of pattern cutting or creating your own patterns before. If you have your own set of blocks that's wonderful you can bring those along, or you can use one of our blocks in a basic size and work with that to create your own shapes and styles.

In this course you'll learn:

  • How to manipulate darts to create different shapes
  • How to use cut and spread to create different shapes
  • How to assess and evaluate what works as a garment shape for you. 
  • How to translate alterations and adjustment on a creative shape into a workable pattern


This class includes expert tuition from Catherine McBean, use of our Janome sewing machines and overlockers, thread etc, pattern paper, calico, tools and equipment as well as plenty of tea, coffee and cake!


All tools and equipment will be provided but if you have your own please feel free to bring them along.

Tea, coffee and cake will help the creative juices to flow as well as a nutritious lunch. Please le us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Please make sure you can attend the workshop dates as refunds for workshops are not available.

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