Intro to pattern cutting - construct a bodice block

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Have you ever wanted to make your own patterns? Then this course is for you.

The workshop will run over 5 evenings where we will take your measurements, construct a top block after your measurements, sew a toile to fit you and talk lots about patterns and alterations. You will also be shown different techniques to alter the pattern for different looks and also to fit different body types

You will be given charts and instructions along the way to make it easier to recreate what we do even after the course.

After finishing the course you should be able to use your personal pattern and block along with your acquired skills to make as many tops as you like to suit your taste.


To be able to benefit from this workshop you should own and be able to use a sewing machine and also be familiar with sewing patterns.


Day 1

We go through all the steps of the workshop and make sure you have got the correct equipment.

We help measuring each other and put the measurements into tables to match with the closest size on charts provided. This will give us the information we need to start constructing next time. Make sure you wear a tight fitting vest to get the most accurate measurements.

Day 2

Construct a basic top block using measurements taken on day 1.

You will be guided through all the construction steps and also receive a written guide to take home to make it easier for you to use your new skills at home.

If possible it would be great if you construct the same top again at home to make sure you have got all the steps and to be able to ask me any questions about it.

Day 3

Construct a basic sleeve block.

Using same technique as for the top we will make a sleeve to match the top.

As on day 2 if possible it would be great if you construct the same sleeve again at home to make sure you have got all the steps and to be able to ask me any questions about it.

We will also have a look at how to best cut the patterns out in toile fabric and what seam allowances to use. As homework you will be sent home with a piece of toile fabric to cut out and sew up the toile ready for us to have a look at next week.

Day 4

As you all know we are all different so today we will have a look at how to alter a pattern to fit different body types. Long or short body? Broad shoulders? we will talk about it all.

Looking at each other’s toiles we will then put those skills to use to make sure the toils fit you and alter the patterns accordingly.

Day 5

To finish off we will have a look at different ways to alter patterns to create different looks. Please bring any clothes or patterns you have got along and we will have a look at how they are made and I will try my best to answer any questions you may have.


Please bring a right angle ruler, paper scissors, pencil and tape measurer every time we meet.

This will be supplied

Pattern making paper

Toile fabric

5 days x 2.5 h

Please note that the time is estimated and depending on ability and how many participants. It will never be shorter but might be slightly longer.


Intermediate – competent sewers who would like to take their knowledge further