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Why choose this course?

This course consists of two 12 week complementary courses and if you take both of them you will learn all the sewing skills needed to create and design your own clothes and then make them.

The two Pattern Cutting courses explore ‘block’ and ‘style’ which, between them, teach you what you need to know to bring your own patterns to life for designing your own clothes. The courses run consecutively to enable you to follow from one to the next, equipping you with all the skills to design your own clothes. You can take them in either order.

If you combine this two-part course with the two professional sewing courses, you will have all the skills you need to design, cut and make your own original clothing to a professional standard.

Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Block

This 12 week course will teach you how to create clothing patterns using a standard size 12 block. A block pattern (in industrial production) is a custom-fitted, basic template from which patterns for many different styles of garment can be developed.

Week by week, our professional tutor will take you through topics such as:

  • The basic of dart manipulation
  • Adapting darts to bodice style line
  • Adapting a standard size 12 skirt block to an A line skirt, circular, four gored and straight skirt
  • Learn how to draft patterns of different garment's components such as pocket, facing, placket, etc.
  • Learn how to draft sleeve patterns such as Puff sleeve, sleeve with flare and Bishop sleeve.
  • Learn how to draft different types of collars such as shirt collar, Peter Pan collar and a
  • Mandarin collar
  • Adapting a standard size 12 trouser block to Pleated Trouser and Jean.

You will finish the course with a range of your own personal blocks as well as an understanding of the processes behind pattern cutting.

Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Style

On this course, the emphasis is on creating garments such as ladies' trousers and dresses, and different size blocks such as bodice blocks, sleeve blocks, skirt blocks and more, thinking about the structure and characteristics of different clothing items

Over the course you will:

  • Learn the advanced technique of pattern manipulation and adaptation and how to layout and cut fabric
  • Create a Princess Line dress with facings and features such as sleeves and collars
  • Learn how to create bodice blocks, sleeve blocks, skirt blocks, trouser blocks and dress blocks
  • Learn the basic construction of a garment such as a skirt, trouser, top and set-in sleeve
  • Use and operate industrial machines such as a Flat stitch machine, an over locker machine and a steam press machine.

By the end of the course, you will have created a series of your own personal blocks and will have the skills and knowledge to design and make more on your own.

Both of these courses are suitable for those who have aspirations to make clothes to professional standards and follow a career in fashion design as well as those who simply wish to gain an understanding of the pattern cutting process and make their own clothes.

To acquire a full set of pattern-cutting skills it is recommended to attend both courses, which can be done in either order.

If you are interested in expanding your skills further still, we also run a Fashion - Sewing Techniques course which will complement what you have learnt on these two Pattern Cutting courses.

Course dates

This course is run on a Tuesday evening from 19.00 - 21.00 on the following dates:

  • Block:   24 September to 10 December 2019 (12 week course)
  • Style:    28 January to 28 April 2020 (12 week course, excluding 07 & 14 April, Easter Break)

nb the first and last date of each course will be from 19.00 to 21.30.

Course expert

Bunmi Okon

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk


Please note that materials are not included within this course.

Students will be sent a materials list once they have booked a course with instructions of what to bring on their first day.  Materials can be purchased from our School shop which offers an extensive selection for all our courses. Some specialist materials can be purchased from the relevant workshops within the School.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We therefore encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement. 

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
24/09/201910/12/2019Tuesdays 19.00 to 21.00£295Apply online
28/01/202028/04/2020Tuesdays 19.00 to 21.00£295Apply online