Fashion - Pattern Cutting

About the course

Our two consecutive Pattern Cutting courses explore ‘block’ and ‘style’ which, between them, will teach you what you need to know to bring your own patterns to life.

The two 12 week 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.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

These courses consist of two 12 week complementary courses, running one after the other (you can start the courses in any order).

Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Block

This first 12 week course will teach you how to create clothing patterns using a standard size 12 block. A block pattern (a term used 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 basics 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 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 by making a range of your own personal blocks as well as possessing an understanding of the processes behind pattern cutting.

Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Style

In this second 12 week course, the emphasis is on creating garments such as ladies' trousers and dresses, and on producing different size blocks such as bodice blocks, sleeve blocks, skirt blocks and more, thinking about the structure and characteristics of different clothing items.

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

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

By the end of this 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.

If you combine this two-part course with the two 12 week  Professional Sewing Techniques courses, you will have all the skills you need to design, cut and make your own original clothing.

This course runs on a Wednesday evening from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

    • Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Block: 25 September - 11 December 2023
    • Fashion - Pattern Cutting: Style: 22 January - 22 April 2023, exc 01 and 08 April - Easter break

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


Please note that materials are not included within the fees for this course.

Once you have booked a course you will be sent a materials list, with instructions about what to bring on your first day. Materials can be purchased from our School shop, or online. Where necessary or relevant, some specialist materials can be purchased from the tutor during the workshops.

Key Staff

Course Tutor

Bunmi Okon

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 you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

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

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
25/09/202311/12/2023Monday19.00 - 21.30£390.00Apply online
22/01/202422/04/2024*Monday19.00 - 21.30£390.00Apply online

*Excluding 01 & 08 April 2024 for Easter break

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts