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Clothesmaking skills - patternmaking for complete beginners

If you are already a keen Clothes-maker, and want to learn more about how patterns are constructed and can be adapted, then this introductory course is perfect for you- and will introduce you to the principles of pattern drafting. Using standard size pattern blocks, you will learn the key rules of creating different garment components such as a bodice, sleeve & skirt. You will also learn about dart positioning & manipulation to add shape and structure, and explore various design style lines including how to add fullness through pleats and gathers. Please be aware the classroom for this course is on the first or second floor of the Brockley Rise Centre. We are in the process of arranging for the lift to be replaced, so temporarily there is no lift access. If you have mobility issues please contact our enquiries line 0208 3143300 or email adultlearning@lewisham.gov.uk for help and advice before enrolling.

Clothesmaking skills - patternmaking for complete beginners (TFD0409BR)


from 10. 30am to 1pm

For 5 weeks.


19 September 2019


17 October 2019


Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr


£76 (full)

£42 (reduced)

£42 (concession)

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To enrol call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol

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What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
No prior experience of pattern making is required, however it is ESSENTIAL to have at least some garment making experience, which includes using a basic commercially bought pattern. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Leaners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.

Learning Goals:
Understand pattern terminology, and draw straight pattern lines and angles accurately. Use a range of drafting tools and equipment confidently. Explore simple design lines and how to implement them. Complete a standard sized bodice block, and understand dart manipulation.

What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.

What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, completion of an Individual Learning Plan which will be updated regularly, evaluation of work samples, question and answer sessions.

Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice techniques and progress their projects at a faster pace.

What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
Please see the equipment list for week 1, and sampling pattern paper & card etc. is included in the course fee. The tutor may also discuss & recommend some additional materials requirements as the course progresses.

What do I need to bring to the first class?
Please bring a ruler, set square, fine line black pen, 2H pencil, notebook, an A4 folder or wallet for storing notes and handouts, a calculator (which is essential for following the block construction), and a tape measure.

Options when finished
This introductory course can be followed with a 5 week class- ‘Pattern cutting- personal block making’, where you will use you knowledge to develop your own pattern block or blocks from your personal measurements, and produce a fabric garment toile from this. The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople.

Additional information
The course fee includes a charge for basic sampling materials, sundries & maintenance of tools and equipment.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:

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