Introductory Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier
Maximum Class Size: 6
Can you always find the pattern for your dream dress in a perfect fit? The answer is probably no.
An understanding of how patterns work is an essential part of becoming a good dressmaker. It will save you time and trouble, ensure a good fit and help you unleash your inner designer. Our teacher Alice Prier has a wealth of experience in designing clothes with her own couture clothing practice and has many stories to share with you!
Alice teaches the widely acclaimed Telestia Method* which uses a unique template to achieve a great fit whatever your measurements and body shape and without the need for a lot of maths and difficult calculations.
Over the course of the weekend you will cover the following topics:
Day 1 - Technical
- Take accurate body measurements
- Draft a dress block and sleeve block
- Learn how to use your block for separates
- Add seam allowances and other markings
- Make a calico toile
- Do any small fit adjustments needed to ensure a perfect fit
Day 2 - Creative (& Technical!)
- Pivoting darts Creating panels
- Slash and spread
- Changing necklines and adding collars
- Adding ease and volume
These techniques form the basis of all pattern cutting and once you’ve grasped them you can make a pattern for anything from a bikini to an overcoat! You will learn how to adapt your block to create a variety of tops, skirts and dresses and how to introduce your own design details. We will also discuss the best way to combine your personal block with a commercial pattern.
A Telestia template will be provided for each student to use during the course and are available to buy with the instruction book for £80 if you’d like to make new pattern blocks in different sizes. You would not need to purchase one if you want to adapt the block to make different styles.
Level: These classes are aimed at confident sewers, you will get the most out of them if you have used commercial patterns before and have experience in making a variety of different garments.
Tools and materials are provided and snacks & refreshments are included. For lunch you are welcome to bring a packed lunch with you, alternatively there are a few places very close by where you can buy something to eat.