Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier - Perfect Fit Bodice and Skirt Block (Weekend)

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Pattern cutting demystified with minimal maths and a lot of fun!

Maximum Class Size: 6

Level: Aimed at confident sewers, you will get the most out of this class if you have used commercial patterns before and have made a variety of different garments.

Understanding 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.

All tools and material are provided.

*A Telestia template will be provided for each student to use during the course and are available to buy with the instruction book for £75 if you’d like to make blocks in different sizes. You would not need to purchase one if you want to adapt the block to make different styles.


"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the pattern cutting course I attended last weekend.  This weekend just gone I made a pair of trousers using the block that we produced and it's the first thing I have ever made that doesn't feel home made and actually fits perfectly!  It has rekindled my enthusiasm for sewing and I can't wait to make my next well fitting garment.  Could you please pass on my thanks to Alice for making sewing enjoyable again and for turning on so many lightbulbs in my brain!" Joanne

"Thank you so much for the fab course over the pattern cutting weekend.
It is  the first time I have learnt anything "new' in person for years. Your delivery was great and I feel I am now equipped to know what is possible. Hopefully with practice I will begin to create clothes that I will love wearing. I'm sure there will be frustrations along the way, but that all adds to the joy of the end product!" Sandy

Please take a moment to read our cancellation policy before booking:

Unfortunately our classes are non refundable. Due our small class sizes it is also very difficult to transfer your booking to a different date. If you cannot attend a class and are able to notify us at least two weeks before the class starts, it may be possible to fit you in on another date but this is not guaranteed so please give us as much notice as possible to increase your chances.

In the event that we are forced to cancel a class, we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and offer either a full refund or swap your booking to another suitable date.