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Tue 18 Jan 2022 - Tue 29 Mar 2022
Introduction to Pattern Cutting with Alison Monroe

Sewing & Textile courses.

Have you always wanted to learn how to create or adjust your clothing? Swarthmore has multiple Pattern Cutting courses for you, taught by our very talented tutor Alison.

This is an introduction to Pattern Cutting course, with the opportunity to progress onto a higher level course after completing.
Pattern cutting will involve drafting a skirt block pattern, size 12 initially, to learn fundamental pattern cutting techniques. Then you will draft a skirt block specifically to your own personal measurements. Alongside, the tutor will offer a variety of useful demonstrations to enhance your knowledge and understanding of a variety of processes, including, facings and pockets, and you can produce a toile to fit and make any amendments to your pattern if required.

Who is the course aimed at?
This course is aimed at those who are new to pattern cutting and have some sewing skills.

What will students have learnt by the end of the course?
Students will have learned techniques such as dart manipulation, slash and spread techniques, how to draft a skirt with pockets, facings or waistband, adding contrasts band or flounces, correct grain lines and symbols, information that is required on sewing patterns, meaning and uses of toile making, some guidance around construction and making the skirt, accurate measuring and most importantly, how to use the crucial tool in pattern cutting for accuracy - a pattern master! This has many uses including squaring accurately, adding seam allowance, using the curves correctly, straight and bias cut grain lines and much more!

Do students need any skills, experience or qualifications before joining the course?
Some dressmaking/sewing skills will be an advantage. Also, a good level of maths and reading technical instructions as this specialism requires these skills to draft blocks and patterns accurately.

What equipment and materials will students need for the course?
Pattern Master, paper, mechanical pencils, paper scissors, 1 metre metal or hard plastic ruler. Equipment will also be discussed/demonstrated at induction. There may be some costs for resources.

What activities will the students take part in and how will the course be structured?
Student will learn practical pattern cutting methods and will be making a skirt block. Then they will have accurate body measurements and make a skirt block to fit personal sizes. You will learn about the purpose of darts and how they can be used in designs. Then, tracing accurately from this block you will make a toile to test for fit. You will follow demonstrations yet be encouraged to learn independently, skills such as reading technical instructions, following diagram examples, use accurate measuring and applying this to blocks whilst contemplating the construction of the garment, therefore previous knowledge of sewing will be an advantage.

What is expected of students in terms of personal or time commitment?
Students are expected to attend all sessions, and if they can't make it to inform the class tutor or centre as soon as possible. Students will also be expected to record their learning and progress with the support of their tutor. In some cases homework may be set.

How will students learning be assessed and reviewed?
Learners will complete an individual learning plan (ILP) after discussion with tutor. Continuous assessment of progress throughout the course, by observation and discussion. Progress will be recorded on ILPs. Students will complete an individual diary to record their learning each week. Students will recieve verbal and written feedback from their tutor.

What could students go onto to after they have finished the course?
You will be able to progress onto further pattern cutting courses to develop your skills. This will include the bodice and sleeve pattern cutting.

How will students say what they think about the course?
Feedback can be given verbally to the tutor/curriculum manager or via email to Feedback forms can be found on our website. Students also complete an end of course review.

Pattern Cutting Introduction. Course Code L550b 

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    Tue 18 Jan 2022 - Tue 29 Mar 2022
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    Tue 18 Jan 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 25 Jan 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 01 Feb 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 08 Feb 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 15 Feb 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 22 Feb 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 01 Mar 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 08 Mar 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 15 Mar 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 22 Mar 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Tue 29 Mar 2022
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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    *** Please use Course Code L550b when enrolling on this 10 week course****

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