This course has concessions available

Intermediate Pattern Cutting Projects

This is a higher level course is aimed at pattern cutting/fashion students who have attended classes for at least three terms.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

This course follows on from the Introduction to Pattern Cutting. A good basic knowledge of pattern cutting is required if you are to benefit from this course. You will further develop your confidence and already learned basic pattern cutting techniques and skills to enhance your Pattern Cutting experience.
In a friendly atmosphere you will be taught how to use specialist equipment, pattern terminology, and the correct labelling of your patterns.
You will need to be able to do simple calculations, to use rulers and other measuring equipment. You will build a sketchbook of colour, fabrics, garment shape, design details to help you to realise your own designs. You will be expected to show commitment to your learning and meet deadlines that are given.

What does this course cover

The course will cover openings, necklines and collars; facings; raglan, kimono, and two piece sleeves; various skirts, dress and trouser styles;
Dart manipulation, style lines and adding fullness through gathers and pleats, although taught on the Level 1 course, will also be revised
Students will research, design, pattern cut and construct their own garment. You will take accurate body measurements and use these to make a master block for the project you plan to develop. You will do a selection of scaled adaptions to help you realise your design and then adapt the working block to a final design. This will then be cut in calico and stitched to produce a toile.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
* take a set of accurate body measurements.
* work in 1/5 scale as you learn manipulation techniques to adapt patterns to create a variety of styles
* identify different style names and techniques
* use balance marks, grainlines and other technical information
* cut out working patterns in calico and constructed into a toile (test garment) as part of the process of creating a finished pattern
* complete a pattern for a personal design

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Dot and cross paper will be provided for making blocks and patterns.
It would be advisable that students get the following equipment for themselves. A list of suppliers will be available at the beginning of the course.
A complete list of equipment will be given on the first day but you could start collecting together the following:
- A4 arch lever folder with plastic pockets for keeping hand-outs and samples.
- Sketch-book for recording ideas and inspiration materials.
- Notebook
- Hand sewing needles.
- White thread.
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors.
- Pins.
- Set square
- French curves
- Tape Measure.
- Carbon Paper and tracing wheel.
- Rubber and pencil sharpener
- 4H Pencils plus a selection of coloured pencils
- Calculator (phone)
- Plenty of calico for sampling

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to the Make a pattern from your favourite top/skirt course, Clothes-making course or other textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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