Pattern Drafting Workshop

Pattern Drafting Workshop

Duration: 1 day
Start Date: To be confirmed
Day and time: Monday, 10am-4.30pm
Course fees: £15 / FREE (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

This full day workshop will give you the skills and knowledge to make your own patterns. We’ll start the day learning how to draft a skirt block pattern, based on your own measurements. In the afternoon, you will then make a ‘toile’ which is an early version of a finished garment made up in basic material so that the design can be tested and perfected to your fit.

Meet new people, learn new skills, and have a fun time extending your knowledge.

Entry Requirements

A love of sewing garments, an interest in pattern making, an ability to use a sewing machine competently, prior experience of using a commercial pattern to construct a garment and a desire to extend your knowledge.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

This is a classroom-based, workshop-style, learning experience.

Using your own body measurements, those of a family member or a friend’s, you will follow step by step instructions to draft a master block for a simple skirt.

The master block will then be used to trace and create a paper pattern for your skirt, adding grainlines, seam allowance, notches and other pattern markings.

Lunch is 12.30 – 1.30pm.

After the break the paper pattern will be used to cut the fabric component parts for a toile.

The toile will be sewn together and once complete tried for fit and style and the paper pattern altered as required.

The pattern may then be used at home to make a skirt in your choice of fabric.

Tutor demonstration, advice, guidance and practical support will be given throughout the session.

You will need a plain fabric with which to construct your toile – calico or plain cotton are ideal choices – approximately 2m.

There are sewing machines and some sewing equipment, for example scissors, pins, etc. for your use at the centre.  However, you may wish to bring your own sewing tools and equipment. If you wish to bring your own sewing machinery it must hold a current PAT test certificate. The tutor will need to see evidence of this before it can be used.

Assessment Method

This course uses RARPA as its method of assessment.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications. RARPA is a five-stage process which measures and records learners’ progress, achievements and attendance.

Where can it lead?

We offer a range of sewing and creative courses which can assist you in developing your own skills and interests.

As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential. Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.

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