Saturday Pattern Cutting (Beginners)

Course Description

This course is a great introduction for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. It is a great first step into the world of fashion and making your own custom clothing. You will learn how to draft a standard size 12 block and begin to understand how professional pattern cutters manipulate shapes to create exciting design options. All courses follow on from each other, however, it is possible to take them individually.

Location: Camden

Course Content

Draft a block (Term 1: Bodice, Term 2: Skirt, Term 3: Dress)
Understand the purpose of a block pattern
Understanding dart manipulation and the use of pleats and seams.
Create samples based on pattern designs and adaptions
Understand how to convert a block into a garment pattern
Technical terminology and cutting plans.

This is a structured and very practical course and 100% attendance is highly advisable.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will be able to develop your skills by engaging with suitable projects determined by your existing level of experience in discussion with the tutor. Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate. You will be able to negotiate individual learning goals together with the tutor.

During the first session the tutor will check your experience to date and personal goals for the course and if it is considered that it is not the right one you will be advised on a more suitable course.

You will be working at you own pace and be given verbal feedback on your progress.

Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Information

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Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish.

The College also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however there are eligibility criteria that applies. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572