Fashion Training Like a Pro!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cut patterns, create your own clothes, start your own clothing line or work as a fashion pattern cutter in the fashion industry? Well now you can.

Cut your time in half and further your fashion career, even if you’re overwhelmed and can’t find the confidence you need to get ahead. Imagine being employed on the merits of your fashion portfolio even before you’ve had a trial day with a company or imagine being able to create your own clothing patterns right from your own environment like our students. Whilst at college, I was encouraged by my tutors to take evening classes and improve my skills in pattern cutting, draping and grading, looking back I’m so glad I attended all those evening classes as this helped me extensively in my career. I had no problem with sewing as mum taught me how to use an industrial sewing machine from a young age. At the time I had a vague idea about where my career was heading, I just wanted to learn as much as possible in the time I had left at college before starting out in the industry.

You stand a greater chance of securing a job in the fashion industry if you are multi-skilled ie: a designer, competent pattern cutter, maker etc, this has been proven year after year with our previous students. Some students attend job trials with little or no knowledge of how to create patterns, sadly they have limited contact time with tutors at the university to learn the vital skills they need for the industry. Designers and companies are always seeking multi-skilled and talented students who stand out, that’s where my team and I come in. We’re putting together all that we have learnt in the fashion industry inside 1st Class Patterns to assist you in landing your dream job.

Keep practising your craft, whether you study with me or someone else you’ll get better the more you practise and before you know it you’ll become a pro!

Register for Our Pattern Cutting Beginners Course

What is Pattern Making?
Flat pattern making is the art of manipulating and shaping a flat piece of paper to conform to one or more curves of the human figure. It’s the process of transferring your two-dimensional fashion drawings into three-dimensional garments using the slash (cut and spread) or pivot techniques used in the fashion industry.

Pattern cutting is one of the skills required for the design process when producing clothes. A pattern maker/cutter uses one or more methods combined to produce patterns in the fashion industry, it is an important part of fashion design.

Want To Learn Pattern Making From the Ground Up In Your Own Environment?

Develop Your Skills for a Career in Fashion or a Project

Pattern Making
Sewing

The Course is Aimed at
• A learner who is developing a fashion portfolio of work
• Aspiring fashion student starting in fashion education
• A learner pursuing a career in fashion as a designer pattern cutter
• Enthusiasts who wish to learn to industry standard
• A learner who wants a change of career

Each course is designed with the learner in mind, it takes you from the very beginning of understanding what a block pattern is through to creating 2D patterns to industry standard. The “easy to follow” video lessons will be available as long as you’re a member of the fashion training library. Learn at your own pace, in your own environment, build up your skills with guidance and feedback from your tutor and online community.

Lesson Aims
1. To introduce the language of the subject.
2. To introduce and develop an understanding of the equipment, technology and techniques.
3. To develop an understanding of the basic principles of pattern cutting to produce accurate 2D patterns.
4. To develop the skills and knowledge required for the construction of garment parts using appropriate technology.
5. To develop and maintain a record of techniques and skills used to produce pattern styles.

Learning Outcome
On completion, of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of pattern making.
2. Translate designs into 2-dimensional patterns.
3. Understand the industry based pattern cutting and drafting techniques alongside theoretical techniques.
4. To interpret a design into understandable, workable accurate patterns that can be made into garments.

Draft Styles Using The Basic Bodice, Skirt, Sleeve and Shirt Block Pattern
Here’s what topics you can expect to learn in this course…

• Dart manipulation – bodices
• Curved and Asymmetric darts
• Darts into seam lines
• Necklines
• Button openings
• Darts used as gathers
• Dart manipulation – skirts
• Yokes and seam lines
• Sleeve silhouettes
• Collars
• Make paper patterns from block patterns
• Produce toiles and adjust as necessary
• Develop a portfolio of work

The modules are released monthly inside the private membership area. This course is for beginners level, you do not need to have a background in fashion to subscribe.

PATTERN CUTTING
A4 Plastic pocket
A4 Arched lever folder
4h & HB Mechanical pencil
Eraser
Biro pens – Black, Blue, Red and Green
Pritt stick
Magic tape
Pattern master or Fashion curve
Small see-through perspex ruler
Plain pattern paper
Bradawl
Serrated tracing wheel
Pattern notcher
Pattern drill
Metric tape measure
Dressmakers sewing pins
Mapping pins
Paper scissors
Fabric shears

SEWING
Domestic/Industrial sewing machine
Sewing threads – Black and white
Small snips/scissors
Iron and Ironing board
Hand sewing needles
Metal thimble
Tailor’s chalk
Unpicker
Calico – Light and medium weight 5 metres
Fusible interfacing – Light and Medium weight 3 metres

A list of materials required for pattern cutting and sewing is included when you sign up to the course.

LEVEL Beginner: Video Tutorials / Handy Helpers / Skills Workbooks / Training Calendar / Updates and Support / Members Only Offers / Certificate of Completion

If this sounds like a community you want to be a part of, we’d love to have you on board. So let me ask you a question…

Do you want in?

Monthly recurring subscription billing of £23 GBP, cancel at any time.

Master your pattern cutting skills with industry professionals and certified fashion educators from the comfort of your own environment.

ONLINE FASHION TRAINING

Online fashion training

A Little Bit About Me

Hi, I’m Ezmé Anderson a fashion designer, creative pattern cutter, maker, certified educator and founder of 1stclasspatterns.com an online video fashion training library. Both my parents inspired me from a very young age, mum was a seamstress and dad was a cobbler. Some people wake up to the smell of coffee, I woke up to the smell of leather from my dad’s workshop at the back of our home. Even now when I’m around leather the smell takes me back to my childhood memories.

In 1981 I studied a 2-year textile: machine embroidery course and in 1983 I studied a 2-year fashion design course, both at The London College of Fashion now part of the University of the Arts. In 1985 I started my professional career as a junior assistant in couture working as a fashion designer, pattern cutter and maker. I assisted Lindka Cierach to design and create the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s two wedding dresses and her four bridesmaid dresses for her marriage to HRH Prince Andrew in the summer of July 1986 and attended the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.  The second dress was unveiled to the public at Madam Tussaud’s in London, UK.

After working in couture I continued working with luxury, high-end fashion houses and designers creating catwalk collections for men and women’s international fashion weeks, red carpet gowns, and made to measure ensembles in various markets. In 1994 I started teaching part time on fashion courses at various levels in higher education and in 2001 I graduated with a PGDHE for fashion teachers.

Long story short I’ve always had a passion for creating things from the age of around seven, whether it was designing, making dolls clothes, sewing or some type of craft. After thirty plus fantastic years in the fashion industry, a new chapter begins at 1stClassPatterns.com. I’m now passing on my skills and expertise to you, all that I’ve learnt as a fashion designer, creative pattern cutter, maker and fashion educator on this wonderful platform – the internet with my creative team.