Pattern Cutting and Basic Sewing

1st Class Pattern Maker

The course focuses on using professional womenswear fashion block patterns. Starting with bodice dart manipulations, sleeves, collars and skirts. The course is perfect for beginners to learn the basic principles of pattern cutting and sewing at your own pace.

Regular Price £35pm £30 pm

Learn how to adapt the basic block patterns so that you can gain the skills and knowledge to become a successful pattern maker.
New training modules are released every weekly and contain video lessons with step by step instructions and resources.

Pattern cutting & sewing course - beginners

The Pattern Cutting and Sewing Course Include:
• Digital bodice and skirt block patterns
• Training calendar and downloadable resources 
• Step-by-step, bite-size online video lessons
• Online support when you need it

Learning Outcome:
• Demonstrate an understanding of pattern cutting & sewing
• Translate design ideas into workable accurate flat patterns
• Understand the industry based pattern cutting techniques
• Develop the skills required using appropriate equipment

You are expected to dedicate time to complete the beginner’s pattern making and sewing course assignments using the block patterns to create pattern work for the following • Bodices • Sleeves • Collars • Skirts. Lessons start as soon as you subscribe with online support. The online courses are made to industry standards by industry professionals who combine teaching in higher education on fashion courses at various levels.

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An Overview of Each Module

The training is designed to build your skills to last a lifetime

Module 1: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Module 1: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Learn pattern cutting to create 3D shapes from 2D patterns and basic sewing. You will learn how to use the essential tools of pattern cutting with digital block patterns to adapt bodices, sleeves, collars and skirts patterns. Drafting patterns in half scale and in full scale with regard to fit, proportion and balance.

Module 2: Slashing and Pivoting Techniques

Start your creative journey with two fundamental methods: slashing and pivoting to manipulate the bodice block. Interpret designs into workable patterns that can be used to construct a garment. We’ll cover everything from the techniques, tools, pattern cutting terms and everything that entails.

Module 2: Introduction to Pattern Cutting
Module 3: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Module 3: Machine Control

This module is all about different types of sewing machines, machine control, machine parts, threading the machine, thread tension and physical properties of a seam. Develop the skills and knowledge required for the construction of garment parts and produce a range of sample components.

Module 4: Bodice Dart Positions

Now we dive into understanding the need for bust suppression by modifying and styling the bodice pattern. All dart manipulation must take place through the bust point. We’ll cover slashing and pivoting techniques to convert, move, divide, combine darts and adjust the fullness. 

Module 4: Introduction to Pattern Cutting
Module 5: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Module 5: Openings, Buttonholes and Facings

In this module, you’ll learn how to create various working openings cut into garment sections, factors to consider when planning a button opening, key positions for marking buttonholes, button sizes, facings to finish off the edge of a pattern and types of interfacing to use. 

Module 6: Darts into Seams

In this module, you’ll learn how darts are used to shape the flat fabric to the contours of the figure, position bodice darts into a temporary area to convert darts into seams through the bust point, seam away from the bust point with a small dart which is connected to the bust point to provide the same fit as the block darts.

Module 6: Introduction to Pattern Cutting
Module 7: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Module 7: Collars

In this module, you’ll learn how to create collar styles. Understand the principles of collar drafting for the various collar types in the basic categories, collar terminology, prepare the bodice draft, interfacing, attaching, finishing collars, points to remember when designing collars.

Module 8: Sleeves

In this module, you’ll learn how to adapt the sleeve block to develop an understanding of various sleeve styles. Sleeves are of two basic types, those which are cut separately and set into an armhole and those in which all or part of the sleeve is cut in one with the body of the garment.

Module 8: Introduction to Pattern Cutting
Module 9: Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Module 9: Skirts

In this module, you’ll learn how to adapt the skirt block to develop an understanding of the basic principles of skirt styling with the rectangle shape, A-line and inverted triangle that form the basis of all skirt silhouettes. Convert darts into seam lines, flare and fullness with pockets.


When it comes to creating fashion patterns the very first thing you need is good quality tools and equipment even if you’re just starting out, I’ve listed the tools you’ll need to purchase to begin your pattern making and sewing course.
‌ Download Equipment List

Equipment List
Digital Block Patterns

Digital Block Patterns

The womenswear pattern cutting starts with an introduction to using digital bodice and skirt block patterns, uses of dart manipulation in fashion, tools and terminology, slash and pivot techniques, truing the pattern to create wearable patterns through guidance and instructions. Create pattern work for the following • Bodices • Sleeves • Collars • Skirts 

Frequently Asked Questions

All of our courses are delivered online!
Due to the nature of our products: video and digital we don't provide refunds once you have purchased/subscribed.
In order to access our products/courses, you would need to agree to our terms before you purchase.

Do I need previous experience to take a course?
Beginners: You should have a strong interest in fashion. No previous experience required
Intermediate: You should have completed BEGINNER level course or have some previous experience in the subject
Advanced: The courses are designed for learners who have progressed through all previous levels

PLEASE NOTE: All of our courses are delivered online!
Due to the nature of our products: video and digital we don't provide refunds once you have purchased/subscribed.
In order to access our products/courses, you would need to agree to our terms before you purchase.

What are the technical requirements?
● Internet connection
● Windows 10, Vista or XP; Mac OS 10.4 or higher
● Firefox 7.0, Safari 4.0, Chrome (browser must be Java and JavaScript enabled), Adobe Flash Player 9, 115 installed
● Students must have a working email address that they regularly check
● Speakers and Microphone/USB headset integrated
● A printer is required to print out the course materials to study offline

Free Software
Adobe Reader - (for the pdf digital block patterns, skill workbooks etc)

What is e-learning?
E-learning is the delivery of learning and training by electronic means.

What is an e-Course?
E-course is an online class/instructions delivered over time delivered virtually and can be 'Instructor-led.

Will I need a sewing machine, tools, and equipment?
It is assumed that you have your own domestic or industrial sewing machine.
You will also need a few specialist tools and equipment to progress with the courses.

What level of expertise do your lecturers have?
Learners receive training from fashion industry professionals who combine teaching on fashion courses.

What does 'instructor-led' mean?
'Instructor-led' means there is an instructor in the course who is available to answer any questions or concerns.

How long do I have to complete the online fashion course/membership?
Each online course/membership has a suggested completion time, i.e. 9 months where you study at your own pace.

Is this cost per online course/membership/workshop?
Yes. Each course/membership/workshop is priced individually.

Is there a lecturer available to answer questions?
Yes. Lecturers are available to answer questions inside your member’s area.

What does 'self-paced' mean?
'Self-paced' means you go at your own pace.

How many hours will it take to complete?
Everybody works at a different pace; the online courses vary in the time it takes for individuals to complete each course.

When does the online course start and end?
Your online course starts when you are ready and is accessible once you have registered.

Can I email the lecturer my questions?
Yes, you can contact your lecturer by logging into your account.

Are there any additional costs?
Yes, specialist equipment, these are an investment, they can last you a very long time (see fashion design tools)

Is the site secure? In addition, is my information safe?
Yes, all financial information is securely encrypted during transmission and securely stored.
All transmissions of sensitive information are encrypted using HTTPS and an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Cancel and Refund Policy
1st Class Patterns does not provide refunds for purchased content: Membership subscription, online courses, workshops or digital block patterns regardless of any claimed circumstances. You cannot cancel the video course or digital products once you purchase it or earlier than the term to which you originally committed. The single-user membership subscription lasts the duration stated on the sign-up page i.e. 30 days. Membership is auto-renewed until you cancel your membership. You will not receive any partial credit if you cancel any 1st Class Patterns membership before its term ends.

What's Your Block Pattern Size?

You will have the option to purchase full-size block patterns once registered. These measurements are your body measurements.

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Individual Monthly Membership


  • ‌‌‌ Half scale block patterns
  • ‌‌‌‌‌ Downloadable resources
  • ‌‌‌‌ Online video lessons
  • ‌‌‌‌‌‌ Monthly assignments
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  • ‌‌‌‌‌‌ 24/7 online access
  • ‌ Price £35pm £30pm

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