Short Course Online

Introduction to Pattern Making

London College of Fashion

1 months
360 GBP/full
360 GBP/full
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The Introduction to Pattern Making course from London College of Fashion, will introduce you to the basic techniques for womenswear pattern cutting, and is lead by CSM BA Fashion pattern cutting lecturer, Donna Kernan. You will learn to work with size 10 basic blocks and will explore various techniques.


Each lesson will include practical demonstrations from the tutor, and you will be set practical assignments each week to develop your skills. You will receive personal feedback on your work each week, and will be able to ask questions and get guidance on how to improve your work.


This Introduction to Pattern Making course from London College of Fashion is for anyone with an interest in learning the pattern cutting skills necessary to construct garments. 

This course would be ideal for anyone who wants to create clothing, either for themselves or as a designer, or for anyone interested in the garment construction process (eg. Fashion illustrators, fashion buyers, textile designers, etc). No previous experience is required.

Programme Structure

Topics covered:

  • Body measurements needed for pattern cutting
  • Explanation of pattern cutting terminology and grain lines
  • How to trace off the skirt blocks
  • How to add seam allowance
  • How to amend skirt lengths
  • How to create patterns for various skirt styles that add volume
  • How to create patterns for various sleeve styles through slashing and spreading
  • The bodice block and pivoting darts
  • How to turn a dart into a style line

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no strict deadline, but we take enrolments until each course is full, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient
Course Specific Materials
  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions
  • Set square or pattern master
  • French curve
  • HB mechanical pencil
  • Pattern cutting paper (needs to be slightly see through)
  • Eraser
  • Tracing wheel
  • Awl
  • Metric tape measure
  • Paper scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Biros in blue, red and green
  • Masking tape or magic scotch tape
  • Glue stick
  • Fine steel pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Medium weight calico (2 mtrs)

Tuition Fee

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    360 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 360 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
  • National

    360 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 360 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.


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