Historical Pattern Cutting: Womenswear.

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Historical Pattern Cutting: Womenswear.

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4 Days over 4 Saturdays or Sundays, 10-4pm, £325.

August 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th or 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th. 

Perfect or advance your Pattern Cutting skills.

This course will cover pattern cutting, grading and re-sizing Historical Patterns, as well as Draping and Creating Historical Patterns to a design. A common theme will be provided throughout the Course to assist you in comparing and learning the techniques, along with a Course Pack including all Patterns, Pattern Paper, Calico etc needed. Your theme will be discussed during the first Class.  Whilst examples created are Historical, all of these techniques apply when pattern cutting modern garments.

The Course will cover:

Grading/scaling up a pattern

Using technical illustrations from one of the many historical pattern books available learn to scale up the Pattern, and then re-size to fit. We shall be referring to The Cut of Women’s Clothes by Norah Waugh, Patterns of Fashion by Janet Arnold, and Women’s Dress Patterns by Jenny Tiramani among (many) others for this part of the Course.

Pattern cutting a pattern

Using a Design, draft a basic bodice block then adapt it to create a historical Pattern. This is the method most frequently used at Midnight Costume Services. Historical resources will be referred to and used to create the Patterns, as well as your Design, to ensure accuracy.

Grading a pattern to a different size.  

Draft a Historical Pattern, then grade to a smaller/larger size, or multiple sizes. Grading is useful if you are creating multiples of a pattern for a show, or need a pattern in a different size with minimal alteration to the original.

Draping a pattern

Using Calico and a dress form, learn to drape a historical garment, and then create a paper pattern from the calico mock up. This technique works well if you want to work out size and proportion as you work, and is sometimes quicker than flat pattern cutting.

Toile and fitting one of the patterns created on the Course

Using one of the Patterns you have created, you will have the opportunity to Toile and the Fit the Pattern in Calico. This is essential when scaling up an extant Pattern, draping a pattern or if you have graded a pattern up a size to ensure all the elements work. It is also a wonderful way to see all of your hard work in 3D!

Modern versions of historical patterns available (Burda, Simplicity, McCalls etc) will also be discussed, as will costuming tips and tricks for the stage. Examples of each technique will be available.

Payment can be made in installments, and the balance is due by the first class. Deposits are non-refundable. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or if you would like to discuss payment. 

Once you have booked your place you will be contacted to discuss your chosen dates etc. 

Not near Bristol? I’m more than happy to travel to you with this Course! You will need 4 or more students and a travel fee will be payable. A space will need to be provided however; all materials and Course Packs will still be provided by me. These courses can be scaled down to one weekend (2 days), or a long weekend (3 days) if necessary, and the price may vary because of this. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this option.

Courses will be held at Midnight Costume Services, A5 Pithay Studios, All Saints Street, Bristol BS1 2LZ. 


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