Creative Pattern Cutting

Tuesday Afternoons | 14.00-17.00 | £210 | 10 weeks 

Our current Pattern Cutting course is called Creative Pattern Cutting; this course will give you the foundation skills for learning how to make garment patterns for woven fabrics from your own body measurements. You will create basic blocks/shapes that can be manipulated into endless designs.

Every term we will focus on a different block so that new and returning learners will be able to learn new skills and expand their wardrobe.

The first half of the Autumn Term will begin with a skirt block. Participants will be able to work at their own pace during class however some sewing or catching up may be required at home to get the most out of class time. Subject to progress in the first half of the term the second half of the term will focus on a bodice block.

Returning learners are invited to work on new projects in agreement with the tutor. These could be variations based on skirt and bodice blocks, new blocks or even taking patterns off existing clothes.

It is strongly recommended that beginner pattern cutters attend the first session.

This course runs for three terms every year, each term consists of 10 Thursday evening classes. We take a break over half term.

Prior experience of sewing is required for this course. We also recommend Jacquie’s Sewcialising class that follows this one where you can learn additional skills that will help you to become more confident in pattern cutting and sewing garments.

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

We are investigating possible other pattern making courses too so please email us if there is something you are waiting for.

Pattern Cutting courses with Jacqueline Bounsall at Cambridge Art Makers
Jacqueline Bounsall Pattern Cutting course tutor at Cambridge Art Makers

Tutor | Jacqueline Bounsall

Jacquie trained as a Fashion Designer specialising in Knitwear at St. Martin’s. Through further study in pattern making and garment construction at the London College of Fashion she worked as a Pattern Maker in the Fashion Industry, creating designer collections for London Fashion Week. Throughout her career she has been involved in teaching and went on to qualify as a teacher in 2013.

Inspired by constructing garments from a 2D image Jacquie rises to the challenge of creating a new silhouette as much as perfecting the fit of a sleeve. She is passionate about shape and texture and is curious to understand and master the technical side of garment construction whether pattern cutting or making. She finds working with new and interesting ideas, materials and people stimulating and enjoys overcoming the challenges that they may bring.

Jacquie made her first dress from a pattern when she was 8 – back then home sewing & knitting was much cheaper than buying clothes and it enabled a more unique wardrobe which is very relevant to how we should be thinking today –  Jacquie was hooked from then on. She relied on bought patterns until she was about 17 when she started to alter them to her own designs; making a suit for her boyfriend out of calico, which was very fashionable at the time! She made a smock out of Liberty print for a friend who asked if she had ever thought of doing this and going to Art School? Learning how to do things independently was so liberating and still is! You never stop learning new and different ways of approaching a project.

Term Dates

May-July 2021
  • Tuesdays 18th May – 27th July
  • Break Tuesday 22nd June

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Creative Pattern Cutting – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 14:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 17:00

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Were you happy with the facilities and equipment provided for the course? “Yes, we had everything we might need, and more!”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“This course was really useful in developing my dressmakers ability and giving me the confidence to adapt patterns as well as create my own. I had a lot of fun and met some very interesting people.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

Are you confident that you have achieved the intended outcomes of the course? “Yes – I have an adaptable pattern block and the ability to make variations to it.”

Were you happy with the quality of the teaching you received? “Yes, the tutor was very experienced and confidently assisted each individual with their varied requests.

Were you happy with the facilities and equipment provided for the course? “Yes, the materials required were all provided and all the necessary tools were provided and of good quality.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“I learnt skills I have wanted to learn for years. Jacqui was brilliant and it was a lovely, friendly atmosphere in a well equipped space.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“I have looked for a pattern making course for many years and was delighted to find this one. The venue, teacher and facilities were all excellent.”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

“The course was everything you could ask for. I love coming here!”

The Bespoke Dress: Pattern Cutting Course, Spring Term 2019

Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at [email protected]

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

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Creative Pattern Cutting – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 14:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 17:00

Sewcialising – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 18:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 21:00

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