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Art School: Pattern Cutting

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
10 Weeks
Entry Requirements
Basic machine sewing skills are desirable. No pattern cutting experience is required.

This course will introduce the core skills of pattern drafting, which will enable you to draft your own basic bodice block (hourglass or straight fit) to create simple patterns.

If students have a sewing machine at home, they should tell their tutor on the first evening; while sewing machines are available for use, it is very helpful for students to use their own domestic machine and will enable you to familiarise yourself with your own equipment.

Entry requirements

Basic machine sewing skills are desirable. No pattern cutting experience is required.

Course units

You will be guided through how to create your own personalised pattern block and the various techniques which will enable you to alter a bodice and sleeve block (non-stretch). During the course, you will learn how to alter you pattern by moving the position of darts and transforming the bodice into panels.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Draft a bodice block to your own measurements
  • Move the darts and create panels
  • Use balance marks, grainlines, and other technical information
  • Add seam allowance to your pattern

Course fees



There is no formal completion qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace. The course provides space, equipment and directed for students to produce sophisticated final pieces or just experimental outcomes.

Course progression

Completion of this course will enable students to progress on to various other Art & Design courses available at York College.

Dates & course durations

18th September 2023 - 27th November 2023, Mondays, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Register your expression of interest here.

Study methods

This course is classroom based with a mixture of whole class demonstration and individual one-to-one help.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

Course materials required:

  • A basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure.
  • Notepad and 2/3 colour pens, mechanical pencil, eraser, and paper scissors.
  • A4 ring binder file

Pattern cutting tools are provided for use in the studio.

Career progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in dressmaking to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests or pursue further simply for pleasure.

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