Pattern Cutting Skirts & Tops/Dresses

with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March (3 days), 10am-5pm each day

£295 excluding materials

Plus £5 for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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This class will give you the tailoring skills to make up a toile from scratch. You will learn how to take measurements, draft up your own personal bodice and skirt block pattern, and adjust it to fit.

You will manipulate at least one bodice and skirt pattern and develop a dress pattern: either all in one with a waistline or as an ensemble.

You will then manipulate your blocks into dynamic shapes inspired by historical and contemporary fashion, experimenting with shapes and the cut and fit of the cloth:

  • shape experimentation, e.g. triangles, circles, rectangles, bells and trumpet shapes
  • volume, swing and movement: radiating folds, pleats, focal points.
  • symmetry and asymmetry

You’ll also study and experiment with a variety of fashion details such as cuffs, pockets and different hemlines. You will be taken through the whole process of cutting and making up a toile, fitting and adjusting.

This course is excellent for building tailoring confidence. Whether you are a beginner, or would like help developing your skills, you will get support and encouragement throughout to work at your own speed.

This class is suitable for beginners or those wishing to develop their skills.

About the tutor

Jeanette Sendler is a milliner and costume designer. She commenced her training as a ladies’ tailor at the age of 16, and has been developing her practice at various Opera Houses, other professional engagements, residencies, and exhibitions ever since. She currently designs and sells bespoke hats and period costumes at Hat in the Cat, and runs Big Cat Textiles with her business partner Alison Mountain.

  • For more information about her hats and period costumes, as well as the other classes she offers, see her website.
  • To see recent examples of her work, or connect with her, go to her Facebook page.

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