Find a Course

Pattern Cutting course timetables

Brief description

Sewing related. An introduction to pattern drafting and style adaptation using block patterns for women’s clothing.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

•People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.

•Unemployed people (adults 19+)*

•People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.

•People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older people (60+).

•People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

•New learners.

Course description in brief

A practical pattern drafting class for beginners. You will learn a range of pattern making skills for women’s clothing.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    A range of pattern making skills and techniques.LEARNING OUTCOMES – By the end of the course the learner will have…

    •Understood and practised health and safety

    •Used different types of equipment

    •Produced a range of blocks

    •Evidence of learning in a portfolio and via full scale patterns

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous pattern cutting experience or qualifications are needed to join, however, some knowledge of garment construction and ‘maths’ is desirable.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Specialist equipment will be provided by the centre. You will need to bring pens, pencils, paper scissors, calculator and tape measurement.

What materials will I need for the course?

This is not anticipated.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

•Understood and practised health and safety associated with pattern cutting

•Worked in full, half and quarter-scale

•Taken body measurements

•Used specialist equipment and terminology

•Drafted basic patterns from body measurements using numerical systems and technical drawing

•Manipulated block patterns to introduce style features

•Evidenced learning in a portfolio and from full sized pattern piecesAdded Value

Literacy, measurement and numeracy skills

Knowledge to create your own patterns and adaptions thus saving the cost of expensive commercial patterns

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Drafting and Pattern work, you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students and staff.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end with consideration for other possible progression opportunities.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. The tutor will give you information about progression onto Swarthmore’s Step-up Sewing course or an appointment with a guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment t see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L550b 2 Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30pm 11 Jan to 22 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.