Threadworks x DotnCross - Pattern Cutting Workshop

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Threadworks x DotnCross - Pattern Cutting Workshop


Saturday 13th October 2018

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Trace the pattern from your favourite top or dress.

Threadworks is super excited to be collaborating with Helen Shine of Dot-n-Cross for another pattern cutting workshop. You will learn to trace off a pattern from your favourite top or dress.

Everyone has a garment that they wish would last forever, or that they could get in lots of different colours and fabrics. Come along on this course, and learn how to trace off your favourite garment, so that you have a fully workable pattern to take home and make again and again.

During this course, you will learn how to make a paper pattern from your favourite top or dress, without having to unpick anything! We will be creating the pattern, adding seam allowance, and even making small pattern changes, such as changing the length, or adding a seam line. We will then be cutting out the pattern using the perfect fabric you have brought along (all that fabric you've had in the back of a cupboard and vowed to one day do something with, now is your chance!) And of course, sewing! All with the helpful expertise of a friendly industry professional to offer advice and motivation along the way.

When: Saturday 13th October 2018 from 10am till 5pm, with one hour for lunch

Where: Threadworks, 18-20 Saint John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AY

Course Outline

- Show and tell with everyone’s garments.

- A demonstration on the basic techniques of tracing off a garment onto dot and cross paper, using push pins, tracing wheels, tape measures and a pattern master to add seam allowance.

- Making some pattern pieces from scratch, eg. straight plackets, simple facings.

- Cut out your pattern pieces using fabric you have brought along.

- Start sewing!

This is a one day course, so we will start sewing, and we will go through the making with you, but you will probably need to finish your garment at home.

What do I need to bring?

- Your favourite garment - send me a photo once you've booked of the garment you're thinking of making to

Something in cotton or a sturdy-ish fabric will be best if this is your first time tracing. We wouldn’t recommend bringing a jersey or stretch garment, but if you’re up for a challenge, then you’ll need to bring jersey/stretch fabric to make it up in, or it won’t fit!

- Fabric to cut out and sew the garment in (be creative - this is your chance to choose the perfect fabric! Please email me if you need guidance on fabric or how much to buy.

- Any fastenings - zips, buttons, etc.

Who is this class suitable for?

Prior experience of working with bought patterns is advised. You will get a lot more out of the class if you’ve already made up a few full garments before and got a grasp of garment construction. We will cover all the pattern cutting basics with you, such as: seam allowance, notch, drill hole, grain line etc. If you are wondering if this is the course for you, don't hesitate to drop me a line to chat it through!

About your teacher

Helen is a pattern cutter who has worked in the fashion industry in London for 9 years. She has cut patterns for several high-end designer brands, including Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou and Karen Millen. She loves sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years with others, to help them on their sewing journey. Whether they are taking their first steps into the fashion industry, or improving their home sewing techniques.


Email: Don’t hesitate to contact Helen if you have any questions about the course.

Instagram: @dot.n.cross Follow Helen on Instagram to see her latest pattern cutting projects.