Measure, Alter, Make – Adjust Your Patterns for a Better Fit - April 2024
Measure, alter, make - adjust your patterns for a better fit
Dates: Saturday April 6th 2024 10am-5pm
Saturday April 13th 2024 10am -5pm
14 hours (inc. lunch break)/2 days
Materials included: Toile fabric (calico) and dressmaking pattern paper
Materials required: You will need to bring a simple paper dressmaking pattern with instructions and purchase your main dress fabric.
Are you fed up of having trouble getting patterns to fit, with gaping armholes, draglines, pulls or misplaced darts?
On this mini-course you will learn how to use the information provided in a dressmaking pattern to determine what size will fit you best, then look at how to measure the pattern to fill in any missing info to help you spot fit issues before you even start to cut into your fabric. We’ll diagnose the fit issues and perform some simple pattern adjustments before toiling your pattern.
We’ll then fit the toile concentrating on achieving a perfect fit. Once you have fitted your toile you can start to make your garment with the help of your tutor.
Once you have learned what adjustments you need and how to adjust any pattern, you’ll be able to make a wardrobe full clothes THAT FIT YOU!
What Will I Learn?
How to accurately measure yourself
How to find the finished garment measurements for a pattern
How to determine what pattern adjustments you need and how to do them
Quick toiling techniques
Fitting the pattern to your body – how to note fitting comments and spot the cause and effect of poor fitting
Leave with knowledge to adjust future patterns for a perfect fit BEFORE cutting your fabric!
This course is taught by professional pattern cutter, Sarah Laws. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working in the fashion industry and designing and grading patterns for indie brands including her own pattern brand My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns.
This course is not suitable for complete beginners. You should have had some experience of using a sewing machine and preferably have completed a 'Beginners Dressmaking' course or similar.