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Patternmaking Basics: Make a Skirt that Fits in a Day

Keen to get started in patternmaking? Come along and learn how to draft a skirt block to your own individual measurements. Not for beginners.


Drafting your own skirt pattern block is easy if you know how.  Come along and learn the ins and outs to be able create your very own personalised skirt block with confidence, and sew up your garment as well.

To make your pattern you need to bring a long ruler, pencil, eraser, and pen and paper to take notes.  To construct your skirt you'll also need to bring skirt fabric, an 18cm zip and a reel of matching polyester thread, your sewing kit (fabric scissors, paper scissors, pins, needles, tape measure and Bernina bobbin [can be purchased from the CEC office on the day}).  

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Measure yourself accurately for a fitted skirt
  • Know which measurements are important to skirt drafting
  • Draft your own skirt pattern
  • Cut out fabric from your drafted pattern
  • Construct the garment, using standard seam allowances, including darts and zip insertion
  • Learn a variety of ways to finish seams
  • Make adjustments to your pattern for a better fit.

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".


For those with intermediate and above sewing skills - must be able to operate a sewing machine independently and be confident with sewing terms such as seam allowance, grainlines, seam allowances, etc. 

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