Pattern Drafting & Fitting Workshop: Bodice & Sleeve

Draft your very own bodice & sleeve blocks from your measurements and fit them to perfection with expert help.

by Jen Byrne
by Jen Byrne
5.0 (41)
Instagram followers9k

8 hours Class size 1 to 4     label £115
Create your own perfectly fitting top & sleeve blocks in this full-day workshop. Join sustainable designer Jen for a fun and inclusive day of learning as we guide you at your own pace through the process of creating your very own top blocks based on your unique measurements which you can use to make endless variations of tops & blouses. We'll then make a toile to fit test and transfer these adjustments to your patterns. Finally, we'll look at design adaptations so that you can move the darts, add gathers, pleats or style lines for your desired design.
In this welcoming and supportive environment, you'll learn the fundamentals of pattern drafting, from taking accurate measurements to translating them into a custom top & sleeve pattern. Our experienced tutor will be by your side every step of the way, offering personalised guidance and expert tips to ensure your patterns fit like a dream.
Come as you are, bring your enthusiasm, and leave with the skills and knowledge to create designs that are uniquely yours.
Join us for a day of creativity, camaraderie, and the joy of perfectly fitting garments. Your wardrobe will thank you!
The day will be split into 3 parts:
  • 10am - 1pm: draft & fit your bodice blocks.
  • 1pm - 2pm: break for lunch. You are welcome to bring lunch (there is a fridge, microwave, and kettle available to use) or there are a large choice of cafes on Easter Road, a 2-minute walk away! Tea, coffee, and sweet snacks will be provided. You will be welcome to stay in the studio for lunch and/or return to continue your patterns at any time.
  • 2pm - 5pm: drafting your sleeve block and adding this to your toile. Finally, we will cover design drafting to use your blocks to make your desired styles.

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 2 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.
Knowledge required
Experience using commercial patterns will be the perfect starting point for this class.
Students should also know how to use a sewing machine.
If you're a beginner, come to the Beginner Sewing Workshop and/or Sustainable Sewing Course first to build up your skills in these areas!
What you'll get
  • Paper, card and specialised tools needed to make your blocks and patterns
  • Use of the studio's sewing machines
  • Fabric for making toiles / fit samples of your patterns
  • Expert help fitting your patterns
  • Reference notes to take home on what we covered in class and more
What to bring
Nothing is needed. If you would prefer to take your measurements at home, bring a note of these.
You're also welcome to bring your own sewing machine if preferred, but there will be machines available to use in the studio.

Abbeymount Studios, 2 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5TZ

Pattern Drafting & Fitting Workshop: Bodice & Sleeve location
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by Jen Byrne
by Jen Byrne

5.0 (41)
Instagram followers9k

I am a sustainable fashion designer from Dublin, now based in Edinburgh. I studied Fashion Design in Ireland before coming to Scotland to do a Masters in Sustainable & Ethical Fashion.
My work uses exclusively vintage and reclaimed materials in a bid to showcase the beauty of reuse!
I really enjoy teaching people and sharing in the joy of creating, upcycling and making unique pieces.
Join me in a group session or 1:1 to learn sewing, upcycling, pattern drafting and more!

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