Not necessarily. You will not be doing fashion sketches and the drawing you have to do will be pretty technical. Also, on a pattern cutting course your tutor will talk you through everything and give you examples to work from.
What is the difference between dress making and pattern cutting?
To put it quite simply, dressmaking is where you create a dress from a pattern, pattern cutting is where you start completely from scratch. Using your own measurements, you draw out a pattern called a block or sloper. You then test this, make adjustments and use it to create patterns. You can then bring this to a dressmaking class and make something that will fit you perfectly.
Do I have to be really fashionable to do a pattern cutting course?
No you don’t, however if you hope to work in the fashion industry is it a good idea to keep your eye on the current trends. One of the best things about pattern cutting is that you can use your block to create just about anything, so be creative and break the mould!
Will I be able to make my own clothes after?
You will leave a class knowing how to create a block to make clothes from. However, depending on the length and level of your course you might not spend too long on dressmaking.
I can’t sew; can I still go on the course?
This really depends on the level of the course, if it is aimed at complete beginners you might be ok, however more advanced courses will probably expect you to be a competent sewer. If you are in any doubt, our best advice is to get in touch with the course provider beforehand.
Will I get to take my work home with me?
In most cases, you will be allowed to take the block, pattern and any work you have done in the classroom home with you at the end of the course.
Do I need to bring my own material?
Not usually no, unless specified in the course description, you can assume the provider will give you all the equipment you need to complete the course.
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