Recreate The Pattern For Your Favourite Top/Dress

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Recreate The Pattern For Your Favourite Top/Dress

Saturday 23 September 2017

Session: 1


Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

We all own an item of clothing that fits like a glove and goes with everything, wouldn’t it be good to make it up in lots of different fabrics?

With guidance from our experienced pattern cutter you will learn how to ‘trace off ‘ your favourite garment without opening any seams or deconstructing it in any way. You will learn how to create an exact copy of the pattern pieces to make it over and over again...

Bring one or two items of clothing to class that you wish to copy, occasionally there is time to cover two garments in class or Alice will use a more complicated item as an example and talk through how yould would go about copying this.

During this three hour session you will map out the different pattern pieces that make up your chosen garment and trace them to pattern paper whilst it stays completely intact, you will not have to open any seams during this class. You will come away with your paper pattern (not the finished article)

PLEASE NOTE - Bring any garment except trousers to the general sessions. This is an intermediate class, you will ideally be a competent sewer and have a reasonable understanding of garment construction to take part.

All tools & materials are included and refreshments are provided throughout your session.


"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Recreate your Favourite Garment class on Saturday.  It's the second class that I've done with Alice and she is such a great teacher.  I learnt so much and I love the idea of being able to create all my favourite garments.  Plus she makes it fun! Yesterday at 7pm I started making a dress and by 9pm it was finished, pressed and hanging in my wardrobe!" - Jo

"I have just spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon at Ray Stitch learning how to make a pattern to replicate a favourite dress, the afternoon was relaxed and extremely informative - Alice the tutor was extremely knowledgeable and very patient! I highly recommend finding an excuse to spend the afternoon at Ray Stitch it's the perfect antidote to a chaotic week!" - Jane


Alice Prier has been teaching Pattern Cutting at Ray Stitch ever since she popped in to buy a zip during the opening week!

Alice loves a perfectly fitting block and takes great pleasure in showing her students how to draft their own using the unique Telestia system - she promises minimal maths and only a few measurements. She will unravel the mystery of how to turn your design dreams into garments - that fit! Which for Alice is the most fun part of dressmaking.

Alice originally trained as a theatre designer then set up her couture clothing company Alice & Co over 20 years ago, making smart outfits for city women. She teaches pattern cutting both to home sewers and to young people wanting a career in the fashion industry. She has cut patterns commericaally for companies such as Harrods, ASOS and M&S. She has also written her first book, Pattern Making Templates for Skirts and Dresses which has recently been published and is available to buy in our store. Whenever she can, Alice likes to travel the world writing her fashion/travel blog seeking design inspiration and adding to her ever growing fabric and haberdashery stash!