Make a Perfect Fitting Bodice & Sleeve Pattern

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Make a Perfect Fitting Bodice & Sleeve Pattern

Saturday 13 May 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am-5.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

When it comes to a successful dressmaking project, few things are as important as getting a good bodice fit! The sequence of processes when making any dress start with making your bodice, then add your fastenings and finally join to the skirt, whether it be straight, A-line or gathered. Once you have mastered the techniques taught in this class you will also find that you can adjust commercial patterns with ease so that you have a more tailored and unique fit.

This workshop will focus on fitting and pattern cutting skills. You will come away from the class with a perfect fitting toile, a finished paper pattern for your bodice & sleeves and the skills to make small design adjustments.

In this class you will learn the traditional method of making a block, by taking specific, accurate body measurements. Following your teachers guidance and instruction you will map out the contours of your torso onto pattern paper and create a block that is perfectly sized for you. Using this pattern you will construct a toile (sometimes called a muslin) and make small fit adjustments, once you are happy with the fit you will learn how to transfer these adjustments to the pattern.


  • Taking accurate body measurements

  • Mapping out you bodice pattern

  • Constructing a Toile

  • Making small fit adjustments

  • Transferring alterations to your pattern

  • Creating a sleeve pattern to fit

  • Changing design details (neckline, length)

  • All tools and materials are included and refreshments are provided throughout the evening.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.