Womenswear - Make a Perfect Fitting Trouser Block with Alice Prier

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Womenswear - Make a Perfect Fitting Trouser Block with Alice Prier

Sunday 04 June 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Pattern cutting demystified with minimal maths and a lot of fun!

Maximum Class Size: 6

  • Create a trouser block which will fit you to perfection

  • Make your own unique toile and learn how to make small adjustment

  • Learn how to adapt your paper pattern to realise your own designs

  • Use your new skills to give your commercial patterns a personalised fit

  • Take your own measurements and use them to make a template from which you can create any style of trouser pattern. Then adjust it to create a limitless range of your very own designer trousers.

    An understanding of how patterns work is an essential part of becoming a good dressmaker. It will save you time and trouble, ensure a good fit and help you unleash your inner designer. Our teacher Alice Prier has a wealth of experience in designing clothes with her own couture clothing practice and has many stories to share with you, you’ll learn a lot more than just pattern cutting!

    This class is aimed at confident sewers, you will get the most out of it if you have used commercial patterns before and have some experience in making trousers, however unsuccessful! To start the day you first learn how to take specific, accurate measurements to create a trouser block, you will then sew yourself a unique toile (sometimes called a muslin) to try on for size. from this toile small adjustments might have to made to make the perfect fit and you will be show how to transfer these adjustment onto your paper pattern. Alice will talk you through how you can now adapt this pattern to create any style and design a limitless range of your very own trouser!

    Tools and materials are provided on both days and refreshments will be laid out for you throughout the class.


    Our pattern cutting tutor Alice Prier originally trained as a theatre designer then set up her couture clothing company Alice & Co over 20 years ago. Creating classic, contemporary day and evening wear with interesting details, using beautiful fabrics and lovely buttons.

    A self taught pattern cutter she began by rejigging Vogue patterns and taking apart vintage pieces - like many a home dressmaker. Over the years she has become increasingly fascinated in pattern drafting and has concocted some interesting methods using minimal maths whilst achieving an excellent fit. She loves inspiring others in her techniques in her Ray Stitch classes. She is currently also working on publishing some of her designs as home dressmaking patterns.

    When not whipping up couture creations for her clients or holding forth at Ray Stitch Alice will be touring the world with her travel writer partner - filling her suitcase with interesting fabrics and haberdashery and writing her fashion/travel blog www.where2wearit .com.


    "I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the pattern cutting course I attended last weekend.  This weekend just gone I made a pair of trousers using the block that we produced and it's the first thing I have ever made that doesn't feel home made and actually fits perfectly!  It has rekindled my enthusiasm for sewing and I can't wait to make my next well fitting garment.  Could you please pass on my thanks to Alice for making sewing enjoyable again and for turning on so many lightbulbs in my brain!" Joanne