Introductory Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

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Introductory Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

Begins: Friday 19 May 2017

Ends: Friday 26 May 2017

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

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

  • Create a bodice and skirt block which will fit you to perfection

  • Make your own toile and learn how to make small fit adjustments

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

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

  • 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!

    These classes are aimed at confident sewers, you will get the most out of them if you have used commercial patterns before and have experience in making a variety of different garments. Over two days you will create a skirt and upper body block, take your own measurements and use them to make a template from which you can create any style of pattern then adjust it to create a limitless range of your very own designer skirts, tops, coats and dresses.

    Tools and materials are provided on both days. Lunch is included and refreshments will be laid out for you throughout the day.


    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.