Further Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

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Further Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

Begins: Saturday 20 May 2017

Ends: Sunday 21 May 2017

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Make Your Designs A Reality!

Maximum Class Size: 6

This weekend course has been designed for students who have already completed our Pattern Cutting Weekend and have their body measurements and fitting block ready to go. During the 2 days you will develop and build on your pattern cutting knowledge further, in order to use your block extensively and create new workable patterns.

This course will focus on creativity and will help you to realise your own designs and turn them into a reality. It will also teach you how to be clever with pattern cutting and garment construction by reducing the amount of seams to make unique, interesting garments, simpler to sew together.

You will cover the following techiques in class plus many more:

  • Understand how to construct intricate design details

  • Incorporate these into your own designs

  • Learn how to adapt your paper pattern to realise more complicated designs

  • Make your own toile or samples

  • Make fit adjustments

  • Prepare for class by bringing images, tears from magazines, garments, or even your own sketches and turn your block into a desirable pattern that is unique to you. During this class you will receive extensive information about not only your design but you will also learn from other students in the class as Alice covers a multitude of ways to alter your block to create interesting garments.

    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 the workshop if you have used commercial patterns before and have experience in making a variety of different garments.

    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.