Design & Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

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Design & Pattern Cutting with Alice Prier

Saturday 18 August 2018

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Level: Advanced

Make Your Designs A Reality!

Maximum Class Size: 6

This workshop has been designed for students who have already completed our Pattern Cutting Weekend or Bodice & Sleeve Block class and have their fitting block ready to go. Throughout the day you will develop and build on your pattern cutting knowledge further, in order to use your block extensively and create new workable patterns.

This class 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 techniques 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 and lunch is included with refreshments throughout the day.


    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!