Introductory Pattern Cutting with Dawn Foxall

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Introductory Pattern Cutting with Dawn Foxall

Begins: Saturday 24 March 2018

Ends: Sunday 25 March 2018

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Can you always find the pattern for your dream dress in a perfect fit? The answer is probably no.

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 Dawn Foxall has a wealth of experience in designing clothes with her own couture clothing practice and has many stories to share with you!

Dawn teaches the widely acclaimed Telestia Method* which uses a unique template to achieve a great fit whatever your measurements and body shape and without the need for a lot of maths and difficult calculations.

Over the course of the weekend you will cover the following topics:

Day 1 - Technical

  • Take accurate body measurements

  • Draft a dress block and sleeve block

  • Learn how to use your block for separates

  • Add seam allowances and other markings

  • Make a calico toile

  • Do any small fit adjustments needed to ensure a perfect fit

  • Day 2 - Creative (& Technical!)

  • Pivoting darts Creating panels

  • Slash and spread

  • Changing necklines and adding collars

  • Adding ease and volume

  • These techniques form the basis of all pattern cutting and once you’ve grasped them you can make a pattern for anything from a bikini to an overcoat! You will learn how to adapt your block to create a variety of tops, skirts and dresses and how to introduce your own design details. We will also discuss the best way to combine your personal block with a commercial pattern.

    A Telestia template will be provided for each student to use during the course and are available to buy with the instruction book for £75 if you’d like to make blocks in different sizes. You would not need to purchase one if you want to adapt the block to make different styles.

    Level: 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. Tools and materials are provided on both days & lunch and refreshments are included.

    Tools and materials are provided on both days & lunch and refreshments are included.


    Dawn Foxall has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years having graduated with a Degree in Knitted Textiles and later a Masters in Opera singing!

    Dawn’s fashion career has seen her training textiles teachers, running fashion courses, lecturing at various UK Universities, advising textiles companies and running her own businesses. She set up the ethical and sustainable brand Liv for an organic skincare company which she managed for 10 years, designing and sourcing organic Fairtrade clothing and homeware from India, Egypt and the UK. Her singing has not gone unnoticed during her work travels, being asked to perform in Egypt and India in concerts whilst working her day job!

    More recently she has launched her own knitwear brand ‘Foxology’ and is Pattern Cutting Tutor at Fashion Enter in London, where she teaches both to home sewers and to young people wanting a career in the fashion industry. She also discovered the unique Telestia System for drafting perfect fitting blocks and teaches this fast and easy system to her students with minimal maths and fabulous results! She will unravel the mystery of how to turn your ideas into garments that fit you!