Make a Perfect Fitting Trouser Block with Alice Prier

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Make a Perfect Fitting Trouser Block with Alice Prier

Sunday 24 May 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Confident Dressmaker

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.

    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. Your teacher 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 and refreshments will be laid out for you throughout the class.


    "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


    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!

    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 commercially 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! Her most recent venture is her very own range of simple and stylish sewing patterns available to download from