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We’re on a mission to demystify pattern making.

Join us in our online course, where you'll learn pattern making in a fun and easy way.

We’re on a mission to demystify pattern making.

Join us in our online course starting in January 2023 where you'll learn pattern making in a fun and easy way.


In this course, you'll gain the confidence to pattern cut your own styles and enjoy experimenting with volume, design lines and darts. You can use these skills to create 100's of different patterns, giving you the freedom to design your own clothes, exactly how you want!

In this course, you'll gain the confidence to pattern cut your own styles and enjoy experimenting with volume, design lines and darts. You can use these skills to create 100's of different patterns, giving you the freedom to design your own clothes exactly how you want!


Gain access to:

Video tutorials

Nothing beats seeing something in real life, seeing how your hands should move and the paper should twist!

Step-by-step illustrations

You'll receive written tutorials and illustrations so you can quickly come back to them as you work.

Design Inspiration

Through fashion inspiration and our own examples, you can start dreaming up all the ways to use your new skills.


Try-it-yourself exercises

It’s all well and good learning a new skill, but you need to put it into practise to really understand it!

Community group

Ask questions, share inspiration and cheer each other on in our community group. Yay, we can't wait to meet you!

What you'll learn:

INTRODUCTION

  • Meet your tutor - About Alys
  • Introduce yourself - let's get to know each other!

LET'S GET STARTED

  • What is pattern making?
  • What is pattern hacking?
  • Tips for pattern making
  • Pattern terminology 
  • Block patterns - What is a block pattern?
  • How to use the Unpicked 1/2 scale blocks
  • Tools you’ll need and how to use them

DARTS

  • What is dart manipulation?
  • Bust apex - how to find them on your patterns
  • Moving a dart
  • Truing a dart
  • Dart manipulation examples and inspiration
  • Moving a dart into a seam
  • Dart into a seam examples and inspiration
  • Moving a dart into a yoke seam
  • Turn a dart into a pleat or gather
  • Turning a dart into waist volume/ dartless bodice
  • How to sew darts

DESIGN LINES

  • Adding a seam to a pattern
  • How to add design lines across a pattern
  • What they can be used for
  • Design lines examples and inspiration
  • Tips for sewing complex design lines

FLARE

  • Adding flare to a straight panel
  • Adding flare examples and inspiration
  • Adding flare into a top
  • Flared sleeve
  • Moving a dart for volume - Creating an A-line skirt
  • Adding a seam line and flare - Top design
  • Adding a seam line and flare - Asymmetric skirt design
  • Seam and flare examples and inspiration

GATHER

  • Different ways of adding gather
  • Adding gather to a top
  • Gathered sleeve (Top and bottom)
  • Gathered sleeve hem
  • Gathered sleeve head
  • How to sew gather to control the measurements
  • Adding gather to shaped panels
  • Using a facing to control gather
  • Creating a facing
  • Facings with darts
  • Gather examples and inspiration
  • Adding seam lines and gather
  • Seam and gather - examples and inspiration
  • Adding gather into straight panels
  • Deciding how much volume to add
  • Creating tiered garments
  • Other tiered examples
  • Sewing gather

PATTERN MAKING

  • Checking patterns - Walking the seams
  • Using base patterns and pattern hacking
  • Deciding which base pattern to use
  • Getting started with pattern making
  • Turning a design into a pattern
  • How to measure yourself
  • Making a toile
  • How to transfer markings from toile to pattern

ESSENTIALS

  • Checking patterns - Walking the seams
  • Checking patterns - Fixing uneven seams
  • Labelling patterns
  • Truing seams
  • Adding seam allowance
  • Tracing a pattern
  • Lengthening or shortening a pattern
  • Grainlines
  • Squaring off a pattern
  • Creating a hinge
  • Creating a facing
  • Lengthening/shortening patterns
  • Creating a channel

MOST OF ALL..

You'll learn how to experiment, sample ideas and problem solve, so you can take the designs you’ve been dreaming of and start wearing them!



Have allllll of the fun, designing and pattern hacking so you can express yourself and wear the clothes you love.

Have allllll of the fun, designing and pattern hacking so you can express yourself and wear the clothes you love.


Our mission is to demystify pattern making.
Breaking it down into simple tutorials and showing
you how to put them into practice.

Our mission is to demystify pattern making.
Breaking it down into simple tutorials and showing
you how to put them into practice.

Meet your tutor:

Hi. I’m Alys! I’m a pattern maker, and I’ve worked for brands such as Alexander McQueen, steventai, Paper London and Teija. I aim to teach pattern making in a fun and easy way to give you the freedom to design your own clothes exactly how you want.

I’ve been teaching students in person for the past four years, so I design my online courses to be as hands-on as real-life workshops, yet with the flexibility to work in your own time.

I’m so excited for you to join me. We’ll start with the basics and put them into practise straight away. Once you’ve mastered these, we’ll build up your confidence so you can use your new skills for hacking your favourite sewing patterns or begin working as a pattern maker.