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Fashion, Sewing & Textiles | Creative Pattern Cutting

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby, Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: All candidates must own a sewing machine, be competent in making basic garments and/or have completed a basic pattern cutting course.

Why this course?

Pattern cutting does not have to be complex or advanced to produce interesting and creative design led garments. Just by simply moving a seam, a dart can produce a visually interesting garment.

On this course you will learn different methods of pattern cutting; 'Subtraction Pattern Cutting' (Julian Roberts), 'Transformational Reconstruction Pattern Cutting' (Shingo Sato) and draping on a stand (basic). These methods are more intuitive, more 3D based and use less maths than traditional flat pattern cutting. You will also learn different methods of producing creative patterns by engineering seams and darts.

You will be expected to draft a basic bodice block and this block will be used throughout the course. You will not be making made to measure garments. This course is about developing creativity in your pattern cutting, although there will be input on basic garment construction.

Lessons will be a combination of tutor led classes and student self-directed-study.

Course leader: Phil Bint

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CM0001-1C 03 Oct 2019 Central Brighton 6.00pm - 9.00pm 10 weeks £300.00 Enrol & Pay
CM0002-1C 23 Jan 2020 Central Brighton 6.00pm - 9.00pm 10 weeks £300.00 Enrol & Pay

Discounts may be available depending on your circumstances, please see our finance information.

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Other ways to enrol

You can also enrol by calling 01273 667704 or in person at our Central Brighton or West Durrington Campuses.

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Entry requirements

All candidates must own a sewing machine, be competent in making basic garments and/or have completed a basic pattern cutting course.

Entry requirements

Course topics

● Drafting a basic block pattern

● Darts

● Seams and engineered seams

● Subtraction pattern cutting

● Transformational reconstruction pattern cutting

● Minimum waste and no waste pattern cutting

● Some instruction on garment construction

Why the MET?

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (the MET) was created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College. It draws on 150 years of heritage, history and experience. We operate across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham and Worthing, and teach around 7,500 adult learners.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Whatever your chosen subject, we have the facilities to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.

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