I’ve started a beginners pattern cutting class and thought I’d share what it’s all about.
It’s run by Edinburgh Council and is on Monday nights at Leith Academy in their Home Economics department. It’s cost me £48 for 6 week, 2 hour sessions. That makes it a bargainous £4 an hour. We have to take some of our own materials (a roll of lining wallpaper, pencils, ruler, rubber) but other things are provided for the class including a tailors L, French curve and a giant roll of paper table cloths.
I’d looked into some of the online courses but I really do prefer learning in person. And actually I think this probably represents better value for money than some of the Craftsy or Burda online courses.
Week 1 was about drawing our first master pattern for a skirt.
We’re using the Winifrid Aldrich book. Most of us have bought a copy but we’re also given printouts in class.
I tried to read the book in advance but found it almost incomprehensible after the introductory pages. So week 1 was about deciphering what is meant.
We started on our wallpaper drawing the skirt pattern being very very precise. It’s like a recipe that you have to make sure you’ve followed every step and it really helps to tick things off as you go.
This gave me a standard size 12 master pattern for a skirt. So next step was to take actual measurements of ourselves and start drawing out a skirt pattern for ourselves. Unbelievably this was 2 hours up. Time absolutely raced by!
For homework we were encouraged to transfer our pattern master onto paper tablecloth and add a 1.5cm seam allowance. If we were feeling swotty we could also cut out fabric and try sewing it up.
I did have a shot at this but unfortunately I was a div and used my standard size 12 pattern rather than my own pattern. D’oh!
Anyway I’ll let you know how week 2 went later!