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Pattern Drafting: Simple Basic Blocks (Online On-Demand)


Online On-Demand Course

Pattern Drafting: Simple Basic Blocks
Measuring, Sizing & Basic Blocks


Pattern Drafting Skills: Simple Basic Blocks
(Online On-Demand Course)


PRICE:  £75

START TIME & COURSE LENGTH:   12-16 Hours of training which can be started at any time.


About the Course:
This is an On-demand Online Course for drafting simple, basic dartless blocks that can be used to draft easy fit garments of your own design.
This course is aimed at beginners and those who want to brush up their pattern drafting skills, or to simply develop easy to draft blocks for garment making.
You will learn basic pattern drafting methods as used in industry, to enable you to create your own patterns. Learn how to correctly measure the body, use specified measurements to create a basic block that fits and simple adaptions involved in pattern development.

The course is delivered through short video tutorials, instruction handouts and guides, plus useful tips to support your learning experience. The course is divided into units and will provide a learning journey through simple tasks and instructions.

Pattern Drafting workshops

Feedback for Online Courses:
The first course has had some amazing feedback with 100+ teachers signing up and some completing already.
‘I have completed this course this weekend and really enjoyed myself. I brushed up on some techniques I already knew, and can now see some new ideas for them. I really enjoyed the new techniques that I had shied away from before, as I thought they would be too tricky! The tutorial videos are very clear with great demos. Can’t wait to experiment more.’
‘Wow, what a real treat your course is. AMAZING work. Would be super for any teacher, experienced or NQT. And a great place to share ideas and create a bank of ideas. You are offering so many resources for the cost of the course. An absolute bargain at that price. I have thoroughly enjoyed working through the course.’

What you will gain by joining the Training Room:

Working through each unit you will learn how to choose a strong and workable theme, find inspiration through selecting appropriate artists and designers and develop primary sources into refined samples. There are lots of examples, tutorial videos and extra resources.

The Units will give you:
  • Clear and visual presentations, in bitesize units, to enable better teaching in Fashion and Textiles and D&T.
  • Clear and easy to follow short demonstrations on ‘how to’ do pattern drafting skills.
  • Printable handouts of templates and step-by-step instructions for use in teaching.
  • Useful video links to exemplar work of others.
  • Guidance and info on other resources that could support your teaching.
You will gain:
  • An overview of the history of sizing and body shape.
  • Learn how to measure the body correctly, then produce a basic bodice, sleeve and skirt blocks to adapt to first patterns.
  • These blocks can be adapted to draft a variety of dresses, tops and skirts.
  • Pull out the maths element out with measuring and simple maths to obtain relevant measurements, adding seam allowances etc.
  • Learn how to add fullness with pleats and remove darts for shaping.
  • Learn simple pattern adaptations for the bodice, sleeve and skirts.
  • Learn new technical skills to support classroom delivery.
  • Support and ideas for delivering key maths elements through textiles.
  • Life long learning in continuing professional development.
  • Better understanding of industry practices and requirements to support delivery of KS3/4/5.

Pattern making online course

What is special about the Pattern Drafting Skills Training Rooms?

The Pattern Drafting Skills Training Room is an experience that delivers textiles skills, knowledge and understanding in bite sized units. It is a unique learning concept which allows you to learn at your own pace and still contribute, ask questions and network with other teachers through the training room discussion page.

Your curator is DAWN FOXALL, Founder of Textiles Skills Centre, who has 35 years industry experience as well as teaching, lecturing and delivering training events for a variety of education establishments, organisations and Textiles Skills Centre. Dawn is supported with contributions fom Julia Burrows who also has many years of industry practice and is currently senior pattern tutor at Fashion Enter Ltd, London.

Advantages of joining the Pattern Drafting Skills Training Room?
  • Work/study can be done at home.
  • No need to be away from your classroom.
  • 12-16 hours of training and downloadable resources.
  • No cover needed for your classes if you are a teacher.
  • No travel arrangements or costs
  • Best use of time: flexible access, revisit when needed, ready-to-use resources
  • Unlimited access to the training room with handouts to download and links to other useful resources.

Garment making

Terms & Conditions

Your ticket is not refundable or exchangeable once you have enrolled on the course. You can register and join at any time.

Once registered, teachers will be given UNLIMITED access to an on-line training room and all the resources. Training provides videos of each presentation and handouts to download, demonstration videos for each technique, templates and images that you can use within school, links to further information and useful resources. It is your ONE STOP SHOP!

What do you need to gain access to the Training Room?

To access the training room you will need a Facebook account and access to the internet. The training can be accessed on a mobile device, tablet or computer.

You will get immediate access to the course once you have booked and paid in full.

Online Courses:

This Training Room is one of a series being developed on Pattern Drafting Skills. Other courses are to follow and we will post them here as soon as we get them completed.

The Textiles Skills Centre also manages the Facebook Closed Group for teachers. To join the closed group go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/textileteacherscentre

Julia Burrows profile photoJulia Burrows

Julia lives by the sea in Southsea with her husband, dog, and two cats. After graduating in South Africa with a BA in Fashion Design, she worked as a designer in London for nearly 30 years. Julia has had a successful career as a designer and pattern cutter, working on several brand ranges in South Africa and for suppliers to Marks & Spencers in Britain.

“I was lucky to be employed in my first design job straight out of university.“ Julia said, “This set me on a path of a career I have loved and feel so fortunate to have”.

Julia has worked on a variety of garment product types including men’s surfwear and outerwear, women’s outerwear, lingerie and nightwear, plus children’s wear. She particularly loves designing lingerie as you work with fabulous laces, embroderies and fabrics.

Dawn Foxall photoDawn Foxall
BA(Hons) Knitwear Design; MA

Dawn has 35 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including design consultant, schools presenter and resources developer for EMTEX; Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK Universities and FE colleges; course presenter for D&T Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.
She was a co-founder of Liv.co.uk, where she managed design, buying and sourcing and continues to work with brands such as LUSH Soaps, sourcing ethical products.
In 2015 Dawn set up the Textiles Skills Academy supporting textile teachers, delivering workshops and events. In 2017 she launched her own knitwear brand FOXOLOGY designing and producing sustainably sourced collections. She continues to teach pattern cutting at various education and commercial establishments and for Textiles Skills Academy and drafts patterns for industry.


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