Pattern Cutting Beginners: Step 2

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Course code: PL1410F

This course will help you to improve your pattern cutting skills, which is the starting point for designing your own clothes.

When and where


From 09 May 2024 to 04 Jul 2024
Thu 12:15-14:45

8 weeks

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09 May 2024

12:15 to 14:45

16 May 2024

12:15 to 14:45

23 May 2024

12:15 to 14:45

06 Jun 2024

12:15 to 14:45

13 Jun 2024

12:15 to 14:45

20 Jun 2024

12:15 to 14:45

27 Jun 2024

12:15 to 14:45

04 Jul 2024

12:15 to 14:45


Dolphin Centre 

The Dolphin Centre,

BH15 1SZ


Fees and concessions

The fee for this course is £130.00.

The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £130.00, the concession rate is £65.00.


Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

01202 123444

What the course is about

<p>During this course you will receive both group and individual support in order to help you learn more about basic pattern cutting skills and using a sewing machine at a beginner level. Improve upon step 1 skills and produce a basic fitted bodice fitted and also a loose fitting bodice. Topics that may be covered include:</p>

<li>Taking body measurements</li>
<li>Basic pattern cutting drawing skills</li>
<li>Adjusting a pattern</li>
<li>Adding key markings to a pattern such as grainline and notches</li>
<li>Cutting a pattern in fabric</li>
<li>Altering the fit and recording changes</li>
<li>Developing the basic skirt pattern into a dress pattern and other styles of skirt</li>

<p><strong>PLEASE NOTE</strong> this course does not use commercial patterns and is not about adapting a commercial pattern.  The inclusion of sleeves is time dependent so may not be included. But you may be able to transfer some of the skills you learn to adapting commercial patterns at home in your own time. All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course. Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people. Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience. This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.</p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>There are no pre-course admission sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course. Please ensure you have read and understood our STEPS guidance in order to accurately enrol upon the correct level course for you.</p>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>Your tutor will work with you to develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will help you review your progress towards achieving your goals during the course. There is no qualification or examination attached to this course.</p>

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

<p>This is a Beginners Step 2 course, you will be expected to have attended a Step 1 course or equivalent. You do not need drawing skills.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>Please bring along the following items to the first session:</p>

<li>Drawing kit-rubber, pencil, sharpener, pens</li>
<li>Paper scissors and fabric scissors</li>
<li>Pins and basic sewing kit (needles and thread)</li>
<li>Sewing tape measure (not builders)</li>
<li>Any set square or ruler you may have</li>

<p><strong>Sewing machine needed from approximately week 3 onwards.</strong> You will need to bring your own sewing machine later in the course as this will help you understand how it works and enable you to successfully continue sewing at home. Please ensure it is in safe, good working condition and bring your user manual. During the first session your tutor may discuss additional materials to bring if possible.</p>

Next Step

<p>Following the successful completion of this course, your next learning step is: Introduction to Pattern Cutting Beginners Step 3.</p>

Additional information

<p><strong>English, maths and computing skills:</strong> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.<br />
<strong>Refunds:</strong> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.<br />
<strong>Attendance:</strong> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.<br />
<strong>Places on courses:</strong> many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.<br />
<strong>Fully funded learners:</strong> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.<br />
<strong>Home study:</strong> you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.<br />
<strong>Proof of identity:</strong> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.<br />
<strong>Off-site activities:</strong> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.<br />
<strong>Parking at centres:</strong> parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.<br />
<strong>Refreshments:</strong> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.<br />
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If you have any <strong>accessibility or disability issues</strong> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail <a href=""></a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.</p>