Thursday, 19 July 2007

Friends Pattern Cutting Classes (& Contact)

OCTOBER 2014 - JULY 2015
Design your own clothes - no previous experience necessary
Fully qualified teacher – over 10 years experience
Good preparation for access courses, degrees in fashion, textiles etc.
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Structured teaching in 10 week blocks.
Learn how to make patterns for you - skirts, dresses, shirts & trousers.

Basic equipment – set squares, metre rules - available.
Class size 8 students for maximum one-to-one tuition.

Classes at
Friends Meeting House, 61 Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, London N21 1LE Close Winchmore Hill station - London Rail trains from Finsbury Park 12 min Local Buses 125, 329 and W9 (See 'Travel - Location' link)

Dates and Times
Saturday daytime classes in term times
Beginners classes: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm;
Intermediate classes: 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm;
Autumn Term 2014 - 10 weekly classes - starts 4 October, last class 13 December 2013. (No class on 15 November)
Spring Term 2015 - 9 weekly classes: starts 7 February, last class 11 April 2014.(No class 4 April - Easter weekend)
Summer Term 2015 - 10 weekly classes - starts 2 May, last class 4 July 2014.

FEES
10 week block of classes - £140-00. (Spring 2015 - 9 week term - £126.)
Place confirmed with £40 deposit, balance before end of first class.   
Booking deposit refunded if class doesn't form. 
 
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Teacher Profile - Linda Powell


I have longstanding commercial and freelance experience in designing and making clothes and teaching pattern cutting. In the past I ran my own studio, employing half a dozen people, creating designs for small specialist fashion outlets in London and the USA – including a project for ‘Vogue’.

Alongside my continuing freelance work for private clients I have taught pattern cutting classes at an adult education college in Central London since 1996 and from August 2013 have taught HND Fashion and Textiles at the London College of College of Contemporary Art in Soho. I also mentor new fashion designers, providing a professional pattern cutting and pre-production service.


As part of my continuing professional development I gained a post-graduate Innovative Pattern Cutting qualification at Central Saint Martins, London in 2007.

The Friends Pattern Cutting Classes which I set up locally have been running continuously since January 2005.

Travel - Location

Travel - Location

Friends Meeting House, 61 Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, London N21 1LE

The Friends Meeting House is about a 3 minute walk from Winchmore Hill mainline Station. Leaving the station turn right, continue past the shops on right-hand side of The Green to the Kings Head pub and then into Church Hill.

Train: Winchmore Hill Station (Zone 4) is on the London Rail, First Capital Connect (FCC) service – about 12 minutes from Finsbury Park Station (Underground/London Rail). Winchmore Hill station is in Zone 4 - Travel and Oyster Cards are valid.


Arriving at Finsbury Park tube station on Piccadilly & Victoria lines look for overhead illuminated 'British Rail' or 'National Rail' sign, go up spiral staircase* and head for overground platform 7/8 - check display screen for station listing. Take trains going to/via Hertford North.

*Spiral staicase is closed for renewal until end March 2014.  Follow National Rail exit signs to Station Place, exit the station, go past the booking office, re-enter the station and head for Platforms 7 and 8.

Saturday trains normally leave Finsbury Park at 9.32 am (arrives Winchmore Hill Station 9.45 am for 10.00 am class); 1.32 pm (arrives Winchmore Hill Station 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm class). Same trains leave Kings Cross 9.26 am and 1.26 pm respectively.

Please check National Rail website in case of engineering work (usually Sundays not Saturdays).
http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search

Alternative route is to take Piccadilly Line to Wood Green tube station, go to bus stop diagonally across the road and take the 329 bus heading to Enfield Town and get off at Winchmore Hill (see below). Allow 20-25 minutes more time.

Buses: Routes 329 and 125 stop at Winchmore Hill, Green Lanes. Walk up Station Road past the station and follow directions as above. Route W9 stops on request at The Green, Winchmore Hill.

Location Map:
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=531293&Y=194574&A=Y&Z=110

Course Information

Course Information

Beginners
Start making simple patterns to your own measurements – and develop your own ideas. Suitable for anyone with an interest in fashion and making clothes. No previous experience necessary, some sewing skills useful. (Click on 'Course Details' for further information)

Intermediate

Suitable for those who have completed a beginners course, have made their own blocks, understand basic dart manipulation and want to progress on to more complex patterns. (Click on 'Course Details' for further information)

Beginners Pattern Cutting - Course Details

Beginners Pattern Cutting - Course Details

1. Course Aims
• To introduce you to the tools and basic skills of flat pattern cutting, and to enable you to produce garment blocks to your own measurements.

• Each term covers a specific block and various designs that can be developed from them. The September term covers the skirt block. The January term covers the close-fitting bodice and sleeve block. The summer term covers the trouser block. Men's pattern blocks can be included.

• All students are encouraged to work at their own pace.

2. Who Can Join?

All beginners are welcome who:
• have an interest in fashion and the construction of clothes
• are capable of basic arithmetic and measuring
• have basic sewing skills

3. Course Content
• Accurate measuring of the body
• Making the basic block to personal or standard trade measurements
• Using the block to make simple flat patterns
• Studying various fitting problems and how to adjust the pattern
• Moving darts by pivoting and/or slashing to change the style lines

4. Learning, Teaching Methods
• Lots of practical demonstrations, with finished samples
• Whole group discussions
• Individual hands-on practice with one to one assistance


5. Practical Skills Learnt

• Make simple flat patterns to your own and/or trade measurements
• Make and fit calico toiles (prototypes)
• Have some understanding of shape manipulation and fitting

6. Materials, Equipment Extras you will need to bring with you
(A notepad and pen is all that is required for the first few lessons. Steel metre rulers and set squares will be made available for your use in the class.)

§ Notepad and pen, HB pencil, sharpener and rubber.
§ Paper scissors and fabric scissors.
§ Tape measure, pins and general sewing kit.
§ Masking tape & Pritt-Stick
§ Calculator

Paper and card can be bought at cost price in the class.



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FURTHER STUDY

The experience gained from the beginners classes is good preparation fashion and textile degrees and access courses.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Intermediate - Course Details

Intermediate - Course Details

1. Course Aims

• To enable you to analyze drawings, pictures and your own design ideas so that you can translate them into 2D flat patterns – using your own or standard blocks.

• Through class practice develop skills and confidence to enable you to tackle a wider range of designs.

2. Who Can Join?

Suitable for those who have completed a beginners course, have made their own blocks, understand basic dart manipulation and want to progress on to more complex patterns.
(If you have not completed a beginners course with me please see details for that course which may help you decide which class to join.)

3. Course Content


This course is more tailored to student requirements, is run flexibly and by and large covers the following:

• Analysing a selection of fashion photographs – including skirts, trousers, dresses, jackets and coats – and translate them into paper patterns.


It would be a good idea to start collecting a selection of fashion pictures that interest you to bring along to the class.

Each term will focus on specific techniques and build on student learning. Overall the three term course will include:

• Dart manipulation – including asymmetric darts

• Different size and style collars

• Variety of sleeves – including raglan and kimono

• Simple size grading


4. Learning, Teaching Methods

• Lots of practical demonstrations

• Whole group discussions

• Individual practice exercises using your own, standard, half and quarter scale blocks


5. Practical Skills Learnt

• Ability to translate a basic range of designs into a 2D pattern

• Identify design lines, assess proportion and select an appropriate block

• Make a wider range of flat patterns using your own or standard blocks

6. Materials, Equipment Extras you will need to bring with you

§ Notepad and pen, HB pencil, sharpener and rubber.
§ Paper scissors and fabric scissors.
§ Tape measure, pins and general sewing kit.
§ Masking tape & Pritt-Stick
§ Calculator

Steel metre rulers and set squares will be made available for your use in the class. Paper and card can be bought in class at cost price.

Please note – this is not a sewing class, sewing machines are not normally available although some sewing advice is given.

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FURTHER STUDY

The experience gained from the course is good preparation fashion and textile degrees and access courses. Students have found skills acquired in my classes have improved their understanding of the technical pattern cutting aspects of their qualification courses.

One Day Study Classes

One day classes introducing special subjects have been held in response to student suggestions - see below.

Further classes can be arranged and advice given on special one or two day classes at main London and Adult Education Colleges.

One day classes at The Friends Meeting House have included


Making a personal life size or half scale dummy (see photo)













Modelling on the Stand - creating fabric patterns directly on a dummy Fashion Study Day - research, history and the development of practical ideas

Sourcing fabrics, buttons, beading etc - guided introduction in and around Berwick St Market.

Know Your Own Sewing Machine - confidence-giving practical introduction

Recycle Your Clothes - practical demonstrations and workshop

Menswear - focusing on patterns for men