Project Patterns

Introduction to Pattern Cutting

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Online course

The Introduction to Pattern Cutting course will equip you with a solid foundation to build your pattern cutting knowledge on. You will get to grips with what pattern cutting is and how it works. You will learn what blocks are and how to use them, and learn some key skills that you will need to draft patterns including adding seam allowance, how to mark notches and what information your patterns need on them. This course is the first and introductory course of the Pattern Cutting Fundamentals Course Series, covering essential beginner pattern cutting knowledge and techniques, that will be taught by instructor Kathryn Roberts on MOTIF.

2 hours
Junior Pattern Cutters, Garment Technicians or entry level Fashion Graduates, working in brands and retailers or clothing manufacturers, or working as freelancers/independents.
Learners must have a basic understanding of garment construction, e.g. have some sewing experience.

How will you learn?

This highly practical self-paced course includes video demonstrations and instructions as well as worksheets, quizzes and discussions. This course also supplies half scale downloadables to follow along that will ease your learning journey and enhance your learning experience. An in-course glossary at the learner's fingertips facilitates the understanding of technical terms.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Project Patterns Certificate of Completion.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, learners will:

1. Understand what Pattern Cutting is, know the anatomy of a pattern as well as key pattern cutting terms and definitions

2. Understand what Blocks are and how they are used

3. Be familiar with specialist pattern cutting tools and how to create notches, drill holes and seam allowances

4. Know how to label their pattern.

Online course Detailed outline

Module 1: What is Pattern Cutting? Free trial

In this module we’re going to take a closer closer look at what pattern cutting is and why it’s important for garment construction. Learn about some of the specialist tools needed and get to grips with the relationship between our 2D pattern and the 3D garment.

  • 1.1 What is a Pattern?
  • 1.2 Tools of the Trade
  • 1.3 Pattern Anatomy

Module 2: Flat Pattern Cutting Explained

In this module we’ll take a closer look at how flat pattern cutting works, what blocks are and how we use them as a starting point for new patterns.
You’ll also learn some key words and phrases and some golden rules to follow when making patterns.

  • 2.1 How Does it Work?
  • 2.2 What is a Block? Looking at Blocks
  • 2.3 Things to Keep in Mind

Module 3: Adding the Finishing Touches

This module is all about learning some key skills that you’ll need to finalise your patterns. Test out the specialist tools to add seam allowance, notches, drill holes and pattern information.

  • 3.1 Adding Seam Allowance
  • 3.2 Dart Underlays
  • 3.3 Notches and Drill Holes
  • 3.4 Piece Information and Checklist

Kathryn Roberts

Course Instructor

Kathryn is a London based pattern cutter with over 8 years of industry experience working for both luxury brands such as Peter Pilotto and Emila Wickstead as well as high street mega brands including Topshop, Ted Baker and River Island.
She is the founder and teacher of Project Patterns, an online space which she created to share her love and enthusiasm for all things pattern cutting related. She is also one half of the popular podcast Fashion Half Cut.

Project Patterns is an education platform focusing on opening up the world of pattern cutting.
Starting as a humble blog in 2018 the business has grown into a learning platform offering free pattern cutting resources, online courses, one to one tuition and in person workshops around the UK. Their mission is to demystify the art of pattern cutting for industry professionals, small business owners and sewers.

Read more about Project Patterns.


Yes, you need to feel confident with your basic sewing skills.

This course focuses on Womenswear, but the techniques like dart rotation and slash & spread can be used in menswear too.

No, I provide free half scale blocks as part of this course for you to practice with.

No, this course focuses on what to do with your blocks after you’ve bought or drafted them.

Pattern Ruler (Pattern Master, Set Square, French Curve etc are all fine)
Pattern Paper (or something similar)
Mechanical/Sharp Pencil
Paper Scissors
Scotch Tape or Masking Tape
Tape Measure
Pattern Notcher
Pattern Drill
Tracing Wheel
Half scale block (provided with the course)