Are you a a keen sewer with a few dressmaking projects under your belt, willing to expand your understanding of how patterns are drafted? Do you wish to learn how to draft a basic bodice block you will be able to use as a template to create endless designs? Do you wish to be able to create patterns that will require a minimal amount of alterations? Then this course ifs for you!

With the help of our expert tutors, you will be guided through the process of drafting a basic bodice block based on your own measurements and take away a block to create patterns that fit you like a glove!

The course will consist of two sessions with some homework in between.

Session 1

  • Taking accurate measurements
  • Drafting the block following your measurements


Cutting out and sewing the toile (test garment) together

Session 2

  • Checking the toile’s fit and making any necessary alterations
  • Transferring the alterations to the block
  • Cutting and sewing the final toile

What to Bring

1 metre of calico fabric. All other tools and equipment will be provided.

* Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class.

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Additional Information

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  • Bookings are non refundable and only transferable subject to availability and to our discretion. Please read our Terms & Conditions  for more information.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early and wait outside the main entrance. We will come and let you in a few minutes before starting time. If you happen to be late please ring the Yellow Studio buzzer. Unfortunately we won’t be able to let you into the studio if you arrive earlier than 5 minutes before starting time.

Find Us

  • We are located in the Waterloo area, right opposite St Thomas’ Hospital A&E and within close walking distance from Waterloo, Lambeth North and Westminster stations.
  • The Old Paradise Yard can be tricky to find and phone maps directions will send you to the wrong place. Please click here for detailed directions, transport links and our address.