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Sewing - Block Pattern Making - Dresses

Course code: IPXV309P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

10:00 - 16:00

Days of week:


Course date:

22nd Jun 2024 - 22nd Jun 2024

Course location:

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

This Saturday course covers all aspects of flat pattern cutting to enable you to draft a dress block using your body measurements. You will make and fit a toile and learn pattern adaptations and how to draft style lines to get the latest look for your design.

NB. You will need to have completed the bodice block course and bring the draft and toile to this session.

During this course you will take body measurements and use these measurements to draft a dress block from your bodice block. A toile is made, and the fit checked before a dress pattern is cut of your chosen design.

1. Drafting the dress block

2. Fitting of the toile and adjustments

3. Pattern adaptations exercises

4. Dress design and fashion trends

5. Cut the pattern for your chosen design

6. Your previously drafted bodice and sleeve block

7. Your bodice and sleeve toile

(Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.)

Sewing machines are available but you are welcome to bring your own.

Items to bring with you:

A4 Ring binder & 12 plastic sleeves

A4 lined and plain paper

Paper glue

Pen and HB pencil/rubber/sharpener and coloured pencils


Set square/metre rule (if you have one)

Sellotape/stapler/stapler remover (tutor can provide)

1.5 metres of medium weight calico

Plain pattern paper (can be purchased from tutor)

Fashions curves (if you have them)

Please collect ideas/suggestions for dresses cut out from magazines

Basic sewing equipment:

Calico, paper and embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen.

Specialist pattern cutting equipment and books will be made available by the tutor for use during the course.

You will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks for the day.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, wh

What next?
You will be able to use the skills, knowledge and techniques you have learnt and apply them to drafting more advanced blocks and patterns. It is possible to enrol on other block courses or sign up for a Dressmakers Improvers course.
Entry criteria
This course is only suitable for learners who have successfully completed the Bodice Block courses. As the bodice block is required for the dress block.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Additional costs:

(a) Pre-prepared paper for the draft £2 payable at the first session.

(b) Spare pattern paper £1 per metre, pattern card £4 per sheet (optional) and

(c) medium calico £4.80 per metre. (Also available to purchase from the tutor)

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £17.50

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £17.50

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.

As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used, such as, observations, self-assessment, question & answer, practical exercises and 1:1s with the tutor. You will be required to complete some assessment paperwork and you will be able to assess your own progress.