Pattern Drafting - Draft your own bodice, sleeve and skirt block

Do you find it hard to make commercial patterns fit or are you looking to learn a new skill and take your sewing to the next level? If so then this workshop is for you!

Over the course of 2 consecutive days you will create your own bodice, sleeve and skirt block based on your measurements; these blocks can then be used to make your own sewing patterns and designs for your own individual look that fits perfectly. The tutor can support you to experiment with moving darts, creating new style lines, adding tucks or pleats, or even combining your skirt and bodice block to create a dress.

You may also have time to test your new block and use it to copy one of your favourite, existing garments!

Please note - The first day will run from 11-5.30pm and the second day will run from 10am-4.30pm.


Running Time
11am - 5.30pm

Further information

You will learn

  • How to take your body measurements
  • How to translate the measurements onto pattern paper
  • How to draw out a bodice block and sleeve block from these
  • How to make a toile from calico and check the fit
  • How to translate any adaptations on the toile onto your bodice pattern
  • How to draw out a skirt block
  • How to manipulate your blocks to create new pattern

Skill level

Level 6 - Advanced Dressmaker - To ensure this is the best workshop for you please click here for a full description of our workshop levels.

What's included

  • Use of all sewing machines, overlockers, tools and equipment
  • Dot and cross dressmakers pattern paper
  • Calico fabric for making the toile
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • A special 15% off voucher for lunch at local cafe, Damascena

You will need to bring

Just your lovely self and your favourite garment that you would like to replicate (time permitting)!

You may also like to bring along a camera and a notebook to document each step.

This is a two day workshop and the second day will follow on from the first consecutively.

Your tutor

Layla Totah

Layla has been teaching for over 15 years and sewing for 10 years. She started as a secondary school English teacher in London and later moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she set up a small school teaching sewing to ex pats and locals.

Since moving back to London Layla has taught sewing in many different studios around the country and to many different levels learners, however dressmaking is her expertise.

She sews almost all her own clothes and those of her husband but draws the line at her cats!
As well as sewing (pretty much all the time) she also teaches English at a secondary school and knits.

No dates available

Sorry there are no sessions planned in at the moment, but drop us an email.
We'll let you know about future dates.