Course Information

Sewing - Block pattern making - bodice (Cheney School)


Subject area: Homecrafts

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

This course covers all aspects of flat pattern cutting to enable you to draft a bodice block using your body measurements, make and fit a toile and learn pattern adaptations (i.e. how move darts, collar construction and openings)

Course Content

During this course you will learn how to take body measurements and using these measurements draft a bodice block. A toile is made and the fit checked before a blouse or top pattern is cut of your chosen design.
1. Drafting the bodice block.
2. Fitting of the toile and adjustments.
3. Pattern adaptations exercises
4. Blouse or top design and fashion trends
5. Cut the pattern for your chosen design
Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.)
Please bring your own sewing machines
A4 Ring binder & 12 plastic sleeves
A4 lined and plain paper
Pen and HB pencil/rubber/sharpener and coloured pencils
Set square/metre rule (if you have one)
Sellotape/stapler/stapler remover (tutor can provide)
Information about paper, card and equipment will be given at the first session
Please collect ideas/suggestions for blouses/tops cut out from magazines
Basic sewing equipment:
Fabric, paper and embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen
Specialist pattern cutting equipment and books (to be advised by the tutor)
Additional costs (over and above the published fee):
Pattern paper, pattern card and calico. Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted visits and have a responsibility to ensure we meet/exceed their requirements. As a result of this you will find you will be expected to understand the government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values as well as complete quality monitoring paperwork as part of the course.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for learners who have successfully completed a skirt or dress using a commercial pattern.
Or have successfully completed the Pattern Cutting Skirt Block and have an interest in design and pattern making.

Enrolment numbers to our courses are reviewed regularly. To avoid disappointment it is advised to enrol early. Course viability decisions are made two weeks prior to the course start date. Any course changes are communicated via email so please ensure you check your email accounts running up to the course start date.

On the first week of the course you will be required to bring along one form of identification. This could be a passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please Note: Students should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2018.

Visits and Events

There are no planned visits or events on this course

Skills I Will Develop

This course will give you the skills to design your own blouse or top and make the pattern from your own bodice block.

Learning Methods & Assessment

As this is not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.
For example:
Question & answer
Practical exercises and 1:1’s with the tutor
Learners make greater progress if they do some work during the week and have access to a sewing machine at home.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

This course is not accredited so no qualifications are available

Where Next?

You will be able to use the skills, knowledge and techniques you have learnt and apply them to drafting more complex blocks.
Progression routes.
• A follow up course will be scheduled if needed.
• Construct a dress block and produce your own patterns and designs.
• Improvers dressmaking course

Fee Information

Most courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded, the published fee takes account of that funding. Before you are accepted onto a course you will need to meet a number of conditions relating to your entitlement to funding e.g. your age, residency status within the UK/EEA and prior qualification level. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.

  • Adult full fee

Course Details

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Days: Saturday

Date: 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019

Location: Cheney School

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)