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How to draft a fully shaped (A-line) skirt block -coming soon!

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Learn how to draft a fully shaped/A-line skirt block the easy way!

  • The first tutorial in my pattern-making series
  • Create a block/sloper as a base for any A-line skirt style
  • Use stock measurements or your own for a personal fit
  • Learn how to cut your first skirt pattern from the block
  • Learn the tricks of the trade
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Close-up instruction

Who is this course for?

  • Fashion design students
  • Dressmakers
  • Industry professionals
  • Creative Fashionistas
  • Anyone who wants to start learning the Art of pattern drafting and pattern making

Suggested skill set

  • An eye for detail
  • Basic maths skills
  • Prior knowledge of how patterns sew together
  • Drawing (using a set square or ruler) and scissor cutting skills

Method used and delivery

  • Flat pattern making technique
  • HD video, PDF and text
  • At your own pace and convenience

Equipment needed

  • large flat work surface such as a table
  • Dressmakers tape measure
  • Patten makers grading set square
  • Tracing wheel
  • Long nose scissors
  • 2-4 metres of paper
  • Approx 1.5 meters brown pattern card (225-235 gsm) for final block/sloper
  • H/HB pencil, sharpener, marker pens and rubber
  • Invisible sticky tape
  • 1 meter ruler (preferably stainless steel)
  • Pattern Notcher (optional)
  • Get your Premium Pattern makers kit here which includes:
    • Set Square
    • Tracing wheel
    • Dart Marker/Awl
    • Pattern Notcher
    • Brown Card

By the end of this course you will...

  • Know how to use patternmaking equipment effectively
  • Understand some basic drafting and patternmaking techniques
  • Have made a fully shaped (A-line) skirt block/sloper
  • Have cut a finished pattern produced from your block ready for cutting a garment
  • Be ready for the next stage!


Your Instructor


Joanne McEwen
Joanne McEwen

With over 25 years experience in the fashion industry as a qualified Patternmaker, Designer, made to measure seamstress and tutor, my passion for teaching students still brings joy!

Having worked both in the fashion industry and freelance, my experience is not only extensive in all aspects of patternmaking, which includes Womenswear, Menswear and Childrenswear, but also in how to put garments together using essential design elements and appropriate fabrication.

I have chosen to break the lessons down into mini bites of information so you can pick and choose as you will, which gives you the power to learn at your own pace and focus on the specific elements of patternmaking that interest you the most.

Currently I also run an Image, Style,Colour and personal shopping service, Image Sense which is based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

It is now my pleasure to share my expertise online with you all from around the globe.