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Coming Soon: Essential Elements to Make your Pattern Production Ready


“Production pattern making is often sidelined by the more glamorous sounding creative pattern making, but the reality is, the production pattern is the real star,” says pattern expert Maggie Stott.

Maggie trained as a traditional Pattern Cutter & Designer back in the 70’s and added Grading and Garment Technology to her expertise while in the professional workplace along the way. During the 80s while still working in industry, Maggie began sharing her love of pattern making and revealing how it is an integral part of the design process with students at the London College of Fashion, Kingston School of Fashion and in more recent years – The Fashion Technology Academy.

In 2000 she began working with computer pattern cutting systems, and now combines the best of traditional methods with modern technology, so necessary in today’s clothing industry. In recent years Maggie has been writing down the skills absorbed by working directly alongside master pattern makers and graders, and has published three books with more in the development stage.

(Maggie teaching at the Fashion Technology Academy)

In this one-day masterclass class held at the Fashion Technology Academy Maggie will explain that grading, marker making and manufacture cannot start without a production pattern, and the quality of its execution will set the standard for the whole factory process. A daunting thought, be if half a dozen garments or 10,000 all start with the production pattern, made by the Production Pattern Cutter.

Due to take place Saturday 16th February topics covered will include:

1 – The importance of the production pattern

2 – Consideration of raw materials and trims

3 – Customising seam allowances for specialist machinery

4 – Understanding the language of notches

5 – Making secondary pieces such as interlining and lining pattern pieces

6 – Facings and the placement of labels

7 – Communication with a Garment technologist

Attendees will need the following tools:

Paper shears

Set square or Shoben pattern master

Pencils & sharpener


Ball Point Pen

Marker pens – 1 x red, 1 x black, and 1 x blue

Laura a previous learner on this masterclass said: “I found the lesson really beneficial, a real eye opener to see from the ‘other side’ of the pond! As we mainly do the design and pattern design here we sometimes do not understand the importance of the simplest things throwing out a pattern! (E.g. A rogue notch!) Maggie is so knowledgeable, it’s a real privilege to be able to learn just a little of her skills! I’m really looking forward to learning more.” 

This skill building masterclass will take place on Saturday 16th February from 9.30am to 3pm at the Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 13/14 Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ and costs £75.

Click here to book.

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