26th October 2019 10am to 5pm

Ever been frustrated with fit of patterns and struggling to understand how a generic pattern can be adjusted to fit your unique body? Then this is the workshop for you!


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You will have demonstrations and guidance to teach you how to adjust a bodice of your choice to your personal body measurements and shape. Learning how to diagnose fit issues, transfering those to adjust the pattern pieces and making a toile of the adjustments for further tweaking and transferring back to the pattern (where necessary). You will leave the workshop armed with a new set of fit skills that will be transferrable to other patterns and build your confidence in making bespoke garments to fit you!

What you will learn in the session:

  • To accurately take your own and others' body measurements

  • Full bust adjustments

  • Small bust adjustment

  • Lengthening and shortening a bodice

  • How to raise and lower bust darts

  • How to adjust the neckline including raising and lowering

  • How to fix shoulders issues

  • How to alter for posture

  • How to diagnose fit issues

  • How to make pattern alterations to the paper pattern

  • How to make pattern alterations to a toile

NB Please be aware that the type of adjustments detailed above will be dependant on each indiviudal students fit diagnosis and the bodice pattern used. Therefore, it may not include all of the above alterations and may also include other fit alterations not detailed above. This class is structured to be bespoke to each individual in the class.

Class includes:

  • Toile supplies: muslin, pattern paper, tape, pens & pencils, scissors, rulers etc (if you have your own portable tool kit, please feel free to bring it along)

  • A good supply of basic sewing equipment and sundry materials, including use of our overlockers and our Janome Sewist 725S sewing machines. You can always bring your own machine and equipment if you wish.

  • Tea/coffee and biscuits or cake.  Please advise if there are any food allergies or intolerances.  We will do our best to cater for you.

Students will need to bring:

  • A bodice pattern of your choice. You will be asked to confirm what bodice you are bringing for adjustment in order that we can determine suitability for maximum learning benefit and one that is more generic so that this can be transferred to other similar bodice patterns in similar drafed styles.

  • A notebook and pen to take notes

  • A camera / phone to take process pictures (optional)

  • A packed lunch or there are cafes and other food places to grab a bite nearby should you need to.

Ability level:

This course is suitable for confident beginner to intermediary sewers who are use to a variety of commercial sewing patterns and can follow a pattern unaided. 

Course date:

Saturday 26th October 10am - 5pm


Near The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40. Full address provided on booking.

If you are coming from further a field and wish to stay nearby, please contact us for recommended nearby accommodation.