London College of Contemporary Arts
9 Holborn, London EC1N 2LL London, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 3535 1155


Duration: 10 weeks

Study Mode: Part-time

Schedule: Thursdays 18:30 to 21:30

Intake Dates: 5 Jan, 25 May

Course Price: £600

Campus: London




The Advanced Pattern Cutting Course focuses on the more advanced areas of pattern cutting, such as contour cutting which is used in corsetry, eveningwear and theatrical garments. Then moving on to draping, to create an elegant flow to garments.

For the final 3 weeks, students will receive a designer brief, where they choose on garment from a catwalk show, and recreate this garment using the skills previously learnt.

Each process of cutting within the Atelier, will be followed by documenting the process both photographically and with machine sewn samples, creating a valuable technical file, suitable for job and university interviews.



During this 10 week course you will learn more advanced, innovative aspects of pattern cutting. This course is more experimental, focusing on structure, silhouette and the Avant Guard. You will be taught by the most highly skilled lecturers working within the fashion industry.

Experience being taught by influential, well connected lecturers in a major fashion capital, surrounded by similar fashion creatives.



  1. Introduction to Contour Cutting
  2. Contour Cutting: Construction
  3. Draping: Experimentation
  4. Draping: 3D to 2D Pattern Cutting
  5. Structured Silhouettes: Cutting
  6. Structured Silhouettes: Construction
  7. Designer Construction Breakdown
  8. Designer Brief: Cutting
  9. Designer Brief: Toiling
  10. Designer Brief: Construction



Each lesson will be taught in an experimental and experiential workshop environment. You will be working in the cutting rooms, with access to all machinery to create your samples.

The course will be led by a highly qualified and experienced University lecturer. They will teach you techniques which you will then go on to experiment by cutting and creating 3D samples on the mannequin.



A group crit will take place at the end of each lesson, where you will be able to assess and view your cohorts work. Gaining valuable feedback from both your lecturers and fellow students.

You will create a visual reflective journal, documenting the progress in each element of the course, by sketching, photographing and documenting.

Your samples and your reflective journal will then be handed in for assessment.

The assessment will be graded on a set of learning outcomes.



Within LCCA you will have access to the library, the cutting studio, which has all the necessary equipment, such as cutting tables, mannequins, flatbed machines, overlockers, buttonhole machines and irons.

If required you will also have use of photographic space, to help you document your progress for your reflective journals.

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