Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Tailoring Masterclass: Drafting Essentials

In this two-day course, learn how to create a professional paper pattern template for a fully lined tailored jacket.

What to expect

This two-day workshop is open to everyone with an interest in pattern cutting and learning the fundamentals of tailoring drafting to create and develop their own tailored patterns.

The class aims to demystify the often-complex techniques associated with tailored pattern drafting and introduce participants to quick and easy methods to create a great foundation for any design.

Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of tailoring and drafting tailored patterns for both men’s and womenswear using a basic body template (Basic Block / Sloper) as a starting point. You will learn how to develop this into a classic tailored shape before adding and exploring key details such as the collar and lapel, shoulder pads, pockets, etc. to create a professional paper pattern for a fully lined tailored jacket.

The workshop will mix live demonstrations, easy-to-follow guides and one-to-one support.


Key Learning Skills:

– Developing the Basic Body Block into a Tailored Draft for Mens and Womenswear

– Basic Sleeve Draft

– Two Piece Tailored Sleeve Development

– Collar and Lapel Draft and Development

– Tailored Pockets

– Lining


Please note:

Light refreshments and all materials will be provided, although participants can bring their own pattern-cutting equipment if desired.


Tim O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion at Ravensbourne University and specialises in Pattern Cutting and Drape. He was a fashion student in the early 90s just as Alexander McQueen and his contemporaries were exploding onto the fashion scene. He went on to become a Creative Pattern Cutter with a vast and varied output which featured in British and Italian Vogue, on the Oscars Red Carpet and on the catwalks of London, Milan and New York.

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Booking information

Adult: £210
Student: £190
Members: £168

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Images by Matthew Kaltenborn.