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Pattern Cutting and Creative Experience Workshops

Pattern Cutting and Creative Experience Workshops with Karen Liversedge

Karen Liversedge – Designer/Maker

Karen graduated from London College of Fashion and served her design apprenticeship with independent retailers, established high street stores and IPC Magazines. She then headed up teams in the UK and Morocco using her design and technical skills for some of the largest fashion manufacturers in the industry, whose clients included Ralph Lauren and Marks and Spencer whose business took her to Paris and Istanbul.

On moving to Scotland in 2003, Karen trained as a glass artist and now has artworks held in the permanent art collection of Strathclyde University, Broadfield House Glass Museum and now creates bespoke clothing and architectural and sculptural glass works to commission.

Karen offers both glass and fashion related workshops and started teaching pattern cutting in Spring 2013 at her studio for both beginners and those wishing to take their existing skills further. She is based in her Old Smithy Studio in Kilmelford, not far from Loch Melfort Hotel. Workshops will be running this year from Easter 2014.

Karen Liversedge

Karen Liversedge

Creative Experience Workshops

1.5 hour courses; 10:30am – 12pm or 2pm-3:30pm. For 1 -3 people.

1: Inspired by Colour: Fashion  or 2: Inspired by Colour: Interiors

Colour captures our sensory perception of an object and it is often the first thing we notice. You will look at colour trends forecasting, gather inspiration from the garden, beach, magazine cuttings, fabric swatches and paints and create a mood board exploring and creating your own colour story. Each workshop specialises in their own range of colour trends.

Creating a mood board will help you to visualise how colours, patterns and textures work together and how they are used as inspirational tools when choosing colours and combinations for clothing or interiors.

3: Introduction to Patterns: Demos & Workshop

Pattern making is an art and when done well, the garment feels good and looks good. You will look at some beginner basics of transforming a 2D pattern piece into a 3D shaped piece by dart manipulation. A step by step demo will show how to create a yoke seam from a dart, add flare to a skirt and to create a panel seam. You will be guided through to make your own dart manipulations.

4: Introduction to Fabric Cutting: Demos & Tips

Cutting into and getting the best out of your fabric can be a daunting task, however a few professional tips can ease the way. You will look at different ways to use grain lines for best effect. Marking methods and cutting tips. Looking at check repeats and how to check match. It’s all about getting to know your fabric!

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rates start from £114 per person per night, each course an additional £50 per person. Maximum 2 courses per day.

Womenswear Pattern Cutting Workshops

Womenswear Pattern Cutting Workshops

6 hrs per day at the studio

Made to Measure: Pattern block made to personal measurements or Standard Size 12 pattern blocks made to Industry sizings.

Using the flat pattern cutting method, you can start learning the techniques to make patterns using your own measurements or standard size 12 patterns. A good starting point is to learn how to draft your skirt block. This would enable you to follow on to the bodice workshop. 

Womenswear Pattern Cutting  Workshops Made to Measure Made to Measure Size 12 Patterns
  One to One Group Small Group
  Individual Tuition 2 People 2 to 3 People
2 Day Skirt Block, Calico prototype (Toile) & Pattern Adaptation




2 Day Bodice Block, Calico prototype (Toile) & Pattern Adaptation




1 Day Styling Adaptations 






One to One Group Group
Individual Tuition 2 People 3 People




Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rates start from £114 per person per night plus the rate for the appropriate course.

Refreshments are provided, including a range of healthy teas!

You will have use of all equipment and calico can be purchased from the studio.

Basic machine skills are required to enable you to make up your toiles.

To book, please phone us on 0843 886 0233