Patternmaking Course

Learn patternmaking with I AM Patterns’ designer

More than a job, it’s a passion. I have chosen to teach patternmaking to enable people to sew clothes to fit not only their body but also their style perfectly. If you’ve ever dreamed of creating clothes that truly resemble you, then this is the perfect experience for you.

Marie-Emilienne, designer and founder of I AM Patterns.

She participated and she loved it

Gaëlle, student in 2019

“A unique pattern-drafting course with a great teacher, sewing friends I love, in a very beautiful village! How can you resist? Marie-Emilienne has the patience of an angel and is of a redoubtable precision in her method and her feedback. It’s impossible to finish the course without understanding and applying her advice many times. A must-do experience!“

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At first glance

Duration

Course spreads over 18 days

Divided in two 9-day sessions

Size of the group

A maximum of 8 participants to ensure an effective learning

Price

The complete course costs

1500€ inc VAT

Location

Village of Noyers-sur-Serein, Burgundy, France

Dates – Register your interest

We are currently recording interests for a course in English. If you are inspired and want to take part in a course in English in late 2020, please register your interest using the button below. We will propose dates when we will have received enough interests so feel free to spread the word ans encourage your friends to join.

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Photos by Richard Boutin

An unforgettable experience

Imagine yourself wandering the little streets of a magnificent middle-age village in Burgundy full of romantic 15th century houses.

You stop in front of the old college, excited to finally be here. You slowly walk up the Burgundy limestone staircase and reach the first floor overlooking the roofs of the village. You enter the studio with its lovely pink painted walls and blackboards. Childhood memories come rushing back but this time, the walls are full of drawings you recognise: sewing patterns. Inside the classroom everything is ready for you: the sewing machines and overlockers are neatly aligned, the ironing boards are waiting and the cutting tables are tactfully staggered over the workshop studio.

You will come back to this room each morning to learn the technique, and each afternoon to put into practice what you have just learned and once all of this is done, you can even carry on and sew what makes you happy.

On your free time, you love longing the river and walking through the forest before treating yourself to this lovely region’s wines and delicacies.

An unforgettable creative and human experience is waiting for you in this incredible village that is Noyers-Sur-Serein.

10 reasons to enrol

  • Imagine and create your garments
  • Learn pattern drafting and create your own sewing patterns
  • Modify any sewing pattern to your own measurements
  • Learn patternmaking with a professional pattern designer, an experienced international fashion school teacher
  • Learn pattern-drafting with a friendly and insightful teacher
  • Participate into an immersive sewing retreat
  • Join and take part in the slow-life movement
  • Take time to treat yourself and be happy living your passion
  • Take a break in a beautiful French village
  • Discover a region with a very rich history and heritage
  • Take a break from ordinary life, enjoy life and live your passion to the fullest
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Course outline

Pattern cutting won’t have any secrets for you anymore.

At the end of this training course, you will have created 3 personal patterns. You will be able to create all your skirts, tops, shirts, dresses, sleeves and collars. You will also have knowledge to construct other basic block patterns (trousers, jackets, coat) and transform them as you’d like.

First part – 9 days

BASIC SKIRT BLOCK PATTERN

  • Taking measurements on body
  • Construction of the basic skirt block pattern based on body measurements
  • Dart manipulations and pivot technics for skirts
  • Manipulation of the basic skirt block pattern (14 in total)
  • Applying all the transformation technics and dart pivot manipulation for creating personal skirt patterns
  • Pattern drafting: seam allowances, adding information, notches…
  • Construction of a waistband
  • Creation of a skirt using the technics learnt
  • Sewing a toile of your personal project, fitting on the body and adjusting accordingly

BASIC BODICE BLOCK PATTERN

  • Construction of the basic bodice block pattern based on body measurements
  • Dart manipulations and pivot technics for skirts

Second part – 9 days

BASIC BODICE BLOCK PATTERN

  • Transformations of the basic bodice block pattern (16 in total)
  • Applying all the transformation technics and dart pivot manipulation for creating personal bodice pattern
  • Enlargement depending on the model you are designing
  • Design of a personal sleeveless top pattern without collar
  • Sewing a toile of your personal project, fitting on the body and adjusting accordingly
  • Construction of a sleeve basic block pattern
  • Transformation of sleeves
  • Construction of collars (classic shirt collar, Mandarin collar, Peter-Pan collar and others…)
  • Creation of a personal pattern of a top or dress with sleeves and collar
  • Sewing a toile of your personal project, fitting on the body and adjusting accordingly

The curriculum is similar the one in a first year styling/fashion schools. You will learn technics step by steps and easily.

As mentioned above, with all this knowledge, you will have created 3 personal patterns. You will be able to create all your skirts, tops, shirts, dresses, sleeves and collars. You will also have knowledge to construct other basic block patterns (trousers, jackets, coat) and transform them as you’d like. You’ll also be able to create personalised blocks for family and friends.

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The studio

The training course will take place in a classroom of the old college. It is more than 50 m2 and is equipped with:

The studio is located in the old college built in the XVth century.

Come with your project too as the studio is open from 9am to 9pm everyday.

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Other useful information

The tutor

Marie-Emilienne is the founder and designer of I AM Patterns. Before founding I AM Patterns she’s taught pattern-making in international schools in Paris and Shanghai for over 8 years.

With this pattern cutting training course she brings together her 2 passions: sewing and transmission of knowledge to help you create all the clothes you’ve ever imagined.

The village

Classified as one of the 100 most beautiful village of France, Noyers-sur-Serein is located in Burgundy. A region with a rich history and heritage. As soon as you enter Noyers, you feel like time has been standing still for centuries. Walking through the narrow paved streets, longing the river or the forest, or even sipping one of the region’s internationally known wines, there’s many ways of enjoying life in Noyers-sur-Serein.

Sewing level

You don’t need to have prior knowledge of patternmaking but you need to have a good understanding of the construction of a garment. This knowledge can be acquired by sewing as many clothes as possible ahead of the training course.

Dates – TBC

We are currently recording interests for a course in English. If you are inspired and want to take part in a course in English in late 2020, please register your interest using the button below. We will propose dates when we will have received enough interests so feel free to spread the word ans encourage your friends to join.

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