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 to create their own tailored patterns.

The class is aimed 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.

The Art of Tailoring has a long and noble history and is often seen as the epitome of Britishness with its spiritual home on London’s Savile Row. However, what was once the preserve of the elite has now permeated every facet of fashion and the humble tailored jacket has become a staple item in every wardrobe.

Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of tailoring and drafting tailored patterns for both men’s and womenswear. The class will begin with the creation of the Basic Block (Body) Draft from a given set of measurements before moving on to the key details associated with tailored garments and culminating in a professional paper pattern template for a fully lined tailored jacket.

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

Key Learning Skills:

  • The Basic Body Draft for Men or Women

  • Basic Sleeve Draft

  • Two Piece Tailored Sleeve

  • Collar and Lapel Draft

  • Classic Shaping

  • Lining



• The workshop includes a visit to REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen on the same day following the museum's opening hours.

• 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: £190
Student: £171
Members: £152

Early Bird Adult: £171
Early Bird Student: £154

Early Bird until Friday 23 September.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

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

Images by Matthew Kaltenborn.