Beyond the Bodice with Fina Makes

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Beyond the bodice - early bird ticketshow details + £315.00 (GBP)   Expired
Beyond the bodiceshow details + £350.00 (GBP)  

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  • Beyond the bodice
    May 20, 2023 - May 21, 2023
    10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Build your Bodice, Top or Dress Pattern with Fina Makes

You’ve got your perfectly-fitting bodice block, now let’s turn it into something you will love to wear!

In this intensive weekend course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your block into a top or dress of your dreams!
As a minimum, you’ll create the pattern and toile for your style.

This is an adhoc, learn-what-you-need kind of course; pattern cutting from scratch takes years to fully learn, so we’ll be focusing on the basic techniques you need to know to make your chosen style.
Some areas we could cover are: statement sleeves, collars, pleats, gathers, shaping the neckline, going sleeveless, bias cut… the list goes on and the content will really depend on who joins the class and what they want to make.

Suitable for folk who’ve used patterns before and have their own bodice block. All genders welcome.

Please bring:
An idea of what you’d like to make – an internet search, magazine clipping, a secret picture taken of your arch-frenemy at a family wedding… whatever floats your boat!
Your own personal bodice block –  if you haven’t done the bodice block course, a basic block will be provided but please be aware that this is a pattern drafting, not a fitting course – so the focus will be on pattern cutting techniques.
If you would like to do the bodice block weekender first, go here to book and we’ll see you on the next run of this course 🙂

Dates: the course will run on 20th and 21st May 2023
Timings: 10:30am – 5:30pm both days

All equipment, paper, card and calico is provided. If you have your own pattern making tools, and prefer to use them, then feel free to bring them along, otherwise, you’re all set!

This course is suitable for those with previous sewing experience at a confident beginner level or above.

We understand that this course is a big financial investment, so if you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact us on and we can set one up for you.

Sign up before 31/1/23 for our early bird price!

About our teacher:

Specialising in fit, over the last 20 years Serefina has honed multiple skills in the fields of fashion & costume – working as a tailor and pattern cutter for luxury fashion and simultaneously as a corset maker and costume designer for cabaret, burlesque and drag.

For the past 8 years she has been passionately teaching her knowledge in pattern making and fit- both to individuals and to companies such as Harrods, Asos and Monsoon as well as start ups and small businesses.

In 2018 she was the pattern designer for Tilly and the Buttons and it was here that her love of sewing merged with digital and since then the self proclaimed ‘analogue girl’ has gone on to create Fina Makes; an online pattern cutting tutorial brand.



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