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Pattern Drafting for KS3/4 Workshop (London)

Textiles Skills Academy

Thursday, 6 October 2016 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

Pattern Drafting for KS3/4 Workshop (London)

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Pattern Drafting for KS3/4

An opportunity to learn basic pattern drafting methods as used in industry aimed specifically for teaching at KS3/4. Looking at methods used in industry and learning how to correctly measure the body; create a basic block and adaptions involved in pattern development.

The day will include a short guided tour of the Fashion Enter Ltd. factory with an opportunity to work with the Senior pattern maker in the Studio.

Jenny Holloway - Fashion Enter

Fashion Enter is a not for profit social enterprise which strives to be the centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and learning. The Academy is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live factory and fashion studio, ensuring that students gain exposure to real ‘Best of British’ manufacturing whilst training for their qualifications.

Places are restricted to 10 so if you would like to go you need to book early! 


What to expect on the day:

Introduction:  Dawn Foxall will give an introduction to the day with an overview of pattern drafting in industry and different methods and systems used. This will include draping technique or moulage as used in couture dress making; 3D pattern drafting and the importance of correctly measuring the body.

Short Factory Tour: You will see the Garment Development Process from design through sample development, pattern making to production

Practical Session: Working with Fashion Enter’s Senior pattern cutter and tutor Alice Prier and Dawn Foxall, you will practice different methods of pattern development and produce a basic block to then adapt to a first pattern.

  • Use Industry tools and Telestia methodology to measure the body and draft a first block.
  • Pull out the maths element with circular skirts, adding seam allowances, fabric ratings for lays and scaling.
  • Look at iterative design approach using a simple skirt block adding yokes and flare through pleats or goddess.
  • Relate to design briefs to bring in correct selection and use of different fabrics appropriate for end product.

      Fabric selection    Sample Fitting  



Benefits of the event:

  • Support and ideas for delivering key maths elements through textiles.
  • Classroom strategies and textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work.
  • Life long learning in continuing professional development.
  • Better understanding of industry practices and requirements to support delivery of KS4/5

Fashion Capital; Fashion Enter Ltd. & The Fashion Technology Academy

FashionCapital.co.uk is the UK’s leading portal for the fashion industry. Launched in 2001 the FashionCapital site is a one stop online resource with a dedicated team of journalists, business advisors and industry experts to ensure users receive a unique insight into the world of fashion.
FashionCapital.co.uk combined with Fashion Enter Ltd in 2006 and the amalgamation of the two businesses has provided one of the most powerful forces in fashion today. 


Alice Prier - Fashion Enter Ltd Alice Prier: Alice graduated from Wimbledon School of Art as a theatre designer and spent 10 years designing sets and costumes for repertory companies around the UK. In 1989 she set up her company Alice& Co creating made to measure outfits together with colour and style consultations. Her clients include top business women, City lawyers and the odd High Court judge. Alice has taught fashion and dressmaking at Vauxhall College of Further Education and recently set up pattern making courses for home sewers. Alice sees her dual roles as a pattern cutter and tutor at Fashion Enter as a great opportunity to pass on a lifetimes knowledge.


Jenny Holloway Jenny Holloway:  Jenny Holloway has been working in the fashion industry for over twenty five years mostly in the private sector. Initially she was a buyer for Littlewoods, M&S and Principles for Women before opening her own label Retro. For almost ten years Jenny was Director of her successful business Retro UK Ltd which included retail boutiques, party plan, wholesaling to major retailers such as John Lewis, Principles and independents. Retro UK also had an excellent export business with key accounts in the Middle East and Europe . In 2000 Jenny commenced a consultancy business and was approached to be an Industry Advisor on Government funded initiatives. In March 06 Jenny incorporated Fashion Enter Ltd.

Dawn Foxall

 Dawn Foxall: Dawn has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including running her own design company, Cocky’s Shed, with 2 print designers; as a Design Consultant, Presenter and schools resources developer for EMTEX education projects, including founding the Designer Forum in Nottingham with Jayn Sterland; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; Course presenter for DATA, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers. Dawn is a co-founder of Liv.co.uk, and Lilli Design Ltd., and continues to work as a consultant designing, buying and sourcing ethical and organic products for various brands including Lush.


All of the Textile Skills Academy events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textile Teachers Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt. 

PLEASE NOTE that places for this event are limited so book early to reserve your place. Your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder.

Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on. 

If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily. 

Terms and conditions

1. Once booked, if you cannot come you can send someone else, but you may not get a refund unless we can resell your ticket.
2. The draft programme might be subject to change. We would always endeavour to run the day as advertised.

Do you have questions about Pattern Drafting for KS3/4 Workshop (London)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

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Fashion Enter Ltd.
The Factory
Unit 14 Crusader Estate
N4 1LZ 167 Hermitage Road
United Kingdom

Thursday, 6 October 2016 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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Textiles Skills Academy

The Textiles Skills Academy brings together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant seminars and practical workshops for Art and D&T textile teachers, to support their delivery of the curriculum.

The events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.

Founded by Dawn Foxall in February 2015, the Textiles Skills Academy is now headed up by Dawn together with D&T Textiles Consultant Heidi Ambrose-Brown.


Dawn Foxall has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.

Dawn is a co-founder of Liv.co.uk the online ethical department store, where she manages design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand, working with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and sourcing ethical and British made products and brands.


Heidi Ambrose-Brown worked in the textiles and fashion retail industry before training as a D&T teacher.  She has taught across all specialisms at KS3 and Textiles at KS4 & 5, including BTEC Art & Design: Textiles, and also on Embroidery City & Guilds courses. 

For the past 10 years, Heidi has worked as an independent D&T Textiles consultant running courses for teachers predominantly in the areas of CAD/CAM and e-textiles as well as an examiner for AQA.  She has worked closely with education suppliers to develop their equipment ranges and resources and also writes and delivers for the Design & Technology Association. 


Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson, Julie Messenger, Kate Hufton and Tracey Goodyere. 


Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

Dawn Foxall Founder Textiles Teachers Skills Academy

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