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Behind The Seams Club Session 4 Mon 9th Jan 2023: The 18th Century *DROP IN*

Behind The Seams Club Session 4 Mon 9th Jan 2023: The 18th Century *DROP IN*

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Behind The Seams Club Session 3: 1700-1800 THE 18TH CENTURY

DATE: Monday 9th January 2023

TIME: 6.30-8.30pm UK TIME

The 18th Century offers a variety of pattern-cutting challenges from the sturdy upholstery of the mantua to billowing pleats of the sackback. In men’s dress we see the origins of the three-piece suit emerge as France and Britain tussle it out for fashion dominance in the newly-invented fashion plates. Expect wonderful waistcoats, shapely tailoring and pleated back details.

*NB - you have selected a 'drop-in session - to sign up for the whole course click here!*


Have you ever walked around a museum/art gallery/fashion exhibition and been left brimming with inspiration and wanting to start making your own designs? Then this is the course for you! Our new set of classes is all about fashion history from the pattern-cutters’s perspective. Every month for the next year we’ll be delving into a different time period to explore its signature silhouettes and unpick the pattern-cutting techniques behind them. Each class will feature step-by-step tutorials to follow along and draft designs inspired by that period ranging from a full outfit to finer details like necklines, collars, cuffs, fastenings and so on.

Each two hour class will be divided into three sections:


Looking at the original source material to discover the fashionable:

  • shapes and silhouettes
  • fabrics
  • decoration and embellishment 
  • sewing technology 
  • social and political context


    Looking at how the period in question has popped up in later fashions and inspired modern-day designers.


    Time for some pattern-cutting - we’ll show you how to take your new historical knowledge to the cutting table and start to create modern designs inspired by the period. We have drafted a special block which will form the basis of the styles for the whole Behind the Seams series so you can draft-along with us in your own size. Alternatively you can follow along using the mini-blocks provided with each session.


    After each class we will provide :

    • recording of the session
    • follow up pdf with the draft-along designs
    • a bibliography of sources


    WHEN? The first Monday of every month, 6.30-8.30pm UK TIME, beginning Monday 3rd October 2022

    WHERE? All classes will take place as a video meeting via Zoom so you can interact and ask questions along the way. Once you sign up for the class you will receive a download which includes all the details of how to join the class. On the morning of the class you will also receive a direct link to join the class. Please note that you will need to be subscribed up to our newsletter in order to receive emails from us (there is a checkbox when you sign up for the class)

    HOW? There are two ways to join:

    Option 1: ALL ACCESS - £225 one-off payment for the full year - CLICK HERE to book the full course


    • access to all 12 live classes
    • recordings available forever
    • draft-along follow-up pdf + bibliography
    • multi-size croquis pdf
    • mini-blocks pdf
    • full size Behind The Seams block (see below for more info)
    • access to our Behind The Seams Club community group
    • bonus zoom ‘studio sessions’ with Alice & Lilia for additional pattern-cutting tips, guidance and fun!

    Option 2: DROP IN - £20 per class paid individually - use the add to cart/buy button above 


    • access to the selected live class
    • recording available for 30 days after the class
    • multi-size croquis pdf
    • mini-blocks pdf
    • draft-along follow-up pdf + bibliography
    • option to add the Behind The Seams full-size block for a one-off cost of £25. This means you can draft-along with us in your own size - click here for the block. 


    The block that we have drafted to accompany this course consists of a separate bodice, skirt and sleeve which can be combined to create any design. It’s based on the Telestia system we always use for our patterns to ensure a good fit for most figures.

    The size range is UK 6 to 26. The grade is 3 dimensional which means that the bust dart increases in size with the bust circumference. You can easily glide between sizes to achieve a perfect fit.

    The block is downloadable as a pdf in paper sizes A4 and US letter for home printing. You will also get an A0 file if you prefer to use a professional printer. We recommend Patternsy in the UK.

    This block will form the basis of the styles for the whole Behind The Seams series and will also be invaluable for any other designs. 

    The block is included if you sign up for the 'ALL ACCESS' option or you can purchase it separately by clicking here


    Behind The Seams participants will enjoy:

    • over 2,000 years of fashion history explained
    • 12 inspirational classes to unleash your inner designer
    • a library of drafting tutorials to get creative and start making your own garments
    • a fun time with Alice and Lilia and a fabulous wardrobe at the end!


    How to download your Alice & Co Pattern

    Alice & Co patterns are provided in three different page formats and are designed to be printed in colour.

    Once you have purchased your pattern you will be given a download link. This will also be emailed to you so don't worry if you don't want to download it straight away! 

    The download will consist of a zip file containing 4 separate PDF files:

    1x Pattern Instructions
    3x Patterns in A0, A4 and US Letter sizes  

    *Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully before printing!*

    For A4/US Letter: it is vital to make sure your pattern prints at full scale or the sizing will not be correct. Your print settings should be set to 'full scale', '100%', 'actual size' or equivalent according to your printer software.

    There are two test squares on the first page of every pattern: a 5cm and a 2" square.

    Print only this page first and check your square measures up, before printing the rest of the pattern.

    For A0 copy shop: follow the instructions given by your chosen copy shop. Services are also available online - we recommend Patternsy - who print on lightweight tissue paper with very speedy delivery to anywhere in the world! Once you have purchased your pattern from us, simply click on the link above to go to their website and follow the steps to upload your pattern. 


    Comment télécharger votre patron Alice & Co Pattern

    Les patrons d'Alice & Co patterns sont fournis dans trois formats de page différents et sont conçus pour être imprimés en couleur.

    Une fois que vous aurez acheté votre patron, vous obtiendrez un lien de téléchargement. Celui-ci vous sera également envoyé par e-mail, donc ne vous inquiétez pas si vous ne souhaitez pas le télécharger immédiatement !

    Le téléchargement consistera en un fichier zip contenant 4 fichiers PDF distincts :

    1x Instructions pour le patron

    3x Patrons dans les formats A0, A4 et US Letter  

    *Lisez attentivement les instructions qui suivent avant d’imprimer votre patron !*

    POUR LES FORMATS A4 / US LETTER : il est indispensable d’imprimer votre patron à 100%, sinon la taille ne sera pas correcte. Vos paramètres d'impression doivent être "pleine échelle" "100%", "taille réelle" ou un paramètre équivalent selon votre logiciel d'impression.

    Il y a deux carrés de test sur la première page de chaque patron : un carré de 5 cm et un carré de 2 pouces. N'imprimez d'abord que cette page et vérifiez que votre carré est bien à la bonne taille, avant d'imprimer le reste du patron.

    POUR LE FORMAT A0 : suivez les instructions données par votre imprimeur. Des services sont également disponibles en ligne.

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