Bespoke pattern cutting workshop

COVID-19 update
Book or gift now, enjoy later!

We’re sorry, this experience is not able to go ahead right now. 

Due to the current Covid restrictions, this experience is unable to take place during December 2020.

Every booking - regardless of when this takes place, will play a part in helping our local businesses to survive this challenging time and help them bounce back when we are able to visit them in person again. 

Book something to look forward to or gift to someone special for when lockdown is over, or to celebrate a brand new year! 

£120 / Adult
6 hrs
Age restrictions
Student, Senior Citizen and Concession prices also available

What you'll do

Have you always wanted to make a dress pattern fitted perfectly to your own measurements? Here’s a chance to make a bespoke pattern to create any number of perfectly fitting pieces from.

With the help of your host Abi, you’ll make a ‘basic block’ - a flat bodice pattern made from a unique set of measurements. This pattern can then be made up into a perfectly fitted bodice, and can be adapted to make any design you like. You’ll discover how to move darts around to create different shapes, alter necklines by making them higher or lower, and adapt the block to suit different styles - anything from period costumes like corsets to tailored jackets and modern day casual tops and dresses.

This experience would suit anyone who already has some sewing knowledge, although you don't have to be advanced to be able to make your own patterns. If you are interested in tailoring, fashion, period costume or garment construction, then this is the workshop for you. All you’ll need to get started is a pencil, tape measure, ruler and calculator. The rest is provided along with the tuition. You’ll be working with professional grade pattern paper and will get to make a toile of your garment out of calico. If you then choose to do so, you can then buy a fabric of your choice to make a finished version of your garment.

It takes place in Abi’s light and airy sewing studio in Fishponds, which is fully equipped with cutting tables and sewing machines. For social distancing there will be a maximum of 3 people per workshop at the moment, which helps to make sure each person gets the input that they need and has lots of space to create in.

Upcoming dates

There are no upcoming dates for this experience.

Existing dates have all sold out, but you can book now and schedule later when new dates are released.


  • Parking
  • WiFi
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments available

COVID-19 guidelines

  • Due to the limit of 3 people per experience, there is ample room for 2 metre social distancing in the studio
  • All workstations will be sanitised before and after use, anti bacterial wipes will be provided for the toilet facilities and masks will be worn when closer contact is required i.e to show a guest how to do something

On the day

  • On the day bring along a pencil, tape measure, ruler and calculator - everything else you need will be ready for you in the studio
  • There is parking directly outside the studio space and Abi will be in the car park to greet you
  • If you are on public transport, your nearest stop is Straits Parade on Fishponds Rd. It is then a 10 minute walk to the studio. There are also bike racks outside the studio if you choose to cycle
  • Please arrive at least five minutes before the start time

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.

About Abi K Clothing

Abi is a freelance costume designer and maker with 12 years experience in the industry. She specialises in making costumes for theatre, circus and carnival, and has recently set up her own clothing label, Abi K. Abi has worked as a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa Uni, teaching students how to cut and make costumes, and she also runs adult education workshops in various sewing skills. With her wide range of experience she can teach people everything from making lycra catsuits or leotards, pattern cutting, dress making, carnival headdress creating and any other sewing related skill that people might like to discover. Her experiences have ranged from making traditional corsets for The Old Vic and dance costumes for West End shows, to circus leotards, historical breeches and even costumes for a float at Rio Carnival. Abi loves to share her passion for costume with others, drawing on her experiences around the world and love of colour to inspire others.

How to get there

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Abi K Clothing.

Upcoming dates

There are no upcoming dates for this experience.

Existing dates have all sold out, but you can book now and schedule later when new dates are released.

£120 / Adult
6 hrs
Age restriction
Rebook or cancel up to 3 days before your experience.