Pattern-Making and Sewing of Tailor-Made Skirts

A course by Alicia Cao Guarido
Dressmaker, Pattern Maker, and Fashion Designer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
, Dressmaker, Pattern Maker, and Fashion Designer

Learn the fundamentals of making a pattern for a base skirt and the techniques needed to create your own designs

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (66)
  • 2129 students

Learn the fundamentals of making a pattern for a base skirt and the techniques needed to create your own designs

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (66)
  • 2129 students
  • 19 lessons (4h 28m)
  • 15 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Pattern-making gives you the power to put your ideas down on paper and then sew them into your own garments. That's why, according to dressmaker, pattern maker, and fashion designer Alicia Cao, mastering the art of pattern-making is key to bringing your designs to life and creating tailor-made garments in any style you want.

In this course, learn the basics of pattern-making for skirts and how to design different styles. Discover everything from materials and dressmaking techniques to the most common alterations that allow you to explore the endless possibilities of a single design.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Base skirt
  • U3
    U3. Transformations
  • U4
    U4. Our own design
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To open the course, Alicia Cao tells you a bit about herself, her career in the fashion world, and the influences that are visible in her work. She also talks about who and what inspires her and gives you an inside look at her creative process.

Start by going over the tools you need to make a pattern, how to take measurements, and basic notions for creating volume. Then, learn how to use your pattern to cut and sew your first toile. Once you have your skirt prototype, make corrections and adjust it until you have a definitive version.

Now it's time to alter your pattern to create the specific design you want. Alicia gives you some ideas by showing you the most common types of skirts, like an A-line skirt, a pencil skirt with a waistband, a wrap skirt, a yoked skirt with box pleats, and a draped skirt.

Finally, apply everything you've learned and discover how mixing and matching alterations and techniques can lead to eye-catching, original designs. Follow Alicia through each step of the process to make your skirt: draw a sketch, choose the materials, make a pattern, cut and sew, and add the finishing touches.

What is this course's project?

Design and create a pattern and use it to make your own skirt applying everything you learn in the course.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who's got their eye on fashion, pattern-making, and dressmaking.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course, but any you do have may help you create more elaborate designs.

As for materials, you need tracing paper, a long straight grid ruler and a curved grid ruler, a triangle, erasable pens, a measuring tape, scissors, pins, tailor's chalk, basting and sewing thread, and other tools your teacher will specify at the beginning of the course. A sewing machine isn't essential as you can sew your garment by hand, it will simply take a little longer.


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Alicia Cao Guarido

A course by Alicia Cao Guarido

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Dressmaker, Pattern Maker, and Fashion Designer

Although she's trained in editorial and set design, Alicia Cao's passion for dressmaking led her to win the debut season of Maestros de la Costura, which propelled her into a professional career in fashion where she currently works as a designer, pattern maker, and product developer.

Since then, she has created a collection for El Corte Inglés and opened her own tailor-made clothing workshop where she designs dresses for weddings and events. She has also experimented with new technology like laser cutting to give seemingly useless materials, like plastic bottles, a second life by incorporating them into her clothing using traditional artisan methods to create highly artistic and ethical designs with unique style.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Base skirt

    • Materials
    • What is a sewing pattern, skirt pattern outline and taking measurements
    • Pattern drawing and extraction
    • Cutting and making of toile 1
    • Cutting and making of toile 2
    • Compositions and pattern correction
  • U3


    • Flared skirt
    • Pencil skirt with waistband
    • Pareo skirt
    • Skirt with yoke and boards
    • Draped skirt
  • U4

    Our own design

    • Design and fabric
    • Pattern and extraction
    • court
    • Construction and finishes 1
    • Construction and finishes 2
    • Construction and finishes 3
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cut and tailoring: skirt

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Pattern-Making and Sewing of Tailor-Made Skirts. Craft, and Fashion course by Alicia Cao Guarido

Pattern-Making and Sewing of Tailor-Made Skirts

A course by Alicia Cao Guarido
Dressmaker, Pattern Maker, and Fashion Designer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (66)
  • 2129 students