Footwear Pattern Making Course – Loafer, Derby and Oxford



22/07/2019 - 26/07/2019
  • DatesCourse dates:
    • 21 – 25 January 2019
    • 22 – 26 July 2019
  • TimeTime: 9:30am – 5pm
  • Book byBook by: Four weeks before the course starts

On this practical and intensive footwear pattern making course you will learn the aspects of footwear pattern cutting that make a shoe upper design unique and the various skills required to make paper patterns by hand. A well-fitting pattern is an essential part of footwear design and the skills and techniques that you learn will help you to design and create well-fitting shoe patterns for distinctive, bespoke shoes.

Course description

In this footwear pattern making class you can work on either the lasts provided or your own lasts. During the five-day course you will make a full set of patterns (including linings) for a slip-on, a classic Oxford shoe and a Derby shoe. These footwear patterns and the comprehensive notes supplied in class will provide a strong foundation from which to create your own shoe designs and shoe patterns in the future.

The footwear pattern cutting class is taught by Fiona Campbell, MA who teaches the pattern maker’s techniques through demonstration, trial and guidance including:

  • Familiarisation with the shoe last
  • Taping and designing onto the shoe last
  • Making a footwear pattern paper mean forme
  • Learning about edge treatments and seam allowances on a footwear pattern
  • Making a standard footwear pattern from the last
  • Creating the footwear pattern pieces for a specific shoe design from the standard

We understand that students will work at different paces and for those who have time at the end of the course, there will the opportunity to customise their patterns under the tutor’s guidance.


All the materials needed for the course are provided.

Special offer

The Footwear Pattern Making courses are timed to dovetail with our renowned 12-day Shoe Making courses, providing the opportunity for aspiring shoemakers across the world to learn the essentials of these highly skilled disciplines. There is a special discount of £250 if you book the scheduled pattern and 12-day shoe making course together, so please contact us to book. (Please note that there is a minimum number of students required for the course to run and for the discount to be applied).

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