Footwear Pattern Making Course; the essential patterns – a Derby, Oxford and Slip-on


  • DatesCourse dates:
    • 21 – 25 October 2019
    • 20 – 25 January 2020
  • 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 your own well-fitting shoe patterns in the future.

Course description

In this footwear pattern making class you can work on either the School’s lasts or your own. Over the five days you will make a full set of patterns (including linings) for a simple loafer, 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 making class is taught by Fiona Campbell, MA who teaches the skills and techniques involved in pattern making 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 Fiona’s guidance.


All the materials needed for the course are provided.


Please note that we need a minimum number of four students to run the course. Please see our full Terms & Conditions here.

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