Courses at Fashion Forward

We can help you with the skills needed to create in this digital world. We offer a range of courses and workshops for beginners and those wanting to upskill.

Get expert help and guidance by booking one of our exclusive courses at our training centre in Leicester.

Fashion Courses & Workshops at our very own Fashion Forward Centre

We recognised many years ago that industry has been left behind when it comes to technical training and, over the years, this has caused a massive skills shortage, particularly in the fashion industry. In addition, students were leaving college or university without the necessary training in digital pattern cutting and to be industry ready. To fill these skills gaps, we setup Fashion Forward, our skills centre in the Midlands. Here we teach digital pattern cutting, grading and marker creation to designers, garment techs and students already skilled in basic garment design, wishing to upskill themselves.


Digital Pattern Grading

Our Digital Pattern Grading Courses are intensive three-day courses in a small class environment, tutored by one of our trainers.

Grading is a very important part of the clothing production process. It allows the production of multiple sizes of a pattern. The fit and quality of a manufactured garment relies heavily on the care taken in grading the pattern.

The Beginner’s course teaches attendees the basic principles of grading and is the prefect introduction to learning how to grade. The user will understand how to create the grading rules for two basic patterns on the VetiGraph software.

We also offer intermediate grading courses to people who are looking to upskill and grade more difficult shapes.

2 day course costing £160 + VAT (£192.00)

Digital Pattern Cutting

Our Digital Pattern cutting course looks at how first patterns are digitally created and can be developed from blocks.

During the course you will begin with drafting pattern shapes on screen using the different VetiGraph tools. The next part of the course will focus on changing those basic blocks into different designs.

We offer the course for intermediate pattern cutters who are looking to upskill their digital pattern cutting skills using the VetiGraph software.

5 day course costing £400 + VAT (£480.00)

3D Virtual Sampling

This two day intensive course focuses on creating virtual 3D samples. You will learn how to create a true to life garment simulation, with a variation of fabrics and trims. 3D technology helps designers, pattern cutters and garment techs to view, refine and validate the product before moving to real physical prototyping and manufacturing.

2 day course costing £160 + VAT (£192.00)

Marker & Lay Planning

The marker course will show an individual how to create cost effective lay plans using graded patterns. The user will learn how to calculate a costing for a garment according to a variety of fabric types, understand how to interpret purchase orders and convert to ratios.

Free Drop in Days

For candidates who have taken part in one of our courses at Fashion Forward, we offer, three free “drop-in days”. These are available on any Friday, when we are not running a course. The software and hardware is available for use at Fashion Forward for students to practice the skills they have learned and they can ask questions.

Don’t just take our word for it!
Here is what our students & customers have to say:

  • The pattern cutting beginner's course was everything I expected and more. Very good teacher, very good booklet with all the tools explained and a great experience! I would recommend it... read more

    Claire Wiltshire Avatar Claire Wiltshire

    Excellent Pattern Cutting Course. Professional course, fully supported with detailed booklet with full instructions to take away. Full support by highly skilled instructor to guide you through the... read more

    David Airy Avatar David Airy

    I have been on the beginners and intermediate courses with Vetigraph for pattern cutting and grading. I have never liked computers but I have enjoyed using this system so much... read more

    Wendy O'Connor Avatar Wendy O'Connor
  • I'm so pleased to have bought both the 2d digital pattern cutting software and plotter/Cutter from Vetigraph. The team have been great at recommending the best options for my small... read more

    lynsey throup Avatar lynsey throup

    Hi Laura, Thank you for helping me on the team viewer sessions. This has been massively useful and was great to get further practice on Vetigraph. Having... read more

    Himang Sharma Avatar Himang Sharma

    Investing in the VetiGraph Cad System has allowed me to take my business to the next level. Thanks to Herve and the Team for all the help & support they... read more

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  • Vetigraph - being a manual pattern cutter with over 20 years experience and also having a background immersed in the technical side of sealing and grading I was sceptical about... read more

    Umash Jethwa Avatar Umash Jethwa

    Vetigraph have become the bespoke company within the textile clothing & fashion industry here in Leicester, and once more we would like to thank the team for their great support... read more

    Top Clothing Ltd Avatar Top Clothing Ltd

    I have worked with Vetigraph as a pattern cutter for more than 13 years now. It’s a great tool that allows users to create patterns from scratch, alter existing ones... read more

    Bi lella Avatar Bi lella
  • After never hearing of vetigraph before I took a chance and did the 4 day intensive course on pattern cutting and grading. All the staff at Vetigraph have been unbelievably... read more

    natalie Law Avatar natalie Law

    From beginning to end the service provided by the vetigrapgh team specifically harve & anna ... amazingly pleased with all the training n help provided ... very highly recommended company... read more

    Sumaiya Suleman Avatar Sumaiya Suleman

    I had great training sessions with Nadia. She is amazing and The staff at the head office is always so supportive if you need help with the programme after the... read more

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  • Great company and fantastic program to use. Through the years I get lots of support. The training is available all year around.

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