Paper, Cut, Cloth

Alice Cliff is a senior creative pattern cutter who works in ready-to-wear luxury fashion. 

Over a decade she worked with some of the best European fashion houses and creative directors in fashion today. 

Specialising in tailoring, her work has been worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Claire Foy. 

Now based in Sydney, she returns to her home state of Western Australia to pass on her knowledge to creative people in a series of workshops and seminars, as part of the Pilbara Fashion Festival. 

Find out more about Paper, Cloth, Cut here.

Inside Fashion Talk

Thursday 29 April, 6:00pm
Free Event

Join renown pattern-maker Alice Cliff from Paper, Cloth, Cut, as she shares her experiences and designs created during her time working at Alexander McQueen, Chloe and J W Anderson. 

Alice will share her immense joy felt at the completion of a collection and offer advice for anyone starting out in the industry.

Alice is a senior creative pattern cutter who works in ready-to-wear Luxury fashion.  

“I specialise in tailoring, but have skills across a wide range of styles and fabrications, and my work has been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Claire Foy.

Repair+Up Cycle Your Clothes

Friday 30 April, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
BYO Sewing Machine and *fabric

Bring your pre-loved clothes and fabric stash and we will re-work and repair them giving them a longer life. This is a great way to use what clothing you have, combined with trims and treasures found to create something fresh to wear. This is a sustainable way of designing and creating fashion. In this workshop you will share your ideas and be inspired by others. 

Beginners are welcome; however, we recommend that you know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop. 

Included in the workshop: 
Sustainably sourced fabric, trims and clothing.
(*You can bring your own material)

What to bring: 

  • Clothes you want to repair and up-cycle, it’s best to bring a few options.
  • Fabric, trims, threads, buttons, zips or anything else that might be useful.
  • Scissors, tape measure, pins, needles. 
  • A sewing machine. 
Book Repair +Upcycle

Pattern Making for the Catwalk

Saturday 01 May – Sunday 02 May, 2-4pm
BYO Sewing Machine and Fabric
*please let us know if you need a mannequin

This is an exciting and intense two-day pattern making workshop for you to create your very own catwalk look for the Pilbara Fashion Runway Gala! 

The objective is to learn some of the principles of pattern making and create a pattern of your chosen dress design and have most of the design sewn together by the end of the weekend. 

To get the most out of the weekend course we ask that you submit your design including fabric choices, two weeks before. Correspondence will be via email to finalise the design. We will focus on the dress block, but this can also include a top and skirt combination. 

Level: Recommended to students who have some sewing experience and who are up for a challenge. 

Day One: 

  • Three short exercises demonstrating the principles of pattern making. Cut, gather and flare. And I will explain the language of patterns. 
  • Place the dress block in calico on your mannequin and add your design lines. 
  • Work in the design by adding gathers or flare directly on the mannequin. 
  • Train your eye to see and correct the proportions of the design. 
  • Learn to translate these style lines from 3D on the mannequin to 2D on your paper pattern. 

Day 2: 

  • Continue to finalise your pattern and learn what information you need on each piece. 
  • Learn to check the flow of your pattern, to make sure the pattern pieces go back together smoothly and seams match in length etc. 
  • Tips on cutting your fabric followed by cutting out the final dress. 

After the workshop: 

Some students may be finishing the sewing at home, Alice is available via email to help with any further questions. Students are welcome to send images to help the discussion. 

Book Pattern Making for the Catwalk

All events:
Courthouse Gallery+Studio
16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland

For further information please email