Services

Pattern cutting is just one of the services that we offer. We are able to produce patterns from drawings, photographs, and garments as well as adjusting existing patterns for fit and styling. Some of the other services we offer are grading, toile and sample making and made to measure.

Studio

Our studio features large cutting desks, Juke and Brother industrial sewing machines, a range of Design-Surgery® and other mannequins. There is a kitchen for making tea & coffee as well as a dinning area. All conveniently located at the end of the Northern Line in High Barnet.

Mannequins

We have designed and developed a new generation of tailors and dressmakers body forms which reflect today’s body shapes and incorporate a number of useful aids. All our mannequins are made using traditional methods and recycled materials. Universities, design studios and individuals have purchased our models which are in stock in The UK.  

Lessons

We hold pattern cutting and design development  lessons during the day in the months of June, July & September. Small classes of no more than six students, allows more one on one time. Evening classes are available by arrangement and we also offer bespoke tuition for students wishing to enter the fashion industry but are unable to commit to a full time degree course.


Jan Bigg-Wither has worked in the fashion industry for nearly 30 years, Creative pattern cutting for designers and high street she has a wealth of experience throughout a very broad spectrum of fashion. Since 2003 she has worked as a creative pattern cutting lecturer at Central St Martins and has also been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College and the London College of Fashion and is well placed to understand designer's requirements.

She is a founding partner of Design-Surgery® and is personally involved in all areas of the business. Design-Surgery® offers a range of services to companies and individuals. From pattern cutting and grading to a collection development service, and courses for undergraduates, MA students, and those wishing to improve their knowledge and technical experience.

The studio is based in North London and is less than a 10 minute walk from High Barnet, Northern Line, tube station.