Course Title: Introduction to Patternmaking

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Patternmaking

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Jo Cramer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2782

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental principles of pattern drafting from 2D sketch to final patterns for 3D prototyping. The course will cover a variety of approaches to pattern drafting, framed around the principles of dart and pattern manipulation methods. The principles and approaches will be contextualised in both upper and lower body garments. You are encouraged to apply these techniques laterally to produce fashion forms and garment concepts outside of the standard fashion repertoire.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


 This course will enable you to:
• understand the relationship of shape and line to the human form
• acquire the skill to interpret design ideas into pattern form
• develop an ability to experiment with shape in the generation of design ideas
• analyse fabric characteristics in relation to pattern design

Overview of Learning Activities

In semester 1 and 2, this course consists of twelve weeks of face-to-face studio classes.  During the spring/summer semesters, it is taught intensively 2 days a week for 3 weeks. 

In either format, during the semester, you will be guided through class exercises covering the basic principles and approaches of pattern cutting. In addition, experimental exercises will be set for the learner-directed hours, providing an opportunity for the development of individual design responses. All class and learner directed exercises will be compiled into a folio for assessment and future reference.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to specialized studios and equipment.
Some materials are purchased on your behalf at wholesale prices.
A materials fee will be charged for these resources.

You will be required to cover minimal expenses for some materials specific to your individual project response. 
Texts will be recommended with reference to specific study areas.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment will include a minor task assessed progressively during the semester and a major project in two parts assessed at end of the semester, as outlined below.

1. Fit and volume skirt design 15%. Exploring the juxtaposition of fit and volume you are to design, pattern make and toile a yoke skirt 
2. Pattern making folio 30%.  Collated folio of class and learner directed exercises.
3. Experimental design 55%.  Exploring the pattern making principles that you have learnt during this course, you are to design, pattern make and sample one outfit.