Course Title: Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MANU7228C

Course Title: Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3227 - Certificate III in Clothing Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge to develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles.

The applies to the development of a variety of pattern styles utilising the basic principles of patternmaking, including dart manipulation and square blocking.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL3009B Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles


1 Prepare workstation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workstation and seating are set up according to OHS practices and specifications for work.

1.2  Patternmaking tools and equipment are set up ready for use.


2 Select blocks to be used

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design is analysed to identify appropriate modifications.

2.2 Fabric performance characteristics that may affect garment pattern are identified.

2.3 Pattern development is planned according to quality standards and workplace practices.

2.4 Ease allowances are determined.

2.5  Appropriate block is selected.


3 Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Patternmaking principles are applied in developing patterns according to specifications.

3.2 Methods and formulas used are documented.

3.3 Pattern pieces are checked for accuracy, including seam allowances, ease allowances, seam match, hems and functional openings.

3.4  All pattern pieces are labelled, including grain lines, notches, pattern information and cutting instructions.


4 Test patterns

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A toile is made to test fit and accuracy of pattern.

4.2 Pattern is altered to reflect test fitting outcomes, quality standards and workplace practices.

4.3  Alterations to patterns are documented.


5 Complete work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Pattern specification sheets are completed and attached to patterns for storage.

5.2  Finished patterns are filed in storage system.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with the following units:

LMTCL3013BInterpret patterns

Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksGeneralInterpret patterns and apply pattern information Develop patterns from a block using pattern making principlesHome Work
1Introduce unitsTerms and definitions Equipment, seam allowances grain lines-Size 10—1/2 scaleIntroduce pattern making principles-using Size 10 Block in ½ scale start skirt blockRevise Terms and definitions
215 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workContinue skirt block-Make final pattern. Cut and make toile in size 10 -½ scaleContinue skirt block-Make final pattern. Cut and make toile in size 10 -½ scaleDraft skirt block in size 10 in full scale and make pattern bring to next class
3 Continue skirt block class to approve full scale block and pattern Revise Terms and definitions
415 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workTERMINOLOGY TESTUsing ½ scale skirt block  create a straight skirt with centre back Vent Welt Zip and Waistband 
Introduce Pattern Spec Sheet
515 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workContinue skirt style make final pattern Cut out in Calico to make up as a sample Complete calico toile 
6  Continue skirt styles—Slash and open method –close darts (onto hemline) create cone skirtComplete final pattern
Cut out toile
715 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workStart Yoke StyleContinue skirt style –Yoke –Knife Pleat (front and back)Complete toile
Welt Zip (centre back) start
final Pattern using a pattern spec sheet
8  Continue and complete yoke styleComplete yoke pattern
Cut out toile
915 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workConstruct toile for yoke style skirt with knife pleat—1/2 scale  
10  Draft and make final pattern for gore skirt-Size 8 (T Method)Full scale gore skirt(select from 8 or 10)
  4 gore ,8 gore-1/2 scale
1115 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workDiscuss and check homework from week 10Draft Circle skirts- ½ scaleFull scale circular skirt(to personal measurements)
Cut and sew full scale invisible zipFull circle half circle and ¾ circle-check all patterns
12 Continue and Complete workDiscuss and check homework from week 11-Check all patterns 
1315 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workIntroduce Torso block-Diamond Dart –discuss dart manipulation start from shoulder to French/side seam Start Dart Manipulation Class Exercises 
Shaping side and hem .
Drop neckline/armhole facing
All in one facing
14 Complete draft and make final patterns for the top Finalise final patterns
Specification sheet 
1515 mins review and check homework and outline today’s workCut out and construct top   
Follow assembly plan
16 Construct and finalise the top Complete assembly plan and Quality report 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your abillity to prepare workstations, select blocks to be used, apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns, test patterns and complete work. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


AssessmentsActivityCommencement WeekAssessment due
1Terminology -TESTWeek 1Week 4
2Yoke Skirt-Complete project. Observation and questioningWeek 7Week 9
3Torso Block Complete project. Observation and questioningWeek 13Week 16

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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