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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

Class Number: 3767

Class Section: B64

Course Code: MANU7407C

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

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 required to develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to develop patterns

Performance Criteria:


Set up workstation and patternmaking tools and equipment 


Analyse design to identify appropriate modifications


Identify fabric performance characteristics that may affect garment pattern and determine ease allowance


Plan pattern development according to quality standards and workplace procedures


Select appropriate block


3 Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns

Performance Criteria:


Apply patternmaking principles in developing patterns


Document methods and formulas used


Check pattern pieces for accuracy, including seam and ease allowances, seam match, hems and functional openings


Label all pattern pieces, including grain lines, notches, pattern information and cutting instructions


4 Test patterns and complete work

Performance Criteria:


Make a toile to test fit and accuracy of pattern


Alter pattern to reflect test fitting outcomes and quality standards


Document alterations to patterns


Complete pattern specification sheets and attach to patterns for storage


File finished patterns 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:

MSTCL3013Interpret 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



Interpret patterns and apply pattern information

Develop patterns from a block using pattern making principles

Home Work


Introduce units

Terms and definitions Equipment, seam allowances grain lines-Size 10—1/2 scale

Introduce pattern making principles-using Size 10 Block in ½ scale start skirt block

Revise Terms and definitions


15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Continue skirt block-Make final pattern. Cut and make toile in size 10 -½ scale

Continue skirt block-Make final pattern. Cut and make toile in size 10 -½ scale

Draft skirt block in size 10 in full scale and make pattern bring to next class




Continue skirt block class to approve full scale block and pattern


Revise Terms and definitions


15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work



Introduce Pattern Spec Sheet

Using ½ scale skirt block  create a straight skirt with centre back Vent Welt Zip and Waistband




15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Continue skirt style make final pattern Cut out in Calico to make up as a sample


Complete calico toile




Continue skirt styles—Slash and open method –close darts (onto hemline) create cone skirt

Complete final pattern

Cut out toile


15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Start Yoke Style

Continue skirt style –Yoke –Knife Pleat (front and back)

Welt Zip (centre back) start

final Pattern using a pattern spec sheet

Complete toile




Continue and complete yoke style

Complete yoke pattern

Cut out toile


15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Construct toile for yoke style skirt with knife pleat—1/2 scale






Draft and make final pattern for gore skirt-Size 8 (T Method)

  4 gore ,8 gore-1/2 scale


Full scale gore skirt(select from 8 or 10)







15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Discuss and check homework from week 10

Cut and sew full scale invisible zip

Draft Circle skirts- ½ scale

Full circle half circle and ¾ circle-check all patterns

Full scale circular skirt(to personal measurements)



Continue and Complete work

Discuss and check homework from week 11-Check all patterns



15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Introduce Torso block-Diamond Dart –discuss dart manipulation start from shoulder to French/side seam

Shaping side and hem .

Drop neckline/armhole facing

All in one facing

Start Dart Manipulation Class Exercises




Complete draft and make final patterns for the top

Specification sheet


Finalise final patterns


15 mins review and check homework and outline today’s work

Cut out and construct top

Follow assembly plan





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 activities to show theoretical understanding, practical demonstration and questioning. Full assessment briefs will be provided.

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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.




Commencement Week

Assessment due



Terminology -TEST

Week 1

Week 2



Yoke Skirt-Complete project. Observation and questioning - TEST

Week 7

Week 9



Torso Block Complete Dart manipulation project. Observation and questioning TEST

Week 13

Week 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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