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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: MANU7228C

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

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4219 - Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising

Course Contact : Katrina Rose

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9138

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mirta Mizza

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

This course covers the skills and knowledge to develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL3009B Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles


1.  Prepare workstation

2.  Select blocks to be used

3.  Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns

4.  Test patterns

5.  Complete work

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

2.1 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.

3.1 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, patter information and cutting instructions.

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 pattern are documented.

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

Finished patterns are filled 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 requires the application of skills associated with planning and organising to develop patterns.  Problem solving skills are required to determine and apply suitable patternmaking principles to achieve design requirements and identify any production problems.  Communication and numeracy skills are used to interpret and apply pattern specifications and complete required documentation.  Self management skills are used to ensure safe use of technology and conformance of own work to quality standards.

Learning activities include:

Draw a basic sketch, take measurements, use patternmaking tools, read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, sequence operations, meet specifications, carry out work according to OHS practice.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

• Course Intro
• Ice Breaker
• Course Delivery and Notes
• Patternmaking in Fashion
• Discussion on Equipment
• Blocks, Cutting and Storing
• Terminology
Week 2

• 1/5th Scale Markers
• Cutting Blocks
Week 3

• Style 1
• Skirt Pattern Development as per image in full scale from Blocks
• 1/5th Scale plans 
Week 4 

• Style 2
• Skirt with Yoke
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale
Week 5

• Style 3
• Flip skirt with shaped yoke
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale
Week 6

• Style 4
• 8 Gore Skirt with trumpet hem
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale
Week 7

• Style 5
• 6 Gore Skirt with A-Line hem
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale 
Week 8

 • Style 6
• Straight skirt with front pockets and C.F. seam
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale 
Week 9 

Bodice Styles
• Dart Manipulations
• Necklines with facings
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale
Week 10

Bodice Styles
• Dart Manipulations
• Necklines with facings
• Full Scale patterns and 1/5th scale
Week 11

Sleeve Styles
• Short
• Shirt
• Gathered

Week 12

Sleeve Styles
• Leg of Mutton
• Circular cuff
Week 13

Collar Styles
• Stand
• Two Piece
• Peter Pan
• Convertible
Week 14

Pant Style
• Drawstring
Week 15

Pant Style
• Hipster

• Folder Presentation
Assessment Week  

Feedback Week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Helen Armstrong Jones

Metric Pattern Making by Winifred Aldridge

How to draft Patterns by Kopp/Rolf/ Zein Gross

Fabric, Form and Flat Pattern Making by Winifred Aldrich

Follow that line (DVD) OTS/MiText

Fashion Design by Pamela Stecker

Overview of Assessment

In this unit you will develop a folio of work that includes class exercises in pattern making that have been assessed in class. This work will enable you to demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge to:
• understand and apply correct pattern and garment terminology
• identify, select and use the appropriate tools and equipment for
• select the appropriate block and develop a pattern
• apply the patternmaking principles of dart manipulation to reflect specification requirements and workplace quality standards
• cut out and label pattern pieces accurately
• apply OH&S practices in work operations
• maintain accurate records
All of these must be consistently demonstrated in your performance in class as observed by your teacher.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 –-
• Progressive class work
• All class exercises must be completed and checked by teacher 80%
Assessment Task 2 - Folder Presentation 20%

Assessment Matrix

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