Course Title: Complex Pattern Development

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5166

Course Title: Complex Pattern Development

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 85.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Term1 2007,
Term1 2008,
Term2 2008

Course Contact: Rhonda Ingwersen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9214

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required for the construction of blocks to make patterns for use in garment production processes within an enterprise.

This course will include:
1. Analysis of garment silhouettes (by using a variety of media, such as trade sketches, sample garments, specifications sheets or client requirements) to identify design lines and other garment features.
2. Constructing patterns/blocks by identifying the desired silhouette and fit requirements from given specifications.
3. Adjusting pattern/blocks according to fabric requirements by first checking fabric characteristics (such as the handle and drape or the amount of stretch).
4. Constructing pattern/blocks according to required style and production specifications by use of different pattern making techniques such as, intermediate patterns, dart manipulation and draping
5. Producing accurate patterns/blocks according to garment design details and production specifications by checking pattern measurements and other details such notches, seam allowances grain-lines and pattern information.
6. Testing and adjusting the resulting fit by sewing toiles or prototypes.
7. Finalisation of pattern pieces according to specification requirements by checking all the pattern pieces for accuracy and details such as correctly positioned notches, seam allowances, style numbers, size and cutting instructions.
8. Maintaining records by filling in specification forms and by storing patterns for easy access.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pattern Development A+B
To complete this entire unit of competency you must also successfully finish the following courses:
Product Development and Production 1 and 2
Computer Aided Patternmaking
Computer Grading and Marker Making

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

LMTPDCL06A Construct block to make patterns


Construct and adjust toiles

Construct the block

Develop and complete final blocks

Interpret the design

Maintain records

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Part B of the guide.

Overview of Assessment

Regular attendance is necessary to demonstrate that you can:
1. Achieve the desired garment shapes and fit by constructing appropriate pattern blocks to correctly reflect garment requirements.
2. Apply the principles of good pattern making and correctly use pattern making techniques by producing accurate final patterns.
3. Test the pattern and carry out adjustments to fit by constructing suitable toiles and prototypes.
4. Give and receive information in relation to pattern making processes by making correct use of pattern making terms and by following and giving instructions on specifications.
5. Maintain and file accurate records by ensuring that all pattern work (full scale and 1/5th scale) is up to date and that it has the correct labelling in relation to production requirements. Accompanying class notes must also be filed.
6. Follow appropriate Occupational Health and Safety standards by ensuring that the work area is free of any safety hazards.