Course Title: Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2008

Course Code: MANU5379C

Course Title: Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5202 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ginny Yarnton –
Betty Kanzurovski – 
Travis Hart –
Sandy Benson – 
Janette Gavin -

Nominal Hours: 80

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

LMTCL3009A Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to create patterns using an existing block, and applying advanced patternmaking principles.

The course is integrated with LMTFD4015A Create Pattern from a Block to meet customer specifications to form a cluster called Pattern & Block design

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4010A Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles


1.  Prepare workstation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workstation and seating are set up according to OH&S practices and specifications for work.
1.2 Patternmaking tools and equipment are selected and prepared.
1.3 Any additional materials and equipment required to perform task are collected.
1.4 Patternmaking tools, equipment and supplies are laid out for efficient and safe operation.


2. Interpret the design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design drawings and specifications are interpreted and clarified.
2.2 Design lines and style features are identified.
2.3 Fabric characteristics and performance, and trims and finishings are considered in relation to design.
2.4 Any special construction methods or trim details of garment are considered in relation to design.
2.5 Ease allowance is determined.
2.6 Details of base size are obtained.


3. Select block

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Pattern production is planned.
3.2 Appropriate block is determined for development of pattern.
3.3 Appropriate block is selected and retrieved from storage system.


4. Create pattern

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Advanced patternmaking principles are applied in developing pattern.
4.2 Methods and formulas used are documented.
4.3 Pattern is produced from existing block to specified design.
4.4 Pattern pieces are checked for accuracy of seam allowances, ease allowance, seam match, hems and functional openings.
4.5 Pattern pieces are labelled and markings completed.


5. Test and finalise pattern

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Toile or garment segments are tested as appropriate.
5.2 Toile or garment segments are examined and assessed against design specifications.
5.3 Any pattern alterations are completed and assessed to meet specifications.
5.4 Pattern is finalised and checked to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance to design specifications.


6. Prepare pattern documentation for production

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Sizing system for pattern and base size are identified.
6.2 Spreadsheet of full range for selected sizing system is prepared with essential measurements.
6.3 Grade table for full size range is prepared.
6.4 Pattern specification sheets with trade drawings are completed and attached to patterns for storage.
6.5 Work order for sizing labels is prepared as required.
6.6 Finished patterns are filed.

Learning Outcomes

The unit applies to the development of a variety of pattern styles utilising the basic principles of patternmaking, including dart manipulation. Patterns are created in a simulated workarea meeting specification requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

1. Analysis of designs (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 such as pocket, collar and sleeve variations.
2. Selecting existing patterns or appropriate blocks for use in pattern development by identifying the desired silhouettes and fit requirements from given specifications.
3. Adjusting the pattern according to fabric requirements by first checking fabric characteristics (such as the handle and drape of the fabric)
4. Modifying pattern blocks according to required design and production specifications by use of different pattern making techniques such as, intermediate patterns and dart manipulation.
5. Producing accurate patterns according to garment design lines and production specifications by checking pattern measurements and other details such notches, seam allowances and grain-lines.
6. Testing and adjusting the resulting fit by obtaining toiles or prototypes.
7. Finalisation of pattern pieces according to specification requirements by checking all the pattern pieces for details such as correctly positioned notches, seam allowances, style numbers, size and cutting instructions.
8. Up-dating records by filling in specification forms and by storing patterns for easy access.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1. Orientation and Course guide and assessment
Week 2 - 3. Advance Pattern technology Principles and Techniques
Week 4 - 5 Stylized Tops
Week 6 - 7 Assessment Activities
Week 8-9 Dress Styles
Week 10 -11 Stretch styles
Week 12-14Jacket styles
Week  15 -16 Cowls
Week 17 -18 Assessment Activities

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Pattern Making For Fashion Design by Helen Armstrong


Designing Apparel through the Flat Patten by Kopp / Rolf / Zelin / Gross

Metric Pattern Making by Winifred Aldrich

Fabric, Form and Flat pattern making by Winifred Aldrich

How to Draft Basic Patterns by Kopp / Rolf / Zelin / Gross

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Each unit of learning consists of development of patterns for several style adaptations for a range of garments
Each style requires a record to be collated and stored in an A4 size Arch folder. The record should contain the following sections:
• Full scale pattern Drafts including any intermediate stages- Labelled with all necessary information
• Completed Pattern- Accurately cut with all necessary pattern markings and information
• Specification Sheet – complete with trade quality diagrams and all relevant information necessary for garment production

Assessment Tasks

In class activities - 40%
Progressive Class work
• Drafts and intermediate patterns
• Final patterns

Reference folder - 20%
Collated Specification sheets and1/5 scale work
Assessment Tasks - 40%

TOTAL: 100 %

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Out of class work

Assessment will involve research outside of Class time.
Out of class work facilitates learning in a self paced manner and forms part of the overall achievement of the competencies in the course..

Graded Assessment

A pass in each assessment will result in a grade for the student. Where a pass is achieved competency for that assessment is given. Where there are multiple assessments for a single competency the students must achieve competency (a pass) in each assessment to be deemed competent. Competency MUST be achieved in all assessments of the course for a graded result to be obtained.

Grade Mark Description
HD > = 80 High Distinction (Competency Achieved)
DI 70 - 79 Distinction (Competency Achieved)
CR 60 - 69 Credit (Competency Achieved)
PA 50 - 59 Pass (Competency Achieved)
NN < 50 Fail (Not Yet Competent)
CA Not Applicable Competency Achieved
NYC Not Applicable Not Yet Competent

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