Course Title: Grade 2D patterns

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: GRAP5235C

Course Title: Grade 2D patterns

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5220 - 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

Anni Juracich -

Sandy Benson -

Hoa Pham -

Betty Kanzurovski -

Cathy Chen -

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


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to grade flat or 2D patterns used for garment production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4013B Grade 2D patterns


1. Analyse grading system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workstation and/or equipment are selected and prepared according to OHS practices .

1.2 Grading system used in workplace is identified.

1.3 Measurements of base size and subsequent spread are identified.

1.4 Number of sizes in grading is calculated.

1.5 Grade increments between sizes are established.


2. Set up base pattern

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Base pattern of a basic style and pattern pieces are identified, constant or '0' position is established and grade points with corresponding values are assigned.

2.2 Base size pattern is checked for correct information, balance points and pattern fit and clarification sought, as required.

2.3 Style and fabric characteristics which influence grading are identified and any queries are clarified with patternmaker.

2.4 Appropriate grade plan is selected and grade rule table constructed.


3. Grade pattern

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Stacking or outlay requirements, including direction are determined.

3.2 Pattern is graded manually using patternmaking technical skills or by computer.

3.3 If stacking, stack points or lines are identified.

3.4 Integrity of pattern attributes is preserved during grading.

3.5 All pattern pieces are accurately labelled with pattern marking symbols .

3.6 Pattern is checked for accuracy and rectified or addressed as required.


4. Maintain records

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Records are maintained and documentation completed as required.

4.2 Patterns are filed.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to grade a range flat or 2D patterns used for garment production. Learning outcomes will include different grading methods, grading rules and relevant methods of recording information, as used in the clothing and fashion industry.

Details of Learning Activities

1. Set up the work area and equipment for grading according to Occupational Health and Safety by following correct procedures.
2. Correctly inspect the base pattern and graded pattern pieces during the grading process by checking that the pattern pieces and pattern information are present and by taking corrective action to maintain accuracy.
3. Identify garment features or fabric characteristics that may effect the grading process by checking fabric samples, sample garments, the base pattern or specifications.
4. Establish grade plans according to given styles by following information from specifications or size charts.
5. Accurately grade a range of patterns/styles using the techniques and principles of accurate grading patternmaking and good fit.
6. Make correct use of grading equipment by using reliable manual methods of grading.
7. Maintain records by using appropriate filing systems to update and store graded patterns and grading information

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 - Introduction to Grading, Topics Outline; Assessment;
- Occupational health and Safety
- Background of Grading
- Glossary
- Overview of Grading methods & Activities
Week 2
- Fundamental Grading principle
- Australian standard sizes & measurements
- Introduction to Grade planning
- Continue grading exercise & activities
Week 3
- Continue the activities of grading methods
Week 4
- Role & Responsibilities of pattern grader
- Skirt style

Week 5 - Skirt Style(s)
Week 6 - Skirt Style (s)
Week 7 - Skirt Style (s)
Week 8 - Introduction to basic body & sleeve block grading
Week 9 - Shirt / Top style
Week 10 - Shirt / Top style
Week 11 - Shirt / Top style (s)
Week 12 - Jacket with 2 pieces sleeve
Week 13 - Continue jacket
Week 14 - Pant block, style
Week 15 - Sleeves types: Raglan & Kimono
Week 16 - Assessment & Feedback

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Cooklin, G. - Pattern Grading for Women’s Clothing – the Technology of Sizing

Price and Zamkoff - Grading Techniques for Modern Design

Taylor and Shoeben - Grading for the Fashion Industry

Other Resources

Essential Learning Resources students need to bring the equipments to all Grading classes:
• A4 folio for maintain all class works
• A4 plastic sleeves
• pencils: H, HB and 2B • Eraser
• colour pens x 4
• grading ruler
• Plain paper
• Pattern scissor
• Sticky tape (Magic tape)

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Skirt
Assessment 2: Shirt
Assessment 3: Pant
Assessment 4: Jacket with 2 pieces sleeve

Assessment Matrix

Elements /
Assessment tasks
1. Grade Skirt 30%2. Grade Shirt 25% 3. Grade Pant 10%4. Grade Jacket 35%

1.Analyse Grading system





2. Set up the base pattern





3. Grade patterns





 4. Maintain records 





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