Course Title: Grade 2D patterns

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

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

Hoa Pham  -
Virginia Yarnton

Cathy Chen

Sandie Benson

Sam Cutajar

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. Analyse grading system
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. Set up base pattern
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. Grade pattern
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. Maintain records
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, Assessment, Equipment etc
Occupational health and safety
Fundamental of Pattern Grading
Australian standards sizes and measurements
Grade Plan introduction
Overview methods of grading & Activities
Assessment Task 1 Brief handed out
Out of class hour activity: 1/2 hour

Week 2
Method of Grading
Master grade & Movement Grade (full scale on paper)
Out of class hour activity: 1/2 hour

Week 3
Continue Master grade & Movement Grade (full scale on paper)
Exercise to grade one pattern piece on cardboard
Checking the completed grade nest
Out of class hour activity: 1/2 hour

Week 4
Role & Responsibility of Pattern Grader
Develop Grading Specification & Grade plan 
Measuring point

Simple skirt style (full scale on paper)
Out of class hour activity: 1 hour

Week 5

Skirt C4702
Remind student to bring in scissor for next week activity
Out of class hour activity: 1/2 hour

Week 6

Complex skirt style (only grade front skirt pattern on cardboard)

Out of class hour activity: 1/2  hour

Week 7
Complex Skirt continue
Out of class hour activity: 1 hour

Week 8

Quiz / develop the grade plan for skirt styles

Week 9
Bodice & Sleeve Block
Out of class hour activity: ½ hour

Week 10
Simple Shirt Style

Measuring point
Out of class hour activity: 1 hour

Week 11
Out of class hour activity: 1 hour

Week 12
Sleeve type: Kimono, Raglan, 2 pieces sleeve block

Collar type: Peter Pan collar, Shawl collar

Develop the grade plan for jacket assignment

Out of class hour activity: 1 hour

Week 13
Assessment Task 2:
Casual Jacket Assignment - (or Generic Denim Jacket)

Week 14
Casual Jacket Assignment (continue)

Week 15
Pant Block
Schedule a time with your teacher for assessment task 1

Week 16
Assessment: Folio Presentation
Bring along Assessment Task 1
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

Successful completion of this course requires that you demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to perform the grading tasks.
Completing all of the class activities (Ungraded) and assessment tasks (Graded) is essential to cover the range of skills required to be considered competent for this course.

You must be able to organise your work and systematically complete tasks with attention to detail. Work must be completed to an acceptable industry standard.

Un-GradedAssessment Tasks

AssessmentTask 1: Folio (containing documentation of all Progressive class work; Grading Specification sheet,
Grade plan and graded nest of full scale pattern of each class exercise)

Graded assessment Tasks (You will be eligible for a higher grade after you are competent based on the assessment outcomes of assessment task one
Assessment Task 2: Casual Jacket with 2 pieces sleeve  (100%) - containing documentation of Grading Specification sheet,
Grade plan and graded nest of full scale jacket pattern.

Assessment Matrix

Elements /
Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Folio



Assessment Task 2: Casual Jacket with 2 pieces sleeve

1.Analyse Grading system √ √
2. Set up the base pattern √ √
3. Grade patterns √ √
4. Maintain records √ √

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