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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MANU7228C

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

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

Ginny Yarnton
Work Phone: 9925 9318
Office Location: 513.03.01

Betty Kanzurovski
Work Phone: 9925 9237
Office Location: 513.03.01

Sandie Benson
Work Phone: 9925 9259
Office Location: 513.03.01

Hoa Pham
Work Phone: 9925 9237
Office Location: 513.03.01

Tina Marino
Work Phone: 9925 9256
Office Location: 513.03.01

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 unit 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

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 set up ready for use.


2. Select blocks to be used

Performance Criteria:

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. Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns

Performance Criteria:

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, pattern information and cutting instructions.


4. Test patterns

Performance Criteria:

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 patterns are documented.


5. Complete work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Pattern specification sheets are completed and attached to patterns for storage.
5.2 Finished patterns are filed in storage system.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop a variety of pattern styles utilising the basic principles of patternmaking, including dart manipulation and square blocking.

You will also develop the required skills associated with planning and organising to develop patterns. Problem solving skills as 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.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is integrated with LMTCL2010B Modify patterns to create basic styles to form a cluster or learning program called Pattern Technology

In this course you will be involved in theoretical and practical tasks.
You will develop the skill to -
• measure and assess fit requirement
• develop patterns from a base size block
• determine style variation and detail
• Assess silhouettes
• Modify patterns
• standard operation procedures to label and identify final pattern components
• maintain accurate records though development of student notes and course hand outs
• Use trade sketches to identify information and finalise pattern specification sheets
•recording and reporting practices
•You will be expected to attend, participate and complete each progressive task to the required standard, to be eligible to be assessed and to continue with the next task.
• As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practise outside of regular class times.
• You are reminded of the learning expectation that you will complete an equal amount of research time outside of class as you do in class to demonstrate your understanding and to be deemed competent in this course.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
• Course guide
• OH&S guidelines
• Assessment requirements.
• Pattern making equipment
• Introduction to measuring and Australian standard measurements
• Experimental fitting of calico/pattern on to the mannequin to ascertain basic principle of fit of skirt
• Cut skirt block onto cardboard

Week 2
• Policy standards of RMIT patternmaking procedures
• Determine Base size, seam allowance and ease
• Basic dart manipulation to achieve
o Silhouettes

Week 3
• Yokes exercises
• Zips variations
• Waistband principles
• Skirt style

Week 4
• Continue skirt style
• Pleats, tuck exercises

Week 5
• Skirt styles using principles from week 4

Week 6
• Using gathering principles to produce gathered skirt

Week 7
• Modify gathered skirt from last week to achieve different outcome

Week 8
• Gore skirt using skirt block
• Direct measurement drafting
o Gore skirts

Week 9
• Direct measurement drafting
o Circular skirt

Week 10 - 11
• Skirt Assignment

Week 12
• Bodice Dart Manipulation exercise

Week 13
• Cut shirt block onto cardboard
• Work through Collar and Sleeve principles

Week 14 - 15
• Apply techniques learnt into Shirt styles

Week 16
• Independent Learning task

Week 17
• Written quiz
• Organizing and collating folio and finish any unfinished work

Week 18

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

Essential Learning Resources students need to bring for all Patternmaking subjects:
• A4 folio for maintain all class work
• A4 plastic sleeves
• A4 plastic plain paper
• Pattern scissors
• Fabric scissors
• Patternmaking rulers
• Mechanical pencil and spare leads
• Stapler and spare staples
• Sticky tape (Magic tape)
• Tape measure
• pins, needle and thread
• Awl
• Tracing Wheel
• Eraser
• Colour pens
• Colour markers

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

Skirt Assignment – 30%
Independent learning Tasks – 30%
Written Quiz – 10%
Maintain record folio – 30%
• Progressive Class work
• Specification sheets
• Student peer support tablet

Assessment Matrix


Assessment  1

Skirt Assignment

Assessment 2  
Written Quiz

Assessment 3

Independent learning task

Assessment 4
Maintain Record folio
Element 1
Prepare workstation
Element 2
Select blocks to be used
Element 3
Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns
Element 4
Test Patterns
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Element 5
Complete work

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