Course Title: Manage advanced patternmaking processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: GRAP5257C

Course Title: Manage advanced patternmaking processes

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6089 - Advanced 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

Susie Weir:
Ginny Yarnton:

Nominal Hours: 100

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

LMTFD5016B Grade shaped patterns

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to manage processes for patternmaking in high-volume production of complex or specialised garments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD6004B Manage advanced patternmaking processes


1. Analyse patternmaking methodologies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Pattern-making methodologies are identified.
1.2 Critical measurements used in pattern derivation for unique body shapes, features and specialised garments are analysed.
1.3 Industry applications of pattern-making methodologies are analysed.


2. Develop plans

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Process for receiving design brief and specifications are identified.
2.2 Design brief and specifications are received and interpreted.
2.3 Pattern-making requirements and grading methodologies to be applied are determined.
2.4 Critical paths are analysed.
2.5 Pattern-making plan for implementation is developed and managed according to design requirements.


3. Manage development of patterns

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Suitable blocks are selected or developed.
3.2 Suitable style patterns are selected or developed for sampling and production.
3.3 Grade plans for the range are selected or developed.
3.4 Specifications for blocks, style patterns and grade plans are confirmed.
3.5 Patterns are prepared and presented for implementation.


4. Manage pattern process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Patterns are assessed and confirmed for sampling and product development.
4.2 Process is communicated with team members and tasks are delegated and scheduled.
4.3 Implementation of plan is monitored and supervised to ensure production and quality meet required standards.
4.4 Production problems, faults and quality issues are identified and rectified.
4.5 Where required, changes and adjustments are made to patterns.
4.6 Sign off for patterns is identified and obtained.
4.7 Grades, markers and instructions for manufacture are completed or confirmed.
4.8 Implementation of OHS practices is confirmed.


5. Maintain records

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Records are maintained and reports prepared, where necessary.
5.2 All changes to patterns are documented and methods and formulas described.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will develop the required skills and knowledge as it applies to the development and implementation of patternmaking plans for complex or specialised production.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is part of the SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT cluster.
You are guided through the process of researching and selecting a viable fashion business proposition in a niche market area that you’d like to pursue. Self-directed research is an integral part of the project. An economically sound Business Plan underpins the Course and your chosen fashion concept is completed through the production of a small collection of prototype garments. The course contains an element of computer aided design for patternmaking.

Learning activities will include tutorials, workplace visits and a workshop on advanced computer skills.

Teaching Schedule

The time table below considers all aspects of the project

Week 1
Project Brief introduced & work commences
Consider outlines for:
• Business Goals
• Target market
• Design themes
• Style requirements
• Other considerations relating to outline
Week 2
Story board outline ready for critique these will include:
• Fashion Range concepts including colour pallet
• Styles black and white trade drawings for approximately 20 garments suitable for the target market
• Source Fabrics Trims & accessories
• Production Feasibility
• Other considerations relating to outline
Week 3
Story boards Due
Commence Pattern Work this will include
Identify target market
Confirm fabric and trims & accessories supported by fabric testing for suitability of product for target market
Choose silhouettes and Block shapes
Patternmaking Technology plan developed including objectives & time frame
Critical paths are analyzed
Commence Business Plan this will include
• Client / Target market needs
• Pricing and budget
• Costing and production strategies
• Global Fashion Trends
• Previous styling analyzed
• Marketing
• Other considerations relating to business plans
Week 4
Continue working with all aspects of project
Week 5
Continue working with all aspects of project
Week 6
Continue working with all aspects of project
• Marketing research draft
Week 7
Approve final pattern & Production Sample
Week 8
Continue working with all aspects of project
Week 9
Presentation of Small Business Project to Assessment Panel
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Gelhar, Mary (2005) “The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An insider’s look at starting and running your own fashion business”.

Harder, Frances (2000) “Fashion for Profit”

Other Resources

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is ongoing through observation and demonstration.

On completion of the Project, a portfolio of work is submitted. The portfolio contains several pieces of work:
1. Supporting documentation in the format of a bound report to include:
Research of market place identifying like stye businesses and reasearch to support price points
Production Specifications and documentation to support the testing of fabric and trims and the reasons for choosing the final selection of fabrication.
2. Coloured Design Storyboards of the selection of garments to be made.
Technical diagrams of a wider range of garments to suit the style of garments outlined in the business plan
3. Patterns on Card with supporting toile’s and notes relating to problem solving of design aspects
4. A collection of garments representing the fashion range.
5. Costings relating to range and design developement

The Project is assessed holistically based upon the contents of the portfolio and observation/demonstration of employability skills You are assessed on technical skills and knowledge as well as a host of relevant employability skills such as communication, teamwork, negotiation and the ability to project manage .

Assessment Matrix

 Research and Design
& technical diagrams
Patterns and Grade plans toile’sProduction of final garmentsProduction specifications
& reports
Analyse pattern making methodologies  XXX
Develop plansXXXX 
Manage development of patternsXXXXX
Manage pattern processXXXXX
Maintain recordsXXXXX

Other Information

Learners are expected to conduct relevant research outside of school hours. This includes visiting fashion enterprises and sourcing information online. Learners continue working on their project during non-teacher directed time.

Graded assessment

Grade Mark Description
HD High Distinction (Competency Achieved)
DI Distinction (Competency Achieved)
CR Credit (Competency Achieved)
PA Pass (Competency Achieved)
NN Fail (Not Yet Competent)
CA Not Applicable Competency Achieved
NYC Not Applicable Not Yet Competent

Your assessment tasks are a combination of practical and theoretical. Assessment will occur throughout the course, enabling you to receive ongoing feedback about your progress. Written feedback will be provided for each piece of work.

Authentication of Work

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

You will be given further information about the assessment tasks in class.

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