Pattern Making and Garment Construction



Term 2 – 23 April to 7 July 2018
Term 3 – 16 July to 29 September 2018
Term 4 – 8 October to 22 December 2018

Mid-term enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.

Course Session Times

Sessions are run each term on:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am – 4pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings 8.30am – 12pm,
Tuesday & Wednesday Afternoons 12.30pm – 4pm and
Wednesday evenings 6pm – 9.30pm.

Students may attend from a half day to 3 days per week per 11-week term.

Course Summary

This course is based on our professional program and is taught in modules that are designed to build the students skills and ability to handle more complex garments as they progress through the course. The course works from a curriculum but provides flexibility in terms of the production of different patterns and blocks tailored for either custom or commercial clothing markets.

Patternmaking uses blocks which are base patterns for garments such as skirts and bodices for example. The school specialises in couture sewing which uses a tight fitting block that is enlarged depending on the garment to be made. This style of block development suits dressmakers undertaking custom work.

For those wanting to undertake commercial work and are only designing in specific size ranges the blocks can be adjusted to be more specialised and include base fittings and features such as collars, sleeves and cuffs.

A pattern is not considered complete until a sample is sewn and the pattern tested for fit. Students have the option to learn commercial, high end ready to wear or couture sewing techniques while undertaking the pattern making course. Those learning couture techniques will also be taught the pattern making skills to design the under pinnings associated with couture dressmaking.

The first module is designed to give the students enough skills to start pattern making their own designs while they are still learning how to tackle the more complex garments taught in the later modules.

The first module is a prerequisite to the latter modules.

Course Content


  • Basic Blocks for skirts, bodice and pants
  • Pattern alteration methods for skirts to produce popular designs including a tapered, A-line, high and low waisted, gored, pleated, wrapped, bubble, circle and cascade skirt.
  • Bodice enlargement and style changes using dart manipulation
  • A basic Shirts and bodice variations
  • Strapless garments and contouring garments for close fit
  • Necklines, collars and sleeve variations
  • Pants and trousers


  • Dresses and uncomplicated evening wear.
  • Shirt and blouse variations using advanced techniques.
  • Unstructured jackets
  • Capes and hoods


  • Stretch fabric pattern making techniques
  • Tops, pants, dresses and unstructured coats in stretch fabric
  • Lingerie and Swimwear
  • Corsetry
  • Exercise wear


  • Jacket pattern making
  • Coat pattern making


  • Introductory Draped pattern making for garments in modules 1 to 4


  • Draped pattern making for Evening wear and Bridal

Skill level

No experience is required to commence Module 1. Module 1 is a prerequisite for the other modules.

Course Fees

Tuition fee:

$770 per term (one half-day per week)
$1,540 (one full-day per week)

For more information on this course, please contact our college.