Why We’re Different

why we are different


We provide training in the skill areas that Australian government research has identified as being short of qualified professionals

These areas include garment specification, grading and pattern making. We also offer support and business mentoring for students after graduation. Our teachers are available to support students with advice and information as they enter the workforce as well as commercial services for pattern making to assist students with their first collections.


We teach business units that focus on skills that small business people need to know to compete in the market

Our training suits people who want to start their own business or design label, with our graduates being practical designers who can work hands-on in their businesses. The small business component in our program recognises the reality of the fashion industry in Australia and supports the large numbers of students who want the freedom to work at home or in small businesses successfully.


We accept all skill levels and train students to competency in pattern making, construction, illustration and fashion business

We require interest and enthusiasm and believe that skills will be acquired through practice and application. Our programs are designed to progress at the pace of the learner, so all skill levels are given the support to maximise their potential.


We offer small class sizes with a maximum of 10 students per teacher for all pattern making and garment construction classes

We are small enough to have personal contact with all our students so we can better direct them with their personal learning and endeavours. Our teachers have experience in business, couture boutiques and workrooms, industrial pattern making and machining techniques, allowing students to be prepared with the presentation and business skills needed to enter the workforce in small or large businesses.


We offer flexible, face-to-face learning so that students can attend classes in the evenings and on Saturdays

We recognise that face-to-face study is important and that students have work and family commitments, so we offer flexible part time, evening and Saturday study options.


We teach European draping for advanced women’s tailoring, men’s tailoring, evening wear and bridal finishes.

Draping is designing and constructing patterns using a dress form by using a 3-dimensional body. This technique enables the designer to place colour, pattern and design details as they will look on the finished garment. It may be used to produce both simple and complex designs and is particularly suited for complex draped evening and bridal wear design.


We teach pattern making and fitting on real people, not just block sizes

A block is a base garment made to a standardised size used to draft patterns. Real people have fitting issues that require skill and knowledge if garments are to be altered to fit. Experience with real people means that our design students are aware of body type and fitting issues and can apply this knowledge to target markets in their professional careers.


Our classes use StyleCAD software, which gives students knowledge of professional automated pattern making techniques

Using software programs to produce patterns requires a different set of skills and protocols to be efficient and cost-effective. Our students receive a grounding in both manual and software based pattern making skills.


We offer short courses at a professional level so students with experience can hone their skills

This allows students to select the study area they would like to specialise in or brush up skills to enhance employment and promotional opportunities. We also offer a Men’s Tailoring Program taught by a tailor using traditional Savile Row bespoke techniques.


We offer a tailored program for dressmakers and students that want to sew for themselves

This enables competent sewers to improve their skills to a professional level while creating a library of personal patterns. Our philosophy is to promote the skills of design and sewing to both the professional and non-professional student, allowing both groups to make quality fitted garments for their figure type.