Sewing: Patternmaking Extension Course - Sydney Short Courses

Sewing: Patternmaking Extension Course

What you'll learn

Learn sewing and patternmaking with our sewing short courses in Sydney!

Learn to use a pattern block to make a variety of patterns of skirts, shirts, pants and dresses.

This course will teach you to recognise, name and make patterns for a variety of clothing styles and elements:

  • Skirts: A-Line, Pencil, Gathered, Full Circle etc.
  • Shirts: Long Sleeve with cuffs, Gathered Short Sleeve, Open Front Placket etc.
  • Pants: Fitted, Flared, Front Tucks etc.
  • Dresses: Shift, Waisted, Slip, Swing etc.

You will be able to design your own garment and make the pattern to match.

All our pattern making courses are limited to 10 places, which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this patternmaking extension course, you should be able to:

  • use a block pattern to make variations of the block.
  • recognise and name different sleeves, collars, skirts and many other fashion terms and details.
  • use a block pattern to make paper patterns of your own design.

What will be covered in this patternmaking extension course?

Week 1: Making your own blocks

You may already have blocked from the 'essentials' course, OR if not, you will be able to create a cardboard block in your own size for future use throughout the course. Using these blocks we will make a variety of paper patterns for skirts, shirts, pants and dresses.

Week 2: Skirts

How to make a variety of skirt patterns from your block:
Eg. A-Line Skirt with Waistband / Pencil Skirt with Facing / Skirt with Yoke / Full Circle Skirt / Gathered Skirt.

Week 3: Shirts

How to make a variety of shirt patterns from your block:
Eg. Sleeveless Shirt / Shirt with gathered Short Sleeves / Shirt with Long Sleeves and Cuff / Collared Shirt.

Week 4: Pants

How to make a variety of pants patterns from your block:
Eg. Pants with Waistband or Facing / Pants with Pockets / Flared Pants.

Week 5: Dresses

How to make a variety of dress patterns from your block:
Eg. Shift Dress / Slip Dress / Swing Dress.

Week 6: Review of Skirts, Shirts, Pants & Dresses

We will review all the paper patterns you have made and you will be able to concentrate on the area you would most like to practice on and/or improve - specialising in any area or asking to learn a particular thing not yet covered in class.

Weeks 7: Your own Design 1

Bring a drawing of your own design to class (front & back picture). It can be a skirt, shirt, pants or dress.
Using all you have learnt from the previous weeks you will be able to use your blocks and paper patterns to create a pattern for your own design.

Weeks 8: Your own Design 2

Continue using all you have learnt from the previous weeks to create a pattern for your own design.

Who is this patternmaking extension course for?

It is very important that you have done the Pattern Making Essentials course - or that you have had some basic pattern making experience.
Certain prior learning will be expected (eg. That you understand terms such as seam allowance, grain lines, darts, notching, welt, pleat. bias cut.)

What to bring to class

  • 3 metres of calico
  • Ruler (a long ruler over 50cm is ideal)
  • Tracing wheel
  • Paper scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook and pens to take notes
  • Sharp pencils and a rubber
  • Stapler
  • Masking Tape
  • One red and one black or blue thick marker pens
  • An A4 folder with some plastic sheets
  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • 2 large glue sticks such as UHU
  • Water and snacks

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd on the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

Additional information

  • For classes running all day, a 30-minute lunch break will take place halfway through the class. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch, alternatively, there are cafes and takeaway restaurants nearby on Darling Street. 
  • Please wear closed-in shoes.

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