Sewing - Patternmaking Extension

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Course description

Learn intermediate to advanced Patternmaking 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 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.

Course content

During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered:

  • Week 1: - Making your own blocks:

You may already have blocks 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, pant 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.

Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned:

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

Please bring to class

  • 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

Other information

  • 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.)

  • Please wear closed in shoes.

**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.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.