Sewing: Patternmaking Essentials

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Learn the essentials of pattern making in Sydney with our Sewing courses in Sydney.

This is a beginners' pattern making course for confident sewers, who wish to design their own garments and not be restricted to purchasing commercial patterns. This course will teach you body analysis, correct measurement taking, garment fitting, block creation to suit the individuals' measurements and using basic pattern blocks to create different patterns. You will be limited only to your imagination. This course will have you well on the way to designing your own original pieces.

It is very important that you can sew and are confident in using a machine. This course assumes you are an experienced and assured sewer and have completed Sewing Essentials, Sewing Extension or an equivalent course. An inability to sew will seriously hinder your ability to complete the course and produce any patterns.


By the end of this course you will have learned how to:

  • take body measurements correctly
  • fit a garment and make pattern alterations
  • created a set of block patterns for themselves
  • make and adjust simple patterns following a design plan

Ideal for

This course is strictly for experienced sewers. The content is strictly regarding learning the art of patternmaking.

Course content

During this course, the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

Week 1: - Correct measuring techniques

  • Learn the crucial body measuring points
  • Learn about garment ease
  • Cut out basic bodice and skirt block from calico and fit to individuals body.

Week 2: - Pattern making alterations

  • Continue with fitting and alterations to individuals patterns and transfer onto cardboard to make blocks.

Week 3: - Finalization of blocks and correct labelling

Week 4: Pattern making details

  • Learn about manipulating darts to change the design.
  • Learn cut and spread method of pattern making to add pleats, gathers and fullness.

Week 5: - Pattern making details continued

  • Learn about pattern making collars, pockets, yokes etc.
  • Learn about internal pattern pieces such as facings and linings.

Week 6: - Pattern making details cont.

In this lesson, we will look at individual design concepts.

  • Make a plan for your own design concept
  • Make pattern following your design plan

Weeks 7 and 8 : - Working on individual projects.

Please bring to class

  • 5 Meters of calico 150cm width or 7 Meters of calico narrow width 115cm
  • Ruler (a long ruler over 50cm is ideal)
  • Tracing wheel
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • Thread
  • 1 pair of small thread-cutting scissors or clippers
  • Paper scissors and fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook and pens to take notes
  • Sharp pencils and a rubber
  • One red and one black or blue thick marker pens
  • An A4 folder with some plastic sheets
  • 2 large glue sticks such as UHU
  • Water and snacks

NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop-In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.

Other information

  • 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.


Our Pattern Making Essentials course is held in two locations. Please double-check the location of your preferred course.

Rozelle Campus Is situated on the corner of Gordon St and Victoria Rd in Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road and you must access Gordon street from Lilyfield road.Click on the following link for directions:

City Campus is on the Holmes Institute at 91 York Street in the CBD. For more information please click here

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$499 Limited GST free / $399.20 / $449.10
Saturday classes run for 4 weeks. Evening classes run for 8 weeks. Both equal 28 hours in total

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Learnt heaps of tips and tricks of pattern making. Tutor was amazingly knowledgeable on all aspects of garment construction and alterations for all shapes and sizes.

  • said: Learning new skills that are practical and able to be put to use.

  • said: So much to learn in this course. Familiarity and experience with sewing is essential. The teacher is very encouraging and patient. She offers many tips and good ideas.

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