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Learn the essentials of pattern making with our sewing short courses in Sydney!

This is a beginners' pattern making course for students who are confident with sewing and want to design their own garments and not be limited by commercial patterns. This course will teach you body analysis, correct measurement taking, garment fitting, block creation to suit individual measurements and using basic pattern blocks to create different patterns. You will be limited only by 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 using a sewing machine. This course assumes you are experienced in sewing and have completed our Sewing Essentials Course and Sewing Extension Course, or equivalent courses. An inability to sew will seriously limit your ability to complete the course and produce patterns.

Learning outcomes

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

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

After finishing this course, you might like to enrol in Sewing: Patternmaking Extension Course

Ideal for

This course is for experienced sewing students only. The content is strictly limited to 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 individual's 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 continued

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

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

Weeks 7 & 8: Working on individual projects

Please bring to class

  • 5 metres of calico 150cm width / or 7 metres of calico 115cm width
  • 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
  • Stapler
  • 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.

Additional 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.

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  • said: Nola was a very enthusiastic, patient and tireless teacher who made sure the whole class received individual attention.

  • said: Learning practical skills in pattern making. The teacher is knowledgeable and patient.

  • said: Joanne is amazing teacher with an incredible depth of knowledge. I could have taken this course for a while year at least!

  • said: Nola was very knowledgeable and patient with all the questions we had. We learnt a lot from the course which had inspired me to try some different things now with my sewing.

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