27.5 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn pattern making principles using a variety of methods to modify basic pattern blocks. You will develop patterns including a variety of skirt styles, bodice dart manipulations, sleeves, and a pant and a dress style. A choice of women's size 8-18 blocks are available to your use. Our industry expert will guide you through the process in our industry level studio in the Brunswick campus.

Course content


  • Patternmaking principles and techniques for the development of basic silhouettes
  • Style adaptations through practical application demonstrations and reference notes
  • Base Styles/Silhouettes to be developed from the provided Basic Blocks
  • Skirt variations
  • Bodice dart manipulations for a dress and pant style
  • Variety of sleeves



There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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It is strongly recommended that participants have some prior knowledge of sewing, garment construction or clothing trade skills/experience.

Materials supplied

Some materials required for the course will be provided such as paper and rulers. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

  • Metric tape measure
  • French curve/ruler (can be purchased at Spotlight)
  • Scissors (suitable for cutting cardboard)
  • Sticky tape (with dispenser)
  • Clutch pencil (HB, 0.5mm)
  • Eraser.

Suited to

This course is suitable for people in the clothing industry or for home users who are interested in learning basic professional pattern making skills.

Additional notes

Differences between Patternmaking and Pattern Drafting:

Patternmaking uses existing blocks to standard sizes (up to size 20) to learn the skill of patternmaking, ie. using a standard size skirt block and learning how to apply patternmaking techniques to add design features such as flare, pleats, pockets, waistbands or gathers.

Pattern Drafting students create their own blocks, to own or clients' measurements. This means any subsequent patterns made using patternmaking techniques based on their own individual measurements will fit perfectly, as not everyone is a standard size.


Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

By the end of this course, participants will have good hands-on knowledge of patternmaking.

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