Pattern Making for Fashion Design - Beginner Course (Part 1)
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Pattern Making for Fashion Design - Beginner Course (Part 1)

How to use Pattern Making Principals and Techniques to draft patterns for your original fashion design ideas.
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Created by Nino Via
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • PATTERN MAKING for Fashion Designers. This is a beginner course on how to draft patterns, and some draping.
  • Students will learn the Principals of Pattern Drafting (Dart Manipulation, Added Fullness, Contour).
  • Students will learn Techniques such as Pivoting and Slash-and-Spread.
  • Students will learn to draft an A-Line Skirt.
  • Students will learn to draft a Yoke unto a skirt and Add Fullness to the skirt.
  • Students will learn how to draft Princess Stylelines/Seams. And Darts, Pleats, Tucks.
  • They will learn Grainlines and how to label Patterns. Including Notches and Seam Allowance.
  • No requirements or prerequisite

This Course is about using the techniques of pattern making, also known as pattern drafting, in fashion design, to create patterns that will then be used to cut fabric and ultimately be sewn into garments. Methods and techniques studied in major fashion universities are demonstrated in a clear and simple visual so that anyone interested in learning about fashion design can, and will learn the foundational principles of fashion design. New terminology is clearly explained and applied to the subject matter.

As a fashion designer, pattern making is essential in learning how garments are created and put together.  A good fashion designer must learn pattern making in order to really understand the construction of his/her designs.

VIDEOS + DEMOS:  In this course students will learn:

  • Basic Principles of pattern-making such as Dart Manipulation and Added Fullness and Contour. 

  • Students will learn techniques such as Pivoting and Slash-and-Spread. 

  • New terminology such as Slopers and Blocks and Darts, Pleats, Tucks, Yokes, Princess Seams, Shirring, Apex, Notches.

  • Where patterns come from: draping muslin bodice on dress form.

  • Drafting Princess Seams.

  • Drafting an A-Line skirt.

  • Drafting Skirt Yokes and adding fullness to skirt.

  • Grainlines and Pattern Labeling.

  • Trueing Darts.

  • Tools necessary for drafting patterns.

Manipulating darts from one position to another, from one "angle" to another, will increase the number/amount of options available to you and expand your creative reach. Included in this Class is the Draping process, which when used creatively will enhance the ability to develop new and exciting fashion designs.

Once the muslin has been draped, transferring the information to paper is essential. Also, the different types of paper used in the industry to develop patterns.

Learning how to take a simple skirt and by the use of adding a Yoke , you can develop new ideas and spark your imagination to endless possibilities.

Labeling a Pattern correctly can mean the difference between a beautiful design versus a disaster! Thus learning how to label a pattern correctly is very important -- the industry demands perfection when it comes to being accurate and precise.

And the use of proper Grainlines can be the difference between cutting the garment correctly or cutting it "the wrong way" and thus having to cut it all over again.

Getting to know, and familiar with, all the necessary tools used in the industry, makes the difference between a professional and a novice when going for a job interview.

All lectures delivered by VIDEO with detailed DEMOS of the applied techniques.

When working with a designer you must know, and be familiar with, the proper terminology, techniques, principals, of pattern drafting so that communication is clear and understood in order to execute a garment accurately. Deciding on which technique to apply to a design, not only expedites the process but the right choice produces optimum results. 

Learning how to use an existing pattern, maybe something that you bought at your local fabric store, and, by applying the principals and techniques learned in this course, you can transform the original design into a new idea, will give you confidence and experience.

Pattern making is essential in learning about the construction of a garment. And by learning pattern making and garment construction can help you in the design process. Knowing pattern making will help you in knowing what is possible and what is not when it comes to designing a garment.

Knowing pattern making is valuable not only in the design room but also in production. If something goes wrong in the factory and the reason is due to a pattern mistake, you must know what to do and how to fix the pattern and/or remedy the situation.

Because pattern making is a very specialized skill, and not everyone can do it, the financial compensation for a pattern maker is usually very high. A pattern maker is a very valuable asset to a company and is treated with respect and rewarded accordingly.

There is a need for good pattern makers in the industry and this Course will give you a good idea if this is a good career for you.  If you are a person who likes accuracy, precision and details, this career can generate a very good financial income for you.

Who this course is for:
  • Students should have a strong interest in Fashion Design.
  • Students eager to learn how to draft patterns so that they can (potentially) design and cut and sew their own clothes.
Course content
Expand all 8 lectures 41:37
+ Introduction
2 lectures 09:31

This is an introduction to the Course, it goes over everything that will be covered in the Course and show you all the tools necessary for Pattern Drafting.

Preview 04:39

Taking a 2-dimentional into a 3-dimentional shape: muslin drape to dotted paper.

Preview 04:52
+ Session #3:
1 lecture 04:42

Slopers and the Principals of Pattern Making.

Session #3: -- Sloper: definition and Principles of Pattern Making
+ Session #5: Using Slash-and-Spread
1 lecture 06:22

Using the Principal of Slash-and-Spread to manipulate patterns to achieve an A-line skirt.

Using the Principle of Slash-and-Spread to manipulate patterns.
+ Session #6: Creating a Yoke.
1 lecture 04:46

Creating a Yoke by creating a style line on an A-line skirt.  And adding fullness to the lower section.

Session #6: Creating a Yoke and adding fullness.
+ Session #7: Princess Lines
2 lectures 10:18

Designing Princess Style Lines: using the two-dart sloper and the one-dart sloper to develop Princess Style Lines.

How to Design Princess style lines.

Darts, Pleats, Tucks. Plus, labeling patterns. And Grainlines.

Session #8: Darts, Pleats, Tucks, etc.