Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology – Patternmaking Course Outline
Study body measurement, create blocks for men, women, and children, and learn to make, adapt, test-fit, and grade a range of patterns for outerwear garments.
This programme will broaden your understanding of the terminology and techniques used in fashion garment production.
You will gain New Zealand qualifications, extend fabric knowledge, and learn computer tasks for garment production whilst continuing your journey into the realm of commercial fashion design.
Why choose Whitecliffe Fashion Tech?
- We offer programme delivery in the practical, hands-on, technical aspects of the fashion industry.
- Each year we have high numbers of successful employment placements within the fashion industry with graduates in skilled positions such as fashion design, merchandising, production, and manufacture, fashion styling/buying/retail, and other areas of production management and commercial fashion design.
- Students in all programmes are immersed in activities that are rich and real; their learning is personally meaningful and is an active processing experience.
- Classrooms are set up to replicate apparel and fashion workrooms, and practical, industry-based sessions replicate working in the industry.
- Our tutors and support staff bring extensive and valuable industry knowledge to the programmes, and in preparing students for a career in the fashion industry.
- Multiple teaching methods and delivery strategies are used to meet the needs of our target learner group and maximise opportunities for students to receive and retain information, promote active engagement with materials, and engage in their own learning and the learning of others.
- Work experience and internships are a valuable and integral part of all our programmes and enable students to put their learning into context.
CPD 1: Pattern Design Technology 1 - Core Sewing Skills
Use core patternmaking skills to make (develop) unstructured flat patterns for outerwear garments for women, men, and children - does not include structured patternmaking such as lingerie or undergarments, swimwear, or tailoring. It also covers taking and recording body measurements or using standard size charts to develop patterns. Patterns are developed, then cut out and sewn up to test-fit to workplace requirements.
CPD 2: Pattern Design Technology 2 - Pattern Development
Select appropriate blocks and patternmaking techniques to adapt and develop patterns for design and/or fit for a range of outerwear garments for women, men, and children - does not include structured patternmaking (see CPD 1). Patterns are adapted, then cut out and sewn up to test-fit for design and/or fit to workplace requirements.
CPD 3: Pattern Design Technology 3 - Grading
Use specified grade rules and zero points, and apply manual pattern grading techniques to grade knitted and woven patterns for structured outerwear garments to workplace requirements. Grading is completed for women, men, and children.
CPD 4: Production Technology
Identify and describe fabric properties, including understanding knit stretch factors, and identifying fabric types such as knitted, woven, and non-woven, to match product end-use. It also covers selecting appropriate apparel componentry and care labelling, and developing specification sheets for unstructured garments to match end-use and legal requirements.
CPD 5: Workplace Practice
The application of accepted procedures and Whitecliffe Fashion Tech requirements that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, workplace practice, communication skills, and behavioural expectations in apparel and manufacturing organisations.
Graduates will be able to:
- Make, adapt, test-fit, and grade flat patterns for unstructured outerwear garments.
- Identify fabrics, components, and care labels appropriate to end-use of a garment.
- Prepare specification sheets and job breakdowns for garments.
- Communicate patternmaking requirements to customers for a range of unstructured garments.
- Meet the entry requirements for the Level 5 NZ Diploma in Apparel and Fashion Technology programme.
Key Information for Students
Debra DennyProgramme Leader - Fashion Tech
Growing up in a family of tailors and dressmakers, Debra was encouraged from a young age to create her own clothes with a varying degree of success.Continue reading
30 years as a designer, practitioner and maker in the Fashion industry was a gateway to the academic world where Susan completed a Masters of Art & Design at AUT.Continue reading
Christina has made wonderful and diverse career out of Fashion Design, focusing on lingerie design + women's outer-wear.Continue reading
Angela holds a Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Massey University, where on completion she was bestowed the Clothing Institute Award for Tailoring.Continue reading
Catherine Anderton has over 25 years’ experience in the fashion and costume industry. She has worked in film, television and theatre, contributing to the construction and maintenance of costumes on set.Continue reading
Pip StevensonAdmissions Advisor / Pastoral Care
Pip has been working in the Fashion Industry since completing her Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic in 2002.Continue reading
Serena’s pathway to fashion has been infused with a rich tapestry of music and travel.Continue reading
Since completing her studies, Raelene has worked in many areas of the fashion industry, with a specialisation in pattern-making. Continue reading
Heather has been involved in the Fashion Industry since she and her husband bought a fashion production company in 1980.Continue reading
Doula graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Wellington Polytechnic, and achieved 2 awards in the DuPont Lycra Fashion Awards.Continue reading
Di has been involved in the fashion industry for many years, beginning with studying fashion at Wellington Polytech in 1984.Continue reading
Claire Palmer started her career in the fashion industry after graduating from Wellington Polytechnic.Continue reading
Rosalind BlackProgramme Delivery Coordinator - Fashion Tech
Roz has over 30 years’ experience in the apparel industry working in diverse areas starting in clothing production as a sewing machinist.Continue reading
Where could this programme take you?
Most students who graduate from the Certificate in Pattern Design go on to complete the Diploma in Fashion Technology programme.
Jobs related to this programme
After completing the Certificate in Pattern Design some of the career options open to you are:
Machine Operator with entry-level pattern making skills
Trainee Sample Machinist
Junior Pattern Maker
Fashion + Sustainability
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