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Working with Patterns


How do Sewing Patterns Work

Some fashion designers love working with patterns – others do their best to avoid them at all costs.  Nevertheless, it is inevitable that every newcomer to the fashion industry will sooner or later be required to demonstrate their competencies with patterned fabrics.  While all patterns and combinations may be unique, they nonetheless share many similarities.  Which is precisely why the basic principles of working with patterns can be universally applied – regardless of the materials and garments.  As such, the importance of gaining a strong understanding of these principles cannot be overstated.

Learn how to work with patterns as a confident and competent fashion designer with this exclusive tutorial.  Explore a series of key concepts, including the principles of pattern drafting and pattern details, getting to know the fabric, understanding grain, manual grading, darts, types of paper patterns, pinning/cutting pattern pieces and more.



  • Study the available types of patterns and understand the process of selection
  • Understand and explain how a commercial pattern differs from a trace pattern
  • Learn how pattern markings assist in the cutting and making of clothing
  • Learn to select a suitable sewing pattern

Programme Content


  • Types of Paper Patterns
  • Principles of Pattern Drafting and Pattern Details
  • Getting to Know the Fabric
  • Understanding Grain
  • Darts
  • Manual Grading
  • Placing the Pattern Pieces on Grain
  • Pinning and Cutting Out the Pieces

Target Audience

No prior knowledge is required to take this unit.



  • Participants:8 - 400
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Participation:Only collaborative

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Course Duration 10 Hours
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