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Building Blocks of Fashion – Distance

“Fit falls into three categories: too small, too large, or the wrong shape.” – Kenneth D.King – Threads Magazine

We have found that today’s designer or home dressmaker needs a quick and easy method to get that perfect fit, we have also found that:-

  • Creative people like to have control over their creations
  • Creatives like to make their own designs and are extremely resistant to learning a computer program to do their job
  • Creatives prefer to work with their hands and prove their designs

We have simplified the methods for making a skirt and trouser block, all you need is a french curve, grading triangle, and 1 meter ruler (minimum requirement) to use these methods; the addition of the specifically developed template will give you the

  • fitted bodice block –
  • sleeve –
  • dress block  –
  • knit block!

for (mostly) any size or cup shape the designer requires. We designed, developed and tested our own template which gives a fitted bodice and sleeve block.   Students and friends of the Academy and have found that our template based on our own specifically developed block will fit a variety of shapes and take account of bust size. You may use the developed block as a template for commercial patterns.  Your block will show you where you deviate from the norm and you can adjust accordingly. If you are in bespoke, or costume design this unique tool will assist you to create a fitted bodice block from measurements to toile in a very short period of time. (I have used this tool for some time and am now able to make a block for a client in less than an hour, including sleeves, that’s from measurements to toile!). Small fitting adjustments, and you have a block for yourself or others from which to start your own designs. No more relying on standardised blocks and grading up and down.

With our method the fitted bodice block, from taking measurements to fitting a calico/toile on the client will take less than an hour.

Any block at this point is the starting point, adjustments will need to be made, however these are usually minor tweaks and we outline most of these in our manual. Full instructions are given for all blocks, these have been tested at the Academy and gone through with a number of students who have different learning styles to make the instructions as clear as possible.

  • You will receive the most satisfaction from the Building Blocks of Fashion if you are already a competent dressmaker and understand how garments are put together.
  • Not only will you receive the fitted bodice block template, but also our specially developed pants and skirt blocks.

You will create blocks from the instructions and send them to the Academy for assessment and feedback.  Once you have your standard blocks you will create your own fitted blocks from the instructions, photographs of your toile (calico) will be sent to the Academy for assessment and feedback.   We are with you every step of the way. 

You will receive:

  • NZ Academy of Fashion Template
  • NZ Academy of Fashion Instruction Manual

You will need to supply:

    • French Curve – Sew Easy
    • Set Square – Grading Triangle
    • Calico – approx 5 metres – needed for fitting your toile
    • 1 x BIC Pen Blue
    • 1 x BIC Red Pen`
    • 1 x Mechanical Pencil
    • 1 x Scotch Magic Tape
    • 1 x 100cm Ruler – Metal
    • 1 x length of felt or similar fabric 40cm x 90cm approx to protect your surface and aid in tracing patterns.
    • 4 x Coloured Felt Pens
    • 1 x Tracing wheel
    • 1 x Tape Measure
    • 1 x Eraser
    • 1 x Paper Scissors
  • You will also need to supply your own drafting paper and card for blocks – available from OfficeMax or similar.
Distance you can accomplish in your own time, we estimate around 6 months to complete this course although we cover assessment and feedback for 12 months.  $699 inc GST

Enrolment Form - Distance BBF Patternmaking

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BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS: Kiwi Bank 38 9003 0707758 000 please deposit $699. Please use your name as a reference. An invoice and receipt will be sent upon enrolment
Tuition deposit of $299 payable in advance, then Instalments of $100 per month for 4 months or $20 per week for 20 weeks. BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS: Kiwi Bank 38 9003 0707758 000. Please use your name and BBF as a reference: An invoice and receipt will be sent upon enrolment. Please note these courses are not available for Studylink
1. I understand and agree I am personally responsible for payment of the full course fees for the program in which I am enrolling. 2. I have read and accept the fees payable for the programme that I am enrolling in and the costs as outlined on the website. 3. I will have 7 calendar days from the start of the course to withdraw. I understand that if I decide to withdraw I must notify you in writing of my decision within that time period. Provided that you receive my written notice in time I will be refunded 90% of the deposit only. Except as expressly provided in this paragraph 3, all amounts paid or payable pursuant to this enrollment are non refundable even I withdraw from the program for any reason. 4. I agree that if I fail to make any payments in full by the due date for payment then the Academy may provide my personal information including my name and contact details to a debt collection agency or solicitor. All costs incurred in the recovery of unpaid amounts will be added to the balance of my account including but not limited to all legal and other costs associated with debt collection and enforcement. 5. I confirm that the information I have provided on this form is true, accurate and complete.