You will learn to patterndraft in a standard size 10. We use full size pattern drafting so you understand the scale. The results will astound you, using our own specifically designed template for bodice blocks, and course materials based on years of experience. 

Beginning Patternmaking


$249 materials

“At the Academy”

Morning, Evenings or Saturdays, the Pattern making course is structured to equip you with the skills to design custom made garments that fit you!

This course will teach you the foundations of Patternmaking.  You will understand the tools needed to create patterns, how to take measurements and of course make blocks. Our fitted bodic block template especially designed by the Academy and manuals are included in the course fee. 

To join this course the student needs to have basic sewing knowledge (straight seams, darts, etc.)

Most of the materials you will need for this course are in our patternmaking kit. See the tab below for the full list of supplies. 

Progress further with Intermediate and Advanced Patternmaking. Or if you want to put your garments together following techniques used by designers, then Draft and Create is for you

Certificate of Completion

You will learn the skills required by creating blocks and through tutor guided adaptions.

      • Basic Skirt Block – 3 adaptations to extend your imagination.
      • Basic Trouser Block – 2 adaptations.
      • Fitted Bodice Block – 6 dart transfers
      • Fitted Sleeve block – 2 adaptations.
      • Basic Dress block
      • Basic Knit block – 6 neckline adaptation, 1 T’Shirt adapation
      • Basic Knit sleeve block

Maximum class size is 4 students, however the class will go ahead if we have a minimum 3 students. This will mean that the course may finish a few weeks earlier depending on the number of students in the class.

Three Class times to choose from

Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm

Monday 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Patternmaking Kit $249

NZAF Specialised Bodice Template and course workbooks supplied with course fee

  • 1 x length of Fabric Felt 30cm for tracing off patterns and protecting table tops
  • 1 x sellotape
  • 1 x tape measure
  • 1 x Set Square
  • 1 x Tracing Wheel
  • 1 x French Curve
  • 4 x Coloured Felt Pens
  • 1 x Mechanical Pencil 2B
  • 1 x Paper Scissor
  • 1 x Eraser
  • Supplies case
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Learn how to put your garments together


Sunita is a very good teacher, I learned so much in a short time. Awesome atmosphere and met lovely people

Tarryn Siljeur

I was looking for a course that would teach me patternmaking and the Saturday Patternmaking course ticked all the boxes, it was part time and we started from the basics so didn’t have to know too much before, although it helped to know a bit about constructing a garment. Terry our tutor was fantastic, guided us and gave us plenty of time, and the best thing was being able to do it part time. I loved having a challenge and working to deadlines, after all there is no pressure to complete when you are just pleasing yourself at home.  Recommend the Academy – absolutely!

Sharon Steed

I loved all of this course; before I started I was quite nervous, I thought it would be very detailed and number oriented, but Terry was able to cater to how I learn best. I am doing Costume Design at Unitec and wanted to have the knowledge of patternmaking to help with this course. I wanted the knowledge of how to dissect images to lead into a pattern, and now I can! I would definitely recommend this course, my tutor at Unitec is impressed at how much I learnt in such a short space of time.

Bri Lee

I am already skilled as a sewer and I wanted to make my own clothes from the very beginning. I joined the Introductory patternmaking course and hoped to learn the basic patternmaking skills. I learnt this and so much more. We were set homework at the end of every block and sometimes I had to refer to the excellent notes to remember what we had learned in class. There are no more than eight people per class and the group was great. Its good to learn with like minded people. Terry is a fantastic tutor so goes at a good pace and gives everyone individual attention. I trained in Fashion Design, but never learnt to patterndraft as part of the degree. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to make their own designs come to life.

Erin Stephenson

Before I started the Diploma (now Apparel Creation) I thought it would be like a hobby course, but it was way more extensive than I thought it would be, which was good! I felt like I learnt so much more than I expected. I love the process of being able to draw up a pattern in my own design and then make it up, it is always exciting. Patternmaking has been my most difficult subject but it has opened up a new skill. Using the patternmaking template is like discovering a magic tool. I would love to design my own range and sell it, make clothes that are different, comfortable and make people happy. I am so looking forward to what I can accomplish in the future.

Victoria Stewart

I took this course as I wanted the ability to design my own clothes, specifically for me, that fit! This course has opened up a whole new word. I expected to learn all about making blocks and what was promised on the website, and I got that and so much more. I love having the ability to create my own designs and know how clothes are constructed. I have recommended to a couple of friends that they should do this patternmaking course. Its great that the classes are small and friendly and the patternmaking tool takes away all of the hard work. I had previously done metric patternmaking some time ago, but this is so much easier.

Jane Westaway

I really enjoyed the pace of the class.  I felt like we learned a lot over the duration of the course.

Zara Hawthorne

Fantastic teacher! Really made sure I understood everything! Loved the course, learnt heaps, inspired to continue learning.  Thanks very much!

Caitlin Palmer

When I took this course I didn’t know what to expect, I wanted to learn how to make dresses from my own designs.   By taking this course I have learned the skills of looking at a design and and realising what I have to do to create the adaptations, Terry has made it so that I am taking the knowledge off patternmaking not just the recipes away with me.  The biggest benefits for me are knowing how to construct a basic block, and adapting that block to my own designs.  I would highly recommend the Academy, when I first started I was overwhelmed by all the jargon, but Terry was patient and explained it in ways we could all understand.  I didn’t realise just how much I have learned by actually doing the work until I thought about what I wanted to do with my own designs.

Yana Kok

Absolutely loved the course so much that I have joined up for 2 more! Sunita is always there to give “golden nuggets of information”. I have learned so much already.

Kellie Castle

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