Discover the art of patterndrafting in a standard size 10. Our method is rooted in full-size pattern drafting, allowing you to truly grasp the scale. Prepare to be amazed by the results as we guide you through our expertly crafted bodice block template and course materials honed from years of experience. We teach you personalised fitting and making adjustments to the block for perfect fit. Enroll now for our upcoming class starting in 2024.

Beginning Patternmaking


Optional kit

“At the Academy”

Morning or Evening, 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. Classes are 3 hours per week.


Progress further with Intermediate and Advanced Patternmaking.

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
      • Personalised fitting and adjustments to the block

The maximum class size is 6 students however, the class will go ahead if we have a minimum of 3 students. This will mean that the course may finish a few weeks earlier depending on the number of students in the class.

2024 Dates

Wednesday Morning 9.30am to 1.30pm

June 12, 19, 26
July 3,  24, 31
Aug  7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Evening 6pm  – 9pm

June 12, 19, 26
July 3,  24, 31
Aug  7, 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25

2nd Batch

Wednesday Morning 9.30am – 1.30pm

Sep 11, 18, 25
Oct 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Patternmaking Kit $299

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

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

I recently completed the Beginners Patternmaking Course here and loved it! Such a well-structured course in a friendly environment (and a professional classroom/studio). I had Sunita as a teacher and she was the best, I literally knew nothing about patternmaking before I started this course and I feel like I’ve learnt so much and now feel comfortable enough to make my own basic patterns and garments at home.

Being in a small class was wonderful as we could ask the teacher a lot of questions and you get to know your fellow classmates and learn from each other. Would totally recommend this course and I’m looking forward to taking more classes here in the future!

Monica Wang

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

I really enjoyed the beginner pattern making course. Sunita is an awesome teacher. I really appreciated the time that she took helping me with fitting, and to learn the course material. I have also gained a much better understanding of sewing construction through this course as I now understand how a sewing pattern is put together and why it’s drafted a certain way.
I look forward to using what I’ve learnt to design and make clothes and would love to attend another course in the future

Lisa Lyons

I have just finished an introduction to patternmaking this course really improved my understanding of how patterns work.
Many thanks to Sunita for having time and patience when teaching. I would recommend this course to anyone who sews and wants to improve their finished garments.

Wendy Knight

I have completed Beginning patternmaking course from this academy and I love it! I am already skilled as a sewer but I still need to know about pattern making .This course made me more confident to make my own blocks, and I am really appreciate about the training method, tips and techniques which they are giving with friendly environment .The main benefits for me are knowing measurement, I didn’t know properly before it, know i got the correct way to measure a body. Sunita was my teacher and she is wonderful, well experienced and best. I would highly recommend this course and ask the academy when they are doing the more advanced patternmaking courses in the weekend so it is more flexible for me to join next.

Safia Sana

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

Tarryn Siljeur

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