Flat Pattern Design

Flat pattern design is a course that is usually taken in the second semester of a JCCC fashion design students studies. The call # is FASH 131.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the use of flat pattern methods in developing patterns for original apparel designs. Students will hand draft a set of both standard size and custom slopers/blocks for manipulation into original pattern designs. Students will plan, develop patterns, create pattern instructions and prepare muslin samples of their designs. The class will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands on experience to teach the skills necessary in manual pattern development. The course meets 6 hours a week with 2 hrs. lecture and 4 hrs. instructional lab/wk.

This course requires acquiring a C or above in Apparel Construction 1, for those new to sewing it is suggested they take Apparel Construction II as a co-requisite.
This class will allow the students to:
1. Define key industry terminology of manual pattern drafting techniques and equipment by selecting and using appropriate drafting tools including, but not limited to a designer’s
neckline curve, French curve, hip curve, L square and a straight edge ruler.
2. Demonstrate the knowledge of hand pattern drafting techniques used in the designing, manipulation and development of original apparel patterns.
3. Recognize the role of the basic slopers/blocks in the development of original patterns.
4. Perform alterations and fit adjustments to a basic sloper pattern for both industry standard sizes and personal measurement specifications.
5. Construct first muslin samples for evaluation of pattern accuracy and fit.
6. Develop a written direction sheet complete with suggested fabrics, efficient pattern layout instructions, detailed construction steps and any other information needed for
7. Determine the growth points within a pattern and grade the pattern according to a manual x and y coordinate scale.
8. Create an efficient marker for cutting and calculate optimum fabric utilization.
9. Define the elements of garment costing including materials, labor and shipping costs and calculate final garment costs.
10. Create a portfolio of custom designs including pattern pieces, marker, cost sheet, directions and technical drawings.

After finishing this course you will be ready to take CAD Pattern Drafting on the Gerber PDS system (FASH 127)

Note: A 1 hour credit honors contract is also available, for added instruction. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

If you have questions about this course contact Debra Hillen at dhillen@jccc.edu.

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