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. 

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

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.

2023 Dates

Thursday 10am – 12pm

16 Mar 2023
23 Mar 2023
30 Mar 2023
6 Apr 2023
27 Apr 2023
4 May 2023
11 May 2023
18 May 2023
25 May 2023
1 Jun 2023
8 Jun 2023

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

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 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

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 really like the small class! When I needed any attention or help, it was all there for me to learn as much as I could. I liked it how it was in the evening as I have a job during the day. I was so excited about Monday, and I think that says it all! I took the pattern making course so I was expecting to learn how to make basic patterns. I had a bit of experience so I was very excited to learn something new. I was learning way more than I thought I was going to. It was serious and intense at times, and I loved it as it was not one of those casual hobby type of class. ( Don’t get me wrong, it was not scary at all and I didn’t feel pressured, I had a lot of fun ? ) I was able to question, ask and understand the whole process of basic pattern making. The pattern making template is a best magical tool you could ever ask to have. For anyone who is interested in pattern making, you won’t regret it!

Ayano Hara

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 am from Hamilton and make the journey to Auckland to take this course. I have started my own business in Hamilton, Vintage and Antiques, and took the course to help with the business. I wanted to learn to pattern draft my own designs and not have to make them up 3 times to get the fit right. Terry is is great tutor, she is patient and takes the class from the simple stuff to the difficult stuff, which if you do the simple stuff is not so hard. The format of the course is pattern making, then go home and make up your blocks. The girls in the group were great and its good to be with like minded people.  I would recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in clothes that fit.

Ange Blakie

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

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

Caitlin Palmer

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

Tarryn Siljeur

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

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