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Fashion Design & Creative Patternmaking | Ela Marita Avitabile

Patternmaking Courses for Fashion Industry in 2013

I have just been contacted by Barbara Davis, who runs 2 Patternmaking intensive short courses at Kangan Tafe in Melbourne.  The courses are scheduled to run this year if there are enough numbers.  So I thought I would put the word out to drum up some interest!!

I have completed both of the courses below, and have found that it has greatly increased my technical knowledge and confidence in Patternmaking and Garment Tech areas of my current role.  I am working for fast fashion supplier, and the courses have helped me to work with great speed and accuracy which is required in such a high pressured environment.  I have also worked for smaller designer labels, in which the knowledge can be explored in more detail for more intricate designs.

If you are interested in furthering your Skills as a Patternmaker, or just gaining more knowledge about perfecting garment fit and sizing in QA, Production or Design.   The skills you would learn in these Patternmaking courses are invaluable to any role in the garment manufacturing business.  Please read the information below regarding the courses, and feel free to contact Barbara, as she is more than happy to discuss the material and whether it is suitable for you.

Barbara is a Senior Patternmaker with over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and a Masters Degree in Pattern Technology.  In 1994, she commenced a research project in the areas of block construction and advanced grading methods.  By researching and experiencing Pattern and Block construction methods from around the globe she has been able to develop a successful method of block development for all types of the average female body.   The ICCON technology she has developed has been implemented into many large and small companies such as Myer Grace Bros, KMart, Target, Sussan, Sportsgirl, Sportscraft, S&R Fashions, Solo Voyager and Scanlan & Theodore.

The courses are:

1) Towards Patternmaking as a Source of Competitive Advantage (Block drafting and learning  the ICCON Methods)

2) Patternmaking Excellence for Fashion Industry Professionals (Block manipulation for successful Patterns using ICCON Methods)

You will need to have studied or worked in this field to enroll in the courses, it is fantastic for those working as Patternmakers, Graders, Garment Technicians, Sewing  Machinists, Quality Assurance Positions, Product Developers & Designers.  I feel that as we are all working together in our respective roles, we do need to understand the very core of the product we are working with.  Helping these professionals to understand pattern and garment construction will reduce the overall time spent in developing and fitting a style – therefore saving money.

I feel that the overall aim of this course and the ICCON Technology is to construct blocks and garments that will fit the highest possible percentage of the market.  Once the Patternmaker understands how to use these blocks successfully, it is possible to produce more patterns that fit with minimal alterations  first or second go.  Therefore becoming much more efficient in the process, and more able to eliminate issues along the way.

 

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Bettina Liano: Patternmaker 2009-2010

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 | Folio, News, Patternmaking | No Comments

www.bettinaliano.com.au

After working in the London fast fashion game, I wanted to get back to Australian designed & made clothing.  That was one one the big things I missed about Melbourne!  We have a very unique industry here.

Working for Bettina Liano taught me a lot.  It was fantastic to learn from someone who has survived in this industry for over 20 years!

I got to get back to being more creative & experimental in my work as well as developing my technical skills further.

Below are some images of styles I worked on at Bettina Liano:

 

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Barbara Davis – ICCON Patternmaking Courses

I have just recently completed the first of two Patternmaking courses run by Barbara Davis and the Kangan Batman TAFE in Melbourne, Australia. I highly recommend it!!

Barbara is a Senior Patternmaker with over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and a Masters Degree in Pattern Technology.  In 1994, she commenced a research project in the areas of block construction and advanced grading methods.  By researching and experiencing Pattern and Block construction methods from around the globe she has been able to develop a successful method of block development for all types of the average female body.   The ICCON technology she has developed has been implemented into many large and small companies such as Myer Grace Bros, KMart, Target, Sussan, Sportsgirl, Sportscraft, S&R Fashions, Solo Voyager and Scanlan & Theodore.

The courses are:

1) Towards Patternmaking as a Source of Competitive Advantage

2) Patternmaking Excellence for Fashion Industry Professionals

You will need to have studied or worked in this field to enroll in the courses, it is fantastic for those working as Patternmakers, Graders, Garment Technitions, Machinist, Quality Assurance, Product Developers & Designers.  I feel that as we are all working together in our respective roles, we do need to understand the very core of the product we are working with.  Helping these professionals to understand pattern and garment construction will reduce the overall time spent in developing and fitting a style – therefore saving money.

I feel that the overall aim of this course and the ICCON Technology is to construct blocks and garments that will fit the highest possible percentage of the market.  Once the Patternmaker understands how to use these blocks successfully, it is possible to produce more patterns that fit with minimal alterations  first or second go.

I have been using this technology in my current job at a Melbourne Designer Label, which I consider to be extremely innovative and up to date in the design room technologies.  It has been fantastic to be able to implement what I have been learning while I am at work to maximize what I have learned.  I can’t wait to start the second course!!

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Dr Sketchys Anti Art School Sketches

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 | Folio, Illustration, News | No Comments

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Random Sketching from 2010

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 | Folio, Illustration, News | 1 Comment

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Life Drawing Classes Melbourne

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | News | No Comments

Thanks to Frances (the lovely Graphic Designer at my work), I have discovered a great Life drawing class in Melbourne!!  It is on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at No Vacancy Gallery at QV.  Click the link below for more details…

http://www.no-vacancy.com.au/lifedrawing.html

Its a great class because you don’t need to bring anything with you.  Just arrive, relax and practice your drawing!!

I should also mention Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School for another great afternoon of drawing – a more theatrical, burlesque style performance to get some real character into the drawings.

http://drsketchymelbourne.com/

Check out France’s fantastic illustration and sketching on her website www.franceillustrations.com Make sure you look at her life drawings they are amazing!

Happy sketching…………!!!!

Fashion Illustration Courses

As there has been a lot of interest in the fashion illustration course at Central St Martins, I decided to give a quick rundown of the details.

Central St Martins in London, UK is one of the world’s top fashion schools.  They offer short courses in addition to their main courses.  There are many to choose from in all subjects, including design, drawing, patternmaking, marketing and computers.

The course I chose was called Fashion Sketchbook, which took you through the sketchbook development stages.  The main class time was spent learning how to draw the figure correctly from a live model, and how to interpret this into a fashion figure.  We went back to the foundations of design and as you can see by my loose illustrations on the folio page – they are not fashion designs yet.  They are the conceptual stages of shapes, textures and colours used to manipulate the shape of the body.  I am still developing my skills and what I learned in that course has had a huge impact on my perception of design.

Click the link below to find out more about short courses at Central St Martins:

http://courses.csm.arts.ac.uk/MetaArea.asp?ma=1

Freelance Patternmaking 2009

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 | News | No Comments

Please contact me for more information if you require this service.

Post Central St Martins Course

Saturday, September 13th, 2008 | Illustration | No Comments

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London: Creative Patternmaker 2007 & 2008

Saturday, September 13th, 2008 | Folio, Patternmaking | No Comments

Working in London has given me a greater understanding of the fashion industry.  I worked within the fast fashion sector as a Creative Patternmaker.  It was important for me to interpret the design with confidence and accuracy, as the first pattern was used to cut the buying sample in correct fabric to be sent straight to customer – or to be used in sales meetings. Below are some examples of first samples from KUBE Clothing.

Communication with the Designers and Sample Machinists, as well as Garment Tech was important in making sure correct decisions were made, so that the garment would be commercially viable for production from the beginning.

Both companies I worked for in the UK were small wholesale operations, supplying leading “High Street” Labels.  Because of the size of the companies, it was a great opportunity for me to help out in other areas such as Garment Technology, Fits and Alterations where necessary.  At one point while working at KUBE, they did not have a Garment Tech so I stood in and was able to take my knowledge of this side of the process to the next level.

River Island's online store - a dress i worked on

River Island Website - A dress I worked on at KUBE

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