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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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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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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

Central St Martins: Fashion Illustration Short Course 2008

This course was fantastic because I had been concentrating on interpreting other people’s designs as a Patternmaker.  I realized that true creativity comes from the subconscious mind, and conceptual drawing or painting might allow you to explore different ideas and then translate them into clothing designs.  I am continuing to explore this in my spare time!

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Diploma Clothing Industry Studies – Gordon Institute 2002 – 2003

Saturday, September 13th, 2008 | Diploma Fashion Gordon Institute, Folio, Study | No Comments

The Tertiary course I completed was great because we got a taste of everything.  Our projects revolved around creating a collection from a design brief, and adding our own personality into it.  For these collections, we worked on all aspects of the design and development process, through to patterns, cutting, sewing and embellishing, costing, materials testing and marketing.

maygar jacket, double layer singlet, wide leg pant

Batwing Bomber Jacket, Double Layer Singlet, Wide Leg Pant

winged vest, assymetric puff skirt

Winged vest, Assymetric Puff Skirt

silk art deco puff dress

Silk Art Deco Puff Dress

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Collaboration collection with fellow student Jade Kahle

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We combined our love for interesting embellishing and artistic design

Gouache & Conte Pencil

Gouache & Conte Pencil Illustration

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