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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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