Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Pattern Drafting

In the fashion industry quality patterns are the first step to making quality garments. Students will learn to draft professional patterns that conform to current industry standards.

Each student will develop their own sloper (a basic pattern used as a tool to create other patterns) and will then learn how to use the sloper to draft any design possible. 

The class will include flat pattern techniques as well as a combination of flat and draped patternmaking. Students will also learn to create a cutters must and a marker request. We will discuss common obstacles in patternmaking such as calculating shrink percentages and grow out. Drafting paper is included in the course fee.

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials needed:
Students must bring a clear plastic drafting ruler, mechanical pencil, red color pencil, blue color pencil, and calculator.

Program Start: 
February 5, 2018

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Mondays & Wednesdays

Fees: $495.00

Course Outline:

Class 1:
Measuring for the basic pattern blocks or slopers.

Class 2:
Drafting (bodice).

Class 3:
Drafting (skirt).

Class 4:
Drafting (sleeve)

Class 5:
Drafting (dresses)

Class 6:
Seam allowances, overlaps, facings, and notches.

Class 7:
Drafting (necklines)

Class 8:
Drafting (collars)

Class 9:
Drafting (pockets)

Class 10:
Drafting (advanced sleeves and collars)

Class 11:
Drafting (pants)

Class 12:


Student 1:
Through this class, we learned the skills to creatively design any sort of garment that we could imagine. It helped me to think in a new way and gave insight into how garments are constructed.

Student 2:
I really loved taking this class, I have learned a lot in a short amount of time and it has made me realize just how much I enjoy pattern drafting to the point where I may pursue it as a career. Rosemary is a very kind, patient, and experienced teacher.


Rosemary trained at Vancouver's Douglas College in Fashion Design and took a work placement at the 910 Mainland Fashion-Mart. On graduating, she launched a start-up company in custom design apparel. Her life adventure then took her to glean the artistic skills of fabric artists in Japan and pre-economic-zone China. Leaving this far eastern perspective she returned to Canada where she aced a Fibre Arts degree at Concordia University and became part of Montreal's textile industry scene, designing textile prints, producing animated character Disney prints, and opening a garment design and dye-factory for her mass-market line of clothing.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.