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: 
April 16, 2018

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

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

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.


Caroline was born and raised on the East coast of sunny South Africa. After high school she received a certificate in Fashion Styling & Photography, followed by a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from Inscape Design College in Durban, South Africa. She immigrated to Canada in March 2016 and has since started her own small online clothing label, Leanne Handmade. Caroline aims to bring fresh ideas and a new outlook to her courses at PDA, she believes that encouragement, motivation, engagement, and strong instruction are the keys to producing high quality graduates, ready to join the working world.

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.