DCP120 - Pattern Making Level I

Outline info
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Subject Title
Pattern Making Level I

Subject Description
Students learn the basic principles of pattern drafting, using flat pattern methods and basic pattern designing. Topics include use of traditional darted blocks, skirt and bodice, with special emphasis on dart control and manipulation, yokes, flaring techniques, fullness, facings and waistbands.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Pattern Making Recognition of Achievement or the Fashion Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Develop the bodice block into a variety of styles and shapes by altering the darts, adding style lines and fullness.

2. Develop convertible and non-convertible collars.

3. Manipulate the basic skirt block creating interesting designs with special features including yokes, flares, gores, and pleats.

4. Create a skirt design and pattern.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty.

Topic Outline

  • Subject overview
  • Introduction to pattern making
  • Equipment and supplies required
  • Size 10 (Plastic) block development from computer set
  • Bodice block development - slash and pivot method
  • Bodice - adding fullness
  • Darts to gathers, pleats and tucks
  • Yokes - back and front
  • Shoulder darts
  • Style lines and princess lines
  • Introduction to collars - convertible, stand (Mandarin), flat collars and Peter Pan collars
  • Shaped necklines and facings
  • Introduction to skirts
  • Flares and gores
  • Skirt fullness - gathered skirt
  • Skirt fullness - pleats
  • Individual skirt design, lining and fitting

Mode of Instruction

  • Demonstration, practical exercises
  • Demonstrations are given in each class, followed by practice under guidance.  Every step requires practising on samples outside of class time. After demonstrations and class practice, students have half-scale samples to complete, and a reference book to compile, together with full scale patterns and toiles. These are evaluated and marked on a regular basis.
  • Weekly assignments of increasing difficulty are assigned.

Prescribed Texts
 Pattern Making for Fashion Design, 5th Edition Armstrong; Pearson Education 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • Scissors - paper and fabric
  • AWL
  • L-Square
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Meter stick
  • French curve
  • 18" c-thru ruler
  • Pattern tracing wheel (Spiky)
  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Fine felt permanent markers - Black, Red, Green, Blue
  • Bristol Board or Oaktag
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue stick
  • Notcher
  • White tracing paper (Soft paper)
  • 3 ring binder
  • 8 1/2" x 11" white paper
  • Medium weight muslin
  • Pattern hook
  • Computer printed block - 1st set
  • 1 sheet of plastic
  • Weights (Optional)
  • Stapler, staples and remover
  • Textbook - Pattern Making for Fashion Design - By Helen Joseph-Armstrong

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%). 
If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Weekly Assignments Homework (5) 25%
Notebook 5%
Blocks (Plastic) 10%
Individual skirt assignment 15%
Mid-Term Test  15%
Final Project 30%
Total  100%


Approved by: Lisa Somers