14 in-class sessions.


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Throughout the span of this course students will learn how to use Optitex. Optitex is a software used to create digital patterns of any style you design.
Students will be taught how to draft 2D basic pattern pieces such as: basic skirt, basic bodice, dress, pant, sleeve, collar and many more. The instructor will start by teaching them how to add pattern information, like grainlines, notches, style numbers, etc. In addition, add seam allowance and how to do and match pattern placement on fabric. They will then be introduced to the 3D tools and how to display their patterns on an avatar to help visualize their design. They will also tap in to variations and manipulations of patterns to create unique styles.
Students will learn how to grade and do the lay-out of each pattern piece and calculate the yield per style. As well as learn how to use all of the program tools to save your patterns in different formats, how to share them with your team or factories, and print your patterns for testing.
Certificate is administered upon completion of full course.

Prerequisite: Pattern Making 1 & 2


  • Materials list for Digital Pattern Making and Design

    Laptop computer with the minimum requirements listed below.

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    - Processor: Intel Core I3 or Superior Ryzen 3 or Superior.
    - RAM memory: 8gb or higher.
    - Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1030 2gb Ram or Higher.
    - Operating System: 8,8.1 or 10 (64Bits)
    - Processor: Intel Core I5 ​​9400 or Higher Ryzen 5 3400G or Higher.
    - RAM memory: 16gb or higher.
    - Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1650 4gb Ram or higher.
    - Operating System: 8,8.1 or 10 (64Bits)

  • Install OPTITEX software version 19 x $100.00 or 21x $120.00- we will provide you with the contact person to buy the license for the program.

  • Please make sure to install the program before coming to the first class section. Student must bring computer & computer charger


Dates to be determined for the upcoming term. Please call us at 786-332-4624 for further details.

Terms: Students are responsible for buying all the materials and supplies for the course, including any mandatory textbooks. Make sure to read the "materials list" corresponding to this course or ask the school for one before paying for the course. Please obtain all of the requested supplies to ensure your ability to complete course assignments. The material list is updated every four months; course instructors can suggest extra supplies for the course not listed in the original material list.

Students need to be in class on time; instructors may deny entrance to class sessions if you are more than ten minutes late.

We take pride in our curriculum, and our students need to meet the school's expectations. The student is responsible for completing every class assignment; failure to do this will result in failing the course. When receiving a quiz, only a "B"/80 or more is a passing grade for our courses.

School staff may take pictures and videos for social media, and by attending this course, you agree to be pictured in any of those promotional materials.


Cancellation and refund policy: Space and schedules are limited at the Fashion Institute of Florida. Therefore, if students decide to cancel their registration for any reason within 15 days from their 1st day of class, they will pay a $100.00 cancellation fee. If students choose to cancel their registration for any reason within seven (7) days from their 1st day of class, they will pay a $200.00 cancellation fee. The course cost is not refundable after the 1st day of class. FIF reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment and to postpone classes due to circumstances beyond the Fashion Institute of Florida's control. We make every effort to notify students of postponements and cancellations at least 48 hours before the first scheduled class. FIF may elect to postpone a course to receive additional registrations to meet minimum enrollment requirements. Refund and cancellation policies are strictly enforced.

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Students will be introduced to the art of draping, the history of draping and when to choose the draping method over the flat method. During this course, students will learn about the different types of muslin and how to prepare your muslin blocks for draping. 


Students will be introduced to grading, understand the terminology and how to apply it. We will teach you the different ways to do grading and practice in class grading a basic skirt, pants, 2 darts bodice, torso bodice, sleeves, and more pieces. This course includes a grading reference guide.


Students are introduced to textiles, the terminology of fabrics and fibers, properties, construction, and finishes. In addition, we will discuss the difference between natural fibers versus manmade fibers and woven to knit fabrics. Students will put together a swatch kit.


A complete program designed for creative individuals that want to gain complete knowledge of the fashion industry.



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