Meets twice a week for 3 hours.

Includes access to more than 25 hours of video tutorials.


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Pattern Making is a bundle of our traditional 5 levels of pattern making plus a bonus course of Grading.

This 5-month course was created to address the industry's need for professionals with solid pattern making. The course is geared toward fashion/technical designers and other apparel industry personnel responsible for production and pattern development nationally and internationally.

During the course, students will learn,  

-How to take dress form/ body measurements

-How to draft all body slopers/ block/templates from specifications; tops, skirts, dresses, pants, etc.)

-How to develop patterns into advanced styles from the slopers/ block/ templates using the 3 pattern-making principles to create any design

-How to finish and make production patterns

-Pattern grading  

The course meets twice a week from 6-9 pm for 21 consecutive weeks to meet the needs of busy working professionals interested in learning this skill or a workplace requirement for these skills. The techniques taught in this course give students the tools and knowledge to draft any pattern and the ability to work for any women's fashion apparel company.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Pattern Making Workshop.


Click here to enroll in free “ Introduction to Pattern Making “ workshop

  • List of Materials for Pattern Making 1

  • - Pattern notcher
    - Pointed tracing wheel
    - Awl
    - French curve
    - 18"/48cm see through ruler
    - 24" hip curve
    - Tape Measure
    - Mechanical pencil
    - Eraser
    - Dull scotch tape
    - Paper scissors
    - Pattern hooks
    - Sharpie permanent marker
    - A roll of dotted pattern making paper
    - A roll of oak tag pattern paper


  • Mandatory Book: Pattern Making Made Simple by Rucht D’ Oleo for sale at the school

    Pattern Making for Fashion Design 5 edition by Helen Joseph. You will need it after 5 weeks of class.


    Recommended book: How Patterns Work by Assembil

    *We update the course material list every 4 months, course instructors can request extra supplies not listed in the original material list.

Pattern Making 1-5

Jan-June 2023

Mondays & Wednesdays from 6-9pm. In the classroom

Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25, 30th

Feb. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27th

March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29th

April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26th  

May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 14, 29, 31st

June 5, 7th

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.

This course is about practicing, and each class section requires a least 3-5 hours of practice at home.

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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I leave every class so confident and excited about what I have learned and can’t wait to come back. The schedule, class size, cost, and talent of the professors are almost too good to be true. But trust me, they are."

Taylor Dorry, Student  -  2 APR 2019

"Hello Fashionistas! I really like taking classes at The Fashion Institute of South Florida. After many years of looking around for a good, affordable and flexible fashion school in Miami, I’m lucky enough to have found this. I have been learning so much with the classes and the schedule is very convenient for me. $$ is super inexpensive but yet professional. I’m almost ready to enter to fashion world and launch my own clothing label! All thanks to The Fashion Institute of South Florida!"

Krysalee Reye, Student  - 15 SEP 2020

"I really enjoyed this course. It opened my thoughts and provided lots of new inspirational ideas. I always wanted to learn about fashion and what goes into garment production, so this course was exactly what I was looking for. The teachers are very friendly and they will help you with everything you need. Rucht was the best, she'll teach you everything she knows about fashion."

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