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Pattern Cutting – Introduction to (Special Purpose Award, Level 6)

The application process for 2019 is now over. Please email your details to if you would like to be added to the interest list for the next offering of this programme.


This programme is aimed at learners who have an interest and curiosity in the art of pattern cutting and garment construction. Students will actively acquire an understanding what a pattern is and how it is developed through practical experiences Over the 20 weeks students will build a knowledge and understanding of pattern cutting. On completion of the course students will have progressed from cutting basic blocks, for all garment types to creating their own patterns from personalised blocks, consistent with industry standards.


Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification, and/or relevant life and work experience. Good communication skills are essential including verbal command of the English language. Participants will also be required to provide certain materials, a list of which can be requested from the Flexible Learning Office.



Within your 20 weeks you will cut and sew the block in calico and learn to make fit adjustments. You will learn pattern manipulations to create a range of features including moving darts, turning darts into seams and adding flare. You will also learn how to create pleats- box pleats, inverted pleats, gathers, frills, yokes, facings and pockets you will also learn a very important part of pattern drafting, which is annotation and all pattern markings.



There will be a formal assessment at the end of the module, where students will be requires to exhibit their work. Each student will be allocated a space in which to present both the finished items and all the supporting research trial/ experimental material produced over the course of the module. The work will then be assessed based on the module learning outcomes.



Certificate in Introduction to Pattern Cutting (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 10 Credits).

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