Structure of the Program

Following Barbara Davis relocation from Melbourne to Adelaide, the option of delivering eight weekends’ session workshops became logistically complicated. The one week (50 hours) long Master Class in Adelaide was proposed instead. It is an intensive program, but possible to do, if participants are staying away from the normal day to day activities and can concentrate completely on the study.

Additional benefit from this new delivery method is that there are only three participants at any one time, therefore attention can be tailored to the individual needs of the participants.

Course Content and Overview

The technical expertise in the area of pattern construction and grading is as important for the commercial success of the product as its marketing or design.

The aim of this program is to introduce and exchange ideas of an innovative working practices based on solid technical training and a proactive approach to the product development process.

These series of Workshops are mainly devoted to the pattern’s foundation that is, blocks and their construction methods. The human 3 dimensional form, and its relationship with pattern technology and grading, is also explored. This should assist in the successful selection of the Standard Figure, as a representation of the average customer.

Program Delivery Method

In order to create the most comprehensive and efficient learning environment, during each session the instructor will use the following presentation materials:

•       Full scale draft of blocks taught. Participants can compare their drafting progress with these drafts. This way potential errors can be detected early and corrected, without carrying them through the entire process.

•       Full scale blocks produced from the master draft – also to review progress.

•       Calico toiles as a 3- dimensional representation of the 2- dimensional draft. Participants will gain confidence in the block they are about to draft before they go into the lengthy process of making one themselves.

The study manuals available from the instructor, which are included in the cost of the course, contain the process of block development, inclusive of drafting instructions as well as other explanatory material.

Participants are encouraged to be involved in this process by asking questions and sharing their own experiences


Completion of the main stream pattern making and grading University/ TAFE course.

Adelaide Venue and Timetable for 2019:

The classes are held at the ICCON Technology comfortable air-conditioned studio in Adelaide (address available on request). For the course duration participants are welcome to stay at the guest rooms of Barbara Davis’ residence. The separate bathroom and comfortable kitchen for food preparation are ready for participant’s disposal.

The classes in the year 2019 are planned for September 26th to October 1st. Taking into consideration usually heavy business/family commitments of participants, the specific dates will be discussed with each group and every member individually.

The cost for the year 2019 (3 students in the class):

Participation fee                                      $1580.00

Study manuals                                        $  220.00

Total                                                         $ 1800.00

Candidates need to register through this website and pay 10% deposit in order to secure place in the class. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions.          


The Topics Offered in the Program:

1  – Sizing Standards; Standard Figure.

• Introduction;

• The pre-production process in the Australian                 

     Fashion Industry;

• Sizing Standards and the body types review

• Concept of the Standard Figure;

• Figure analysis;

  - Selection of the Standard Figure for volume

      production purposes;


2  – Bodice and Sleeve Blocks

• Basic bodice block construction method;

  - The relevant body measurements;

  - Application of measurements to the draft;

  - Ease allowance in the garment and the       

     sizing stability;

• Simplified version of the basic fitted block;

• One piece sleeve construction method;

  - Ease allowance in the sleeve crown;

  - Sleeve parameters’ change;


3  – Bodice and Sleeve Blocks – cont.

• Semi- fitted bodice/ jacket block construction


  - Introduction to the bust dart reduction


• Tailored jacket block construction;

• Two piece sleeve block construction method;

• Simplified one piece sleeve;     

4 - Bodice and Sleeve Blocks – cont.

• Straight bodice block;

  - Structural variances between straight, fitted

     & semi-fitted bodice blocks;

• Skirt blocks;

• Rever collar construction methods;

  - Effect of the body balance on construction of

    the rever collar;

• Bodice block parameters’ change - summary;

  - Application of the bust dart reduction principles;


5 - Trousers Block

• Body measurements relevant to the trouser

    block construction;

• Effect of the body shape and balance on the

     construction of trousers;

• Basic block construction method;

  - Understanding of the construction principles;

• Straight leg trousers block;

• Pleated trousers block;

• Stretch trousers block;

• Methods of shaping trousers;


6 - Grading

• Trousers, bodice and sleeve grading;

  - Body growth and the grading increments;

  - Construction based grading methods;

  - Traditional vs. construction based method of