"Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." —Diane von Furstenberg
Do you like the art of fashion design or are you just tired of the same old design and want to create your own pattern? Well, I'm sure that is why you are probably on this page. Don't worry yourself, we will be discussing the various ways and platforms available to take a pattern-making course. Pattern making will enable you to translate your designs into the garment.
We know that some peoples desire to take a fashion design course started from your tailor disappointing you on several occasions. You wanted a particular style yet the outcome was totally different from your expectation. There are many places near you in Nigeria you can learn pattern making which will be elaborated on as you read on.
Recently, there has been a renewed interest in sewing one’s own clothes; maybe you too have been bitten by that particular bug. And really which fashionista wouldn't want to have an interest in expressing him/herself through their fashion choices? Maybe you just want to take on a new hobby, or start a fashion business, start a mass production line or have a career in fashion? well, there are several reasons, people, what to take a course on pattern making. Regardless of the reason, we at Superprof are here to make the journey easy for you by giving you an entire list of places and ways you can learn how to make patterns and even how to sew.
Pattern Making Courses at Your Local Schools
There are several schools you can decide to learn pattern making. Though the University of Abuja is currently the only university offering fashion designing as a course, there are several polytechnics and fashion academy you can enrol in to learn the art of pattern making.
If you search for fashion schools near me, tons of schools will appear from whichever state you are in Nigeria. To be honest most fashion schools now are shifting from free-hand sewing to pattern making method sewing. So regardless of the school that pops up near you, they will most likely be offering pattern making courses. You can choose to just take a course in pattern making or even go further by learning how to sew.
One very popular fashion design school in Lagos where you can take physical classes that specializes in pattern drafting and sewing for both male and female attire is creative tailoring or you can simply check other ones closer to your location. We will just advise you to take a tour of your designed school before paying your tuition and enrolling.
You can simply register with Uni Abuja to get a bachelors degree in fashion where pattern making will be one of the courses offered or just go with a polytechnic like Yaba college of polytechnic in Lagos to get either your OND, HND or both in fashion design where trained and experienced instructors will be lecturing you on the course.
One major point in favour of taking classes at your local polytechnic, university of fashion academy is that they will certainly have the resources and materials available for you to get plenty of practice with their trained and experienced teachers. Additionally, their instructors have extensive experience both in their subject matter and in teaching it.
Whether you want to specialise in men's or women's wear, custom made, mass production, ready to wear outfits or you simply just want to be a pattern drafter, you can decide to learn from a fashion academy near you and get a certificate or take it higher by getting a degree in it from a university or polytechnic.
It certainly wouldn't hurt to go to the nearest polytechnic, fashion design academy or university to check if they are offering pattern making courses.
Learn Pattern Making at Your Local Sewing Shop
Fashion design and sewing is a popular craft and business in Nigeria. This one major reason you might see a tailors shop in every area. If you are looking for where to sew your next Aso Ebi material, you might turn to your local sewing shop near you. While you at that, you will be surprised that they may be offering sewing tutorials.
If they are offering sewing tutorials, they might also be offering lessons in pattern making. Many tailors in Nigeria are gradually becoming conversant with pattern making especially pattern drafting.
One of the best parts of taking a pattern making lesson from your local sewing shop near you is that they will have most of the tools you will need to learn because it is what they do on a day to day basis. Since it's a regular thing for them, you will probably be at an advantage because you will also get to see the beginning to the end of a garment. From drafting customers pattern to cutting the fabrics and sewing them. This will boost your confidence and give you more experience outside what you are being taught by them. Tools that you will need for your patten making lessons that may be already available in your local shop are :
- Tracing Wheel
- French curves
- Hip curves
- Brown or white paper
- measuring tapes
- Tailor's chalk
- Office pins or ball pins
- Paper tapes
Besides all of these necessary items, they will most likely have sewing tables to work on and, surely you could find an attractive fabric to also buy in the store.
Your local shop instructor may have all the available items they use for their own drafting and may require you to get yours before your classes. Konga online platform is one place you can get your pattern making tools to be delivered anywhere in Nigeria.
Asides from learning template for patterns, you may learn how to incorporate darts and pleats into your pattern, including seam allowances and also learn how to grade your patterns, meaning how to size them up or down to fit a person's body shape.
Books for Learning Pattern Making
There are several books out there you can use to learn pattern making on your own at home or even your school. One of my favourite pattern drafting book I used when I took interest in sewing was one by Natalie Bray. Do not get me wrong there are several out there you can choose from but the first one I stumbled upon was Natalie bray and it was very okay, so you may even likely find one that is more comprehensive and better.
If you have been practising home sewing for a while and now wish to bring your own dressmaking ideas to life, you may be interested in one of the books on pattern making.
There are several pattern making for women or men's wear, children wears, dinner attires and the likes. You just have to know which aspect of pattern making you want to learn so you can focus on just those textbooks that will give you what you want.
The below is a list of pattern making books you can decide to use to learn; Note that the list is in no order of quality but are all international favourites by fashion designers and schools.
- Dress Pattern Designing: The Basic Principles of Cut and Fit by Natalie Bray
- Pattern making for fashion design by Helen J Armstrong
- Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldrich
- Pattern cutting and Making up by Martin Shoben and Janet P Ward
- Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Gerry Cooklin
- Art of Fashion Draping by Connie Amaden-Crawford.
- How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns by Lee Hollahan
- Designing Patterns – A Fresh Approach to Pattern Cutting
by Hilary Campbell
- How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn
- Basic Pattern Skills for Fashion Design by Bernard Zamkoff
All of these books and others are available on Amazon or book stores online or at your local bookseller’s.
Learn Pattern Making Online
Apart from youtube video tutorials on pattern making, there are a whole lot of pattern making courses online you can choose from. Some are free while some you have to pay for. You could even decide to learn from your favourite international school offering online classes on pattern making and still collect your certificate on your virtual participation in the class.
Many fashion schools in Nigeria now offer online pattern making classes for beginners and advanced learners. Some courses take from about 2 -6 weeks to learn depending on the programme and what type of pattern making class you enrol for. Every time I am checking designs on Instagram, a lot of online pattern making classes pop up making it easier for you to decide which of your favourite fashion designer you want to learn from virtually.
You can express your individual style through the clothes you design and make for yourself. Just search online for pattern making online classes and I can assure you that a whole lot of schools locally and internationally will pop up in front of you.
Don’t Forget Superprof!
Well, let us just say we saved the best for the last.
Superprof remains the best tutoring platform in Nigeria where you can practically get any instructor to tutor you on anything you can imagine learning. Of course, pattern making is not let out. We have many fantastic experienced and well-trained pattern making instructors who can teach you both or any of the drafting and draping method of pattern making.
After you’ve read all of the books and watched all of the video tutorials and bought all of the sewing supplies you need, perhaps you need a bit more hands-on guidance; maybe a sewing tutor to come to your home or teach you online. Superprof has pattern-making tutors from around the globe, waiting for you to share your vision with them so that they can help you make it a reality. The best part of our global tutoring platform is that you can get an instructor to teach you designs that represent a touch of your own and their culture.
Superprof will always be here for you, whether you want to design comfortable office wear, sleepwear or even to learn how to design your next Aso Ebi style for that party coming up.