• The Fundamentals
  • Industry Tools used in our classes
  • ​Taking correct measurements so the skirt fits you
  • Creating the Skirt block from scratch
  • Manipulating the skirt block to create a pattern


  • Working with knit & Woven fabrics

  • Learning to lengthen and shorten

  • Creating waistbands, facings, hems

  • Various hem types & construction of these


  • Understanding panel lines
  • Creating a new shape using panel lines
  • Discuss & Construct various pocket types
  • Extracting pattern pieces​
  • Finalising your 'jigsaw' puzzle


  • Learning about different types of pleating
  • Constructing a pleated garment​
  • Creating gathering & fullness​


  • Slash & spread method
  • Constructing an A-line skirt
  • How to make a skater skirt

About the Teacher​​

  • Fully qualified – from UTS (Fashion & Textiles), also holds a certificate IV 40110 in training and assessment

  • Industry trained and has been in the industry for over 25 years

  • Experience in teaching (over 6 years) – currently teaches at UTS, Billy Blue, Raffles College of Design & Commerce

  • Past experience includes manual & CAD patternmaking for Zimmermann, Fred Bare, Table 8, Aztec Rose and many more.​

3. Grading Classes


  • The Fundamentals
  • Industry Tools used in our classes
  • ​Inspecting the garment structure
  • Creating the garment shell
  • Adding design lines


  • Tracing off pattern pieces

  • Adding seam allowances, grain lines, etc

  • Adding notches, balance points

  • Checking your 'jigsaw' puzzle fits back together

4. Sewing Classes

Due to popular demand we are having sewing classes.

Bring your own sewing machine & project.​​

Or, alternatively, use our industrial machine - it's fast, efficient, and sews over lumps and bumps with ease.

Please call for dates & availability.

Patternmaking / Grading / Sewing Classes 

1. Patternmaking Classes - 5 week course - General Outline

Make a skirt pattern to your own measurements 

​celebrating independent designers

2. Patternmaking Classes - 2 week course - Guideline Only

Make a pattern of your favourite garment


$140 per 2 hour class 

​Personalised One-On-One

Tailored Class

Night classes 6pm - 8pm

Or Day classes - please enquire

Lessons in women's wear, men's wear, swimwear, kidswear tailored to your needs.


​​​acquire @ DESIGN 

Why Take Our Classes?

  • ONE-ON-ONE CLASSES: Tailor made classes means that you get exactly what you want from the Teacher, whether it's special sewing tips, patternmaking shortcuts, grading. You just ask for it

  • Blocks and patterns made to your own specifications

  • Patterns made to industry standards – no paper patterns here

  • Classes conducted by Karen Kwok who has over 25 years industry experience & fully qualified from University of Technology

  • Handbook with vital information provided

  • Short courses – Choose your own course duration - from 1 week long, 2 hours/week

  • Light refreshments served

  • Night classes – come after work so it doesn’t intrude with your day.

Learn the skill of garment grading

Grading a pattern is the process of applying formulae to a base size pattern to add more sizes. By applying this formulae, garments are either increased or decreased in sizes.

With years of manual and computer patternmaking and grading, Karen will teach and give you the formulae required for grading your garments from the base size to any requirements, whether you are creating kids wear, women's wear, men's wear, etc.

Please call for dates & availability.