Pattern Maker - Training Course

Training Courses - Venice

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The Training Course in Pattern Maker trains one of the key figures of companies in the fashion sector, that is the one who interprets and gives shape to the ideas of creatives, transforming first in a paper-model, and thein in a prototype, the proposal of the Fashion Designer or the style office.

The professional skills acquired by the Pattern Maker allow him/her to follow and coordinate all the development phases of the garment, from the design of the basic layout of the models to their transfer on fabric, from the creation of technical data sheets for changing sizes via the CAD system. He also has good notions of packaging and is able to orient the choice of the most suitable materials for the performance of the garment, ensuring the correct fit. After a basic course, dedicated to women's clothing, the course offers a further possibility of specialization, dedicated to the theme of children, sportsmen, knitwear or costumes.

  • Start date
    October 2022
  • Duration
    16 Months
  • Attendance
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Target audience - The Training Course is aimed at those who have developed a particular sensitivity towards fashion, the evolution of dress style as well as special aptitudes to distinguish quality sartorial products. The training course aims to provide specific, highly professional skills, suitable for the realisation of a complete fashion project, from the conception to the three-dimensional realisation of the garment, both for those who find employment in style offices and for those who wish to embark on the entrepreneurial path as stylists. 

Methodology and structure - The course is divided into two years. The first year is dedicated to the acquisition of specific cultural references on the evolution of fashion history, fabric technology, design methodology, the basics of pattern-making and tailoring techniques. The second year is aimed at the acquisition of awareness and competence in specific professional areas, developing one's own style. The design activities are supported by the study of technical disciplines such as the development of the paper pattern with CAD technology and an in-depth study of tailoring techniques, the transformation of the basics of the model and the moulage technique, i.e. draping on a mannequin.

The didactic methodology adopted is aimed at insertion in the professional world through direct experience in designing and making a prototype. On an annual basis and in continuity with the lessons of the training course, students have the opportunity to experiment with the skills acquired during creative workshops and thus deal with the various aspects of professional practice.  

Professional perspectives - Patternmaker, CAD Patternmaker, Prototype Assistant and Fashion CAD Illustrator.

  • I YEAR

    • History of Fashion and Costume 1

    • Textile Culture

    • Drawing Techniques and Methodologies

    • Introduction to the Use of CAD Software

      The course provides students with the basic tools of CAD, alternating theoretical and practical lessons. It helps them understanding the logic of the system by making them develop the entire process of basic model making, working in the modeling lab. An introduction will also be provided to proceed with the delineation of the details that characterize the different garments.

    • Modeling Laboratory 1

      Starting from the interpretation of a fashion project, the course introduces the modelling techniques that allow the transition from two-dimensional drawing to three-dimensional garment. The theoretical and practical lessons provide the basic knowledge that will be examined in depth during the second year.

    • Fashion Design Laboratory 1

      The workshop based course provides the basis for the definition of the entire design process in fashion, starting from the selection of a research theme to the development of a real collection. Students learn methodologies and are guided in the preparation of their own personal archive of reference and inspiration for the definition of moodboards and sketchbooks, which are useful for translating visual contents into a study of lines and volumes, for the definition of specific concepts and outfits.

    • Packaging Laboratory 1

      The Laboratory is dedicated to the acquisition of the basic tailoring techniques and the use of sewing machines. Students have the opportunity to realize the prototype of the models they elaborated during the Modeling Laboratory 1.


    • History of Fashion and Costume 2

      The second year continues the historical-analytical path, focusing on the birth of the Italian fashion and following its evolution from the post-war period to the present, from the birth of Prêt-à-porter to the concept of power dressing.

    • Moulage Techniques

      The course introduces the moulage technique, i. e. the technique of draping on mannequins. Starting with the preparation of mannequins and fabrics, the course defines the characteristics that are necessary for the model development and it defines the concepts of straight yarn and bias.

    • Modeling Laboratory 2

      The course deepens and broadens the knowledge acquired, working on different levels. In order to best meet the client's needs, the student learns how to adapt pre-existing bases and how to elaborate a finished model, developing his own design idea.

    • Fashion Design Laboratory 2

      The Laboratory alternates design process and practical exercises in order to define a collection and create a coherent and personal line that allows the different garments to interact with each other, highlighting the creativity and style of the student.

    • Laboratory CAD Modelling

      After consolidating the basis acquired during the first year, the CAD Modeling Laboratory enhances the knowledge of the software programme through the use of 3D tools. Students thus learn how to intervene on the bases by creating new ones or modifying the existing ones, for the development of original cut size, placings and original models.

    • Packaging Laboratory 2

      During the second year, students deepen their knowledge of tailoring techniques and compositional elements, creating the prototype of the models developed during the Modelling Laboratory 2, functional to the definition of the final Thesis Project.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Federica Rubin – Course Coordinator

Federica Rubin – Course Coordinator
She studied as Model-Maker. During her thirty years of activity, she followed and managed the entire supply chain, from the research, to the choice of materials and accessories, purchase orders, the development of the model, the prototype realization, the development of sizes and the launch of production, collaborating with numerous brands, adapting the models in relation to the final materials chosen by the client. He registered his own brand "TIEMI", with which he designed and developed a line of bags, signed some lines of t-shirts, suits and accessories.

Aldina Rizzo

Aldina Rizzo
She completed an artistic training following courses in the field of clothing (woman and child model-maker, CAD techniques applied to clothing, moulage techniques) and graphics (e-commerce technical course). After a long working experience as a prototypist, she entered the world of fashion design, where she developed girl and baby collections. She is currently designing bags and accessories.

Anna Turcato

Anna Turcato
Style Strategist, Image Consultant, Blogger and Cool Hunter. After graduating in Communication Sciences and attending a Master in “Cool Hunting in the Fashion Industry”, she worked for many years for important fashion and Made in Italy companies as Buyer, Research and Development Manager and Fashion Coordinator. Since 2012 she has opened her own business as an Image Consultant and Trainer in the field of fashion, image, style and personal brand.  

Sandra Stella

Sandra Stella
Tailor and Model Maker specialized in tailor-made garments. She has been working for 35 years in the world of fashion, taking care of the entire production of the sample collection: from paper modeling to cutting and packaging. Specialized in the wedding dresses production, she is currently engaged in the development of a new brand.

Francesco Fino

Francesco Fino
Trained at Marzotto and Zegna as a Fashion Designer, Francesco Fino took part at the  Fashion Week in Milano and in Rome at the Alta Moda Calendar. He had an Atelier at the Plaza in New York City under his own name. Moreover, he worked in China, held workshops and seminars in Finland, Costa Rica and South America, dressed celebrities and famous top models such as Monica Bellucci, Mariacarla Boscono, Loulou de la Falaise and Naomi Campbell. Professor of Fashion Design at Ied Venice, since 2018 he has been designing the Streetwear Collection XCHROM.

Laura Manassero

Laura Manassero
Starting from an artistic training (Art School, Academy of Fine Arts as long with training schools in the textile field), she has worked for twenty years in the design of underwear-beachwear covering various roles, within the prototype room, models office and finally product / style office, together with an experience in artisan leather goods.