FCS 245: Pattern Making


The major goal of this course is to help students acquire the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to create flat patterns. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate flat-pattern skills.
  2. Understand flat-pattern principles and rules.
  3. Use correct terminology in relationship to flat-pattern work.
  4. Derive solutions to problems in pattern making.
  5. Build confidence in your ability to construct apparel using patterns you have drafted.
  6. Accurately measure a figure.


This three-credit course covers the principles of pattern making using basic drafting and flat-pattern techniques in half- and full-size patterns for woven and knit fabrics.

Learning Model Architecture

In this course, you will draft and custom-fit a pattern, then use the pattern to sew a garment. In order to accomplish this, you will learn and practice a number of techniques. None of the activities are busywork; they have been carefully crafted to provide the learning experiences you need to become skillful in pattern making. You may not understand how these techniques will be useful at first, but by the end of the course, you will see how they fit together. This design is not unlike the "line upon line" scripture found in the book of Nephi:

2 Nephi 28:30

30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

This course is organized into 14 weeks (W01–W14). New lessons open at the end of the preceding week before assignments are due. Refer to the Calendar for assignment due dates. Your instructor will post administrative information, answer general questions, and share thoughts about the week’s content on the Announcements page every week. The course activities follow a weekly cycle of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder & Prove. Prepare: You will prepare by completing readings and coursework activities. You will work with the slopers and patterns you create. In some weeks, you will practice sewing techniques. Teach One Another: You will share and support one another in small group discussions with class members. For a few activities, you will be asked to share skills/knowledge gained in the course with a family member or friend. Ponder & Prove: You will demonstrate your skills by completing activities, assignments, and quizzes. All quizzes are open notes. You will sew a midterm and a final project.


FCS 207: Apparel Construction 1

Required Materials

Textbooks: No textbooks are required for purchase. Tools and Supplies: FCS 245 students MUST have regular access to a camera or cell phone camera so they can document their assignments. Students will need to take photographs and record videos for assignments. Students will need to obtain several items to create patterns (along with standard sewing tools and supplies). Pattern making Materials: Sewing Projects: More detailed information is found in Week 01.


Department Policy Regarding Intellectual Property and Course Materials

All of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, or images of the same, etc. including your own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (in other words, Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (for example, posting, uploading, attachments, etc.) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair. Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such. The materials in this course are also intellectual property, and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If you engage in any of these actions, or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (for example, give you a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail you from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.

Projects in This Course

Sewing Projects: You will also complete quizzes and keep a journal. At the end of the semester, you will submit photos of your mounted pattern pieces.

Late Work Policy

When you work in the fashion industry, you are expected to meet your deadlines. As a sign of professionalism and respect, students must learn to complete and submit work on time. Late assignments will be treated as follows: You must complete every assignment because each assignment builds upon another. After three assignments missed (or late), your final grade will be dropped a grade increment (A to A- or B- to C+) no matter what the rest of your points are. Don't fall in this trap! Get your assignments turned in on time!

Grading Policies

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 94–100%
A- 90–93%
B+ 87–89%
B 84–86%
B- 80–83%
C+ 77–79%
C 74–76%
C- 70–73%
D+ 67–69%
D 64–66%
D- 60–63%
F Below 60%


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.