On-Campus Saturday Course



The Patternmaking and Garment Construction Course Level 2, will add to the foundation laid down in Pattern Making and Garment Construction Level 1, fleshing out your basic knowledge while bringing in your input into the design, patterning and construction process. You will be guided through the process of adapting a found image/ combination of images into your preferred design, adapting the basic block for your client or your own measurements and translating that design into a working and then final pattern. 

Participants will then undergo the exciting process of cutting and sewing up their personal design. The course culminates with a fitting session, where garments are tested for fit and finish. If you want to sew garments up for yourself or a client with ease, this is the course for you! At the end of this short course we will cover simple dress styles, basic pants and loose over-garments.

20 November 2021 to

11 December 2021

SATURDAYS: 9am-1pm

Select Two courses and get 25% off! Details on the registration form.

Click the button to download your registration forms.  Fill them in and email to info@daf-academy.co.za


The Patternmaking & Garment Construction course is broken up into 4 four-hour lessons. These lessons will take place every Saturday from 9am-1pm for the duration of the course and be held on campus at the Design Academy of Fashion. It is imperative that you have either completed the Pattern Making & Garment Construction level 1 short course or have previous experience with pattern making and garment construction and sewing for this course.

You will be provided with course notes, resources, and Lecture’s as well as practical on hand assistance from our facilitator. There will also be a whatsapp group and contact details for extra assistance to any questions during the week.

  • Lesson One: THE JEANS PATTERN-In this lesson, students will be provided with the basic jeans pattern and will be requested to design their own jeans and alter the pattern accordingly.
  • Lesson Two: Checking off homework and giving feedback on the pattern adaptation. THE CORSET PATTERN PREP. Discuss the new pattern in relation to the design and mock-up.
  • Lesson Three: Fabric cutting.  Feedback on the pattern adaptation. Students will lay out all their patterns on the table (JEANS PTRN & CORSET PTRN) for final check before cutting out on fabric. Sew Jeans
  • Lesson Four: Prep and sew corset= Finalise and complete all garments.


Shaun Smith has been teaching and inspiring our Short Course students for the past two years and is currently studying towards his Masters Degree in Fashion. He has mastered the art of Pattern Making and is currently exploring the practical testing of unconventional pattern making. “Each garment we create possesses a certain energy, which allows the wearer to be transcended into a desired feeling”


At the end of this course you will receive a certificate of completion and be able to :

  • Understand the principles of design, pattern making and garment construction.
  • Understand complex garment construction and be able to use presses, fusing and how to handle different fabrics and prep them before sewing.
  • Be able to draught and sew up a fly zip and pockets on a pair of denim pants.
  • Basic corsetry that is needed for bridal and formal dresses.


Required stationery and supplies to complete the course:

Pencil, Sharpener, Black marker / fine liner, Paper Scissors, Pritt, Eraser, L Square, Meter ruler, French curves, tracing wheel, Cotton thread, Fabric scissors, Pins, Tape Measure, Fabric marker/ tailor’s chalk. A selection of fabric and trim (to be decided upon choice of design)

Domestic sewing machine & Domestic Overlocker (optional)


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The DAF Difference

In order to contribute to the world, we need to understand ourselves first.

The DAF curriculum is designed to unleash your full potential as a unique creative.  Focusing on the heart and mind of the individual, we explore, engage and experience the world around us.  When we understand ourselves and connect to the world, we are able to design and create with relevance and empathy.