About PMA

About Pattern Making Academy

+ a resource – for all fashion and clothing stakeholders associated with the production of  female garments
+ a selection of innovative products that will educate and enlighten you
+ quality information on pattern making, including body shape and fit solutions.
+ knowledge of 5 essential pattern making elements ~ Anatomy, Morphology, Geometry, Mathematics and Anthropometry
+ averaged research data based on the characteristics of five female body shapes
+ a pattern making system to create your Master Blocks ~ Bodice, Sleeve, Dress, Skirt and Pant
+ a solid foundation to assist you with all your fashion creations
+ tools to assist in streamlining the sampling process
+ encouragement in developing your pattern making skills – with a special emphasis on “getting the fit” and “getting the look”
+ lots more to come… informative, inspirational, and innovative!!!

+ advance your understanding of the human form and it’s variations
+ experience a unique block drafting system that takes into consideration different female body shapes
+ have the knowledge and skills to make your mark as a competent pattern maker
+ apply specific scientific principles in relation to the cut and fit of garments
+ start a lifetime of successful pattern making/designing and craftsmanship
+ gain a competitive edge in the marketplace using Science combined with Creativity
+ save time and money on the sampling process
+ establish your “fit” and “look” for yourself, your fit model or your target market
+ benefit your fashion business by making more sales because your garments fit your target market
+ proceed and progress at your own pace by taking advantage of our easy step-by-step format
+ gain knowledge and skills in a challenging industry in your own time and space

+ assist with educational training programs
+ conduct seminars covering pattern making and aspects of the sampling process
+ provide workshops with content tailored to specified requirements

Please contact us so we can discuss your needs  – we welcome all enquiries.
Go to the Contact Us page and fill in the form and we will get in touch.

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Pattern Making Academy provides the following educational tools:

Digital products (E-book format)
+ Unit 1 ~ Essential Elements of Pattern Making (Prerequisite for Units 2 to 11)
+ Unit 2 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type X (Hourglass): Bodice, Sleeve and Dress
+ Unit 3 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type X (Hourglass): Skirt and Pant
+ Unit 4 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type I (Twiggy): Bodice, Sleeve and Dress
+ Unit 5 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type I (Twiggy): Skirt and Pant
+ Unit 6 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type A (Curvy): Bodice, Sleeve and Dress
+ Unit 7 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type A (Curvy): Skirt and Pant
+ Unit 8 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type H (Fuller Figure): Bodice, Sleeve and Dress
+ Unit 9 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type H (Fuller Figure): Skirt and Pant
+ Unit 10 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type XH (Combination): Bodice, Sleeve and Dress
+ Unit 11 ~ Master Blocks for Figure Type XH (Combination): Skirt and Pant

Other exciting E-books in the pipeline include:
+ History of Clothing
+ History of Pattern Making
+ History of Sizing
+ Figure Analysis & Key Characteristics
+ Cutting to Fit: Individual & Fit Model

And more to come!!!

Printed Books
+ Module 1: Master Blocks: Bodice, Sleeve and Dress for 5 Figure Types (Soft-cover)
+ The Fashion Design System (Hard-cover)

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Who Recommends Us?

  • “I have used the Fashion Design ~ Creativity & Science system to run a CAD training program. It was a great tool for participants to learn a CAD system at the same time as learning a innovative block system.  This was a 6-week workshop where 2 average body shape blocks were made.
    Thanks Kath for making an easy to follow block development system,  which acknowledges that we are all different body shapes.
    Fine print: I did get the permission from Kath to run this workshop.”
    Anita Robinson - Technical Designer - Target (Australia)

  • ” I have known Kath for quite a few years now through the fashion industry. I have been following her journey and the release of her new series – Fashion Design – Creativity & Science with interest. She immediately captivated me with her immense wealth of knowledge and passion to enrich aspiring patternmakers in a somewhat quietening profession. Kath is giving back to her industry in the best possible way by not only sharing her knowledge but introducing the new way of the future for learning this craft. I wish her every success with her new and innovative approach to pattern making. “
    Tash Tanti - Sales & Marketing Manager - Isola by Megan Gale

  • ” I’ve been a dressmaker for 18 years and have tried many different drafting systems. The success of these was generally limited by the fact that my customers had to return many times in order to get a correct fitting.   Since being introduced to Kath’s Fashion Design ~ Creativity & Science systems, I am able to (consistently) produce excellent well fitted garments after only one or two fittings. I also found the instructions simple and easy to follow. In my opinion, anyone using this method, even with very little knowledge of drafting, will also be able to create a well fitted garment. From my own experience, I am happy to recommend the Fashion Design ~ Creativity & Science systems.”
    Helen Wilhelm - Certificate 1V, TAA, Patternmaker, Designer, and Dressmaker

  • ” I have known Kath Berry for many years and have had the opportunity to follow at first hand Kath’s devotion to the cause of why clothes don’t fit. Having read all of Kath’s publications (and given some editorial assistance, on occasion) I am totally impressed with the depth and scope of her research, her unfailing enthusiasm and her dedication to ensuring that traditional pattern making skills are not sacrificed in the name of progress. Kath has approached each topic with scrupulous honesty and integrity. These are qualities that epitomise Kath Berry’s attitude to life. I wish her every success. “
    Catherine Newman - Artist, Proof-reader, Editorial Assistant
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