The Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) Incubator and Resource Centre, located at 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, in Kingston, will be hosting a Manual Pattern Making workshop from January 31 to April 24, aimed at assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their operations and increase their efficiency.
The 13-week workshop covers basic and intermediate pattern making and targets designers, manufacturers, tailors, pattern makers, dressmakers and clothing and textile trainers.
Speaking with JIS News, Facilitator for the workshop, Delrose Campbell, explained that the pattern making course aims to introduce the creative design for clothes, through the drafting and flat pattern method.
“We have discovered that this is one of the major weaknesses in the industry as persons are not able to generate good patterns to fit the type of clients that they are catering to,” Miss Campbell pointed out, adding that the workshop will allow persons to improve their craft and operate more effectively within the industry.
The course covers three levels, with level one focusing on drafting. “Persons will be able to take measurements from clients of varying sizes, whether industrial standard or customised measurement and draft patterns to fit these shapes accurately,” the Facilitator explained.
“Level two is dart manipulation that is, using darts to create designs and shifting darts from one part of the pattern to the next, in order to create new shapes and design, while level three covers slashing and spreading which is, learning how to lay and cut fabric,” she continued.
Miss Campbell pointed out that participants will attend classes once per week for 13 weeks, in order to make the programme flexible, since it caters to persons who work in the industry with a hectic schedule and limited time to spare.
The workshop will cost $24,000 and includes registration, lunch, handouts, work kits and a certificate at the end of the course. Registration closes January 27.
By Kadian Brown, JIS PRO