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PM 111
Industrial Methods of Draping
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Students learn the basic draping methods of developing production patterns for the garment industry.

PM 121
Patternmaking I: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
In this course, students learn to develop basic body slopers using standard specification measurements. Collars and basic sleeve shapes are made. Paper patterns, as well as a final fabric sample, are developed. Students learn the importance of fit and balance in order to create a high-quality production pattern. Specifications are discussed in relation to both pattern development and finished garment measurements.

PM 122
Patternmaking II: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 121
Utilizing the basic slopers, students develop additional patterns for style variations using the slopers developed in PM 121. Patterns are developed for bodice, torso, and sleeves. A variety of skirt slopers are developed. Pattern corrections are made according to fit, balance, and specification measurements. Final patterns and fabric samples acceptable for mass production are created.

PM 171
Pattern Grading: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: (for Patternmaking Certificate students) PM 121, or (for Fashion Design students) FD 111 or FD 121
Introduction to manual pattern grading and marker-layout techniques. The students learn how to apply grade measurements proportionally to all the pieces within a pattern. The importance of accurate measurement specifications and their effect on the finished product are emphasized. Marker-layouts for samples, costing and mass production are developed.

PM 221
Computerized Production Patternmaking
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 121, or FD 121, or MW 131, or approval of program coordinator
Students learn to use the computer as a tool for production patternmaking and other apparel industry applications. Includes knowledge of hardware, software, and system programming on the Gerber Accumark system to produce a sample production pattern.

PM 231
Patternmaking: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122
Advanced study of misses' and women's daytime dresses. Different dresses are drafted.

PM 232
Patternmaking: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 122
Advanced study of misses' and women's dresses with emphasis on evening and bridal wear.

PM 233
Patternmaking: Misses' Sportswear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122
Students learn the necessary details involved in developing linings, facings, fusibles, stays, and stampers for both tops and bottoms. Pant and jacket slopers are created, with a strong emphasis on fit. Multiple construction techniques are discussed. A final fabric sample is developed with all the specification measurements and construction details necessary for manufacturing.

PM 234
Patternmaking: Misses' Sportswear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 233
Further study of patternmaking for casual sportswear.

PM 236
Patternmaking: Coats and Suits
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122
Students learn patternmaking for all types of coats and suits.

PM 237
Patternmaking: Coats and Suits
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 122
Continuation of PM 236, with special emphasis on a variety of coats.

PM 241
Patternmaking: Children's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Students learn the fundamentals of basic flat patternmaking and industrial practices for Children's Wear. Basic slopers and a variety of garments are developed for the Toddler (2 to 4T), Child (4 to 6X) and Girls (7 to 14) size ranges.

PM 242
Patternmaking: Children's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 122
This course is a continuation of the skills learned in PM 241.

PM 251
Technical Design for Pattern Technology
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: AP 141, AR 101, PM 112 and PM 122 or approval of chairperson
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of technical design in production development - from concept through production - for apparel and related products. The elements of technical design, technical sketching and documentation, garment specification, fitting, technical communication, and the use of CAD systems in the manufacturing and retail environments are taught, providing a basic knowledge of technical design skills and responsibilities in the industry. Basic computer skills required.

PM 255
Fit Analysis and Technical Documentation
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PM 233
This course introduces the students to fitting tops, dresses, skirts, pants, and basic jackets on live, professional industry models. Proportions and balance are analyzed, and adjustments and corrections are made on the production pattern.

PM 264
Patternmaking: Production and Cost
2.5 credits; 2 Lecture and 1 LABORATORY hours per week
This course is a study of mass production methods used in the manufacture of garments. Analysis of principles of garment costing and common problems encountered in quality control are examined.

PM 271
Pattern Grading: Misses' and Women's Wear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122 and PM 171
Further study of body and pattern measurements for the purpose of grading larger and smaller sizes.

PM 273
Computerized Pattern Grading and Marker Making
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122 and PM 171 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite: PM 263
Emphasizing apparel industry applications, students learn to use the computer to grade patterns and prepare markers. The system's hardware and capabilities, as well as programming for the Gerber Accumark system, are covered. Basic computer skills required.

PM 275
Computerized Pattern-grading and Marker-making for Lectra
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122, PM 171 and PM 263 or approval of chairperson
Through hands-on experience, students learn to use the Diamino, Lectra Modaris, and Vigiprint software programs to grade production patterns and prepare markers. By using the CAD system, they learn to digitize, plot, modify patterns, manipulate markers, and manage file information. The system's hardware and software capabilities are addressed, emphasizing apparel industry applications. Basic computer skills required.

PM 283
Patternmaking for Knit Garments
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PM 122
This course explores various styling techniques for misses' and women's cut-and-sew knit sweaters, pants, dresses, and costumes. Students also learn appropriate methods for steaming, fitting, and finishing garments.

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