Pattern cutting course


Photo credit to Inseam Studios
Photo credit to Inseam Studios









I am so excited to share with you that couple of weeks ago I have started a pattern cutting course with Inseam Studios . This was something I wanted to do for a very long time, but with full time job and part time University study there was little time left for any social activities, yet alone another course.

But this time is nearly over now, with my last exam behind me (still waiting for that results….biting nails), I have more free time, so what better time to learn some pattern cutting yeahhhh . My dream is to make clothes that fit me well and this course will teach me how to construct a basic block patterns based on MY measurements! Isn’t that amazing??? No more adjusting patterns (fingers crossed), no more wasting a precious fabric!


The course is 30 hours long, which can be spread out to my own needs. Having a one on one lesson gives me lots of opportunities to ask tons of questions and Aina is always happy to answer them all. She is a fantastic teacher, who is patient and explains everything in a clear and easy to understand way. Aina is very talented and has her own clothing label as well as a teaching pattern cutting and sewing.

I had already completed a third of a course and so far I drafted front and back bodice, front and back pencil skirt and a variations of sleeves, including two-piece sleeve. Next, I will be making a toile to check for any fit issues and then I will learn how to draft a pair of trousers. The full block pattern cutting course include:

  • Taking measurements
  • Bodice – front & back
  • Pencil skirt – front & back
  • A-line skirt – front & back
  • Long sleeve
  • 3/4 sleeve
  • Short sleeve
  • Puff sleeve
  • Gathered sleeve
  • Cup sleeve
  • Cap sleeve
  • Raglan Sleeve
  • Dolman sleeve
  • Trousers – front & back
  • Half circle skirt  – front & back
  • Full Circle Skirt – front & back
  • Collars
  • Pockets
  • Waistline Dress
  • Princess line dress
  • Empire line dress
  • Stretch line
  • Single breast jacket
  • Double breast jacket

As you can see there is still so much to learn, and I am loving every minute!

If you are thinking about learning pattern cutting I would recommend a booking a trial lesson with Aina. This is what I have done, to see if one on one lessons is something I would enjoy and to check if I will benefit from them as much I want to.

Will keep you posted on my journey of pattern cutting heheh

~Time to go to my drawing table~

xxx Monika


Ogden Cami by True Bias

If you are looking for an easy and fast make you have to get your hands on Ogden Cami by True Bias. It is a simple Cami top with a V neckline, straps and a half lining for a cleaner finish.


I had my eyes on this pattern for a while now, and with the beautiful weather in London lately I thought it is the perfect time to try it.

I have used leftover fabric from my Honeycomb shirt as the pattern calls for lightweight woven fabrics and I did not want to waist it. I had a less then a meter ( 150 cm in width) of it so keep that in mind before you purchase yours. TIP: do what I have done and use a scrap fabric for lining 😉

The pattern / adjustments

The process of cutting and sewing the top took me only few hours, which is amazing as I got to wear it for the rest of the day. It is such an easy make that I skipped looking at the instructions all together, for this reason I think it is great for a beginner sewer.

I have cut size 16 based on my bust measurements and the only adjustment made is to shorten the straps by 5 cm.

I had a little scrap of fabric left so I decided to add a little side patch pocket too, which I copied from Kalle shirt pattern. Love the idea that you can re-use and adapt pattern pieces however you like!


Final thoughts

Thanks to the simple style of this pattern I can dress it down or up depending on the occasion. I have a feeling it will became a stable piece in my wordrabe because it is great for layering, meaning I can reach for it throughout the year.


 ~How many Ogden Camis do you have in your closet?~

Monika xxx