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


London College of Fashion


Practical Garment Fitting

One of my many goals to become a great seamstress is to learn as much as possible about proper cloths fitting. When I found a short course in London Collage of Fashion I had to give it a go. There are other interesting courses that I would like to do, however they do not last just one day, which means I would need to take a holiday break from work to attend these.

The course took 6 hours with an hour lunch break and our tutor was Clive Hallett.

I must say that It was very informative lesson and I enjoyed it throughout the whole day. Wish It lasted longer :)….things I have never said before at school.

There were about 10 people in the classroom, so it felt nice and personal and by the end of the session we received a certificate that I will frame and put it in my sewing corner 🙂


The day was divided in 3 parts:

On the arrival received a folder with some basic rules regarding fitting issues and understanding of balance lines and garment fit, that we used throughout the day and could make additional notes.

We had a short introduction when we talked a little bit about our-self’s and what we would like to learn.

Some information I was familiar with as I learned from past mistakes or read a book on the subject, at times I was amazed by simplicity of the fitting problem that I could have never understood before and the best way to resolve it.

At noon we broke for a lunch and I took a walk downstairs to see a mini exhibition. I got lost in my thoughts there for a while admiring the makes and drawings, that I nearly missed the beginning of the next session.

Clive Hallett as a tutor is fantastic. His knowledge on the matter is so big, that It would probably take me all my life to compete with it. He was charming and funny, and told us many interesting anecdotes based on his past experience.  Some of them shocked me, others made me laugh.

It is then, when I realized that I have his book at home. I purchased Fabric for Fashion in December and did not have much time to study it yet. However managed to flick through the pages when it first arrived and I can tell you it was worth spending my money 🙂 I might write a full review of this book later in the future if you are interested.


Second part of the day was focusing on working with a model and trying to find the issues with clothes that she was trying on. We took turn on assessing the situation and possible best way to resolve it.

This was the best part of the lesson for me, as I enjoy being involved and getting a chance to think for myself. We were guided by tutor, that was there to help whenever we got stuck or was not sure how to fix the problem in front of us. This hands on approach is brilliant and I could see how comfortable other students were to give their opinions.

The model was lovely and we spend about two hours with her, dressing her up and down in different outfits.

I got too excited here  and did not take any pictures…..silly me.

After out time with a model came to an end we looked at pictures of some fitting issues in our folders. Mr. Clive explained what was the problem on each garment and how it was solved at the end.

Final thoughts

I would recommend this short course on Practical Garment Fitting to anyone who’s knowledge on this subject is limited. It is very informative and full of practical and technical points that help with better understanding on what good fit should look like and how to look at the clothes to find a fitting problem.

Let me know if you planning on going or you attended this or similar course in the past.

~Till next time~