Alexandra has worked in the fashion industry as a pattern maker, designer, technical designer and fit technician for over 20 years. She holds Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a major in clothing and textiles from the University of Saskatchewan (BScHEc, 1990) as well as a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto (BAA Fashion, 1995).
In 2010 Alexandra founded In-House Patterns, an independent pattern design company that creates modern sewing patterns that focus on teaching fashion industry construction techniques.
Alexandra began developing and teaching college level pattern making, draping and garment construction courses in 2012 and launched In-House Patterns Studio in 2016 in response to many requests for in-person and online courses that teach experienced sewers how to make and adjust patterns for fit and style.
Private, one-to-one workshops are available in her home studio. Create your own workshop based on your personal learning objectives. Build your basic blocks, get help with fitting and learn how to manipulate patterns to create your own designs. Alexandra specializes in women's wear and teaches pattern making, draping, fitting, grading and garment construction.
Email Alexandra at [email protected] to schedule your private session or find out about in-person group workshops, classes and events.
Courses taught by Alexandra are always well thought out, highly detailed and stuffed full of information you won't find anywhere else.
Here’s what workshop participants have said:
“Alexandra is a skilled teacher. Her clear, concise and organized instructions give you confidence that you can do it! She has a warm and generous way of sharing her expertise.”
“Alexandra is extremely knowledgeable and so well prepared. Her lessons were well planned and easy to understand, with lots of hands on learning.”
“Very clearly organized and presented, excellent pacing, really good hands-on practice. Relaxed but professional. Perfect.”
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