Hi, I'm Alexandra.

I teach experienced sewers and budding pattern makers how to make and adjust patterns for fit and style.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, with a 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 (BAA Fashion, 1995). I've worked in the fashion industry as a pattern maker, designer, technical designer and fit technician since 1995 specializing in women's wear.  In 2010 I founded In-House Patterns, and have been designing and teaching apparel development courses and workshops since 2012. 

I work with home sewers like you who want to learn about pattern making and fitting for their more mature figures. Sorting through the fitting challenges faced by others like you ultimately lead me to launch In-House Patterns Studio in response to requests for more in-person workshops and online courses that teach experienced sewers how to make and adjust patterns to fit them.


Here’s what a few clients 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.”

If you are new to In-House Patterns I invite you to get a glimpse of my teaching style with this introduction to the foundational video tutorials on this site:


If you'd like to get started right now, download The Perfect Fit Guide. It's a free step by step workbook that will get you to a better fit faster in just 6 steps.

If you're ready to jump into a pattern making or fitting workshop or course, CLICK HERE to get started.

I'll chat with you soon.