Studio Faro

Studio Faro

Marrickville, NSW

Fitting Commercial Patterns - Introductory

What to Bring

  • Your enthusiasm!
  • A commercial pattern (skirt, trouser, dress or top) that you are prepared to cut up and experiment with during the session. Or a copy of this pattern if you wish to preserve the original.
  • There are extra commercial patterns at the studio if you would like to try different styles or simply forget your own.
  • Any questions you may have about fitting patterns you are currently working on. There's plenty of time for you to ask questions during the session.
  • All pattern making equipment and paper are provided by studio faro for the workshop.

What to Wear

  • Please wear shoes that cover and protect your feet. It's a workshop environment and we're keen to keep your toes safe. :)

Appropriate For

  • Introductory - Suitable for students of all skill levels.

Fitting Commercial Patterns - Introductory

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

What You Will Learn

  • How to take accurate and detailed body measurements for a great fit.
  • How to locate those measurements on your own commercial pattern for precise alterations.
  • How to alter your pattern, catering for your own Fit Rules, as analysed during the training session.

What You Get

  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher!
  • An understanding of your own Fit Rules that can be applied to all commercial patterns in your pattern stash.
  • A completed, fully-altered pattern ready for your first sample toile and fittings.
  • Experience using industry standard pattern making equipment and materials during the workshop at no extra charge.
  • A comprehensive materials and suppliers listing featuring Anita's favourite sources.
  • A detailed workbook with many diagrams and instructions from the days training.


This is an introductory level workshop for fitting commercial patterns, suitable for students and teachers of all skill levels. It is a one day workshop that will train you to understand your own personal Fit Rules. Staring with direct body measurements, each student will work through a detailed analysis of their own commercial pattern. The result will be an altered pattern and a clear list of Fit Rules that you can apply to the first toile of all the commercial patterns in your pattern stash. 

This workshop will focus on an understanding of the body and the best location for pattern alterations between sizes and for personal fit issues. The idea is to improve fit and balance and minimise the number of fittings.  There will be demonstrations of the initial changes that can be made to commercial patterns prior to making the first sample.  

Participants are encouraged to bring their own commercial patterns and sewing projects so that all present will benefit from real life examples of fittings and pattern alterations.  It is recommended that you make a clear copy of the pattern you bring to the workshop for alteration, as a back-up and for future comparison.

All materials and equipment for this workshop are provided at the studio with a detailed workbook for students to take home.  Don't worry, if you don't have a pattern for the day, we have a variety of commercial patterns at the studio, for you to experiment with during the workshop.  Check out this blog post for a sample of the work you'll be doing in this class:  Fitting Commercial Patterns - FBA

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Apr 2017

Great class, I learned a lot of fundamental principles of alterations which I can apply to a range of garments. Anita has fantastic experience which she readily shares in a way that is easy to understand. I was very impressed and will definitely be returning for more classes.

Apr 2017

This class was very informative and teacher is very knowledgeable. Learned so much about how to adjust patterns that I now feel confident to have a go by myself.

Oct 2016

Great course, instruction very supportive and encouraging. Excellent course instruction book to take away and reinforce skills and techniques learnt on the day. The booklet also includes detailed instruction of projects not covered on the day to assist you in furthering your skills. The inclusion of learning the basics of grading was a surprise element - something I wanted to learn for a long time and very useful if you happen to accidently buy the wrong size pattern! For an out of Sydney person the location was easily assessable by train and there are great material shops near by. Just bring and extra large bag to stow your purchases away for the trip home!

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