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Made To Measure Womenswear

Made To Measure Womenswear

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Maria Demetriou


Have you ever questioned why at times when we try on an item of clothing in a store or boutique we can often find that doesn't always fit us the way we'd like it to?

Examples of this could be: a need to amend lengths or widths of arms, legs, waist or hip areas because certain sections of garments may be too small or too big given our natural body proportions. And let's face it, you don't need to be a high fashion guru to know that in reality many of us are not built to fit into what industry’s determined statistics are of ‘standard measurements'.

On this course you will be taught how to construct Womenswear garments to your personal body measurements. You will discover a style you feel works well for you and complements your unique shape. Once you understand these principles you can begin to consider applying these skills/techniques to produce further apparel for yourselves or others.

Topics Covered

  • You will learn how to draft a basic skirt or trouser block from your recorded personal body measurements. This will serve as a simple template which you'll be able to modify into other designs and shapes.
  • Particular emphasis will be put on learning how to achieve a good fit and what to analyse when doing this. To achieve this we will work through the stages of constructing a toile to a finished garment in a fabric of your choice.
  • There will also be an opportunity to visit some fabric shops where you will be able to discuss and select suitable fabrics, trims and fastenings for your design.
  • Some essential sewing techniques will be covered using industrial sewing machines including, appropriate seams, finishings, zip insertions and other simple fastenings.
  • The bodice will also be discussed.

Who should take this course?

Individuals who are keen to address fitting concerns or generally would like to work from specific or personal measurements.

Individuals who have a style, shape or idea in mind and would like to translate this into a product for themselves.

Although the emphasis is on womenswear design and working to personal measurements, men are also welcome and can work to the measurements of the tailor's dummy.

Entry Requirements: none

Some basic sewing skills are an advantage however learners will be given machine inductions, demonstrations and guidance along the way.

Please note that this course is for 18 years and above

Tutor Description

Maria Demetriou began her career in the fashion industry as a sample cutter, illustrator, pattern cutter and designer, working for commercial labels. Following this she worked in production for the high-end market. In 1998 she started working as a technician and fashion tutor. She has now been teaching for the last seventeen years and currently delivers private tuition and small workshops at the In addition to this she also worked as an exclusive dressmaker in bridal and evening wear.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric shears
  • Tracing wheel
  • Pencils HB
  • Pattern master or set square
  • Pritt stick
  • Sellotape
  • Metric tape measure
  • Pins
  • Tailors chalk or chalk pencils, white for dark fabrics and a darker colour for light colours
  • Black and white thread for tacking
  • Dressmakers carbon paper

Available dates