Sewing patterns online

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on where to buy patterns here in Manila/Philippines.  Unfortunately, there really aren’t any stores/shops that carry the actual paper patterns (which are so much fun and so exciting to open).

A good alternative though if you’re keen on getting new designs is to purchase online through  You just have to create a user name and log-in and you can purchase using your credit card.  My experience has been pretty good (no shipping required obviously), although you will need to keep the following things in mind:

  1. Make sure you test print that you’re printing to scale.  There will be a test page and you have to make sure that the size you’re printing is accurate or the whole pattern will be totally ruined.
  2. You will need to have LOTS of paper and tape on hand and a BIG space to put everything together.  My entire living room floor gets filled up when I’m taping the printed pattern together before cutting it out!  Turn off your electric/ceiling fans (Don’t do what I did and get stuck chasing papers around and having a hell of a time reorganizing them hehehe)
  3. Have big envelopes/plastic dividers/clear books on hand.  I organize the patterns I bought in big Manila envelopes for easy reference.
  4. For the patterns I’ve downloaded, you can only print each up to 5 times.  This isn’t really a problem though, in fact I could see myself sharing patterns with my friends who sew too.

Sewing supplies in Manila – South side!

Living in Makati will always be near and dear to my heart but The Part Time Homemaker is soon going to pack her bags and move to the South!  When our little girl came along we decided to buy a house and we are nearly done with the renovations (which of course took much longer than we would’ve liked!)

Although I definitely don’t look forward to paying for toll in SLEX, I can’t wait to see my precious daughter take her first steps in a place with some space for her to run around.  And of course I’m beyond excited to cook in my totally remodeled kitchen.  Yahoo!!!  We had no choice but to put a lot of our wedding gifts (the big appliances, etc) in storage since our flat isn’t big enough for a full set of appliances.  Plus I have a sewing room…well until another baby comes along!  🙂

So anyway, this weekend we found ourselves in Alabang Town Center.  I was happy to see that they’ve done a lot of renovations, with a lot of my favorite restaurants now in the South!  I was on the hunt for bamboo steamers in Metro Department Store since I wanted to make shu mai, and I ran into Carolina’s which had a pretty good selection of sewing and craft supplies.

They had headpieces, beads and buttons in every color:


Carolina’s Metro Alabang Town Center

Beads, necklaces and more headpieces:




Tassels for whatever purpose you desire:20130210-233513.jpg



Furry accents for make your own feather boas, shiny ribbons, silver and gold chains:20130210-233531.jpg

Of course they had their usual selection of fabric too.  Nice to know that I have a place for fabric and supplies that is pretty near even when we finally move.  🙂


Drape Drape in Manila!

As you all know, my dear readers, I’m a self-taught hobby seamstress.  I haven’t had time to do many projects lately thanks to my darling daughter, but let me tell you it that it sure hasn’t stopped me from adding to my stash of sewing books and fabric!

I still stand by my original list of 2012 favorite sewing books but I’ve picked up a few more along the way.  One thing that particularly excited me was my find in Powerbooks Greenbelt, Drape Drape.  I saw some reviews such as this one on Drape Drape and the clothes are so my style!   It’s quite a bit more advanced than the level I’m at now but I’m dreaming of the day that I can create something for myself from this book.20130117-225253.jpg

Hooray for local bookstores stocking more and more books for us!  🙂

Sewing schools in Manila

I’ve been getting a lot of questions and messages on sewing schools in Manila so I thought I’d write a post on that with a compilation of sources I’ve seen online and around town.  I don’t have any of the prices, if any of you dear readers can comment and share that would be great.  🙂

School of Fashion and the Arts or SoFA 

Popularized by Project Runway Philippines, SoFA offers several types of programs related to all aspects of fashion such as sewing, designing, managing a fashion business, and even marketing.  You can check out their site at  They offer workshops, one-on-one private classes and several types of non-degree programs ranging from 4 months to 2 years.  For basic sewing, I saw that they have a 4 month course in Clothing Technology which teaches sewing and patternmaking.

You guys may be interested in technical short courses such as sewing, pattern making, draping and illustration that they offer.  One thing nice about SoFA is that they have exchange programs with schools in other countries for those who are into that sort of thing.

Fashion Institute of the Philippines

Fashion Institute of the Philippines is one of the biggest fashion schools with a lot of short and long courses on the technical and creative aspects of dressmaking.  Courses on fashion design, pattern making, basic sewing, dressmaking, tailoring for men, children’s wear, menswear and merchandising are available.  They have several branches:


2nd Flr., OPL Bldg.
100 C Palanca cor. dela Rosa Sts.
Legaspi Village, Makati City

Phone  +63 2 817 0023
Mobile +63 917 865 0023 100


One San Miguel Avenue
Unit 2407 Shaw Boulevard corner San Miguel Avenue
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Phone +63 2 635-5838


E-Bloc Tower, Ground Floor Asiatown IT Park Cebu Campus, Jose Maria del Mar Street, Cebu City
Phone: +63 2 635 5383
No. 1 San Agustin St. corner Rizal St.
Jardiniano Building, 3rd floor
Mobile +639177012005

Slims Fashion and Art School

Contact details:

2nd Floor, 2310 Chino Roces Avenue
(formerly Pasong Tamo, across Makati Cinema Square)
1209 Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Inquiries: Therry Linatoc, Registrar
T: 887-3390 / 843-2109 or 506-5869
M: 0917-89SLIMS (75467)
E: inquiries[at]

You can find the link to their website here.

Style Studio Fashion and Design School

I chanced upon their site, they offer several types of classes including patternmaking, draping, basic sewing, and makeup.  They have 1 year fashion design at P38,000.00 for 11 sessions – 3 months you can check out their Facebook page here.

Unit 2003 Tower A Skyland Plaza
Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor Tindalo St, Makati City

Phone +632 8897484/7827231

We Love Sewing also offers classes you may contact her at her blog for more information here.

For those who are looking for more economical alternatives and are looking into going into dressmaking as a business:

TESDA is an option and there is a very informative post on your options here although I’m not sure about the qualifications needed to enroll.

Samson College

They have courses on dressmaking and tailoring and they have evening classes.  Check out their website here