Serefina has a great all-round knowledge of the fashion industry, particularly garment production and pattern cutting and fitting. A skilled corset maker, she cut her teeth as a tailor 16 years ago and has since gone on to master pattern making and garment construction, working intensively with both existing and start up fashion labels and developing their product from design right through to first and then final samples and on to production.
She has worked as a production and sample room manager, managing critical path and production schedules, liaising with manufacturers to ensure timely delivery, assisted with design and range planning created first patterns, attended fit meetings and carried out amendments and costings and implemented efficient work systems.
Designer brands she has worked for include Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Rodnik, L’Wren Scott, David Koma, Bella Freud, Mathew Williamson, Julian McDonald, Ben de Lisi, Felder and Felder. High Street brands include Lipsy, Asos, Topshop, River Island, Mountain Warehouse, Ted Baker, Phase Eight, Miss Selfridge and menswear label Massimo Casagrande and children’s wear brands Totem and Poppy Rose.
For 5 years, Serefina was employed in Harrods as a garment fitter and alteration hand working on luxury brands such as Armani, Jenny Packham and Gucci. She also freelances at the National Theatre, where she cuts patterns and makes costumes to couture standard. She curated and ran the Youth Costume Making summer school there in 2016.
Serefina has been teaching at Fashion Antidote since 2014. She teaches a wide range of skills across multiple garment types from bridal wear to tailoring, jersey and stretch to couture for women’s wear, men’s wear and children’s wear. Her main area of teaching here is pattern cutting and fitting and delivering tuition on our industry training sessions.
Areas of expertise:
• Pattern Cutting- Flat manual cutting, creative cutting and draping,
• Made to measure
• Pattern grading.
• Fits/Production- experienced in fits and amendments for production.
• Garment construction- experienced at industry level- multi product
• Production management and consultancy- for fashion production for start-up businesses- design to pattern to production
• Corsetry and Costume making
I really enjoyed the course. Serafina was a great teacher, really fun and patient and made sure she gave everyone individual help. There was so much covered in the course and it’s given me a lot of confidence to draft patterns or fit commercial patterns to my own measurements. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their understanding of garment design, construction and fit. I really hope to do more of your courses in the future.
Jules Richardson – Pattern Cutting Stage 1
Serephina was fantastic, I learned quite a lot of new things on the course. This was a surprise given I’ve sewn before, and a testament to what a great teacher she is.
Margaret – How to Sew Stretch Fabrics and Make a T shirt