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 www.sofamanila.com. 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
Slims Fashion and Art School
SLIM’S FASHION & ARTS SCHOOL
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)
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.
They have courses on dressmaking and tailoring and they have evening classes. Check out their website here