Rosalia Kovarsky, MFA

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Rosalia Kovarsky,


Rosalia has vast Canadian and overseas experience in the field of fashion, ranging from manual and computerized pattern making and grading, to spec development, garment fitting and garment construction, coupled with over 13 years of experience in garment production. She has been teaching students for over 30 years. Rosalia has been a professor at George Brown College since 2008, and throughout this time has taught a variety of courses in the School of Fashion program, also contributing to the course curriculum development. She has designed a Knitwear Product Development course, redeveloped an Apparel Manufacturing course and Men’s Pattern Drafting course for the School of Fashion students.

Rosalia enjoys applied research. She has been instrumental in Scouts Canada uniform redesigning project, and a mentor in George Brown Culinary School Female Chef Jacket design, pattern, grading, and spec development, a successful project that brought comfort to and earned complete approval of the entire Culinary School female population. The jacket has been sold in GBC at St. James campus store since September 2015. As a part of GBC research in innovation and technology application team, Rosalia has been leading a textile lab equipment section. Rosalia was leading a Knitting Club in its early days, a recreational activity for Fashion students and faculty.

Academic Credentials

Master of Fashion Arts, Garment Engineering, Technological Institute of Light Industry (Fashion and Textiles), Kiev, Ukraine, 1985

Hon. Certificate, Advanced Patternmaking & Production Methods, Shankar School of High Fashion & Textile, Ramat Gan, Israel, 1993

Hon. Certificate, Dressmaking, Technical Vocational College, Zaporozhe, Ukraine, 1978

Areas of Specialization


Apparel Manufacturing

Product Development


Block Making

Men's Pattern Drafting

Garment Construction

Quality and Costing (postgraduate)

Areas of Expertise

Pattern Making

Block Making


Gerber Technology and Lectra computerized pattern/grading systems


Apparel Manufacturing

Product Development


Garment Construction

Garment fitting and alteration

Evening wear and tailored garments


Career Highlights

2008-Present – Professor, George Brown College, School of Fashion

2018-present – Professor, Seneca College, School of Fashion, Gerber Technology: digital patternmaking and grading, manual pattern making

2000-Present – Instructor (CED), Seneca College, Fashion Program, Health Sciences & Applied Arts

2011-2012 – Instructor, Fashion Design, Ryerson University

2009-2012 – Community Course Instructor (sewing), Living Arts Centre, Mississauga 

2007-2008 – Senior Production Computer Patternmaker, Apparel Resource Group

2002-2003 – Fashion Program Coordinator for Computerised courses (CED), Seneca College

1995-2007 – Senior Computer Patternmaker, Weekenders International 

Other Activities

Mentor: Development, fitting and grading of female chef jacket for George Brown College’s culinary school

Support: Research Analysis & Redesigning Scouts Canada Uniform

Member/lead: Research and use of technology for a new textile lab at George Brown College

Leader: Knitting Club for fashion students and faculty


Author of instructional booklets for GBC Fashion Program courses:

  • Block Making, women’s garments
  • Men’s Pattern Drafting
  • Threading an industrial lockstitch sewing machine