It all started with me making my own clothing according to my own particular tastes. Ever since I was very young, I’ve never agreed that we should all follow some pre-determined rules of fashion – this despite having grown up in a family that ran a clothing shop! Why should I wear what someone else dictates is “in” this year? Year in and year out, there are new colors and shapes to keep up with.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that I dislike fashion. I especially like clothing from the 1900s, 1920s and 1960s, and there are many clothing designers working today that I admire. But what I wanted was something that would reflect myself, my personality and the different periods in my life.
So with the help of my aunt and my grandmother, both fantastic seamstresses, I started sewing my own clothes. At the same time, I was experimenting in different areas of art: illustration, lithography and silk-screening, and later on I would get a degree in patternmaking. This has become my passion. I absolutely love making patterns, and jump into each project like an artist creating a sculpture. I’ve been a patternmaker for 17 years now, also giving classes in it and other clothing-related arts such as silk-screening and sewing.
With this shop I hope to connect with like-minded people: those who like to dress in their own unique way, who like to sew, and would like to find that special pattern or create whatever design their imaginations can come up with.
I’d love to hear your ideas. Feel free to get in touch and we’ll talk about bringing your very own personal style to life!
The pattern making process
First, I sketch the base pattern, creating the general shape of the body. Then, I cut extra paper and attach it to create the details and volumes of the garment. I then give form to the flat pattern to create half of the garment (as garments are normally symmetrical, only half is needed). And finally, I produce a clean draft with detachable flat pieces.
All my patterns are hand crafted. This allows me to try the paper pattern right on the mannequin as if it were the fabric itself, and see if any alterations are needed. Depending on the fabric you’d like to work with, I often don't need to make a muslin mockup before I start cutting the real fabric. The same could apply to you.
When the pattern is finished, and before sending it to you, I make a miniature replica of the pattern with detachable flat pieces that show you how to place the pattern on the fabric.
And finally, I print out a sketch of the finished design, include it in your envelope and whisk it off to the post office!