Hello! So I finally decided to start this blog. I’ve been meaning to do that for about a year now, but never quite had the time. I’ve been on Instagram since July 2016 and as you might already know, I started a secondary account for my patterns. That became rather popular and I understood there is a lot of interest in patternmaking.
My blog will be mainly about patternmaking, but probably I’ll sometimes write about sewing, too, as it’s closely related. I’ve been getting requests on tutorials pretty much right from the start, so this blog will hopefully be the answer. I know you would prefer videos, but I’m not very familiar with filming and editing at the moment. I’ll just start with a normal blog for now and hopefully will be adding videos later. I’ve done so many designs already, that I’d first like to recap a little bit by doing more general posts regarding the techniques and afterwards start adding more specific tutorials.
Anyways, at this point I guess a little introduction is in order. I haven’t shared much information about myself before. My name is Minna. I’m originally from Finland, but I’ve been living in Milan, Italy for 10 years already. I have a background in jewelry-making; that was the reason I came to Italy in the first place. I studied jewelrymaking and -design in Florence and then worked in a little jewelry firm in Milan for over 6 years. Loved it!
So how did I become a patternmaker then? Well, I’ve always been very keen on drawing and all sorts of crafts, so obviously also sewing was one of my hobbies. I discovered patternmaking during a tailoring-course here in Milan. It just seemed like drafting patterns was My Thing. I guess it was the perfect way to put together drawing and making clothes. Not to mention the endless possibilities this skill would give, I mean, being able to draft any kind of garments I could think of. So I decided to get a diploma.
There are many fashion schools in Milan. After some research I chose one that was specialized in patternmaking. It was a great school and I tried to get the most out of it by always asking extra-questions on why the patterns are constructed in a certain way. You know, there’s always a reason and consequence! For me it was important to know all the reasons, so that I could then modify the patterns better.
It took me 2 years to finish and after that I did Shingo Sato’s online Masterclass (check out Tr Cutting school on FB) to have an alternative and completely different method. That was an excellent starting point for more sculptural designs, which admittedly are my favorites! I’ll write a separate post on the Masterclass another time.
Two years have passed since I finished studies and all this time I’ve been practising on my own, first making clothes for myself, then for friends, and friends of friends. Now I’m doing collaborations with designers as a freelancer. I’m pretty much always busy with different projects.
I started Instagram as a portfolio for my patternmaking experiments. Then it began to grow. I honestly didn’t think I would get so many followers! I’m very pleased to see that people get inspired by the designs I post. Blogging is a new thing for me, the next chapter. I’m starting with something very basic here, but I’m quite curious to see where this thing goes. Hopefully I’ll be adding the bells and whistles soon!
Feel free to send me suggestions on subjects you’d like to read about.