So I finished the TR Masterclass, then what? The great thing about this class is that after you’ve finished, you get to participate every year in the Masters’ Challenge organized by Shingo Sato.

This time there are no videos or other tutorials that tell you what to do. Instead you have to use your own skills to figure out the patterns. There are around 20 tasks to complete in order. Personally I see it as a great opportunity to keep developing my skills. It’s like trying to solve puzzles! Yeah, I’m such a geek.


The Masters’ Challenge

By now I have participated twice. Here are some of the tasks I completed. (Never mind the fabric-choices! I was using some scraps I found in my stash…)

Different kinds of pockets have been quite popular.

tr pockets

more pockets

In 2016 there were a few origami collars, too.

origami collars

Origamis are a recurrent theme, but I absolutely don’t mind!

origami pieces

Here are some of the more sculptural tasks. You create the shape directly on the dressform and use it as your pattern.

sculptural sleeves

I created the spikes as a flat-pattern and the 3D-shape came to life after sewing the piece.

spiky pieces


The influence

After the course I decided to start trying my own versions of the various techniques and see what I could create. I prefer not to remake the same designs I did during the courses, but rather to improvise and adapt, because it’s more useful that way.

I was looking at my Instagram feed and the influence of TR cutting is pretty obvious. Especially the various origami-techniques are very well represented. Here are some examples divided by the type.



Starting from the basic origami. I must add that this particular pattern consists of only one piece!

basic origami

The next one is called origami-petal. This seems to be my favorite, judging from the amount of occasions I have used it! Let’s see.

I placed them at the centre-back to make it look like a rib-cage.

rib cage petals

The same type but at the neckline creates a necklace.

necklace petals

Bigger petals at a skirt front.

skirt petals

Here I separated the petals and used another color to create a surface pattern.

bnw petals

And in this case I didn’t iron the petals flat to get a puffier effect at my integrated waistcoat pattern.

waistcoat petals

A slightly different type, called origami-petal spiral, placed on a skirt.

origami petal spiral

And here’s a partial origami spiral. I pulled the folds together to get a more 3D effect, like a spider on the chest or something.

spiral origami spider

I don’t actually know which category to place this one, but it derives from the origami-techniques. The jute-fabric leaves the folds visible from underneath.

jute origami

Ok, that’s enough of the origamis!



In the last post I added some pictures of the box-integration -technique. http://www.theshapesoffabric.com/2018/05/27/tr-masterclass-experience/ I used that information to create this piece. Even though it’s letters instead of boxes, the technique behind it is the same.

3d letters

Here’s another one. Just like the one before, I built it directly on the basic bodice toile using tape and paper.

3d geometrics

How about these two spiky pieces? I followed the technique I learned from the Masters’ challenge (pictures above) to make them. A spiky skirt:

spiky skirt

And a neckline, which I created by placing the spikes upside-down.

spiky neckline


Draping in spirals

One more. I made these with the twisted-draping -technique that’s one of the topics from the Masterclass.

twisted drape bodice

twisted drape sleeve

As you can see, after learning these skills there are so many kinds of cool and creative patterns you can make. You’ll surely be seeing more of these from me! And this year’s Masters’ Challenge is just around the corner. Can’t wait to be inspired by the new tasks!

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  1. Wow! This is all amazing! Question: how would you compare TR cutting to the pattern magic books? I have them all, but I did not have the time yet et to work through them – I just finished three pattern construction classes a few weeks ago and the TR cutting is very new to me. I bought the pattern magic books for inspiration mainly, but now I’m interested in going further, so I’m curious how you would compare them

    • shapesoffabric Reply

      They are somewhat similar, but Pattern Magic requires more measuring and calculations as you’re creating flat patterns and it can be quite difficult. Tr cutting is more intuitive, because many of the designs are built directly on the dressform so you see what you’re doing and (about) how the end result will look like before actually making it in real fabric. You can be more creative.

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