I have been writing quite a few posts about Shingo Sato’s TR cutting school. So as you might know by now, each July-August there’s a challenge for those who have completed the online master class. A challenge consisting of various tasks to complete in order to pass. No instructions, just pictures. Last September I wrote a post about the latest TR Masters’ Challenge, which this time was split in two parts. The second part was going to be in December-January. So it started in mid-January and lasted for about 2 weeks. I was in the middle of a rather busy period, but incredibly managed to finish all of the 5 tasks. Each of them had the same theme: First mission The first task was the most simple one. Here you can see the recurring twisted element, that was actually a trompe l’oeil -effect. Meaning it’s not really twisted, but only…

Happy 2019 to everyone! I have a feeling it’s going to be an awesome year. Things are moving in a good direction. I started a new job and I’ve also been preparing some garments to a couple of photoshoots, which will take place soon. We’ll see what happens next! It’s been a while since my last blog-post. December was pretty crazy as I was finishing different projects before the holidays. I went home to Finland for Christmas and now I’ve been back in Milan for a bit over a week, still adjusting to my new schedules. I decided that this year I’ll participate in the Make Nine -challenge! I’ve been seeing pictures on Instagram and blog-posts about it for a couple of years, but never participated myself before. For those of you who have managed to miss it, the idea is simply to plan which 9 handmade projects you’d like…

how to draft pleated sleeve patterns

Continuing with the sleeve-theme, this time I put together all kinds of pleated sleeves. They are beautiful, but unfortunately also high maintenance: every time you wash the garment,…

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It’s back to basics! This post is all about sleeve pattern alterations. And I have a feeling this is going to become a series of blog-posts, as there are so many different sleeve-styles I want to show you. Here’s a group of sleeve-styles that all have the same starting point. If you want to exercise, all you need is a basic sleeve pattern. Divide it like this into 6 slices. In case you’re using a half-scale pattern or smaller, you could then just take copies of it. This will save you time and you can try all the sleeve alterations here and your own versions, too. edit: I added a pdf you can download. It’s a half-scale basic sleeve pattern, which should fit quite perfectly on one A4 sized paper. General idea The idea behind all these sleeve patterns is adding volume with the slash and spread -method. The final…

The second part of the series introducing TR Cutting Masters from around the world. Check out the first part here if you missed it. Vendula Kalinova Vendula Kalinova was born and raised in a small Village in Czech Republic. As a child she was intrigued by playing with cords and making things with her hands. She has learned to crochet, knit & needlepoint; soon asking her mom for a sewing machine. The primitive machine she talked her mom into getting never quite worked, so she ended up sewing everything by hand. At the age of 13, Vendula went on to study at vocational school of Leather Industry majoring in Shoe Manufacture. This was the closest she was able to get to a sewing machine, at a factory during Communist times. Dreaming of a bigger world she migrated to United States at the age of 18. While earning a degree in…