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TUTORIAL: HOW TO CONQUER CORNERS with guest blogger Elles from Misusu Patterns
Apparently I have a “thing” for bold geometric shapes, sharp lines and corners. If you’re new to Misusu Patterns and just got acquainted by meeting the Origami Sweater and Dress pattern in One Thimble’s 18 issue, this might not come as a surprise. But somehow I never consciously realized those design elements tend to sneak into my designs!
Interview with Elles from Misusu Patterns
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into sewing.
Hi I’m Elles, the designer and owner of Misusu Patterns. I live in The Hague, the Netherlands, with my husband Martijn, son Bing and daughter Fio. I was raised in a creative Dutch family – for as long as I can remember, there was always a sewing machine on the edge of the dinner table, piles of fabric on the ironing board, balls of bunched up sewing pattern paper surviving in corners on the floor….My mom started me off in my sewing adventures, just like here mother did before her. So I guess I was sort of brainwashed from an early age!
Before I started sewing myself in my teenage years using Burda patterns, I collaborated with my mom on different projects. I would pick out the pattern, suggest alterations and my mom would sew it up. She was always a bit ambivalent about my ideas, but somehow they always (sorta) worked out. I had no clue what I was doing, but I guess that from the very start, I had a knack for visualizing and constructing the garment I had in mind.