At this point I have not ventured into that area of fashion yet. It is certainly a growing market globally and something I would like to implement as I learn how best to do so.
How long have you been sewing?
I've been sewing since I was a child, but I did not start making clothes until 2008. It all started very unintentionally. I borrowed a friend's sewing machine to make a pillow case. From that I caught the sewing bug and the rest is history.
What/who are you inspirations?
Anything surrounding me, family, the city (Tokyo), books and fabrics.Many times I will need to actually touch the fabrics before I start generating my ideas. I am very tactile in all areas of my life so this is just an extension of that.
Do you design your own clothes?
Yes! I love making my own clothes and wearing them.
Do you use patterns, create you own, or none at all?
I make the patterns for the clothes I sell on shop. I draft the vast majority myself. Of course, when I first started out, I hadn't the slightest idea of pattern drafting. That was an education in and of itself. God bless the internet. that was one of those areas that through the use of internet sources I was really able to develop the necessary skills I otherwise would not have had. I also enjoy sewing using commercial patterns. Whenever I use commercial patterns, I link to the pattern in the blog post.
What made you decide to start making and selling clothes online?
As I mentioned before I borrowed a sewing machine for the sole purpose of making a pillow case. Through inadvertent circumstance I was able to hold onto that borrowed sewing machine for a while. Little by little I got into sewing and over the course of a couple of months started making clothes. Soon this hobby became a daily activity and so found that I had made more clothes than I was able to wear myself. So a friend recommended I start selling them online. It was a battle to actually get me to give it a try but slowly my husband was able to convince that it was worth a shot. So, I did.