Getting ready for summer!

While spring slowly turns into summer, at some point, I usually feel the need for a thorough clean-up! And that was today! The daylight gets brighter, the sun rises higher, and all colors just pop-up everywhere – everything suddenly seems so full of life! And that’s when it all needs a fresh back-drop.

The bright light also, of course, reminds me of washing windows… letting the sun in, clean and crisp – it’s a must! And having the studio in an old late 18th century building, placed in a neighborhood dating centuries back, I really love seeing all the colorful old facades on the other side of the narrow street, contrasting to the blue sky. So windows need to be done. Check!

And then floors… Having your workspace functioning as both production and customer greeting area, cleaning and tidying up the studio can be a constant struggle. Unlike other traditional stores, that have their production placed elswhere, or online shops where you usually don’t see the premises at all, we don’t really hide any parts of our design and tailoring work processes. It all happens right here! For you to see. But naturally we still want it to look okay and not compleatly messy (as it often can end up doing in the tailoring and sewing trade). And sometimes it needs an extra push. Like today!

The blue sky and all the other coloring outside also inspires our work! As we’re finalizing all planning for next spring, our blue naturally ends up right there in the center! Bright colors turned into active wear!

And yellow, and orange, and mint, and stripes and flowers! Yes! Amazing to finally letting it all come together in lot’s of bursting feelings and fun! Can’t wait to get started! But first… finishing to swab the floors, right?

There! The sunny, bright heat and coloring outside in the street! And comforting and freshly cooling shadows inside. Now let’s get back to the “actual” work, shan’t we? Getting all ready for summer!

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Is Electric Blue the new you?

Finally! Done. The Electric Blue Cobalt Turtleneck is ready for fitting. (Only hemming is left to be finished.)

I hope this new addition of vibrant color(s) to the Bespoke Era project will give it a fresh boost.

And hopefully it will also show that tailoring can be many things, especially within the idea of a fully tailored wardrobe – turtlenecks, t-shirts, sportswear, suits… Yes, all and everything.

Here below, you can follow the process for this item – The Turtleneck!

First, cutting out all the parts.

Then thread colors’ are chosen. I mixed different shades, just to get a more vibrant seam.

Stay strips for the shoulder seam is added.

Making the shoulder seams with overlock.

Trimming down the stay strips to be more narrow.

Joining and adding the neck piece.

Making sure to catch all three layers with the overlock.

Also making sure the stay strips are properly caught by the (neck) seam, and laying compleatly flat.

Finished neck piece.

The neck part’s seam is placed on the left side here, and matches the shoulder seam exactly.

Chalking hemlines.

Pressing hemlines.

Adding-in and stitching the sleeve part.

Closing the side- and underarm seam.

Overlocking.

Reinforceing the part under the arms, where the seams meet, with an additional machine stitch.

Checking that chalked and pressed hemlines still meet after the seam is made.

There! All finished! The menswear bright color turtleneck! Maybe you would like one too?

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Choosing colors

As a kickstart for even more colors in our bespoke tailoring I’m making a men’s cotton jersey Electric Blue Cobalt Turtleneck for the Bespoke Era project.

Choosing colors can be really hard! But then again, one have to start somewhere, right? And then continue the journey. The idea here is to go for colors that match the rest of the collection – or your wardrobe – and will boost the other items planned, or already made.

I will start with this blue, and really look forward to see where it all takes me!

– Sten Martin / DTTA