Melanie Uematsu and The Tokyo Sewing Circle

Melanie Uematsu is a German fashion designer, living in Tokyo.

She has been working in Tokyo since 2002 for Tsumori Chisato and Uniqlo as a designer, and was the artdirector and PR Manager for all international affairs at Design Tshirt stores graniph and Jurgen Lehl.

When her daughter was born, she decided to turn freelance.

To pass on her creative experience in fashion design, she started to teach sewing classes, patternmaking and tailoring in December 2010 and opened her studio in Oyamadai one year later in 2011.

Since then she is welcoming a wonderful international clientele of male and female, who live in Tokyo and are interested to learn sewing and to realise their own design ideas.

Beside her classes, she works for professional and start-up fashion brands and creates patterns and first production samples (mock-up’s).

Furthermore she offers an order made tailoring service for women’s, men’s and kid’s wear, as well as fine tailoring for evening gowns and wedding dresses.

All her patterns are created by the brand new version of grafis CAD software




5 thoughts on “Melanie Uematsu and The Tokyo Sewing Circle

  1. Kayleen Waters says:

    Good evening
    I am living in Yokohama and I have recently been gifted a sewing machine. I don’t know much about sewing, I have only made 1 or 2 items with the help of you tube. I am really interested in learning how to sew. Sewing,pattern design,fashion,drawing is something I have always dreamed of doing. I grew up in South Africa and unfortunately my family could not afford to give me a good education. Now living in Yokohama,I am a stay at home mom,with 2 beautiful toddlers.

    I would love to know more about what you have to offer as I have not been able to find anyone to help with classes to learn.

    Look very forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regard

    • sewingcircle says:

      Hi and thanks for your nice comment!!! My classes are Mon-Fri all day and Saturday mornings. It’s better to contact me per email through my contact form. Then we can make appointments for your time in Tokyo!!! Thx and nice wishes

  2. Reina G. Agcaoili says:

    Hi do you have short courses? I’m a graduate of garment technology in our country but would like to explore possibility of being a designer and other stuff.

    I’m also fascinated by the fabrics of suits made here in Japan and would like to learn making that too.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Kind regards,

    • sewingcircle says:

      Hi Reina, thanks for your mail!! Of course you could come for a short term and participate in my tailoring courses. Can we please continue talking over e-mail : melanie[dot]uematsu[@]yahoo[dot]com. Thanks!!

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