Here is our Book!!

An amazing woman, 87 today, almost 55 years in fashion and countless stories to tell – Yumi Katsura! She is one of Japans most influential fashion designers and an icon in the bridal world. Last year she decided to select 7 international women to write a book about her – and I was one of them. We wrote a book about her dresses, her inspiration and her strong path to be the first bridal dress designer in Japan.

It was breathtaking to listen to her stories and now it’s all in the book for sale, for all of you!

A collaboration project of Savvy3 and the authors Sarah Oba, Kristin Newton, Dr. Sheila Cliff , Misao Ito, Mary Fidler, Melanie Uematsu and Wedda. Published by Creek & River Co., Ltd.

A Homage to Coco Chanel

Being out with my friend in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, I found this lovely hair salon called Coco Design. The shop has a little corner as an entrance and an artist painted a picture of a lady like Coco Chanel, sitting on the little bench on a leisure afternoon. A really cute and stylish idea and a wonderful homage to the legendary Coco Chanel.

Try to find it here: 〒135-0023 Tokyo, Koto-ku, Hirano 1-7-3. Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station exit A3.

https://Coco-Design-s.com

The New Skirt

For everyone, who is interested in the Basic Course: here is what can be done! My new sewing student Reginna just finished her first skirt. It is a pencil line, with a simple slit and a concealer zipper at the back. Really cute, a perfect fit and she’s ready for nice walks in Tokyo’s Autumn.

The Wedding in Australia

I just got this picture form my previous client. She came with her wedding dress for adjustments.

When she bought it first, it had no shape, a ridiculous heavy and long train and was too long. With only one fitting we made it just perfect for her.

She wrote that she had a wonderful day that she didn’t want to end 🙂

Thanks for the nice feedback!  Her dress is also on my bridal pics here

Melanie Uematsu Bridal

 

New CAD Printer installed!

Hi everyone –  I have a new friend!!

He’s 45kg heavy, needed a new shelf in my atelier, is called HP Design Jet 500 and will print original sized tailoring patterns.

The perfect partner for my brand-new CAD software which helps me creating your customised patterns.

I’m set!! And happy!

I just updated to Grafis Version 12!!

Champagne for breakfast!! I just went to Hamburg, Germany and bought my new version of the CAD software Grafis, Version 12. They released this new version in April 2017 and I will be the first pattern maker, who uses this software in Japan! Of course I’m proud of that and am looking forward to serve my dear customers with even better fitting patterns and high quality tailoring services!!

 

This Was Once A Wedding Dress!!

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Once upon a time… about 5 years ago this cute dress was a long heavy wedding dress.

Sabine, who kept it and even brought it with her to Tokyo, wanted to change it for a long time.

Now the situation was perfect: Her sister got married and she needed a dress! Having two little boys, who are wild, she didn’t wanted to spend a huge amount on a new gown, so she asked me to change her wedding dress for her. Of course, it couldn’t stay white!! 100% polyester made it at first difficult to think about a colouring it, so we considered different fabric on top of the original material. But luckily there is now a fabric colour exclusive for polyesters! So I shortened it, adjusted the zipper at the back and coloured the dress. Look how nice this outcome is! The pearls aren’t the original ones, she brought me this necklace and I used it to decorate the front. A perfect match to style up this cute outfit.