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Catching up!

Well its been a hectic few months, what started as a promise, to keep up with the blog fell by the wayside as we went through the process of putting the menswear together, so cheating a little bit I will start where we left off... The first few months were hard, I hadn't realised how different designing menswear would be, initial designs were covered in pockets and heavy detailing, not at all what we wanted, we were working from home, the living room had become the workroom, all furniture removed and a cutting table installed. We bought an industrial and semi industrial machine and put them in the bedroom and got to work! April was spent making countless toiles, talking...

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The week that was....

Another busy week in the studio, the aim is to finalise the menswear in the next few weeks, so I have been busy grading patterns, and finalising designs, I am not an experienced grader (grading is simply taking a garment pattern and making a version in all of the different sizes from extra small though to extra large) so it has perhaps taken longer than hoped but there were two of us working on the patterns which was great. Excitingly a previous employer has offered me access to machinery that I don't have - button-holers for example, for free, this is great because sending garments off to be finished can delay deliveries and obviously add cost to the customer so...

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So how did it all begin?

The Pajotten story began in Christmas of 2016.I made my partner Ben a jacket, it was a kitchen table copy of a workwear denim jacket he had worn for years and it was falling apart – when I cut the pattern I copied what the jacket had become rather than what it looked like originally, the sleeves had become slightly twisted (in a good way!) and the front had begun to fall forward in that way it does when hands push down into pockets on cold days, I cut the new jacket in a way that that the new version still did those familiar things – he loved it instantly. After many years of teaching fashion I hadn't actually done any designing/making...

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This week....

Its been a busy week in the studio, LOTS of progress, we have been focused on finalising the designs for the menswear, I spent three days toiling for the two shirts, questioning the shape and depth of the collar, the width of the cuff and where pockets should be placed. When designing simple garments the fit and detailing is everything, I am still not sure I have got them right so have put them aside to ponder them a little more.  In order to relax we decided to go and see Fences at the local cinema, a brilliant, and thought provoking film, I was completely captivated by the wonderful performance by Denzel Washington, Ben however had his eyes on the costumes,...

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