Hi there, I’m Tina and I’m a fashion designer and a tailor from Stockholm, Sweden.
This is a blog about the patterns I make and sell. You are welcome to visit my Etsy shop or contact me directly by emailing me at: gavanna.patterns(at)gmail.com
I studied classic bespoke men’s tailoring many years ago, and later I went to Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, to become a fashion designer.
In the years between, and after studying, I have been working with fashion and retail in many different forms, mostly in retail and with trade fair and fashion show productions.
I was also part of a design collective, and for a few years we had own little design store in Stockholm! Wonderful times, but with the recession of 2007 ( Eeek, 90% of my customers went belly up! Small design stores that is, not the actual customers 😉 I decided to stop producing my own line of men’s streetwear.
The jacket “Daniel” from Tina Olsson men’swear
Lately I’ve been concentrating on creating prints for fabric, and sewing patterns for small design companies.
Now I have launched my own pattern company on Etsy, and keep on making inspiring and well fitting clothes, hopefully for everyone!
Creating high quality sewing patterns in a wide size range takes a lot of time and a lot of work. I make muslins ( or toiles ) of every pattern in several sizes to check on fit and proportions. Tedious, but necessary!
The shop fills up at a slow but steady pace. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter, as I usually have a pattern or two that I give away for free!
And if you want to become one of Gavannas pattern testers, just shout out, you’re very welcome!
I also try to make a tutorial or two and post here. I always feel that while there are SO many tutorials on blogs (and of course Pinterest) a lot of them are quite shallow. Like no explanations to WHY you do things in a certain way and horribly often with vital information missing.
Like welt pockets… Quite easy to master, but ONLY if you know the secret tricks and shortcuts.
My Kilafors dress have welt pocket, that are not only welt pockets but they are
2, a rounded welt in two parts, and finally, they have a
3, gathered lower edge!
Scary, I know.
But following my sew-along, several pattern testers have succeeded
without any trouble at all, and learned some new tricks too.
Thank you for taking your time to read this, and welcome back again!
Tina of Gavanna patterns
Oh, and the name? It’s from my time studying to become a tailor, in Gothenburg near Stigbeget in Majorna, an old part of the city close to the sea and the harbor.
Here you can find a tiny cottage from around 1770, called Gavanna, once owned by a sailor, my guess is the exotic name comes from his travels to faraway places.
A long, long time ago I passed this little cottage, and took a step closer and read the sign saying “Gavanna” and the name has stayed with me since then.
Gavanna is now part of an outdoor museum, and well worth a visit.
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