About Tonchi

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I am based in Portland, OR where I love taking on apparel pattern making projects. This typically involves patterning a design idea you have from a sketch, technical drawing or magazine tear. I use a combination of draping and flat patterning to achieve the look you want. Your complete packet will include a final sample size paper pattern, apparel sample and cutter's must.

I love patterning separates (pants, blouses), jumpsuits and combining vintage shapes with high fashion lines and details. I love working with cotton, fur, leather, unusual fabrics and editorial concepts.


Portland, OR 97212

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    Wow!! What an amazing seamstress! She's fast, creative, and extremely talented... Very professional, I truly look forward to future projects with her :)

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. The pattern making process is the very first step in bringing your design ideas to life. Once you have a sample size pattern, you can shop the sample to stores and boutiques or decide to grade the pattern and have it produced in an industrial sewing setting (we have a few wonderful local options for this!). For me, it is the absolute most exciting part of the apparel making process.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. At the atelier in New York, I patterned several blouse designs for the Japanese label ADEAM. I also had the extreme pleasure of patterning a vest for Proenza Schouler's F/W 2012 line, which will be included in their ready-to-wear line, available for sale. I helped create the ruffles that were strategically placed and hand-tacked to a gown by Creatures Of The Wind, a design duo from Chicago who won runner-up in the CFDA awards this year. I altered the sunburst style lines on a gown and a blouse by designer Matthew Mirano.

April 2013 update: I have completed patterning the Spring 2014 line for Pendleton's Portland Collection.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. March 2012: I have recently returned to Portland after completing an apprenticeship in Manhattan at the Nicolas Caito atelier. Nicolas patterns for a handful of NYFW designers. I worked full-time in his studio, learning the way he drapes and patterns, which is a time-honered craft that he brought to New York from Paris, where he was educated at Lanvin.

June-August 2012: I have patterned and sample-sewn the entire premier line of wedding dresses for new designer Sunjin Lee. It was a blast and I am thrilled that my new skills have translated to freelance work outside the New York studio setting.

December 2012-April 2013: I have patterned the complete Spring 2014 line of wovens for Pendleton's Portland Collection. The line consists of a mix of mens and womenswear; dresses, separates and outerwear.