Many of you will be familiar with our friend and former-TFS team member, Melody Delatorre as the creative genius behind pattern brand Soften Studio. We're big fans of Melody's thoughtful, detail-oriented approach to designing patterns, and her growing collection of modern styles are all favourites within the TFS team. This week we take a behind-the-scenes look into Melody's calming studio space, and chat to her about her sewing journey to date, plus her projects past and present. Read on for more!
Hey Melody, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Let's start by giving a brief introduction of yourself to our readers...
Hello, I’m Melody and I am a maker, and small business owner living in Adelaide, South Australia. I create timeless sewing patterns that I dream of wearing and sell them online for others to make too.
Tell us what led you to sewing, and how long you have been sewing for?
Since I was young, I've had a deep love for creating things by hand. My Nanna was a master of knitting, embroidery, quilting, sewing. Spending time with her had a huge impact on me. After school, I followed my creative instincts and enrolled into Fashion and Design at TAFE, where I gained the skills to turn my ideas into realities! Over the past ten years, I've been honing my sewing skills with the help of sewing mentors and YouTube tutorials. Along the way, I also studied graphic design, and it's amazing how both skills complement each other in my work now. It was during my part-time job at TFS that I came upon the online sewing community. Looking back, I'm grateful for the journey that brought me here, and I'm excited to see where it takes me next.
Describe the space you use for sewing in 5 words... "Calm, Natural, Inspiring, Cosy and sometimes Chaotic"
Tell us the story of your favourite wardrobe piece...
What are you sewing at the moment?
Share with us what you learnt from your biggest sewing success
"This journey taught me the valuable lesson that sometimes finding our path takes longer than anticipated, but all our past experiences ultimately guide us closer to where we are meant to be."
Share with us what you learnt from your biggest sewing flop
Do you have any secret sewing tips you’d like to share?
I also love the technique of creating French seams. I have a tutorial for how to create French seam pockets on my YouTube which you can find here. It is still one of my favourite sewing techniques to date.
What are your top 5 sewing must-have tools?
Are there any favourite books, podcasts or blogs that you love?
What and/or who motivates and inspires you?
Any future projects that you are excited about?
Tell us what your top 5 favourite fabrics are from our Online Store and why?
3. Hazy Herringbone Cotton Check (Navy / Ivory) - I have some of this fabric in my stash waiting to be sewn up. I love how the woven threads create this hazy/ blurred type of effect.
5. Lightweight Bold Candy Stripe Cotton (Eucalyptus.) (Now sold out online) I love stripe cotton for a blouse or dress. This one in particular is a lovely colour and I also like the scale of the stripe.
A very kind thank you to Melody for chatting with us this week, we can't wait to see the new pattern she's working on!