A: Carla Diogo
A: I'm an 80's baby, 86 to be exact
Q: Where did you attend University?
A: I attended the London College of Fashion, I actually spent a lot of time there, I did my BTEC in Fashion and Clothing back when I was 16, I then followed that with a year in Handcraft Tailoring then another year in Production Tailoring where I learnt a lot of what I know. I took some time out to work and travel then decided go back and do my degree in Fashion Design Technology at the age of 22.
Q: What made you want to become a Pattern Cutter
A: Well, it happened quite naturally really, I knew I wanted to work in fashion but I much preferred the behind the scenes types of jobs and Pattern Cutters I thought were behind the scene, but after working in industry you soon realise that you have to work very closely with designers and machinist to complete the job and there is nowhere to hide in fittings!
Q: What do you find most enjoyable about Pattern Cutting
A: I really love it when I get those first sketches from the designer, I quickly start thinking about how I'm going to approach the style, but it's always an anxious moment when you hand over the first patterns to the machinist to sew up.
Q: How long have you worked in the fashion industry?
A: It's been about ten years now, almost four of those years have been as freelance.
Q: Why did you decide to become freelance?
A: A few reasons really, the main one was because of my first child, I wanted to be flexible for him with work and be able to take time off when I needed, also I had been employed at the same company for about 5 years so it was time to move on and see how things are done elsewhere.
Q: What made you want to start Set Square Patterns?
A: I started with just an Instagram page to showcase a pattern cutter at work because most people are not familiar with pattern cutters. It was more to give it a bit of a platform and showcase that there are other creative jobs apart from being a fashion designer. My main reason for opening the studio was to be able to pass on some skills to those who want to learn, I think it's really important to have a skill you enjoy, it's never time wasted.
Q: Name me 3 inspirational women
A: I'm lucky to know many inspirational women, but to keep it short I say that my mother and my sister inspire me, women who work hard for the life they want for themselves and their children.
Q: Who is your favorite fashion designer?
A: I don't really have one, so many to choose from. I have a lot of respect for Tailors, the real designer makers, highly skilled and incredible at what they do. I remember walking around in Saville Row in such awe of them all.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Well with a 4 year old and an 8 month old there isn't much free time to be had, we generally spend time with family, my fiancé loves the outdoors so we do go for walks sometimes. I'm a city girl so walks are never on my agenda, I always complain about going then totally love it once I'm on the walk. We do love a family film on Sundays.