Birgitta Helmersson is the resident seamstress of the inner north. Most days you can spot her sitting behind the sewing machine at her combined studio/shop in Collingwood.
When she’s not sewing for various local labels, she’s helping customers fulfill their dreams of a made-to-measure garment, or designing and making pieces to add to her own small range of clothing.
Helmersson has been in the fashion industry since the early 2000s. First it was high-end clothing alterations, then costume making and design, then her own label (previously called Djur). Finally, she worked as sample machinist and patternmaker for brands including Obus, Kloke, LIFEwithBIRD and Lois Hazel.
In addition to Helmersson’s small seasonal collection available instore, customers can ask her to bring their design ideas to life. Everyday items – tops, shirts, skirts, pants, jackets, coats – take two to three fittings, and two weeks to turn around.
Eveningwear involves a couple more fittings and a couple of months’ wait for the final product. Helmersson will also happily modify a piece in her existing range to your needs, whether you want a different material, or size that’s not available off the rack.
In her own range, Helmersson’s clothing is based around comfort and timelessness. Everything is made in-house, or locally by a maker in Brunswick.