Make With Mandi


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TAUKO Magazine is a pioneering independent print publication for home sewists and fashion and culture lovers, who have a big heart for the planet. It has its headquarters in Helsinki and Berlin and is founded and published by art researchers, fashion designers, makers, and passionate fighters for planetary wellbeing, Kaisa Rissanen and Mila Moisio. 

Each issue features more than 10 sewing pattern designs created by celebrities and newcomers from the sewing community. A carefully curated selection makes design clothing accessible to anyone willing to try out sewing and learn new skills. 

TAUKO stands for a break or a pause in Finnish. It describes a strong, silent, and still movement that is almost impossible to notice.

Mila Moisio and Kaisa Rissanen

Sewing School: The Peppermint Skye Shorts Are Here!

Collaborating with London-based patternmaker Mandi Bharij from Make With Mandi, we’ve created the Peppermint Skye Shorts to be both glam and practical! Inspired by the dramatic swish of circle skirts, our version of swing shorts walks the line of fun and function with flow aplenty around the legs and hips – and pockets, of course! The curved front yoke paired with an elasticated back waistband is all class at the front, comfy at the back. Go on: get your legs out and make this simple sew so you can sashay into glorious summer adventures.

A big shout out to our sewing partner Spoonflower for helping to make our free patterns possible! The world’s largest marketplace of independent designs from global artists, Spoonflower is leading the way in custom, sustainable textile printing. Their on-demand process significantly reduces materials, energy and water, with inks that meet Oeko-Tex 100 requirements and fabrics – including a Certified Organic range – that are ethically sourced. Pop on over to for inspiration for your next me-made project.

We used the Organic Cotton Sateen from Spoonflower, printed with a botanical palm leaf pattern by Italian illustrator Francesca Besso.

Download the pattern and share on socials with #PeppermintPatterns and #PeppermintSkyeShorts so we can see your designs!

See what Peppermint said:

“We love working with indie patternmakers, especially those who are championing diversity in sewing, so when Mandi wrote to us about a collaboration we jumped at the chance to work with her. The whole process has been delightful; Mandi is a consummate professional, knowledgeable, prompt and so easy to work with. We love the Skye Shorts pattern and can’t wait to see it out in the world as our audience turns it into a treasured and cherished piece in their wardrobes.”


Desta Cullen


Watch this short video as Kate from @in_a_haystack interviews me on how I come up with names for my patterns and what my dream outfit would be.

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