Featured Member: mahaila

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from one of the most isolated capital cities in the world Perth, Australia. Only since moving to the other side of the planet have I realised how isolated Perth is. I currently reside in Berlin.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

When did I start sewing? I can not actually remember because I have always made things. I used to hand sew as I either did not have a sewing machine or my machine was broken. I probably made a bag or case of some sort. I started sewing because I didn’t like the clothes at the store, all of the clothes that I do like, I can’t afford, and I always need to be making something, whether it be knitting, sewing, cutting, designing, or crafting.

Featured Member: carottesauvage

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am originally from France. I was raised in the Loire Valley near Le Mans, famous for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It is not far from Alençon in Normandy, a town known for its intricate lace: le point d’Alençon. [This feature is sponsored by the French expats’ tourist board. ;-)] I came to work in England in 1996, first in a small town near Bristol, then in London. I have been working while studying Fine Arts: I am a part-time librarian and I recently completed a research project at the Royal College of Art. I often feel stuck here in London, but I guess these are not the best economic times to leave the city. Rotterdam is my preferred location: it oozes with down-to-earth creative energy. There, over the last 4 years, I have learned how to hand process and print my own film footage (mainly 16 mm). I am a film buff.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I remember hand-stitching fabric remnants. I was determined to hand-sew as neatly and regularly as the sewing machine itself.

Featured Member: Laura Bolčina

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I come from Slovenia, Central Europe.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

My mother used to sew clothes for me when I was little. No wonder that I have been so enraptured with the thought of sewing my own clothes. I was about 12 years old when I made my very first bag, but it was hand-stitched. I started sewing with my mother’s sewing machine in summer 2008, when we finally took it to the repair shop. Soon I discovered BurdaStyle and bought my first Burda Mode magazine. My favourite project in my BurdaStyle studio is Pink & Red dress with a bow. I made it for the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show back in January. One thing I remember the most is that I was taking the photos in the middle of the night, just to publish the dress in time. :)

Featured Member: zaarissima

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1. Where do you live?

Since 2003 we live in a very rural area, in a small town called Engelskirchen (in Germany).

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started to sew in school, in the 60’s there was a lesson called “Handstill” on the schedule – I hated it…it was Fräulein Schwarz. We learned handmade sewing (pin-cushions, pot-holders and table runners). She made me redo every stitch and gave me a bad grade at the end. She noted, “You are totally untalented and you would be never a good housewife.”

Featured Member: kelepso

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Currently, I live minutes away from Downtown Miami in a very progressive neighborhood, called Morningside. It is filled with lots of art, design, culture, food and fashion. It’s a fun place to be.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

One of the very first things I can remember making as a child are Barbie doll clothes, made by hand from old discarded socks. As a young adult, it was two small matching pouches for my partner and I. Each one had our first initials hand sewn with beads. It was a bit afrocentric, when I was going through that phase.

Featured Member: Carolyn S

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I live in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a small city, and probably the most isolated capital city in the world! The term “only 6 degrees of separation” is so very true for Perth-ies. Both my husband and myself were born here, as well as all our three children.

2. What was the 1st thing you made?

My mother and both my grandmothers were both very creative and prolific seamstresses, so I was sewing from an early age. When I was little I made doll’s clothes, cushions, pencil-cases and pincushions and so on, one of which I still use today, lol!

Featured Member: loversandhaters

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born in Hong Kong but have lived most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There are a lot of young crafters in this city and a variety of venues (markets, craft fairs, independent businesses) that sell handmade goods. I really appreciate the DIY spirit here, especially having come from a highly commercial culture like Hong Kong’s.

Featured Member: magdamagda

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from Lasi, the Romanian cultural hub city of 7 hills and from there I landed in the sunny temple state of Tamil Nadu, India.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I inherited sewing genes from my grandmothers, so it was just a matter of time till I started sewing. One of my grandmothers taught me how to knit by the age of 4 and that’s also when i started to fervently fill notebooks with dress designs. In primary school I was filling my spare time with a bit of everything – fashion sketches, knitting with brushes (coz my mother used to hide the knitting needles from me – yes, I was the ultimate threat to useful thread, and yes I was that determined!). Also curtains were transformed into skirts, skirts into tops thanks to my voracious and obsessive talent:)).

Featured Member: sunnilj9

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from a small town in the southwestern portion of Utah called Cedar City. It’s one of those places where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and you know nearly everyone who lives there. It was a dream growing up there. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I started college and that’s where I live now.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started sewing little scraps of fabric my mother would give me into Barbie clothes when I was quite young. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “making something” and I’ve always been very much into style and fashion. My education in sewing was very natural and self motivated with exploration of self being the key. I started sewing with sewing patterns when I was high school where I learned how to read pattern lingo and such. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really cultivated the craft in my life by learning more and educating myself about extended techniques, design and becoming more involved in the online community.

Featured Member: oranereuland

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Geneva, Switzerland. I also lived in Lausanne. About 2 1/2 years ago my husband and I decided to live abroad for some time. We first moved to Bermuda, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We lived there for about a year and a half. We then traveled in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia for 8 months, before finally settling in New Zealand. We currently live in Wellington, New Zealand.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started to knit during our 8 months journey to New Zealand. When we arrived here, about 6 months ago, I decided to start to sew. That was the perfect situation because I had time and wanted to do something with my hands. My first piece was a very basic apron because I love to cook.

Featured Member: petitejosette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am originally from the North-West of France but I moved to Vancouver in April 2009, after living in Paris for 5 years.

Featured Member: sandrasews

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I live in Sydney, Australia. I actually grew up in Darwin in the far north of Australia in the tropics. I’ve also lived in California and London!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I made was probably something like a tote or zipper case in home economics at school. Do they even teach sewing at school these days? I remember watching my mum sew but I think my first experience was in that class at school. My favorite piece in my BurdaStyle studio is currently my Anda dress. It’s so quick to make and easy to wear. I think if you can get a lot of wears out of a handmade item, it’s a hit. I used to spend my time making complicated dresses that would barely get worn. An example of something I spent way too much time on making was when I decided to try my hand at tailoring using couture techniques on a blazer. It was literally sewn by hand and so laborious that I actually had to put it away for a few years before I could look at it again and finish it.

Featured Member: stitchywitchy

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’ve lived my whole life in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m a professional musician, and the arts community here is wonderful – it’s very different from they way I think people imagine Kentucky would be! I would never want to live anywhere else. I have a great love for old houses, and we are lucky that there are so many here! My husband and I own an old Victorian, and my second passion (after crafting) is restoring the house to its former glory.

Featured Member: embaby

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am born and bred in Singapore, a tiny urban island in Southeast Asia. I lived in Brisbane, Australia for three years while pursing my postgraduate degrees and have been back in Singapore.

Featured Member: klassykate

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1.Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and when I was 8 moths old, my family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I can’t remember exactly the first thing I sewed because I started learning at a very young age. I believe it was a stuffed animal kitty that came in a beginners sewing kit. I remember how impatient I was sewing it because I didn’t use a sewing machine. I learned how to hand-sew first. But what really got me started sewing was when I sewed my first purse without a pattern. I was 11 or 12 and I was sitting in the car, and my dad, in the drivers seat, asked me if I made the purse I was wearing. I thought his question was absolutely ridiculous, but then I thought; wait a second, maybe I could make a purse like this! So I got to work right away and I made a pretty good looking purse for a 12-year-old who had no pattern or directions. I also started sewing stuffed bear clothes for my sister and friends. I have been sewing, designing, creating, and learning ever since!

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