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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Germany, but one might say that I am also from Taiwan. My father is German and my mother is Taiwanese. Also I have always spent my summer vacation in Taiwan because I have a huge family over there. So I feel like coming from 2 different countries.
I live in Dinslaken, which I guess is unknown to the world. Nevertheless it is a nice and calm place and it is part of the European Capital of Culture 2010.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
That must have been in my childhood. I think it was a simple heart-shaped pin cushion for my mother. Today, I would never sew a heart-shaped pin cushion again!…hearts and needles just do not go well together!

I started sewing thanks to my wonderful mother. She used to sew clothes for herself and our family since I am able to think and remember. The noise of a sewing machine always reminds me of my childhood. She is my sewing teacher and I owe her all of my sewing skills. I really appreciate her advise because of her great sewing experience. I can always ask her for help when having a sewing problem. So it seems that she simply infected me with this sewing fever.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing has taken over a huge part of my life. For a long time I did not know what kind of thing I was “good” in or what would make me really happy while doing it. I feel like finally I found something that was always inside me, but I had not noticed or, better said, forgotten about. I paused sewing for a couple of years. But since last year, whenever I can spare time, I spend it with sewing. I can forget about everything while creating something new and it simply makes me happy. I guess, that is the most important part of it.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I have 3 favorites! 1. Combining a project I would like to try with a matching fabric. (Though I need to get better in that.) 2. Cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces. (Because this means I am going to get started and that makes me excited.) 3. Wearing the finished garment!
My least favorite things is to undo seams because that means that I have done something wrong.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Hhm, that is a difficult question. Actually, I cannot think of anyone famous. If I were able to sew hats, I would make lots of them for my boyfriend because he is so into them. Maybe one day I should give it a try.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I love this site and I am so glad, that equal-minded people from all over the world have the opportunity to share their creations. Thanks to you BurdaStyle Team! There is not really anything to improve, but I think it would be nice to have the possibility to search for members by location, so that one could meet with others living nearby.

7. What is your motto?
My motto is a haiku (Japanese poem) by Issa. Translated in English it goes somehow like this: “Snail, very, very, slowly climb Mount Fuji.” One of the slowest creature on earth tries to climb the highest mountain of Japan. For me this means never to give up and be persevering and diligent, as it is possible to reach every goal, though that might take some time. This also applies to sewing! haha

Though she only considers herself a novice, she is far from it! Check out Catchannette’s amazing projects, especially her awesome big checked grey dress. See what inspires her on BurdaStyle

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    May 11, 2011, 08.06 PMby 1sewingprincess

    I caught the same bug as you last year. Before then I was only making alterations, but now I can’t stop sewing garments…it’s more fun than shopping sometimes!

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    Feb 16, 2010, 02.45 PMby lottatroublemaker

    LOL, it seems we got the same bug! I sewed a lot during my childhood and as a teenager, but ended out with a long break, too busy with other things, I guess. But the last few months, I’ve caught the sewing bug – taken it up again and love it! I love how I now can enjoy so much better equipment and notions than before too, making it much easier to get real nice results! I find it quite funny that I now find myself making 80’s inspired clothes, since I sewed the most during the 80’s… It is so much easier to make more ellaborative things now though, with the Internet and easy access to great books, it is so much easier to learn new techniques. If I wonder about something, I always find the answer… :)

    I especially love to take old garments and use the fabric to create something new, from scratch. I got a dress form, and love making things without a pattern using it. My last favorite is a wool knit dress made from a brown men’s lambswool sweater and an old oversize plum purple rib knit lambswool sweater. I made a puffy short sleeve out of the bottom of the body of the brown sweater, with plum rib knit edges and a brown “undersleeve” (to make it long sleeve, necessary to keep warm these days). The top part of the dress is brown and fitted, to just below the bust, and the skirt part is A-line, with a draw string at the bottom to give it a slight bubble shape whenever I want that. The neckline is a boatlike one, with a wide rib edge. I didn’t have enough fabric to make foldover edge trims, so I simply overlocked the edges, with matching wooly nylon thread (which I just happened to have, real lucky!) – and it worked out real great, actually prettier than it would have been folded over. I made two brooches from left over fabric, one “button-like” one with a purple circular center and brown ruffle trim. The other a brown wool rose (made from around 20 petals). I attach the brooch at the middle of the front where the top part meets the skirt. Makes it more fun, I think. I’m real happy with it. I love working with limited fabric as when you re-design something, it challenges you to be more creative, I think… So much fun!
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    Feb 11, 2010, 01.36 AMby pakutke

    its always so nice to discover one more talented member, you make cute cute stuff!

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