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Where are you from and where do you live now?
Hi there, my name is Charlotte, I am 26 and I am from France. I grew up in Brittany but I have been living in Paris for more than three years. It’s a great city even if sometimes I miss living by the sea… I have a 9 to 5 daily job that isn’t far from home (quite great in a big city) so I don’t waste a lot of time commuting every day and I can focus more on my sewing projects.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in 2005 because I wanted a floral dress that I’ve seen on a Cacharel runway show.

I was a student, I couldn’t afford it, and so I decided to make my own floral dress! But I really got into sewing in 2007 when I moved to Sweden for a year and met Margareta, a Swedish grandma, who lent me her sewing machine for a few months and taught me a lot of great techniques. She is the best seamstress I’ve ever met!

Try to describe your personal style in 5 words or less!
Bows, scoop backs, summer dresses, navy blue color, and Liberty fabrics are the five ingredients of my style.

Do you have a style icon who inspires your sewing projects? Where do you go to get inspired?
No style icon in particular, I get inspired by magazines, runway shows, blogs. My favourite brands are Paul&Joe, Orla Kiely, Stella Mc Cartney, Valentino. But what I like the most is following emerging clothing labels such as Nadinoo, Alexandra Grecco or Hetterson. They are talented ladies, amazing seamstresses and their designs are always perfect.

What time of year do you find yourself most creative?
Spring! It’s my favourite time of year to start sewing projects because all I can think about at this time of the year is all the summer clothes I would like to wear on my holiday trips to sunny countries. I am passionate about summer cotton dresses :)

What’s your sewing experience like?
I’ve had a sewing room in my apartment (which is also a guest room) for a few months now, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I spend many hours per week sewing there, in the evening or week-ends, listening to the Shangri-Las, She & Him and Camera Obscura.

I also spend a lot of a time reading blogs (and BurdaStyle!) on my home-made desk painted with the loveliest blue color.

What is your dream sewing project?
My dream would be to be able to sew everyday, to make a living out of this. So I actually don’t have one dream sewing project but many!
That’s why I decided a few weeks ago to launch my Etsy shop full of handmade clothes and try the adventure of a handmade clothing label. My fingers are crossed.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I discovered BurdaStyle about a year ago and it hasn’t been long before I decided to sign up. I visit daily and I comment on projects very often. It’s always a great pleasure to get fantastic feedback about my creations, so I share my love for other seamstresses projects too. What I like the most about the website is the BurdaStyle featured member interview; I love having a peek at other people adventures in sewing. That’s why I am so thrilled to be a featured member!

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
The most rewarding thing is when I can’t stop wearing an outfit I’ve sewn. I also like when I look at the inside of my garment and I can tell myself “this looks really pro!”

What is frustrating is when you spend a lot of time sewing a garment and it doesn’t really fit. I like when my clothes are completely made to measure. That is why I get a lot of scratches while trying on garments with pins on it!

Check out charlotteauzou’s top ten favorite member projects!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 08.56 PMby geosewer

    Le robe bleue c’est magnifique!

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    Sep 8, 2011, 11.47 PMby CaliforniaPinsnNeedles

    I love the red dress. Did you design it yourself or is it from a pattern that I can purchase?

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    Sep 6, 2011, 02.52 PMby barona

    Congratulations, Charlotte! I love your dresses (always so stylish!) and your blog.

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    Sep 4, 2011, 08.02 AMby rochelle49

    Brava! great recognition. I love your navy blue dress! How lovely is your style!

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    Aug 31, 2011, 12.03 PMby Guessous

    I love all of the clothes featured, is the coral dress made from a shop pattern? If so please could I have the make and style number please. Thanks Fi

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    Aug 31, 2011, 07.57 AMby carmencitab

    Félicitations Charlotte!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 09.50 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    congrats on the feature :) very deserving miss charlotte! you have a beauitfully simple and elegant style

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    Aug 30, 2011, 09.46 PMby pogotown

    What sweet, adorable little dresses! Keep it up, and great luck on your etsy site. I started a site (not sewing, I’m not that good anymore, although I used to design and sew all my clothes in college) and it is a blast. You make friends all over the planet! Congrats on the Burda recognition, you deserve it!

    Kathleen

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    Aug 30, 2011, 08.04 PMby inkidesigns

    lovely little dresses, oh to have my own sewing room……what bliss that would be. Keep on creating!!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 08.03 PMby inkidesigns

    lovely little dresses, oh to have my own sewing room……what bliss that would be. Keep on creating!!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 04.36 PMby wildcatspow

    Congrats on being the featured member! I’ve been following your lovely projects for a while now, and you deserve the recognition! Great work and good luck with your Etsy shop!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 01.53 PMby raving

    I love your sewing space, the pretty colours and the bright airy room!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 05.28 AMby baka-pepica

    I LIKE your style and dresses, they are so sweet! and your sewing room is very similar to mine , in living room :D .

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    Aug 30, 2011, 03.03 AMby turtlegirl00

    i love the dresses you have made! they are adorable and fit perfectly! bravo! quite inspiring—glad you were featured!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 05.03 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Love your sewing room! If I had a room like that I would never leave it! Lovely to see your work too.

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