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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Denmark in a small town called Hobro with my husband and our 4 children, Luna (12), Albert (7), Bertram (5) and Wilma (4) – and I’m dreaming of at least one more child. I used to be a social worker (and before that I was a bank clerk), but when we had our fourth child I decided to look for another job which allowed me to spend more time with my kids. I’m now a child minder and open my own house as a sort of day care center every morning.


Groovymama with her kids!

How did you start sewing?
4 years ago I had never sewn!! (That is apart from the hideous jogging suit I created in 7th grade). My mom, who passed away 2 years ago, was an extremely creative woman – she could sew, knit, paint you name it. I remember falling asleep to the sound of my mom’s sewing machine, the most calming sound in the world.
When our youngest daughter was newborn I found a very simple pattern and started sewing some pants for her. I can remember how proud I was when I presented the first pair to my mom and she encouraged me to go on. I got addicted to this sewing thing and my skills developed quickly, I think. It feels so natural to me, designing and creating – I love it. I have never taking any sewing lessons, so the Groovymama way might not necessarily be the right way. I feel I’m honoring my mom every time I sit down behind my sewing machine, and I know she would be so proud of me.

The favorite project in my BurdaStyle studio. Well, in fact I have 2. The first one is my walk-away dress. It started with the shoes. I had bought this wonderful pair and wanted a dress to match the shoes. And there you have it. My second favorite is Wilmas yellow dress. I simply love this mod dress and the photographs of her in the snow. I have made several versions of that dress.

Try to describe your personal style in 5 words or less!
Colorful, contrasts, mod, simple, retro


Matching Mother and Daughter

Do you have a style icon who inspires your sewing projects? Where do you go to get inspired?
I’m mad for Mod. I love the mod style – A line dresses, Peter Pan collars, bright colors, piping and oversize buttons. I find inspiration many different places. For instance vintage patterns. I don’t necessarily use the patterns, but I’m often inspired by the pictures on the old envelopes. And then I’m inspired by the unpretentious and colorful minds of my kids. BurdaStyle is of course also one of my inspirational sources. If I have to name an icon it would be Mary Quant. She was a truly brilliant designer. I should also mention Twiggy, who looked stunning in Quant’s designs.



Inspiration from Groovymama

What time of year do you find yourself most creative?
Hmm, the first that came to mind were spring and summer because of the colors, the sun and so on, but I’m not sure that is the truth. I live in a country where the weather is rather cold, rainy, snowy and windy 8 months or so a year, so in order for me not to get to depressed I sew a lot of bright and colorful clothing during these months.

What’s your sewing experience like?
Usually I’m too tired to sew in the evening and I’m working in the morning, which leaves the afternoon for nerding. I sew when the kids in my daycare take their afternoon nap, and then I steal some minutes here and there during the afternoon when my own kids get home from school and kindergarten. And if I’m not too exhausted I also sew a little bit in the evening, that is if I’m not occupied with another obsession of mine, watching CSI. My sewing space is a corner in our livingroom and therefore never a quiet place. I don’t listen to music when I sew, with at least 4 kids around me all the time there is ‘music’ enough.

What’s your dream sewing project?
Right now my dream project is a summer coat for myself. Besides from that I would just like to fill my closet with homemade dresses.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I’ve been a member of BurdaStyle for 10 months and I stop by several times every day. There is a great atmosphere here. The members are kind and encouraging and the project side is a great inspiration to me. I’m hooked.

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
To be honest sewing is kind of an ambivalent obsession for me. I’m not a very patient person when it comes to this hobby of mine. I love to see results!! I find sewing very rewarding and almost therapeutic – but at the same time I have sooooo many ideas in my head and so little time, so I don’t really let myself enjoy sewing; in my mind I’m already on to the next project even before I’m halfway done with the ongoing one. Wish I could finish 5 dresses a day!!

If you would like to improve your Danish skills or just want to see more of my creative work you are very welcome to visit my blog.

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    Jul 25, 2011, 12.54 AMby Kait Kim

    I must ask…where did you get the ridiculously cool fabric for your little girl’s last pictured dress (the one with what appears to be a poppy field printed on it)? I have been searching forever for fabric that has what looks like photos printed on them.

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      Aug 8, 2011, 11.41 AMby groovymama

      Hi Kait – sorry for the delayed answer. The fabric is unfortunately out of production. It’s designed by Michael Miller and is called Poppy Fields

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      Aug 8, 2011, 04.55 PMby Kait Kim

      It’s fine. I haven’t been on the computer as of late, anyway. I’ll be sure to look him up, though. Thank you!

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    Jul 13, 2011, 08.28 PMby fashionfreek

    Congrats! I love your clothes and the colours are fab. Keep up the good work.x

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      Aug 8, 2011, 11.41 AMby groovymama

      Thanks so much

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    Jul 9, 2011, 03.20 AMby runningwithscissors1

    I always love seeing your projects. You have a wonderful style and your family is very lucky!

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      Jul 9, 2011, 03.01 PMby groovymama

      Thank you so very much :-)

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    Jul 9, 2011, 12.57 AMby Seher

    Dav!

    I love your style, the fabrics, the patterns, the creativity……………just looking at your dresses gets me in a good mood. :) Do you sell your clothes as well?

    Great to see a fellow Scandinavian featured here! (I’m 50% Danish and 50% Norwegian.)

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      Jul 9, 2011, 03.03 PMby groovymama

      (Beklager de norske gener ;-)

      Thanks, Seher – I don’t run a business if that’s what you mean, but I sell a bit from time to time. Mostly the stuff Wilma has outgrown….or if I think she has too many dresses (can a girl have too many??!! :-)

      Hugs

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    Jul 7, 2011, 02.08 AMby lucelu

    I love your style and relate to loving bright sunny colors d/t hard long winters. I live in upstate NY USA—close to Lake Ontario, we have long snowy winters too and lots of grey days. Is it any wonder my favorite color is orange? Your children are so beautiful. I also like the mod style. Congratulations on your feature!

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      Jul 7, 2011, 12.03 PMby groovymama

      Thank you so very much for your kind words :-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 04.06 PMby carottesauvage

    You certainly are the grooviest mama!

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      Jul 6, 2011, 06.22 PMby groovymama

      Merci beaucoup :-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 03.01 PMby turtlegirl00

    I am so happy to see you were featured! i love your creations—and you hit the nail on the head with sewing being therapeutic! And also about not being the most patient… i can most definitely relate. I too live in a place where it is winter more than anything else and it is fun to work with bright/light fabrics during the doldrums! keep on creating!

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      Jul 6, 2011, 06.22 PMby groovymama

      Thank you so much turtlegirl – warm hugs for the cold days ;-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 12.40 PMby GeraniumLane

    Omg! I just love ur designs. I especially love the little dress wilma is wearing in the monet print fabric…just gorgeous!Is the pattern urs or have u reinterpreted a particular pattern? Let me know as i want to make one for my niece. 

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      Jul 6, 2011, 06.22 PMby groovymama

      Hi, GeraniumLane. The pattern is my own :-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 10.07 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    wooo groovymama! well desevered. man i just love how bright and wonderful all your things are! you honestly have the luckiest kiddies in the world! i hope that one day my kids can be just as well dressed!

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      Jul 6, 2011, 11.14 AMby groovymama

      You are sweet, Ruffles.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 08.33 AMby irenamm

    Very inspiring! I admire your energy and I like the style. Sew on baby!

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      Jul 6, 2011, 11.13 AMby groovymama

      You bet, baby (and thanks) :-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 05.20 AMby RoniBarr

    I love your creations! They are stunning! You really deserve to be a featured member! Keep up the good work. :)

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      Jul 6, 2011, 11.13 AMby groovymama

      Thanks, RoniBarr

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    Jul 6, 2011, 03.04 AMby Patricia Peters

    I grew up during the 60’s and I kept a scrapbook of all the latest “TWIGGY” styles that I would like to “purchase” when I got older and had a job….unfortunately, by the time I got a “job” it was now the 70’s and the styles all changed!!! The scrapbook was lost somewhere during the decades.

    I have been sewing for over 40 years, now. My mother was just like your mother, everything that she created was perfect, from knitting, crocheting, sewing, and crafts. I learned what I know by watching, as she was very protective of her sewing machine and didn’t want little hands messing up the tension, etc. I’ve just started a business called Creative Stitches, LLC which is machine embroidered artwork and sewing crafts.

    I live in Florida, USA and came upon this FEATURED MEMBER from a BURDA STYLE e-mail that I received.

    I think you have a great eye for MOD DESIGN. You’re creations are fabulous and your attention to detail is awesome! You have definately inspired me, as well!

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      Jul 6, 2011, 11.12 AMby groovymama

      Thanks for sharing your story, Patricia. Wow. And thank you for your kind, encouraging words.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 01.18 AMby lizajane09

    Congratulations! So fun to read about you. I always love seeing your creations.

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      Jul 6, 2011, 11.12 AMby groovymama

      Thank you so much:-)

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    Jul 5, 2011, 09.07 PMby purple-hoggy

    I love your creations – your use of colour is fabulous. I live in Northern Germany and totally understand the need for brightness and life in our clothing (how else can one get through January?!). I am pleased to know that I’m not the only one who struggles to concentrate on the project at hand – so much fabric, so little time :) And, please, please can you tell me where you got your heels? I LOVE both pairs.

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      Jul 5, 2011, 09.13 PMby groovymama

      Guten Abend, Purple-hoggy.

      January sucks – February too if you ask me ;-)

      My shoes are from the Danish ‘Lola Ramona’. Not only do they look cool, they are also amazing to wear.

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