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I started sewing when I was about 12, making doll clothes and around the age of 15 I made myself some simple dresses and bags with the help of my mother. After that I stopped sewing for some time. After my first child was born, I felt a strong need to make and create things.

I wanted to do a thousand kinds of projects at once. I started sewing again, enjoying mainly sewing clothes for myself. I love that sewing is very practical, I can make something I need and use. I made my first trousers recently, which makes me proud and I hope they will be very practical!

What do you do other than sewing?
I´m from Czech Republic and come from a village about one hour away from the capital, Prague. Now I live in another small village, also not far from Prague, just in a different direction. Most of my time is occupied by my two daughters, 3 years and 6 months. I enjoy painting a lot, it´s something I put my heart in and something I´d like to get better at. I used to make illustrations for two small magazines (only one now), and I make dolls out of clay. I have a blog about art, inspiration, and the simple joys of life.

Where do you go to get inspired?
I go to the internet for inspiration and ideas for clothes: Burda Style, Pinterest. Frida Kahlo inspires me a lot, also painting-wise. From the many lovely blogs there is Anna of Graceful Lady, whom I find very stylish. History inspires me, I enjoy clothing exhibitions – my favorite fashion era is the 1920s. I also love dolls of all kinds and children´s clothing inspires me a lot even for myself.

What’s your sewing secret weapon?
I can´t think of any secret weapon or trick… I hate zippers and often try to omit them, mostly in dresses. I don´t take sewing very seriously; I don´t plan to learn many advanced techniques and don´t enjoy working on something for a long time. There are always many other things I like to do, so I usually only work on something that´s simple and (hopefully) fast to make. Yeah, I´m a lazy seamstress and not a very patient person.

Tell us about your sewing experience.
I wish I had a room only for sewing, painting, and making in general, but I do all of this in our living room at my table. Lately, my work area is becoming quite messy, with fabric, paintings and the rest around. I would love to buy an overlocker, but I have no idea where I would put it. Anyway, we´ve always lived in small places, so I´m lucky to have my table and my white cabinet beside it where I store most of my belongings.
I almost never listen to music, as I like silence. That´s maybe a bit of a problem with sewing, as the machine is quite noisy. Therefore I try to sew during the day, if possible, because in the evening I like to enjoy the quiet (tracing patterns etc. is ok in the evening).

My dream sewing project would be a winter coat. I have an image of it in my head: pink, with a hood, slightly babydoll-ish, maybe a bit of a dufflecoat style, maybe something more fitted at the top and looser in the skirt. I also know exactly where I would buy the material! But it is very expensive and my time is very limited, so I keep dreaming the dream… for now.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I have been a BurdaStyle member for about three years now, since September 2009. My username is my childhood nickname I was called by my parents. I love that BurdaStyle is a constant stream of inspiration, great clothes and interesting people. When I think about what to sew next, I often like to look at my favorites. I visit daily, always looking forward to seeing new projects.

Michelle and Dress with Gathered Rectangle Skirt and Cap Sleeves are my favorite patterns. They are easy and flattering styles and I plan to make them again.

What is the most frustrating and rewarding thing about sewing for you?
The most frustrating thing about sewing for me would be that I am almost never able to make anything exactly the way I wanted. I admire the professional looking and beautifully sewn clothes on BurdaStyle; mine usually tend to have what I would call a carefree finish. On the other hand, it´s very rewarding to be able to make something I love. It´s a great thing to think of a garment, a shape, a color you´d like to achieve… and then make it and wear it.

Check out Janul’s 10 favorite member projects!


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    May 8, 2012, 12.08 AMby RuellaDesigns

    Dear Janul,

    I found your profile/bio very interesting. I sewed a bit as a child and was interested in fashion design, but that started to fade after a few years. I’ve been interested in it, again, the past 5-6 yrs sewing when I have time. Only now, I LOVE IT! I’m completely obsessed and would like to earn an income designing and selling my work. Me and my husband do not have children (I am 39 years old). Honestly, I fear having a child will take away all my sewing/creative time (I also enjoy drawing and painting…and dancing). I’m torn between having a creative life and having to give that up to become a mother. I’m inspired, though, to see you make the time to be creative and artisitc even having 2 kids. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      May 8, 2012, 08.13 AMby janul

      Thanks for your comment. I had tons and tons of time few years before I had my first child… and did nothing! Well, almost nothing. I wasn´t able to use the time I had usefully. I didn´t know what to paint. Now I don´t have much time, but I have tons of inspiration and ideas. I enjoy painting so much more now. And babies are so beautiful :).

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      May 8, 2012, 11.33 AMby MisterC

      I also didn’t get into sewing until my son was born. I always had an interest in it, but I never felt I had the time to invest in such a hobby until after he was born. When babies are small, they sleep a lot and so I found myself wondering what to do with the time I had in the evenings (don’t get me wrong…there was plenty of cleaning and organizing left to do when he was asleep). But moreover, I found inspiration to make the clothes for him. It was fun to create something for your child and to see them wearing it. Plus they’re not that big of critics…if I made some cruddy seams here or there, he didn’t care. You can also share the creativity with your child, and show them the world of things they can make with their imagination.

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    May 7, 2012, 11.09 PMby carottesauvage

    I really love your paintings, illustrations and dolls!!! Great to read from you! Chapeau l’artiste!

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      May 8, 2012, 12.17 PMby janul


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