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Where are you from and/or where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I am from Chennai, India. I was born and brought up here and have lived all my 31 years of live so far out here in this beautiful, traditional, conservative yet caring city of Chennai. I am a SAHM (ex-s/w engineer) who loves pampering her 4.5 year old little princess and an aspiring freelance fashion designer dreaming of launching own clothing line in near future!

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
I would love to take you to ‘Parrys Corner’, mecca for art and craft lovers here in Chennai, from fabrics, notions, stationery, knick-knacks, hardware, sewing machinery anything you name it from ‘Pin’ to ‘Plane’ you will get it there. Beautiful landmarks would be lots of temples out here from Kapaleeshwar to Ashtalakshmi, this town is famous for its Temples and its Filter Kaapi (Coffee!) so a visit to traditionall eateries commonly known as a ’’Mess’’ is also a must to grap your piping hot cuppa.


Luxihere baby pictures!

How did you start sewing?
My Aunt was a professional tailor. She conducted tailoring classes from her 30s until her early 50s. During my school days, I used to spend my summer holidays at her place and hence got interested in sewing. She taught me the basics and the nuances of sewing and is my friend, philosopher and guide, not just with sewing but for life. Sewing is therapy for me. It is a way of life. It signifies my existence. Gives me sheer thrill and pleasure to be able to dream of something and then live it up by sewing it.

Being featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook has to be the most noted sewing achievement so far. I’m eagerly looking forward to the release of the book, and recently also got a special mention in Dare to Design Contest through mail from Shabby Apple though my design did not make it to top 15.

Where do you go to get inspired?
I get my inspiration from what i see in everyday life, it could be a magazine, tv show, person next door, a flower, a clothes line waving in breeze, my daughter’s antics and beautiful smile, it could just be anything that rings a bell to set my creative juices flowing.

Mood containing my muse, inspiration, lovely daughter, her smile, antics, mischief almost everything affects me and inspires me in its own way, I love nature and going on vacations, each vacation has left its mark in my designs, architecture sure inspires me to try different silhouettes, and last but not least my hubby has been a pillar of strength during testing times.

What’s your sewing secret weapon? What trick or technique do your sewing projects always tend to include?
Secret Sewing weapon, oh if i were to share then it ceases to be a secret isn’t it! LOL! Actually i don’t have any such secret sewing weapon per say but I can’t ofcourse do without the essential gizmos required for pattern drafting, cutting & sewing. Edge stitch the facing while turning them over, as this trick has taken my outfits from shabby necklines to sleek ones! Literally!

What’s your sewing experience like?
I do like listening to music, mostly Indian both Classicial and filmi. Anything which soothes my mind or peps me up depending on my mood. I do sing to de-stress while i sew. I sew in the ‘’computer room’‘, that’s how we call it. It has the laptop, sewing machine, my fabric stash cupboard and storage space for all my sewing books and accessories. Whenever I hear a bell ring in me to go ahead and sew, I just do, though I try to avoid listening to the bell at night, so as to not to disturb both people at home and neighbors through my sewing motor sound!

What is your dream sewing project?
Dream sewing project would be an exclusive wedding bridal Lehenga (Indian skirt, top worn, and shawl by the bride). I plan to do one for my sister and many years down the line for my daughter!

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
Most frustrating thing is….. I guess … ripping about the seams using seam ripper
Most rewarding is of course to see and end result and be proud that you created it! Nothing can beat that feeling, the satisfaction, and the gratification!

Check out luxihere’s top ten favorite member projects!

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    Oct 19, 2011, 10.18 AMby kalleda

    Glad to see a fellow Indian on BurdaStyle! Gorgeous clothes :)

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    Sep 26, 2011, 06.12 PMby newdawnk

    I love the beautiful clothes you’ve made for your daughter. I’m experimenting with Sari fabric now. Very inspirational. I hope you have much success with your future line of clothing.

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    Sep 23, 2011, 07.23 PMby magdamagda

    Most frustrating thing is….. I guess … ripping about the seams using seam ripper

    There’s one thing worse: ripping seams without a seam ripper:)) So many wonderful pics, I smiled and sighed, I hope you’ll take me to that market one day;)

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      Sep 26, 2011, 06.00 AMby luxihere

      Thanks Magda! yes ripping up seams are quite annoying!

      When are you coming to chennai, i will surely take you to the market!

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    Sep 22, 2011, 12.57 PMby zsyzu

    Congratulations! Your clothing is beautiful and well made. Truly inspiring!

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      Sep 26, 2011, 06.00 AMby luxihere

      Thanks zsyzu!

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    Sep 22, 2011, 03.51 AMby Nermina Croata

    Your photos are so relaxing.

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.59 AMby luxihere

      Thanks!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 05.06 PMby nouvellegamine

    wow! your clothes are lovely and you & your family are beautiful :)

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.59 AMby luxihere

      Thanks a lot for such a nice compliment. I feel truly blessed!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 04.36 PMby Renu Dee

    It’s lovely to see an Indian designer/tailor on here. I’m truly inspired and motivated by this interview. My goal is to attempt a sari blouse. :)

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.59 AMby luxihere

      Thanks!

      Please do make a saree blouse, i had even shared a tutorial here on burdastyle on how to sew saree blouse! do feel free to ping me in case you have any doubts regarding the blouse draft and sewing

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    Sep 21, 2011, 09.56 AMby Elleduncan

    I love your life. Hold a career and have sewing as your hobby. your artical attracted me to visit your country.

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.58 AMby luxihere

      Thanks ! Please do visit India. You are most welcome!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 05.51 AMby CaliforniaPinsnNeedles

    I love the Featured Member page. It’s great to see what other sewers around the world are doing. You are lucky you live so close to the source of so many unbelievable silk fabrics that many people in the US never see and people in India probably take for granted.

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.57 AMby luxihere

      Thanks!

      yes silk is synonymous with festivities and weddings and any other cultural or traditional ceremonies here in India. Just last week made a silk traditional skirt and top as Dress no.1 out of 9 new dresses i make every year during the 9 day festival Navarathri which starts, day after tomorrow!
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    Sep 21, 2011, 05.08 AMby rochelle49

    Lovely photos! What wonderful inspirations! Thank you for sharing your work. It is just beautiful!

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.56 AMby luxihere

      Thanks for the compliments.

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    Sep 21, 2011, 04.09 AMby notdeadredhead

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful! The clothing, scenery, and your family! Thank you so much for sharing everything with us! It inspires me to get a bit more creative with my own projects! :^D (I still need to post a lot of my recent things, but still..) Thank you so much!

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.56 AMby luxihere

      Thanks for the compliments. I am truly humbled by all the love and appreciation i have received through this feature! I really appreicate that.

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    Sep 21, 2011, 03.11 AMby Hannah Camp

    I love the clothes you made for your daughter! I also have a 4 1/2 year old and she can’t wait for me to start making clothes for her. Thank you for the inspirations, just ADORABLE :D

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.55 AMby luxihere

      Thanks a lot for the compliments!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 03.01 AMby 10ashus

    Luxihere, I like the way you use the fabric to create texture and shapes, especially when you use contrast in the same garment. I could see the same look in the photos for…I think they called it…your Burda Favorites. You have the mind of the artist. You have inspired me this day with the items you have created.

    I may never get to travel to your country, but your photos and your description of the people where you live makes me want to go there.

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      Sep 26, 2011, 05.55 AMby luxihere

      Thanks! I hope you get to see India! Ours is a vibrant and culturally rich country. Fabric heritage is also long drawn with lots of variety on offer.

      Thanks so much for the compliments, i am glad you liked my projects!

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