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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Zurich, Switzerland, but I live in Vienna, Austria.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started making things very early on… first miniature clothing – and other stuff – for my dolls house, then for my bigger dolls and later for myself… My grandma was a seamstress and my mom a very good sewer. However, I always just did it somehow, but lately I have become much more picky, I want it all to look professional, inside and out, and it seems like I have to learn sewing all over again – this time for real!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
It’s a great honor to be featured here – but it almost seems too early… Sewing has become extremely important in the past few months, but I feel like I am at the very beginning of a long journey. For quite a while I had been trying to find a hobby to fit me and I have finally found it. It had to be something “crafty”, I did a lot of knitting, even learned how to make bobbin lace, I tried to get back to painting – an earlier hobby of mine, but finally it clicked: I HAVE TO SEW! I’m intrigued by vintage patterns right now, learning so much about construction and fitting, but I really want to move on to my own designs soon, I want to find my own personal style…

In real life, I am a singer. I actually had wanted to become a set-/costume-designer, but somehow ended up on stage. One of the best things is getting costumes made for me… I am reading this book on “haute couture” at the moment, and I realized that I am very familiar with most of those techniques. So at my last fitting I made a comment about that, and the seamstress confirmed that it is basically “haute couture” they are doing, except for the fact that they have to manage with only two fittings (and they sew a little less by hand). It’s great to be around these sewing pros – and I really know what a perfectly fitted garment feels like. Unfortunately, my need for perfectionism in my own garments seems to grow faster than my skills…!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
When I sew, I’m in “the zone”, time flies and I can totally forget about what I call my “real life” and whatever problems I might have to process. I believe it is very healthy for me… As a musician, I make art, but it is so futile! After a performance it’s all evaporated, nothing to proof the hard work with. You go home, and it is gone. … When I sew it’s so satisfying to have something to look at and hold in my hands after a few hours of work.
Least favorite: The amazing amounts of dust it causes.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Don’t really know. I have only recently discovered how fun it is to make something for someone other than me… I could see myself design and make gowns for singers to wear at concerts… I know very well what their special needs are – for example lots and lots of place to breathe without having to fear loosing “chest coverage”… and I guess I would love to design a robe for any “queen of the night”!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

What I really love is seeing the different versions of the same pattern.
I am not sure about the categories one has to fill in when posting a project – like it is often good for more than one season, so I never know what to put, also the “style” I usually leave blank. But we could use more garment types. Like “gowns” or a different category for day/evening dresses, or divide it up in lengths (mini-knee-long…) But that’s no biggie.
I really don’t know the point in the rating system though. I love that there are no “thumbs down” people on this site, if you don’t like it, just don’t comment, it’s usually just constructive criticism. I think the rating can be completely left away, or it would have to become more specific: 1-5 points for different aspects like fabric/color choice, fitting, execution, design.. But I don’t know if we really want to go there… we want to keep this as encouraging as it is!

7. What is your motto?
Leap and the net will appear.

Ajtak7171 has amazing creations! Check out what inspires her with her top ten!


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    Jul 13, 2010, 06.08 PMby xxsignedmexx

    Your projects look really cool! And I love dollhouses, do you have pictures? Looking to your clothes, that has to be really cool too!

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    Jul 11, 2010, 08.48 PMby magdamagda

    a big smile:) i loved reading your interview, and your projects look like something to be proud of! congrats:) and thanks for posting this photo!

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    Jul 11, 2010, 12.17 PMby sibeli

    Wow, mega spannend chli öppis über di z’läse! u das föteli vo dir isch wahnsinn, überhoupt nid arrogant. ha mi scho paar mau gfragt öb du das bisch oder süsch es model…mystery solved :) zu dine kreatione chani nume säge…chapeau! :-D

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    Jul 10, 2010, 07.18 PMby laurakis

    love the eighteenth century look, its one of my all-time favorite fashions, love the picture

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      Jul 11, 2010, 09.31 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! I was worried it might come across as arrogant, but at the same time people here might appreciate the photo – it was made for a poster, by a photographer and make-up artist that are specialized in fashion shoots, and it was really interesting to see them work (but I almost fainted at the end, it was exhausting!).

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    Jul 10, 2010, 05.47 PMby vesna veizovic

    your ideas are really wonderful, interesting and very beautiful …

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    Jul 10, 2010, 05.02 AMby irmchen

    I love the fact that I can meet interesting people here at BurdaStyle. :) Thank you for presenting your featuring. I am surprised that you are a singer! :-)

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      Jul 11, 2010, 09.33 AMby ajtak7171

      Yes, I actually liked to be an anonymous sewer here, but with the honor of the feature I decided to tell a little more about me… Oh and yes, my name is Katja, but I guess everybody has figured that one out :-)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 10.02 PMby easbrooke

    Wow! I love your motto.

    I also love your classic styles in your studio. You’re very talented!

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      Jul 11, 2010, 08.59 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! Sometimes the motto is more what I SHOULD think, rather than what I DO… But it’s a good motto anyway, right ;-)

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    Jul 9, 2010, 06.31 PMby fosteretalk

    Your creations look very skilled to me. I am very pleased that you were selected.

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    Jul 9, 2010, 01.40 PMby vintagegal

    Nothing to do with sewing…just wanted to say the picture of you above is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 01.20 PMby wzrdreams

    Having (essentially) haute couture costumes made for and to fit you is soooo amazing and rare. How fun!

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      Jul 11, 2010, 08.58 AMby ajtak7171

      Yes! I sometimes work with theaters that only rent the costumes, which is not half as fun. Right now, I am getting a 1910s dress made for me and it almost got me to start a blog. People on this site would have loved to be there with me, I am sure…

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    Jul 9, 2010, 10.40 AMby stephiaffi

    Wow, just had a look at all your projects! They are so beautiful and creative!

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      Jul 11, 2010, 02.50 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I just had a look at yours and I love them, too! Und Du bist auch aus (in) Wien, schön!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 10.14 AMby janul

    Wow, she´s an amazing seamstress and a singer…! I don´t know what to say, I´m jealous I think :).

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