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Where are you from and where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA and now I live in New Jersey, USA. I am a stay-at-home mom to 2 lovely daughters.

claudine01’s family.

How did you begin your sewing journey, and what have been your greatest achievements along that journey so far?
I started sewing at a very young age. My mother used to make my clothes, but I was a rather ungrateful child. I was convinced I could do better myself.

I continue to sew because of a compulsion I have to make things. I get all nervous if I don’t have anything to do with my hands.

Great sewing achievements include 2 wedding gowns (my own and my best friend’s), 3 prom gowns (2 for me and one for my other best friend), one mother-of-the-groom gown for my mother at my brother’s wedding, and one Zevo-3 Elastica costume for my younger daughter.

Who or what inspires you?
My style icons are all people so far removed from my personal lifestyle that I can’t fathom how they have caught my imagination. They include Susie Bubble, Tina Turner (Beyond the Thunderdome is my all-time favorite movie for costumes), Helena Bonham Carter (A Room with a View makes me swoon), and Queen Rania of Jordan.

I am inspired by all kinds of things. I read fashion magazines obsessively, I love Pinterest, I read loads of blogs, and look at all the fashion shows on style.com. I keep photos cut from magazines all over my sewing room walls, and replace them every season. But sometimes I’m just inspired by the colors of nature or a fluffy dog.

What’s your sewing secret weapon?
I line just about everything in silk. A silk lining feels fabulous and elevates every garment.

Tell us about your sewing experience.
I listen to music on Internet radio when I am sewing. My niece makes me playlists so the music that I listen to is not so terribly out-of-date. I’ve been enjoying music by Jamie Cullum and Two Door Cinema Club lately.

claudine01’s sewing room.

I have trouble focusing on sewing if there are no distractions. Somehow, I get more sewing done if my kids are bothering me. If they leave me alone, I just waste time on the internet and don’t do any sewing at all.

I am lucky enough to have my own sewing room in a spare bedroom in my house.

Another look at claudine01’s room.

What is your dream sewing project?
That’s a tough one. I have lots of possible projects in my head all the time, but to call one of them my “dream” project would be a slight to all the others. My almost-eight-year old has lately started making sketches of dresses. I’m thinking of asking her to pick her favorite sketch and I will make that dress for her for her birthday. I’ll call that my dream project of the moment.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle, and what keeps you coming back?
I’ve been a BurdaStyle member for quite a while. I am known in the online sewing community by my first name, so I wanted to keep that going on BurdaStyle. Claudine was taken, so I chose Claudine01. My favorite thing to do on BurdaStyle is to page through the newly posted projects. I find it relaxing to see what other people are sewing. I visit several times a week.

What are your favorite BurdaStyle and/or burda style magazine patterns, and why?
I love the trouser patterns in Burdastyle magazine. They fit me well and the styles tend to be very current.

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
I have been sewing for a long time. Sometimes it’s frustrating when my project turns out exactly as envisioned. It makes me feel like I’ve missed an opportunity to learn something new. It’s rewarding to learn a new skill. I learned screen printing recently. Now I am hoping to improve my batiking skills.

Check out claudine01’s top ten favorite member projects!


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    Jan 18, 2013, 03.19 AMby CarmackMovingandStorage

    Indeed a woman of power. A responsible mom as well as someone who has time to practice her craft. Carmack Moving and Storage

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    Mar 6, 2012, 02.45 PMby kelepso

    I envy your sewing room and I love the striped dress. Congrats on your feature!

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    Mar 4, 2012, 03.25 AMby mrspaiere

    wow, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing

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    Mar 3, 2012, 06.53 PMby Vimbikai Chikanda Gavaza

    I love your work Claudine and will definitely try your DIY tips.

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    Mar 3, 2012, 03.32 AMby teresaslo

    My daughter said the same thing that she has a compulsion to sew and create. In this highly technological world I think it is a really grounding thing. I have been sewing for 48 years and know nothing else. It is my Zen. Nice work and I really like seeing people enjoy sewing as much as I do! You are a good role model for your daughters.

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    Mar 2, 2012, 11.48 AMby anajan

    It was great reading about you. I’ve always found your work very inspiring, and did my own copycatting of your ingenious ideas. I’m still very envious of your sewing space :)

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    Feb 29, 2012, 08.47 PMby Testosterone

    All that talent, and able to raise a family too! WOW!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 01.37 PMby Tudor Mariana

    I very much love to Burda and have many models in this magazine. It is very good for the family.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 01.27 PMby Tudor Mariana

    I’m from Romania and I love to sew for me and my family. I have a girl and a boy and take care of them, are married and have 35 years

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    Feb 28, 2012, 12.38 PMby carmencitab

    Well deserved! Congratulations!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 11.30 AMby dottty

    Wow love your painted plaid dress, its fabulous jj:)x

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    Feb 28, 2012, 11.30 AMby dottty

    Wow love your painted plaid dress, its fabulous jj:)x

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    Feb 28, 2012, 06.58 AMby carolyn-s

    It was very interesting to read more about you and your very diverse and fascinating inspirations! Fluffy dog?? how intriguing! Your spray painted plaid dress is just fabulous. I love it, and as usual I am feeling a case of copy-itis coming on…. :) Thank you for choosing one of my designs as a favourite. i am honoured you liked it!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 12.45 AMby LindsayTNYC

    Congratulations on your profile, Claudine! I’m jealous of your sewing room. —Meg

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    Feb 27, 2012, 09.25 PMby missceliespants

    I love Claudine’s work! It’s innovative and interesting. Her techinical skills also blow me away. Thanks for featuring her!

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    Feb 27, 2012, 09.08 PMby Robin Denning

    You are the most interesting person, ever!

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      Feb 27, 2012, 09.42 PMby claudine01

      Why, thank you! But perhaps you might want to consider getting out more.

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    Feb 27, 2012, 08.23 PMby carottesauvage

    Congrats for being featured Claudine! I love the way your latest experiments with batik and spray dye turned out!

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