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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!


  • Maya_kuzman_large

    May 19, 2012, 09.50 PMby sewella

    Congratulations Jana!! The feature is well deserved!

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      May 20, 2012, 08.22 PMby janul

      thanks Maya, I was really happy to be featured member :)

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    May 15, 2012, 11.46 AMby kelerabeus

    Congrats on being featured! I enjoyed reading about you, for a person who doesn’t have much patience with sewing you do have a pretty darn good end results! Can imagine what it would look like if you do take it seriously :) Keep up with a good work!

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 20, 2012, 08.21 PMby janul

      thank you! I hope to sew something in the future for myself… but not with the horrible post-pregnancy figure I have now :).

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    May 14, 2012, 06.27 PMby 4girls

    Ahoj Janul, krásný rozhovor, početla jsem si :-)

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 20, 2012, 08.19 PMby janul

      díky za zprávu :)

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    May 14, 2012, 02.37 AMby highnotelady

    Just to encourage you, I find your “carefree finish” style very natural and intriguing. I would wear it! Great post. Your artwork is beautiful too! Keep creating!

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 20, 2012, 08.18 PMby janul

      thanks a lot :)

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    May 10, 2012, 10.24 AMby vyhlidka

    Krásný den, Janul!!! Moc gratuluji k rozhovoru a ještě víc k narození druhé dcerky! Jsem pyšná, jak skvěle reprezentuješ Čechy! Vytváříš opravdu překrásné věci!!! Přeji hodně inspirace, času na tvoření a zdraví a pohodu celé Tvé rodině.

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 10, 2012, 09.20 PMby janul

      nejsem si jistá, jestli tak dobře reprezentuji Čechy, ale moc díky :)

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    May 9, 2012, 09.17 PMby addiek

    Thank you for sharing your sewing and family story Jana. Congratulations on your new daughter! It is inspiring to see creative people working in a variety of mediums. I enjoy your paintings as well as your clothing. I have been to Prague and the surrounding area in the Czech Republic. I remember the picturesque landscape, people, and architecture very fondly.

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      May 10, 2012, 09.19 PMby janul

      thanks for your kind comment :)

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    May 9, 2012, 07.45 AMby nahoko

    I was really excited to know more about you, Jana! I love your paintings, especially the one titled “solo” and your Frida doll! I am a big fan of Frida Khalo too :)

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.50 AMby janul

      thanks a lot! I´m glad you like my paintings :)

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    May 9, 2012, 01.03 AMby MissJayne2

    Beautiful work and I love your style. Can I ask what patterns you used for the two dress you are wearing, the grey and black ones? Just gorgeous.

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.52 AMby janul

      thanks! I´m not sure which dresses you mean, but they are always Burda magazine patterns, simplified and combined… I don´t remember the pattern numbers anymore.

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    May 8, 2012, 08.24 PMby servareginae

    I think many seamstresses try to give a persoal touch to their work. That comes naturally to you. Your work has a unique quality to it. There is no need to duplicate the Ready to Wear look. Your paintings are very interesting too. You are very talented. It is nice to meet another sewing mom. I have three children and still manage to have time to sew.

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 06.52 PMby janul

      thank you for these words… I have to remember this :).

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    May 8, 2012, 07.50 PMby LadyDanburry

    Jana! I was so excited to see you as the featured member!!! I love all of your projects, but right now, I love your paintings more than anything. I’ve been trying to paint again, and your work is so inspiring.

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.53 AMby janul

      Thank you! You should definitely paint again, the most difficult thing is to start! After that it´s easy :)

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    May 8, 2012, 06.44 PMby mokosha

    hey there featured member :) congrats! it’s well deserved :) loved reading more about you, jana

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.54 AMby janul

      thank you :)

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    May 8, 2012, 10.30 AMby Slimamum

    Hi Janul. Congratulations on creating such beautiful and practical clothes. I especially love the charcoal short sleeved dress and the lovely things for Marie; she looks a really happy child. Best wishes to you and your family.

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.56 AMby janul

      thank you! unfortunatelly Marie doesen´t like most things I made for her :). at three years old, she prefers store bought clothes, haha :)

  • Naburdaprofil_large

    May 8, 2012, 08.15 AMby janul

    Thanks for featuring me! But I have to say, my younger daughter is only three weeks old :). I was still expecting when writing the interview, so it´s maybe a bit messed up :).

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    May 8, 2012, 01.05 AMby caramia-made

    Congratulations Janul! You deserve it! And congrats again on your little one – so sweet! xxx

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    • Naburdaprofil_large

      May 9, 2012, 10.54 AMby janul

      Thanks :)

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