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Today we are featuring BurdaStyle member and Certified Teacher Mihaela! She was the first student in the course to complete her certification and below shares a little more about herself, her studio, about her certification experience as well as some fun sewing projects she made.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Mihaela. Married, two kids ( 5 and 11), 2 dogs and a cat. My life is busy, colorful and I really like it. Husband and I love to travel with our motorcycles and get to know the surrounding countries and their culture, spend time in nature photographing wonderful surroundings, small bugs and flowers. Love to do a lot of handcrafts but sewing is my favorite. Lots of interests and hobbies but not enough hours in a day to enjoy it all.

Floral Skirt

Where are you from originally, and where do you currently live?

I am from Croatia, Europe. We live in a town called Slavonski Brod. Our country has a beautiful coastline, nature and we spend our free weekends traveling and enjoying as much as we can. My husband works overseas so he is home every second month and we try to make the most of the time together.

Do you have a day job besides sewing?

I have a small embroidery business making personalized gifts, custom machine embroidery and digitizing. It takes the most of my day, since I work at home so I am constantly balancing kids, house and work through out the day. Sewing clothes for whole family is something I do while I wait embroidery to be finished or at night while kids are a sleep.

Inside Mihaela’s studio

How and when did you start sewing?

My mum was the one who introduced sewing in my live very early, but throughout schooling it was put a side. After I got married I started with my sewing again. With arrival of kids it got even more important part of my life as a productive and also relaxing time. Platforms like BurdaStyle Academy were the source of everything I know. From pattern drafting to all the sewing skills, I learned big part of them from Meg’s classes. BurdaStyle magazine subscription is something that makes me happy every month with all the beautiful patterns and inspiration I get from the styles featured.


What made you sign up to be a Certified BurdaStyle Teacher?

Sewing is becoming something people are interested again. There is a need for short and simple classes or workshops but nothing is available around me. Since I really love to sew and love to pass on what I learned through BurdaStyle Academy, previous BurdaStyle Blackboard and other platforms for online learning, I wanted to organize them. So this course was just what I needed. This spring I plan to start organizing sewing workshop of different levels for a groups of 4 students.

Certification Dress
Peter Pan Collar Dress sewn for the Certification Course

What was your favorite take-away, either skill or experience of the course?

The most favorite experience of the course was the Meg’s approach to students with lot of help, support and positive encouragement. Lots of skill polishing and little tweaking in steps to do everything BurdaStyle way was really fun and useful. I really like the community build for the certified teachers so that we can support and help each other.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is mostly casual and minimalistic, but I like to wear dresses during summer days. Since I work at home, don’t have the need for business type of clothing, but like to sew it. Always in conflict between things I would like to sew and the things I would actually wear. Don’t get to wear fancy stuff but like them a lot.

Denim Skirt

What’s your sewing secret weapon?

My secret weapon is my Bernina sewing machine with all the presser feet and accessorize that make every task easier and looking nice. Also like the possibility to embellish lot of my sewing projects with embroidery details.


What has been your favorite project recently?

The main project for me is downsizing my fabric stash. When I had the second kid, I didn’t have time to sew but I continued to buy fabric so now I have really big stash that I need to make to use. Trying to find the projects that fit the fabric I bought in last 5 years and take photo of it. Started blogging about my sewing adventures and really need to step up take photo of everything that I made. Really don’t like to take pictures of myself but clothes don’t look happy when they are on mannequin..

I have issue with jeans gaping on my back and now in the process of making my own jeans that fit just the way they should. Enrolled BurdaStyle Academy Sewing Jeans class to make the process even better. Also, sewing dance costumes for my sons acrobatic rock n roll performances has been a really fun and relaxing. Like the BurdaStyle Challenge initiative and decided to join in and try to sew something from every month issue in 2018.


If you were to give a beginner sewist one piece of advice, what would it be?

I would advise to get the best quality sewing machine that can afford and just to have lot of patience and positive thinking. Start with something easy to make and take your time. Lot of stuff go to the bin at the beginning, especially if you are perfectionist. Just sew and enjoy the process, the beauty of making something out of piece of fabric and never give up.

If you had all the fabric, money, and equipment at your fingertips, what would be your dream garment to sew?

I would like to sew fairy like lace nude looking dress with expensive lace or red carpet style dress. And with everything you mentioned, all the time in the world to make it.

Black Long Sleeve Dress
Made from our Long Sleeve Sheath Dress

What is the next BurdaStyle pattern on your to make list?

Next pattern on the list to make is 111B pencil pants from March issue 2018. Also faux leather jacket that came free with Meg’s course is on my to do list at the moment.

Comic Skirt

Thank you, Mihaela! Please be sure to follow along Mihaela’s sewing journey at her blog Mihaela Design.


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    Mar 17, 2018, 02.45 PMby hello Itsme

    so interesting, love reading these! xx

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    Mar 12, 2018, 01.39 PMby shayarihindis

    Very Nice

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    Mar 12, 2018, 12.21 PMby Deanna31

    Haha thats so true about clothes on mannequins!

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      Mar 12, 2018, 04.19 PMby Mihaela78

      Yes!! :)

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    Mar 10, 2018, 05.25 PMby Joss55

    So nice to get to know about you Mihaela. I remember that you charged through the certification with lovely finished garments. The long sleeved sheath dress is lovely too!

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      Mar 11, 2018, 07.03 PMby Mihaela78

      Thanks, I had booked trip to Australia in November and forearm surgery planed for Decembar so needed to finish certification as quick as possible. So I just stormed through it. So sorry to missed out in group chat but happy to have teachers lounge to make up for it :)

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