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1. Where do you live?

Since 2003 we live in a very rural area, in a small town called Engelskirchen (in Germany).

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started to sew in school, in the 60’s there was a lesson called “Handstill” on the schedule – I hated it…it was Fräulein Schwarz. We learned handmade sewing (pin-cushions, pot-holders and table runners). She made me redo every stitch and gave me a bad grade at the end. She noted, “You are totally untalented and you would be never a good housewife.”

In the 80’s my Grandma gave me her old (not electrical) Pfaff sewing machine (which I still use today) and started to teach me to sew. First we made only simple bags, then pants (jogging-pants), then simple straight-cut jackets.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Now sewing play a large role in my life. Sewing gives me calm and restores my peace. I can back off and think about beautiful and not so beautiful things in my life.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I have no favorite or least favorite. I love to sew, use patterns, and to learn tricky things. If the final result turns out very well, I feel like a little king. And if other people find this things beautiful and sometimes say, “I would like to have, can you sew it for me please,” then I’m very happy.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

If people like my handmade things, then I do not care if this is my neighbor Miss Winter or a little child or David Bowie (this would be an honor of course). A few years ago I made the wedding dress for my little sister. I also sewed 100 simple shopping bags for a good cause.

6. What are you looking for on BurdaStyle?

I think that the site is a wonderful place – a portal for exchange – so many people from so many nations can show their creativity. Conversations with other people, assistance and answers to questions, inspiration for new sewing projects…………………………………

7. What is your motto?

There is no happiness but there are always happy moments!


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    Dec 20, 2010, 09.40 AMby irmchen

    Hi Zaarissima!

    1. these old Pfaff Machines are the best ones!

    2. Fräulein Schwarz was a totally untalented teacher!

    3. I agree to your statement of this side: It is a wonderful place! :-)

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      Dec 21, 2010, 08.24 AMby zaarissima

      Moin Irmchen! Vielen Dank für Deine lieben Worte! Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie fröhliche Weihnachten! Alles Liebe und Gute!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 05.11 AMby fashionfreek

    Very interesting read about you. Thanks for sharing :O)

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      Dec 20, 2010, 07.48 AMby zaarissima

      Merry Christmas to you and your whole family !!!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 10.25 AMby carottesauvage

    What a reactionary person this Frau Schwarz….I have few friends who had this kind of lessons at school: they all hated it and none of them pursued sewing or craft afterwards. But if sewing was to partake the program in being a good housewife, I would have myself rejected it totally :) . There you go: you persevered! Chapeau!

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      Dec 17, 2010, 11.30 AMby zaarissima

      :-) Hi carottesauvage! I think it was that time, people were all very conservative. Thank you for your compliment!!!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.45 AMby anuchka

    I like your story. Especially a line about Fräulein Schwarz))) You did the right thing when did not get discouraged by your teacher’s unpleasant comments and continued with what you enjoy.

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      Dec 17, 2010, 11.18 AMby zaarissima

      Hi anuchka! It is so long ago und now I can smile about it report!!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 10.32 PMby Pam Gari

    That’s one BEAUTIFUL puppy there!

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      Dec 17, 2010, 11.10 AMby zaarissima

      Thank you! Yes, it’s my little lap dog (he think’s..) :-)

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