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31 October

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    Oct 31, 2014, 09.38 PMby libra-s

    Hi anajan, You haven’t posted your beautiful creations here for a long while! Hope you are well!

23 January

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    Jan 23, 2014, 02.40 AMby slmnstyle

    Hi Anajan!

    I just received my February/March issue of Sew News today and there is your wonderful chevron dress on the cover! It looks really great and very well made. Well done and a huge congratulations!

    How did you get in on the cover by the way? I am very curious! -Stephanie

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      Jan 23, 2014, 07.51 AMby anajan

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for all the nice words and support!
      I’ve been their collaborator and columnist for four years now, I write all the articles within the Pattern Play column. I don’t get an insight on which item is going to be featured on the cover, I guess the editor decides when she collects all the articles and garments for the current issue.
      And how I got there is a funny story – the editor spotted me here, on Burda Style, and offered me to write an article for the magazine. It turned into a column and occasional collaboration on additional articles.
      I’m writing a blog post about the very same topic, with all the details, so stop by and read it if you’re interested :) www.stepalica.com

      Keep well!

17 July

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    Jul 17, 2012, 10.18 AMby freakusbzzz

    Hi Anjan,

    You should buy some fabric from tessutis and enter the stripes and spots competition, it’s open world wide this year.

    re create your lovely dress :)


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      Jul 18, 2012, 05.50 AMby anajan

      Hi Hollie, how are you?
      Thanks for the tip! I’m not sure I would make it in time, though the prize is quite motivating! :)

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      Jul 18, 2012, 09.30 AMby freakusbzzz

      I’ve got fabric to make 2 dresses and haven’t even started yet!
      Closing date is mid september.

      I’m good, trying to move to Canberra but finding it very hard to get someone to rent to me!

17 March

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    Mar 17, 2012, 05.36 PMby suzi2412

    Ha ! Ha! Nažalost u zadnje vrijeme samo rubim traperice , krpam rupe i sl. ali mašta radi svašta. Stiže proljeće i ideje se samo roje, jedino nedostaje vremena, ali potrudit ću se. Lijep pozdrav iz Kastva pored Rijeke .

14 March

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    Mar 14, 2012, 05.35 PMby suzi2412

    Lijep pozdrav, anajan! Povremeno zavirim na Burdinu stranicu, ali danas me oborila s nogu tvoja zelena suknja ( i torba!!!!) Pregledala sam i sve ostale stvari na Štepalici i sve su me oduševile. Svaka čast na idejama, kreativnosti i naravno vrhunskoj izvedbi !!!! Jako volim šivati i šivam “odmalena”, ali nažalost sve manje stignem uz posao i brojnu obitelj. Čestitam i želim ti još puno uspješnih projekata!!!

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      Mar 15, 2012, 12.29 PMby anajan

      Cao Suzi! Hvala puno na divnim recima i komplimentima – ulepsala si mi dan :-).
      Zelena suknja je jedna od mojih omiljenih stvari, mislim da joj boja dodaje na smeku.
      Kada cemo videti tvoje rukotvorine na sajtu (ili nekom blogu)?
      Puno pozdrava iz Beograda!

17 December

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    Dec 17, 2011, 06.35 PMby Lida Filipovic

    Čestitam. Puno sreće u daljem radu i jos mnogo objavljenih projekata.


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    Dec 17, 2011, 06.09 AMby shoshana13

    Anajan, I was just curious. not nosey. I was not offended by you. Be well, Shoshana

16 December

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    Dec 16, 2011, 06.10 AMby Heathermars

    Hi Anajan, thank you for solving my problem. I downloaded the pattern from your blog and it was perfect. I won’t be making the dress until after Christmas, as I am very busy getting organised for Christmas Day. Heather

13 December

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    Dec 13, 2011, 10.57 PMby Heathermars

    Hi Anajan, when I was downloading your pattern for the Bordeaux Dress, the page with the back neckline and back yoke didn’t print.The adjoining pieces are marked as “5a” and “6a”. Is it possible to get a copy of this section as I love the design, but don’t have the skills to draft this part. Thank you.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 10.48 AMby anajan

      Hi Heathermars,
      I don’t know how this happened. Try downloading the pattern from my blog, from the Download tab. Let me know how it went, and please post the pictures of the finished garment for me to see it! Good luck!

15 November

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.09 PMby gedwoods

    Hi Anajan, I noticed from the party photos that you’re listed as an “intern” – does that mean you’re going to be in New York for an extended period?

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      Nov 16, 2011, 04.00 AMby anajan

      Hi Geoffrey, yes, I’m in NY, working at Burda Style as an intern, but I’ll stay here for a rather short period – just one month. I’m going home on November 30th. I wish I could stay longer, but there’s a real life waiting for me at home :).

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      Nov 16, 2011, 05.25 AMby gedwoods

      I would have loved to come and meet you, but it’ll have to be for another time :) I wouldn’t be able to come to NY before the new year… Perhaps I’ll be in your home territory one of these days!

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      Nov 16, 2011, 05.39 AMby anajan

      It would be great to meet you in person! A month is such a short time to do everything I wanted… Maybe I’ll come back again, to finish what I started :). If you visit Serbia, please let me know.

5 June

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    Jun 5, 2011, 08.46 PMby fanettemdb

    Félicitation pour la couverture du mag, j’adore vraiment cette robe que j’ai fait en plusieurs exemplaires ( c’etaient mes premières!!) et à chaque fois les gens la trouve très belle! Merci encore ;)

19 May

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    May 19, 2011, 09.06 AMby tanja-79

    Zdravo Ana, ja sam nova u svijetu šivenja, i iako nisam naročito aktivan član sajta, svaki dan zavirim da propratim dešavanja, i pokušavam da naučim što više (i ja sam samouka) i moram priznati da se radujem svim tvojim novim kreacijama. Svi projekti koji se nalaze u tvom studiju, su meni inspiracija i motiv da i ja što više napredujem. Čestitam ti na objavljivanju kolumne i naslovnoj strani SewNews magazina, a mislim da ti je i blog odličan.

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      May 19, 2011, 11.39 AMby anajan

      Cao Tanja, hvala puno na lepim recima! Posebno mi je drago sto pratis moj blog :). Nadam se da ces uskoro i sama postaviti lepe stvarcice na sajt!

14 May

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    May 14, 2011, 03.30 AMby Jamie Gray

    Love your African Dress ! I have some black/white snake-skin pattern material that I’ve been trying to find just the right project for – I hope this is it !

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      May 16, 2011, 11.09 AMby anajan

      Thanks Jamie, I’m glad you like it. Would love to see your dress, so please post the pics once you finish it.

28 April

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    Apr 28, 2011, 04.02 PMby gedwoods

    Congratulations on the SewNews magazine cover. The article looks great, too!

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      Apr 29, 2011, 08.37 AMby anajan

      Thanks ged!

27 April

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    Apr 27, 2011, 02.30 PMby sew4my3

    How exciting! Is this the right one Pattern Play Halter Dress?

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      Apr 27, 2011, 02.33 PMby anajan

      Yes, it is! I started writing as a columnist for the magazine last year, but being published on the cover page was beyond my hopes :).

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      Apr 27, 2011, 10.22 PMby sew4my3

      Congratulations and well deserved!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 12.54 PMby magdamagda

    wow, I saw the cover, congrats, that’s where it belongs!:) I am so happy for you!

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      Apr 27, 2011, 12.57 PMby anajan

      Thanks Magda! I’m so thrilled about this! :)

26 April

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    Apr 26, 2011, 07.25 PMby shockoloco

    Hey AnaJan, I am sooo glad to hear you have a short course scheduled from next month :)! Finally :) ! Keep going in this direction and keep me posted what the course is like, please, I am interested in fashion design myself, remember :). Oh, and by the way, you don’t look like 32 at all. Rather 27-28 really. Enjoy your course then? I am sure it will be already like a catwalk for you, in your own clothes, haha ;)! Take care sweetie, much love. M. xxx

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      Apr 28, 2011, 12.17 PMby anajan

      Awww, thanks, you’re way too kind! :) Don’t forget that the profile photo was taken 4 years ago, so I WAS 28 on it ;)

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    Apr 26, 2011, 09.25 AMby olyaboieru

    Ana, the day won’t be enough to comment all your projects I’ve missed. So many nice dresses, pants and COATS, they are sewed so neat! You have golden hands. And I really love your style, it suits you so naturally! So nice to see your work and you.

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      Apr 26, 2011, 12.50 PMby anajan

      Hi Olya! Thanks for all the comments you left. I loved the one where you elaborated how my style’s become recognizable ;-).
      I think my skills have advanced a lot during the last 2-3 years, and I really enjoy the self confidence that comes with the gained knowledge. The whole new world of possibilities is opened to me!
      It’s so good to see you again over here! Can’t wait to see all your creations!

21 April

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    Apr 21, 2011, 09.06 AMby kdeclercq

    Hi Ana, I’ve been planning for ages to upload a photo of the skirt I made using your pattern. But I still haven’t got round to taking that picture. Though the woman owning the shop where I bought the fabric was so enthusiast about it, she took a picture of me wearing the skirt (and shopping for more fabric to try your other skirt pattern) and posted it on facebook. You can find the picture here http://www.facebook.com/pages/CallyCo/107204155987791 I promise to post a proper series of pictures on the pattern page soon! But I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed making the skirt and that I love wearing it even more! Thanks a lot for sharing your projects! Oh and … I think you should change your “skill level” on your profile. You’re more a ‘brilliant’ then an ‘intermediate’ sewer! Stien

20 April

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    Apr 20, 2011, 11.31 PMby shockoloco

    Hello again anajan. Now, I am really gonna loose my patience in a minute, young lady… “Too old” to study something you love and regard as your passion? You must be kidding! Look around, honey. These days people start working at the age of 20 but they study in the afternoons at the age of 35 or so! I am myself a mature student of psychology (I’m 29). This is my first year. I have always wanted to study psychology, have even sit for entrance exams for uni (being 23 years old) but failed… :( (just like that decided to switch from teaching English to studying psychology) It was there, though, where I saw people middle aged sitting for exams. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what others will say. You know you are sewing clothes for your own pleasure and the more you chase your dreams, the more people around start to worry about themselves and their own dreams, not yours, trust me! I guess if I had more time, I would start some course myself :). Besides, a few years of studies will pass very quickly. You know you would do it to pursue your interests and that is what counts the most in life – to be yourself, to do what you like and be happy about it. Take care sweatheart. Do not let your talents wasted. In five years time I want to see you working for some leading retailer as chief designer :). (or else I will find you in Belgrade and slap your face for being lazy to enrol for the course… ;D ) xxxxxxxxxxxxx Marta.

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      Apr 21, 2011, 01.15 PMby anajan

      Hahah, you’re really scary when you loose your temper ! ;-) I think you’re one smart and brave lady, and I think it’s great that you’re finally studying what you’ve wanted.
      Thanks again for the inspiring words and for pushing me further (sometimes that’s just what one needs!). I’m going to a short fashion design course next month, maybe that’ll light my fire even more :-).
      You’ve reminded me of a close friend who’s been pushing me to make an extreme cut in my life and pursue a fashion career.
      Much love from Belgrade (hopefully, with no slapping ;))! Ana

19 April

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    Apr 19, 2011, 08.07 PMby shockoloco

    Hi anajan, I have just briefly went thorugh your projects and I just can’t believe how great job you have been doing! The more I am shocked that you are letting your talents to get waisted! I think you should definitely go to study that fashion design or at least open your own outlet and start mass production :). Honestly. Kind Regards Marta

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      Apr 20, 2011, 11.30 AMby anajan

      Dear Marta, you’ve made my day! :) Thank you so much for the nice words and compliments. I never considered myself a fashion designer, but I had my dreams, and sewing is a way to express my creativity. Recently, I’ve been thinking about enrolling fashion design or pattern construction, but sometimes I feel I’m too old for that (I’m 32). However, who knows, maybe you’ll see my brand of RTW clothes!? ;)
      Keep well, and thanks again for the support!

11 April

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    Apr 11, 2011, 02.52 PMby bussey

    It’s not my words to be nice, it’s every single thing you sew…. I am still busy with work so have not time to sew, but you are always inspiring… Keep the good job (and a good sleep, also!) : )

7 April

2 April

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    Apr 2, 2011, 03.43 AMby Meredith Ploughman

    Hi Anajan, what a terrific idea to do a collage, you are most welcome to use the photo of my dress I have had lovely compliments as to the style and choice of pattern, thanks meredith

16 March

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    Mar 16, 2011, 09.39 AMby majnets3s

    Nisam odavno bila ovde,svaka cast,odusevljena sam,dosta si napredovala u radu..Kreacije su ti odlicne:)

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      Mar 16, 2011, 10.51 AMby anajan

      Cao Majo!
      Bas dugo te nije bilo! Kako si? Kako detence?
      Hvala na komplimentima, i ja sama osecam kako evoluiram :).

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      Mar 21, 2011, 02.47 PMby majnets3s

      Ma dobro sam zbog obaveze malo sam pauzirala sa sivenjem,tu i tamo po neke pantalone,haljinu,nisam imala vreme da slikam to:) Posetila sam ti i blog,super je onaj projekt da ceo mesec nosis svoje sasivene stvari..
      Detence ce uskoro tri godinice,kako vreme leti:)
      Pozdrav i kuckamo se!

25 February

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    Feb 25, 2011, 07.16 AMby jzima

    You’re very good at what you do. Good Job!

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      Feb 25, 2011, 01.43 PMby anajan

      Thanks! ;-)

27 January

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    Jan 27, 2011, 08.54 AMby toril

    Svaka čast na objavljenom članku, Ana! Pozdrav iz Zagreba

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      Feb 25, 2011, 09.31 AMby anajan

      Malo kasnim s odgovorom – hvala puno! Pre neki dan sam saznala da mi je kolumna produzena i za 2012. godinu, tako da cu jos pisati za njih :).
      Pozdrav iz BGa :)

24 January

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.52 AMby sew4my3

    Great job on the SewNews article! Congratulations!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 10.39 AMby anajan

      Thank you! :)

23 January

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    Jan 23, 2011, 12.09 AMby sewobsessed

    congratulations on your article, you are now a celebrity!!!

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      Jan 23, 2011, 09.44 AMby anajan

      Hehe, thank you, it feels great! :-)

22 January

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    Jan 22, 2011, 08.18 PMby gedwoods

    Is there an online reference to your SewNews article? I’d love to read it!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 08.39 PMby anajan

      Hi gedwoods, thanks for being interested in it! Sure, take a look here for a web version of the article, and take a look at my blog for the full story about how I’ve gotten to having a column and for few scans from the magazine itself.