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My first inspiration

Added Sep 17, 2013

by liliv-1

Athens, Greece






Hi!! This is my mother wearing a self-made dress! Isn’t she cute wearing this and having this glance saying: " I made this wonderful dress myself" at her face? When I see these pictures I can understeand why I love so much to sew, so she is my first inspiration!!! ! The pattern she used is burda model 08-2009-113 … she added a pleat at the middle and a fabric belt. I liked the model at the magazine but I think that my mother’s dress is even more pretty … she almost convinced me to try this pattern myself:) I hope you like my mother’s dress as much as I do
p.s. 1 This is also my new place to live, a real paradise
p.s. 2 She also added shoulder pads because she thinks she has very narrow shoulders and I can’t convince her that we are not at the 80s any more:P




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    Sep 19, 2013, 12.34 PMby fashionfreek

    O wow! Your Mother dearest looks fab in her dress:-D It looks really nice on her.x

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      Sep 20, 2013, 09.33 AMby liliv-1

      I’m so glad you liked my mother’s dress! Thank you!

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    Sep 19, 2013, 06.16 AMby rita61

    Your mother looks so classy and happy! Her dress looks great on her! Your new place looks nice!

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      Sep 19, 2013, 09.15 AMby liliv-1

      Thank you for all the sweet comments! Have a great time and don’t forget to buy pretty fabrics!!!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 04.05 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Your mum has got the style and the taste and she’s really shining in her dress, besides I think it’s not just her beautiful outfit makes impression – it her inner beauty and kindness that talk. To be inspired by mum is probably the best way to be inspired. If our mums have good taste and love to sewing, who else could be the greater supporter for us than they? I’m glad that you and your mum have common addiction to sewing and share your love so sincerely:-)

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      Sep 19, 2013, 09.14 AMby liliv-1

      Thank you so much Oksana, sure my mom will be very touched by your kind comments, especially about the inner beauty:))! I think that every lady of us when wearing a self-made dress has a special pride and joy which is obvious at the expression of her face!! This joy is what motivates me to sew and it’s the only thing that my mom “teached” me about sewing (the rest I figured them out on my own)!! You know my mother sees many of the creations here and we talk about them some times! She liked very much your Blue Safari and your navy blue party dress.

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      Sep 19, 2013, 02.41 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

      Greeting to your mum, I’m flattered really. My mum is my first inspiration, too. Because, in fact, she made almost all of my clothes when I was a child. She didn’t teach me to sew either and when I grew up, stopped sewing herself, she said that only could wear clothes of high quality – it meant made by me, and I did it many years when worked as tailor; not any more now. But my mum is still my first critic and a photographer.

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      Sep 20, 2013, 09.35 AMby liliv-1

      I really would love to see your mother’s sewing, even from a past photo!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 03.07 PMby velvetribbon

    Hi Liliv! You and your mom look alike and both of you sew very well. Her dress is beautiful and she looks great in it:)

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      Sep 19, 2013, 09.04 AMby liliv-1

      Thank you so much girl! From me and mom!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 08.09 AMby vinia789

    Your mum looks fabulous in her dress and I see were you got you good looks and skill…..God bless her…mum are the best.

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.38 AMby liliv-1

      Oh really, mums are the best thing in the world! Thank you very very much vinia!!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 07.55 AMby Winnie Nkosi

    WOW Liliv this is the sweetest post i’ve ever seen here,im really touched…your mom looks lovely in that dress:)

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.37 AMby liliv-1

      I’m touched too by your comment! Thank you so much!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 05.26 AMby bethmaryharley

    Your mum rocks! The 80’s are over?! When?! I think this dress looks beautiful just like your mum! Also, what an amazing place to sew in! I miss Greece a lot from your photos…!

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.37 AMby liliv-1

      Have you been here in Greece? It’s as very pretty place but so hard to live here because of the economical situation! My mum rocks?? This was THE copliment! I think the same: she really rocks!!

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      Sep 20, 2013, 04.23 AMby bethmaryharley

      I have visited Greece! I actually studied Classics at university and had to take Ancient Greek for two years, so it was a dream come true for me to visit! And the food! Pure heaven! I dream of olives and tomatoes as tasty as those I ate in Greece…! It is so sad about the economy and it must be very hard at the moment. My husband is Irish and it seems to be very similar – I really hope things pick up soon!

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      Sep 20, 2013, 10.03 AMby liliv-1

      I’m very glad you liked our olives and tomatoes, they are my favorites here too!!! It’s very scarse to hear about them, usually I hear about mousakas and souvlaki!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 12.11 AMby puffinlove

    How nice to see your mother! Her dress looks beautifully made and she looks great in it! I can understand that you get your inspiration and sewing genes from her. Wishing you both many happy hours of sewing in your new home!

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.35 AMby liliv-1

      This is the nicer wish! Thanks a lot sweetie for your so lovely words!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 10.30 PMby schnui

    I love your Mum’s dress and she can obviously sew beautifully still and with a not so easy fabric. Good for her. You should get your Mum to sign up as a Burda Style member so we can all see her latest creations. Is your new home in Athens or near by??

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.33 AMby liliv-1

      She lives with me the last two years, because I change places due to my job and wants to be near me! I agree with you about the member thing and I can do it myself: she knows almost nothing about internet and she can’ t speak English. The hard thing is to convince her that posting here is not something inappropriate for her age and that there are a ton of ladies who would love to see her creations.

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    Sep 17, 2013, 09.33 PMby kisses

    Lovely dress and your mom looks great in it. The shoulder pads work as they make the sleeves falls beautiful off the shoulders

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.27 AMby liliv-1

      Oh, really? She will be very happy about the shoulder pads comment! I insisted to take them off but she beleived the same as you:)))

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    Sep 17, 2013, 09.28 PMby kihli

    Your mum looks great in her dress! (Even with shoulder pads ;-P) Her dress looks very elegant and flattering on her. Seems like you inherited her talent and stylistic sense!

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.26 AMby liliv-1

      Thank you very much kihli!!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 08.40 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Your mother is lovely in her dress! Adorable and wonderful – and I can see the smile in her face :) Your new place looks like a real paradise! :-)

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.25 AMby liliv-1

      She is really as sweet as a little child! Thank you very much Hellen!!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 07.45 PMby zsyzu

    I think your mom’s version is much nicer. She looks so elegant and chic! Please tell her she looks beautiful for me!

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.24 AMby liliv-1

      Oh, thank you my friend, you are very sweet!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 06.01 PMby Kocotte

    congratulations to your mum, she is so cute wearing this nice dress. I don’t have my mum anymore since a long time and I think that she would have been pround of me and my self made clothes

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.24 AMby liliv-1

      You bet she would be proud, you have a really unique sewing style, totally yours! My mother will be glad to hear your lovely comments!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 05.15 PMby Mary Athey

    Just lovely liliv, i knew this was your mum as soon as i saw her lovely face, you look alike. Your mum did a brillant job on the dress and its gorgeous on her, she is so talented and that is where you got yours from. i’m very close to my mum, we go out to.gether holiday to.gether etc. She really is my best friend and i love her to bits. Thanks for sharing this fab project and tell your mum i said shes fabulous in her dress, love your new home you lucky thing x

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.23 AMby liliv-1

      It’s always pleasant to hear that i look alike my mum, I love her so much and she is really sewing inspiring as she makes eveything with joy and love! You are lucky to have your mum and also a daughter and a grandchild, 4 pretty women! I was away from inernet for a while and now I see that you had some problems here, I’m so sorry because you are always kind and sweet and it wasn’t fair!

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      Sep 18, 2013, 09.39 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks liliv, luckilly for me theres lots of lovely people on here like yourself who made me feel better and everyone knew the kimono was mine x

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    Sep 17, 2013, 04.24 PMby BeeZee

    This post is so heartwarming! You’re mother is so lovely – and you are truly your mother’s daughter. I love her dress! And I agree with her, you should try the pattern yourself. This made my day, so thank you dear Liliv for posting this!

    Greeting to your mother all the way from Philadelphia!

    PS – Enjoy your new place!

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      Sep 17, 2013, 04.33 PMby liliv-1

      What a sweet comment!! My mum will be very happy! She was very shy and didn’t want me to post her dress. But now I’ve done it, he he he!!

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