The 753 Festival – We did it!

As many of you know, the 753 festival has much importance in Japan.

Girls have their celebration with 3 and 7 and boys have their celebration with 5.

This November it was time for my son to dress up in his kimono and we all joined in, with the amazing help of my mum in law, who organised the kimonos, zori and obis from her family and her girlfriends 🙂  She is such a star! For weeks she discussed with her sister and her girlfriends which kimonos, obis and zori  are best for us. I’m sure there were several ladies over 70 involved in the preparations for these pictures !!!

The 60th Nation has Walked In!!

As many of you know: I keep a list of all the nations of my customers. Just for fun and to understand, how many people from all over the world come to my atelier to work with me.

Until today, all sewing students & customers, who I’ve been working with came from 59 countries. It was the state since March 2020 an amazing number for me, but today happened the long-awaited: a young woman from Pakistan came to have some trousers re-made. She’s the very first Pakistani customer and therefore my 60th nation that I work with 🙂  I feel flourished today. I  love my atelier.  I love my job and I’m so amazingly happy that all of you -my sewing students & customers- came and come and show me so much trust to work on your pieces and participate in my classes!! THANKS to ALL of YOU!!

Kimono Re-Make Dress

I just finished a cute wrap dress, made from a vintage kimono. It hooks on one side and buttons  on the other ‘s inside at the waist belt. The skirt is slightly gathered under the waist to allow more flair and movement around the hip. The sleeves are kept open on the top from shoulder to hem, which gives a sharp Asian appeal to them.

A New Design Idea

I’ve worked on this skirt for the past days and found a new way to make the high waist/ hip area really precious, gorgeous and interesting. I really like the way, how the pleats and the piping technique worked together.

The high waist band has a stiff interface ironed on the inside to secure the fabric from stretching. Then I folded the belt band in small piping lines and sewed them down. The effect on the high waist band is really amazing. The irregular diagonal lines make the pattern even more playful.

A First Milestone: The Cute Skirt

Look at this amazing Summer Skirt! Meryl started her sewing lessons with the Basic Course and had no idea to run the machine or understand all functions. We did the very first Beginner Lesson together to work on the machine smoothly. Then we adjusted the skirt pattern, cut the linen and  she learned to sew this skirt step by step. I also showed her to insert a zipper and she had the idea to add this really fun ribbon!

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The Legend of Jim Thompson

A few weeks ago I found this little bag in a second hand store that I really like and get lost in. The name tag made me buy it and it’s worth to tell the story about the man, who designed it:

The ones of you who travelled to Thailand, Bangkok: do you know the legend of Jim Thompson?  He was an American Architect, Designer and Businessman, who helped revitalise the Silk Industry in Thailand. After years in the army he went to Thailand in late 1946 to join a group of investors to buy the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. During this time he found a deep interest in silk.

Thai Silk that was until then mostly produced in family businesses, for private use and in a small scale. Thompson helped to build up  a manufacture, the Thai Silk Company Limited and made Thai Silk world famous and precious.

Then suddenly he got missing in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967. His body was never found and nobody had an idea why  and how he disappeared. The mystery about his disappearance is unclear until today and there are many legends around it. Maybe he got eaten by a tiger, he got lost in the highlands, was murdered or he disappeared into another life and identity.

Most likely we will never know, but if you are in Bangkok, visit his Silk Museum and the Thompson House.

More to read on Wikipedia life of Jim Thompson



From the Trousers to the Cushion

Once upon a time there was a pair of trousers. They were 15 years old, to worn out to still function as a garment, but too nice to be thrown out…. A brave tailor came along, cut them up and transformed them in a great cushion cover! Love upcycling!