For everyone, who is interested in the Basic Course: here is what can be done! My new sewing student Reginna just finished her first skirt. It is a pencil line, with a simple slit and a concealer zipper at the back. Really cute, a perfect fit and she’s ready for nice walks in Tokyo’s Autumn.
Lizzy just made this really nice full circle skirt. We used her African fabric in “bias cut” and got this great effect of the big heavy drape.
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She came, had a look and made it… faster than the wind!
This lady is only 14 and is sewing since the start of this Summer. After two colled dresses that she made already, this is her 3rd project: a school girl’s uniform inspired skirt. It fits perfectly, with a side zipper, hook and waist belt.
you might have wondered, why there was no update on this blog for such a long time….
Well… things have happened!!
There were more new sewing students than ever and
from the start of this year I have been happily working on some great projects of Wedding Dresses.
In example for a german, a french and two british ladies. We did a shooting under the cherry blossoms with my good friend Martin Holtkamp and I wil create a new website soon for the service of Order-Made Wedding Dresses and Wedding Dress Adjustments.
Then by the time being I was so round 🙂
Then on May 11th, my son was born and after 4 months now, he is the cutest thing and we are all a little bit happier than we were before. Make babies, everyone! They are great!!
Then from the 1st of July I started with sewing lessons again and this guy came along. For a month he stood in Tokyo to learn sewing and to prepare for his fashion studies at Parson’s in Paris. Look what we created in this 4 weeks (he didn’t even know how to thread the sewing machine at the beginning!!)
With him, again a new group of sewing lovers came along and we make a lot of projects, such as the “Werner Bag” a skirt from African Textiles, and a Berimbau bag, used while playing Capoeira.
Then I spent time again with the girls at the German School in Tokyo for the Summer School and we did these cool shorts (the participants were only 11 and 12!)
And last but not least, one young lady was contacting me to make her bridesmaid dress for a wedding in Brazil. It had to be a certain yellow, so we went together to Nippori, bought this wonderful yellow silk and together we made up our minds to create this ensemble of a shorts, a corsage and a wrap around skirt.
Then finally I had my Summer holiday in Germany with the whole family and now we are back for a new start of the Sewing Circle!!
You are all very welcome to start stitching again with me. Hope to see you sewing soon!!
The DSTY is the German School in Tokyo Yokohama and for the 4th year I have been teaching a fashion and sewing course for girls now! It was great fun again and the girls have proven real talent on the machines.
The theme for this year’s Summerschool was “Circus” and everyone created a bag for this topic.
The Bag Project
Some Little Items for Fun
If you have trillions of old clothes that you don’ want to throw away, you could try to recycle them to a quilt. It’s not so easy and needs lots of talent and patience, but both of them had my sewing student Julie. She cut off trousers, pyjamas, shirts and other left overs and arranged them to this cool looking quilt for her son.
… there is a couple of girls, who live exactly this ↑ .
They just had their first exhibition of handmade items at Yokohama Marche … by far the most colorful booth in the whole fair.
This is one of their new beachbags… for more, visit their website!
Japanese textiles are elegant and it is also really interesting to look at their motifs. Famous motifs i.e. from the Edo Period have been combs and decorative pins that women wear in their hair, the plover, aubergines, parsimons and chriysanthemums, goldfish, dragonflies and rabbits.
This jacket is made of a textile that looks upfront as paper lanterns at night, but I think it is inspired by the Temari Balls. Those are straw balls, 5-10cm in diameter, that are decorated with colorful threads. They look like mini planets covered with tiny mosaics. Amazing!
And this jacket looks really amazing on my student’s mum! It was a long way to sew it, but it bacame the perfect present.