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I started sewing when my Japanese husband and I moved from England to the northern Black Forest in Germany.
As a Brit abroad, my wardrobe wasn’t prepared for hot central European summers and I couldn’t afford new clothes. I’m also not very tall and begrudged paying to have trousers shortened every time I bought a new pair.
The solution was to learn to sew.
Armed with a ‘how hard can it be?’ attitude and a new Pfaff sewing machine, I set about teaching myself simple sewing techniques and the basics of garment construction. This was before conveniences like downloadable Pdf patterns, online sewing courses and sew-a-longs existed! Instead magazines such as Burdastyle (in German), Patrones (in Spanish) and Onion patterns (in Dutch) were my teachers and as soon as I made my first wearable garment, I was hooked on sewing.
I love to sew with good quality dressmaking fabrics and my central European location is an ideal base to hunt down textile manufacturers and suppliers in neighbouring countries France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. I’m constantly amazed at the wealth of resources that are available literally, right on my doorstep!
My sewing journey and fabric obsession continues.
I’m always striving to improve my sewing skills and love to connect with others in the sewing community to share our sewing adventures.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something here that helps you on your sewing journey.
You may notice that I took quite a long break from posting new updates on this blog. Life as a British expat in the EU, post-Brexit, with a young family certainly played a part in that.
I’m now expanding my blog to share my life as an ‘Auslander’ or foreigner in Germany and hope that my multi-national, multi-lingual experiences here, help you if you are planning to live or travel in Germany.
German life topics:
- getting German citizenship
- education system
- language learning
- cultural differences
- citizens rights and regulations
- health system
I don’t claim to have it all figured out. We’re learning as we’re going but hopefully, you can avoid the mistakes we’ve made.
Bleib gesund und viel Spass!