When and where did you learn to sew?
I "inherited" the skill from my mother. At the age of eight, I stole pieces of fabric and secretly practiced on her sewing machine. I started sewing bed sheets, and later my mother showed me how to sew blouses, for example. As a teenager I attended courses, designed pieces and sewed them for myself. I have never learned tailoring as a profession, but taught myself with practise, practise practise. After high school, I studied fashion design at the FHTW in Berlin and then worked with different designers.
What is it like being a seamstress in Germany?
It's hard work!
It is not easy to make a living doing it. But, the good news is that the profession is slowly coming back to Germany, and more people are discovering sewing as a hobby.
The struggle is that, on one hand, you should stand apart with high quality or unique design, but at the same time, you are forced to sell cheaply because by that's where the industry is going. A t-shirt for a few euros is just not possible for someone like me to make.
What do you like most about sewing?
I like to work on sample collections for designers or develop prototypes for j.jackman together with Jovan, like when she comes with a design and together we work on the detail from the idea to a well-fitting, good-looking piece.
I like to think not only about the design but also the details that go into make a piece of clothing so that it fits the customer perfectly.
What is your favorite j.jackman piece?
That is difficult to say, because I do not even have a favorite color!
There are many styles I like, although not all of them would fit me. If I had to choose, I would say the STEFFI. I think it is really pretty, although to be honest, it is my least favorite to sew! The neck is very tricky.
Overall, I find the mix of simple elegance and a little playfulness at j.jackman beautiful.