Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet the Designers: Nele from Spiegelstiksels

Hello everyone!

I’m Nele and I live in Belgium in the beautiful city of Ghent. I’m a 37 year old sewing perfectionist, who loves prints, color, flowers, collars, pockets, crisp seams, pleats and much more. I’m the wife of a husband who wears me-made Liberty shirts and a mother of 2 girls and 2 boys who place more clothes orders than I can handle. I have been sewing since university, when a friend asked me if I cared to join her to sewing classes in our free time. Before then, it never really occurred to me that I was able to actually make something with my own hands, although the feel of different fabrics have always appealed to me. I was immediately interested in the technical aspects of sewing and pattern drafting. Being the granddaughter of a tailor and a seamstress, and with some relatives in the weaving business, maybe the sewing was already going through my veins. In my mid-twenties, I started doing some costume design for street performances, but once the children came, I have been making clothes for them. I love to make dresses for the girls, shirts for the boys and husband, but also more challenging projects like jackets and coats. From September 2011 until December 2013 I took classes in pattern drafting. My big dream is to – one day – design and make something for myself ;-).

In daily life I work as a staff member for a children’s rights organization and teach at the university college of Antwerp in the department of Teacher Training. I could call my jobs ‘rather demanding’, but I love them. As my perfectionism in sewing is also very time consuming, I hardly get enough sleep from time to time. You can probably guess that I’m a little nervous about participating in Project Run and Play, especially to get everything done in time. But I’m also excited to try. I’ve never really made anything inspired by a given theme, so this is new to me and fun to try. I think this season will be inspiring and I hope that being a contestant will challenge me to try new things.

Of course, you’re very welcome to visit my blog Spiegelstiksels anytime.

Good luck to all the participants of the season!

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  1. Yaaaay, Nele!! Good luck in the competition, you'll do so well!

  2. Hi Nele!! I didn't realise you were competing. I love your style! Good luck!!

  3. I love reading more about you!! Good luck!

  4. You go, Nele! So looking forward to seeing what you come up with, I'm sure it will blow my mind. Good luck to you!

  5. Wauw! Congrats! Looking forward to see your creations!

  6. You're work is amazing! Can't wait to see your creations this season!


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