#SATW Sewing Around The World – Charlie / New York

Von den Philipinen in die USA – von Diorella in Manila zu Charlie in New York. Das sind gut 19 Stunden Flugzeit, um zur nächsten Station auf unserer Sewing Around The World Tour zu kommen. Heute reisen wir also nach New York, bessert gesagt zu Charlie, die uns schon vor einem gut zwei Jahren mit ihrem aus schwarzem Wollkrepp genähten Kleid Tanja, so begeistert hat

Charlie lebt mit ihrer Familie in New York, Brooklyn, und führt mit ihrem Blog Noble & Daughter eine Art Nähtagebuch. Absolut stilsicher kombiniert Charlie Schnitte, Stoffe und Farben und näht sich ein tolles Teil nach dem anderen!

Für das Sewing Around The World Projekt hat sich Charlie den Jumpsuit Judith ausgesucht, dessen Besonderheit – die übereinanderliegenden Flügelärmel – es ihr besonders angetan haben. Bei Stoff & Stil ist sie fündig geworden und hat sich einen dunkelblauen Cupro – ein matt glänzender Stoff mit weichem Griff, ähnlich wie Viskose – ausgesucht und mal wieder ihr Gespür für Stoffe bewiesen. Der Jumpsuit fällt locker und luftig ohne Form zu verlieren und die Farbe steht Charlie einfach super!

Vor vier Jahren ist Charlie mit ihrer Familie von England nach New York gezogen und näht seitdem noch einmal mehr. Fast ihre gesamte Garderobe ist selbstgenäht. Neben ihrem Blog kann man all die wunderbaren selbstgenähten Stücke auch auf ihrem Instagram Channel bewundern!

Wir sagen “Thank you, Charlie” für den tollen Beitrag aus dem inspirierenden Brooklyn – von dem man auf den Fotos von Charlie immer ein bisschen zu sehen bekommt und weiteres erahnen kann – und Danke an Stoff & Stil für die großzügige Unterstützung!

Wer noch ein bisschen mehr über Charlie und ihre Nähleidenschaft wissen möchte – wir haben ihr wieder unsere “Sewing Around The World Fragen” geschickt und sie hat sie ausführlich beantwortet:


Interview mit Charlie


Present yourself a little bit (name, age, children, name of the blog, age, city where you live, what you are doing when you are not sewing, …)

I’m Charlie, a Brit living Brooklyn, NY for 4 years now. We moved here for my husband’s job when my kids were 2 and 5 months. They’re now six and four and consider themselves Americans – which makes me feel confused – especially as they both have English accents. I’m an accidental (thanks to our visa situation), but happy about it, stay at home mum/ mom, currently feeling a little bereft now both kids are in school.

When did you start to sew and why? How did you learn to sew?

I learnt to sew when I was 12, when I was the height I am now 6 feet (180cm) tall and couldn’t find any clothes to fit me. My mum trained as a dressmaker and sewed all mine and my siblings clothes when we were kids (mostly to our annoyance – ungrateful things we were) and so it was natural for her to teach me how to sew. I still do tailors tacks and many things the way she taught me. I stopped sewing for a long time but started again when my 4 year old was a baby as a means, recommended by a therapist, to deal with Post Natal Depression. And I haven’t been able to stop sewing since.

What are your favourite clothes? Do you have a fable for something?

I love clothes, all clothes, I always have. I always have too many clothes and have always spent all the money I could possibly justify, and much I couldn’t, on clothing. I don’t do that so much any more but I do find it very frustrating that I don’t have the time to sew every single thing I think of or that catches my eye. I like to follow my own tune when it comes to getting dressed but tend to focus on volume and interesting shapes and silhouette combinations rather than outlandish fabrics. Increasingly I stick to solid fabrics with interesting texture and let the style lines and volume do the talking

What is the sewing project you like the most?

There are some dresses I’ve made that I’m super proud of the techniques and the pattern matching and the end result but I’ve worn rarely as they’re occasion dresses. I get so much more enjoyment out of the things I get to wear regularly and one my favorites remains an oversized pink melton wool coat I made to replicate a Helmut Lang one I saw. I wore it all last winter, get so many comments about it and feel a million bucks in it!

Do you only sew for you or also for other people (husband, children, …)?

Me, me, me! I don’t think it’s selfish to sew just for myself. For me sewing is therapy and being able to visualise and realise exactly what I want provides me with so much satisfaction that I see it as part of my self care. As such and due to the limited time I have to sew, I rarely sew for others. When I do, I feel it shows how much I love that person!

From where do you get your ideas? Do you buy patterns or do you invent your own ones

I usually see something in a store, online, on a person and want to replicate it and then use a pattern and adapt it to what it is I want to make. Sometimes I draft my own, sometimes I like a pattern as is, but mostly I have the vision first and then find the pattern and fabric to fulfill that. The only downside to this is that I have so many ideas and so many things I want to sew, my wardrobe has become very haphazard and there is little cohesion to how it looks. This is something I want to address this winter.


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