Fashion is for the young, tall and skinny, right? I am none of those, but see if I care. I am the insouciant stitcher, untroubled by the meagre offerings of the garment industry for women of a certain age, weight and height, women like me. I want to express my individuality and creativity in the way I present myself to the outside world, not look like everyone else. Sewing my own clothes is fun and the way I go about it means it doesn’t take up any more time than shopping, everything fits me nicely and caters to my preferences.
In my off-line life I was born in Germany, into a family of expat Austrians, but I went to Australia for a working holiday 40 years ago and never left. I live on the sunny Central Coast of New South Wales with my husband and my cat.
My son and daughter are both grown up and married, and I have two little grandsons and a granddaughter, all of them gorgeous, and another on the way. I am an ex-teacher turned teaching technology specialist, and then director of technology at a private girls college. In 2011 I was retired for a full 5 minutes, before DH asked me to manage a project for his business. That was the end of my retirement, I have been working with him full-time ever since. Stopping work is not even a blip on the horizon, and I very much like it that way.
I am sad to say that in reality I am not at all insouciant. I am nervy, highly strung and intense, even a tad obsessive. That’s why I need to create things with my hands, because when I do I am ‘in the zone’. Time stops. I don’t even think of food. I never fret about all the things I haven’t done, or still have to do, or might have to do. I just am…. … the insouciant stitcher…