Our June Customer Spotlight is the talented and prolific Wis Geysen...
Wis is an amazing seamstress who is constantly producing fabulous creations which she shares on her Instagram (@wis_g)
Click on any of the pictures below to see the fabric Wis used for her makes.
Hello, I'm Wis, 55 years old, and I live in the historical town Gent in Belgium. I was born in the north of the country, close to the Dutch border and came to Gent to study history at university. Here I met Rein, the love of my life. We were married 31 years ago have three children, a daughter and two sons.
After my studies, I worked in an archive for social history and 16 years ago I started teaching. Currently, I'm teaching history in the educational department at the University College of Gent.
During my youth my mother, who is a seamstress alongside being a farmer, taught me to sew a little. I still remember my first stitches on a treadle plate Singer. I started to sew intensely at the age of 20, I took a two-year sewing course, bought a sewing machine (an orange Toyota) and I sewed everything for me (I sewed my own wedding dress), my husband and children, the upholstery for our sofa! I was kind of a fabric hoarder too in those days. I had a room full of it all sorted in boxes by colour.
Unfortunately, my sewing stopped due to working full time in the mid-nineties. After several years of non-sewing, I gave away all the fabric and patterns. Oh how I regret this now!
In 2013, the Flemish sewing book 'Allemaal Rokjes' (All Skirts) was published and it was really a hit in the Dutch-speaking sewing community. At that time, I was also following some international sewing blogs. The itch to restart sewing grew and in September 2013 I went to buy a piece of fabric from the bargain bin at the local fabric store and sewed an a-line skirt. The next project was the Eva dress, a free pdf pattern I found. I was wowed by how much had changed in the sewing world: pdf patterns, buying patterns and fabric online, blind zippers, indie patterns, patterns that have seam allowance on it, sewing blogs, walking feet (which I use all the time when I sew Girl Charlee knits), online tutorials etc.
Last August our last son moved out and now I have my own sewing room. Now, I try to sew every day, even if I only have 10 minutes.
What inspires me to sew is the feeling It gives me. I'm totally zen when I sew and totally happy when I can sew something for my family and friends. Also I like that I can make unique pieces not affected by RTW fashion.
I don't have a clearly defined design aesthetic. My style is quite eclectic and I really enjoy matching a pattern with a non-evident fabric choice.
My favourite thing about sewing is the excitement I feel at the start of a new project and when people ask "Did you make that?" in a disbelieving voice!
I really enjoy sewing with Girl Charlee fabrics, the quality is excellent. My current favourites are -
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Wis and seeing her makes. You can follow Wis on Instagram (@wis_g).
Do you have a business using Girl Charlee fabrics? Are you an avid amateur sewer? If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, please email email@example.com and we will get in touch with you.
We're excited to announce that we have 4 great new patterns from Kate & Rose, available to download now at GirlCharlee.co.uk.
Kate & Rose sewing patterns are inspired by the timeless styles of folkwear but updated for today's makers. Each pattern is a beautiful canvas to express your creativity with fabric placement, embroidery, or other embellishing techniques. Kate & Rose patterns wants to connect our active, contemporary lives, fabrics, and silhouettes with the traditions and patient work of women's hands across the globe.
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