Friday, 10 June 2016

Customer Spotlight: Wis Geysen, plus new patterns from Kate & Rose

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 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  

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.
 Zsalya Top and Dress
 Giselle Dress
 Roza Top and Dress
Mariska Skirt
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Happy sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee UK Team


  1. I follow Wis on IG -- her sewing is fabulous and she does quite well with the hashtag challenges. Fun to see her spotlighted here!

    1. Yes Kyle, we love her makes too, thanks for the comment!