My name is Christina, I'm 29 years old and I live in Munich. But originally I come from the beautiful Lower Rhine, more precisely from Kempen. A small, sweet town where every year the biggest Saint Martin's procession in Germany takes place (but that's just by the way...).
My first sewing course I attended at 14 and from then on it was very quickly clear: "I want to do something with fashion". Thereupon followed a school education as a clothing technical assistant and subsequently I studied clothing technology and made a master's degree in the field of "Textile Products". The focus included material science, cutting technology and of course "process engineering" (so how do I sew what and with what).
After that, I took a job as a production manager in southern Germany. My tasks included flying to the production countries and carrying out quality controls on site.
I can't remember the last time I was there.
I can still remember standing in front of a huge pile of down jackets in Vietnam and just wondering "Who's wearing all that?!". And today I know that a lot is not worn, only discounted or simply burned. The market is simply oversaturated...
Often I lay alone in the hotel and thought about the day. About the many people and the work and effort that is put into every single piece of clothing in these countries.
In Germany, many do not know exactly how clothing is made. Some are "shocked" that every piece of clothing may carry the label "Handmade". This is because every single seam is sewn by a sewing machine, which must be operated by a human being. There is no magic machine into which you throw the fabric at the top and out comes the finished T-shirt at the bottom..
And that's why I started Bara Studio! To show you how to sew your own clothes! So that fashion can be experienced again and you can relate to it again.
What does it mean to sew your own garment anyway? What do I have to do with the fabric? And how do I operate a sewing machine? How much work goes into a side pocket, for example? Or in a shirt collar? How do I sew pleats? Or a buttonhole?
These questions we clarify here little by little. I look forward in any case together with you to go this exciting way and to accompany you with your first self-sewn garment!
All the best