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My first trip to Paris

At that time, young women were supposed to learn a solid, decent job as a bank clerk or office worker. But in 1969/70, after hard confrontations with my parents, I finally was allowed to go to the Alf fashion school at the Moselle.

Under the great teacher Margarethe Groß I learned to transmit the form of the body to a patter as if it was a second skin and to determine mathematically the many intricacies of the transition from the body shape to a movement pattern.

In 1970, the school made a trip to Paris. We were incredibly excited, we were going to spend some days in the fashion capital of the world!

As we arrived in Paris we headed out immediately. With four of my classmates I first went to the studio of the famous fashion designer Christian Dior in the fashionable Avenue Montaigne.


The Dior parent house


Years ahead

1964: With enthusiasm I absorbed mom’s explanations on sewing techniques and boosted my development of new models. I already managed to create a frizzy skirt with black piping stripe.


Barbara with Soldier2

With my mom, years ahead of the Sergeant Pepper boom!


Fabric from Paris

It was 1962 and I was 12 years old. My mom was visiting friends for a coffee and I was alone at home and had the idea to sew a short and a short top out of the marvelous white linen fabric printed with tiny figures which my mother had purchased in Paris.

Since I had no pattern, I undressed up to my underwear, stepped before the mirror and fixed a newspaper with pins in front of my pants. With a pencil, I drew my leg contour and the side seam and waist shape – just as I imagined the short in my mind. I also did so with the upper part.

Scantest Joe


How to make a tunnel belt

Dear Friends

Today I want to show you how to make a tunnel belt. You only need some fabric of the textile you make – in this case the BoiledWear-Vest – , some inches of stretch fabric and basic knowledge of sewing or handling a sewing machine.

Just follow the images, they speak for themselves: