"Receiving my first batch of LIESL labels from Wunderlabel I immediately thought: ‘Let’s create!’."
Sewing extraordinaire, Marlies Witjes, winner of the Dutch online sewing contest Knipster in 2017 and creator of made by LIESL has been very busy indeed. She is sewing amazing clothing, making cool YouTube videos and sharing her knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning, all while keeping slow fashion and sustainability in mind. That’s a win-win in our book. We are very proud to be the label provider for made by LIESL.
Introducing made by LIESL!
Tell us about made by LIESL - how did you get started?
I’ve started made by LIESL in 2017 showing my creations online, but I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, on and off. The sewing fever fiercely lit up in 2017 when I participated in an online sewing contest hosted by a Dutch sewing magazine called Knipmode (you could call it the Dutch online spin off from British Sewing Bee). When this contest crossed my path I had just decided to spend more time on my creativity. Perfect timing. And I won! During the contest I discovered how great my love for creating really is. That was the biggest reward. At this moment I own my own business as a life coach and slowly changing my career path towards being a fulltime ‘creator’.
What keeps you inspired to create?
Pretty much everything around me, fashion from different periods in time, fabrics, second hand pieces, people I see in the street….what not.
I love challenging myself and discovering new techniques in sewing and fabrics manipulation. There are so many things I would like to make, different techniques I want to learn and all with sustainability in mind. I am all for slow fashion and upcycling. I want to be inspired and also be an inspiration to others, that’s my goal. So I share my makes on different Social Media and organize workshops.
What does labelling your items do for your business?
That moment that I had put in my first label I realized I made something on my own from scratch and finished it….that’s the best feeling. Especially because I had enjoyed the process of getting there so much. It’s my meditation and it just makes me happy!
First I made my own labels. Printed them on transfer paper. But they were not sustainable at all. Receiving my first batch of LIESL labels from Wunderlabel I immediately thought: ‘Let’s create!’. I chose a simple design so they would balance my more outspoken designs and complement my basics.
Where can we find you online?
At the moment I write blogs on the Dutch BERNINA blog (in 2019 also in English), for the Minerva Crafts website and my own blog site. In 2019 I will launch my own website. I also have a YouTube channel, a Facebook page and Instagram.
Thanks for sharing Marlies!