My Fiji

Wandering København, I stopped to compliment a most elegant woman on the combination of her shoes and skirt. This turned out to be Karen Buus-Hansen, wearing her own skirt, enjoying the sun outside her shop.

I complemented her on the scale of the print on the skirt, saying that it reminded me of my preference for upholstery fabric on skirts.

She said “well, it is.”

We went inside her shop, Mutti Love, where she showed me her line of dresses and skirts made from upholstery remnants, antique bedpreads, and tablecloths. The designs are consistent, but the fabrics are unique, so no two women will wear the identical dress.

Of course this fabric has architectural hang.

How did you get into this, I asked?

Well, I did other jobs, but I always wanted to sew, since I was little cutting up the bedspreads.

Finally my husband and I decided it was time for me to do what I really love. This shop supports itself, but it’s not contributing to the family, so we think of it as our Fiji. It’s right here.

 

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