My name is Sharon and if you’re here because you are passionate about sewing, then we definitely have at least one thing in common. We love to create 🙌
I discovered this urge to create fairly late in life. At 27, pregnant with my first child, I suddenly realized that this tiny little human would need clothes. For some odd reason shopping baby clothes simply wouldn’t do. So I joined a sewing class in September 2007, by that time heavily pregnant. I remember feeling overwhelmed by the experience, as if finally everything fell into place. This was truly ‘my thing’. On my first Mother’s Day I got myself a sewing machine, a Bernina 1008 that I still use. In hindsight it was an impulsive purchase, but fortunately it was one that I have not regretted for a second.
Encouraged by my then colleagues I started a blog about my sewing adventures. Through the blog I met other women who also took an interest in sewing and a year later (we’re talking 2009) we founded a sewing club in our hometown, Ghent. Together with this bunch of amazing women I organized Van Katoen, an event that put handicraft in the spotlight and would prove to be a defining moment in my life.
Van Katoen made me realize that creating was more than just a hobby. I quit my safe government job, enrolled in a pattern making course and founded Zonen 09 on June 22, 2012, the company through which I wanted to dress your (and my) boys in cool handmade clothes. The original Zonen09 offspring are now teenagers, and I turned a corner, now also focusing on designing women’s clothing. Whether I design for boys, men or women, with the Zonen 09 patterns you create basics which can stand the test of time, but at the same time I offer extra options that allow you to add a personal touch, not often without discovering new sewing techniques as a bonus.
Don’t expect new patterns every few weeks. Designing is a process that takes a lot of time and guarantees that we’re both happy with the final result. In the past 9 years happy seamstresses proudly shared over 10.000 #zonen09 posts 👊. According to the customers, all the time, effort and love I put in the Zonen 09 designs makes waiting worth the while. Perfectionism does have its advantages 😉
If you want to know more about Zonen 09 and the progress we made over the years, you are very welcome to check this page. Do you want to get to know me? Then meet me here on Instagram! You’ll find all sorts of inspiration and fun facts. For the juicy stuff, check my stories! 😎