Monthly Archives: June 2016

I am done here

Since a while I had in mind to use either the left over’s of my dress

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or a green Hamburger Liebe cotton which I have used for the lining of a bag for a former friend

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to make a Frau Aiko by schnittreif – a wide blouse, surprisingly matching to what I have in mind for my two layered breastfeeding top. Well, I haven’t got enough fabric for any of those. Which is annoying because I really don’t want to buy any new fabric right now.

So I made a Langeness panelled skirt instead. With a contrasting border. I meant to use the same contrasting fabric than for the dress in the first picture. But guess what, not enough fabric left. So I had to rummage through my boxes again and realised that a plain lilac cotton was actually the winner. And that I have enough to have a go at Frau Aiko, too. I know I know, a monochrome piece. Hard to believe. Well, you always need to try out new things! I might one day even make something black!

Anyway, I made the skirt, all easy peasy lemon squeezy. In fact a bit too easy peasy lemon squeezy so I decided to set myself a little challenge…. by misplacing the zip.

IMG_5224Impossible to fold down the facing (Lilac) along the seam. What to do? I tell you what! Embrace the problem and turn it into a feature! So I folded the contrasting facing about 3mm over the seam, pressed it flat  and topstitched it to make it look like a piping.

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I love those little details. Especially when they are in contrasting colours. But who will ever see that “piped” waistline? Well everybody if you are going to team it with a crop top. Or no one.

There is only a slight problem. I love the look but actually the whole waistline is a bit on the loose side already. And there is still hope that my waist will find its way back home at some point. But I really don’t fancy to remove the whole facing to be able to take the skirt in. What can be done? I guess chocolate is the only solution to this problem.

I finished the skirt yesterday and was proudly wearing it today.

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The main skirt has a round hem. But the border is supposed to be cut as a straight rectangle. I am not convinced that this is a good idea as it gives it a little baloon effect and I am just not sure if that works in this particular case.

But anyway, so I was proudly wearing this skirt to an amazing the “event of the year” kind of party when beforementioned former friend approached me and said “Oh, I love the outfit. Did you make it?” “Yes”, I said proudly just wanting to go into detail (feeling very touched that she must obviously have recognised the fabric) when I realised that she was talking about the baby’s outfit! He was wearing some random swedisch high street discounter things! What a disappointment! On so many levels. And shock! What is the purpose of my existence? If a shop bought random baby outfit wins over a handmade skirt? I am guessing it can’t be writing a sewing blog. Last week Brexit and now this! Clearly some changes are needed. I am done here. We will be moving back to Austria! Oh wait, there is no need to rush into this, lets have some informal talks first to get the best deal out of it. And in the meantime I will hop over to RUMS to see what other crafters have created this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday: No jokes today, sorry

This was meant to be a really funny post full of anecdotes about a certain person in my life who is slightly, just slightly hypochondriac. But to be honest I don’t feel like making jokes these days. I am shocked and sad about the UK’s EU referendum. So many things went wrong, I don’t even know where to start and yet it is so simple. The European Union is like a marriage, built to make us all stronger for the good times but even more for the bad times. It was far to important to use it for silly power games by short sighted little boys on the playground politicians who are then all shocked by the result and its consequences.

Anyway, this is not the place to discuss this, so lets go back to Scrap Sunday.

I found a nice little project to use up some scrap fabric. A little wallet for your homeopathic remedies. I followed the Globbi freebook by madiGreen on farbenmix.

Unfortunately I followed the instructions too closely as actually my homeopathic remedies seem to come in bigger containers than the ones used in the e-book so the result is a bit tight.

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Plus, when I ironed it flat before top stitching, the iron was a bit too hot for the woven trim and shrank it a little bit which subsequently gathered the fabric a bit. (a lot of bits in that sentence).

Other than that I am very pleased with the result and I find it an extremely useful gift for people who pick up deadly diseases such as rhinopharyngitis like others catch a cold.

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It also reminded me that I should pay more attention to Scrap Sunday and think a bit harder about small projects. So watch this space! (She said boastfully whilst ignoring the fact that The Move was happing in about a month)

 

 

Revolutionary method for younger looking skin in seconds

Method for younger looking skin? Is this the right blog? Yes it is, slightly off topic maybe but still the right place. And as you will see, there is still a connection with crafts.

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Have you ever asked yourself what makes you feel or look particularly old? Is it when you are celebrating your grand mother’s 102 birthday and she is still dancing when you are already longing for a nice cup of tea?

Or is it rather when you are surrounded by people in their twenties showing off an unreasonable amount of flawless and smooth skin? Are you then suddenly aware of all those wrinkles you have accumulated over the years?

For me it is clearly the latter. I see them sometimes in their natural habitat and wonder if they are actually aware of the fact that they are at the top of their natural beauty and that it will only go downhill from there. Or are they blissfully unaware and actually enjoying their lives?

Whatever they are thinking in these moments of smoothness (probably how to keep their trousers from falling down completely but that is a completely different matter and needs to be discussed by some gravity specialist), my focus is usually drawn to every single wrinkle in my own face and on my own neck. And it makes me think what I could do to improve my appearance. So lets analyse the problem. Clearly the smoothness surrounding me makes my own wrinkles come out more. Which leads to two options, either I am getting rid of my wrinkles (lots of companies are making lots of money with unrealistic promises) or I do something against the surrounding smoothness….  And now, tell me, what did you think when you saw the picture at the beginning of this post?

Did you think “Oh my gosh that is one wrinkly neck! Her postings are always sparkling of fun, energy and youth but looking at that neck she must be at least 39 years of age!”

Or did you think: “Goodness, I always thought this blog is written by some mature and clever woman full of sewing wisdom but clearly she doesn’t even own an iron! She must be in her twenties. ”

See! You can either spend a fortune on creams or surgery to smoothen some of the wrinkles in your face or you actually add some wrinkles near or around your face by carefully creasingyour clothes.  You won’t safe time but money!

Lets try again! Look at this close up! What’s your first thought?

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An unironed shirt worn by a young looking woman. And a beautiful contrasting seam in an otherwise unusually (for this blog) monochrom Usedom– shirt.

Point proven! So how is it done?

Don’t use your iron to create creases! The sharp iron pleats will give it an unnatural look. Just crunch your top into a ball when it is still wet and then hang it up to dry. Fold it loosely and keep it in your wardrobe, ideally under a pile of other clothes.

You can also refresh a flattened fabric by gently dampen it (why not use the steam of your iron?) before crunching it up again. Simply leave it crunched up to fully dry before wearing it.

Just be warned: Don’t overdo it! I was actually worried no one would notice the rather mild crunches in those pictures. What a relief when I looked at them on the screen and saw that they had come out beautifully.

But before you are running off to crunch up all your clothes, lets have another look at my new Usedom and its nice white seam at the sleeve. This time I went for a normal sleeve instead of the very wide cuffs as seen in the parrot version.

IMG_5195I think I like the other sleeve type better. It emphasises the batwing shape. But I like this top, too. The colour and the fact that I was acutally able to sew a monochrome piece. Well apart from those few seams. But I am digressing from the actual topic of revolutionary skin care.

So let’s just hop over to RUMS and see if anybody else went for the crunch look or if they have actually ironed their clothes before presenting them to the world.

 

 

 

 

Row, row, row the boat…

…. gently down the stream

and if you see a pirate ship

don’t forget to scream.

So, the pirate captain (remember?)

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has been joined by a quarter master (not only did I do some research on pirate organisational structure but there is also a very interesting and unbelievably large amount on the subject out there  –  go and have a look yourself)

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matching but also not too matching I think….

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Aren’t they cute fiece? I meant fierce. I am certainly not going to make that mistake again! But then, pirate captains are most likely not following sewing and knitting blogs anyway. So lets just look at them again.

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Which brings us back to the title.

By the way, all pattern are from the Kinderleicht! Naehen mit Jersey fuer Kids by Pauline Dohmen.