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Cosy Clown Coat

Remember, last post was about family members who are pleased with my creative work. But this is not always the case. In fact, just the same day, my husband looked at my work in progress, a cosy hoodie jacket,  and said: “You always have to do things three times because you are doing them before thinking.”  Obviously this is totally unjustified, fake news,  and just because at some point during the creative process the jacket  had looked like this:

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Honestly, just a minor mistake, and nothing that a pair of scissors and an additional seam couldn’t solve. And anyway, I only had to do it twice, not three times.

I am glad that he hadn’t seen that I had accidentally cut the hood halves not as pair (like gloves) but twice the same.

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I bet he would have interpreted this as yet another proof of his strange theory.

But back to the purpose of this post, said jacket.

I have bought the Janice pattern by pattydoo ages ago, clearly hoodies are a staple garment and every woman should have one or two.

Let me give you just a piece of advice here, from a fashionista and colour expert: When it comes to staple clothes, one should have them in neutral colours, I would suggest monochrome,  no pattern as one want to be able to combine them with all of these other crazy things in my  one’s wardrobe. So the fabric you have already seen, is clearly just perfect for it. Luckily I bought lots of it as I meant to make another Carol dress  out of it but continuous breastfeeding seems to make dresses a bit pointless these days.

But enough talking, let’s have a look at the result:

 

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a little bit of contrasting hood lining peeking out, just to add a splash of colour

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I am rather pleased with the result and know it will get worn a lot. Luckily we still get chilly mornings. Annoyingly during day time it is already rather warm and sunny around here.

I think it is a bit too long though. The pattern is designed for the use of normal shop bought zips so the lengths of the different sizes go in 5cm steps. If I wanted to use a normal zip, I would have to shorten it 5cm otherwise I have to adjust the zip. Which I have done before for the children’s jackets but it is always a bit messy.

So when I make the next one, I will have to see, how long I really want or need it. Obviously with those low-cut trousers these days, it is also nice to have a long jacket to get my middle-aged and always freezing back and bottom well covered up.

If you are by now thinking that I seem to have too much sewing time lately, you might be right. I do get a lot done and I am making a lot for myself.

I am trying to get ready for Me Made May and I will see what challenge I will set for myself this year.

In the meantime, I will jump over to RUMS and see if other ladies are getting ready too.

Scrap Sunday: It’s the little things

If you are following this blog since a while, you will know how hard I have tried in the past years to please Mr. No thank you. This madness culminated last September when I made the most amazing play mat. For a 5-year-old. I mean how often is he going to play with it, really?

Because it’s so amazing, here are the pictures again for those who were too lazy to click on the link:

At the time, it was well appreciated, but now I keep hearing a complaint. It seems that I have ruined the whole thing by forgetting the road marking on a very short piece. Except that I did it on purpose. To have a little “one way only” challenge.

Anyway, lets just forget about this big failure of mine.

At least a year ago, I dared pointing out the huge holes on the far too short pyjama, stupidly suggesting that we could throw that old piece away. Goodness. How could I not have known that this was his favourite piece of clothing. Ever. So I suggested to use the fabric to make something. Like pyjamas for the doll. Phew, the offer got accepted. I then put it in my box of future projects where it stayed and matured.

After a little accusation reminder a couple of weeks ago, we settled on a cuddling blanket and I got straight to work.

First I carefully cut along the seams to get the maximum out of it and obviously we needed to take the biggest piece to make the blanket. Everything else would have been silly. The biggest piece happened to be the back of the original onesie.

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When I folded it in the middle, I thought, it looks like a bunny so we made a bunny cuddle blanket with appliqued face.

 

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The blanket gets cuddled a lot and is most likely the best thing I have ever made. He will take it everywhere (when he moves house, not everywhere everyday). And he said: “That was really nice of you.” Which is definitely the best compliment that I ever heard re any of my makes. At least it feels like it after having tried so hard for years 🙂

And just for the record, I haven’t just managed to please the boy. The girl has also shown a quick smile once. She kept complaining that the boys have matching clothes and that she wanted to have matching clothes with the toddler as well.

So I made T-shirts. I wanted to use different colours for the sleeves but no, it needed to be the same. Although the mint would have looked better with dark pink sleeves. Just my opinion.

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Can you spot the difference?

Correct, different types of sleeves. Luckily I got away with that 🙂

The baby version is the klimperklein baby top with buttons at the side and the bigger version is my usual pattydoo raglan shirt pattern.

I love the fabric. When I ordered it I expected smaller lions and I was worried at first how the big ones would look on a tiny baby shirt. But I love it.

 

 

Help: I just made a leopard print skirt for myself and I am planning to wear it

It looks like I am having some sort of midlife crisis. I suddenly decided that I am one of these women who can totally wear leopard skin outfits. I guess I got inspired by two very fashionable people.

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So, I took my pattydoo Carol dress pattern and used just the skirt part of it. And the left overs of the leopard jumpers. I intended to use only the navy one but I could not match the pattern. The thing with big patterns is that one should really match them at seams. When I started sewing, I just tried to cut out as economically as possible. In a first step I realised it would make sense to match stripes at side seams or to place bigger motives in a sensible, symetric, way even if it means that you are loosing a bit of fabric. This time I took it rather seriously and made sure that the front pieces were perfectly matched. (well, I did my best). On the side seams it wasn’t possible as I didn’t want to loose the A-line. Or 5kg. And unfortunately, I didn’t even try to match the waist band. I was already so pleased with my skirt that I got carried away and cut before thinking. Anyway, my perfectly wearable and age appropriate (mentally “5”) leopard (or whatever wild animal it might be, I am not a zoologist) print skirt:

Note: I had to compromise on the picture quality as otherwise this would be far too compromising 🙂

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And obviously I need to now make a top that can be worn with leopard skin skirts. Strangely I haven’t had anything matching in my wardrobe just yet.

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I wish I would have had more of the dotty fabric, I would have wanted it for one whole side panel, possibly instead of the fuchsia one.

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almost perfect match:

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This side turned out even better:

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Leopard skin aside, I would really want to use the Carol dress pattern again. After all, the trial dress fitted well, winter is kind of overish, fabric sits in the cupboard since months. I am ready to go. Just need to speak to the baby, sorry toddler, about dress preventing breastfeeding routine. Easy.

And now, I’ll join the other ladies on RUMS to see what they have been up to.

 

 

 

Good things always come in pairs

I have no clue if that sentence in the title is true but I finally got hold of the camera with quite a few pictures of things I made ages ago. And I realised that I seem to have made a few things in pairs for whatever reason. (As you clearly can see from those few lines, I am highly motivated, focused and know exactly what I am doing or talking about).

As it is rather a lot, lets just look at the pictures as a sort of resumee.

So there are the octopus trousers (klimperklein pattern). The first ones where too big, so I had to make smaller ones for the small one. But then the big one liked them and wanted to have his own pair. Rather unusual to want the same as the baby but if it happens to be a really cool baby then why not.

The original ones, with aubergine cuffs (which you clearly can’t see in this picture) are my favourite:

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They are ready for next season. Still, the aubergine is pretending to be some kind of black, a colour which I clearly don’t even own:

20161001_114035For some reason I did not actually take a picture of the one that gets worn a lot these days. (I guess another sign of overwhelming lack of motivation), so here comes the picture of the big boy version with pockets next to the baby version one (who is officially totally a toddler, sorry)

img_5608I made the big version with pockets as big boys clearly need pockets

img_5607and I thought it might be a good alternative for leggings, maybe even to be worn to nursery. At least on dress down Friday. But obvi0usly they never got worn, ever. Why “obviously”? Clearly you are new to this blog. I am talking about Mr. No Thank You. I’d like to point out that I am not embittered. Yes, I could have used this huge piece of cute fabric for some other cute baby items for any other cute baby with grateful parents and yes I could have used that time making something for people who would then have been happy about it but no, I am not embittered. Why not? Well, because I kind of knew anyway.

In any case, I found those baby trousers extremely useful so I made another pair

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for my nephew, using the fox fabric of the reversibble jacket.

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And since I still had some of this fabric left – a rather thin sweat by the way – I made another little jumper for another baby

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And I made hats for these two babies, stupidly I only took a picture of one of them:

img_5613These hats not only come in pairs here but rather in bulk. I don’t even know how many I have made over the last few months, I love the pattern (klimperklein, Wendebindemuetze) and I love the fabrics (Boo and Zoo by Hamburger Liebe)

As I realised that these hats are actually not made for Austrian winter, I quickly had to knit (yes, I am still doing that too) a hat for Mr I Am Not A Baby Anymore.

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(Ok, technically it does not fit into this post as it is not part of a pair and as it is really made of the tiniest left overs you could possibly imagine, it obviously belongs in the Sunday Scrap posts but once again, motivational issues make it unlikely that I will sit down again and write a whole post about a silly knitted hat so lets just enjoy it here.)

But enough of these old pictures, I have more recently produced proper pairs:

Two pull over scarf thingies (“neck socks”) with a soft and thick cotton fleece as a lining, much better than long knitted scarfs that might dangerously get caught somewhere.

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A set of hats for twins (klimperklein, Minutenmuetze)

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Please check out the pattern of the lining. I really love it. Tiny balls are the new stripes.

20170118_095010Technically the hats are reversible. But that makes the animals stand on their head. Clearly someone hasn’t been thinking this through.

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Phew, that was quite a lot, wasn’t it. But that happens when you do not write your blog posts on a regular basis. To be honest, we are not quite done yet but I am jsut as tired as you are so I’ll leave the cutest pair for another post, especially as the colour combination deserves your full attention. I think after years of pink-orange-teal I have finally found my new trio….