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A story about explosions on my bottom and why I really need mustard tights

As you may have noticed by now, I do have a mild addiction for Lillestoff fabrics. Back in September, they announced this beautiful fabric which I absolutely needed. 3 months later (yes 3!) they finally released it – Can you actually “release” a fabric? But anyway. In a moment of shock I ordered 3 metres and quickly changed it to 4. I was planning big things and those fabrics sometimes sell out within hours, believe it or not.

When it finally arrived, I was understandably very nervous. With trembling hands I put it in the washing machine and with still trembling hands (lots of tea got spilled in the meantime) I hung it on the laundry rack. And then, finally, it was time to cut it. But I couldn’t. I was far too nervous and suddenly I had doubts about the main project and how it would be received by others. Would they like it? Or find me ridiculous? I decided to make a pair of leggings as a warm up.

My son was fascinated and kept staring at my legs from various angles and asking questions about it. Resulting in: Mum, why are there two explosions on your bum? What an unexpected question! What was I supposed to answer? What would you say:

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This is how I see it:

DSC_0165pattern: leggings Lillian by pattydoo, fabric: Experimente by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim

To be honest, the intense interest by a 6-year-old, who really kept examining the design, made me wonder a tiny bit if it was actually meant to be a design for grown ups.

So, to compare age groups, I made two pieces for babies for friends of mine who happen to be a chemistry teacher and a pharmacist. The friends, not the babies.

DSC_0067DSC_0065Babyshirt from Kinderleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein)


DSC_0069Knopftunika and leggings from Babyleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein)

Okay, okay, I know this looks cute. But seriously, have you ever seen a set of baby clothes that did not look cute? That doesn’t actually mean that the fabric is not initially meant to be for grown ups and very mature persons. I could show you zillions of examples, I just don’t feel like it right now.

Since I am usually dressed very elegantly, I wouldn’t be able to wear the leggings anywhere outside the house. That and the fact that I still had about 3m of fabric left made me overcome my doubts and go back to the initial plan to make a beautiful, elegant and yet comfortable dress.

DSC_0140pattern: Gloria by Milchmonster


The darts at the back make it a bit too tight. Only time will tell if I am going to lose that pound or the darts. And it is not cut badly out of the grainline I just haven’t pulled it down properly plus the dress has a A-line skirt with a round hem.


As you can see in this picture, I did manage quite well to match the stripes (which vary a bit in width unfortunately), however, as said before,  the stripes aren’t ideal for a round hem. But it is certainly not a reason not to combine the very flattering and practical Gloria (breastfeeding friendly) with this fabric made for me.



So, I am really happy with my combination of fabric and pattern, even though there will be ignorants people who wouldn’t consider this to be the perfect match.

If only I had mustard woolen tights to go with them… Or should I just make myself a pair of mustard leggings? But will I win that direct competition with the cute baby girl? Hmm.

But for now over to RUMS, to share and see what others have made.


When you go to bed with Captain Kirk, dream about Jean-Luc and wake up with Data (or even worse Worf) or How I lost an interesting blog title

In one of my many Glueckspakete (Glueck meaning luck and happiness at the same time) by Lillestoff I had found the perfect fabric for pyjamas for the young man who only owns one piece that actually fits and has no holes in it). Except that it was about 5cm too short. So, I angrily through it into a corner but then I thought, no, there needs to be a way around it. I meant to make a onesie and after considering a second fabric for the lower legs or some kind of belt-like stripe of contrasting fabric around the waist, I decided to go for a contrasting yoke and once it was finished, I really liked the look of it. I will definitely make more of these.

DSC_0119pattern: Babyanzug mit Knopfleiste vorne in Kinderleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein), fabric: Lillestoff

I hadn’t planned it but I immediately thought, this was probably what Captain Kirk was wearing at night.



and I was already planning a funny blog post about it. Only to realise that actually the Original crew was wearing plain coloured uniforms, the yoke was in the Next Generation. So Jean-Luc Picard, even better! But no! He had been wearing red. Who had the mustard uniform then? Right. Data. And Worf. Not great to fantasize about. So lets just forget about the whole thing and talk about something else.

Oh yes, I meant to show you another piece made of a Gluecksfabric. Again something, I would never have chosen in the shop. Dark blue with a little bit of grey and silver. But then I took the opportunity to make a grown-up hoody in grown-up colours. I actually went and bought some grey sweat for the sleeves as there wasn’t enough of the main fabric. Imagine, I stood in the shop and compared forty-eight shades of grey (with a second of considering mustard or cinnamon – I guess I was hungry at the time)! And voila a totally grown-up hoody in grown-up subtle colours. No sillyness to be seen. Honestly.

DSC_0084pattern: Frau Toni by fritzi & schnittreif, fabric: Natthimmel by Lillestoff and grey sweat bought at


DSC_0086What? Oh, just leave me alone! I did try my best.

It is too embarrassing. Honestly, I don’t want to talk about it.

In the world of sewing, creating the most beautiful mother-daughter outfits seems to be a really important thing. Probably the reason why one gets even started with the whole sewing business. I am not probably getting extremely unpopular amongst my fellow sewing bloggers (sometimes it is helpful not to have any followers) but I am personally not a fan of partner looks. I find them ridiculous. And I am known as the girl who spent the whole week long class trip to Rome looking for the one funny Ancient Rome related T-Shirt that no one else had bought. (For the record, I succeeded. I don’t remember much about Ancient Rome, but I did get a bloody unique T-Shirt).

So, one thing you will never ever see on this blog is a matching outfit for my daughter and me. Definitely not. Sure, for sustainability I am trying to use up every little scrap of fabric which leads to garnments in the same fabric and sure, I don’t spend hours in the morning to unmatch my outfit against my children’s outfits which leads to situations at the GP where one notices that my cozy clown coat looks very similar to my daughters clown trousers. But I would never ever make a set of identical pieces for my daughter and me. I don’t want to look like an 8 year old girl.

Anyway, back to the real purpose of this post. The beautiful “Dschungel” fabric by Lillestoff, designed by Susalabim. I had been waiting for the fabric and the 3 even more beautiful stripy fabrics to combine it with (pink, orange and blue). When they finally had it in the local shop (, I bought a good piece of each of them without really knowing what to make.

My daughter who had recently overcome her dark colours / coolness phase (very, very short) asked me for a pair of leggings, using two different fabrics out of the three stripy ones. What a brilliant idea!

20170915_154247fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen by Lillestoff, design Susalabim, pattern: leggings Lilly by pattydoo

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Finally, I started with the real Dschungel fabric and made pyjamas for the little one:

20170917_092347 (2)fabric: Dschungel by Lillestoff, design Susalabim, pattern: Klimperklein Kinderleicht

… and I had just about enough left for a pair of man-leggings for my 6 year old

20170914_082502fabric: Dschungel by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Leggings Lilly by pattydoo

Aren’t they incredibly cool? To be honest, once they were finished, I really wanted a pair for myself. Not sure, if it is appropriate at my age though. As I had planned another trip to I thought destiny should decide: If there was still enough fabric left for a pair of leggings for myself, then it was meant to be. So I went online. Only 25cm left. Hmm, apparently, I was not supposed to wear jungle leggings after all.

But guess what, when we went to the shop that same afternoon, I actually came across that last roll, and it looked definitely more than 25cm. So I took it out of the shelf, carried it carefully to the counter and got it measured: over 1m20. So clearly enough for a pair of leggings for me. It had be waiting for me in the shelf. If that is not destiny, then I don’t know.

20170917_165350fabric: Dschungel by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Lillian and Lilly Leggings by pattydoo



So, it looks like I accidentally managed to make matching pieces after all. But before you start reminding me of what I have said at the beginning of this post: I specifically told you I am never going to show you matching pieces with my daughter. I never said anything about matching mother-son outfits.

Obviously, the girl was deeply hurt by the fact that the boys had matching pieces with me so I had to make her a pair of leggings out of the same trial fabric I had used before making the jungle leggings. But I am not going to show you pictures of it. Definitely not. That would be a whole other level of embarrassement.

And last but not least,  I can show you the remaining stripy fabric out of the three. I used up the last bit of the main jungle to make a little short sleeved top for my daughter and added the pink stripes at the front and the orange ones at the back.

20170918_075004Fabric: Dschungel plus Kombi Streifen by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Pia by pattydoo







the girl with the golden top

I have to admit, the girl with the glitter dragonfly dress is not alone. I, too, own since fairly recently something sparkly.

I kept admiring the giant flowers by Susalabim (my new favourite designer in case you haven’t noticed) featuring dark grey and yellow flowers on a grey background. When I saw it on a shopping trip, I took a bit and only realised at home that the yellow was actually gold. I guess, I deserve a little bit of gold, so never mind.

The fabric is a super soft modal and together with the giant flowers it would be ideal for a dress. But for someone who never wears dresses I do have too many already so I made a Usedom by Schnittreif. The loose fit and the bat wings make it just perfect to accommodate my wobbly tummy without looking pregnant.

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pattern: Usedom by schnittreif, fabric: modal Riesenblumen by Susalabim, lillestoff





I love it, it ticks a lot of boxes, quick to sew, supersoft material, comfortable to wear, unusual print, somehow neutral colours (in comparison with the rest of my wardrobe) and most importantly, apple puree seems to be blending in.

And in case you are wondering about the quality of the pictures – they are meant to look like this. This is called artistic. Honestly. It wasn’t easy to make them look like this.

Over to RUMS now, to see if other are better photographers.