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December 3rd, I might turn this into an advent calendar

Today I will shut up (I will try at least) and mainly let the pictures speak.

As I said, I made so many items in the last few weeks that in some cases I don’t even remember anymore for whom I made the thing, so it will be a random selection only.

Lets start with a variety of Leos by pattydoo, for a variety of children.

for my nephews, partly custom orders:

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a birthday present for my new favourite neighbour after the following sand pit dialog (neighbour 1 – the favourite, neighbour 2 – nice boy but clearly no sense for fashion or the true meaning of handmade clothes and my son):

N1 (observing the nearby playing toddler in a super cool mummy made shirt): Is it normal that your mum makes all your clothes?

N2 (very determined): No, it’s not.

Son: Hmmm.

N1: It’s great. His shirt is soo cool.

Me (with a trembling voice): You really think so? Would you want me to make you something? Isn’t your birthday coming up? You could come over and choose a fabric from my stash and I will sew something for you. (I did tell his parents too, no worries, I am not a crazy cat lady)

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One for my little one, I couldn’t wait to use this fabric (Lillestoff), you might remember his”matching” romper with the lions.

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another iconic Lillestoff by susalabim design, surprisingly chosen by my 6-year-old…

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surprising fabric choice by my 9 year old niece…

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a hoody for my little niece who found her brother’s hoody so cool that I had to make one for her.

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a present for one of my husband’s work colleagues

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and two very belated birthday presents for a set of brothers – very dear old friends from London. For both I used fabric found in one of the surprise packets by Lillestoff.

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for a set of twins back in England, the left overs of Titus the tiger for the boy….

IMG_6196pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric, Titus Tiger by Lillestoff

and Bo the lion for the girl, using the pattern Raglankleid in tunic length by klimperklein and adding some of the sleeve fabric on the sides as I did not even have enough of Bo. It was a little bit hard to let those two scrap fabrics out of the house and not using it for my little one. But he has really plenty of clothes and the nice fabrics don’t stop appearing anyway.

IMG_6193pattern: Raglankleid by klimperklein, fabric: Loewe Bo by Lillestoff

I have used the same pattern for this shirt back in summer for a little girl, using again the Tina unicorn for the sleeves….

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…mainly to link it with the dress of another girl who she knows. The other girl is already 12 and far too old for this fabric, but her name is Tina and she loves unicorns. So I had to make her a dress and she can wear it as a nighty I guess.

IMG_6160pattern: Raglankleid and Traegerkleid by klimperklein, fabric: Tina das Einhorn by Lillestoff

a little tunic for another of my husband’s work colleagues

IMG_6199pattern: Knopftunika out of Babyleicht by klimperklein, fabric: Lillestoff, out of a surprise packet.

And last but not least (for today), two Tonis by Fritzi und Schnittreif for my children. I really love this pattern and clearly need a second one for myself too. The back is a little bit longer which I find not only cool but also cosy for my poor old kidneys.

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IMG_6210pattern: Toni by Fritzi und Schnittreif, fabric: Snoewl by Lillestoff.

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Unusually tasteful colours, isn’t it. It was part of the surprise packet by Lillestoff and whilst I could convince my daughter to let me make a jumper for her, she hasn’t been wearing it yet.

Phew, that was a big step in catching up. Out of the top of my head there are only three big projects left to show you but they probably deserve their own posts. One involves sequins (and to be honest, I would need to transfer the pictures from my phone first and delete the mess in the background edit them first), the two others are about finding the perfect gift so I might write these posts a bit nearer to Christmas. Plus one involves editing about 50 pictures, the other is more about getting Mr No Thank You’s dad to wear the stuff so I can take pictures. So we will see what happens first.

 

 

 

Back from the wild

I guess you have been waiting eagerly since weeks to see me back from my sewing detox stay and hear my success story. Let me just tell you, I am back home since a little while and I hadn’t touched my sewing machine for a whole week. And then only because I really quickly had to make this one thing. A birthday present for my nephew. Surely, I can’t let a little boy wait. But it has only been that one little toddler top. Well, and the three others. But I needed to make them. Lots of birthdays around here. You need to understand.

Anyway, back to the detox clinic. It has really been a success. Throughout the 4 weeks I hadn’t even been thinking once of sewing or fabric or anything connected to it. Not once! Basically they let us explore other methods of crafting to forget the one. The methadone of crafting if you want. And it worked, just look!

I decorated a plate…

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painted a picture for my office / work space

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and did some work with soap stone. Initially I only made a few random pendants but then I attacked a big piece.

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Working with soap stone was so much fun I actually  had to make two more things out of big stones in the last couple of days if not hours…

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and a modern advent wreath.

So, whilst I am now totally over the whole sewing business, I will still show you the things I had made before leaving, so keep waiting.

Scrap Sunday: Travelling again

So that wedding (yes, I am still going on about it, but it really was a nice evening and possibly the highlight of my social life this year).

Obviously we needed a gift. I like giving money and I think this has become the most common wedding gift around here. But I don’t like to just put money in an envelope or handing over vouchers for a department store. I like finding a nice or fun way of hiding the money. This time I went for another travel wallet, slightly more advanced than the first version. I found it suitable as a wedding gift holder as people usually go on a honeymoon after their big day, isn’t it.

Waterproof material this time. It just looks a bit more professional.

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One zip pocket for I don’t know what.

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Lots of different types of pockets…

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… for tickets, cards and pens. And passports. What would a travel wallet be without passports? I made them both big enough to keep at least two passports each (actually I didn’t try more) so 4 (or more) in total.

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I still don’t know if a travel wallet is really a life saver but in any case it is good enough to transport a money gift.

Since it was a wedding plus one, I thought I could use up some of my fabric and make some cute toddler cloths. (I realised toddler sizes are really perfect to use up those left overs of bigger sized hoodies, shirts… – I always end up with a narrow yet longish stripe of fabric)

Now, obviously one might wonder why a woman who only gets married in a normal wedding dress, would actually deserve special handmade clothes for her offspring – clearly she is a hopeless case fashionwise. But then this is the only way, she could possibly develop some kind of fashion sense. Plus, believe it or not, her husband seems to be a male fashionista. He attended the after wedding family breakfast in a fresh and clean fitted shirt. Very elegant, I have to say. He tried to play it down and pretended he had forgotten to bring a normal T-Shirt with him. But he can’t trick me, he was just trying to take the embarrassment of all others, terribly underdressed in T-Shirts and jeans.

So, I am sure, he will appreciate my very tasteful toddler hooded vest and trousers, whereas his (otherwise lovely) wife… well, it was probably a case of casting perls before swine but one should never abandon hope.

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pattern: hooded vest “Ryan” by pattydoo, fabric: various left overs

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pattern: Babyhose by klimperklein, Kinderleicht: fabric: sweat Zippy Zebra by poppy

I didn’t make them as a set (I don’t like sets) but they are actually linked by the same cuff material. I bought the Zebras last year on sale and intended to make trousers for Mr No Thank You. But, guess what, the material was to scruffy so this year, I used it to make two pairs of trousers, one for the wedding boy and one for Mr No Thank You’s little brother who can’t decline politely yet.

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And guess what, if you have 1m of fabric and make two toddler sized trousers, you have just enough for another scrap project. So watch this space 🙂

 

 

 

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

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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.