First communion dress: a question of taste and simple elegance

Yesterday, I went fabric shopping with my daughter. We were looking for fabrics for a dress for her First Communion. She needs to wear white. In other words uncolourful. (I know, the correct term is achromatic, internet told me, but I do not expect all my readers to know that).

We took it seriously and spent ages in the biggest high quality shop in Vienna.

And came home with this:

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I guess we can call it a success.

Speaking of achromatic (you should know that by now), in one of my Glueckspakete by Lillestoff, I found a grey french terry. such a nice and crisp texture, perfect for summer.

Since I desperately needed to replace my boring old grey cardigan (without zip and therefore very comfortable for breastfeeding), I made a short Zsazsa coat out of it.

DSC_0283pattern: Zsazsa by Susalabim, fabric: french terry by Lillestoff

DSC_0285I am only partly happy, it suits my needs but I did mess it up a bit. As I am not yet used to my new machine, I struggle a bit with the fine tuning and the meant to be easy and quick seam stretches the hem plus I did not stretch the facing enough so the cardigan looks a bit worn out already. Not enough to undo the whole thing and we will see what happens after washing. I am slightly dissappointed because I could have made a much better use out of this really lovely fabric (even as uncolourf achromatic as it is). But on the other hand, the piece of fabric was really cheap so ideal to try new things.

I also feel, that I let down the really nice pattern so may I please remind you of my first Zsazsa made almost exactly a year ago?

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Oh, I do feel better now. But the grey cardigan is not going to stand out from the beautiful creations on RUMS this week.

The unsolved mystery of the missing leggings

I haven’t had the time to write elaborate posts because I was so busy hunting for easter eggs and also sewing up the huge pile of fabric. I made all sorts of clothes for nephew and nieces and sent them of with a special private courrier who got the two cotton bags mixed up and delivered the right things to the wrong grand children. So I got them back and tried the Austrian mail service this time. I packed  two lovely jumpers, two pairs of simple, stripey  nothing special leggings (3/4 length to be precise) and a wrapped birthday present containing an amazing dress and a cute skirt plus some necessities for a three year old (fancy tape and stickers) into a box, labelled it and brought it to the local post office. A day later! it already arrived at the other end of the country and as it turns out, it only contained two lovely jumpers and a wrapped birthday present containing an amazing dress and a cute skirt plus some necessities for a three year old (fancy tape and stickers). But no leggings. Isn’t that weird? Where have they gone? I know, people who have ever seen my study will suggest that I have simply forgotten to pack them and that they will be under one of the piles of fabric, clothes or paper work sitting in said study. Well, I am actually preeetty sure that I put them into the box. Sure, I did take them out again because I needed to put another little necessity into the wrapped present but I did put them back. Most likely I guess. In any case, they had been in the first packing round.

Then there is also the possibility that my sister-in-law found them so horrific that she pretended they never arrived whilst secretly burning them. But she is the sort of polite person who would have forced her daughter to wear them first to be able to send me a picture of her wearing them before actually burning them.

Which leaves us with the possibility that someone has actually stolen them out of the box. Seems unlikely, I know, considering that there were actually much prettier things in the box, like the two lovely jumpers and the wrapped birthday present containing the amazing dress and the cute skirt plus some necessities for the three-year old (fancy tape and stickers). However, around the same time, we had ordered stilts for our training-to-be-a-circus-artist-child. And the package arrived but with the foot rests missing!!!!! Obviously there is person out there with serious hight issues, stealing tiny leggings (and probably wearing them) and tall-making-devices! So if you see someone jumping around on wooden blocks and wearing these leggings, please call the police.

pattern: leggings Lilly by pattydoo, fabrics from my stash

To prove my point (not sure which one), these are the things that have not been stolen:

DSC_0186pattern: Latzkleid from Babyleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein), fabric: Rumble in the jungle, Lillestoff

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… and a cute skirt

DSC_0198pattern: Rock’ n roll from Kinderleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein), fabric: Lillestoff Glueckspaket

And may I just draw your attention to the hem of the skirt:

made with my brand new sewing machine. In one go. Would be really quick to make if I had the courage to actually go over the slowest possible speed.

It is a really fancy machine. Lots of buttons and a shiny display. And a working light bulb that hasn’t fallen out yet. A real change to the old one. And you don’t need a foot pedal anymore. You just press a button to make it work. Which apparently my foot doesn’t know yet. I have observed it standing up at 45 degree without a pedal in sight on several sewing occasions.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 biostoffe.at

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