Day and Night

Sorry for missing another Scrap Sunday but we only came back from the famous wedding weekend yesterday. And whilst, as a family we had been wearing lots of Scrap Sunday projects, unfortunately I did not manage to take decent pictures. Same problem for the even famouser (I do realise that this is not a real word, thank you) wedding outfit. By the way, much to her disappointment, the bride had only been wearing a normal wedding dress (luckily the kind bride had prepared us by sending us a picture beforehand – I guess she had a feeling the expectations of a certain young lady might be a little bit higher than she could provide with her “normal” wedding dress. Apart from that, the wedding has been great, lovely couple, lovely family members, lovely guests, great food, even greater music. We really had a good time and a lovely short break. As usual I am getting side-tracked, I am clearly not attending big events often enough.

Anyway, today I had the pleasure to hand over a present to a 12-year-old girl who had a big day today. I find her style really cool, very grown-up. Definitely more grown-up than my style. But then, that doesn’t mean anything considering how I usually dress.

Anyway, I tried hard to match her taste, I am not sure if I managed.

The fabric is a design by Susalabim, called Mannequin. It is the first time I have used a fabric which comes in pattern repeats (so you have to buy any multiple of 80cm if you see what I mean). As one repeat would have been a bit short, I used  a pattern with a yoke which allowed me to use a different fabric on top. It is called Pia and is a pattern for a top by pattydoo. So I elongated the main part of the shirt to the 80cm of one repeat to get the maximum out of it.

Unfortunately, I am unable to show you pictures of the dress being worn. Whilst I did manage to squeeze in to find the right hight for the belt, it would not be suitable to show of the features of a loose fit dress.  A clothes hanger will have to do.

 

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pattern: Pia by pattydoo, fabric: jersey by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

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Personally I am rather pleased with the result, almost what I had in mind. I just don’t like the armhole/sleeve cuffs. But surprise-surprise. I had cut out the fabric before thinking things through. Next time I would add two cm to make a normal hem.

In any case, I hope the new owner likes it, I will never find out, the whole family is far to polite to tell me if I have just ridiculed myself.

Scrap Sunday: Things the world has been waiting for. Or not.

Ages ago I came across a tutorial for a travel wallet and thought that it might be a good alternative to our usual routine of putting 5 passports and tickets in my husband’s jeans pocket. Obviously I never actually took the time to make one. But a while ago, it came back to my mind as a suitable present for my mother-in-law who travels a lot.

So, I looked for the tutorial again, only to realise that those diy versions are apparently for people with proper flight tickets. Who does still get proper tickets? Don’t we all have large print outs instead now? And it seems to be always for 2 people with space for two passports and two tickets….

In my mind I started to develop a collection of different sized travel wallets to accommodate different sized travel groups/families. Clearly another brilliant business idea. Although I also quickly realised that you do not want to take your five passports out of five different slots.

Anyway, my first attempt turned out to have far too tight pockets, mainly because I experimented with super strong interfacing decovil. So model no 1 now gets used as a powerful – almost magic – computer similar to the one Inspector Gadget’s niece uses. I am currently writing this post on it. Really.

Model No 2 turned out fit for purpose, but I finally had to admit that 3 layers of decovil are not easy to handle and not necessary.

I tried to keep it simple and grown up this time.

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See, using only one fabric for inside is stupid as it makes it impossible to actually see the different pockets.

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So, there is the big slot for a folded A4 paper, information, tickets,….

a medium one for one passport and a row of smaller ones at the bottom, with one compartment for credit cards or similar things and two for pens.

Most wallets I had seen online have a lot of space for credit cards. I don’t know why. Don’t you have them in your normal wallet anyway? Do you need special travel ones? Maximum a frequent flyer card or whatever, no?

But I thought a pen could be useful.To write down email addresses and phone numbers of your newly met friends.

And last but not least I went for a zip pocket. It would be large enough for something like a mobile phone or some money. Mainly it is there because otherwise that side would look to empty.

And just in case you were wondering: I did use a different fabric for that one at least. Otherwise it would have been ridiculous, really. IMG_6054

I am still working on different sized models, prototypes before I start my successful business of necessary things the world has been waiting for. I’ll show you another one on another day but for now I need to get back to the wedding outfit. I managed to lose the essential shiny silver ribbon. Without it the diamant buttons will look a bit lost.

Special occasion dresses – part 2

As promised, my outfits for baptism and wedding. As you might remember, I need breastfeeding friendly dresses.

I would have this shirt dress by SewOverIt. I made it for my son’s baptism last year if your remember

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or even the trial version here

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Good news is that I have lost weight, apparently. Bad news they are rather complicated to alter, so if I do it, then only once, so I might as well wait for next summer.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this Gloria by Milchmonster.

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It was a very positive surprise, so I decided last minute to make another one with a nicer fabric and more attention to sewing (I used framilon where it was indicated, so the neck line for example springs back into shape after pulling it down). I have the fabric since last summer, it is a jersey cousin of the one in the first picture (both Hamburger Liebe)

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pattern: Gloria by Milchmonster, fabric: Hamburger Liebe, “Eden” collection

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It worked really well for the baptism. And the wedding outfit you might wonder? I guess, since I am not one of the main characters there, I can as well show you now:

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It’s a Gloria by Milchmonster. I bought the fabric last year, when I got the one you saw in the first picture. They come from the same collection “Eden” by Hamburger Liebe. I guess you could call them relatives. Cousins maybe.

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So now only the most important outfit is left to get shown. But it is not finished yet. Tomorrow is button shopping day. I guess it will get rather sparkly.

 

 

 

Special occasion dresses – part 1

As you might already have found out by now, I am quite a party girl, rushing from one big occasion to the other and I feel it is my duty to dress accordingly, ideally with something new and especially made for the particular situation.

So, let me just start with two dresses for girls. For both I have used the same and obviously very versatile pattern Traegerkleid by klimperklein.

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperkleid, fabric: jersey by Lillestoff, design Katzenliebe by susalabim.

It might not be obvious for everyone, but this is actually the perfect dress for a baptism. Just in case you were wondering. The young lady has quite rightly informed me that while this might be acceptable for a baptism it would certainly not do for the wedding we are planning to go to next week. And that in fact she didn’t have anything to wear to a wedding. Which is true. So the wedding dress is currently in the making, but I can obviously only show you the pictures after the event. We certainly don’t want to spoil the excitement of those wondering what she will be wearing on the big day.

But back to the baptism dress.

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Once again, I went for yellow as a contrasting colour. Darkish blue might have looked nice, too but it wasn’t up to me. For the binding on arm and neck, pink was the only option, I think.

I really like the cap sleeves. And the piping. I really should use piping more often, it gives the whole thing a little kick.

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I repeated the strong pink piping line in an attempt of a bold hem stitch which my machine did not want to do as neatly as I had it in mind.

I have used the same pattern to make a dress for my niece. Mainly because I was so disappointed in the one I had made for her birthday. (It seems I hadn’t even taken a picture of it). She will start school in about 10 days, so I used this occasion as an excuse to make her another dress. I haven’t delivered it yet, so pssst.

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperklein, fabric: jersey bought at Michas Stoffecke (design Birgit Boley)

So, this is a more autumn-y version of the same pattern, with long sleeves and hood.

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I meant to show you my breastfeeding friendly baptism dress too but it is getting late. I’ll show you tomorrow. And my breastfeeding friendly wedding dress, too. Promised.