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Shiny and even shinier

Right, three more posts to go to have sort of caught up and I am actually already staring at the next completed project – a set of … oh well, lets not spoil the surprise about something that I will most likely be ready to post about in 4 months or so.

Todays project is about sequins. Yes sequins. I don’t know if you know reversible sequins (I am only guessing the English name here) but they are a big hit around here. At least if you are under the age of 10 I guess. Sorry, if I have just offended anyone.

If you don’t know them: They are like magic. if you gently stroke them in one direction they show one side – therefore one colour, if you stroke them the other way, they will flip and change colour. You can spend hours and hours going over and over again with your little hand. It allows you to dream, the little rustling noise will take you to the windy sea or to the top of a high mountain. Sure the teacher will call you absent-minded but she is just jealous because those T-Shirts don’t come in her size. (That’s what I would assume at least)

Apparently everybody, I mean everybody has got a shirt with reversible sequins. So we finally had to get one for the girl. With some kind of unidentifiable animal on it from one of the high street fashion brands. I am rather pleased with the motif as it is not too girly or inappropriate agewise.

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And as there is at least one high street brand that has a wide range of reversible sequins on boys clothes, the big boy got one, too.

And I finally started to get intrigued. Because there is a rather big difference in quality of sequins. Who would have thought. In the girl’s one, each sequin has one colour per side so if you flip them you get a neat picture (but not many different colours). The boys motif seem to have been painted once they were mounted so each sequin has a white / non painted part where it was covered by the next layer. And obviously if you flip them, you will never be able to position them perfectly so the whole picture is interspersed with white dots. So, while the motif might be more interesting, it actually gives you a headache to look at it.

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It obviously ended with me thinking that I should do it myself. Before you start getting worried, I do not mean that I ever had in mind to stitch every single sequin on by myself. There are ready-made application patches or rolls of fabric. Both seemed hard to get in Austria and I even called the fabric shops in Vienna and eventually found some at Komolka, the big shop in one of the high streets.

I felt really good after this very succesful shopping trip and was also very pleased with the final garment.

The fabric is a simple stripy sweat by Lillestoff, so it is actually organic and ethically produced in Europe. I do wonder if that is the right fabric to put sequins on or if I should be in a moral dilemma. I can only hope that these days they are stitched on by machines and not by little children.

I have used the klimperklein Traegerkleid pattern with hood and I really like this combination in its simplicity. But back to the shiny sequins.

So, there is a black heart …

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and the most amazing iridescent green-purple side.

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And by the way, I made such good use of the fabric that I actually had to cheat a bit, but don’t tell anybody.

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So, one might think, a huge success – we have already been thinking about manly applications for the boy, maybe a shark or some kind of big machine, like a digger. But even before the first wash, quite a few sequins came off and in the first wash we lost a couple more. I am not sure why, if it is the fabric or if I did something wrong. She can still wear it, one could even read some meaning into the broken or bleeding heart but I am a very disappointed. Obviously this dress comes easily in the top 3 of my daughter’s favourite mum-made items.

I would be more than willing to replace the heart with a new one, I have still a big piece of the sequin-fabric left but only if I knew that it didn’t happen again.  I am currently heartbroken! so I haven’t tried yet. I guess I need a break but I will definitely do a few tests on the sequin fabric to see if it is worth to give it another go.

PS: And in case if you wonder about the mess in the background of the pictures:

If you know me personally: Why are you wondering?

If you do not know me personally: These pictures are carefully designed and each and single item is placed there carefully to add a natural and likable personal touch to professional fashion photos.

If you are my mum: Yes, I know I should tidy up, at least before taking pictures to put online but there was no time before the dress gets worn to school and comes back covered in all sorts of colours.

 

 

 

 

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 (biostoffe.at), 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:

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

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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 biostoffe.at 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

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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

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Ups, I seem to have forgotten the title

A while ago, I posted pictures of some very summery shorts for the two big ones. And I know that some of you are since then wondering how I could possibly make clothes for them and forget about the little one. Obviously I did not forget about him. How could I, he is constantly within 50cm and complains loudly whenever I try to leave this radius.

Aaanyway, I thought, as we finally live in a country where the sun is sometimes shining, it would be time for a few rompers.

I used the pattern Babyanzug Anton by klimperklein which has snaps between the legs so you have easy nappy access.

I am in general a big fan of ebooks, I just don’t get why they always have to start with the sentence “please read the entire ebook before getting started”. Seriously, I am experienced enough to just work my way through.

The pattern is designed in a way to save paper and you have to use the legs twice, once with the front top and once with the back top. So, I cut out the fabric, wondering a bit about the additional lines on the leg, probably the front is supposed to be smaller than the back… I guess. Everyone would agree. I guess. Well, I guess one could also have thought of it being the facing for the opening but I had not read the instructions for the facing version since I had settled on the binding one.

Luckily the boy has my slim legs so I got away with it.

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pattern: Babyanzug Anton by klimperklein, fabric by lillestoff

Obviously one is not enough for a whole summer, so I quickly made a second one, this time following the facing version.

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fabric by Hamburger Liebe

To be honest, I used slightly too thick interfacing in combination with negligent sewing so back and front opening don’t match up properly.

 

 

As clearly a romper is a must have, I made two more for my nephews:

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both main fabrics by Hamburger Liebe

To make sure, that their sisters wouldn’t get jealous, I continued to work:

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pattern: Sachensuchershorts by Fabelwald, fabric: Hamburger Liebe (I believe)

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperklein, fabric: dots by Hamburger Liebe (I believe), horses part of my Advent calendar last year

And just to complete this post about random recent makes:

a dress for a three year old lady who was very determined and quick when choosing her fabric out of my stash

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperklein

with a freestyle handbag

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and a couple of T-Shirts for a couple of boys:

 

pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: Adventkalendar, no idea

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pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric Hamburger Liebe

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pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff , design Susalabim

Sadly this is far from being up to date but all the pictures I found on the computer. Clearly I need to do a shooting of another birthday outfit for a not so little boy, another little dress suitable for a baptism (but not for a wedding apparently), a breastfeeding friendly dress suitable for a baptism (and probably for a wedding), and two proper scrap sunday projects. But as I want to turn them into tutorials, this will take a while. I’d say a year or two realistically.

Oh, and the latest project finished today covered half of the living room floor and involves about 38 pictures.

I really need a personal assistant to get this blog up to date. Salary next to nothing. Applications welcome.

Since I am mentioning a finished project you might wonder if I already have a new project in mind. And what on earth happened to the often mentioned trousers project? Well, I can proudly say that three pairs of trousers are already cut out, waiting to be stitched together (each one individually, not all together, silly!) . In light and summery material. Never mind, the children will need 3/4 length trousers next year anyway.  And then there is fabric for new hoodies, tops, baby outfits for yet to be born babies, birthday presents for various nephews and nieces and about 7 skeins of yarn (150g each, just to be clear) waiting to be knitted up. All I need now is a little bit of time. Luckily I can fully trust the big ones to babysit the little one. So watch this space.

 

A little delay and so not right for the season

I still owe you pictures of my coat Zsazsa by susalabim. I made it back in May I think when it was really not the weather for a coat. And it is still not. Never mind. I do not own anything to wear it with anyway. But it looks amazing on my dress form.

Susalabim is a fantastic designer for lillestoff. Obviously I had already bought at least one of her fabrics without knowing it and it is actually through the pattern for this coat that I discovered not only Susalabim as a designer but also lillestoff as supplier for organic fabrics.

The coat can be made out of one fabric but Susalabim uses it to show off her designs as a patchwork coat – ideal to use up left overs. So ideal for me one would think. Except that I was really intrigued by the fabrics she had used in her video – jaquard, something I haven’t used so far. So I actually had to order small portions of different fabrics to fake a pile of left over jaquards. They were all so beautiful. I spent ages in arranging them and sending pictures to my dear colour and style expert back in London. Apart from her totally wrong and unjustified advice that orange elephants would be too childish she helped me a lot. As usual.  But enough talking.

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Initially I had in mind to only use a 2 or 3 fabrics for the sleeves and to have larger blocks. But as those fabrics were so nice, I didn’t want to waste any of it and used the small bits too. But I underestimated how much they would shrink in the washing. So actually I couldn’t cut the sleeves properly and had to do real patchwork in two places:

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I love having the seams on the outside. It is so venturous and makes it cool and trend-setting.

However my banned from chocolate for life and boring 7 year old finds it wrong and embarrassing.

So what do you think? Are you boring or setting venturous trends? 🙂

I’ll take this coat to RUMS for now and wait for more appropriate weather to be a cool trend-setter.