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How to be cool

First, let me just say how happy and proud I am that you came to me to learn about coolness. Clearly, this means that you are, unlike my daughter, convinced that I am a really cool person. I keep telling her that my lack of coolness is the new cool. Well, not everybody seems to agree on that. So I was a bit stressed out, when I made clothes for my nephew and nieces, as some of them are… lets just say…. in a critical age.

Well, I guess, my oldest nephew is actually rather easy to handle. He is fine with stripes and only stripes. Stars? No thank you? Maybe some abstract pattern? No. So, stripes then. Yehes. So since years he gets a stripy hoody but I went out of the pattern comfort zone and went for a sweat Toni by schnittreif rather than the usual jersey Leo by pattydoo.

DSC_0176pattern: Toni by Schnittreif, fabric: Lillestoff

The 6-year-old nephew who is usually only into really manly stuff, like pirates, vikings,… anything armed really, happened to visit when I was about to make something for him. I naively showed him the few fabrics that I considered to be cool. He dismissed them all and chose two fabrics out of my stash and that’s what I made out of them:

DSC_0177pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: bought for myself, years ago

DSC_0178pattern: Leo by Pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff (Glueckspaket)

I guess it was a bit silly to make the short-sleeved shirt with hood and the long version without but I had already cut out the hood when I started to look for a suitable fabric for the sleeves and I simply hadn’t had enough of the black and white for long sleeves.

The hardest coolness problem to solve was certainly my 10-year-old niece. That one really made me nervous.

DSC_0181DSC_0182pattern: Pia by Pattydoo, fabric: “Mannequin” by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

This top needed to be made out of two parts as when I had ordered this fabric, the pattern repeat had been cut wrongly with the girls on top and lots of grey at the bottom. So by making a yoke out of the fabric bottom piece, I have been able to move the girls at the bottom of the shirt.

I have also made a Pia for my daughter, out of the left over of a correctly cut repeat, so no need for a yoke:

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but for a different back fabric (it looks like this post actually qualifies for Scrap Sunday, doesn’t it)

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Once finished with those two cool T-shirts, I started doubting again. Will a 10-year old find this cool? Especially if actually an 8-year old finds it cool? (Yes, my daughter did find it cool)

Nevertheless, I made another one. Mainly because I had already cut out the main pieces. And because I so wanted to try out a thing that seems to be called “destroyed negativ applikation”. In German though. It is cool to use English terms, you know.

DSC_0179pattern: Pia by Pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff (Glueckspaket)

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How cooooool is that?!

My daughter found it silly. I took it as a good sign.

So, when my nice came to visit, I was really nervous. Because up until now she thought I was some kind of super hero thanks to my sewing skills. And I didn’t want to lose this position.

And before the suspense is killing you, I can reveal that she found it coooool!!!!!!

 

 

Lets focus on the highlights

I don’t know about you but in my universe today is December 2nd. Because I really meant to write the next blog post straight after the last one.

Speaking of it, I am clearly really good at time management and also keeping on track… Not sure, if I have mentioned it already but I am currently very concerned about the fact that I will soonish go back to proper work and if a career change might be an option. With my skills I should definitely look into something like a management position where you have to work to deadlines. Any suggestions?

Anyway, as I am realising that some of you might insist it is already January 2nd, let me just wish those crazy people a happy and healthy new year. To all the other reasonable and believing in my universe, enjoy a peaceful December full of relaxed evenings with mulled wine and ginger bread.

And since we will never agree on this issue, I might just focus on the more exciting projects lately rather than trying to post every single item I have ever made. Because I did have a very good few weeks sewingwise. I was working like mad to reduce my stash to have an excuse to get a Lillestoff Glueckspaket (or 3 to make the shipping costs more reasonable). Lillestoff, the organic fabric company sometimes has 1kg of fabric for 18 Euro which corresponds to 4-5 pieces of surprise fabric which really is a bargain. And exciting. But back on track.

I think I have mentioned before that some of my friends have finally reached an age where they could safely think of having a baby. So I can finally make some cute little things for cute little babies. Plus they have the right size to use up some tiny pieces of scrap fabric.  But before doing that, I had to buy some of the cutest  fabric ever: Zwergenwelt (world of dwarfs) by Susalabim. Before said babies had even been born.

I will still be able to use up plenty of fabric at a later stage. I am sure. One of the new borns is a girl and luckily, I will be able to make cute dresses and tunics …. Even in the extended family I am just about running out of cute girls with the youngest girl turning 3 already in March.

The other baby is a poor little boy who keeps getting dressed in 48 shades of blue and grey. His mum has already started to send me artsy fartsy black and white pictures only to hide that he is wearing another blue and grey outfit. She can’t hide it though as I can see it anyway in his disapproving and begging-for-colour look.

For this extended cuteness project, I have even invested in new patterns, especially designed for small baby items as I am planning to sew a lot for them (and you know how determined I usually am to turn my plans into reality)

The perfect newborn present seemed to be the Wickelshirt by klimperklein which can be opened at the front so no need to pull anything over the head.

So this is the girls version in 62:

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And the boys version in 68:

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I have also used this pattern for another new-born who needed a “partner look” with his older brother

20171204_141135pattern: Leo by pattydoo and Wickelshirt by klimperklein, fabric by Hamburger Liebe

For me that is perfect partner look as the fabrics are individual enough but still visibly connected.

Lately, I had also spotted a few super cute baby garments online using the book Babyleicht by klimperklein. A book that I so not wanted to buy as it has only patterns up to size 98. So almost too late for my children. But there was a super cute tunic and also a super cute pinafore dress in it so I finally decided to buy it and I do not regret it.

Initially, I meant to use the Zwergenwelt for a tunic in 62 as well but it would have destroyed the very large pattern, so I went for a different fabric.

IMG_6205pattern: Knopftunika out of Babyleicht by klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I thought I needed some trousers to go with it and enthusiastically made these…

IMG_6207pattern: trousers out of Babyleicht by Klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I made superlong cuffs so they can initially be folded and then grow with the baby.

To be honest, I think it is a bad match but they can still be worn separately.

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My last project for today is the little pinafore which I made for my god child. I used the left overs of a fabric that my daughters friend chose for her birthday present dress. A rather unusual choice (not sure if I showed it here already) but in any case perfect style for a pinafore I think.

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pattern: Latzkleid out of Babyleicht by Klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I find this sooo cool, unfortunately my daughter is far too old and uncute for this style. But if the little one comes after his brother, I might still be able to make another one at some point 🙂

Enough for today, Part 2 of the highlights produced lately will follow soon, probably on the 3rd, I would assume.

 

 

 

 

Gangs of Vienna

Since we came back from lovely quiet Black Forest to the fast and dark city of Vienna, I feel slightly unsafe. I don’t remember that there have been all these gangs of young dangerous looking people wearing hoodies. Have they always been around?

IMG_6130 (2)pattern: Ryan by pattydoo, fabric by Michas Stoffecke

even girls

IMG_6143pattern: Kimby pattydoo, fabric by Michas Stoffecke

and perhaps the most dangerous one of all of them, probably their leader

IMG_6149 (2)pattern: Ryan by pattydoo, fabric various left overs

 

The latter might remind you of these things

and possibly this one, they had all been made at the same time, many moons ago.

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Those of you who are actually paying attention to detail might have noticed those amazing trousers the older gang members are wearing. Spending all day in the streets of Vienna but somehow enough money for bespoke trousers. Unbelievable. More about those in the next post.

 

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.