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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.

20171113_075323fabric: Titus Tiger by Lillestoff

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

20171113_075251fabric: Hundeliebe by Lillestoff, design susalabim

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.

20171121_132128fabric: Tina das Einhorn by Lillestoff

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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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.