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Still no fitting top but a joyful trilogy of tunics

I have been busy trying out new patterns  to make a few tops but so far no luck. I am starting to wonder if it is the patterns fault or mine. It might be easier to do some sit-ups and eat less chocolate rather than trying to find a pattern that suits my fat tummy needs.

To cheer me (and you) up, I thought I’d show you a trilogy of tunics for a set of soon 3 sisters. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use some of the Susalabim Dschungel stripes – three stripy fabrics with changing main colour but same base.

Here we go:

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2…

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DSC_0448pattern: Traegerkleid by Klimperklein, fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen pink by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

So, the pink version for the 4 year old, as she is currently in that phase where any other colour would be an offence.

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The blue version for the 2 year old. Because she doesn’t care about colours yet.

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The orange one for the yet to be born, because this was the third colour left.

And just because they are so nice and cheerful, all three again

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Oh, and I have been playing with the different stitches on my new machine.

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In all three cases, there had been a machine-eats-fabric moment but in the end I made it. I still wonder what the problem was though.

I am rather pleased – three different tunics/patterns for three individual girls but still a lot in common. And still enough fabric left for some more mix and match. Possibly for a top for me?

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.