Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn window transparent

I made this little girl with a kite Window Transparent about a month ago... and while hanging on the window it sort of curled up a bit, hence the blurry background. It kind of suits the stormy weather in the picture, so I didn't do anything about it. After autumn, I will store it in a big book, so next year it will be flatttened. :)

I took the inspiration from the book "Mit farbigen Transparenten durch das Jahr" by Marion Kronshage und Sylvia Schwartz.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Seasonal table October 2018

Yay, after 3 months of not posting a table (although we DID have them), I finally managed to take a picture of this months seasonal table. It's a little wild, but I like it.

The glass candle light is made by my smaller daughter, the lavender is the last from our garden, the little doll on the left is made by me just this week. The dahlia was brought home by my older daughter after school and the little autumn girl is a purchase from Etsy. Just look for KatjasBlumenkinder. She's got lovely little figures for all seasons and likes (and no, I don't get anything from her to say this, I just think she's a very talented lady).

And of course Grasset's postcard for Octobre:

Friday, 12 October 2018

Tiny doll "Flora"

I've been up to quite a lot in the past months, only I didn't manage to take pictures... shame on me...

It only 11 months to finally make this little doll - she's called Flora, she's about 13cms tall and made on a metal wire frame, so she's quite bendy and great to play with. The girls are already mothing her, so I'm curious how long she will last.

Because of the flowery dress we've called her "Flora".

I made her following the wonderful instructions by Cristina Cevales-Labonde in her book "Biegepüppchen selbstgemacht" (German).

I can really recommend the book, she gives really good instructions and tons of inspiration for making little dolls. What I thought was really touching was the loving way she wrote about the little dolls in the pictures that she describes, they all have names!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

I can't get no satisfaction - I need more challenges... apparently...

We are weighing more than coffee over here!

I don't seem to get enough of challenges...

After officially stopping the Make and Mend challenge in June and lots of "life" happening, we decided it was time to do something for our physical wellbeing.  As well as intensifying my yoga. (I'm one of those people with a dvd at home... I just don't make it to the gym, but I love doing yoga at home... even the kids join in sometimes.. it's a good exercise in concentration for them). I am trying to do yoga every day now (even late at night...), we also joined the weightwatchers program. Just to make this clear: I don't get their programm for free or any other sort of payment. this is just my own opinion.

I do know quite a bit about nutrition and healthy eating (in theory...), but I find their system SO clever... it's not just about the calories, it's actually the value of food's health translated into points. Super easy. So, I've set my challenge to get to 52 kilos (I'm 159cms small). I've started at 57 kg, so it's 5 kilos. I am well within my BMI, so I don't really need to loose weight. Mostly, this is about changing to a healthy diet. Because - healthy lifestyle...


Week 1 (24.9.) - still 57 kilos. I managed to stay within the recommended points. Am I too  impatient?
Week 2 (1.10.) - 56,7kg - I don't think this counts.
Week 3 (08.10.) 55,2 kgs - wow, how did that happen? Our fruit intake has tripled... and we've got a little problem with fruit flies, which seem to be trying to compete with us for bananas...
Week  6 (29.10.) 54,7kg - yeah!
Week 7 (5.11.)  56,0kgs - what?! (but success on the yoga level - now I manage to do "the Crow"  (Bakasana) (Yoga with Kino MacGregor)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A good read!

Another good read (despite being a bit cynical)

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind (by Yuval Noah Harari)


Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Dirndl for a little lady

Our oldest daughter is starting school this autumn, so I wanted to make something special for her for the occasion. I've been planning to make this Dirndl for her for months and managed to make one for Little Miss No 2 already, so making this one was easier.

The sizing is very precise, I cut a size 98 in width and a size 116 in length for her (according to the size chart) and it fits just right, but not one centimeter too much. The blouse runs a bit tight, especially when you make it to pull it over the head, I had to let out all of the seam allowance. And it only just fits...

If I made it for her again, I would probably go up one size (both Dirndl and blouse) - luckily she didn't have a growth spurt just before school started.

All in all the pattern is really good, if you keep in mind, that it runs rather tight, it's super. The instructions are really good, lots of photographs. It's not a supertraditional way of making a Dirndl, but it's as close as you get if you want to finish the dress in a reasonable amount of time.

The pattern is from
The fabrics (pink and blue) are from here
The fabric for the blouse used to be a bedsheet and the litte trim is from the local arts and crafts shop.

I had a little bit of fabric leftover, so I made a Mini Dirndl for the Nora Doll, too. :) I used a dress from the Mariengold oh girl! book and winged the apron. It was a really nice quick and easy project. I will try and post a picture of the dress for the doll soon.

ePattern: 8,50 Euros
Fabric and notions: 30,00 Euros

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Premade Pattern vs Self-draft pattern

When I started drafting patterns, I thought something like "wow, this is so cool, I can now draft EVERYTHING I would like to sew/wear". And while in theory, that is true, the reality of it is a little different.

I am not a seamstress. I need instructions. I can now draft patterns (a little), I can put them together somehow and I understand a lot better now, what changes are neccessary to make them fit better. (Which is why starting to draft patterns and making lots of toiles is a great way to get to know your physiognomy and fit issues and how to solve them)

But I lack the actual sewing skills. There are so many ways to put garments together and to construct them - I don't even know where to get all of that information. Even my Vogue sewingbook, despite being very full of information, didn't really give me the answer how to construct a garment.

And that's when Premade patterns are really good. If you have a premade pattern from a company that gives lots of help and hints on constructing the garment, you can go further from that. (I really like the instructions from closet case patterns, scroop patterns and ottobre design, just to name a few)- I love learning from them and getting to know their methods of assembling clothes. The little tricks and good shortcuts. And hints, where you really should not take a shortcut...

I've now drafted a few garments for myself, but for me, the advantage of a premade pattern are clearly the instructions.

Funny enough, I only understood what "a good fit" is, when I got into my little bit of 18th century sewing. If the bodice crumples over the stays, it is just not good. That's not the way it is supposed to be. If the stays are uncomfortable - they don't fit. It took me quite a while to get from historical clothing to modern sewing ... but now I am enjoying even more to make my every-day self-made wardrobe. The way I want. Not what fashion magazines tell me to wear. And RTW that doesn't fit anyway.

I can only encourage everyone out there to do a bit of pattern drafting (e.g. a basic pencil skirt and a basic bodice) and then after understanding your bodyshape - go for indie patterns!