Monday, 20 May 2019

Seasonal table May 2019



So.... although I had actually redecorated the seasonal table RIGHT on the 1st of May (Labour day being a public holiday and I didn't have to work) and I even took the picture right on that day - but putting it online took a bit of time again. Sorry about that.
The children have contributed stones they painted last year and have in the meantime added a bit of dried moss between them.

Enjoy Spring!

This month's postcard is very lovely by Elsa Beskow (again)


Monday, 6 May 2019

Scroop Pattern Mahina Cardigan Pattern Test

One way of wearing the Mahina Cardigan is with lots of heavy books.
I have only blurred vision when I look over my glasses. 


Sometimes there are just these incredible coincidences ...
A while ago I got stuck in the door with the bottom edge of my favourite light wooly cardigan. And was looking for a new one and just didn't find one that was like that one. And then I tried mending (but you can still see the hole...) and was really sad - and suddenly Leimomi of Scroop Patterns looked for pattern testers for her Circle Cardigan she had blogged about a while a go (which I had admired so much already...) and how lucky I was to be one of her testers!*

 And then luck struck another time, because I was "just browsing" ebay for a woolly light fabric (not really expecting to find something, because I had quite specific ideas about what it should look like already...) - and found the perfect fabric: a light knit from wool and mohair (and a little bit of polyamid) in a dark brown. I admit I had hoped to find black, but a dark brown is as nice. And at a bargain price of just 7 Euros per meter! Was this meant to be?

But what about the pattern? There there...
It's brilliant! I think it is one of those patterns that enable you to make a basic cardigan that should be a staple in every wardrobe. Yes, really.

There are 4 different Views included in the pattern and more ideas for alternative views included, too. Also different ways of finishing the edge/binding are included, to you can finish the Cardigan to your heart's delight. :)
The instructions are very clear, very concise and if you just follow them trough there shouldn't be a problem. I really like Leimomi's way of explaining. The instructions have good diagrams and lead you from one step to the next.
The pattern fitting is somewhat unusual, because you are fitting the sleeves into the seamless fabric circle. So you have to "create" the shoulder and sleeves. It works a treat, though. And easy. This is really a "no fuss" pattern. I think I finished it in 1 hour.
The sizing is accurate and very inclusive (more on the bigger side, though, I cut the smallest size and still altered it to be a tad smaller).

Hop over to Scroop Patterns to get it: https://www.scrooppatterns.com/

Are you ready to see 12 more ways to wear the Mahina Cardigan? Here we go




Seriously me. 

Back view. You might see the back darts creating the shoulder line. Or maybe not. 

Minimalist style. I think a fibula would really look cool on the left shoulder.
A smile would probably do, too.

I'm a romantic! Chocolate. Please. 

I am ALSO a super hero! (also you can see how sheer the fabric is)

I am cute and cold and you can see my shoulders and
will you invite me for a cup of coffee? Pretty please?

Everyday me. This is what I really look like. 

What can I say. Reality. (Actually it's "let's go downtown", anyone know that joke?)

Trying to look adequately.

I made a bun. I am also wearing a rectangular version of the Mahina Cardigan.
This is where you should deliver the chocolate, ok?

See? It's rectangular. I used the selvage as the side finish.
My bun is messy and I am also featuring Ginger Jeans.

I think the back view is very pretty.
I also like standing in front of the wall, contemplating. 



*I was given this pattern for free for the pattern test and have used the test version. As for the final version, there might be changes to the pattern or the instructions. I am adamant, that all the uttered opinions are still my very own, and I was not required to say anything OR do any reviews or marketing whatsoever.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Black Asymmetry - Twister Dress

Although you can't see it in this picture, I AM smiling. Inside. And aren't those boots lovely?


As you might have noticed, I like this pattern. And after giving away the Black Disco Twister Dress, I was just waiting until I could make my own Twister Dress. I have to admit, the first one, despite the fact that I love the pattern.... it actually did turn out to be a bit "loud" on me... erm... like my husband already knew... yes. Anyhow, I wore it a few times, but it never really seemed to fit in.
As my favourite color (in clothing) seems to be black, I should really start making everything in black first, because that's what I am actually wearing. 

So here is the Twister Dress again, by Apfelblüte https://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/my-neon-twister-dress

I've already worn it once, to my very first Tango Milonga, as I've started to learn Tango argentino lately. I would say, it is the perfect dress for Tango, but what do I know...

Monday, 15 April 2019

April seasonal table




April is half over already and I've not managed to post the picture of our monthly table shame on me. Especially as I even managed to take the picture on the 7th of April (one of the kids changed the settings in the camera and now that stupid date is displaye. I didn't notice until it was too late and now I can't be bothered to remove it or take another picture)! :)

And next weekend it's Easter! Happy Easter! :)

Elsa Beskow - April - that's exactly the weather we've got here!

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Another Otari for me...

Can you spot the pointed hood? 


After completing the test version for the Otari hoodie, I knew I wanted to make another one. Partly because I wanted to make another more fitted version and partly because I had seen this great fabric with stars... in brown and yellow and orange and blue and grey and... yes, all colours I usually don't wear. But goes well with black at least.

So when the fabric was on sale, I grabbed 3 meters and made the hoodie. :) It is a winter sweat, so it is really cosy and I looove it. Again, when choosing the fabric, I didn't think about the work it takes to match patterns (so much thinking included... and still not perfect...). Oh, and even after all that thinking, I did make a mistake with the pattern matching -- the left pocket matches but doesn't at the same time. It's a feature. :)

Yay, pattern matching on the Front! (Pockets and zipper)

Oh and although you can't see it - I am also sporting the Jade Skirt (by Paprika Patterns) in this picture. Brilliant pattern!

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A Ginger Parade!! (without Parade)

Ginger No 4

So I've made several Gingers by now... the very first one in dark blue and then 2 more dark blue ones and 2 black fine corduroy trousers.

And what about the Parade?  - There's only one picture! Well, I lost a bit of weight and this is the only pair of trousers, that fits well at the moment. You have to imagine the others. :) And I have to make another pair... :)

Material
2x black corduroy: nice weight, 370g/m, 95% cotton, 5% elasthane
2x stretch denim blue: 97% cotton, 3% elasthane, 10oz


I think I look like scared squirrel in this picture.
But trust me, the jeans fit well. And I am not scared. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Jade Skirt(s) - Paprika Patterns

For whatever reason - I look "not amused" -
although i LOVE the skirt and the pattern



I've been looking at this pattern for ages and recently I've started dancing again and had absolutely NOTHING to wear... ahem... no, seriously, as I've not been dancing for about 10 years, the stuff I was wearing back then just doesn't exist any more (apart from the shoes, they are still brilliant...). So I decided a skirt from knit fabric is just the right thing for summer. Perfect occasion to make Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt.

I think it's a brilliant pattern. I made the version without a zipper (although I even had one here...). I started with a Mini version in purple, meant as a sort of (very) wearable muslin. And then I made a Midi length in a teal colour. ... and then I remembered that lovely black satin stretch fabric in the cellar... and made another one. And then, because I just couldn't get enough, I made one from black Punto di Roma. And didn't blog about it for a year. :) 

This is me, in a skirt. Hilarious. 


Absolutely nothing happens, when I lift my arms.
So why not do it?


I made a few mistakes (which wasn't the patterns fault), the biggest one being catching a few of those folds while sewing them to the lining, but as it was just a few stitches and didn't really show, I didn't bother to unpick my lightning stitch. Next time I will definitely take more care. Everything else went really smoothly, the instructions are precise and not fussy. I planned to make the zipper version on the Midi length one, but as it was no problem getting into the Mini skirt, I didn't bother. It might be a different matter altogether, if you use a more sturdy fabric. I used a light to medium weight (more on the light side) 95% cotton 5% elasthane knit - it was the same fabric just in different colors. I imagine a more sturdy fabric might need the zipper. I don't think the skirt needs a much thicker fabric though, because of all the layering even lighter jersey knit gets a bit of "substance" - because of the pleating and the lining, there are 6 layers of fabric in a few places!! 

I've also read, that some people use interfacing on the waistband (which probably then requires the zipper version). It might look a bit more "substancial" with interfacing, as I usually wear a shirt over my dress and my fabric has a good recovery, I didn't try that. I certainly wouldn't recommend a flowy fabric like viscose or rayon or a very thin knit, it doesn't work for this pattern. It's meant to have a bit of weight. 

rock'n'roll satin - and a silly face


Making the (first) skirt took me two evenings: one evening to tape the pattern together and wash and dry the fabric (never forget prewashing!) and one evening to copy the pattern in my size and cut and sew it. Easy as pie! I especially like the fact, that the seams are wedged between lining and outer fabric, which gives the whole thing a really nice finish. You can also use the pattern pieces fo the lining as a pattern for a simple knit fabric mini or midi skirt. :)

Paprika Patterns are great, it's a bit different, totally practical and lots of tips and hints and helps and videos on the homepage. I find the instructions very clear and the graphics in the instructions well made. Great Pattern!

I love it! Totally love it!! It is soooo comfy and I think it looks great!

PS: Having the pictures taken took me more than 12 months... I have worn them a lot in all sorts of weather, definitely one of my favourite clothes!!! The black version also looks great with strangely coloured or patterned tights. I think. :) 
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Cost:
Pattern: 12 US Dollars (about 10,50 Euros), download https://www.paprikapatterns.com/shop/jade-skirt/
Fabric and notions: purple 20 euros, teal 25 Euros, black satin - from stash, black 15 Euros; yarn 7,50 Euros

(For the Mini skirt in size 2 (waist) to size 4 (hips) I need 1,2m fabric (but that's quite tight, I would buy 140cm next time. Width of the fabric was 150cm. 

Friday, 22 March 2019

Twister Dress Disco Ball



Before I tell you how easy and quickly to assemble this dress is, I have to admit a few things

1. I like making things again that went well before.
2. I have the urge to make more twister dresses.
3. I made this dress as a friend's birthday present.
4. After seeing the pictures, I am SO tempted to keep it (but I won't)
5. I might make a disco-ball twister dress for myself
6. I like assymmetrical things.

Anyhow, I used a stretchy velvety fabric that had the sequins mounted (I would love to see the machine that puts sequins on fabric...) and just followed the instructions for the ingenious Twister Dress by Apfelblüte: https://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/my-neon-twister-dress

I LOVE the pattern. It is SO extremely easy and so fast to put together. I would say, if you manage to put a pdf pattern together without too much trouble, you can make this dress in no time. It takes about 1 hour to make. With cutting and making small adjustments. I made the neck opening a little wider and the long sleeve a little tighter. I also prefer wearing the longer sleeve at 3/4 length, but I wear it pushed up, I didn't shorten the sleeve).

You can see more examples on the burda page and also a great batty version here:
http://www.oonaballoona.com/2011/05/sew-weekly-sunday-shes-gone-completely.html

Here is another view



And just in case you ask yourself, what to do with a disco ball dress like that - listen to this music!



Friday, 8 March 2019

Seasonal table March 2019






I even managed to get the table done ont he 1st of March - only putting the picture online took aaages. As usual. :)

And yes, that's an incense holder you can see there. We do love our nag champa, it's Goloka and Super Hit (Satya) that we like best at the moment. Strong stuff though, we need to air the place a bit while lighting it. :)

The postcard is from Elsa Beskow, depicting "March". Nature here is a bit more advanced that in Scandinavia, so it seems a bit late. On the other hand - we still get cold nights and Father Frost is still sort of here. And up in the hills, there is still snow, too!


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Jeans zipper issues!!!


picture is from google.de, but mine looked similar... teeth just came out... but it was an "opti" zipper

I've made 5 Ginger Jeans/trousers in the past 12 months (which I will try to share soon, I promise...), and you wouldn't believe it - but in 2 of those pairs, the zipper broke (like pictured above) - some teeth just came out of the zipper band. Suuuuper annoying, especially as I don't have other jeans anymore and they fit really well and so so much work went into it...

So I had to fix the jeans (with ykk zipper, I hope that will last a while...). I basically just ripped the old zipper out and squeezed the new zipper in place and attached it.

I HATE mending zippers (in sort of brand new jeans...), but it was totally worth the hassle. I still love the fit of my Ginger Jeans!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Fight Consumerism!

Have I shared this piece of wisdom with you lately? :)

Found on google.de - From "Fightclub" (Film)

Monday, 4 February 2019

Seasonal table February 2019

Seasonal table February 2019

So, I did manage to get the table set in time, despite having a nasty cold (including cough...), which was a present to me and the rest of th efamily from our little one. They grow the BEST colds in kindergarden. I'm rather done in.

Anyway, as you can see, not much changed compared to the january table, but I added a bit of green - I SO long for spring. Although we've had a lovely 2 days of winter fun (sledging, skiing) this past weekend.
I meant to search for snowdrops and put them in the little vase... I'm positive I will finish that project in February. :)

Elsa Beskow Postcard

Friday, 18 January 2019

New Year Resolutions 2018 -> 2019

Andrew Ridley from unsplash.com

We are well into 2019 already and apart from quite a lot of driving around and working, I have come to the conclusion, that I actually HAVE a few New Year resolutions. Usually my resolution is not to have any resolutions, because if you have to many plans, you just get frustrated because you didn't manage to "be good" that year.

Risking that frustration, I am going to try anyway.

Looking back at 2018 I think it's been quite good. Very busy, very ... undulating ... but good nevertheless.

I did however spend too much time online - reading, researching or just wasting time. Some of it was good, some of it was interesting, a lot of it just plain waste of time. So my resolution for htis year is, to use my computer time more wisely and thus use the time in the day more wisely. Because a lot of that internet time is literally virtually wasted.

So, I'm off!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Seasonal table January 2019 (2)




After the 6th of January, when the 3 Holy Kings have reached the nativity scene, it is time to change to winter decoration. And that's what it is. Simple winter.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2019 Sewing Plans




Of course I have plans for 2019!

Mostly "Leftover" wishes and plans from 2018, but also a few new plans. :)

- Another 2 pairs of jeans (I want to try out the Morgan pattern, but with flares...) - this would be a priority... I'm running out of jeans... that fit... and I've still got some lovely non-stretch jeans fabric here. I might make another pair of black wide corduroy.

- I also am keen on making another Jade Skirt  by Paprika Pattern. So wonderfully asymmetrical! Not a priority, but I'd love to make a black one... and I've still got some black satin jersey... (2x#done!!)

- Maybe (still) a Dirndl for myself, using the same traditional techniques. Although that's not really a priority. Really not. Might still take a few years. :)

- A woolen winter coat to replace the one that is falling apart... an "everyday winter coat" (that is actually a priority...)

- I could do with a proper swimsuit and/or bikini that fits... I have the Closet Case Bombshell pattern here, and I only have 1 Bikini that fits... (but at least I have one...)

- make a pillow cover from an old (favourite) t-shirt (that shrunk (?)...) and fabric from stash (fun "leftovers project...) - I "just" have to do it...

- I also plan on making a hoodie for the natural minimalist in this household, who could absolutely do with a new pullover.

- also I would like to make a shirt with a massive cowl collar (check out gaiaconceptions.com's super cowl shirt; I ALSO really like their "love me 2 times sari simplicity" thingy ... would be nice to make that and dye it with natural dyes... some day...) - certainly all optional, not a priority

- I am really eyeing up that Wrapped Cardigan by Seamly - that could be an Autumn Project. Or maybe I take the pattern from a cardigan I've got, which I really really like.

- I still need to make some black t-shirts... long and short sleeved - mine are slowly gowing thin from washing... or maybe something like the Bethioua Shirt... maybe self drafted... I made a simple toile already... just need to make another toile with bust darts... because "fit" and "you don't see darts on black and it looks better"...?!

- I am thinking about making leggings, I could so with some pyjama bottoms for winter though, so maybe I can combine that... 

- I've got the fabric and all other material for another Satsuki Tunic and a Vogue 8728 dress... in black - still...

- and I have this idea about a 1908 day dress... yes, after 5 years of not doing anything historical, I've got the itch again. I will have to start with the foundation work though. 

Comfy suit for Little Miss No 1 - still in progress, zipper still needed.


2019 Good (sewing) resolutions 

...still... using stash material up...




Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Seasonal table January 2019



Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you've had a good start into the year 2019. We were at neighbours and it was a nice relaxed and joyful start into the new year with nice food, nice wine, sparklers, watching the fireworks, singing and the kids were in a really good mood and managed to stay up until midnight! We all collapsed into our beds right after, though. :)
Our seasonal table this january is still occupied by the nativity scene, because the three kings haven't quite arrived yet, the christmassy green has gone though and enter this years monthly postcards by Elsa Beskow. I'm curious if I will manage to post the table every month this year (I think from 2018 only  3 months were missing..., not too bad?!)

I wish you all a good, peaceful und fulfilling Year 2019. May some wishes come true and may some stay something to reach for.