Sunday, November 20, 2016

Das Weihnachtskleid 2016 - Stoffauswahl

Let's talk fabric. As I mentioned in the last post, I pledged not to buy any fabric until October 31st, 2017. So I have to deal with the fabric I have at had which is quite a large stash. More than 200m is my best guess as I have not yet entered everything into my excel sheet. And I already had some fabrics in mind when making the last post for the Christmas dress(es) on Monday.

Lasst uns über Stoffe reden. Ich habe mir ja vorgenommen, ein Jahr keinen Stoff mehr zu kaufen und muss deswegen bis zum 31sten Oktober 2017 mit dem vorlieb nehmen, das ich habe. Was wirklich nicht wenig Stoff ist (ich schätze mehr als 200m Stoff, muss mal wieder meine Exceltabelle pflegen). Ich hatte auch gleich Stoffe im Hinterkopf, als ich am Montag über die möglichen Schnitte geschrieben habe.

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This si the digital rose print jersey I will use for Vogue V8379, the infamous wrap dress. I got that in the same sale as the fabricfor the fractal dress. I have 3m which should be sufficient accoring to the pattern's description. I will make the short sleeved version, but I'm still not sure about the collar. Should I make one? Does it work well with cardigans?

Das ist der digitale Rosenjersey, von dem ich am Montag gesprochen habe. Aus ihm soll das berühmte Vogue Wickelkleid 8379 werden. Die 3 m, die ich im Stoffverkauf mitgenommen habe, sollten laut Umschlag reichen. Ich will auf jeden Fall kurze Ärmel, bin mir aber mit dem Kragen nicht sicher. Brauche ich den? Funktioniert der mit Strickjacken?

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I think I will use a combination of 2 taffetas for the 50s dress. I got the gunmetal grey taffeta from my friend Paisleystern wh used it for an amazing corset and cape combination. I will use the grey for the top part and make skirt and sash from black taffeta.

Für das 50s Kleid will ich gerne 2 Stoffe kombinieren: Der graue Taft ist ein Geschenk von Paisleystern (die aus ihm ein wundervolles Korsett und ein passendes Cape gemacht hat) und soll das Oberteil des Kleids werden. Den Rockteil und die Schärpe werde ich aus dem schwarzen Taft ergänzen.

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This would be an alternative for the taffeta combination, but I think it will be far too summery for a true Christmas dress. Maybe I will use it for the trial run? Or just sew it up in spring?

Das hier wäre noch ein Alternativstoff für das 50s Kleid. Allerdings ist er mir zu sommerlich, vielleicht wird er das Probeteil oder eben im Frühjahr genäht. Im Sinne des Me Made Mittwochs und der Veranstaltung Weihnachtskleid 2016 kann ich also sagen "Hurra, ich habe genau den Stoff gefunden, den ich mir vorgestellt habe. Der Schnitt passt auch super dazu."!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Me Made Mittwoch – Fractal dress

I sincerely hope that I can keep up with the blogging speed I now enter. Posting 3 times a week should be okay, but since I had such a long hiatus with not much possibility to sew, there will be lots of “old outfits” in the Me MadeMittwoch! Although for today, I have something very new:

Der Weihnachtskleid Sew Along macht mich ein bisschen nervös, weil ich nicht weiß ob ich nach der Blogpause (auch noch fast ohne nähen) genug Material und Energie in mir habe um so oft zu posten… Ich denke der Me Made Mittwoch wird ein bisschen darunter leiden, weil ich vermutlich viele “alte Outfits” zeigen werde. Obwohl ich für heute etwas Neues habe:

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Dress: „Dress 10“ in Fashion Style’s issue 10/2016
Tights: Thermo tights
Boots: Dr. Marten’s

I made this dress from the pattern „Dress 10“ in Fashion Style’s issue 10/2016. I really love this magazine as the clothes fit to my body unlike Burda where I have a horrible time adjusting almost everything. I also love how the patterns are designed for longer women and cover a larger range (36-54 or 6-22 for my American readers) of sizes than Burda does. No problems sewing the same pattern for your skinny friend and your large aunt! In fact I love the magazine so much I asked my mum for a subscription for my birthday!

Das Schnittmuster ist “Kleid 10” aus der Fashion Style10/2016 Ausgabe. Das Nähmagazin gefällt mir 100 Mal besser als Burda einfach weil die Schnitte zu mir passen, ich nicht ständig anpassen muss und die Ausschnitte auch nicht „Hallo Möpse!“ rufen. Die Schnittmuster sind für längere Frauen designed – so wie mich!- und umfassen ein größeres Größenspektrum (36-54) als Burda. Ich finde die Zeitung so toll, dass ich mir ein Abo von meiner Mama zum Geburtstag wünsche!

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The fabric was bought in Oberhausen on a yearly sale of a very tiny fabric shop in the city centre. You should have seen my surprise when their storage facility was a huge storehouse! There were so many fabrics and buttons that I was severely overwhelmed and only bought very few things… The fabric I used here is a romanit jersey with digital print and a nice hand. The print is kind of hard to center – especially if you are not interested in marking your chest with two large prints…

Der Stoff stammt vom jährlichen Ausverkauf der Nähkiste inOberhausen. Der Laden in der Stadtmitte ist recht klein, daher war ich von der riesigen Lagerhalle etwas überrascht! Ich war überwältigt und habe nur wenige Stoffe gekauft. Zum Beispiel diesen schönen Romanit mit Digitaldruck. Der Stoff fasst sich super an, allerdings ist der Print so verteilt das man leicht die Brust überbetont. Deswegen ist er jetzt etwas komisch zentriert.

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Pattern review
The pattern was easy to sew with only 3 pattern pieces. The only change I made was to use a fake bias binding instead of the facings in the pattern. I don’t like the small facings and would rather line the whole to part. But here, a self-lining would have added to much body and would have been highly visible. Thus the bias binding around the neck.

Der Schnitt ist sehr einfach zu nähen mit nur 3 Schnittteilen. Ich habe den Beleg gegen ein falsches Einfassband ausgetauscht. Der Stoff wäre zu dick für einen Beleg, das würde sofort auffallen. Außerdem mag ich diese kleinen, fiddeligen Belege nicht, die nie richtig halten oder von Hand zusätzlich fixiert werden müssen. Für ein richtiges Futter war der Stoff wiederum zu schwer.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Das Weihnachtskleid 2016 - my very first (documented) Christmas Dress

After a little *cough* *remove dust and spiderwebs* blogging hiatus with a move, I'm back on track! I finally unpacked my sewing machines and have begun organizing my stash and sewing nook. Unfortunately, my boyfriend claimed the office room for his stupid home office work - so not jelous, I love you, darling! - so I have to use the available space next to the entry. Which is actually generous enough to serve as a cutting room if needs be. Anyway, I'm back and will participate in the annual Christmas Dress Sewalong hsted by the wonderful ladies of Me Made Mittwoch!

Nach einer kleinen *hust* *Staubwedel schwing* Blogpause bin ich wieder zurück. Der Umzug (oder eher die beiden Umzüge) sind gut gelaufen ohne größere Verluste und ich habe meine Nähnische bezogen. Die Nähma und die Ovi stehen bereit und es wurde sogar schon der erste Nähbesuch empfangen... Meine kleine Nische im Flur ist in Wirklichkeit ein kleines Raumwunder und ich fühle mich sehr wohl. Ich melde mich zurück passend zum Weihnachtskleid Sew Along 2016, wie immer moderiert von den wundervollen Ladies vom Me Made Mittwoch!

Today's task is to remember all the Christmas dresses past and plan whatever dress you are heading for this year. So, thinking of the past Christmas dresses is very easy: Most of them have not been documented here. In fact, just last week my boyfriend reminded me that I have not yet taking a picture of last year's dress (sorry, Neisella: I love your fabirc gift and have worn it with pride!). Oops. Well this year I swear to be better!

Die heutige Aufgabe besteht daraus, einen Rückblick auf die letzten Weihnachtskleider zu werfen. Das geht schnell - ich habe bislang nicht am Sew Along teilgenommen und die Kleider zu Weihnachten wurde bislang eher mässig dokumentiert. Das vom letzten Jahr zum Beispiel ist leider noch nichtmal fotografiert worden. Obwohl ich von Neisella einen wirklich tollen Stoff bekommen habe und mich Weihnachten sehr wohl darin gefühlt. Oops. Dieses Jahr mache ich es besser!

My motto for today will be "I got the fabric, but what pattern shall I use?". Actually I don't want to shop fabric for a whole year - the move yaddayadda, having more than 7 moving boxes full of fabric yaddayadda *blush* - so I'll have to make do. It's not that I exactly have to suffer... So anyway. I might use a jersey with pixelated roses printed on black for a more comfortable dress which allows lots of food? I could use the Vogue wrap dress pattern I already have:
  
Mein Motto heute ist wohl am ehesten "Stoff ist da, aber welchen Schnitt solch ich nur nehmen?" Da ich mir vorgenommen habe bis November 2017 keinen Stoff zu kaufen - beim Umzug gab es irgendwie Diskussionen das 7 Umzugskisten voll Stoff doch etwas viel sind. Weiß gar nicht was mein Freund meint... *rotwerd* Ich habe einen Jersey mit Rosendruck auf schwarz, der vorzüglich zu Wickelkleid von Vogue passen würde:



I could also make a 50s inspired dress from taffeta I have in my stash and use the dress pattern in the Fashion Style 10/2016. Something green or black might do:

Ich könnte auch das 50s inspirierte Kleid aus der aktuellen Fashion Style 10/2016 nähen, genug Taftstoffe habe ich noch in meinem Stoffvorrat. Ich sollte meinem Freund sagen, dass der Vorrat definitiv seine Vorteile hat! ^^


Do you plan to make a special occasion dress for Christmas? What are your plans?

 Nähst du auch ein Weihnachtskleid? Was sind deine Pläne?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Week in Review 39/2016

What did I see?
I'm almost in the mood for Halloween (Which goth isn't?) although the move stops me from decorating anything. So I might put my gothy decorations up here in my blog and maybe later in the new flat! Atomic Pixies made a lovely picture of the "Scream Queens" - Do you recognise all of them?



What did I listen to?
Finally done with the apocalyptic stuff! Now it is back to music - Love like Blood - Dying Nation. During the 90s there was a time where right wing people in Germany gained confidence and started physically attacking foreigners. There were many songs by left wing bands who are still present in my mind today. This is one of them. I'm kind of more afraid of these people today than with 10 years. And I feel equally helpless...

What did I ask myself?
How can one person have so much fabric? I should ask myself, right?

What did I read?
Die Go-Go-Girls der Apokalypse (= "gogo girls of the apocalypse") by Victor Gischler. There is no English translation of this German book, but fortunately you are not missing out on much. The story is centered around Mortimer Tate who survives the end of the world when he hides from his wife in the woods when she wants a divorce. Now, 9 years later he returns to civilisation when he grows tired of beef jerky. He runs into cowboys, evil humans, profiters and -of course- gogo girls. The story is nice, but not very catchy. And the characters are mostly not very relatable. I got the book for 1 Euro which it was completely worth. Not much more though, I'm afraid! ^^

What did I work on?
A skirt and a shirt

I was happy about...
I got the keys to the new flat (finally!) and didn't completely hate it when seeing it the second time! Yay!

I was annoyed about...
All the organisational stuff. Being adult sucks so hard!

I bought...
More foods. And Ikea furniture.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Week in Review 38/2016

What did I see?
I'm always happy to support aquaitances. Although I think that Royal Black doesn't need much of a support since her work speaks for herself! She makes the most awesome corset designs with impeccable fit. See for yourself:


What did I listen to?
You wouldn't believe it -  J.L.Bourne Diary of the Apocalypse 3 (German Version)

What did I ask myself?
Now that my motivation is back - Why don't I have time to sew?!

What did I read?
Work stuff

What did I work on?
Nothing - Well, I copied a pattern, but had not time to cut the fabric

I was happy about...
Mo-Ti-Va-Tion! Yay!

I was annoyed about...
Doing the dishes. I'm so looking forward to having my dish washer back!

I bought...
Only foods. Good girl!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Entertainment blogger award

I really needed some time to get through my blogroll, with all the packing and shopping and organizing, time is really a precious resource. BTW, I didn't forget that I owe you pictures of my TKMaxx haul and new sewn things, but I somehow miss my camera battery charger and also ran out of webspace for pictures. Any recommendations?

 I'm writing today because I just realised that Ramona of Justkeepthebrains gave me an award, thank you sweetheart:

The Entertaining Blogger Award

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The Rules of The Entertainer Blogger Award:

  • Write a post including the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most importantly ENTERTAINING!
  • Add these rules to the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer the questions down below.

1. Why did you start to blog in the first place?

I started to blog in 2009 originally to have some fun with outfit pcitures, but the blog soon eolved into a diary for stuff I make and do. I often have the feeling that I don't achieve anything and never finish anything I start. The blog keeps track of stuff I made and helps me to see that I actually do finish things. And it really works!

2. What is your favorite book?

I hae written about this before, but my favourite book is "Spares" by Michael Marshall Smith. It contains, spaceships, war, robots, clones love and a broken detective, all mixed up to a story which you can't lay down once you started reading!

Here is the text on the back cover:
Coma meets Blade Runner in this future noir thriller, a compulsively readable melding of hardboiled narrative and hardware invention. Smith forecasts a decadent future in which the rich clone themselves at birth and callously harvest replacement organs from their "spares" as they need them. Narrator Jack Randall, a debauched but conscientious ex-cop, flees to the megalopolis of New Richmond with seven clones he has liberated from a spare farm and is almost immediately relieved of them by a gang of thugs. Jack's efforts to find out who has abducted the spares and marked them for death plunge him into a mystery that ultimately links the two events that have shattered his life: the brutal unsolved murder of his wife and child, and his soul-searing tour of military duty in The Gap. A virtual world built from the flotsam and jetsam cluttering the Internet, The Gap is an awesome conception made to seem supernaturally eerie yet scientifically feasible. Smith elaborates this creation brilliantly, as a surreal battleground where Jack confronts the demons that have haunted him for a decade, and as a symbol of emptiness and waste that brings the novel's numerous depictions of personal and social devaluation into sharp focus. Both a disconcerting portrait of a future that might be, and a poignant study of one man's fight to resist it, this novel augurs a promising future of another sort for its author.

3. What do you dislike the most?

Intolerance and stupidity. Not necessarily in that order. I don't know if I hate any of the two more, but sometimes I hate myself for being stupid. So I sometimes hate myself a bit, but at least I try to avoid intolerance! ^^

4. What’s your favorite food item from the mall?

That's hard. I love fusion food, preferably asian fusion. There is a food ventor called soul food who has amazing burgers and sweet potato fries to die for. I also love sushi. And udon. Actually, I'd eat almost anything, depending on the mood I'm in! ;)

5. What is your favorite past time activity?

Again, I find it hard to decide that. Spending time with my boyfriend, friends and family? Reading? Sewing?  So much things to do, so little time!

I won't nominate anyone because most people I'd nominate either are already nominated and the rest of them won't waste time answering questions... If you are interested, just pickup the award and answer the questions! :)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Week in Review - 37/2016

What did I see?
Ya'll know how much I'm into handiworks and hand sewing? Well, I'm really tempted to do it once we moved. I simply love the creepy cute designs by TinyCup Needlework!



What did I listen to?
J. L Bourne - 2nd Diary of the Apocalypse. (German version) Both books are actually pretty good! Looking forward to the third diary!

What did I ask myself?
What became of no more shopping until the move?

What did I read?
Pittacus Lore "United as One", the last of the Lorien series. Good as always, both my boyfriend and me are fans of the series and enjoy the books about teenagers from outer space fighting on (and for) earth!

What did I work on?
Nothing, but I have good plans now!

I was happy about...
More kissing my boyfriend and spending time with friedns this weekend!

I was annoyed about...
My lazyness. Still I need to work on that. But I'll do!

I bought...
More fabric and the new German Version of Patrones, my old favourite Sewing pattern magazine!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Grey silk McCall's 5661

I used the rest of the silk cotton fabric to make another top. I thought that making a work appropriate top would be a good idea, so I used view D with the sleeves of view B from McCall's 5661.

Den Rest der Baumwoll-Seide-Mischung habe ich ein weiteres Oberteil genäht. Ich wollte etwas für die Arbeit, also habe ich ein hochgeschlossenes Schnittmuster (McCall's 5661) genommen mit den Falten am Ausschnitt - Ansicht D- mit kleinen Ärmelchen -Ansicht B.

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In the back you can see that the shirt is still lacking closure. I can't decide between mother of pearl buttons or KAM Snaps. And which snaps to use - black or white?

Hier kann man hinten sehen, dass das Oberteil noch keinen Verschluß hat. Ich kann mich bislang nicht für Knöpfe entscheiden. Perlmutt? Oder KAM Snaps? In weiß oder schwarz? Hilfe?

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Like in the last shirt, I gave my all to make the insides just as pretty as the outside. I won't get away with wearing this shirt inside out, but I somehow felt that this fabric was worth the little extra effort.

Wie beim anderen Shirt von letzter Woche habe ich wieder etwas Zeit ins Innenschön investiert. Irgendwie scheint mir der Stoff die Extraarbeit wert... Allerdings kann man dieses Shirt nicht einfach umdrehen...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Week in Review 36/2016

What did I see?
My luck with Halloween stuff at TKMaxx changed and I got the first items from there... I willl show what I got next week! Right in the spirit of Halloween, I saw these Tribute pictures to Tim Burton by Marie Bergeron. A fall and creepiness, how much I missed you?



What did I listen to?
J. L Bourne - Diary of the Apocalypse. (German version)

What did I ask myself?
Where did that lazyness come from? Is this procrastination from the huge tasks before me?

What did I read?
New Darwin awards - A mindless read during waiting time at Ikea.

What did I work on?
Walls and cupboards

I was happy about...
Staying with my boyfriend for one week. Fixing a moving date. Only one more month of distance relationsship (not long distance because I've heard of worse)

I was annoyed about...
My lazyness. I had one week to do stuff and did so little.

I bought...
A little fabric, Halloween towels and bowls.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Week in Review 35/2016

What did I see?
We're coming closer to autumn and that means - Halloween! I already visited TK-Maxx but had no luck with Halloween stuff. But Daniel Horne made an amazing series on the classical movie monsters which makes me long for falling leaves and evenings on the couch with hot cocoa and a monster movie!

What did I listen to?
In Extremo - Liam

What did I ask myself?
Am I expecting too much?

What did I read?
Nothing

What did I work on?
Two tops, one finished

I was happy about...
Doing something productive again 

I was annoyed about...
Moving is so bad! I should know after 25 of them...

I bought...
Only food!