Montag, 27. Dezember 2010

Top 5 Sewing Projects for rest of 2010 - results

1. Sew a "Lady of Shalott" dress.

Do you know the painting by Waterhouse? I love it and I want such a dress for myself for ages. So, I have the pattern, orderd the fabric and some matching buttons.

-> desastrous fail, never had time to even begin with

2. Sew something for a men.

Maybe a Cowboy shirt for my Dad or a classic shirt for my boyfriend. Don´t know yet.

-> I made my dear a T-Shirt and he likes it.

3. Make jewelry.

I know not really a sewing project, but maybe I can combine these.

-> I was very productive with this and made several earrings and also some rings and necklaces. But it´s the same as with fabric, I have so many leftovers. *sigh*

4. Sew solid color skirts and blouses.

I love patternd fabric, but it is hard to combine if you have no solid color pieces.

-> Made one or two I don´t wear regularly.

5. Sew more for others.

I feel so selfish if I always only sew for myself. Now I only need ideas.

-> I fulfilled this. Hope the people like the things.

Montag, 20. Dezember 2010

Review: Burda Plastic Tracing Sheets

I decided to test the Burda Plastic Tracing Sheets when my tracing paper was all used. So I thought I write a little review.


- you can see trough it

sometimes with lines in colors it was a bit difficult to see them trough the paper, with the plastic sheets it´s no problem

- holds longer

the paper had tears really fast, the plastic holds even if you fold or crush it and you can store it easier


- you need a permanent marker to draw

not a big con, but maybe some don´t like this

- it´s a bit slippery

sometimes it´s difficult to hold it in place, but it was difficult with the paper to, all in all in this point I like the plastic more

- costs more

I think I will buy the plastic in the future. It´s nice if patterns hold a while.

Christmas presents are in work. First batch is finished. Hope to get something done today. I am a bit ill, which does not help.

Montag, 13. Dezember 2010

Sense & Sensibility Patterns - Dollar Downloads

Sense & Sensibility Patterns has a great section with scans from old fashion magazines. Really enjoyable and interesting. And the best each download costs only one dollar. I recently purchased two and they were such a great source of inspiration.

And better this week there is a give-away!

Montag, 29. November 2010

Project for 2011

I know it´s still a bit early to make plans for the new year, but I had a great idea today and wanted to share it with you.

I am all into vintage patterns right now and ordered some. Then I thought, when will you really make these gorgeous dresses. So I decided to sew one each month from next March on (ten patterns for ten months).

Here are the patterns. Two of them were already in my pattern stash.

(please click for bigger view)

Now I am waiting for the rest to arrive. One is here already. It feels so great to have something so old.

Dienstag, 23. November 2010

Making Rococo: Stays - Progress

Sorry, one day late.

I cut my stays fabric some weeks ago, but never got to come further. So today I finally draw the lines for the casing. I know it´s no big progress, but I hope little by little the stays will be finished soon.


Montag, 15. November 2010

Challenge: Sew a scrunchie each week till the end of the year

I love sewing scrunchies, it´s easy and quick and a great way to use up scraps (and you all know I have too many scraps). And I use them a lot. So I thought as an easy challenge I will sew one each week for the rest of the year.

And this is the first one:

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Montag, 8. November 2010

UWYH: Ideas

UWYH -> Use what you have

I have so many fabric in my stash I don´t need to buy new for several months. So here are my plans:

Black cotton - Skirt, dress and man´s shirt


Purple and pink plush - Cheshire Cat shawl


Patternd jersey - T-Shirts


Red wool - Lady Grey Coat


Red silk - Regency dress, bonnet, tunic dress


Black jersey - leotard, ballet skirt


Brown and beige silk - Rococo garment


White batist - Rococo chemise, Regency chemise, 1914 gown


Patternd Ikea cotton - Short pants


Vintage flower fabric - 50s dress


Brown patternd fabric - blouse


Kimono fabric - Kimono underskirt


Green swimsuit fabric - Swimsuit and maybe bikini


And here are some ideas for my fabric scraps:









LilySlim Exercise days tickers

Montag, 1. November 2010

What I made in October

I have the feeling I almost made nothing, but this is not competely true. I started two things I did not finish (my Rococo stays and a blouse for our Halloween party). Shame on me. And here is the rest:

- hair curler


- T-Shirt for my boyfriend (and he likes it)


- skirt for ballet lessons

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Skirt for ballet lessons


- secret project (it´s a gift for someone so no further details)

Plans for November:

mostly christmas gifts

Montag, 25. Oktober 2010

May I introduce you...

... with my new sewing machine:


It was a birthday present. I was so curios, how it would work. And then everything went fantastic. Preparations were a bit complicated, but manageable. Sewing was exciting and easy.
I had some problems changing the stitches, but with some trying it was okay.

So far I made a t-shirt for my boyfriend and a skirt for my ballet lessons.

Donnerstag, 21. Oktober 2010

Birthday Give-away

Because today is my birthday I have some jewelry to give to you. The first three people who write a coment to this entry will get one Halloween themed set that contains a cameo and a pair of earrings. I will send it to you via post. You can mention a color wish.

These are the sets:







Montag, 18. Oktober 2010

Graffiti Nails

I really love to color my nails. Unfortunately I often don´t have time for it. Last weekend I discovered a new nail polish. You have to apply a base color and then add the nail top. The result is a kind of marble effect.


Nail polish and Graffiti nail polish by IsaDora (Douglas) 8,90 EUR.

Montag, 11. Oktober 2010

Making Rococo: Stays - Preparations

The first thing I need for my Rococo garment are new stays, because my old ones are far to wide now and not so well made.

This is my pattern:


And this is my outside fabric:


I have left over corset fabric from my last stays and some linen. This time the outside will get a nice fabric. I love the roses. It´s a reproduction fabric from the 18th century. I also have the boning, only thing I have to buy/make is the bias tape.

Montag, 4. Oktober 2010

What I made in September

This month I almost only made things for others. But I like this too and I could use some of my fabric scraps.

First I finished the handkerchief for my Dad. I embroiderd his initial. Nothing special, but what to give someone who has everything (or wishes I can´t afford, I think I come in this after my father, his hobby is also expensive XD).


Second I made a picture book for my nephew (this is weird, that I have a nephew without a brother or sister). His parents and the rest of the family liked it a lot, when I gave it yesterday. Little Leon was unfortunately already asleep.







And finally I made some things for myself.

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Pointe shoes earrings


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Matrjoshka earrings


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Corpse Bride brooch


Oh, and I finished my Beignet skirt, which you can see here Day 17.

It seems Self-Stitched-September was not so motivating for my sewing. Sorry, I have no photos of the last days, because weather sucked so much, I forgot to take some.

Plans for October:

- some Rococo sewing (speaks stays, chemise and hopefully pattern for dress)
- maybe Regency sewing (stays, chemise, bonnet)
- Lady Grey
- Ballet things (new leotard and skirt)

And finally holidays after six months working.

Montag, 27. September 2010

Self-Stitched-September: Day 21 to 27

I hope you´re not bored already.

Day 21 & 22


Skirts are selfmade.

Day 23 & 24


Dresses are selfmade.

Day 25


Big meet-up in Potsdam. I wore my selfmade pirate Jsk.

Day 26 & 27

Sorry, no photos. Yesterday was pajama day and today I wore mostly the things from first day, but forgot to take a picture.