Montag, 28. Februar 2011

What I made in February 2011


Tunic Dress

: Red silk (leftover from my Rococo garment)
Simplicity 2587
Time to complete:
3 hours
First worn:
February 2011
Wear again?

Mainly a project to use up some leftover fabric and to make this pattern. I like the finished dress. Think I will wear this again and again.

Fashion brand community - poupeegirl

Pendrell blouse Version 2


Pendrell Blouse

Fabric: Red silk (leftover from my Rococo garment)
Sewaholic Patterns 1001
Time to complete:
3 hours
First worn:
February 2011
Wear again?

Another project to use up fabric. I am not quite satisfied with the result. I am not sure it it is flattering for me. First day I wear it, I spoiled it with oil. It seems that it washed out, but the fabric let a lot of color in the water. Good to know, so I will not wash this in the machine. And I am sorry for the bad picture, but I still had no time for ironing it. Will make worn pics as soon as possible.


Secretary Dress

Fabric: Blue and black wool
McCall´s 5507
Time to complete:
5 hours
First worn:
February 2011
Wear again?

Second piece for my vintage challenge. It was really easy to sew. And the wool was good to work with. I am not sure about the finished dress. Maybe it´s not my type of garment.

More photos at Burdastyle


Lady Grey Coat

Fabric: Red wool and Lining
Patterns: Colette 1010
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn:
February 2011
Wear again?

I finally finished this coat. If you remeber I wanted to sew it since December last year, but skipped it again and again. Main reason was that I was scared of it. I didn´t want to make a mistake and ruin this. Fortunately almost all went well and after a while I love to wear this coat. It´s a very unusal cut and the color is love.

More photos at Burdastyle

Montag, 21. Februar 2011

Review: Colette Patterns - Lady Grey Coat


Pattern Description:

This is a pattern for a short coat. It´s flared with 3/4 sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:

I made the smallest size, if I remember correct. It´s still a bit big at my breast. You really feel this is made for big boobs.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Surprinsingly yes. I had not thought I would get it right, but it looks really good. I skipped the belt, but everything else looks just like the pictures.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

This was my first coat, but I had no problems to follow the instructions. Great work, Colette! Only working with this wool fabric was a bit difficult.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the shape of the coat. It´s so feminine and has this touch of vintage fashion without looking old-fashioned. I got so many compliments on my coat.

Fabric Used:

Wool fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I only made no belt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I think I will not make this again soon. It´s so much work. But if you plan to make a coat I really recommend this pattern.


I love my coat. This pattern was really great to work with. Try it!

You can get the pattern here.

Coat at Burdastyle with more photos.

Mittwoch, 16. Februar 2011

Review: Everyday Fashions of the Forties


I found this interesting book (or catalog) at Amazon and had to buy it. It contains pages from the Sears catalog. Although the pictures are only in black and white it´s a joy to browse trough this book. It gave me so many inspiration. And it´s interesting to see what people wear everyday and not only the fancy fashion magazine pictures (although they are also beautiful to look at).

The price of this book is okay. As with the most Dover books it´s affordable. There are the same kind of books for the 20s, 30s, 50s and 60s.

Here are some of my favorites:


I love this skirt. Planning on making one like this, pattern is ordered.


I like dresses with this ruffled back. I hope to make one in the future. Saw some patterns with this on etsy but nothing in my size. So I will make it by myself. Should not be too hard.


Aren´t these shoes amazing? Hope to get some with these wedge heels this summer to match my (hopefully) 40s dresses.
Book at
Book at

Montag, 14. Februar 2011

Review: Nähen mit Cath Kidston (Sew!)


I visited the book store a while ago. No good idea! At the craft section I discovered this book by Cath Kidston. I saw it before at Amazon, but never wanted to buy it, because it seemed too simple. But the beautiful photos and some cute sewing ideas caught me.

The 40 projects in this books are mostly simple. It´s all for the house or for use, no clothing. But sometimes I need something simple to make and to use up scraps.

I really like the fabrics they used and the photos. It has a very vintage feeling.

There are some projects I really want to make, my favorite the Magic shopping bag. I think this could be useful for my weekly shopping. Many projects would also make wonderful gifts.

Overall I am satisfied with this book. It´s good for inspiration. The price was okay, nothing super cheap, but affordable.

Book at
Book at

Now I should stop buying sewing related stuff. I think I bought 15 or so sewing patterns the last month and also some books and magazines. If I had the time to really use them, it would be okay, but so I feel bad for spending such a lot of money (but I will love the things nevertheless). Will show you some of my darlings when they arrived. Can´t wait to show you my vintage patterns.

I am already planning for Me-Made-March. I think this time it will be more fun than last September. Wish I had the time to sew some more new things. But I was a good child last week when I had free and finished some things, for example the Lady Grey Coat.

Mittwoch, 9. Februar 2011

I, Salvia from, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11. I endeavour to wear two handmade items of clothing or accessories/ jewellery each day for the duration of March 2011.

Montag, 7. Februar 2011

Make-up: Nail polish

I thought, maybe it would be fun, to show you what I have in my make-up bag. And because I am all into nail polish for now quite a while, I start with my nail colors.

I have mostly nail polish by P2:


From left to right

207 stormy - bought it today, not tested
010 glamour - I love that this is really silver, fits to many of my clothes
240 joyful - I like yellow, I think I will wear it more often when spring finally is here
232 shockful - same as above, oh and I have two eyeshadows in the same colors
146 soulfoul - a nice brown
192 maniac - a cold yellow

010 black explosion - I like this even more than the one from Douglas
French set - used these only once, because it is so much work
Calcium gel - to strengthen my nails
Diamond perfecteur - perfect if I only want my nails to look natural

I love their nail polishes. They have so many colors and the usage is quite good for the price.

Then I have some by Eyeko:


From left to right

Pastel polish - a really nice blue with a bit of a holo effect
Coral polish - I love that red, because it is softer and looks good with everything
Vintage polish - a really interesting pastel green
Vampira polish - black with red glitter, yay

The polishes are okay. I like the fun names and the sometimes unusual colors.

My other nail polishes:


1 Manhattan Lotus effect from the current limited edition
2 Revlon Revlon Red - I love it, it´s so 50s
3 IsaDora 629 Icy Purple - pink with shimmer, it´s really good to handle
4 P2 limited edition from last summer
5 Chicogo very old top coat
6 Loreal red polish - was a gift, I am not very excited about it
7 Rimmel really old black polish - comes in handy for Halloween and so on
8 IsaDora Crackling top coat in yellow - only color that was left and I liked, would not have bought this, if I had knew that others would produce this
9 MYN Purple polish with a bit shimmer
10 Very old glitter polish - discovered this at home and it´s still okay, so why not use it

I think I am a nail polish addict. There are so many nice colors. Best thing is, I really use them.