A (slightly late) Happy New Year everyone!
As you might have (not) noticed, I took a little blogging break after Christmas, which was necessary due to being away over the Holidays and starting a new job this month. But now I’m back and filled with an endless amount of sewing mojo!
Too bad I mostly only have the weekends now and the wedding is coming closer, so I am (hopefully) channelling all this energy into making a gorgeous wedding gown. Don’t get too excited, I’ve only just started (shame on me!). I’ve been procrastinating for months and now really have to get going. I’m not yet worried as I work best under pressure. Right now I’m working on the muslin, but this will be a seperate blog post.
HACKING AGNES INTO A DRESS
After reviewing the pattern and showing you my wearable muslin, it’s time to get out the actual project I was working on.
The pattern and fabric used for this project are courtesy of WeaverDee.com. They very kindly offered me to pick some fabric along with a pattern for me to try. (As usual, all opinions are my own.)
I wrote about the pattern, the Agnes Top by TILLY AND THE BUTTONS, after I made the puff sleeve version as a muslin.
MERRY SEWING EVERYONE!
Hello sewing-friends! Hope you’re having a great festive season!
My mum-in-law gave me a handmade (!) sewing (!) advent calender, which is absolutely awesome! Every day I get a new suprise sewing supply, notions or fat quarters of beautiful fabrics. It’s the best gift ever! Too bad it ends on the 24th – it really could go on for ever. It never was so easy to get out of bed in the morning!
This post is long overdue! I made this dress in August this year. I whipped it up in just a couple of days, which is normally more than enough considering I sometimes make a dress in a day. But it was the first time sewing the By Hand London Georgia, so I had to trace the pattern, adjust the fit etc. Also, I tried out some construction techniques from my new Couture Sewing book which is probably the main reason why this kept me busy for a couple of days.
I’m a perfectionist.
Well, the kind of perfectionist who doesn’t do things perfectly but is constantly dissatisfied with the result. For example, I’m often unhappy with my sewing and want to do something about it. Instead of the obvious ‘taking more time with my projects and practising techniques’, I tried to take short cuts. I kept buying more and more tools and books and supplies that promised to make a more professional seamstress out of me.
I still have a hard time getting used to Servus and Grüß Gott, which is ‘hello’ here in Bavaria. Even for me as a German, this is pretty strange.
Soo, where have I been? (What are my excuses??)
Well, as you know (or might not know), I’ve moved from London to Germany this summer and it took a while to find a new city and perfect place to stay in. I’ve been in Berlin before (and loved it) but work send us down south this time and we’ve settled for no less than Munich, Bavaria. It’s super different from Londontown but we’re getting used to it (which is much easier than it was getting used to London, tbh).
A PERFECT MATCH
Guess what? I’ve done it again (sorry, if you’re getting really bored by now)! I made YET ANOTHER Lottie Blouse version and my third Sew Over It classic pencil skirt so far. If you’re already screaming in your head, you should probably unfollow me, because one thing I can promise you: There will probably be more.
For this Lottie Blouse I didn’t alter the pattern much, but added a button placket. (If you want to learn how to do this, you can read the full tutorial in Love Sewing Magazine, Issue 18, pages 46-48, which is in stores now.)
A couple of months ago, when I helped my friend Daniela with her beautiful handmade wedding dress and the various little crisis involved in such a massive project, I had absolutely no idea that I might face the same questions a few weeks later! Well, here I am and having said YES (and being a sewing addict) I’m faced with a bunch of decisions to be made.
The first big question:
WILL I MAKE MY OWN DRESS?
For me it was a definitive yes from the beginning. Here’s why:
A DRESS & A DOG
Apparently, it was National Dog Day yesterday. Perfect timing to show off the Scottie Dog Dress I made a little while ago. Our little doggie was kind enough to star as my fashionable accessory. He actually looks a bit like the dogs on the fabric’s print. A cute dress paired with a cute dog – could I wish for more?
I haven’t sewn a lot lately, being still in post-move (and now almost pre-move) mode but I’ve finally managed to photograph some makes I made almost 2-3 months ago! Anyone else knows these problems?
Well, anyway, I wanted to share one of these makes, a more recent one, that I made without using my sewing machine sitting in my parents’ garden.
My little 1-year-old niece was staying with us and about to start walking by herself. To help with walking attempts we thought about making her some soft, non-slippery shoes. They turned out really nice and she actually loves them! Now, two weeks later, she is walking by herself and even brings mummy her mocassins in the morning for her to put them on.
Honestly, after a couple of weeks of vacation and laziness, it’s hard to get back into crafting, photo-editing and blogging mode.
So as not to overwork myself I’ll start by sharing some of my souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands with you! Apart from two books these were all sewing or knitting related (of course!)
First of all, the wool! You won’t find many craft shops on the Faroe Islands, but when you find one it’s a knitter’s dream! Most people live on sheep farming and as you can imagine, Faroe wool is pretty awesome. I bought a 100g ball of 100% sheep’s wool in a natural colour in a little shop call Igloo, in Torshavn, the capitol of the Faroe Islands.
Oops, I did it again! Hope you guys are not bored of me constantly posting different versions of the same patterns.
Not being a student anymore it’s harder to find time to sew and sometimes it’s just easier to grab a pattern that you already traced and fitted.
I always hated shopping for trousers, so sewing them is just as daunting. I was positively surprised and super happy with the fit of my first pair of Ultimate Trousers and knew that I would be making more.
Fit & Alterations:
Helloooo my lovelies!
I’m back in Germany! It’s still kinda weird and doesn’t feel real at all at the moment but we’ll get there. I’ve got quite a few projects lined up to be blogged (sewn pre-move) so at least I don’t have to panic blog-wise. And I’ve got my little sewing corner set up with a tiny selection of fabrics for some serious stash-busting action. (I already bought fabric here, oh no!)
Hello dear sewing-lovers! Today I’m sharing another Lottie Blouse hack. The original Lottie Blouse pattern comes with puff sleeves and a pussy bow & keyhole neckline.
I wanted to make a simple 3/4-sleeve top to show off the busy print of this very girly bag fabric. I like the Lottie Blouse pattern (Simple Sews) and have made 3 variations already. The pattern was included in Love Sewing magazine last year.
– slimming down the sleeves by removing the gathering at the top
– removing the keyhole and bow
– raising the neckline and adding a facing
– adding 15cm slits at the lower side seam (inspired by a Boden top)
Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! Mine has been great so far – had my last day at work on Friday followed by leaving drinks in the evening which was fun and pretty sad as well! Yesterday we hit Walthamstow market and I went a bit crazy fabric and notions shopping, because, who knows, there might be no fabric in Germany! (Or that’s what I kept telling me). And today I’m resting my feet and will tidy up and sort out all my sewing stuff in preparation for the big move.
Helloooo my lovelies!
I’ve got exciting news, although they’re not “new” as I’ve known for a long time now. After a couple of years in Londontown me and the Mr are finally moving back to Germany!
I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while and now that there’s less than a month left I’ve realised how much I will miss London and the incredibly busy sewing community. I will miss fabric shopping loads (as far as I now there’s nothing like Goldhawk Road or Walthamstow where I’m moving to) and, of course, all the fun sewing events happening across town. Not that there isn’t anything like that in good old Germany, but I’m sulking a bit and will have to get used to the German sewing community which I have ignored for most of the time so far (sorry German folks!).