A Festive Party Outfit – Two Ways

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com
LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com
LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Classy Comfort

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you all had a great start into the new year. In Germany we say ‘Have a great Rutsch‘, whishing you a lovely skid into the new year… I’m starting 2018 by sharing my Christmas and NYE outfit. I sincerely hope you guys are not too tired of hearing about holiday outfits by now!

Isn’t this a beautiful combination of patterns? Before I get into too much self-praise, let me tell you how this outfit came together.

Last December I was approached by the lovely folks over at Stoffe.de (also known as myfabrics.co.uk) offering to sponsor my holiday outfit. Yup, December and I didn’t already have one. I’m a classic last-minute sewer, so I had neither an outfit nor plans for one (yet).

I wanted to create a festive look that would work both for Christmas and New Years Eve. But how to do formal and casual in one?

I went for quite festive fabrics, combined with a more minimalist and casual cut. Well, you know I love my pencil skirts for every occasion. They can be worn two ways – top tucked in or left out. It creates two very different looks.

I paired it with a jumper pattern – mostly for comfort (and to have enough room for all the holiday meals).Ā  I’ve followed the newly arisen velvet craze and wasn’t too big a fan at first. Velvet can look outdated very, very quickly. But I thought I’d challenge myself a little and use fabrics I hadn’t used before: animal print plus velvet. If this isn’t stepping out of your comfort zone, then I don’t know what is.

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com
LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

A Pattern Dream Team

Let’s get into all the details, right? Pattern-wise I combined an old love with a new one! My beloved, fitted-to-deathĀ  Ultimate Pencil Skirt pattern by SEW OVER IT, which I loooove to pieces. I stopped keeping track of how many I made so far. Roughly ten, I guess. I suppose I couldĀ sew it in my sleep now. I won’t go into too much detail, as I’ve been gushing over this skirt for years now. Well, it’s a classic and therefore qualifies as perfect base for any two-piece outfit.

Since moving back to Germany, I slowly make my way around German sewing blogs and indie pattern companies. There are so many amazingly talented people out there, it’s unbelievable. I wish I had the time to follow more and try more patterns.

For this project, I tried the wonderful LaLinna jumper pattern by SCHNITTGEFLƜSTER (‘pattern whisperings’), who’s made it her goal to create super minimalist,Ā basic patterns for all sizes. Their patternsĀ range normal to plus size and are available as PDF-Download. They’re also very affordable and easy makes for beginners. As an advanced sewer, I had a lot of fun to use this cutĀ as a foundation to add some fun details. Man, they have just SO many gorgeous patterns to gush over, I bet from now on you’ll never hear the end of it. I see a whole SchnittgeflĆ¼ster year coming. Brace yourselves, I warned you.

LaLinna is perfect tucked in or casually worn over the skirt. The batwing-sleeves are very comfy, add to a beautiful drape and look quite elegant with narrow cuffs. I changed the neckline to a boat neckline and lengthened the cuffs to make them appear even narrower. The hemline drops down at the back, adding even more volume and creating a gorgeous silhouette. The jumper looks great worn over skinny jeans, too. I wouldn’t mix it with really wide-fitting trousers or A-line skirts, though.

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comLaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comLaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com
LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Who Said Animal Print and Velvet Isn’t Cool?

Let’s talk about these fabrics now, shall we? I really went for something I haven’t tried before and picked a crushed stretch velvet in antique silverĀ (HERE‘s the link for you German folks) and a leopard print stretch jacquard in black (which appears to be out of stock, unfortunately!). Both fabrics are courtesy of Stoffe.de (also known to UK folks as myfabrics.co.uk).

Despite having heard many horror stories about sewing with velvet, this wasn’t one of them. The velvet sewed like a breeze and wasn’t sliding around at all. It’s got a very lovely soft texture with an elegant shine.

The leopard jacquard is perfect for sewing close-fitting skirts (or trousers) as it has a nice amount of stretch. I used a stretch lining fabricĀ (link for Stoffe.de) to go with it. The jacquard has a nice sheen and matches the velvet perfectly.

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com
LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

LaLinna SchnittgeflĆ¼ster and Sew Over It Pencil Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

So far so good, I’m VERY happy with this combo. I’ve worn the LaLinna jumper loads since the holidays, mostly with skinny jeans to work and can’t wait to rock that skirt again some time soon.

Did you make something for the holidays? Also, if you have some great pattern recommendations for me to try in 2018, please share!

xx

Charlie


Happy sewing!
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Introducing WeaverDee.com

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Hello, my sewing friends! Today I wanted you to get to know WeaverDee.com, my new sponsor!
WeaverDee.com is a brand-new sewing & craft online shop which only launched this month.
WeaverDee.comĀ is a family runĀ business that isĀ primarily online, but customers will have the option of booking machine demonstrations by appointment,Ā whichĀ would take place at theirĀ location in Middlewich, Cheshire.Ā This advice of course is also on offer by phone or online, I especially love the Sewing Machine Jargon Buster A-ZĀ  and Ā the Sewing Machine Buying Guide that you can find on their website. This is really super helpful stuff if you want to buy a sewing machine.
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WeaverDee.com stocks items like
  • Gutermann sewing and embroidery threads
  • Sewing machines, Embroidery machines, Overlockers: Brother, Janome, Husqvarna Viking, Elna, Bernina
  • Feet and accessories for machines
  • Sewing Patterns (over 4000 designs): Simplicity, Vogue, New Look, McCallā€™s, Kwik Sew, Butterick, Burda
  • YKK zips
  • pins, needles
  • HORN Sewing furniture
  • Fabrics
  • Buttons
  • Various quality sewing tools such as; marking tools, tracing tools, awls, seam rippersā€¦
  • Dress forms / dressmakersā€™ dummies
  • Ribbons
  • Bias bindings
  • Elastics
As the shop is super new, the range will expands more and more over the next months.
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They have a 20% sale and free UK deliveries until tomorrow (Monday 18th) at midnight! So pop over and have a look around! If you can’t make up your mind that quickly (sorry for the late notice!) then there’s still time to enter the prize draw to win a Bernina sewing machine (what a sexy lady!) until 31st May!
I got a few sewing supplies(just in the nick of time!) and some lovely cotton which will either become a summer top or casing for one of my handmade notebooks (will blog soon!).
Happy shopping (and sewing)!
Charlie x

 

New pattern, new collaboration, new sewing equipment!

new pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comOver the past couple of weeks it’s been very quiet over here. It was not quite a deliberate blogging break, but necessary in order to sort out a few things. I’m excited to share some news with you!

Blog Team

First of all, I’m super happy to annouce that I’m now part of the White Tree Fabrics blogging team. I’m looking forward to working together and trying out some of the wonderful fabrics you can find in their online shop! You can check out my profile on their blogging team page by clicking on the picture below.White tree fabric blogging team

Secondly, I bought myself a birthday treat a couple of weeks ago. Guess what it is? A stinkin’ cute little overlord. He’s now sharing a desk with Mr Thisblogisnotforyou, who is endlessly happy about this!

 

I went with my first choice, which I also got to try out during the John Lewis Sewing Bee: The Janome 9200D. So far I’m super happy with this overlocker and sewing has been even more fun since I got it!

new pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Last, but not least! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this one! This has also been the reason why I haven’t been sharing anything on the blog for the last few weeks. I’ve spent every free minute working on my new pattern which due to working long shifts in my day job took me much longer than planned. Initally the release was planned for last month, but I soon noticed that this wasn’t going to happen.

I’m hoping that I will be able to get it out there by the end of the month. It’s quite late and the summer is almost over, but since it’s not a particularly summery pattern I think you will enjoy sewing it anyway. At the moment the pattern is still being tested and as soon as all the feedback has been taken into consideration and changes have been made, you will be able to get the pattern here on the blog.

Over the next couple of days I will be sharing a bit more information about the pattern(s). (shhh!)

I can’t wait to hear what you think! x


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Say Hello to Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hello lovelies! Today I want to introduce my awesome new sponsor: Maren from Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony

Maren and I actually met at university a few years ago. Back then she used to sell very cute jewellery and accessories on Dawanda (which is basically the German answer to Etsy). In April this year she expanded her business and created “Average Pony DIY”, now selling materials for making your own jewellery and accessories. The shop is still growing and at the moment also includes the cutest washi tape I’ve ever seen, covered buttonsĀ and hand-stamped labels for your handmade makes. All products are absolutely swoon-worthy and come at very affordable prices. You can make your own personalised (and very professional looking) jewellery for no more than 1-2ā‚¬.

I was super happy when Maren sent me a parcel with different materials to try some of her products. I loved how much care she puts into wrapping everything and decorating it with washi tape!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comMaren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

I got to test different necklace, earring and hairslide jewellery-settings as well as glass cabochons in different colours.Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

There were also some clear cabochons included and I took a few pics while making my own pair of studs:Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comMaren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

You basically glue the glass cabochon onto paper (if you want to print out your own image I found that photo paper works best), wait for the glue to dry and then cut it out and glue it into the setting. Pretty straight-forward, isn’t it?Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comMaren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comMaren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Here are some of first attempts:Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Of course I tried to make some sewing-related studs, after which I noticed that it’s much much better to use photopaper, because normal paper soaks up some of the glue which can leave stains on the image.Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comMaren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

I also tried book paper studs (“heart” & “love” in German).

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Aaaand, of course, sewing machines I drafted in Illustrator and my favourtie colour, navy blue!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

I really enjoyed making my own jewellery with Average Pony’s products, as it is very simply and quick, yet very effective. It’s perfect if you need a last-minute handmade gift.

I also ordered a few more settings and cabochons. My absolute favourite ones are the hipster animal necklace charms:

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.comBHL Polly Top by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The two top ones (on light blue background) I printed off the interwebs, the other four I ordered on Average Pony DIY:The clear ones are the best, because you have endless possibilities! You can get them in different sizes from 8mm to 20mm.

If you find something on Dawanda which you’d like to order, I basically works the same way as Etsy. On the bottom of the page you can choose your language and currency:

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Average Pony DIY ships internationally and if you have any questions about ordering, you can simply pop them a message.


Happy jewellery making!
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