Friday, January 13, 2017

Week in Review - 2/2017

What did I see?
Nature is so amazing! You only need to take pictures of some clouds at night from an airplane and -BAM!- so motherf*cking beautiful!



What did I listen to?
Misfits - Zigaretten-Tango I don't smoke but the song is indeed great!

What did I ask myself?
Where is all my money going?

What did I read?
Lots of blogs again. German sewing ones

What did I work on?
A skirt

I was happy about...
Having a real ceiling light in my living room

I was annoyed about...
My lazyness

I bought...
Quick dry nail polish

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Me Made Mittwoch - 2016 Favourite

Traditionally, the first Me Made Mittwoch appointment of the year is used to show the favourite garment made in 2016. For me this was an easy choice and last weeks post foreshadowed my favourite a bit:

Der erste Me Made Mittwoch des Jahres ist ja traditionell dazu da, den Jahresfavorit des vorangegangenen Jahres zu zeigen. Und auch wenn das vermutlich keinen hier überrascht (gerade nach dem Jahresrückblick vorletzte Woche), hier ist er:

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The fractal dress! Comfortable, stylish, easy to sew - just go ahead and make your own! The pattern is Fashion Style and can be bought at this link. When you are interested in more yearly favorites, go check out the other entries of German seamstresses here!

Das Fraktalkleid! Bequem, chic, und echt einfach zu nähen - ab an die Nähmaschine und näht euch ein eigenes! Das Schnittmuster ist von Fashion Style und kann hier gekauft werden. Wenn ihr noch mehr Jahresfavoriten sehen wollt, gibt es hier viele Näherinnen, die ihre präsentieren!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Elmira Cardigan - but not very creepy!

During Black Friday sales, I bought some patterns. Actually, a lot of patterns. But they were on sale and I'm not allowed to buy fabric (or clothes) so I need to spend my money on something useful. Excuses, excuses... Anyway, I bought some from Colette Patterns, and one of them was Elmira. When I think of Elmira, I always picture this:

Als Black Friday Sale war, habe ich ein paar neue Schnittmuster gekauft. Eigentlich waren es echt viele. Ich hatte einen kleinen Kaufrausch, weil die Schnittmuster so reduziert waren und weil ich ja kein Geld mehr für Stoffe und Klamotten ausgeben darf... Naja, im Endeffekt habe ich Deer&Doe und Colette Patterns geplündert. Unter anderem war Elmira von Colette Patterns dabei. Bei Elmira muss ich immer an das folgende Mädel denken:


The mean and creepy girl from looney tunes which loves animals (almost) to death! But for Colette, Elmira is a pretty wrap cardigan which looks like it was designed for a pretty ballerina. I used some batik two layered jersey which I bought last May in Berlin. The two layers are connected by stiches about every centimeter. This makes the fabric rather warm and a bit unstretchy:

Das gemeine und etwas gruselige Mädchen von den Looney Tunes, dass an sehr übertriebener Tierliebe leidet. Eigentlich leiden eher die Tiere... Bei Colette ist Elmira ein bezauberndes Wickeljäckchen im Ballerinastil! Mein Stoff stammt aus Berlin vom Maybachufermarkt und ist ein gebaktikter, doppellagiger Jersey. DIe beiden Lagen sind jeden Zentimeter mit einem Stich verbunden und dadurch warm und etwas weniger stretchig:

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Which is why I didn't double the front pieces and rather used a fake bias binding. The hem was simply turned. Next time, I will use a thinner jersey and stick to the instructions. Although my construction works reasonably well! I made a straight size 16 and it fits rather well. This means that the jacket is short because I have a short torso and it fits me.

Darum habe ich die Vorderteiel auch nur einlagig statt doppellagig verarbeitet, wie in der Anleitung gefordert. Ich habe statt dessen unten normal gesäumt und oben ein falsches Schrägband verwendet. Nächstes Mal, bei dünnerem Jersey, würde ich mich an die Anleitung halten - obwohl meine Konstruktion gut funktioniert. Ich habe eine 16 genäht und sie passt mir gut. Also sollte man bei langem Oberkörper etwas Länge zugeben, da die Jacke mir mit kurzem Oberkörper gut passt.


Sewing Pattern Review 
Comfortable and easy sew from jersey, so relatively easy fitting. The instructions were probably very good, I just skimmed them as I usually improvise. The fit was true to size for me, but might be short on people with longer torsoes.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Week in Review - 1/2017

What did I see?
Travis Durden has a thing for classic portraits. But the "persons" he portraits are highly unsual: Movie villains which are sceleted:




What did I listen to?
Jennifer Rostock - Hengstin

What did I ask myself?
Shorten the pullover or not?

What did I read?
A lot of blogs, but no books

What did I work on?
A pullover and two shirts

I was happy about...
The nice women from Deutsch Bahn who helped me getting refoundedfor a misbooked ticket. Totally my fault, but she got me all my money back! I even wrote a nice email to her boss becuase I was so glad!

I was annoyed about...
Nothing. Short work week due to a public holiday, my boyfriend is back in town... All is well!

I bought...
Two soda stream bottles and some Illamasqua make-up on sale! Ramona Schnauzevoll (Just keep BRAINS) made me curious about the corruptor and it is on sale!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

USS - Christmas sweater the second

The other Christmas sweater was only half a present. My mum brought me this velour fabric when she visited in the beginning of December. She found it in her stash and didn't know what to do with it. And since I was making a sweater for my dad, I might need some velour, right? Not a nice move to decrease her stash by increasing mine?! So I gifted it back in form of a sweater!

Der andere Weihnachtspullover war eigetnlich nur ein halbes Geschenk. Den Nickistoff hat meine Mama selber mitgebracht, als sie mich Anfang Dezember besucht hat. Er stamt aus ihrem Vorrat. Wie gemein, ihren Vorrat auf meine Kosten zu verkleinern? Also habe ich ihn verarbeitet und direkt wieder zurück gegeben!

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For my mum's sweater  I used a modified Plantain shirt pattern by Deer & Doe. The pattern is free, so in case that you need a good and reliable shirt pattern, try it! I simply elongated the front and back a bit and added a funnel neck for warmth. I also added cuffs for sleeves and hem, so the cold cannot creep in.

Für den Pullover für meine Mama habe ich das Plantain Schnittmuster von Deer & Doe benutzt, das es als Gratisdownload gibt. Ich finde es ein sehr schönes und gut zu nähendes Schnittmuster für Shirts! Ich habe hier nur die Schnittmusterteile von hinten und vorne verlängert und dazu einen Kuschelkragen ergänzt aus einem Trapez. Außerdem habe ich Bündchen ergänzt an den Ärmeln und am Saum. So zieht keine kalte Luft rein!

Sewing pattern review
 I made a 42 and added seam allowances so that my mum can wear a warm shirt underneath. I would say that the pattern runs a bit on the small side. Maybe that is a french problem as I've also experienced that in ready to wear clothes. The pattern sews up well even without instructions. I can only recommend it; go get it as long as it is free!

Monday, January 2, 2017

USS - Christmas Sweater present

This year I gave away two sweaters for Christmas. One of them started the whole idea: My dad told me during a phone call that he owned a sweater once in the 70s which he loved dearly. I tried to replicate this sweater after calling my mum for more information - didn't want him to become suspisicious of his gift! As I didn't own a pattern for a sweater like this, I bought Paxson from Colette patterns during Black Friday sale.

Dieses Jahr habe ich zwei Pullover zu Weihnachten verschenkt. Mein Papa hat mich auf die Idee gebracht: Bei einem Telefonat hat er einen Nicki-Pullover aus den 70ern erwähnt, den er gerne getragen hat. Ich habe dann meine Mama über den Pulli ausgefragt um eine Reproduktion zu machen. Als Schnittmuster habe ich Paxson von Colette patterns gekauft, als die Sale hatten.

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The main fabric was cotton velour. It seems to be impossible to find men's sweaters from velour although there are plenty of female clothes.Although the pics don't show it well, the fabric is marine coloured. I got matching cuff material from a local shop and was surprised how much that costs. Well, the things you do for love! I added my label in the back to make it easier to distinguish front and back.

Der Hauptstoff ist ein Baumwollnicki. Trug man(n) wohl früher, aber heute gibt es nur noch Kinder- und Frauenkleidung aus Nicki. Der Stoff ist marineblau und lässt sich nicht so schön fotografieren. Der Nicki war aus einem Onlineshop (weiß nicht mehr, welcher), die passenden Bündchen habe ich hier im Stoffladen gekauft. Gar nicht so günstig, die Dinger! Ich habe mein Label hinten angenäht, damit man weiß, wie herum man den Pulli anziehen muss.

Edit: Ich würde gerne mit diesem Pullover an der HerrMann Aktion von Mo.Ni.Kate von WollixundStoffix teilnehmen. Sie sammelt jeden Monat am ersten Freitag Kleidung, die für die Männer in unserem Leben genäht wurde. Ihr findet dort also noch viele weitere Ideen um den Liebsten mal glücklich zu machen... Schaut doch mal rein!



Sewing pattern review
I made an XL because my dad is a rather long person. I added some length to the sleeves for the same reason. The sweater was easy to sew and I liked the pattern pieces for neck, arms, and hems. I think the pattern will be rather usefull in future and my to-go raglan sweater for future presents!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

On a scale of 1 to 10: How was your year?
I'd say 8. Globally a 2, but for me and my family and friends not too bad!

Lost or gained weight?
Stayed the same although I intended to lose some

Hair longer or shorter?
Longer. I can't really remember when I last visited a coiffour?

More nearsighted or farsighted?
My values stayed the same, but my corneal irregularities (I had to check that in the dictionary, not a word you learn in school) have grown.

More money or less?
More. Which is good!

Spent more or less?
More or less the same.

Most stupid plan?
Going to Iceland on a whim.

Most dangerous deed?
Trying to climb the highest waterfall in Iceland in normal boots. With acrophobia. I know I'm stupid!

Most expensive buy?
The new flat - which isn't bought but rented. But the move cost and arm and a leg!

Most delicious food?
Oh we had a bunch of that. Grilled steaks on a friends balcony? Wild duck in Iceland? Christmas cookies by my mum? All the stuff my boyfriend cooks?

Most impressive book?
The girl with all the gifts? The stars my destination? Definitively not the new Harry Potter book!

Most touching movie?
Hmm. I'm not into movies so much. But for series, I think it was Jessica Jones!

Best series?
Oh, okay; this goes here: Jessica Jones!

Best CD?
Die Kammer - Solace in Insanity

Best concert?
X-RX on Amphi

Most time spend with...?
Thinking and work. But that will change now that my boyfriend lives with me again!

Best time spend with...?
My boyfriend. He's amazing!

Predominant feeling in 2016?
I'm not gonna eat into that fear they want to promote. Neither terrorists nor politicians.

Done for the first time in 2016?
Hired acompany for my move
Went to Iceland
Went to London with my boyfriend (his first time in London)
Held a talk for real actual money
Stood underneath a waterfall


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Done again in 2016 after a long time?
Rode a horse
Ate meat
Traveled on my own

Three things I could have missed?
I was more sick than the last years. Have a long distance relationship for most of the year. Organizing a move.

Most important thing I wanted to convince somebody off?
"This flat is amazing, move in without ever seeing it before!"

Best present I gave away tis year?
I don't know. I think my uncle loves my cookies a lot! ^^

Best present someone gave to me?
"Of course I will move in again with you, even if I never saw the flat!"

Best sentence someone said to me?
I love you

Best sentence I said to someone?
I love you.

Better job or worse?
Still the same as last year. Still love it!

Did you win something this year? If yes, what did you win?
Nothing. But I also did not try my luck!

More fintess or less?
More or less the same. I lost some fitness due to spending my december sick and moving. But I'm back to the gym already!

How often were you sick?
At least three times which seems like a lot. Although it was only colds and nothing really bad.

Which was the worst sickness?
The one in October during my move. Boy, was that annoying!

Word of the year?
Gutmensch (humanist)

Non-word of the year?
besorgter Büger (right wing speach for people afraid of foreigners)

Blog of the year?
Oh, I read plenty of them. But the German blog "The Diary of Kitty Koma" stuck to my mind. She writes really deep entries in very poetical words!

Biggest wish for next year?
Making it past year 10. And then even longer!

2016 in one word...?
Iriitating

Friday, December 30, 2016

Week in Review - 52/2016

What did I see?
Although we all have probably eaten our own weight in cookies, I cannot resist the amazing pictures by Matteo Stucci in I Dolci de Gulliver. Who would have thought that Sweets could make such amazing backgrounds for mini figures!?



What did I listen to?
Audio books. Mostly Harry Potter.

What did I ask myself?
How to organize my sewing space?

What did I read?
"The girl with all the gifts" by Mike Carey. A book about a special class of children during a zombie apocalypse. I really can't write anything else without spoilering heavily, but this book was given to me by my brother for my birthday and OMG - best gift ever! Seems like a movie has been made an will be in cinemas next year...

What did I work on?
Not much. I felt like being lazy

I was happy about...
Spending time with my family and having some days off

I was annoyed about...
So many people in the city! And why were only two of my three sewing shelves delivered on time?

I bought...
Cosmetics and care products from lush and gifts from Rituals. I always use the after Christmas sales to stock up on gifts for the rest of the year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 sewing in threes

Favourite 3 makes - die 3 Favoriten


Although it has been only made in November, I love the fractal dress! The ponte fabric is comfortable and warm, the print keeps it from being boring even if the sewing pattern is very easy. I wore it for a professional talk, for CHristmas and random days. Love it!

Obwohl das Fraktalkleid noch nicht besonders alt ist, ist es ganz oben auf meiner Topliste. Es trägt sich unglaublich bequem, der Pontestoff ist warm und kuschelig. Der Print macht den eigentlich etwas langweiligen Schnitt spannend. Ich habe es bei professionellen Auftritten getragen, an Weihnachten und einfach so im Alltag. Ich liebe es!


My fake jumpsuit of a Sorbetto top and Moji pants. Worn combined and seperate during the worst summer heat. The thin cotton fabric was perfect in summer and the polka dots are so much fun! Will wear this again next summer!

Mein falscher Jumpsuit aus einem Sorbetto Oberteil und einer Moji-Hose. Sowohl zusammen als auch getrennt im Sommer gerne getragen. Der Stoff ist super lustig und wer liebt keine Polkadots? Im Moment ist es zwar gut verstaut, aber es kommt im Sommer bestimmt wieder ans Tageslicht!






The pinstripe coat I sewed in April. It was way to warm to wear it by then, but currently, I wear it (almost) every day! It keeps me warm, looks stylish and the wool coating makes it surprisingly waterproof! Plus the pattern Simplicity 1254 looks fantastic although it was easy to sew.

Der Nadelstreifenmantel, den ich erst im April fertiggestellt habe. Es war schon viel zu warm für einen solchen Mantel aber jetzt im Herbst und Winter trage ich den Mantel fast täglich. Er ist warm und bequem, weit genug für Pullover und der Wollstoff ist erstaunlich wasserdicht. Außerdem ist das Schnittmuster Simplicity 1254 super effektvoll aber einfach zu nähen!


Least favourite 3 makes - die 3 Verlierer


The Morris blazer. I love the pattern and I love the fabric, but somehow I have problems combining it with the things in my wardrobe. Any ideas? Or should I just sew another one in a better fabric?

Der Morris Blazer. Was soll ich sagen? Ich liebe den Schnitt. Ich liebe den Stoff. Aber rigendwie passt er nicht zu meiner Gaderobe? Habt ihr vielleicht Kombinationsideen? Oder sollte ich den Schnitt nochmal mit einem anderen Stoff versuchen?


This Lady Skater dress was just a fabric fail. The cheap jersey bought on the fabric market broke apart in the wash. Pilling, holes and colour loss, it had it all... This will teach me to watch out for higher quality fabrics - next year when I can buy fabrics again!

Dieses Lady Skater Kleid war einfach nur ein Stoff-Fail. Der Jersey vom Stoffmarkt hat die Waschmaschine nicht überlebt. Nach 3 Wäschen hatte er Pilling, Löcher und war verwaschen. Yay - not! Der nächste Stoffkauf im November wird qualitativ hochwertiger!


The jumper dress from Knip / Fashion Style. I tried to love it. I have seen pretty creations on other seamstresses, but it was not meant to be. Maybe it was my false use of fabric, maybe I should have adapted the fabric better to my body. In the end, it was never worn!

What are your best and worst creations of 2016?

Der Latzrock aus der Knip / Fashion Style. Ich habe versucht ihn zu lieben. Ich habe tolle Modelle nach diesem Schnitt an anderen Frauen gesehen, aber es sollte nicht sein. Vielleicht war es der falsche Schnitt, vielleicht hätte ich den Rock besser an meine Figur anpassen sollen. Aber er ist kein einziges Mal getragen worden, draußen.

Was waren eure besten und schlechtesten Kreationen?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Weihnachtskleid 2016 - late FINALE!

Christmas has long passed, but finally I can show you pictures of the finished Christmas dress! I would like to thank Dodo and Yvonne of Me Made Mittwoch fame, who organized this sew along and left the link tool open long enough for late people such as me!

Weihnachten ist gefühlt schon Ewigkeiten vorbei, aber ich habe endlich ein paar Bilder vom fertigen Weihnachtskleid für euch! Ich möchte an dieser Stelle Dodo und Yvonne herzlich danken, dass sie das Me Made Mittwoch Linktool für das Finale des Herzens so lange auflassen, dass auch so zu spät kommer wie ich noch eine Chance haben!

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I had the dressed sewn and hemmed right in time, doing the last stitches on the evening of Wednesday, 21st 2016. I even did a beautiful hand sewn invisible zipper. Which turned out to be a huge problem when putting the dress on - my stitches were too loose and the zipper lost every bit of invisibility!

Ich hatte das Kleid am Abend des 21.12.2016 fertig genäht und gesäumt. Ich habe sogar den unsichtbaren Reißverschluß von Hand eingesetzt und er war wirklich unsichtbar! Nur als ich dann Fotos machen wollte, zeigte sich dass meine Handstiche viel zu lose waren und der Stoff um den Reißverschluß eine riesige Lücke bekan!

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So I had to rip out the zipper and insert it again. And because sewing these buggers in with the sewing machine is not my greatest skill, I had to repeat that twice because the seams don't match. Still don't match perkectly, but the fabric doesn't bare much more seam ripper action. Well, it's not that visisble...

Ich habe also den Reißverschluß rausgetrennt und wieder eingesetzt. Und dann gleich nochmal, weil ich keine Begabung für unsichtbare Reißverschlüße habe und die Nähte nicht gepasst haben. Jetzt ist die Taillennaht immer noch nicht perfekt, aber ich glaube der Stoff zerreißt wenn ich ihm mit dem Nahttrenner nochmal zu nahe komme...

Seems like I have a New Years Eve dress rather that a Christmas dress now! But I can proudly say that I spent all days of Christmas in selfmade clothes (wearing the fractal dress and the vogue wrap dress). So thanks again for the lovely sew along!

Ich habe also wie schon prophezeit ein Silvester- statt ein zweites Weihnachtskleid. Aber immerhin hatte ich beide Weihnachtsfeiern selbstgenähte Kleider an (das Fraktalkleid und mein Vogue-Wickelkleid aus dem Sew Along) und will deswegen nochmal herzlich danke sagen für all die Tipps und netten Kommentare!