Monday, April 25, 2016

I can sew stuff besides waterfall collars - Shirt Simplicity 4076

As I said in the topic: I made a top which does not have a waterfall neckline! Well, actually it kind of does. It is a wrap top pattern (Simplicity 4076) which I modified a tiny bit:

Ich kann auch anders! Zumindest probiere ich ab und zu neue Schnittmuster aus und in diesem Fall habe ich ein Wickel-Shirt genäht (Simplicity 4076), dass keinen Wasserfallausschnitt hat!


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As you can see the sleeves are pleated by sewing elastics down the middle of the sleeves. This is a technique I wanted to try since seeing it in ready made fashion some years ago. I might be late to the trend, but I still try... ;)

Ich habe die Ärmel des Schnittmusters modifiziert, weil ich vor Jahren bei Hasi & Mausi ein Shirt mit gerafften Ärmeln gesehen habe. Dazu habe ich Framilon (durchsichtiges Gummiband) von unten unter die Mitte des Ärmels genäht. Ich bin zwar spät dran, aber sicher ist es bald wieder retro... ;)

Sewing pattern review
The pattern was easy enough to sew and if you do not add this elastics on the sleeve thing, you will be done in nearly no time. As per usual, I didn't bother too much with the instructions. But I guess they are not too bad as the reviews are generally good!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What is a rose but another waterfall top?

Do you remember my lament about me sewing the same pattern over and over again? Behold, my next waterfall shirt is coming!

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I won't talk too uch about it, but I wanted to show you my twin needle hems because I'm really proud of them because I
  1.  used matching thread - which I was handed down from my colleague, thanks for that!
  2. Really liked how professional they look. Right?
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Monday, April 18, 2016

ZSA 2/2016 - Dammit, Burda!


After coming late to the party of Frau Buxsen, I was rather productive: I measured the pattern and made several alterations:
  1.  Lengthenig the body - This is new for Burda, usually my short torso fits although the patterns are designed for someone almost 10cm smaller than me
  2. Lenghtening the skirt - this is my usual, as I have long legs (proportionally, I mean!) This time by 15 cm
  3. I also added 4 cm to the sleeve length because the original length ended at a strange place arpund my elbow
 Then I cut the fabric which is actually slippery as h*ll and was rather happy that my fabric allowed for a decent ombre! I sewed the dress together in nearly no time and decided to try it on before making the neckline:

Nachdem ich ja zum ersten Termin noch nichts vom Zeitschriften-Sew-Along von Frau Buxsen wusste, habe ich als Quereinsteigerin ein bisschen aufgeholt. Ich habe das Schnittmuster ausgeschnitten und vermessen. Da ich Burda schon kenne - immerhin habe ich mit 14 meine ersten Burda-Gehversuche gemacht - musste ich einiges ändern:
  1. Den Oberkörper um 4 cm verlängern - Ungewöhnlich, sonst passt mir der Torso recht gut. Obwohl Burda für 1,68 cm designt und ich 1,74 cm bin, habe ich einen kurzen Torso.
  2. Den Rock um 15 cm verlängern - Kennt wohl jede Burdanäherin. Ich mag Röcke, mit denen man ohne Erregung öffentlichen Ärgernisses Rad fahren kann. Burda scheinbar nicht.
  3. Die Ärmel um 4 cm verlängern - Die endeteten sonst komisch direkt am Ellenbogen. So ists besser!
Danach habe ich den Zuschnitt gewagt trotz entsetzlich rutschigem Stoff (Ich liebe Sprühstärke!). Es hat sogar zeimlich gut funktioniert den Farbverlauf als Designelement einzusetzen! Ich habe das Kleid zusammengenäht mit der Ovi und vor dem Beleg annähen für letzte Änderungen angezogen:

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And there you probably see what I saw: Major neckline issue! Or rather: The neckline is huge. Like in your face boobies huge. D*mn!

Und sah mein Problem: Bauchnabelausschnitt! Also gut, nicht ganz der Bauchnabel aber meine BH-Farbe muss man nicht raten wenn ich das Kleid anhabe. So ein Mist!

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So what to do? I can tell you I was not amused. I need a solution to wear this dress outside the house (where my boyfriend probably won't mind the cleavage! ^^). I tried to pin two options:

1. Adding the original counter fabric to the inside of the neckline. Might work but it tears up my nice ombre!

Und nun? Wegwerfen will ich es nicht, also muss ich mir etwas einfallen lassen - zumindest wenn ich das Kleid nicht als Betthupferl für meinen Freund anziehen will! Mir sind bis jetzt 2 Ideen gekommen, aber so richtig überzeugt bin ich noch von keiner:

1. Den eigentlichen Beleg einsetzen um die Ausschnittkante zu erhöhen. Kann funktionieren, macht aber den Farbverlauf kaputt!
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2. Putting an additional piping between those two pieces of fabric which makes the not-matching not so terribly obvious.

2. Eine Art Paspel aus elastischem Schrägband dazwischensetzen. Dann sieht man den Unterschied im Farbverlauf nicht so. 

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And there is always the option of cutting another piece of fabric. But my leftover are to small for another front piece. So I need to buy more fabric or find another creative solution. Help?!

Oder ich zaubere noch etwas aus den beiden Reststücken - für ein neues Vorderteil wird es wohl nicht reichen, es sei denn ich kaufe nochmal Stoff nach. Hat irgendjemand eine Idee?

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With all this frustration, I decided to do what any good seamstress would: Say scr*w it and start something else! ;) The Burda Easy Fashion issue also had a nice jumpsuit. I never had one and decided that this is the time to try...

Nach dem ganzen Frust tat ich dass, was ich immer bei Frust mache - ein neues Projekt aussuchen! ^^ Ich habe also einen schönen Viscosecrepe ausgesucht und schneide jetzt den Jumpsuit aus der Burda Easy Fashion zu. Ich hatte noch nie einen an, vielleicht mag ich es ja?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lazy party outfit

After the last party outfit I posted I want to show you another party outfit I wore:

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Very different from the last one but so much more danceable! If you think my face in the above pciture is bad, just look at that lovely teenage pout I havein the makeup picture! ^^

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I should really stop taking pictures after the party when I'm (and my photographer is) tired and want to sleep! Sorry!

And Neisella: You finally got me to wear black lipstick! I hope you are happy now! ;)

Outfit
Shirt selfmade
Pants Killstar
Shoes Rieker second hand
Earrings Rogue and Wolf
Eyeshadow Sugarpill
Lipstick Limecrime

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pinstripe coat with giant collar

Now that the weather is finally warm and spring-y, I finished my winter coat! Yay for good timing!

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I used the pattern Simplicity 1254 which was designed by Leanne Marshall - who is obviously the winner of some Project Runway season and not a singer which I kind of thought first. The more you know...!

Anyway. I sewing love coat and jackets! The fabrics are generally nice to sew, wool camouflages little sewing mistakes when you steam it into submission and they generally have sleeves. I love setting in sleeves! For this coat I even did some more of the dreaded hand sewing. I made invisible seams on the sleeves and hem:

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And I made invisible stiches to fixate the overlap of the zipper:

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I love how simple this makes the coat look. It is just fabric and a giant collar, but has nice details like pockets:

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The lining is very warm and comfortable but actually too warm now that spring arrived. A bummer, but as the Starks say "Winter is coming"!

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Sewing pattern review:
I love it! It is a coat pattern which looks and fits great. It is rather simple but the large collar adds so much interes! The only changes I made was to interline the collar with my quilted lining for a little more volume and hand stitching the zipper cover for a more straight look. Otherwise, I can only recommend this!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Late to the party - ZeitschriftenSewAlong // #2/2016


I have to tell you a secret - I never finished a sew along. I actually only ever participated in one and that was I think 2010? 2009? Way back and I never got much done there. Actually, I am much farther in this sew along than last time already! I chose a pattern - Burda Easy Fashion Spring/Summer 2016 Model 4 C- and have the fabric here!

Gleich hier als ersten Post ein zu spät-Kommer: Leider habe ich diesen Sew along erst entdeckt, nachdem der erste Termin schon vorbei ist. Ich mogel mich einfach ganz heimlich mit rein und hoffe, dass mir Frau BuxSen verzeiht! Bislang habe ich noch keine Sew Along abgeschlossen - aber auch erst an einem teilgenommen und das ist lange her - 2009 oder 2010? Diesmal habe ich immerhin schon das Schnittmuster - Modell 4 C aus der Burda Easy Fashion Frühling/Sommer 2016:

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As you can see, the pattern is rather simple and boring. Because of that, I will use a fancy fabric! I bought this ombre (?) jersey in a Betty Barclay fabric sale in Nussloch. Never heard of Nussloch before? Me neither. Very small, very boring and a small outlet centre with about 40 fabrics to choose from for a reasonable price. Like this beauty:

Der Schnitt ist gnadenlos einfach und deswegen will ich wenigstens einen hübschen Stoff verwenden. Gefunden habe ich ihn im Betty Barclay Outlet in Nussloch. Hatte ich vorher auch noch nie von gehört, allerdings hat es Mario Barth schon veralbert (hier ein Link zu einer mMn sehr lustigen Parodie)! Der Stoff ist jedenfalls ein Polyirgendwas mit Elastan und relativ angenehmen Hautgefühl und Farbverlauf:

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The fabric is now in it's prewash and I'm looking forward to cutting the pattern!

Während ihr diesen Post lest dreht der Stoff gerade seine Runden in der Waschmaschine und meine Schneiderschere zuckt schon...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Another beanie

Uffz, after all that complicated and detailed sewing posts last week, this one will be
  1. more boring
  2. shorter
  3. more day to day wear
but at least I'm sticking with the black theme! ^^

I made a beanie which has no pattern to speak off: A rectangle that fits around my head and is closed on top.

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I need this for my morning runs as I oil my skalp over night (my skalp is so dry that it kills my itching otherwise) but shower after my runs. And since I want to avoid the public impression that I bath my head in deep fryer fat





I'd rather cover my head. Plus it is still really cold in the morning. But now I got my beanie and everything is good again! :)


Friday, April 1, 2016

Victorian Mourning Day Outfit - I'm in Vienna, b*tch! ;)

Well this post was supposed to go online friday, unfortunately it didn't. Hope you enjoy it anyway!

And after all the sewing (by hand! I'm still annoyed thinking of it!), we went to Vienna! We had some great days with great food

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visiting the museums and parks

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and even the Prater, which is a all year fun fair!

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All that while being dressed up like goth dolls! ^^ We had a lot of fun and I'll show you two pictures made by Ey and Sintra - who not only have an amazing eye for pictures but are also great to travel with!

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You would never guess that the pcitures were both taken at H&M, right? The store was just beautiful and had many decorations still from older times...

Anyway, Vienna was great as last time! I certainly recommend the Museum of Natural History (8 Euro) and the Prater with the Ferriswheel (9 Euro), but the Party at the Fledermaus (10 Euro) was not good and I would not go there again. Nice decorations but the music was really bad. Like - Coldplay bad. Not very goth, right? But Vienna is worth another trip. And another. And another...