Saturday, March 31, 2012

zombie saturday - resident evil series 3

On to resident evil: Extinction: Since Alice escape from Racoon city, hte T-virus has spread over the planet. City trun to dust, fields have dry crops and few humans gather in groups and travel around to avoid zombies. Only a radio signal speaking of an haven in Alaska seemingly free from T-virus.

Alice has evolved some telekinetic powers which she uses to help humans. She also meets friends from her escape from Raccon city and helps them out several times. Meanwhile Dr. Isaacs, leader of the T-virus invention team, promises politicans that zombies can be tamed and used to fight other zombies. He also produces clones of Alice since he wants to study her to learn about her abilities. I especially liked
  • Zombie ravens
  • Mila Jovovich naked ^^
  • tentacle scientists
  • friendly computer system called "white queen"

Friday, March 30, 2012

Week in review 13/2012


"Kein Zurück" by Wolfsheim. It's true that there is no turning back time but since this goes for bad _and_ good times, it is fair. Not that we have a chance to turn back time, unless our name is Superman! ;)

Some Enid Blyton children novels from the secret seven series. Loved them as a kid and still like them today. Unfortunately, they "cleaned up" the old editions, now discrimination and other topics I learned a lot about from this books are taken out. On the other hand it might be easier for parents if their children don't ask them why Szinti and Roma are referred to as "dirty tramps"...

Marlin with lemon sauce and salad.

"Should I stay or should I go now? If I stay it will be trouble, if I go it will be double..." The Clash

A bustle skirt and birthday presents.

Color by COLOURlovers

...of the week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fabric balance sheet - March 2012

As I mentioned already in the last post about my stash, I didn't get much sewing done this month. Not only was I away from my sewing machine for 2 weeks, but since the weather is really nice, I find myself drawn to go outside and not sit inside hunched over some fabric. Plus I got really lazy with all hobbies when only having internet and tv to accompany me in Munich. But enough of this rant, let's see the facts!

    • 3.5mred-black tafeta
    • 3m dark red satin
    • 2m dark red cotton
    total damage: 8.5 m fabric

    Outgoing (only counting finished projects):
      • bustle skirt 2.8m
      • fabric buckets for my aunt 1m
      • bags for my friend 1m
      to the rescue: 4.8m farbic

      8.5m - 4.8m = 3.7 m fabric added to my stash this month

      This still leaves me with 1.8m less fabric since the start in January, but I really need either a bigger flat to store my stash or get rid of some meters (which leaves me with a need for a bigger wardrobe, but that's an entirely different problem!)... Since it is only about 50 days until WGT 2012, I really have to get my sewing mojo back. Not only do I have to reduce the meters I bought, but I also would like to wear something when out in public!

      Monday, March 26, 2012

      Am I still goth - part 2

      You Scored as TRUE GOTH

      You are a True Goth!

      You are a real Goth who is true to the original ideals and standings that created Goth in the first place. You are very likely artistic, open-minded, and do not like stereotyping. The way you dress does not define you as Goth. Goth is defined by action.

      "It's sort of odd and sad at the same time that a lot of actual Goths don't know that they are. This is unfortunately the work of massive media stereotyping and misinformation from ignorant but rather noisy wanna-bees. It seems that the bulk of available information on Goth comes from those two sources. Never mind that." -Azhram, "Goth with a Sledgehammer," 1998

      Has this result surprised, shocked, angered, or otherwise stirred something in you? Let me know.

      To find original article that these results are based off of, Google search for "Goth with a Sledgehammer." THE WRITER OF THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS TEST. If you have beef with your result, take it up with me.





      You Are 80% Goth

      You are clearly goth. Even if you don't consider yourself goth, other people do.

      Let's face it. You're a little moodier, darker, and weirder than most people.

      But that's okay. You enjoy being different, and you're proud of who you are.

      Many psychologists think that goths are more self aware and smarter than the average person!

      A New Agey Goth!
      Bet you practice Wicca or Paganism or possibly more liberal Christianity. You probably love Dead Can Dance, anything ethereal, and might be vegetarian. You probably also like to hug people.

      What Kind of Goth are You? - Created by ptocheia

      Sunday, March 25, 2012

      Sunday cake - brownies and rainbows

      A psot without pictures... I hope you believe me when I tell you I made brownies for my RPG group, but they were so delicious that they were gone before I took a picture? And my boyfriend for once in his life was so fast to clean the dishes, that I even couldn't take a pic of the empty tin?

      And on sunday I had some cake, but I didn't bake it myself. *Wollmaus* made rainbow cupcakes! Very pretty and equally delicious!

      I think this was the most boring sunday cake post ever. I apologise... ^^

      Saturday, March 24, 2012

      zombie saturday - resident evil series 2

      The second resident evil movie "Apocalypse" starts directly after the end of movie one. Alice escaped the hive but finds herself in an more or less empty city. The T-virus was submitted into the surface world and soon lot's of zombies roam the streets of raccon city. In the beginning an evacuation seems possible and Umbrella starts to help people flee the city surrounded by walls. But soon zombie also appear at the gates and they close down everything.

      Alice only help is a mysterious scientist who promises her to send an helicopter if she finds and saves his daughter. She encounters some more human who help her and try to use the same helicopter flight out. She also meets an very powerful zombie monster named "Nemesis". Again to avoid spoilers, I will just name some highlights:
      • badass alice riding a motorcycle through a window
      • fighting lickers in a church
      • dogs in school
      • an explaination for T-virus
      • love in times of war

      Friday, March 23, 2012

      Week in review -12/2012


      had this song in my ear for the whole week, muttering "Snape, Snape, Severus Snape" all day long. Thanks, wollmaus! ; )

      Also didn't happen. Partly because I had no time, partly because I'm participating in Black March, trying to stop copyright laws by not buying stuff in march. 8 more days to go! ^^

      Bubble tea and green fish curry. Delicious!

      Nobody likes the stuff I write. Not even I sometimes...

      Nada. But I researched some patterns, maybe this counts?

      Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers

      ...of the week!

      Wednesday, March 21, 2012


      Sorry for being missing in action, but currently work is taking over my life. I hope to at least do the firdays post, but I will definetly not be sewing/DIYing this week... Just for a short impression what I did this week, see the following picture:

      Sunday, March 18, 2012

      Sunday cake - Lemon cake edition

      Hello readers, since I'm back in my flat I can finally bake again! I was so oven deprived that I plan on eating baked stuff almost everyday this week... ^^

      Today I made two lemon cakes; one for the boyfriend and me, the other one to take to work tomorrow:

      Saturday, March 17, 2012

      zombie saturday - resident evil series 1

      After talking about Romero's take on zombies a while ago, I will now introduce you to another zombie classic: Resident evil was originally a video game series which spun of a animated serie, several comics and until now 5 cinema movies.

      In the first movie, we get to know Alice, a woman working for Umbrella corporation. Umbrella works on computer technology, medication and biotechnology and seems to be a world wide leader in all these fields. They develop the "T-virus" which is able to reanimate dead cells. Zombie fans know what this will lead to - undead animals and - due to unfortuante events- zombies!

      Alice enters the underground science center called "the hive" and fights the computer surveilance sistem "red queen". I don't want to spoil the plot if there really is anyone who has not seen the movie yet, but some highlights are
      • undead dobermanns
      • floating scientist zombies
      • an intelligent licker (which seems to be fused from several undead species)  
      • a zombie cure!

      Friday, March 16, 2012

      Week in Review 11/2012


      Popped up in my MP3 player yesterday and fitted my mood and the sunshine perfectly! ;D

      Read the last book of the hunger games trilogy, Mockingjay. Devored every word in it. Really good, both because of the universe Suzanne Collins places the story in but also in terms of the characters and their development. Now I don't know whether I look forward to the movie or to be afraid it will change the story too much...

      Pasta. In all variations. I am so sick of it!

      Pretty please take it as is. Or with smaller changes...


      Color by COLOURlovers

      ...of the week!

      Thursday, March 15, 2012

      Burdastyle 4/2012

      The fourth Burda issue this year and still no real surprises. Some good patterns, some ugly ones... Even some gothy ones in black and lace!

      The pattern I like third best is a Burda plus size pattern. I like that for a change Burda did include a pattern which doesn't resemble a potato sack! At least the skirt part is figure hugging and might be a good solution for bigger girls without the classical hourglass figure like me! The loose top part hides a belly but the contrasting skirt lets you appear a lot thinner if you have nice legs.
      The second best pattern in this issue is a draped wrap top which just screams spring to me. Somehow it reminds me of a greek goddess! And the drawstring around the waist can be loosened once you have eaten a chocolate egg to many around easter...
      The best pattern in my eyes is a close fitting sheet dress wih lace sleeves. So very gothy and this time, I would keep it in the exact same colourway as Burda (which usually _never_ happens)!

      Let's head on to the dark side of Burda and start with this interesting black number. While I'm all for black and lace, the pattern combined with the sheerness of the fabric gives the wonderful illusion of saggy boobs. I think the pattern might look decent if the overlap was dense, but - trust me on this one, I showed you an example yesterday- the half sheer overlap never looks flattering!
      I thought that we were done with trousers with bagging between the legs? It must have been at least 4 issues since the last diaper pants for grown ups! These pants might work at night or in your yoga class, but please don't wear white pants like this on your way to work or in the city...
      You could improve the saggy boobs look from the third worst pattern with wearing the overall on top of the flops. I repeat: Overalls for plumbers, but not for fashion!!!

      Wednesday, March 14, 2012

      The improvised cardigan

      Going fabric shopping put some pressure on me: I still had some farbic left from last fabric market which was not sewn into a garment. And I actually wanted to buy no new fabric before finishing the old haul. But I caved in thanks to my nice company. Coming back home I decided to get going and turn the final fabric into wearable clothes:

      The wooly jersey (is it jersey? it's a knit, but jersey seems a smaller knit with less holes to me?) feels really nice and warm and comfy. I made the pattern myself with a little help from a patrones tunic for the sleeves (I find this easier to do, when I draft the pattern and copy sleeves I know fit me well). It was mainly sewn with my overlock, but I did the hems by hand - this was also why it took so long! But this kind of loosely knit fabric is hard to hem with a sewing machine. It's not that I didn't try and failed...
      I honestly think that this pullover/cardi is a wadder: The idea was great but it looks disappointing when worn. Does anyone have an idey for improvement? Ruffling the sides? Lining?

      Tuesday, March 13, 2012

      One lovely blog award!

      Yesterday I recieved an award from kakuidori, a fellow goth from Germany. I'm really flattered, thanks a lot! She started reading my blog not long ago and seems to like what I write... ;) The award is given under the condition that I 'list seven things about yourself and then tag 15 other bloggers for the award':
      1.  I'm currently in Munich and working on some PhD stuff. Before I was a bit close minded about bavarians, but being here they are very freindly and even try to speak "proper" german when talking to me. So much for me and being tolerant... -.-'
      2. Being away for two weeks let me realise I miss my sewing machine almost as much as my boyfriend. While we (my Singer and me) have ups and downs, I really sewed a lot during the last months. 
      3. At the same time I think about buying a new sewing machine from my christmas allowance. I even thought about a combined sewing / embroidery machine, although they are quite expensive. How comes I always want to spend money when I don't have any at hand?
      4. I'm panicking a bit about not being done with all my outfits until WGT. Right now I spend two weeks doing nothing for them... Of course I know I don't have to go naked, but I have a lot of "nothing to wear" in my closet!
      5. On a less shallow note: I seem to be more geeky than I thought. I could easily keep talking with the guys here about roleplaying, computer games, heavy metal music and obscure american comic shows. After taking a peak at, I think I need some nerd glasses, suspenders and too short pants! *geek laugh*
      6. I like having time for myself. I'm by no means a boring stay at home everyday person, but I need rest days were I am mostly alone. This keeps me from getting snappy and too sarcastic!
      7. During the last years, I found that I have an ever increasing list of friends. I keep some people really close to me despite how far apart we live. But even if I haven't seen some of my friends for a long time - years sometimes- I still would give my one and all for them. I add new friends to the list when I meet nice people, but the old ones rarely vanish... I feel very happy about my circle of people I like and trust!
       After pouring my heart out to all of you, I have to nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the award. Let'Äs see how far I come!
      1. First nomination goes to lovely Neisella! After her problems with the last corset she made, she seems back on the sewing wave! I miss her and look forward to our next sewing date at the end of this month!
      2. Another blogger dear to my heart is Paisleystern/*wollmaus*. I met her during my Bachelor thesis and after a rocky start, we still meet/like each other! She sews inspirational clothes that never look boring or mainstream...
      3. Since Marysew recently returned from Finland, I really look forward about her seven things about herself. Maybe she met some polarbears on the way or stole some vegan finish cake recipes?
      4. While Frizzi is relatively new to the blogging world, she is very creative. Her blog is a good resource for cooking/baking, diy stuff and sewing!
      5. Nachtkatze is a german blogger who sews amazing gothinc gowns. She recently started sewing historical men's wear like me, so I hope we can exchange some tipps!
      6. Another historical gothic seamstress is Tuahadedana. While I most seriously pronounce her nickname wrong and only met her very briefly in person, I am always awed by her creations!
      7. Although I don't do cosplay myself, I admire the thought and work that go into recreating any anime/comic character. Kiya Violet has recently finished one of my childhood idols from the series Sailor moon - Michiru!
      8. Before ette moved to Switzerland, I had the pleasure to meet her in person. She has awesome taste in clothes and keeps everyone entertained with her stories about Bern and it's people...
      While I read a lot of blogs, I will cut my list here since I have to return to work on my cells. Please don't feel left out, but other bloggers also might want to nominate people...

      Monday, March 12, 2012

      WGT - Quoth the raven - hat 1 (bird skull tutorial)

      I turn more and more into a modiste for WGT ^^. For the raven outfit I planned a hat with a raven skull on it. Searching Etsy, I found a lot of them, but

      i) I don't want the real deal, wearing a dead animal on my head is creeping me out a bit!
      ii) The fake ones are quite expensive, I have to pay customs in addition to the article and shipping
      iii) I was not really sure about size and quality

      So, as the good DIY girl I am, I got some air dry clay and started making one myself. After some trying out, I decided to go for approximately 15cm length and proportionately 5-6cm width.  I found a tutorial on the internet were they showed how to stabilize larger skulls and how to make the construction a bit lighter. Here is how I did it:

      Starting out with some aluminium foil, a binder, air dry clay and tape.

      I wrapped 3 binders with tape for stability

      Add a ball of crushed aluminium foil

      And tape together. The clay sticks better to tape than foil, so I used a lot of tape!

      Approximate first steps adding the clay

      Working closer to my draft/ sketch from the allmighty interwebs

      Finished skull!
      After drying, I added some watered down golden and black paint for structure:

      Sunday, March 11, 2012

      Sunday cake - Raspberry walnut muffins

      This is a scheduled post, since I'm currently on road I am not able to bake cakes. But since I baked two different variants of muffins last sunday, I took the liberty to show one today:

      The raspberry walnut muffins are my general muffin recipe with 200g frozen raspberries and 150g chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

      Friday, March 9, 2012

      Week in Review 10/2012


      Because people here really speak like this... ^^

      Finally, the hunger games! I already finished Hunger games, the first in the series, and Catching fire. This weekend I think I'll have the whole series done! Really good; nice language, interesting story, captivating turns! Highly recommended...

      Um, I eat at the university Mensa and cook very little. Oops!

      This is a lot less work than I thought, but still the work itself is hard.

      Nothing. But since a friend reminded me that I can still draw new outfits, this is my creative outlet now!

      Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers

      Cell culture pink!

      ...of the week!

      Wednesday, March 7, 2012

      WGT - itsy bitsy spider - hat 1

      -spider warning: If you are arachnophobic, you might be afraid of my pretty realistc plastic spider in the before pics! Please take care and only check the finished hat were the spider is glittery and not scary any more!-

      I changed my plan for the spider outfit as soon as I got my fabric swatches for the green spiderweb fabric. It was way to shiny and neongreen, obviously designed for cheap halloween costumes. And talking to my boyfriend (he wants a matching outfit sewn by me for at least one of the days), I quickly decided to change the colourway to red and black. I also realised that I need at least one dance-able outfit, so I might redraw the sketch again, but until then, I already got started on the hat!

      The focal point of the hat/fascinator will be a red glittery spider. Since it is hard to come by large enough spiders for my idea - not even speaking of glittery ones- I had to prepare one mself. I took a black plastic spider I got for halloween and motchpotched glitter on it. To be more concrete: 

      I covered the spider in motchpotch (a clear glue which also serves as varnish/topcoat)

      and sprinkled it with red glitter.

      Then, after the glue was dry, I added another layer of motchpotch and more glitter.

      After drying, I covered the spider with glue again. Now the glitter sticks nicely to the spider and doesn't come of.

      Next step is to prepare the hat and add the spider to it- stay tuned!

      Monday, March 5, 2012

      Man's wear for WGT part 2

      Another day, another mockup. This time I used the Mad Hatter pattern from Simplicity (2333), despite BF being highly sceptical. I used view B, not the pirate. This time, the collar is open enoguh to wear a Merowinger's underneath...

      Again, same fabric and half mockup. This time size L, again fitting his chest and shoulders in the description.

      Seems like BF has a Simplicity figure, right? Only a little taking in at the waist, elongate the sleeve and we're done! I asked him what fabrics he would like and offered him the ones I bought in Münster. He likes the corduroy. Now we only need some lining fabric and contrasting fabric for the collar... I'll keep you posted!

      Sunday, March 4, 2012

      Sunday cake - blueberry muffins

      Do I ever make something besides muffins any more? Well they are easy, small and tasty! And I needed something to eat on my way to Munich tonight. So, muffins again!

      Oops, one is already gone! To make them, just add 300g blueberries (fresh or frozen) to my plain muffin recipe. And enjoy the wonderful treat!

      BTW, I went to a gothic party on friday and wore two selfmade things (steampunk shorts and steampunk jacket):

      Bad makeup pic. Eyeshadow was red, but at least you can see the spider necklace!