Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetlejuice!

And another jersey from the fabric market that I already turned into something wearable! I bought a coupon (1.5x1.5.m) of very stretchy black and white jersey. I was not the only one buying this fabric, I know that Frau Fledermaus and Marysew also took some home and already presented their creations.

I made a short sleeved version of pattern McCall's (M5890), which I already used for the black lacey fabric from last fabric market. Easy to sew, nice to wear and a wee bit gothic but still wearable at my job. Win!

Fabric balance sheet 5/2012

With WGT come and gone, I finally have the feeling that I can relax a bit and get some everyday clothes done. On the other hand I'm already working on plans for next year's WGT... Maybe I will post some sketches in the near future?

  • nothing!
total damage: 0 m fabric

Outgoing (only counting finished projects):
  • raven crinoline - 2m black cotton, 3m black tafeta
  • raven skirt - 2m of stripey tafeta, 1m black tafeta
  • raven corset - 2 m (including 3x lining)
  • raven neck wrap - 0.5m
  • jersey shirt for him and her - 1.5m
  • jersey shorts - leftover jersey
  • jersey cardigan - 1m jersey
  • snake neck corset - 0.5m (outer coutil and lining)
to the rescue: 13.5m farbic

0m - 13.5m = 13.5 m fabric reduced from my stash this month

Whohooooo! Nothing added but reduced a lot. And I still have bunches of fabric which inspire me and will be sewn into garments. I think I will need some more corduroy or other fabric for boyfriend's jacket - he wants to wear this to Amphi or Blackfield. At least my outfit is ready!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WGT - quoth the raven - corset

Since you saw the skirt already some days ago, the corset is the last part of the raven I still have to show you. Despite being made from the same pattern as the itsy bitsy spider corset, the look is totally different here:

front with feather panel

side view - notice that there is no true side seam
back with lacing and modesty panel

Black tafeta, three layers of lining and lots and lots of feathers went into this baby - don't worry about my sanity, I sewed on feather band and not single feathers! Although I don't like corsets without a front closure (why the hell do I keep on sewing them then?), I didn't find another solution if I wanted to cover the front in black fluffyness. Another corset which I will have to wriggle in... *sigh*

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WGT 2012 - What I wore saturday and sunday

For 11 years, the traditional Natron & Soda forum CT is gathering under a huge tree in Schiller park.This year, another forum was trying to occupy "our" tree, so initially I was quite astonished by the mass of Steampunkers. But after the first shock, we saw the hiding forum members and got into talking! Of course I see it as a pledge of honor to wear something self sewn for a meeting of my favourite sewing forum, so Saturday was Spider day!

We met a lot of lovely people, some I knew in advance like Charisma, Niniel Chan and her husband, Kelaino, Johanna, and Oyle; others I met for the first time in real life like Life_End, miny or Nyctophobia. We spent some hours chatting away which was really nice. I was a bit sad that neither Natron nor Soda happened to come, but they never announced that they were coming...
After the CT, we made short trip through the city center and bought some Leysieffer chocolate, which might be the best chocolate in the world. If you happen to get to a store, try the salted milk chocolate! A short stop at our hotel later, we headed to the Parkbühne to see Dreadfull Shadows. Not really my style of music, but the concert was good...
Next stop was the Agra area (can you believe this was the first trip to the main area at day three?! ^^) to see Combichrist. I danced a bit in the middle of some cybers and had a really nice chat again... Combichrist were as good as usual, always great live! When the concert was finished, we stayed a bit longer at the agra and enjoyed a bit of dancing at the agra disco.

Sunday we went to another forum CT, this time of the Versailler Nekrolog. There were minor annoyances about this CT as we met right in the inner city where we were instantly surrounded by photographers and some people didn't turn up (there was a misunderstanding about the meeting time). But the forum members were really nice - Kelaino, Neisella, Meara, Marquise DeNoire and Lorenia von Raschke. We hurried to Rizzi's again (we were already recognised there ^^) and ate in peace. I wore the raven outfit and had minor wardrobe troubles when my crinoline lost the steel boning.

We went to the hotel to get rid of the steel bone and hurried on to the Agra. We went for a short shopping trip and met Nachtkatze and Max (her company and model for her historic men's wear) to drink some cherry mead and check out other people's outfits! Even Sorrowsplea turned up for a little chat! After a second shopping trip (this time just me and Max who helped me haggling, I bought this beauties ) I met the others at the Diary of Dreams concert. Also a very good concert, a mix of older and newer stuff...
Last stop of the day was the "dunkelromantischer Tanz" (= dark romantic dance), a disco just playing dark romantic music. The location was wonderful, an old cellar with roman columns, a video show of cemetery angels and great prices for drinks.

Monday, May 28, 2012

WGT 2012 - What I wore Thursday and Friday

This year's WGT was pretty special since I went there without my boyfriend but with very special girls I met over my favourite forum: Neisella (who also took all pictures I used in this entry) and Meara (who neither owns nor reads blogs). Our hotel was nicely located in the very centre of Leipzig but had short opening times, making us hurry to get the keys in time.
When we arrived in Leipzig on Thursday after what felt like years (we even had some traffic jam on the highway despite a lot of time pressure), we still wanted to get into some goth gear and pre-WGT feeling. Since this wasn't planned, I had to improvise and used some stuff I brought with me:

lace shirt - sewn by me, corset - second hand, skirt - overskirt for gone batty, ribcage cameo-
Styled like this, we headed for some foods at Rizzi (I think we can be considered special guest because we ate there 4 days out of five) and afterwards to two dark discos: Darkflower and Moritzbastei. Coming from the ruhr area, we are pretty spoiled when it comes to partying. Every weekend we can choose from several options like Matrix, Old Daddy, Pulp or Tik - to name only the ones in the vaccinity of my home- so visiting the Darkflower is already pretty desillusioning. The club might be huge for Leizig and surroundings, but fits into the matrix maybe 4-5 times. Nevertheless it is filled to the brim with people, making it hard to dance. We left after aproximately 5 minutes... ^^
We headed to the Moritzbastei by foot, and upon entry I realised that parts of the Bastei were still closed. The music was loud and electric, we spent some time walking around but in the end decided that the music just wasn't ours and going to bed at 2am on the first night would be a good idea.

Friday was victorian picknick day, so we got up early to get breakfast and buy some food to dine on. WHile out on the hunt, we also bought shoes (well, we're women ^^), accessoirs (like the hairflower which ended up in my hair), tights (wonderfull lace tights for Meara) and some small delicious yummies like strawberries, raspberries, mango sweets and Giotto. After a little stylinmg marathon, I looked like this:

gone batty - self sewn besides the corset.
 I didn't put up my hair since I forgot to tell my hat maker Niniel Chan in time how I would like my hat to look. My bad! ;) I went with more or less open hair instead. The lip colour was borrowed from Neisella, but I think I might buy it for myself as well!
At the vic pick, we set up our picnic blanket under a tree and waited for the things to come. We met a lot of lovely people, including the wonderful Johanna, who wore a pretty dress with gazillions of ostrich feathers, Nyoba and lovely Nachtkatze with company.

After the victorian picnic, I planned to visit some concerts, but as this was WGT, nothing went as planned. Instead of seeing X-RX and Eisbrecher, we ate at Rizzi's and watched the MDR classical concert at the Thomaskirche and took a small trip to the Sixtina.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Week in Review 21/2012


Several occurences (including a duck at 4 am) at the WGT made this the song of WGT 2012...

I  finished Hohlbein's Schattenjagd (Shadow's hunt). Was nice, but nothing realy special. And I got started on the fifth book of the Mortal instruments series by Cassandra Clare. City of lost souls seems nice and I like the witty writing.

Pizza and Pasta at Rizzi in Leipzig. Best Pizza in town!

How are the days endless when in Leipzig, but going home seems to come much too early?

I finished the raven skirt and corset, still have to post that. But I got everything - except the snake due to missing material- done in time for WGT.

Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers
...of the week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WGT- quoth the raven - skirt

Since I need to hurry up a bit for WGT, let me shortly talk about the raven outfit. The skirt I made is a mix between a fishtail and - since the fabric I bought is not stretchy and I wanted a butt ruffle- the pattern McCall's M5523.  This is propably the third version, since I was never happy with what I made. Now I'm still not totally sold, but since the WGT starts in three days, this will have to do.The fabric was bought partially at the last fabric market (stripey tafeta) and in Münster (same tafeta I used for the bat skirt, just used for the ruffles):


front detail with feathers

ruffly back

back detail
side view (I'm a bit more... in the department! ^^)

Monday, May 21, 2012

WGT - quoth the raven - crinoline

Yesterday, at my sewing date with wonderfull Neisella, I had some ambitous plans:
  1. make the crinoline for the raven skirt
  2. cut and sew the raven corset
  3. finish some jersey projects since my sewing machine refuses to sew with the twin needle
 I've been procrastinating a lot on the raven skirt since I didn#t like what I sewed. The skirt is done (except the zip which is maybe 10 minutes work), but it's just not living up to my imagination. And since I have no idea how to change it, it's lying around in my room, unloved an in desperate need of finishing...

But on to the crinoline:

I really like this one!  Simple 4 part fishtail, a 2m hoop at the bottom and two layers of ruffles. Looks good, was easy to sew and - why the hell didn't I just do this like, 4 weeks ago???

WGT - slithering snake - corset trouble

This is how far I've come, this are 400 scales sewn to the hip gores:

Notice the single black scale? Don't know how this got in the baggy... ^^

Keep your fingers crossed that the rest will turn up on time...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

WGT gone batty - last skirt, I promise! ^^

The overskirt is anothe circle which was originally floor length. I gathered it up and cut the bat wing hem. To have a nice and clean finish, I turned it over with a shorter lining in the same fabric. Since the fabric was light weight tafeta (originaly intended for lining, I guess), I hoped that this would not weigh down the crinoline.

And in full glory, both skirts combined with the crinoline:

In more detail: The hem and the neon green bands I stitched the rushing to. Not quite pretty on the inside, but no-one (except the internets! ^^) will ever see...

Sunday cake - Honey and nuts

Can you elieve this magic? I baked again! This time I added ground hazelnuts and almonds and two tablespoons of honey to normal vanilla sponge cake and reduced the amount of flour to 2/3rds. Looks boring but tastes very good:

Even the boyfriend ate two pieces! The rest of the smaller loaf will fill Neisella's and my tummies... Up to the last round of WGT sewing we can do together! The other one is for my nice coworkers who will keep up my experiments while I'm strolling around looking great in Leipzig...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Zombie saturday - Plants vs Zombies

Usually, I'm not quite the gamer girl. I do like my occassional games on PC or any Nintendo console (sorry, my daddy raised me this way! Never got into Sonic, I'm Mario's homegirl...), but it is rare that I play through a full game.

But - there has to be a "but" after a "usually", right?- I played this game in full and even payed for it! It's called "Plants vs. Zombies" and is essentially just that. There are zombies (sometimes in funny clothes) who want to invade your garden and then your home to eat your brain. Your defense are several kinds of plants who shoot peas to kill zombies, fence of your garden or eat the zombies themselves.

You have day and night levels, sometimes you have to bowl the zombies out of your yard with walnuts and exploding cherries or defend your garden at night with mushrooms.

See the lovely Michael Jackson Zombie? He even does a nice dance to raise more undead to follow him! I had so much fun, even my boyfriend had to play it! The game is now available for IPad (and probably IPod as well), so go ahead and at least try the free test version! Download for PC or Online game

Friday, May 18, 2012

WGT 2012 - gone batty - halfway around

Week in review 20/2012


One of my all time favourite songs: Frank Sinatra "Yesterday". Was played yesterday (duh!) on the coversong radio station

I got David Nicholls' "Two a day" finished and startedon another Hohlbein book: Schattenjagd (Shadow's hunt). I don't expect much, but I like the light reading (plus the books written with his wife are way better than the ones he wrote alone)...

Great apple cake and nut cake at my aunts place yesterday. Delicious!

Leech block installed into firefox, and I really get stuff done! Amazing what you can get done when it's hard to procrastinate!

I'm still dissappointed with the snake stuff. I mean, why did I order so few scales? Grrr! And then there was a lot of sewing that didn't work out. But no stress, WGT is still like 6 days away --> panik!!!

Color by COLOURlovers

...of the week!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

WGT gone batty - the skirt

Since I already finished the crinoline for this outfit, I was able to progress to the overskirt. Not having a finished crinoline really blocked me from going on: How to hem something if you don't know how much longer the skirt has to be to still touch the floor? How wide do I have to make the waistband if I want to be comfortable?

You see that I needed to get the crinoline done and then move on! The pattern for the base skirt is a simple circle skirt with approximately 30cm ruffle. I used approximately 4-5m of stiff black tafeta. The waistband is - gasp! How historically unfeasable!- a simple elastic band!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Houston, we have a problem here...

Check out the scales I'm sewing on the snake corset right now... Looking great, right?

Unfortunately, I've far underestimated the amount of scales I will need. I reordered, but I have no idea if the will arrive in time (since I ordered from the states and in the best of cases I will recieve them the day we will leave to Leipzig). So either I'm hand sewing all the way there OR I will have to come up with another outfit idea. Any help, guys???

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WGT 2012 - Gone batty - crinoline

Yes, I know. It's totally hard to believe I already started! *roll eyes* But since I started dating Neisella - it's not what you think (clear your mind of the gutter), we just meet on the weekends to sew and cook. And it increased my productivity a lot!

Since she is an expert in ruffle and lace clothes, I asked her for advice when I started the foundation of my "Gone batty" outfit. She recommended the luxury hoop skirt from (this link leads to a pattern and how-to, unfortunately it's german). I started drawing and decided on some changes:
  1. decrease the saddle length, as I wanted a more bell shaped and less cone shaped hoop skirt
  2. move the second hoop up and integrate a third hoop (again for the bell shape)
  3. omit the tulle and go for cotton (I had non and I think I prefer just ruffles and a natural fiber)
  4. use a proper zip instead of a velcro closure
  5. increase hoop size because I'm not exactly a size 4 like Soda ^^
The farbic I used was an old Ikea sheet (which I bought when I still had smaller blankets) and two pillows as well as a zipper from my stash. I only bought the steel and the steel casing (which I could have made myself, but this was way easier!). This is the final product:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Zombie Saturday - Zombie boy

I think most of you will have heard of zombie boy (Rick Genest), who loves tattoos so much he covered most of his body in them? He now works as a high fashion model for Mugler and was even in Lady Gaga's video "Born this way".

This video shows him after a shoot were all his tattos were covered. Look at the zombie unfold:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Week in review 19/2012


Sorry, this song just got stuck in my head. And the video is great, go watch it!

I finished "Sonea the healer" by Trudy Canavan and borrowed David Nicholls' "Two a day" from my colleague. Light reading for travels!

Petit four and eclair and saumon. A lot of saumon...

Oh my god, here are so many great scientists. What do I do here?

Just stuff that didn't really work out. And a lot of hand sewing. Did I mention I hate hand sewing?

Color by COLOURlovers
Color by COLOURlovers

...of the week!

Lyon - Or why I gained weight at an obesity conference

Sorry, no sunday cake yet again, but at least I had some cake:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Burdastyle 6/2012

Oh Burda, what are you doing to me? How can you be so nice one month and so horrible the next? This time I had a rather hard time deciding on my worst three, there were so many options... Checking my pics I also realised that I will have to change the Olympic medal I include in my graphics soon since this year there will be another Olympic games! Hope the design is nice, though...

Even the good patterns don't wow me this time. The dress on third place looks good, but I sense an issue with the neckline and would integrate a small band to avoid showing your goods to an unpaying audience. It looks pretty comfy though, like something you could throw over on the way to the beach!
The second best pattern in my eyes is the wrap blouse from the plus size "Out of Africa" series. I know, I usually don't include plus size, but what should I do if one third of this issue consists of very "Mummy made this dress for you honey and I've got a matching one" creations? The pattern seems to have a higher neckline than usual, were Burda designers seem to think that a wrap blouse automatically means that you want to show your chest to anyone on the street. And for wrap dress friends, this pattern also comes in a longer version...
I hope no one is surprised by me liking a jacket pattern best? I especially adore the side buttons and the open hemline. Looks a bit vest inspired to me.

On to my small selection of worse patterns. Not small because I didn't find enough though but rather because I limit myself to three patterns each. Honorable mention here goes to the "Mama sews with patchwork fabric" series in this issue...
I do think that a plain white shirt is a staple for every wardrobe. I might agree that a sleeveless jeans shirt is a staple in a redneck wardrobe, going hand in hand with very tight jeans or too short shorts. But please, sewers all over the world, don't try to recreate redneck fashion. Even in another fabric or colour, sleeveless shirts belong to the 80s. Let them rest in peace!
The same is true for fake (!) leather vests with fringe. If you want to play cowboy and native again, do as you wish. You might even use this pattern for Halloween. But if you do, please decide to use a better looking (p)leather than Burda, okay?
I don't know what I find more horrifying on the parka which I chose for worst pattern of this issue. The pattern which makes everyone look frumpy and small? The 80s inspiration? The white fabric with golden pearl shine? Or the fact that my deceased grandma had exactly the same coat which she bought in the late 70s? *shudder*

Monday, May 7, 2012

WGT - quoth the raven - feather bolero

To match the raven theme, I made a ruffly feather bolero. I admit I was a wee bit inspired by Niniel Chan, Nashimiron and ParaNoire when I decided on the design...


back - bound with satin ribbon

closeup with true feather colour

tafeta closeup

I bought the feathers from an chinese ebay seller, they are cock not raven, but hey, it is rather hard to get raven feathers and I prefer to use feathers from eaten animals than plucked ravens! The tafeta is the same as for skirt and corset.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday cake - Devil's food again

This sunday I'm visting Neisella again and promised her to bring the devil's food cake to her. So I did:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Zombie Saturday - Zombie fitness II

Run For Your Lives: 5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race
Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle race. But you’re not just running against the clock — you’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies.

  • Before the race, you will be given a flag belt, just like the overly intimidating game of flag football. These flags represent your health.
  • The zombies want to take your flags and maybe eat your brains.
  • If you lose all your health flags, you die. And the zombies win.
  • Health bonuses will be hidden throughout the course. If you find one and carry it to the finish, it will save your life.

Throughout the 5K obstacle race, there will be 12 man-made and natural obstacles for you to complete. Runners may choose NOT to complete an obstacle, BUT any runner who skips an obstacle will not be eligible for prizes.
There will be zombies. Their job is to chase you and eat you — but mainly go after your health, in the form of your flag belt. Avoid the zombies to keep your health flags.
Use speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the FINISH LINE with at least ONE FLAG INTACT. If you finish with zero health flags, your time will be recorded, but you will not be eligible for awards.

Friday, May 4, 2012

WGT -itsy bitsy spider- corset

Since I changed plans for this outfit, I also had to redesign the corset. I was torn between over- and semi-bust, but decided to go for overbust in the end - this eliminates a bra under the sheer top! ^^ I also wanted to integrate the spiderweb pattern into the corset. *Wollmaus* gave me the inspiration to use the spiders from the bustle again, so I ended up with a diagonal of red tafeta between a spider and her web. Too complicated? Well, just see it in person:

The pattern was taken from one of my favourite corsets and made it from the bustle tafeta. I used the spiderweb net from the top for the side panels and two appliqued spiders for the front. In the back, I integrated a modesty panel.

BTW: Selfmade bias tape!