Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween costume 2012

Since we will participate in the zombie walk in Essen tonight, we had to do zombie costumes for this halloween. And while we were discussing which kind of zombies we wanted to be we came up with some solutions:
  1. Resident evil zombies (either normal, special like the mutated animals or from umbrella corporation)
  2. Star Trek Zombies
  3. Walking Dead Zombies
We both had lab coats around, so we decided to do umbrella researchers which have been unfortunately infected with the T-virus they tried to analyze. To make this kind of obvious, we wanted to make T-virus vials, Umbrella corp. logos for the lab coats and name signs.
The logos were done with fabric paint on some white scrubs I had. The letters are printed on iron on foil which I also had (didn't even remember ^^) and ironed on. 

While I was at it, I decided for some gruelling wounds and painted some ribs and flesh on another piece of white fabric:

The patches were than attached to the lab coats and viola, the main part of the costume was already done!

The name tags were printed on paper and inserted in some of the many name tags I recieved from conferences. I found the background by a quick google picture search and added the pictures and description:

anonymized with a pencil. I have no photoshop skills whatsoever!
The T-virus vials were also pretty easy: I had some plastic tubes from cake decorations and bought pipe cleaners in neon green. They were twisted into helices (any biologist knows how to replicate DNA ;) ) and inserted with a tight fit. The caps were made from air dry plaster and painted with silver paint. All in all took 30 minutes of work and 1 day drying time each for plaster and paint:

Maybe I will add some pictures in full zombie face later...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fabric balance sheet 10/2012

This month I again hardly sewed anything. I did sew some small things, but I am nowhere as productive as I could be. I really should make some more sewing dates, those really increase my output! But buying all those pretty fabrics on Sunday and a holiday on November 1st got my sewing mojo back. And maybe if I feed the mojo by sewing, it will stay a bit longer?!

  • 4.5m jersey
  • 7.5m knits
total damage: 12 m fabric

Outgoing (only counting finished projects):
  • 1.5m knits for a cardigan
  • 1.5m knits for a wrap
  • 1m of black and stripey fabric for the butt ruffle
  • 1m jersey for sportswear
to the rescue: 5m fabric

12m - 5m =  7m fabric added to my stash this month

No reduction this month, but I'm really happy with my haul! And I think I might do some early christmas sewing, so maybe my next statistics look a bit better?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fabric haul - Fabric market Oberhausen

Yesterday, I was at the fabric market in Oberhausen. Since I missed the market in Dortmund which many friends attended, I took my chance with the last market nearby. And boy, was I lucky! I can't remember the last time I brought so many preety fabrics home from a farbic market! In total, I bought 8 coupon (which are 1.5x1.5m each):

One coupon of teal guipure lace which I intend to turn into a dress or skirt, I'm not yet sure. Plus some ply wool mix jersey in black.

Thin jersey coupons in black, grey and teal.

Grey rib knit for a comfy shirt/pullover/dress.

 Two grey wooly knits. They look pretty close at least in daylight, but the weave and backsides are rather different...

And since I had some spare time yesterday as well, I already started sewing them into garments!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gift from Linnea-Maria

Some time ago, Linnea-Maria held a giveaway on her blog which I won. You should really visit her blog, she is so creative and takes wonderful pictures unlike me... And yesterday I recieved my package from Sweden! I was so excited, I ripped the bag open in no time ;):

Isn't the hand made flower brooche just the cutest? It's so pretty, I'm wearing it today to yet another conference for work! So thanks sooooooooo much, Linnea-Maria for making my hazy fall day a lot happier!

Week in Review 44/2012


Psy "Gangnam Style" - because the boyfriend just learned how hilarious the dancing is and tried to coax me into doing Gangnam style at our favourite dark party! ^^

Now I'm reading "Mordshunger" (= Hungry for Murder, has not been translated and probably never will) which is the first novel by Frank Schätzing. I was really into "der Schwarm" (= The Swarm) by the same author, but the writing is pretty poor in his first book. On the other hand, the story is quite nice and it is funny to see how much he learned in this short time as an author!

A lot of vegetables and protein. Actually, I'm on a health kick currently, eating as clean and natural as I can. This involves the infamous "5 a day" (which mostly turn into 6-7 nowadays) and full wheat products were I can. And the food tastes amazingly good!

I finished the material and methods section of my PhD Thesis (and I think it's a bit long, about 50 pages...)! Yay! Now there are only 3 More sections to do and the table of contents is already existing plus a smaller part of the introduction... Go me!

I did some DIY stuff this week, but not much sewing. But I have to start working on my Halloween costume for the Zombiewalk here in Essen...

Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers

...of the week!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tshirt evolution 1

With Halloween come Halloween decoration, sweets and costumes. This year I bought two shirts from Primark which I intended to modify and wear for the gym. The first shirt is here:

On the back it is still a normal shirt (but the front print is rather cute, no? It's from this years Halloween collection from Primark!. But I used the tutorial on this site for a ribcage shirt and modified it into something more airy for sports... My strips of fabric are a bit smaller (about 1inch = 2cm thick), but otherwise I like the tutorial a lot. I actually was too lazy to do the last step of weaving, but I really like the look as is. And I can still weave the fabric strips whenever I want, this is no big deal to do.

And this is the final result. How do you like it?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This is halloween...

"This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbours gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween"

Of course like every other gothic blogger who is writing a post on Halloween, I will not spare you the link to the great theme song of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare before Christmas" which is not only the best film to watch before Christmas Eve but works on Halloween just as well...

And talking of this movie, we watched it last week after I decorated our flat for Halloween. I love fall, I love Halloween and I love sweets, so around this time every year I'm a very happy camper! I try not to buy too much stuff, but I can't avoid to get at least some new decorative knickknacks. I'm still working with the "one in, one out" rule, which means that my decoration changes only slightly from year to year. New this year are a metal jack o lantern, a poison bottle and a silver skull which is a money bank. You will see them on the pics while I walk you around the flat...

The hallway outside our flat:

The big mirror in the living room:

Table decoration on our dining table:

Our TV bench:

The windows:


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Game fair in Essen 2012

On Saturday we visited the International games fair SPIEL here in Essen. This is a gaming fair which focuses on board games, roleplaying games and LARP (live action role playing). Its really refreshing to see a fair without (too much) computer games, since I'm an old fashioned gamer who likes to throw dice or move figures with the hands...Here is a link to the official website (from the design of the page you can clearly see that the organizers are not really Internet affine).

On the weekends its always super crowded and this year was no exception. We met some old friends there from all over Germany and I was really happy to spent the time there with the best crowd I could imagine for such a fair!

We also bought some stuff: The game "Decent" which is a kind of board game for role players without much (spatial) imagination. You move your hero (or a group of them) through dungeons which are crowded with monsters of any kind. Even if the game might be a bit geeky, I really like the monsters in there. Maybe we could use the bigger ones for decoration?

While we knew "Descent" before visiting the fair (and only bought it because it was dirt cheap - 30 Euros instead of 55-80€) we also tried out some new games. The "Guard! Guards!" Terry Pratchet board game was something I really liked, but the boyfriend found "too complicated". But the idea of being a guard member who uses his secret connections to the guilds to protect the city from dragons and magic is really great. Maybe we have more time to play next year!
A game we did indeed buy and not only try was "Escape: The Curse of the Temple". This game reminds me of the old Indiana Jones movies where the inevitable escape from the evil temple full of traps happens. In the game, you have some music playing which increases in beats per minute if you have only 30 seconds left to reach a room. Yes my friends, this game is real time! You have to hurry, make a lot of decisions and play together, otherwise you are doomed and will die in the temple! It's a lot of fun, if a bit stressful...

Other than these two games we visited the hall with "starving artists" (i.e. online comic artists that sell merchandise of instant sketches). I bought some comics, the boyfriend some postcards and I got an amazing print:

And - arachnophobics please don't follow the link- I bought the cutest spider ever! We instantly christened her "Titi Tarantula" and she has been coming with me ever since... 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ugly fabric SWAP II- the result

You probably remember the second ugly fabric SWAP I participated in July (here is a link to the original post)? I already showed you that I used some of that fabric for the medieval wedding outfit in the teaser here. But since I dyed the fabric for the party dress, I thought that this was not sufficient to really participate in the SWAP meeting because the rules state:
  1. The ugly fabric has to be used for a wearable garment.
  2. It has to be the outer fabric, not hidden as a lining.
  3. The next time we meet, you have to come in the garment made from the ugly fabric. And we meet publicly!
So I just had to sew another garment, because the pure ugliness of the fabric had to be shown to the public. I decided to use a pattern form the current issue of Ottobre,  a cozy wrap from pattern 2:

Well, since this was designed for a stretchy fabric, I decided to wing it and just add 1cm to the seams. You can see in the back view that this somewhat backfired; the wrap is indeed cozy, but I can't move my arms much! ^^ And I used a lining because the fabric doesn't like any stress on the seams and is a bit scratchy. Can you imagine that I had a matching lining colour? I bought it in a huge package of lining leftovers from Ebay some while ago!

Another problem was that my mum decided to celebrate her birthday on the exact date of the remeeting. I took it upon myself to wear the wrap at the birthday party and even received some compliments on it. I'm very much looking forward to see the other results, although I was not there yesterday. Sorry, girls!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday cake - vegan cherry brownies

I'm sorry for being late, but I'm even more sorry for taking this horrible picture which does nowhere near enough to promote this brownies:

Please don't judge them by my horrible picture! Make them yoursel, at home, while noboby is watching, because you probabaly don't want to share them with other people. Here is the German recipe, you will not regret!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Zombie make up

Whether you need zombie camouflage while trying to walk through a horde undetected or if you need an awesome halloween costume, I can really recommend Jangsara's blog to you. She does great makeups with superhero themes, but recently she presented an how-to for the greatest non-professional (meaning not by a special effect makeup artist, not that she is in anyway not professional!) I've ever seen!

Link to the tutorial

She has another tutorial for a look which doesn't require latex pieces, in case you either have no time to order them or spent your money on the zombie books I recently recommended:

Link to tutorial

Friday, October 19, 2012

Week in Review 43/2012


Peter Fox- "Zucker". I'm not sure if I like the rather sexist lyrics, but the beat is great...

Last week I read a book my boyfriend recommended and I ended up liking it, too! I hardly can wait until the next episode of "Department 19" by Will Hill - hilarious name, right?- comes out. It is a youth novel about Jamie Carpenter who gets involved with Vampires and Werewolves and the infamous secret organisation Department 19 which fights them...

Thrown together food like the pasta yesterday. With garlic oil, tomato, onion and portobello mushrooms. Yummi!

Am I "academic" material? Can I imagine a future of under payed PostDocs until I maybe get a tenure (which only 10% in my field do)? Or should i try to get into industry? But are my skills requested? Hmpf...

Not much. A little bit of hand sewing on *wollmaus* birthday present on Saturday and 2 hems of the ugly fabric swap project. Otherwise I had a long work week...

Color by COLOURlovers

...of the week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Selfmade Party Outfit 2

Next take on the "I actually wear what I sew" series. this was rather recently, last friday to be exact. Please don't mind the mess in our hallway, I try to keep it clean and clutterfree, but somehow it's a secret hiding place for entropy devils... Again, this pics were taken the night after the party, at around 4am.

What I wore: The beetlejuice collar, an old H&M top, the corset I took my favourite pattern from, the bat underskirt from WGT and the butt ruffle.

I also did some fancy eye make-up from a tutorial I found on Tumblr:

I had to make some minor changes as it seems I ran out of liquid eyeliner in black (*gasp* I'm loosing goth points right now, huh?! ^^) and had to use a golden-greenish glittery one. I liked the style although I'm not half as professional as the girl in the tutorial. And my photo skills are horrible, it looked better in real life - or did it, Neisella?