Friday, May 30, 2014

Brocade vest

I made my boyfriend a matching vest to the skirt I showed Yesterday. The pattern was taken from a vest he already had in his wardrobe:

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Never mind the Mannequin, it fits him better!

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The back of the vest is only lined in one layer of fabric as the boyfriend tends to be warm and this vest will be worn over a shirt and under a jacket. I finished all open seams with bias tape sewn in from the inside.

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The buttons were from my stash, the vest was not very expensive!

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Week in Review 22/2014

What did I see?
On our day off, my boyfriend and I watched "The mortal instruments - City of Bones" (really bad!) and "The Wolverine" (at least the action was good, even with a lacking story). I also found some more amazing pictures by Abigail Larson:

What did I listen to?
My sewing machine rattling on

What did I ask myself?
Sudden burst of motivation or panic that I have "nothing to wear"? ;)

What did I read?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. All in all it was amazing! I now borrowed "Mirage" by Matt Ruff from my friend Trisha and it is equally confusing and catchy!

What did I work on?
A skirt, a hat and some finishing touches on a vest.

I was happy about...
WGT next week, days off work next week!

I was annoyed about...
Having to work Today. But there was no chance to get a day off!

I bought...
Spray paint, a feather and rubber foam.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Brocade skirt

Another skirt I made. This time the pattern is a bit more simple (a rectangle ruffled onto a curved waistband) to make the fabric shine:

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The brocade was bought from the states. The quality is lovely and the colors (or grey scales ^^) are vivid. But the fabric is ribbing like no tomorrow! I really serged it before washing it and serged every single part I sewed together. I'm wondering if I should leave it as is or add some trim or ruffle to the hem. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm not dead yet ^^

Just a short little preview of something that will be finished for WGT this year. I'm still not int he mood for much sewing, but at least some thing will be new for me to wear in Leipzig...

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Sorry for being so quiet, but work is really annyoing right now, I do a lot of sports and my motivation for sewing and DIY is really low right now. So I have nothing to show in my little corner of the Internets...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Week in Review 21/2014

What did I see?
This week I didn't watch much, but my cells at work produce GFP which makes me tremendously happy!

What did I listen to?
Korn - Blind

What did I ask myself?
Am I getting too old for this sh*t?

What did I read?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, I'm half way in and I still love the story but kind of feel meh about the writing style...

What did I work on?
Still uninspired. Thinking about WGT in shirt and leggings. Maybe some joggers as well? ;)

I was happy about...
The weather. So much sun!

I was annoyed about...
The very right wing politics posters that were put up around my home. So my boyfriend and I did our civil duty and took them down or repainted them. Civil disobedience FTW!

I bought...
Fabric paint, a watch, jeans, running shoes, shorts and a top.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Week in Review 20/2014

What did I see?
I'm currently thinking a lot about health and food and nutrition. So this week I watched two documentaries: "Forks over Knifes" and "Fat, Sick and nearly Dead". I found them both on YouTube, so you don't have to buy these to see them. I'm not sure how much I agree to a fully vegan diet, I love cheese and eggs and did miss them tremendously during vegan week. But I think that focusing more on plant based food and real foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes) does me indeed good. I need some more time to think about this...

Also, there are a lot of pictures from H.R. Giger floating around now that he has died. I'm really sad because he was always such an inspiration as an artist! RIP, Father of the Alien...

What did I listen to?
Loituma-Leva's Polka 

What did I ask myself?
Will I keep this up?

What did I read?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, but I'm only thirty pages in. We had a rough start, but now I get to like it!

What did I work on?
Nothing. I'm uninspired at the moment.

I was happy about...
My new kitchen machine - I'm such a girl! -.-'

I was annoyed about...
My work not working. What am I doing wrong?

I bought...
A kitchen machine, foam rubber, a feather and black spray colour.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Green Victorian Skirt

I know I'm kind of predictable. Most of my historian outfits turn out to bee green. I really like the color and I think it suits me well. Plus I think that they are more wearable and look prettier in pictures than fully black outfits (although I'd love to own a fully out there Victorian Mourning outfit *sigh*). Well, anyway: More green!

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The skirt is made from green poly taffeta and some trims I bought from stoklaza and a cute little shop in Oberhausen. The waist is again an elastic because of comfort and the possibility to wear it with and without corset.

It took me quite some time to finish because the trims needed a lot of hand sewing. Which - as you all know- I really hate. But now it is over and the skirt looks amazing! Next on is a matching vest for my lovely boyfriend and the taille for this skirt. I actually inherited a green velvet skirt from my great aunt that I'd love to  turn into it...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Sweet - Rocky Road

Also something I made some time ago: Rocky Road!

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Sorry, a picture of the last bite only... ^^ It has a cookie crumble base with chocolate, walnuts and mini marshmallows. As you can see I had to hurry to snap a picture before my colleagues ate the last bite because it was delicious!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Week in Review 19/2014

Sorry for the radio silence, but I had a busy week and was not able to blog as much as I wanted. I'll post more next week!

What did I see?
Nothing exciting was seen besides this beautiful and disturbing pictures:

The series is called "Romanticisation of Mental Illness" and was taken by Kelsey Weaver. I'm by no means suicidal, but I can kind of understand the idea behind these photos. And that really creeps me out! Mental illnesses are no joke, I work in a psychiatric institution and see so many people suffering from inner demons that I do not believe that "time will heal" or "Don't exaggerate".

What did I listen to?
the radio

What did I ask myself?
Why do I have such bad luck with dishwashers?

What did I read?
On Saturday I went through the whole existing part of the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. I read "The 
Power of Five","The Rise of Nine", and "The Fall of Five" in one sitting, interrupted only by some food and visits of the toilet (with the book in hand). It was a long time since I've been so emerged into any book! The series is about 9 children from the planet Lorien, who were sent with their Guardians to Earth when their planet was destroyed. They have special abilities and can only be killed in a certain order. Now they are up to do something against the the Mogadorians, who destroyed their planet and hunt them on Earth as they are trying to fight a second invasion...

What did I work on?
A little on a skirt and a vest, but nothing is finished yet.

I was happy about...
One of the skirts I'm working on is really looking like I planned!

I was annoyed about...
Work. There is nothing working and I don't know how to improve this...

I bought...
Some underwear (new), a dress and a pullover (used). And WGT tickets!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ms Misantropia giveaway!

Yesterday when I came home quite annoyed (I wanted to give something I bought back and couldn't, than I realised I forgot my ticket for public transport and could not head to sports), I found a nice little package from Sweden in front of my door!

The amazing Ms Misantropia held a Love giveaway last month and I was one of the lucky winners! She is so kind to think about her readers in times were her boyfriend Cinnamon man was first kicked out of Sweden back to the USA and now will migrate back to Sweden soon... I can only imagine what kind of troubles and heart aches she must have gone through - such a strong personality!

The package contained a beautiful white sari scarf, a vintage tag and a string of hearts (so fitting for a love give away!) and a little frog princess!

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As I received the package only yesterday, please stay tuned for pictures of the string of hearts on my kitchen windows. I wanted to take them today - the hearts are already decorated- but realised how horribly dirty the window is. Ooops! ^^

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Sweet - Creme brulee

I'll have to admit that this Creme brulee is a little older. Actually more than 2 weeks ago I made it for a meeting with friends... Everybody I know loves Creme brulee which is essentially vanilla pudding on cream base and with a delicious caramel crust! ;)

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Unfortunately, while the taste was perfect, the texture was alittle bit off. A bit grainy, but still edible. I read on the allknowing internet that I probabaly had to the oven set on a higher temperature than recommended. Well, I see more (delicious ^^) trials in my future!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Week in Review 18/2014

What did I see?
Nothing in TV, I was too busy. But on the Internet I found more surrealistic photos taken by Christopher-Ryan McKenney. Really cool how it takes a few seconds for the brain to realise that this cannot be real...

What did I listen to?
Depeche Mode - Wrong

What did I ask myself?
What if my experiments fail and there is no solution I can come up with?

What did I read?
My boyfriend offered me "I am Number 4" by Pittacus Lore already some time ago, but I never really got into it. It was lying around with me only having read to page 30 or so. But on the way to my family on Wednesday, I took it with me and now I'm on to the next book of the series ("The Power of Six"). Really good stuff about Aliens from Lorien who try to fight Mogadorians which took over their planet and take an interest in Earth now... There was also a Movie "I am Number 4" which we both liked and that lead to my boyfriend reading the books. The movie was good - in our eyes- but failed to make enough money for a second part. Da*m it! ^^

What did I work on?
Nothing, I had a busy week. But this weekend  will sew up a storm!

I was happy about...
Helping my brother move out. Will calm my mum and him down a bit, I hope!

I was annoyed about...
The Internet connection at home. It is slow, it suddenly stops and the supplier says that they think it is on our side not on their....

I bought...
A skirt! Back to shopping again, slowly but surely.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Historical underwear - Basic skirt

The last part of my new underwear is a rather basic skirt made from dark grey cotton (unfortunately I had not enough left from the fabric I used for the shirt and unmentionables) and some black lace. I used the Burda Crinoline pattern and shortened the skirt a bit - I don't want it to peak under the actual skirt!

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Unlike the shirt and underpants, this basic under skirt is really a necessity. You need quite a bit of fabric to keep the actual skirt tamed while walking or when it is windy. The underskirt really helps with keeping the form you planned your skirt in.