Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fabric balance sheet 7/2014

Here we go again!

  • 4m pink tafeta
  • 5m black tafeta
  • 8.5m of various jerseys (1m black, 1m grey, 1m linen in grey, 2 linen in black, 1m teal, 1m purple, 1.5m in bordeaux)
total damage: 17.5 m fabric

Outgoing (only counting finished projects):
  • 5m cotton voile for 2 dresses and a blouse
  • 2m poly chiffon and 2m cotton lining for the regency dress
  • 2m tafeta for the additional ruffle around the skirt by Neisella
to the rescue: 11 m fabric

initial stash: 112,75m + 17.5m - 11m = 104,75m (+6m) fabric in my stash this month

That didn't work out too well... It is so warm right now that I don't like sewing with a lot of fabric on my lap. I'm also not motivated to sew anything that doesn't resemble a bikini because all the fabric just keeps me warmer... Well, maybe next month!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monthly Homework - Dog days of summer

Professor Z (who is really closing in her PhD now, you go girl!), is back for good on her blog now and the first thing she does is giving us homework. Right in the middle of summer where teachers had no power and the days are sunny and long... *sigh*

No, just kidding! This homework is totally voluntary and I hope that she keeps this monthly thing up! Today's topic is "Dog days of summer" and as a non-native english speaker I had to google this first. Seems like the expression also exists in german and I never stumbled upon it. Who would have guessed?!

What I did this summer that I have never done before? I got my tattoo, did a lot of functional cell stuff at work (which I only dabbled with before so I learned a lot), visited 3 festivals in a mere 2 months and made big plans for next year... 

I'm really not into heat. I feel like my brain stops proper function once the air reaches 25 °C. So when it gets really hot, I spend my day indoors with the windows wide open and a fan to cool me down. If it is possible, I only do stuff late at night once the temperatures cool down enough that I fell more intelligent than toast. For work this is not possible, so I drink cold drinks, cool my feet with water and spend every possible second in the cooled room which has 4°C!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amphi 2014 part 1

Besides WGT and Blackfield, Amphi was yet another festival I attended this year. This time, my boyfriend was with me and I have to admit he is simply my favorite company on festivals. We like the same music, can talk freely about peoble and their outfits and he always takes so much care of me... He is just the best!

I didn't take many pictures of the crowd or the location this year, so this is more or less just a fancy outfit post! It was rather warm this time (like WGT), but I was way better prepared. It also doesn't hurt that we sleep at home and I have full access to my wardrobe! ^^

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I wore my new regency dress and pretty dragonfly wing earrings. And not much else besides shoes!

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A little closeup of my very natural make up:

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We saw Nachtmahr and Aesthetic Perfection which were both good! And since the location makes it hard to avoid listening to bands while walking around, we also heard Clan of Xymox, Hocico, and Blutengel (which I really can't stand). We also met a lot of friendly faces, that is what I really love festivals for!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jardin de Belle Epoque 2014

This year on the friday before Amphi festival I went to Cologne to meet with other crazy and like-minded people for food, wine and fun. While I was already on my way with public transport, Neisella told me she would stay at home due to the weather forecast which predicted rains in Cologne. What a bummer, because the weather was great and I had bunches of fun!

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I spend most of my time there with the wonderful Nachtkatze, who wore an amazing hat she made and decorated herself!

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My outfit was bought from Neisella besides the chemise I wore underneath. It was so great, I'd love to join in next time as well!

Friday, July 25, 2014

40s style dress, second try!

This second incarnation with a little bit different fabric and the self increased size fits much better!

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And yes, it fits me and I really should get out my iron, but it is so warm I really don't want to stand in hot steam... ^^ 

Week in Review 30/2014

What did I see?

Laura Splan's viral doilies. Not doilies that went viral (although they really are pretty enough to get more publicity), but doilies machine embroidered after real viruses! Don't they look cool?!

What did I listen to?
Guano Apes - Rain

What did I ask myself?
How long till I run out of motivation?

What did I read?
"Death by food pyramid" by Denise Minger. No novel, a real book with substance this time. It focuses on studies regarding diet and what is really known (and replicated in several studies) about dietary components. A good read, if you are into the topic!

What did I work on?
Little stuff here and there, mostly mending an repairs.

I was happy about...
Amphi and another historical Picnic (Jardin de Belle Epoqe) this weekend!

I was annoyed about...
The heat and hummidity! Who said summer has to be warm?

I bought...
2 sunheads. And a lot of fruits, but those don't count! ^^

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elongated Victorian bustle

When Neisella started weeding her closet, I was seriously drooling! But since I have a lot of stuff already and will rather make more own outfits, I restrained myself to only one outfit from her...
It is a pretty black and dark bordeaux victorian skirt with a black underskirt and a matching corset. The only little problem was this:

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As you can see I'm a little taller than her so the skirt was shorter than I liked. So I added an additional ruffle and am now set for tomorrow when I will attend the third (or fourth already?) Jardin de Belle Epoque!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stash increase - I may or may not have a fabric shopping problem...

Well, you remember someone did a "No shopping" chalenge recently? Somehow my pendulum swung to the other side now. This month I bought a lot of fabric!

Jersey galore
Most of these pretty jerseys were bought from a webshop I usually hate because they are not reliable and rather expensive. But winning the soccer world cup they had some cool offers and I caved in. Now I own grey, black, teal and purple cotton jerseys, a grey and a black linen jersey...

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... and two more jerseys I bought from Neisella (one of the already went into the shirt I showed Monday, so that will not throw off my stash posts):

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I also bought some plain black and bright magenta tafeta for making yet another Victorian outfit!

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Fabrics I sent back
I also bought purple velvet which ended up being rather grey-brownish and I'm still not sure about the very magenta tafeta which was nowhere near the nice bordeaux colour it looked like on the internet pictures. Should I send it back? What do you think? At least this saved me some money...

Monday, July 21, 2014

New top

Just a shorty today since the weather this weekend was almost unbearably hot and I live in a flat directly under the roof. Nothing could have possible made me add more fabric near my body, not even for sewing... ^^

I finished this top already last week. The fabric was bought recently (there is another post to come ;) ), the grey jersey from a shop and the patterned jersey from the pretty Neisella who is moving and trying to reduce her stash beforehands. Let me tell you I profited in more than one way from this! Anyway, the top:

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The pattern was again the freebie Plantain shirt by Doe and Deer. Is it just me or does it have a slight pyjamas feeling to it? Maybe I should add more decoration? Or is it just the usual bright colours that confuse me?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Week in Review 29/2014

What did I see?
This week I saw really cute and creepy sweets (or at least sculptures of them) made by

What did I listen to?
ASP - Werben

What did I ask myself?
How do I want to be? Is this the right way?

What did I read?
I read all three books of "The Cobweb Bride" by Vera Nazarian and loved it! So many unexpected story twists and a really sweet ending!

What did I work on?
A blouse, a modified skirt, a dress and a new "bigger butt"

I was happy about...
My Tattoo!  I love it!

I was annoyed about...
Some stuff at work which simply needs a lot of optimization... *sigh*

I bought...
Two new pairs of glasses, two new pairs of shoes, even more fabric.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Liebster award - or maybe I'm just to lazy to post real content... ^^

Well, I came upon the blog of Mistress of Disguise just today and really loved the questions she answered in her post of the Liebster award... So I decided to conquer them as well!

A Liebster!

Upon receiving this award you must:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Nominate other blogs, preferably ones with less than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions asked by the one(s) who gave you the award.
4. Make a list of questions for the other nominees to answer.

Technically, I did not recieve the award. But I'd still like to thank Mistress in Disguise anonymously! I will also not nominate anyone, but feel free to answer the same questions! 

1. What first got you interested in costuming?
I was always fascinated by medieval times, high fantasy and pen&paper roleplaying, so there is probably no surpirse I wanted to look like that as well. I also LARPed very shortly and love to visit rennisance fairs!
2. How old were you when you began sewing? How long ago was that?
I think I was about 13 when I started sewing. I was rather ambitious, my first project was a simple medieval looking skirt (no authencity whatsoever), the next one a boned corset thingy! ^^
4. Do you have any bad sewing habits? If so, what are they?
I don't iron stuff unless you force me to *looking at *wollmaus* and Neisella*, I often sew without pinning stuff together and I tend to take shortcuts that sometimes result in more work altogether. So yes, I am not the most correct seamstress and every professional would probably flinch by my style...
5. Name one piece of sewing related equipment that you wish you owned.
I am currently thinking about buying a embroidery machine. Not that I wear much stuff with embroidery or would actually think that I need it, it is mere thinking about stuff I could buy. Maybe a coverstitch machine would be a better choice, but embroidery looks so fancy *sigh*
6. What is your favourite thing about costuming?
I love how the final result looks. How I can be a princess much more often than the average plain Jane! I also love being inspired by different times for example by reading a book or watching a movie and making a matching garment for myself.
7. Which part of costuming do you most dread?
Decoration! One the garment is wearable, I tend to cut short on the embroidery, laces, trims I could add because I'm lazy. I'm working on that, though!

8. Do you sew many everyday garments, or do you only do costumes?
Both. Sometimes I'm on a jersey streak and push out one shirt after another, but for big occasions I do sew costumes.
9. How has costuming affected your life?
I learned a lot about history and foundation garments. About philosophy and politics because you need a certain understanding why women would wear such uncomfortable clothes. I met many nice people, but I do so regardless of my wardrobe. Oh, and I modeld for a photoshoot for the first time thanks to historical clothes!
10. If you had unlimited time and money, what would you sew?
A highly decorated Victorain royal wedding dress. Not because I want to marry, but rather because I could go really "out there" and add all the trims and laces possible! And work with the finest silk and lace fabrics... *sigh*

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

40s dress fail

When I already had my serger threaded to white for the regency dress (which is a lot easier than with my former serger, but still a little hustle), I planned to make some more white or light coloured things... I received some fabrics from my mum as hand me downs years ago and never came around using or selling them. So now you can expect a lot of bright stuff in this rather gothy blog ;)

The first thing I sewed was this 40s style wrap dress (Butterick's 5030):

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Looks lovely, no? Unfortunately I was rather enthusiastic about future weight loss when I bought it, so I only had the smaller sizes in my pattern envelope. I simply thought I'd add a little more width and cut down on the seam allowance, but it seems like the pattern runs small. So small indeed, that the finished dress only fits my mannequin after I reduced her waist by almost 10cm and her bust by 12cm... *sigh*

I am now looking for someone with a size S/M who would give this beauty a good home. I even made some detail shots because there was really some effort and love put into this dress:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Second regency dress

As soon as I saw the white soft chiffon at my favourite fabric dealer, I knew I had to turn this into my second regency dress. I already had the Simplicity Regency dress pattern (4055) in my stash, so the only thing left to do was to cut pattern and fabric and get them to the sewing machine!

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The result is a very plain but elegant white regency dress. I made some minor changes: I added some width to the front top and used a side zipper instead of the intended button or drawstring closure.

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I also made detachable long sleeves from the included long sleeve pattern in case I'd want to wear it in cooler weather:

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Sweet -

Almost 2 weeks ago, Frau Vau blogged redcurrant muffins that looked simply amazing! On a whim I decided to make those as well, but it took some time to find redcurrants for a price I was willing to pay. But yesterday I was lucky and this is my result:

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I did not have such a cute helper who did my redcurrants, but they look and taste good!I ran out of sugar for the baiser top, but they are great just like this and my boyfriend also likes them (a small wonder! ^^)...

Friday, July 11, 2014

CorpGoth Status Report - Summer in the Office

Since it is getting hot and hotter, Trystan of CorpGoth asked us about how we cope with the heat in our offices:

Subject: What does a working goth do when it's hot outside? Especially if the office AC is freezing? Or maybe you work in a typically humid environment that would melt makeup? Share your strategies for keeping cool while getting the job done.

I'm kind of in a special place: In Germany, we don't usually cool down our offices with ACs as much as in the US. My office actually has no AC, but I have the luxury of being alone in an office with a balcony, so I tend to open the door and let a light breeze cool me. In case of severe heat, I bring out a large bowl and rest my feet in cold water while drinking cold tea or fruit juices:

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On the other hand I work in the lab where I have to wear long pants and closed shoes (mandatory for security). So I quickly change before I start working as a mad scientist with stuff I have in my locker. This means old but practical shoes and long linen or cotton pants, as there is AC in the lab, but the rooms still are warmer than usual in summer (23-25°C instead of 20°C in winter). I also take off my labcoat as soon as I can! ^^

Week in Review 28/2014

What did I see?
If you lived under a rock for the last week, you might not know about Christine McConnell who looks like a fifties housewive and bakes a mean cake. I admire her works so much!

What did I listen to?
Whoever it was that postet this on facebook... - Thanks for having this in my head since monday! *grml*

What did I ask myself?
Is it good or bad that I'm alone at work?

What did I read?
I really ended up buying "The Cobweb Bride" by Vera Nazarian and went through the first book already. Itis settled in a Fantasy setting somewhere in Europe in medieval times where Death suddenly asks for his Cobweb Bride and refuses to let anything die. Seems like a dream come true with eternity to spend, but when old and sick people suffer on forever and food gets scrace (animals don't die and their flesh stays alive, plants won't die and get cooked...), many women and girls take it on them to walk to Death's fortress and present themselves as his Bride...

What did I work on?
A total of 3 dresses. I'm almost done with 2 of them!

I was happy about...
My Tattoo date!

I was annoyed about...
My attitude. I should really work on that!

I bought...
A beautiful tornure from Neisella, white zippers, and a teeny-tiny bit of fabric

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blackfield 2014 - Part 2

On Sunday we arrived right in time for Heldmaschine which was a rather bad Rammstein clone. In between Haujobb, Megaherz and Anne Clark (yay!), we walked around a bit and tried all the different foods. Blackfield is really nice and relaxed and in the amphitheatre you have nice view and sound for every one! I'll keep an eye on the lineup next year - if you don't like the bands you should not visit Blackfield!

Anyway, I again dressed up a little bit:

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Bonus pic of the make up and me goofing around!
But ASP was so great that I forgot to take pictures. I still think that VNV Nation was the better concert, but ASP came close second. All in all a really great festival and in total contrast to this year's WGT...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blackfield 2014 - Part 1

Rather spontaneously I decided to visit some more festivals this year. My boyfriend and I bought Amphi tickets the day we were back at home after WGT since we were frustrated how little bands we saw at WGT. All the ones we wanted to see played at horrible locations, so we ended up with 1 full concert and 2 partial ones. My personal negative record for WGT!

When my friend Sintra asked me if I wanted to go to Blackfield (another local goth festival which is about 30 minutes from my home), I simply joined in. While I visited a lot of concerts and festivals, I have never seen ASP live and they were supposed to be really good!

On Friday I went to Gelsenkirchen directly after work in civil black. Blackfield is settled in the location where the Amphi original was founded; a small Amphitheater located by a river. There is a small medieval market around and some booth with goth sellers and food. Otherwise you just go there to drink beer and watch concerts as there is not much else to do! The festival is small enough that many of the bands come around to the fans after concert! On Friday I saw Namnambulu getting some beers at the bar after a really cool concert! We also watched Saltatio Mortis (which I don't like, sorry) and Schandmaul which were good as always!

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On Saturday I dressed up. Finally a festival with cooler weather!

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The hat was made by Niniel Chan, the corset is true Nachtkatze wear! I look a bit crumbled from sitting around all day! I really enjoyed the day with Sintra, Meara, and her friends (which live only 5 minutes from my home, wuhu!)! We saw The Other, Diorama, The Beauty of Gemini, Diary of Dreams, Front Line ssembly and the ever amazing VNV nation. The VNV nation concert was actually the best one I ever attended and I saw them a lot...