Monday, August 31, 2015

By the sea - Skirt (TV201)

With a little time on my hands, I finished the skirt for the maritime summer outfit! I used the pattern 201 by Truely Victorian but I made the very plain version because of fabric restriction. When I bought the satin, I was accompanied by Grevina Patricia who brought me to her favourite store. The had a huge sale because they were moving and the fabric was a bargain that I seldom experienced! Unfortunately, Grevina also fell in love with the fabric. So we bought the bolt and shared what fabric was there - leaving me with 4.5m. Which translates to no fancy decorations for me!*

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I have neither corset nor butt pillow here, so I think it will look different worn with the correct undergarments! The hem is nearly invisible and sewn by hand. It took about 2 episodes of Hanibal (second season; is he getting more creepy every minute or what?!) and looks amazing:

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The closure is historically correct and made with hooks and eyes, handsewn with a placket. Handsewing is still not my favourite pasttime, but the look of the finished product looks great, doesn't it?

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I still need a button and buttonhole but all my buttons are still in Essen. There is nothing better than good organization, right? And I will not buy new ones when my stash at home is overflowing... The next piece will probably be the corset, as I need it to fit the jacket correctly...

* Don't get me wrong, I was glad to share with her! I bought so many fabrics and had a blast spending time with her. I just meant that I will have less ruffles on this outfit which is probably also more suitable for the maritim theme...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in Review 35/2015

What did I see?
I'm a huge fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and the series. And as right now, no new episodes of Game of Thrones are available (and let us not talk about the books, grr!), I stumbled upon a remake/parody/different take on Game of Thrones if the main characters were in a modern high school. I laughed really hard1

What did I listen to?
Aesthetic Perfection - The Ones

What did I ask myself?
So this is all the magic? Easier than I thought!

What did I read?
The Handbook for Good Laboratory Parxis. It is horrible to read and not recommended! ^^

What did I work on?

I was happy about...
Seeing my boyfriend at least digitally...

I was annoyed about...
Missing him and my friends so much

I bought...
Food only!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Childhood dreams - Pinata Party!

I grew up in Germany and enjoyed most of it very much. No really, don't get me wrong: My childhood was awesome! Just when I learned about piñatas, I had serious regrets that I never had one when I was a wee one. Just the thought of having a piñata and smashing it to pieces seemed like a huge fun!

Enter Xenos, a store chain in Europe, who had a piñata in the store front. And I had a Birthday to attend. And no gift yet. It was like a the stars shining and everything falling into place:

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Literally, as I bought a star piñata! I filled it with bunches of sweets and glitter and brought it to the party! It was well recieved and the guys who got the piñata from me started to hang it and kill it by Frisbee-ing it to death! ^^ If this wasn't clear yet, the guys are in my boyfriend's Ultimate Frisbee team...

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After 15 minutes of fun and Frisbees, the piñata died a heroic death and dsitributed it's glamorous insides all over the place!

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We ended up burning the remains later in the open fire after the BBQ. I can only say, this was so much fun and definetively worth the money. Let's see which childhood dream I'll conquer next!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

By the Sea - Planning phase

I know that every gothy inclined person's heart jumps with joy when reading the title, as it all reminds us of this splendid scene in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:

 Unfortunately - for you, as I have chosen my plans with free will - I will sew neither of Mrs Lovett's amazing outfits. But I plan to make a maritime outfit! I will use the following two patterns:

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And these fabrics and trims:

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To make a glorious 1880s summer outfit! I already started cutting the fabrics and had to buy more fabrics as the main cotton sateen is a little see through and my planned -stash- lining was too yellow and shone through:

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But now let's see how long I will take to make this. I have plenty of time since my new jobs has less hours and I have no TV for distraction... ;)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week in Review 34/2015

What did I see?
This week, I saw some beautiful Steampunk style taxidermy by Jessica Joslin, who uses animal skeletons and metal parts to create creepy art:

What did I listen to?
Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy. This song reminds me of an old friend who used to listen to it for hours!

What did I ask myself?
Can I really be bribed with phone calls? What happened to never calling me?!

What did I read?
Nothing but blogs and facebook. Still working on this disconnecting thing!

What did I work on?
A skirt. And some mending.

I was happy about...
Blogging again!

I was annoyed about...
My motivation which I seemingly forgot in Essen...

I bought...
Household supplies

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My new (temporary) home

As you probably all know, I recently moved to the Southern part of Germany for work. My boyfriend is still staying in Essen until my probation period is over and he has found a job down here as well. I also fear that I might have adaptation problems - so I might move back once my temporary contract for 2 years is over...

Anyway - I moved into a small one room appartment which costs more than our flat in Essen. Living expenses are certainly a bit higher here! The room was furnished, but we bought a new bed - the one belonging to the appartment was only 1m wide which is far too small for 2 people!

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I hung up the fabric behind my bed to keep the wall clean. You know how the wall get's kind of greesy and dirty if you lean against it? Didn't want to whiten the walls after moving out, so I added fabric for protection. Although the print might be too busy, this was one of the few light pieces in the right size...
Next to the bed there is a shelf with my shoes, makeup and jewelry:

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Opposite the bed there is a large desk/table which houses my lovely sewing machine! I added some removable butterflies to the wall:

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There is also a small single kitchen (only two burners,  a small fridge, a microwave, and a sink) adjacent to the wall with the butterflies:

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I won't show you the bathroom - which is rather boring. And I have a closet which keeps my stuff and is boring white. So, this was my first real post from my new home and I'll continue with more posts in future...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Week in Review 33/2015

What did I see?
This week I saw an really cool youtube series: Adult Wednesday Addams! I loved the Addams Family since I watched the 60s show together with my mum as a child! Might have been that which brought my to loving the creepy, spooky and strange? Well, anyway: Watch this episode and get hooked!

What did I listen to?
Wolfsheim - The Sparrows and the Nightingales

What did I ask myself?
What to do with all that time?

What did I read?
The rest of the Neuromancer trilogy - Mona Lisa Overdrive. Loved it, and I can truely understand why this book written in the 80s is a masterpiece of Science Fiction. How could William Gibson predict so many details of todays technology?

What did I work on?
A new historical outfit.

I was happy about...
Seeing my boyfriend and freinds last weekend! Oh, and watching falling stars and bats at night...

I was annoyed about...
Train delays. How to plan for 50 minutes delay when you travel at night? Impossible!

I bought...
A little fabric and trim

Friday, August 7, 2015

Week in Review 32/2015

What did I see?
I love love love (!) the sculptures by Lana Crooks who uses bones and felt or fabric to create art! Unfortunately she seems to have exhibitions exclusively in the US - like so many great artists- but I'd love to see the "Bone China" series here in Europe...

What did I listen to?
Sergej Lukianenkow's Nochnoi dozor (Night Watch).

What did I ask myself?
Hmm. Maybe I'm more like my dad than I thought?

What did I read?
Blogs and Internet stuff. So much for disconnecting! ^^

What did I work on?
Decorating my flat.

I was happy about...
My lovely boyfriend who bought and built furniture, helped me decorate and tried to calm my anxiety. He is just perfect!

I was annoyed about...

I bought...
A bed and a lot of kitchen utensils, a bike helmet and bell, decorative stuff and train tickets. What an expensive month!

Monday, August 3, 2015


I moved from the German Ruhr Area to Heidelberg for my job. I hope I'll settle soon, but I have no idea when my Internet will be available and I'll have the energy to get creative again... So the blog might be quiet for a little while with some scheduled posts sprinkled in here and there!

I also thought a lot about my ongoing connection to the Internet. I will need my mobile Internet to stay connected with my boyfriend, but on the other hand I spend a lot of time being connected with the digital world and not with my real friends. This will become worse now with much less real life friends living in the south of Germany...

I remember that being not connected while on vacation. It really helps me to settle down and relax. Being constantly connected always leaves you afraid that you might miss something when you are not watching social networks 24/7. I though about shutting my facebook account, but then I WILL miss out on events and dates. I could go without the constant blabbering, but planning parties, gatherings and events like Jardin du Belle Epoque would pass me by.

Maybe instead of going offline, a little Internet diet would help? Going online only 2 times a day for a maximum of 1 hour? I'm not sure if I can make it... *sigh*