Montag, 5. September 2011


After almost five month of doing almost nothing, I started my job training at a big concern which produces car parts. I really like my new job and I am really looking forward the training period. The colleagues are really enchanting and we have a lot of fun already. Spending eight hours in the bureau, unfortunately, also means having less time for sewing. Allthough I could manage to finish these two pieces.

I've started the blazer in mid-July. But I hate to sew the lining into jackets and so the blazer was on the waiting line since then. It's made of a grey suit fabric with a little green cast. I did not add buttons because I don't wear it closed anyway. The flap pockets were a little bit more challenging but I think I could manage it quite well.

The dress was in the german burda 08/11. I didn't buy this edition and so I had to improve the pattern. It was really not that difficult to develop the pattern. Not too much effort but much more satisfaction in the end with the finished dress. The fabric has the same texture as the blazer but is in a soft lilac tone. It is quite eays to sew and feels comfortable on the skin.

Sonntag, 21. August 2011

Summertime is festivaltime

Good music coming out of hudge speaker boxes. A lot of people dancing to the dj's beats. The sun burns down and good mood everywhere. YES! You're at a music festival!

I was at the Echelon-Festival in the former US-caserne Bad Aibling yesterday. A lot of well-known minimal, electro, techno, etc. djs perform their music on two areas. The atmosphere was great. Thousands of music lovers were celebrating in the sun together. For the required cooling the organisation team has allocated a outdoor shower, which has been very frequented.
Let's come to the actual reason of this post. The festival-shirts. I make one for every festival I visit. This time I made on for me and my best friend, who has invited me to Echelon.

His t-shirt is purchased and painted with fabric color. For the motive I chose an elefant since he always says he wants to have a minielefant that is as tiny as a small dog. Crazy but that's why I like him. The elefant is surrounded by records to link the motive with electronic music.
My oversize top is sewed by myself because I could not find anywhere a top like this. I painted a monkey with a banana and a record on it. I really like my shirt and now I even have the autographs of 'Moonbootica' on it. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of this but the shirts where so dirty at the end of the day that we took them off.

 In the back I tied the top with a black piece of fabric togehther. The armholes are cut very widely so I have to wear another top under it.

By the way, the neckglace I am wearing is made according to a DIY on Maegan's blog.

Sonntag, 14. August 2011

My new Hobby to make my own sewing patterns. I'm bored of just copying the patterns of the common sewing magazines. So I bought the book "Systemschnitt I" by Juttan Jansen. The book shows how to make your own sewing patterns adapted to your measurements. It's really fun to draw patterns and I already have hundreds of  design-ideas in my head I want to make.

Here are my fist two attempts:

This white dress is made out of a suit fabric with a very soft surface feel. I wannted to remove all darts and replace them with deviding seams. To give the etui-dress a better shape I topstitched close to all of the seams. Unfortunately the fabric was slighthly transparent and so I had to make a seperate undergarment.

The second dress is not that exciting in shape. I choose a princess silhouette to keep it simple because the design of the silk fabric is turbulent enough. The only detail of the pattern that makes it a little bit more interesting are the cutted sleeves.

All in all, the dresses are kept very simple so I can wear them as basics and combine the easily with other clothes.
This was it for today. Have a nice week!

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2011

Getting ready for the cold Season

If you look onto the calendar it is midsummer. But if we look outside the window in Germany one will think it is already October. It is so cold and rainy that you cannot go outside without a warm jacket. So it is no surprise that my latest sewing project are no summer items but a trenchcoat for fall and a warm cape for winter.

I used a waterproof beige fabric for the trench. I don't know if it is actually really waterproof but let's assume the best. The pattern for this coat was in burda 8/11. I did like the loose shape of the coat as it has a deep box pleat in the back. Originally the pattern had trumpet sleeves but I decided to keep them straight and simple since it fits better to my style.

This wool fabric is actually one of the most expesive ones I have ever bouht. But when I saw it i absolutely had to purchase it. The pattern for this cape was also in the current edition of the fashion magazine burda. The amssembly of this piece of clothing was no big deal. But I had to draw a own pattern for the lining. I don't know why but lately burda drops the lining by most of the patterns. In my opinion this really sucks since lining raises the quality of clothes a lot. 

Yesterday my mom was shopping and she bought a beautyful black wool fabric for me. So the next thing I am going to sew will be a jacket. Allthough I am ready for the cold season now I wish we still will get a little bit of sun in this summer.

Montag, 11. Juli 2011

Green like Gras

OH MY GOD! I made shorts out of a fabric that is printed all over with gras. And I actually don't know what to think about it.
I bought the fabric 2 years ago for my cocktaildress collection. But in the end the draft didn't make it into the top 3 and so I had this piece of linen and did not know what to do with it.
Luckily I found a pattern for shorts on last week and decided to assembly them with the gras-fabric. And here is the result:

Freitag, 24. Juni 2011

New Stuff...

Yippie. Only 6 days left and then I go on holidays:)
Since my hair is now verry verry short and you can even see the scalp, I decided to make a new summer hat to be protected from sun. I used white linen for it. Actually, I' m thinking about wheter I should add some decorate it but I don't have any good ideas at the moment. And sometimes SIMPLE is simply better;)
Another one of Dad's trousers. :D This time it ended up as a knee-length skirt.

And this lether skirt has once been midi. Though I shortened it to mini because thats rather the way I want to wear it. I will make a clutch out of the rest of the skirt since I love this color.

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2011

From Trousers to Dress

Hello everybody:)

I'm sorry for stopping posting for a while. But now I'm back and more motivated than ever:)
My dad has recently sorted out his wardrobe and gave some of his old suit trousers and jackets to me.
Here is the first trial to recycle an old trouser into a dress.

What you need: trousers, scissors, thread, tailor's chalk and needles

Ladder the inner seam of the trousers completely.
Put the trousers on like a dress and mark with pins the center front seam.
Make sure where you want your neckline to start and mark it aswell.

Mark the center front seam with tailor'chalk so that you know where you have to sew. (I took a biro because of the white feeding).
Having sewed the center front put on the dress agail and mark on the outer seam of the trousers where you want your arm holes. Ladder the seam between the tags and secure the ends with thread..
For the back of the dress turn it inside out and place it flatly on the table. Draw a line frow where the bow of the former pattern starts to the point, where you want to start the rear neckline. Sew the center back.
For the shoulder seams lie the front and rear trouser leg onto each other and fold the rear trouser leg like you can see in the picture. The seam should start at the upper end of the arm hole and end at a point you have to find out by trying the dress on.
This is the finished dress:)
I like it because of its balloony shape. I think you can wear it to work and to party.

Have fun trying it out! It takes only one hour.:)