A fresh start

As some of you might remember Atelier Oursonne has not just been the weird name of this blog but rather the weird name of the business I had founded years ago in London.

When we moved back to Austria, I closed it down officially and was not entirely sure if I should start again freshly in Vienna or not. So, whilst I was thinking about it, life took some unexpected turns and the question to business or not to business was suddenly less important and had slowly faded away.

But a couple of months ago, one of my former major clients of yoga bags contacted me with an order…… which caught me slightly unprepared. My first instinct was to just turn it down but then I thought that I might as well at least use up the material that I had still left in the various corners of the house. And what can I say, I relapsed –  making these few bags got me totally hooked again and I have officially registered a trade in Austria.

As things are a bit more complicated over here, it is currently officially only for “making bags from unusual and recycled material” – whatever that means.

I will also be allowed to make hats, either knitted or sewn and baby accessories such as scarfs, playmats, changing mats or whatever comes to your mind and I am really planning on adding a few exciting products to my business.

I have already bought the most beautiful fabrics and I am ready to go now that the time consuming toddler is supposed to be in nursery.

Since these yoga bags are meant to be for grown ups, I have also added personalised drawstring bags to my range and as you can imagine, playing with cute fabrics and childish motives is just right up my street.

Some fabrics don’t need anything else….

 

 

 

Others are a bit more boring and need some extra help…

and of course the whole point in a personalised bag is having the name on it…

As you can see, it is all about mix and match, colours and patterns but believe it or not, I can also do subtle and harmonious if asked politely….

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So, if you feel the need of having a drawstring bag with your name on it, check out my rekindled etsy shop or contact me directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner is…

Here it is. Finally. The one and only. Real and official come back post after months of absence. What could be worth it? Let me tell you, it is not a big thing. It is tiny. Well I guess, being big or small actually depends… But anyway, it is a classic left over project. And remember? Actually, one of the most important aims of this blog used to be sharing ideas for left over fabric and yarn. But I am afraid, this can’t wait until next Sunday. It is too amazing.

If you are following other sewing blogs or forums, then you might be well aware of the trend to sew knickers. Or underwear in general. I always found that a bit silly. Don’t get me wrong, I totally love colourful and fun underwear. I just think that underwear needs to be washed at 60 degree  and the precious material I am normally using is not made for such high temperatures. At least not according to the manufacturers. And anyway, I always thought self made underwear would be one step too far. Until the day, when I was looking for my next sewing project and couldn’t be bothered to make the 500st T-Shirt for my children…..  However, I was very bothered by the amount of smallish pieces of left over fabric and so I decided to give handmade knickers a chance and what can I say! I got totally hooked. I have not taken any pictures of the very first ones and getting them out of my wardrobe and photograph them now, really seems to be a step too far. So let’s just enjoy the few that I have made since.

 

pattern: Frau Marla by Fritzi und Schnittreif, fabric: various

After a first attempt where I followed the pattern correctly, I decided to lower the waist by just leaving out the added waistband. I quite like this panty style, plus if you want to show off beautiful material, you need some space anyway.

Note: These are all in grown up sizes, not children. Because I will certainly not make knickers or underpants for my children.  Just imagine! Bad enough if your mum buys your underwear but if she was sewing it for you!!! I would have to start saving up for that very much needed therapy immediately. Just imagine the embarrasment for them wearing mum-made underpants! They already find it sufficiently embarrassing to see their mum jumping around the house in blue pony knickers.

I am also not making any for my husband by the way. Not only because he wouldn’t be wearing them anyway but as I would never buy his underwear I feel that it is just appropriate to also not make any.

It was a really amazing journey. The first time doing it, it just feels wrong, my husband looked at me and simply asked: “Seriously?”

But then, you put it on and it feels so soft and it is such a beautiful fabric, maybe one that you rather shouldn’t be wearing as a top or dress…. and you just want to try it again. Maybe this time with pink unicorns or little monsters….

And let me tell you, once you open that door and go through it there is no turning back and you get torn into it deeper and deeper.  Whilst i still believe in the very strict rule of not making any for my children, I have since made some for my sister (who has already asked for more) and some friends.

 

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Remember, when I had made some cute outfits for the babies of two of my friends with laboratory connections? I have realised that the babies have probably already outgrown their outfits and I should have made something for the friends themselves anyway. Sure, beanies would have been an option. But not really – compared to that:

 

fabric: Experimente by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

And remember, when my son admired my leggings made from this particular fabric and asked me why I had explosions at my bottom? Well, I still quite like that idea…

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Remember, I was speaking of two friends. One is actually a male friend….

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pattern: John by pattydoo, fabric: Experimente by susalabim, Lillestoff.

I would like to point out that I did ask my husband’s and my friend’s wife’s opinion on this one as I really wasn’t sure if I had already left the path of appropriateness or not …

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… bottom explosion here as well.

Since those boxers I have actually lost all the boundaries, I have since made some for random people in my life…

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(There are a few more unicorns on the horizon)

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Remember, we are still talking about grown up sizes here.

Let me tell you, I really do believe now, strongly, that handmade knickers / underpants are the perfect and personalised gift and I fear, I am only one step from making some for the lovely elderly neighbours and my children’s teachers.

Ok, and with these certainly sensational news about my sewing adventure I would like to officially say: Welcome back to my blog. I promise to post more regularly. At least every now and then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve finally got it

Hurray, I’ve finally got it. The perfect project for my blogging come back.

Do you remember, when I promised you a post about the perfect gift? Back in December (in my personal time scale, not the one that most people use)?

As the post worth being the perfect come back post relates to the perfect gift post we will quickly have to pretend that I have already blogged about it months ago. So, remember when I told you that Mr No Thank You happens to have a dad? Lets call him Mr Big No Thank You? So, in 2017 (a while ago), I had to make the perfect birthday present for my husband as he turned 30 (I think I have mentioned that he is the same age as me?). I thought long and hard about it and settled on a football outfit as he is actually volunteering as a football trainer in the local school. Successfully, I would like to point out. In the sense that they haven’t immediately replaced him. Not in the sense of a winning team. It is not about winning, it is about taking part. But back to me and my project. Do you know that feeling when you thought you had the perfect idea and it looked amazing in your head and then, while you are making it, you are not entirely sure anymore? And it looks actually completely ridiculous. Well, I had this feeling when I was making the shorts.

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pattern: PAtom by ki-ba-doo, fabrics: footballer by Hamburger Liebe, black and white not sure

I have to admit, these shorts would look amazing on a 5 year old but remember, it was meant for a grown up.

I was much happier with the T-shirt that looks like a proper football shirt with club logo, name and number.

The logo is the shape of three totally random children walking together. Which I found a wonderful symbol for something like a team or lets say a family.

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pattern: Tom by pattydoo. Fabric: Footballers by Hamburger Liebe, rest unsure.

Name and number on the back:

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So, whilst I was very pleased with the fun side of the ensemble, I felt that, considering that the 30th birthday is a round one, I should take it more seriously and actually made a – as I would say – very wearable hoody in subtle colours and contrasting piping in the seams.

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pattern: Jordan by pattydoo, fabric: soft sweat, bought at Lieblingsstuecke

The whole thing is actually slightly darker than on the picture, a proper dark teal, really nice.

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Some of you might now wonder why I am not showing you all those beautiful clothes worn by their proud owner as this would look much better. Well, because Mr. Big No Thank you kindly thanked me before very carefully putting them away, somewhere deep down in his wardrobe. In his defense, it was in june and it was a hot summer so I do understand that he didn’t fancy to even try that hoody to see if it fits. And I should have known better anyway. After all, he is only ever wearing black jumpers. I stupidly thought out of laziness but anyway. And I know, the one T-Shirt I had made for him years ago, had not fit him very well and he did not like the material, too thick apparently (others would call it beautifully soft organic cotton but anyway). And I do know that he never ever asked for anything made by me. So I am not at all bitter. Not at all.

Ok, those of you who are still following might now wonder why on earth I would choose such a story as big come back. After all, it wasn’t exactly a success, was it.

But remember, this was just the back story to introduce the character of dear Mr Big No Thank You who has never ever shown any interest in getting something sewn by his lovely wife.

But then, something happened. Something sensational happened:

One sunny morning mid june 2018, the little one was wearing his pyjama made out of a stripy jersey out of a surprise packet and looking really cute.

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pattern: Babyanzug, Babyleicht by Pauline Dohmen. fabric: Lillestoff Glueckspaket.

Mr Big No Thank You looks at it, feels the material and says: Nice, can you make me a T-Shirt out of this?

I almost fell off the chair when I heard that. Then I ran to my computer trying to get more of that fabric. I couldn’t find it anywhere as apparently it had only been in the Glueckspakete. So, I had to find it privately through a facebook group where we change unwanted surprise fabrics. And luckily I got it, about three days before his birthday. And tada:

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pattern: Max by pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff

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And guess what: He is wearing it sensationally often.

Now, if that story is not worth to be the top story, I don’t know what would be….

but of course this blog is supposed to be about sewing projects, exciting patterns and stuff. Not about silly fussy men who are hard to please. And the T-Shirt as such is nice but not sensational.

Sigh. So once again, this is still not the first post to revitalise this blog.

But you know what? I actually know exactly what will be the perfect project to show you. I knew it all along. But I am not telling you. Not yet!

 

 

 

Third time lucky

I’ll have to admit, I did get a bit side tracked last time when I meant to write about the spectacular First communion dress and ended up talking about shimmering sequins. Clearly that would have been very inappropriate for such a dress. Even I know that.

So, after the failure of our first shopping trip we tried again and came back with plain white cotton and some tulle with tiny dots perfect for a Leni by pattydoo, a pattern for a very nice and simple summer dress. Sleeveless. Which seems to be inappropriate for the occasion according to my mum.

By the way, very last-minute we had gotten informed that we would in fact not need a classic First communion dress. Any nice summer dress would do. Great to know, about two weeks before the event (not that I would have even started making it) after spending months and months selling the idea of a plain white dress (without any ANY colour!) to my daughter. And to myself.

I also knitted a cardigan as we couldn’t be sure if it will be 30 degrees or rather – 30 at the end of april. (See, I can still knit)

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Dress: pattern: Leni by pattydoo,fabrics bought at Komolka, Vienna. Cardigan: pattern: Posy by Georgie Nicholson, yarn: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big (Merino)

Full circle skirts are great for dancing…

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The tulle layer is actually sewn on top of the finished cotton dress, the ribbon at the waist is hiding the ugly truth.

But why would a highly trained and skilled dressmaker with attention to detail do such a thing rather than treating the two skirt layers as one to have a clean finished seam on the outside?  Well, obviously the day of the First Communion was not the final destiny of said dress! So, the next day… ok, about two months later, I removed the ribbon and the tulle which is now serving as veil for dressing up and dyed the cotton layer blue. By the way, I had used cotton thread for the normal seams but I only had polyester thread for the serger. So whilst the seams have turned blue like the fabric, the serged seam on the finished edges has stayed white as anticipated.

Whilst a blue dress is obviously already a step forward, we were still not satisfied. After all, a blue dress is still monochromatic. So we cut some butterflies out of some gum….

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did a few trial prints on a similarly blue piece of fabric…

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and started to print butterflies onto the dress…

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Much better, what a relief.

However, as it is a woven cotton it creases easily and involves an annoying amount of ironing. I clearly hadn’t been thinking this project through.

Ok, what do you think? A project worth being the first post after such a long absence? After looking at it, I have to admit, I imagined it much better…. I guess this is not good enough! Back to the start then!