I didn’t actually say “never”. Or did I?

It’s the first of December, so time to open the first door of the advent calendar. My children got vouchers for Christmas jumpers, or rather Christmas shirts. Why vouchers only? Because the shirts do not fit into the bags!

I did not mean to make the jumpers myself, but when I discovered the lovely, or rather supercool, Weihnachtstiere by Tante Gisi at biostoffe.at I couldn’t resist.

It features two giant Christmas themed motives, just ideal for the fronts of two shirts. So, you will only need two more fabrics for backs and sleeves. Nothing more.

I know, the clever clogs amongst my readers will feel the urge to remind me of my last post and that I said I would never e v e r again buy fabrics with one big panel. Clearly, I did not really mean never. There is no need to be so pedantic! After all, English is not my first language and minor vocabulary slips can happen to all of us. And anyway, the use of hyperbole is a sign of the highest level of rhetorical style and finesse! If you don’t get that than it is clearly not the fault of the speaker but of the recipient!

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Now, obviously this would look much nicer when worn by three pretty and well-behaved children. But as two-thirds decided not to wear them today and one-third decided to spill blood over it (nothing major, nothing that would justify to ruin a new shirt pre pictures at least, don’t worry), unfortunately this is all we will ever get.

DSC_1205pattern: Paul by pattydoo, fabric: Weihnachtstiere, designed by Tante Gisi for Lillestoff and red Kuller by Stoffonkel

DSC_1206pattern: Paul by pattydoo, fabric: Weihnachtstiere, designed by Tante Gisi for Lillestoff and stripes

DSC_1207pattern: Paul by pattydoo, fabric: I give you my heart, petrol by Stoffonkel and some more stripes

 

 

Never e v e r again

My daughter likes cats? Why? I do not know? She thinks they are cute. I don’t. I personally only know 2 cats. No 1 was the cat of a flatmate about 20 years ago. She peed in my bed. Twice. Because I had offended her by leaving her alone to attend a lecture at university.

No 2 does worse in our garden. Probably because we have offended her by not letting her in our flat. Let me just point out that I am not the owner of said cat. I just happen to live in the neighbourhood. Why am I telling you this? Oh, yes, we were talking about cats. So my daughter likes them and as the loving and caring mother I am about 50% of my time, I thought I could make a top for her out of Mademoiselle Chat by Lillestoff, designed by Tante Gisi. It is a rapport fabric, featuring a giant cat head rather than a small print pattern. Already it looked giant for my skinny girl so I was looking for pattern for an oversized shirt to make sure that the whole cat fits on her tiny chest. And I found a lovely layered top, Lotty by kibadoo (so lovely that I bought the grown up version, too).

What I did not realise until I opened the folded piece of fabric, there were actually two giant cat heads rather than just one for the front of the top and lots of background for back and sleeves as I had expected it. Now, this is no ones fault obviously, I am not experienced in these kind of fabrics and wasn’t even aware of the different options and that it would be worth to check. The main reason why I do not like these types of fabric is that you can not use them very economically. There are always giant pieces left that are hard to use up. And this has really been my main goal the last couple of weeks. To get more space in my stash cupboard. So, it was just reeeeally annoying, that the one time I was thinking I could use only one piece of fabric and actually use it up, I actually had to buy two more pieces, one for the top layer and one for the top peeking out. Which meant I ended up with three huge pieces of left overs.

Lots of moaning, I know. But if you are living in Vienna you are legally obliged to spend at least 80% of your time being grumpy.

However, without that silly fabric saving background story, I am really pleased with the result. I do love the top, even if there is a cat grinning at me whilst probably secretly planning where to leave her next surprises.

DSC_1044 (2)pattern: Lotty by kibadoo, fabric: Mademoiselle Chat, designed by Tante Gisi for Lillestoff, Rapunzelringel and blue jersey all by Lillestoff

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I am really pleased I have been forced to looking for a new pattern. I have always been a fan of layers but I am not particularly fan of tracing patterns in 50 different sizes.

As I said, I have already bought the grown-up version MaLotty as well and made a lovely top for myself:

stretchy top underneath….

DSC_1111pattern: MaLotty by kibadoo, fabric: Lillestoff, surprise paquet

… plus oversized top layer…

DSC_1122fabric: Botanical by Hamburger Liebe for Albstoffe

…equals…. cool look

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Obviously it looks much cooler when worn but that would mean changing the complete outfit and finding a competent photographer which seems far too much effort at the moment. So, I’llĀ  leave it to your imagination. Just let me tell you that I find it so cool that I have already cut out the next combination, I simply haven’t got the time to sew it as I want to finish my private charity project first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday gone too far

Last week, I have told you about my charity project. So, I have a list of mainly nice projects for mainly nice people which I had to put aside for a few days. Because I also wanted to make a couple of items to be sold at the christmas market of the Kinderkrebshilfe, a Vienna based charity supporting families with children with cancer and this market is happening in a couple of days.

Apart from the money for charity making purpose, I also really wanted to reduce my stash and I thought hats would generally be a good project to use up left over fabrics. Well, I guess, one hat is in deed a good project to use up left over fabrics. But 25 is not. Somehow I have started using big chunks of fabrics and my drawers with the small-sized scraps are even fuller than before. Plus, as I made reversible (or lined) hats and scarfs, I ended up using my lovely striped fabrics which I usually use as combination with the more fancy fabrics (in case you haven’t noticed).

So, on the plus side, there is visibly more space in my cupboard and it will be even emptier, once I have finalised all the nice projects from my private list. But there are actually big holes on the shelf with the stripy fabrics while there are still some fabrics left that really shouldn’t be in there anymore. It seems to be really hard to get rid of those. Maybe I should approach the whole thing with more structure next time and take out all the fabrics I want to get rid off and then actually use them rather than rummaging through the piles and taking out almost the nicest bits. If there is a next time. Because I do wonder one thing: Is it really worth it? I am not entirely sure how much they are going to sell them for but someone mentioned 10 Euro per hat. Which I would find far too low. Shouldn’t people spend more money for charity rather than trying to buy cheaper than on the high street? Especially as I consider my hats as good quality? Do I want to make things for people who do not even appreciate the work that goes into? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just donate 250 Euro and keep the fabric for nice people on my list only? Plus, hats are actually rather boring to make. So, I am very much looking forward to next week when I can finally make cute little dresses and shirts for cute little babies which I will or will not show you next week I guess.

But enough talking, here are the hats and scarfs (still pretty impressive)

DSC_1184pattern: Minutenmuetze and Wendebindemuetze by klimperklein, scarf: freestyle. Fabrics: seriously? all sorts of

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The baby hats are partly matching the scarfs but that was really more of a question of availability. DSC_1165DSC_1166

These last few are actually not for the market but “custom made” for my list as some of my friends are just not cute little babies anymore so all I could make them were hats:

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Enough for today, I’ll have to write a shopping list for the fabric shop now and get some new stripes in.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday: Of parents and children

I guess most of you will know that moment when children proudly present their “artwork” to their desperate parents. Who will kindly accept the offer praising the quality of the “artwork” whilst secretly already hatching an evil plan of how to accidentally lose the thing. After the necessary time to be buried in oblivion obviously.

I don’t know about you but this happens to me all the time. Like yesterday for example.

My dad was supposed to just pass to drop something off and pick something else up, so I decided very last-minute to make him a hat. And one for my mum as otherwise it would be really unfair, wouldn’t it. Quickly, I got to work, I only had half an hour. Oh they would be so thrilled! I only just managed to finish them. Almost. Actually they aren’t completed yet, but my dad did not even have the 5 min so I could close the 2cm openings after turning them inside out. So my mum will have to do that. Which I find very exciting. Could be a new concept for my etsy shop, coming to think of it. Half finished bags so people can get their hands on, too. It is all about DIY these days, very trendy (or whatever the trendy word for trendy is these days).

Anyway, here are the hats:

DSC_1161pattern: Minutenmuetze by klimperklein, fabric: Monster by lillestoff, stripes from stash

My dad is in his early 80s by the way.

As the hats are reversible, the other side might be slightly more wearable but you never know. Reversible clothing is all about being ready for any situation after all.

DSC_1160patterned fabric: Botanical Herbs by Hamburger Liebe

Oh, and these two hats are not the only ones I am currently making. I am doing a real autumn-cleaning in my stash cupboard. Which means that I am making lots of presents for family, friends and friendly neighbours while gently pressuring them into donating something to a charity of my choice. At the same time I am also making random things for the Christmas market of said charity so I have spent yesterday evening with cutting out about 20 reversible hats.

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Disappointingly, that looks actually much less than it felt sewing them together. I meant to get them done today but somehow my children insisted in getting food at lunchtime so there are a few left for tomorrow. Or the day after. It is getting quite boring and I am much more looking forward to the cute little baby stuff for my cute baby neighbours. Ok, you got me there, the whole mission is actually only an excuse to sew for them.