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!

 

Come back, take two

Ok, my last attempt to restart this blog with something spectacular clearly failed, so lets try again. Remember, when I went fabric shopping for the boring white dress for my daughter’s First Communion?

Let me tell you, ia couple of girls (and one boy) have experienced the best day of their life since then. Because I have made a couple of tops not only out of the rainbow sequins but also out of the more neutral blue/green ones. Am I exaggerating as usual? Possibly. But I did safe at least one girl’s birthday when all the presents were apparently a huge disappointment, until she opened my gift, a top featuring a shiny star.

pattern: Pia by pattydoo and Rock ‘n Roll by Klimperklein

Another, slightly younger girl got a Rainbow Fish…

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pattern: Pia by pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff Glueckspaket

I guess the sequins are ideal for a fish, but I also really liked my daughter’s butterfly.

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Clearly all these shiny applications seem to be for girls only but as you know, I don’t like these stereotypes and clearly many boys love those interchanging pictures too but they are just a little less into hearts and butterflies and more into cake palette knives.

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pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff Glueckspaket

To be honest, all these shiny sequins got me slightly infected and I was close to make one for myself but in the end I am too lazy, it is far too much work to prepare the application. I will have to make one last one I guess. For the little one. I will hopefully be able to keep my promise otherwise it will be a severe case of neglected third child syndrome.

Hmm, I have just been proofreading this post and I have to say, as shiny as the pictures are, it is still not very spectacular. I guess, I will have to try harder.

 

Why I should be doing a class “Internet for the generation 60+

Once again, it has been a while. My excuse? Obviously there is no excuse for not posting. There is an explanation at the best. As someone who really doesn’t understand how Internet and all this modern stuff works (cookies are something to ear, right?), I blissfully ignored for months the warnings about the new European Data Regulation. Don’t get me wrong, I think there should be much stricter laws for the big companies. But not for tiny blogs with no readers like this one. Anyway, finally it began to dawn on me that my blog would be illegal. Unbearable for someone who doesn’t even go against the one-way with the bike. So, I started to do some research. Lots of words in a strange language that I didn’t understand and I actually ended up taking a class “Dos and Don’ts of blogging” with a lovely lady who mentioned that she is also running classes for the elderly. Which sounded just right for me. But anyway, her tips about Data Protection Policy made it sound very simple, like a couple of words only. Whilst I am not at all convinced, I finally managed to update all this legal stuff (hoping that even my lawyer followers would be too lazy to even read it) and needed another break of several weeks to recover from all this.

The lovely lady also gave us lots of advice on how to write articles. Catching title, short sentences, well researched facts,… I was wondering what she would think about the nonsense I keep producing.

So, now that the legal stuff is done, I can finally think of the perfect project to post about for my come back.

Should I just start with a random selection of a few cute things I have produced over the last months?

like a couple of onesies for both warm and cold nights….

pattern: Klimperklein Babyleicht, Babyanzug, fabrics: Lillestoff, Stoffonkel, Lillestoff

a few quick and simple skirts …

patterns: 1 Ballonrock by Lybstes and lots of Rock’n Rolls by Klimperklein, fabrics: mostly Lillestoff

a selection of incredibly cool shirts….

patterns: Paul by pattydoo with a neckline with buttons, after a tutorial by Hamburger Liebe, Pia by pattydoo, Knopfshirt by klimperklein, Luise by Fritzi and Schnittreif and hoody Leo by pattydoo. fabrics: mostly Lillestoff Glueckspakete and a few old basics and numbers bought at Biostoffe

or a few tiny cute things for tiny cute people …

patterns: all by Klimperklein: Knopftunika, Knopfshirt, Babyhose (all from Babyleicht) and Raglankleid (tunic version), fabrics: mainly Glueckspakete and other remnants on sale plus one fabric I actually got as a gift from a friend. 

Note: These are only a few examples… Looks like a lot. You might be wondering who is actually wearing all this stuff. Well, some my children, some my nephew and nieces. But as there aren’t quite enough to satisfy my need of wearers (especially no cute little girls anymore) I have turned into a slightly weird person making things for random people…. some would probably call them friends and neighbours. My favourite people are actually under 1s. They are great for using up left overs. They will still get something nice for their birthday and then I drop them like a hot potato and start looking for new victims.

But as nice as this selection might be, it really doesn’t qualify as come back post so I will have to find something better for my first post….

 

 

 

Still no fitting top but a joyful trilogy of tunics

I have been busy trying out new patterns  to make a few tops but so far no luck. I am starting to wonder if it is the patterns fault or mine. It might be easier to do some sit-ups and eat less chocolate rather than trying to find a pattern that suits my fat tummy needs.

To cheer me (and you) up, I thought I’d show you a trilogy of tunics for a set of soon 3 sisters. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use some of the Susalabim Dschungel stripes – three stripy fabrics with changing main colour but same base.

Here we go:

3…

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2…

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1…

DSC_0448pattern: Traegerkleid by Klimperklein, fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen pink by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

So, the pink version for the 4 year old, as she is currently in that phase where any other colour would be an offence.

DSC_0452pattern: Raglankleid by Klimperklein, fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen blau by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

The blue version for the 2 year old. Because she doesn’t care about colours yet.

DSC_0450pattern: Knopftunika by Klimperklein, fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen orange by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

The orange one for the yet to be born, because this was the third colour left.

And just because they are so nice and cheerful, all three again

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Oh, and I have been playing with the different stitches on my new machine.

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In all three cases, there had been a machine-eats-fabric moment but in the end I made it. I still wonder what the problem was though.

I am rather pleased – three different tunics/patterns for three individual girls but still a lot in common. And still enough fabric left for some more mix and match. Possibly for a top for me?