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.

 

 

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.

 

DSC_0794fabric: Lillestoff

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday: Luckily I know all sorts of people

I think I have already mentioned the Lillestoff Glueckspakete – 1kg of surprise fabrics for 15 to 18 Euro. You don’t know what you’re getting, so the wait is quite exciting, almost like Christmas. Plus, it is often a challenge because you will get fabrics you would never have chosen. Sometimes, those are the most interesting makes with surprising results.

When I discovered a huge piece of ice hockey fabric in my last boys packet, I wasn’t happy. My sons are not interested in ice hockey. I am not sure if they even know it exists. And I do not seem to know any other boys who are interested in ice hockey. Clearly, I had to broaden my horizon.  And all of a sudden, I actually remembered three female friends who are totally into ice hockey. Or rather in one particular player. I  think they have even officially founded a fan club. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure he used to be an excellent ice hockey player and he is certainly a nice guy, I just personally don’t get this kind of fan obsession. They have pictures of him everywhere, know everything about him, make him birthday presents and cakes and write him letters. I suppose in case of the two younger ones it is still ok, a kind of sweet and innocent admiration for a father figure. Well, if you happen to have an ice hockey playing father, I guess. But when it comes to the oldest one of the three! I mean, she even knows where he lives and frequently hangs out there! Is that still appropriate for a woman in her extremely late 30s?

But back to my project. Making three tops out of that one piece of fabric was a bit of a challenge. So I decided to start with the shirts for the two younger ones. Simply because I like them more than the older one. She seems to think she is the boss of the three and wants to make all decisions. As if she was their mother! (Please don’t tell her, I don’t want to offend her).

I used the Pia pattern by pattydoo, a loose fitting sleeveless shirt with drop shoulders. I intended to make two similar ones, just with different colours for neckline and armholes. DSC_0011pattern: Pia by pattydoo, fabric by Lillestoff

I struggled to get them both out of one length of the  fabric  – it was about one or two inches too short and I stupidly sacrificed the smaller sized top. Oh the anger when I realised it would be too short – especially for someone who is still growing ! I had to save it somehow so I opened the hem again and added a (waist) band. I do like the look of it. More than the oversized style of the first one.

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After cutting the two smaller shirts I only had a very narrow and long stripe of the fabric left. Big piece but too narrow to make at least one side for the third shirt. I really felt the need to make one for the third crazy fan, too. I didn’t want to provoke her. I told you, she can be a bit bossy at times so who knows how she would have treated the two other girls in her jealousy. So, I decided to go crazy, too and to make just one half of the front with the hockey fabric and combine it with some stripes I found in my stash.

To enhance the centre front seam, I overlocked it on the right side of the fabric with a narrow stitch and black thread (for a cool look). The result didn’t look like I had expected it. There was no link between the two sides. The obvious idea would have been a heart application or a pocket with the hockey fabric on the stripy side. But I think such an element on the chest “has to” be on the left side. Unfortunately I had put the hockey fabric on the left side. So, I ended up with a star at hip level, overlapping the side seam.

DSC_0009pattern: Sara by pattydoo, fabric by Lillestoff

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Overall I am very pleased with the outcome. A huge piece of fabric that had seemed to be a total waste has found its purpose. Even if it is just for a laugh.

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Scrap Sunday: bare necessities

You are probably wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while. Or probably you aren’t. In any case, I just came here to tell you that I am not able to post for another while. Because I am in internetfree land. Well internetdifficult land. I am currently in the middle of a 4 weeks sewing detox programme in the Black Forest in Germany. I meant to use this time to post about all those lovely things I made during a little sewing frenzy leading up to this detox stay. But uploading those pictures would take weeks. So I will wait and post them when back to civilisation.

However, as a good blogger, I do have a little Scrap project for you. I came here with a box of wool and needles. No one said anything about knitting detox. On the contrary, I thought it would be lovely to go back to knitting if I have to leave my sewing machine behind.

After a day or two here I realised that I often have nothing to carry keys, phone (to go to the only spot with reception, surprisingly near the Reception) and money so after a couple of days with a big cotton tote bag (initially my knitting bag), I knitted a small bag, using the scraps that I had brought for the children and their knitting fork)

Sorry for the star dust – it seemed appropriate for the idyllic Black Forest. And I am frankly just very proud of my recent discoveries on my phone. Well the little one showed me.

With my real knitting project, I did not get very far yet, due to a lack of time:

This is my project: a jumper for myself by Atelier Alfa.

This is how far I got in the last two weeks:

See you in a couple of weeks!