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Special occasion dresses – part 2

As promised, my outfits for baptism and wedding. As you might remember, I need breastfeeding friendly dresses.

I would have this shirt dress by SewOverIt. I made it for my son’s baptism last year if your remember


or even the trial version here


Good news is that I have lost weight, apparently. Bad news they are rather complicated to alter, so if I do it, then only once, so I might as well wait for next summer.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this Gloria by Milchmonster.


It was a very positive surprise, so I decided last minute to make another one with a nicer fabric and more attention to sewing (I used framilon where it was indicated, so the neck line for example springs back into shape after pulling it down). I have the fabric since last summer, it is a jersey cousin of the one in the first picture (both Hamburger Liebe)


pattern: Gloria by Milchmonster, fabric: Hamburger Liebe, “Eden” collection


It worked really well for the baptism. And the wedding outfit you might wonder? I guess, since I am not one of the main characters there, I can as well show you now:


It’s a Gloria by Milchmonster. I bought the fabric last year, when I got the one you saw in the first picture. They come from the same collection “Eden” by Hamburger Liebe. I guess you could call them relatives. Cousins maybe.



So now only the most important outfit is left to get shown. But it is not finished yet. Tomorrow is button shopping day. I guess it will get rather sparkly.




Scrap Sunday: Summer, Sun and Shorts

Whilst I have been quiet lately, I have actually been rather busy and it is time to catch up.

I have recently found a rather cool way to use up scrap fabrics and also to make a first step on the trousers making ladder: Shorts.

To cut it short: I have used the free pattern Sachensuchershorts (” things seeker shorts”) by Fabelwald.  There are two types of pockets on offer, I have, so far only tried my favourite one.


Eden collection by Hamburger Liebe and some stripes



Fabric: Could be by Lillestoff, but I might be wrong. But definitely a left over of my cozy and slightly pyjama-y long sleeve shirt. And some stripes.



Fabric: Lillestoff. I own it since ages, almost two years I would say. Initially bought for a onesie but ended up as at least two baby jumpers. Ordered in England, without knowing it was Lillestoff. Or caring about Lillestoff. And stripes, well spotted.



Fabric: Baustelle by Lillestoff. This has been sold out quickly. I ordered on my phone, quickly, to make sure I would get some of this precious fabric. And yet more stripes in case you didn’t notice.

I had been a little bit unsure and thought they might be too short and too flimsy to be used properly but actually they are not. They have all gone through extensive testing and they get worn a lot.


Scrap Sunday: Accept who you are

Yesterday, I was accused of being obsessed by scraps and of only buying fabrics to produce scraps!!!! Can you believe it?! This is obviously not true! At all! If I ever bought new to have scraps than I would obviously just buy remnants like these that otherwise would die a lonely death in a shelf. So really I am not only saving a poor piece of fabric but also supporting the shop owner in her attempt of decluttering. And it has definitely nothing to do with me wanting to have more scraps… but now, thinking of it, I have just tried to save one of these pieces. After complaints from my personal stylist that my maternity T-shirts are all white, black or, even worse, grey, I thought I’ll try to adapt a normal pattern to my recent body shape.

So, I used a pattydoo sleeveless top pattern for the first time and made it a few inches longer and the front a few inches wider around the middle. So far, so good. I think that went reasonably well, still a bit room to stretch. And I am also thinking that it will be fairly easy to just take away all those inches next summer. Otherwise it would have been a bit of a waste because it happens to be a beautiful Hamburger Liebe fabric.IMG_3586

I have also adjusted the top section as I know from previous experience with any bought standard sized pattern that I seem to have unreasonably narrow shoulders. So all necklines will be too wide, shoulder straps will slip down from my weird shoulders and it will just not look like something that was made especially for me. So I also decided – without having used this pattern before – to narrow the neckline and to just take the shoulder straps a bit more in.  Before you are getting all clever and “you shouldn’t alter without knowing the pattern bla bla bla”, I can inform you that actually I was right, in fact, I should have taken them in even more.

So, this is the status quo, I am having mixed feelings of how to proceed:

IMG_3584Well, the picture is actually not great, not sure if you can see all problems. No 1 is that the neckline is still too wide, No 2 is that I haven’t done a great job with the binding, I should have stretched it more and then it would pull things together much better. I have managed to arrange the front okish but as you can see, then it shows at the back

IMG_3585Obviously I could get away with it but I know that every time I wear it, I will be super consciously trying to constantly arrange things. Not really worth it. I am relatively new to this type of shirts and elastic bindings. I wish I would have invested time in research as I think closing the seams before putting in the bindings would be much neater. Not only would I not have the side seam showing on top of the binding but also, I would have seen how it fits and would have been able to make adjustments before finishing the binding.

Now the armhole binding is locked with a overlocker seam and the neckline is also blocked by a shoulder seam. If I want to open things and do it better, it will get really complicated.  I am considering to pull the straps up and add a new seam, that could actually work fairly well, it just might get a bit thick at the shoulder seam.

The only other option would be to dismantle to whole thing and I am not sure if I fancy that. I do however like the idea of my patterned not so boring maternity top and would make another one. Not sure if I should make something with sleeves though as I am currently staring into torrential rain.

Well, I guess there would be one other option, which would also sort out all future pattern problems…. plastic surgery to broaden my shoulders.

Oh, and if you think that buying a huge piece of remnants is cheating on Scrap Sunday, I would like to point out that we have been busy making fabric mosaics for the end of term cards:

IMG_3581I still think this is actually the best way to use up scraps. Except that you are only using tiny bits so it is really something for people who want to super efficiently use up every single square inch of their fabrics.



Scrap Sunday: Hairbands

I’ll keep it short as I will have to type this post on my phone, lying in my comfy hotel bed in Oxford (see how committed I am to Scrap Sunday).

Hairbands as a pretty and simple way of using up fabrics (and yarn for that matter) have been on my mind since a while.

..or Scrap Sunday I wanted to do it properly (starting by actually going away for a weekend) and rather than just taking a piece of fabric and sew it together without having cut it into the right shape as I had done here a few weeks ago:


I have done some research online and in my daughter’s  drawer. I stumbled over a tutorial by hamburger liebe (online, not in the drawer) a name i actually already knew from some of the loveliest fabric designs  (You really need to check that out)

so I tried her tutorial and measurements and found it a little bit big, even for my adult head. I took it to sewing class to ask the others and my first trial got snatched out of my hands!  Clearly a good size then and it’s just me having a tiny head.20141003_144210

I made one out of a woven cotton and quite like the secure feeling of that one.IMG-20141004-WA0001

After two trials I finally made a smaller one using left overs from my nieces shirt which happens to be a hamburger liebe design. Sooo lovely. I guess that one should go to my niece to match the shirt.IMG-20141004-WA0002

I think I will still continue my trials and make an even simpler and smaller one similar to the one from a high street brand in my daughter’s drawer as it will just suit my daughter’s … ahem … hairstyle better.

And for myself? Well I am a proud fringe wearer so I much prefer something that I can tie each time rather than messing up my fringe…. not that it would be anywhere near as voluminous as Claudia Winkleman’s but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve full attention 🙂

Puh, that was the last time I did that one my phone. Especially as it will still be Sunday when I get home.