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.

 

 

 

 

 

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?

The unsolved mystery of the missing leggings

I haven’t had the time to write elaborate posts because I was so busy hunting for easter eggs and also sewing up the huge pile of fabric. I made all sorts of clothes for nephew and nieces and sent them of with a special private courrier who got the two cotton bags mixed up and delivered the right things to the wrong grand children. So I got them back and tried the Austrian mail service this time. I packed  two lovely jumpers, two pairs of simple, stripey  nothing special leggings (3/4 length to be precise) and a wrapped birthday present containing an amazing dress and a cute skirt plus some necessities for a three year old (fancy tape and stickers) into a box, labelled it and brought it to the local post office. A day later! it already arrived at the other end of the country and as it turns out, it only contained two lovely jumpers and a wrapped birthday present containing an amazing dress and a cute skirt plus some necessities for a three year old (fancy tape and stickers). But no leggings. Isn’t that weird? Where have they gone? I know, people who have ever seen my study will suggest that I have simply forgotten to pack them and that they will be under one of the piles of fabric, clothes or paper work sitting in said study. Well, I am actually preeetty sure that I put them into the box. Sure, I did take them out again because I needed to put another little necessity into the wrapped present but I did put them back. Most likely I guess. In any case, they had been in the first packing round.

Then there is also the possibility that my sister-in-law found them so horrific that she pretended they never arrived whilst secretly burning them. But she is the sort of polite person who would have forced her daughter to wear them first to be able to send me a picture of her wearing them before actually burning them.

Which leaves us with the possibility that someone has actually stolen them out of the box. Seems unlikely, I know, considering that there were actually much prettier things in the box, like the two lovely jumpers and the wrapped birthday present containing the amazing dress and the cute skirt plus some necessities for the three-year old (fancy tape and stickers). However, around the same time, we had ordered stilts for our training-to-be-a-circus-artist-child. And the package arrived but with the foot rests missing!!!!! Obviously there is person out there with serious hight issues, stealing tiny leggings (and probably wearing them) and tall-making-devices! So if you see someone jumping around on wooden blocks and wearing these leggings, please call the police.

pattern: leggings Lilly by pattydoo, fabrics from my stash

To prove my point (not sure which one), these are the things that have not been stolen:

DSC_0186pattern: Latzkleid from Babyleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein), fabric: Rumble in the jungle, Lillestoff

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… and a cute skirt

DSC_0198pattern: Rock’ n roll from Kinderleicht by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein), fabric: Lillestoff Glueckspaket

And may I just draw your attention to the hem of the skirt:

made with my brand new sewing machine. In one go. Would be really quick to make if I had the courage to actually go over the slowest possible speed.

It is a really fancy machine. Lots of buttons and a shiny display. And a working light bulb that hasn’t fallen out yet. A real change to the old one. And you don’t need a foot pedal anymore. You just press a button to make it work. Which apparently my foot doesn’t know yet. I have observed it standing up at 45 degree without a pedal in sight on several sewing occasions.

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