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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Shiny and even shinier

Right, three more posts to go to have sort of caught up and I am actually already staring at the next completed project – a set of … oh well, lets not spoil the surprise about something that I will most likely be ready to post about in 4 months or so.

Todays project is about sequins. Yes sequins. I don’t know if you know reversible sequins (I am only guessing the English name here) but they are a big hit around here. At least if you are under the age of 10 I guess. Sorry, if I have just offended anyone.

If you don’t know them: They are like magic. if you gently stroke them in one direction they show one side – therefore one colour, if you stroke them the other way, they will flip and change colour. You can spend hours and hours going over and over again with your little hand. It allows you to dream, the little rustling noise will take you to the windy sea or to the top of a high mountain. Sure the teacher will call you absent-minded but she is just jealous because those T-Shirts don’t come in her size. (That’s what I would assume at least)

Apparently everybody, I mean everybody has got a shirt with reversible sequins. So we finally had to get one for the girl. With some kind of unidentifiable animal on it from one of the high street fashion brands. I am rather pleased with the motif as it is not too girly or inappropriate agewise.

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And as there is at least one high street brand that has a wide range of reversible sequins on boys clothes, the big boy got one, too.

And I finally started to get intrigued. Because there is a rather big difference in quality of sequins. Who would have thought. In the girl’s one, each sequin has one colour per side so if you flip them you get a neat picture (but not many different colours). The boys motif seem to have been painted once they were mounted so each sequin has a white / non painted part where it was covered by the next layer. And obviously if you flip them, you will never be able to position them perfectly so the whole picture is interspersed with white dots. So, while the motif might be more interesting, it actually gives you a headache to look at it.

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It obviously ended with me thinking that I should do it myself. Before you start getting worried, I do not mean that I ever had in mind to stitch every single sequin on by myself. There are ready-made application patches or rolls of fabric. Both seemed hard to get in Austria and I even called the fabric shops in Vienna and eventually found some at Komolka, the big shop in one of the high streets.

I felt really good after this very succesful shopping trip and was also very pleased with the final garment.

The fabric is a simple stripy sweat by Lillestoff, so it is actually organic and ethically produced in Europe. I do wonder if that is the right fabric to put sequins on or if I should be in a moral dilemma. I can only hope that these days they are stitched on by machines and not by little children.

I have used the klimperklein Traegerkleid pattern with hood and I really like this combination in its simplicity. But back to the shiny sequins.

So, there is a black heart …

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and the most amazing iridescent green-purple side.

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And by the way, I made such good use of the fabric that I actually had to cheat a bit, but don’t tell anybody.

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So, one might think, a huge success – we have already been thinking about manly applications for the boy, maybe a shark or some kind of big machine, like a digger. But even before the first wash, quite a few sequins came off and in the first wash we lost a couple more. I am not sure why, if it is the fabric or if I did something wrong. She can still wear it, one could even read some meaning into the broken or bleeding heart but I am a very disappointed. Obviously this dress comes easily in the top 3 of my daughter’s favourite mum-made items.

I would be more than willing to replace the heart with a new one, I have still a big piece of the sequin-fabric left but only if I knew that it didn’t happen again.  I am currently heartbroken! so I haven’t tried yet. I guess I need a break but I will definitely do a few tests on the sequin fabric to see if it is worth to give it another go.

PS: And in case if you wonder about the mess in the background of the pictures:

If you know me personally: Why are you wondering?

If you do not know me personally: These pictures are carefully designed and each and single item is placed there carefully to add a natural and likable personal touch to professional fashion photos.

If you are my mum: Yes, I know I should tidy up, at least before taking pictures to put online but there was no time before the dress gets worn to school and comes back covered in all sorts of colours.

 

 

 

 

Lets focus on the highlights

I don’t know about you but in my universe today is December 2nd. Because I really meant to write the next blog post straight after the last one.

Speaking of it, I am clearly really good at time management and also keeping on track… Not sure, if I have mentioned it already but I am currently very concerned about the fact that I will soonish go back to proper work and if a career change might be an option. With my skills I should definitely look into something like a management position where you have to work to deadlines. Any suggestions?

Anyway, as I am realising that some of you might insist it is already January 2nd, let me just wish those crazy people a happy and healthy new year. To all the other reasonable and believing in my universe, enjoy a peaceful December full of relaxed evenings with mulled wine and ginger bread.

And since we will never agree on this issue, I might just focus on the more exciting projects lately rather than trying to post every single item I have ever made. Because I did have a very good few weeks sewingwise. I was working like mad to reduce my stash to have an excuse to get a Lillestoff Glueckspaket (or 3 to make the shipping costs more reasonable). Lillestoff, the organic fabric company sometimes has 1kg of fabric for 18 Euro which corresponds to 4-5 pieces of surprise fabric which really is a bargain. And exciting. But back on track.

I think I have mentioned before that some of my friends have finally reached an age where they could safely think of having a baby. So I can finally make some cute little things for cute little babies. Plus they have the right size to use up some tiny pieces of scrap fabric.  But before doing that, I had to buy some of the cutest  fabric ever: Zwergenwelt (world of dwarfs) by Susalabim. Before said babies had even been born.

I will still be able to use up plenty of fabric at a later stage. I am sure. One of the new borns is a girl and luckily, I will be able to make cute dresses and tunics …. Even in the extended family I am just about running out of cute girls with the youngest girl turning 3 already in March.

The other baby is a poor little boy who keeps getting dressed in 48 shades of blue and grey. His mum has already started to send me artsy fartsy black and white pictures only to hide that he is wearing another blue and grey outfit. She can’t hide it though as I can see it anyway in his disapproving and begging-for-colour look.

For this extended cuteness project, I have even invested in new patterns, especially designed for small baby items as I am planning to sew a lot for them (and you know how determined I usually am to turn my plans into reality)

The perfect newborn present seemed to be the Wickelshirt by klimperklein which can be opened at the front so no need to pull anything over the head.

So this is the girls version in 62:

20171204_141244pattern: Wickelshirt by klimperklein, fabric: Zwergenwelt by Lillestoff, design Susalabim

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And the boys version in 68:

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I have also used this pattern for another new-born who needed a “partner look” with his older brother

20171204_141135pattern: Leo by pattydoo and Wickelshirt by klimperklein, fabric by Hamburger Liebe

For me that is perfect partner look as the fabrics are individual enough but still visibly connected.

Lately, I had also spotted a few super cute baby garments online using the book Babyleicht by klimperklein. A book that I so not wanted to buy as it has only patterns up to size 98. So almost too late for my children. But there was a super cute tunic and also a super cute pinafore dress in it so I finally decided to buy it and I do not regret it.

Initially, I meant to use the Zwergenwelt for a tunic in 62 as well but it would have destroyed the very large pattern, so I went for a different fabric.

IMG_6205pattern: Knopftunika out of Babyleicht by klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I thought I needed some trousers to go with it and enthusiastically made these…

IMG_6207pattern: trousers out of Babyleicht by Klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I made superlong cuffs so they can initially be folded and then grow with the baby.

To be honest, I think it is a bad match but they can still be worn separately.

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My last project for today is the little pinafore which I made for my god child. I used the left overs of a fabric that my daughters friend chose for her birthday present dress. A rather unusual choice (not sure if I showed it here already) but in any case perfect style for a pinafore I think.

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pattern: Latzkleid out of Babyleicht by Klimperklein, fabric: left overs

I find this sooo cool, unfortunately my daughter is far too old and uncute for this style. But if the little one comes after his brother, I might still be able to make another one at some point 🙂

Enough for today, Part 2 of the highlights produced lately will follow soon, probably on the 3rd, I would assume.

 

 

 

 

It is too embarrassing. Honestly, I don’t want to talk about it.

In the world of sewing, creating the most beautiful mother-daughter outfits seems to be a really important thing. Probably the reason why one gets even started with the whole sewing business. I am not probably getting extremely unpopular amongst my fellow sewing bloggers (sometimes it is helpful not to have any followers) but I am personally not a fan of partner looks. I find them ridiculous. And I am known as the girl who spent the whole week long class trip to Rome looking for the one funny Ancient Rome related T-Shirt that no one else had bought. (For the record, I succeeded. I don’t remember much about Ancient Rome, but I did get a bloody unique T-Shirt).

So, one thing you will never ever see on this blog is a matching outfit for my daughter and me. Definitely not. Sure, for sustainability I am trying to use up every little scrap of fabric which leads to garnments in the same fabric and sure, I don’t spend hours in the morning to unmatch my outfit against my children’s outfits which leads to situations at the GP where one notices that my cozy clown coat looks very similar to my daughters clown trousers. But I would never ever make a set of identical pieces for my daughter and me. I don’t want to look like an 8 year old girl.

Anyway, back to the real purpose of this post. The beautiful “Dschungel” fabric by Lillestoff, designed by Susalabim. I had been waiting for the fabric and the 3 even more beautiful stripy fabrics to combine it with (pink, orange and blue). When they finally had it in the local shop (biostoffe.at), I bought a good piece of each of them without really knowing what to make.

My daughter who had recently overcome her dark colours / coolness phase (very, very short) asked me for a pair of leggings, using two different fabrics out of the three stripy ones. What a brilliant idea!

20170915_154247fabric: Dschungel Kombistreifen by Lillestoff, design Susalabim, pattern: leggings Lilly by pattydoo

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Finally, I started with the real Dschungel fabric and made pyjamas for the little one:

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… and I had just about enough left for a pair of man-leggings for my 6 year old

20170914_082502fabric: Dschungel by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Leggings Lilly by pattydoo

Aren’t they incredibly cool? To be honest, once they were finished, I really wanted a pair for myself. Not sure, if it is appropriate at my age though. As I had planned another trip to biostoffe.at I thought destiny should decide: If there was still enough fabric left for a pair of leggings for myself, then it was meant to be. So I went online. Only 25cm left. Hmm, apparently, I was not supposed to wear jungle leggings after all.

But guess what, when we went to the shop that same afternoon, I actually came across that last roll, and it looked definitely more than 25cm. So I took it out of the shelf, carried it carefully to the counter and got it measured: over 1m20. So clearly enough for a pair of leggings for me. It had be waiting for me in the shelf. If that is not destiny, then I don’t know.

20170917_165350fabric: Dschungel by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Lillian and Lilly Leggings by pattydoo

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So, it looks like I accidentally managed to make matching pieces after all. But before you start reminding me of what I have said at the beginning of this post: I specifically told you I am never going to show you matching pieces with my daughter. I never said anything about matching mother-son outfits.

Obviously, the girl was deeply hurt by the fact that the boys had matching pieces with me so I had to make her a pair of leggings out of the same trial fabric I had used before making the jungle leggings. But I am not going to show you pictures of it. Definitely not. That would be a whole other level of embarrassement.

And last but not least,  I can show you the remaining stripy fabric out of the three. I used up the last bit of the main jungle to make a little short sleeved top for my daughter and added the pink stripes at the front and the orange ones at the back.

20170918_075004Fabric: Dschungel plus Kombi Streifen by Lillestoff, design by Susalabim, pattern: Pia by pattydoo

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