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.

 

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.

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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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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

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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.

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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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