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Lets pretend it is December 1st.

About 24 days ago I took pictures of my new advent calendar to proudly show you that I have finally made new ones. I had to. The little one is 2 already, I would not have gotten away with not having bags for him. But it took me 24 days (or 23 days) to write the post. So lets pretend it is December 1st just for a moment. This would also give me plenty of time to write the Christmas cards I still haven’t written.

Anyway, instead of plain red and green like the old ones


I made now a series of patterned red, dark green and light green. So unlike the old ones where it was two red or two green each day (because I had miscalculated the green fabric and never had 24 green ones), from now on it is one colour per child and therefore no surprise who gets what and always my fault if one of them gets the thing of the day in the wrong colour or pattern. And there is always one who gets it the wrong one, believe me.


(I know, we didn’t only change the bags, but the stairs as well. We did keep the mess though.


But obviously this is all nothing compared to the one I got this year after mentioning that I hadn’t ordered any sewing calendar for me:


If it was the 24th already, I could tell you that it was filled with small art work and vouchers for kisses and story telling but as it is only December 1st, I can’t know that yet.

So, I wish you all a lovely and relaxed December with plenty of time to get everything done in time for Christmas.



The epic trousers project

For how long am I already going on about the trousers project? Officially probably since about 6 months but really I had in mind to make trousers already 18 months ago.

As you might remember I made a pair of lovely Carrie Trousers by SewOverIt this summer


and all these Sachensuchershorts for the children


followed by a few leggings which I will be showing in a later post because we do not want to start a discussion if leggings actually are trousers or not.

I had been looking around for a basic pattern and found the Canelita e-book.

The first two pairs I made out of  light summer jeans, so a woven fabric.

IMG_6130 (2)pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: summer jeans

IMG_6128pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: summer jeans


I really like the details on them which gives them a professional look. I wasn’t convinced by the fit, first of all because it is too low-cut for my liking (although the boy looks a bit like a young Mick Jagger. If Mick Jagger ever wore trousers with cars on them) and I do not seem to be used to woven, unstretchy fabrics for children’s trousers anymore. I am slightly worried, the seams will break when they sit down or do a sudden unusual movement.

I was close to look for a new pattern but laziness won so I gave it another chance with stretchy sweat using only left over fabrics and ta-da…

a perfect pair of clown trousers.

20170912_074444pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: summer sweat Triangles by Petra Laitner

I had initially bought this fabric for a dress for myself but in the end, it became a cosy clown coat. Apparently the fabric was totally ridiculous and unsuitable for a grown up. Embarrassing. Strangely it is considered ok for trousers though.

The clown fabric has also been used for toddler clown trousers but I haven’t taken any pictures of it and it is peeking out of these trousers’ pockets.

20170912_185714pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: brushed summer sweat

The main fabric is actually also a hoody left over which I haven’t been able to show. The dad of Mr. No Thank You hasn’t been wearing it yet.

Since this second attempt worked surprisingly well, we went fabric shopping to get some really warm brushed sweat …

20170917_165739pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: brushed sweat by Stoffonkel

I had also ordered some corduroy to give the woven fabrics another chance but they are actually too thin for winter.

So far, the trousers project has been a huge success. At least partly. I think the pattern is fine for the girl, I might possibly make another one for winter and add half an inch at the hip to make it higher.

For the boy I am still thinking I’ll need a more suitable pattern for a pair of proper trousers, wide enough to move around and to allow a warm lining. Winter seems to be around the corner, so I might need to have to hurry up. Except that there are a few baby presents waiting to be made. Strange at my age to suddenly have so many friends having their first babies. I have already cut out the cutest fabric ever. Which I can’t show you as the new parents officially follow this blog. Not that I expect them to actually read anything these days.

Enough trousers for now, next time, I guess, I’ll have to show you some leggings and partner look projects. Mother – daughter – outfits have never really been my thing. Honestly.





Gangs of Vienna

Since we came back from lovely quiet Black Forest to the fast and dark city of Vienna, I feel slightly unsafe. I don’t remember that there have been all these gangs of young dangerous looking people wearing hoodies. Have they always been around?

IMG_6130 (2)pattern: Ryan by pattydoo, fabric by Michas Stoffecke

even girls

IMG_6143pattern: Kimby pattydoo, fabric by Michas Stoffecke

and perhaps the most dangerous one of all of them, probably their leader

IMG_6149 (2)pattern: Ryan by pattydoo, fabric various left overs


The latter might remind you of these things

and possibly this one, they had all been made at the same time, many moons ago.


Those of you who are actually paying attention to detail might have noticed those amazing trousers the older gang members are wearing. Spending all day in the streets of Vienna but somehow enough money for bespoke trousers. Unbelievable. More about those in the next post.


Just right for any occasion: the girl with the dragonfly dress

As you might know by now (if not, go back and read the last 5 posts a bit more carefully), we have been attending a wedding and I know that some of you can’t wait to finally see THE dress.

Well, we have established that much to some people’s disappointment the bride was only wearing a normal wedding dress (she did look really beautiful in it, but still just a normal wedding dress). Obviously for those of us who are born in England, the expectations are a bit higher when it comes to wedding dresses, you want to see something more royal, somewhere in between Lady Di and the Duchess of Cambridge.

But back to our outfit. Before looking for a suitable dress, we agreed that the bride should be the one with the most eye-catching dress so when choosing the number of layers of tuelle one should keep that in mind. I wasn’t planning on making a tulle-y dream of a dress for a one time occasion so we went shopping on the high street. But there was nothing. Really nothing. So we went fabric shopping instead. I was thinking of using a simple pattern and just doing two layers, tulle on top. The nearest fabric shop that had tulle on their website was biostoffe, my favourite fabric shop anyway. Unfortunately the organic version of tulle was not what we expected but they had some gorgeous voile by C.Pauli. We could easily agree on the turquoise version with white and glittery dragonflies.


It was really perfect, sparkly enough for the little princess and yet still really nice and tasteful (I almost bought some of the aubergine version for myself)

Patternwise, we kept it simple, Leni by pattydoo a lovely summer dress for woven fabrics. IMG-20170904-WA0025 (3)

pattern: Leni by pattydoo, fabric: Libellensommer by C. Pauli

You might find the bodice a bit too wide. I usually cut her dresses in size 122 with a length of 134 (two sizes difference). If I would follow the measurements, I would have to go for another 3 sizes smaller but that seems just wrong. And in the end, even a princess needs to be able to run, jump and move around freely. Especially on the dancefloor.

To make sure that this simple dress would be slightly more suitable for a wedding, I added a silver ribbon around the waist


and some Diamant buttons (considering how much they cost, I assume they are not real)


The dress with its circle skirt was not only incredibly powerful on the dance floor (sorry no pics) but would also work for an afternoon tea party.

IMG-20170904-WA0018 (3)

I am really happy with the dress. It was quick to make (possibly quicker than finally finding something in the shops), it satisfied the desire for a nice and “elegant” dress without making grown ups feeling sick or blind.

And since the whole outfit, including white thights and shoes and sparkly nail polish, was good enough for a wedding, Madame decided to wear it on her first day back to school, too. So my worries of investing time and money for something that might only get worn once were completely unfounded.

I still owe you pictures of the amazing accessories we were all wearing but apart from that we could actually go back to every day’s life and work.