Early midlife crisis

I think I might have a problem. I struggle a bit with age appropriate behaviour. Or rather taste. A couple of weeks ago I made a birthday cake for a family member.

IMG_1940(Sadly, I am cheating, the picture is from last year, this year I messed it up and wouldn’t want to show this year’s interpretation of a football online).

“Lovely” you might think. “A football cake for her son”. No, it is a football cake for her husband.

And then I made this skirt, after carefully (translates: spending 20min) choosing fabric combinations:

IMG_3541IMG_3540IMG_3539“Lovely” you might think. “A colourful skirt for her daughter”. No, it is a colourful skirt for herself.

And you know what? I do not regret it. I even want to make another one. They are perfect as I can wear them now and after pregnancy. I do slightly worry about my taste though as I clearly have the taste of a 5 year old.  Except that the real 5 year old is much better at this. This is what she chose for her skirt:

IMG_3568It took her about half an hour back and forth and comparing and I found the combination really bonkers but she was right. It is perfect. Maybe a step too far for me to wear but no need to worry, I am not making a bigger version of it.

IMG_3571This is very similar to my orange bit and it is the one that i used as a lining for my niece’s bag.

IMG_3570This fabric is actually a rather thick cotton, not really suitable for a skirt but it worked. You might see this one again, probably in bag form 🙂

IMG_3569My daughter insisted on this one when I ordered fabrics a while ago. I was secretly making fun of this choice… until I realised that it reminded me a bit of this one (sorry no picture yet) which I had ordered for myself (in the same order). I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 🙂

Oh, and a little update on the taste of the other apple:

Remember, he usually comments all my finished products with a polite “No, thank you.” Well, I realised that I never make things he has asked me for or where he had actually chosen the fabric. This time it was a little bit different. He could chose the fabric and I suggested then a top (as it was a jersey) and he decided on one with a hood.

IMG_3554Lovely, isn’t it. I would have preferred orange sleeves but I didn’t quite have enough orange fabric left. Not even for the hood lining.

Anyway, I proudly (and nervously) presented the finished top and got a…..

“Thank you, can you please put it in my drawer. I will wear it tomorrow”

Which he didn’t.

He did wear it once though. When it had about 35 degrees, with the hood up.

IMG_3556And I was desperate enough to let him. Oh, well, the saga will continue, I haven’t given up just yet 🙂






summer, sun and sew

Lots of sewing rather than knitting lately. I have been told to stop knitting on several occasions. It makes me tired apparently. According to one of the little persons in this household at least.

Anyway, I am currently planning my future (September) and have decided to take sewing a step further. There seems to be a huge gap between Level 1 and 2 in the college of my choice and as I want to skip the first one, I am actually really “studying” my fancy – unopened until now – sewing book to learn new techniques rather than making the zillionst simple little girls skirt…. by making the first simple big girl skirt for myself.

I was thinking since a long time to one day make a better version of my cheap but very comfortable tiered skirt and when I found a pattern / tutorial from the pattydoo-blog in my inbox I went for it. Finally.

Pattydoo is a great young German dressmaker, designer, blog writer, sewing tutorial creator,… and I am sure I will realise many more of her ideas. There is also a pattydoo designer where you can customize her designs before downloading the pattern and she would have just started her own line of fabrics (in cooperation with someone), just beautiful. But the delivery costs from Germany to the UK are still too high for such small orders…. This might sound silly coming from someone who lives a 5min walk from Shepherd’s Bush’s (London) fabric paradise but it really seems that those Germans have better fabrics (not just football)

Anyway, back to my skirt: It was simple and quick to make and it took me almost longer to take the pictures than sewing the skirt. I eventually gave up. That photography class was obviously a waste. Lets hope for a better outcome from the sewing class 🙂