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Updated: 2017-09-05T15:49:04.475+02:00

 



Hirngymnastik

2017-08-16T19:37:06.265+02:00

Nachdem ich mein Sommertopprojekt immer wieder nach hinten geschoben habe, war ich nach 4 Cowls endlich soweit, dass ich meine Maschenprobe rausgenommen habe und angefangen habe.Zunächst habe ich die Tutorien von Marnie McLean gelesen und das Buch "Sweater Design in plain English" rausgesucht und die für mich wichtigen Kapitel noch mal quergelesen. Bei Tina Hees auf dem blog gab es zum Thema Pullover auch viele Blogposts, die super hilfreich waren, aber Tinas Blog wird seit Anfang des Jahres immer wieder gehackt und da habe ich dann Bauchschmerzen da drauf zu surfen, ich konnte dank einer Freundin von Tina aber die Infos bekommen, die ich brauchte.Das Buch Sweater Design in plain english gibt leider nämlich zum Thema Rundhalsausschnitt nicht so richtig eine Anleitung. Schade eigentlich, denn ansonsten ist das Buch echt gut. Die Gruppe "Budding Designers" bei ravelry hat auch tolle Seiten, mit ganz vielen Links zum Thema Okay, zunächst waren so wichtige Fragen zu klären, wie:- wieviel Mehrweite soll mein Top haben? Ich bin erstmal von wenig positiver Mehrweite ausgegangen, weil die Kellerfalte noch Stoff zugibt- Wie tief soll der Halsausschnitt vorn und hinten sein?- wie tief soll der Armausschnitt werden?Ich habe mir dann sehr viele Schemazeichnungen angeguckt und für meine Größe folgende Maße festgelegt:Halsausschnitt vorn 13 cm, hinten 2 cmTrägerbreite: 9cmÄrmelausschnitttiefe: 19cm"Oberbrustweite" 38 cm (Hälfte)Brustweite 48 cm (Hälfte)Und dann bin ich ( nicht mit excel, ich will das erstmal begreifen, welche Formeln dahinterstecken, bevor ich das via excel versuche zu berechnen) angefangen mein Muster auszurechnen. Meine Maschenprobe war groß und auch gewaschen/getrocknet.Ich habe eine Maschenprobe von  18,5 Maschen/ 33 Reihen auf 10cm.Dann musste ich überlegen, wie denn der Ausschnitt aussehen soll, denn ich will das ganze von oben und nahtlos stricken. Meine ersten Berechnungen waren ziemlich falsch, denn ich habe die nötigen Zunahmen gleich ab Schulternaht berechnet, das geht bei einem V-Ausschnitt vielleicht, für einen Rundhalsausschnitt macht das keinen Sinn. Also erstmal für 5 cm gerade runter geplant und dann die Zunahmen, natürlich auch nicht gleichmäßig, denn dann wird der ja wieder zum V-Ausschnitt. Also die Maschenprobe hergenommen und überlegt, wie denn die Basis aussehen kann.Ihr merkt, ziemlich viel Hirnjogging :) Abends führt das dann dazu, dass ich 2 Strickfreundinnen erstmal ziemlich viele Nachrichten geschickt habe, das dann aber irgendwann *klick* gemacht hat und ich vielleicht eine sinnige Lösung gefunden habe.Also alles, was ich so berechnet habe, zu Papier gebracht und losgestrickt. Beim Stricken der Seite ohne die Kellerfalte habe ich auch gleich gemerkt, dass ich da einen Denkfehler hatte und das korrigiert.Der Teil ist jetzt bis zu dem Punkt gestrickt, an dem ich die beiden "Seitenteile" zusammenfügen muss und jetzt bin ich angefangen, die Kellerfaltenseite zu stricken[...]



Spaß mit Flaggen um Selbstauslöser/fun with flags uhm remote controls

2017-01-08T11:41:09.304+01:00

(english in red below) Guten Morgen!Ich habe heute morgen einen Vorsatz für das neue Jahr "endlich rausfinden, wie der Selbstauslöser funktioniert" umgesetzt. Bekommen habe ich den Auslöser von 3 lieben Freundinnen letztes Jahr zu meinem 40. Geburtstag. Die vom Chinesischen ins Englische übersetzte Anleitung ist aber so grottig, dass damit kein Weiterkommen war. Heute habe im Internet dann Videos von anderen Auslösern dieser Marke gefunden, die mir weiterhalfen und habe dann gleich ein paar Fotos gemacht.Ich hatte Spaß mit Flaggen ähm dem SelbstauslöserGood morning everybody, this morning I lived up to one of my New Years resolutions "figure out how to use the remote control for my camera". I got the remote control from 3 dear friends for my 40th birthday but the instructions are translated from Chinese into English and are so horrible, that I couldn't figure out what to put where. So this morning I looked up some youtube videos for other models and it clicked and then the shutter clicked :)Eigentlich bin ich ja dabei meine Flickwäsche wegzunähen bzw. stricken, aber ein zwischen den Tagen bestellter Reißverschluß ist immer noch nicht da, also habe ich die Zeit genutzt und ein Probemodell für zukünftige Sommeroberteile/Unterhemden genäht. Der Schnitt ist aus dem Adventskalender von Frau Näähglück und heißt Alla, gefunden habe ich ihn im Shop aber nicht.Technically I'm sewing up/knitting up my mending pile but a zipper I need to repair a jacket is still in the mail, although I ordered it on boxing day. So I used the time to make up a muslin for future summer tops/camisoles. The pattern is by Näähglück from her Adventcalendar and is called Alla.  I couldn't find it in the shop though.Das Schnittmuster stellte keine Herausforderung dar. Letztendlich sind es nur 3 Nähte und die Einfassung der Armausschnitte sowie des Halsausschnittes. Der Stoff ist von einer Tunika für die Zwillinge übrig und ist Baumwoll/Lycrajersey oder so was in der Art. Ich habe Größe 40/42 zugeschnitten und das ganze um 3 cm verlängert. Wenn ich die Fotos so anschaue muss ich, glaube ich noch eine Anpassung fürs Holkreuz einbauen. Mal gucken. The pattern is really easy to sew. Just 3 seams and the binding for the armhole/sleeves. Nothing to write home about. I used fabric left over from a tunic for the kids (cotton jersey with some nylon content). I used a size 40/42 and lengthened the camisole by 3 cm. I thing I might need a sway back adjustment.Ich bin mit dem Unterhemd ganz zufrieden. Für ein Sommeroberteil baue ich vielleicht noch ein bisschen Mehrweite für den Bauch ein. Der Stoff ist aber schon eher grausig, sieht untendrunter aber keiner.As a camisole I like the pattern as it is. For a summertop I might add a little more ease to the tummy area. It's a tad too tight there. The fabric itself is horrible but since it will be hidden under other clothing I don't care. [...]



Onion 20047

2017-01-05T15:35:28.578+01:00

Hallo allerseits, (english below)

sorry, dass ich ein bisschen vom Erdboden verschwunden war. Mein Rechner war kaputt und durch meinen Podcast (deutsch) bin ich zeitlich schon ziemlich eingebunden. Aber ich versuche dieses Jahr besser zu werden und öfter zu bloggen, schließlich habe ich ja auch schon länger meine Kamera und eigentlich mache ich damit auch viel lieber Fotos...

Also hier mein erstes Projekt 2017, ein Kleid für die Zwillinge.
Das Schnittmuster ist Onion 20047, meine englische Schnittmusterbesprechung füge ich hier nach dem Foto ein. Aber letztendlich ist das nur ein simples Raglanshirt mit 4 Schnittmusterteilen. Genäht habe ich aus einem Stoff von Glünz Stoffe, Größe 128

Hi everybody,

sorry, that I was gone for so long. My computer broke and I had to replace it and recording my German podcast each month takes a lot of my spare time and then there's ravelry... I try to be better this year and blog more often, since I do have a nice camera now and I like taking pictures with it.

So, here's my first project of the year and my last (the dress on the hanger, which is losely based on an Ottobre pattern). The pattern is Onion 20047 which I got from my friend Maria and here's my review

Pattern Description: Kids shirt or dress with raglan sleeves either long or short sleeved  

Pattern Sizing:EU 98-140, I used a size 128 for my 6 yr. old and made a dress, that is about kneelength maybe a tad longer.  
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, pretty much.
Were the instructions easy to follow?They are in Danish but the pattern is just 4 pieces: Front, back, sleeve and the necklineband. So it's not much to trace (I don't like printing patterns and glueing them together...) and if you've ever made a t-shirt this shouldn't be too hard to make without instructions.  
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It's a quick and easy pattern to make and the simple lines of the pattern let the fabric speak for itself. A great pattern for all the fun jersey prints out there. Plus it's genderneutral, so you can use the same pattern for boys and girls.
 Fabric Used: Cotton jersey
 Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none  
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes and yes
 Conclusion: Quick to make, I think I made the dress in about an hour or two (over the course of 2 evenings) and I will def. make more since twin no.1 wants a dress too now and I have a lot of cute fabrics that most likely will go out of favour once the kids start school



Summertop with no name (yet)

2016-07-30T13:42:45.211+02:00

Hi everybody,

I hope, you have a great summer! Ours was really wet so far, but the last week came around with nicer weather and my urge to knit a summertop resurfaced. A top, that I design myself, that is.

In 2008 I bought some 100% silk yarn at ArtFibres is San Francisco. Undyed silk yarn that is. A very unflattering colour on me. Why did I buy it? No idea, maybe it was the sheen.

So I overdyed it:
I used Procion MX cold reactive dyes to preserve the sheen. As you can see, that worked well.
Next step:
Sketch

I used a croquis from Tracing Real Body Models, which helped a lot, but still I can't draw a bit. I think the box pleat isn't well drawn but mostly it's for me to remember what I had envisioned.

Now I'm swatching.





Summerjackets of 2016

2016-06-25T10:54:19.870+02:00

Just before we left for Mallorca I finished the girls jackets for this summer, after not beeing able to find lightweight cotton jackets in the store or at goodwill/fleamarket in the first place.
The pattern I used is Fee by Farbenmix and I'm really underwhelmed by this pattern.
There were so many issues, starting with the statement "add seamallowance" and not telling HOW much s.a. and when I used my standard 1,5 s.a. I didn't have enough fabric for the "coat" it was supposed to be, so I had to shorten the whole shebang.
Then no word on interfacing, not a single one.
The "coat" can be sewn reversible, so there's no back facing. So I drafted one myself (and interfaced that) and not a word on how to make a lining, so it doesn't rip when the jacket/coat is worn.

I'm so happy, that I learned to sew from a teacher, who taught us all those things, otherwise I would have been really disappointed with my final product.

I understand that companies do have to limit their wording in printed patterns but the company has a tutorial for this jacket on its website. There would have been so much digital space to put everthing in there, that I think is necessary to ensure a good product.

The jackets travelled with us to Mallorca, so that's why they are wrinkly in the pictures.
Fabric: From stoffe.de and Michas Stoffecke. The lining is from my stash.






Homemade mustard

2016-04-30T13:58:35.575+02:00

When going thru my freezercontent I remembered, that I still had some frozen cornel cherry puree from last autumn, when my friend harvested her cornel cherry tree and traded some of the puree for a homemade bread.Cornelian cherry trees are pretty common as decorative trees in gardens here. The fruits are edible but the pits are pretty hard to get out. My friend has a technique using her kitchen mixer. I need to talk to a) her, how it is done and b) my neighbours next year, since they have a tree in their garden and don't use the fruits.After making blackberry and cornel cherry jam I still had plenty puree left. The puree itself is pretty tart but has a really high Vitamin C content ( like a local superfood) and I ate some with applesauce adding a little sugar. Even the kids had some, since the puree is reaaaaaally pink.So, what to do with the leftovers? After making quince mustard last autumn I decided to make cornel cherry mustard.Making mustard is really easy. You needBowlsa food processor or a coffeegrindera spoon for mixingtable and teaspoonsa scaleclean jam jars for storing the mustard white/brown mustard seedscherry pureesugarvinegaranisseedpimentosaltI used this recipeTo make the mustard, you need to grind the mustard seed and the pimento really fine  using the blender. I admit, that I used finely ground aniseed and put the star aniseed into the picture because it looked so nice. Next  mix everything together and leave the mixture open overnight for fermentation.Fill into the jars and let the mustard ripen for about 3 weeks before tasting. The mustard is realls strong at the beginning and gets mellower over time.The colour will turn more brownish over time.[...]



Using up the older stash

2016-04-16T13:37:36.079+02:00

Recently a fellow knitter on ravelry put up some fabric for sale and me beeing me, I just couldn't resist buying from her.
The fabric is on the way and somehow that urged me to use up older stash. I made 2 shirts for me using the Kirsten Kimono Tee but I haven't taken pictures of that (or of my new dress).
I got a remote control for my camera for my birthday, but I need to figure out how to use it.

My husband is more the point and shoot type of guy, when it comes to taking pictures and my own standards of how pictures SHOULD like isn't met by his way of taking pictures. So I will play with the remote control soon and will show you my new projects.

I can show you a shirt I made for the twins though. Using fabric they chose at the beginning of 2015. It's definitely not my taste but it was great for trying this new to me pattern (although I had it in the pattern stash for ages as well)


 Pattern: Jenny by Farbenmix

My current knitting project (one of three I have to admit) is a mash up from two patterns.
The sweater is "Blank canvas" by Ysolda Teague and the stripe pattern is from "Elfe" by Astrid Schramm. Both patterns are available thru ravelry.

I'm using a yarn by Schachenmayr called Extra Merino, that I bought at a storehouse sale in 2014, so that counts as older stash as well.

The pattern is straight forward and what you can see in the pictures was knitted within 2 weeks, so it's a fast knit, even in a DK weight yarn.



Me and bread

2016-03-20T10:11:03.514+01:00

sorry, not Brad ;) but bread.

I love bread. I love eating bread (if it's still warm, just with butter). I love the crust and the smell and everything about freshly baked bread.
Ever since I got my sourdough (I tried to make my own sourdough starter but I failed at that a couple of times) I bake most of our own bread. I went down that slippery slope and now I do have about 20kg of different kinds of flour at home at most times (wheat, rye, spelt and some old varieties of grain).

Yesterday and Friday I baked the following things

Einkornwheatbread with Quinoapops
 Raisinbreadrolls
Figbread

and last but not least an eggless blackberry cake (I collected the blackberries during the autumn and had them in my freezer) that was supposed to be a blueberry cake. I thought I still had blueberries in the freezer but it seems, that I didn't. My friends told me, that the blackberries were a good substitude though (I didn't try it, since this year for lent I don't eat sweets)







On making

2016-03-14T17:27:14.355+01:00

Kate from the "a playful day" podcast has annoced 2016 to be "the makers year" and asked in one of her latest episode, what making means to us.So, what does "making" means to me.I think, making is a huge part of what I am. I work in a business enviroment. I'm surrounded by numbers and balance sheets the whole time, that I'm there. And while I really enjoy, what I'm doing and while my work really satisfies my need to use my brain and think in complex patterns of economy and how it affects my customers, in the end of the day, I simply can't see the results of my work.I do come from a pretty frugal family. We lived in an old farmhouse and had chicken, ducks and pigs when I grew up as well as an orchard and 2 vegetable gardens. My grandfather and tons of generations before that where farmers. My grandma (who lived with us or better, we lived with her since she had interited the house from her grandmother) was a trained cook, who had to make do without her male relatives during both WWI and WWII, where two of her three brothers died.(In comparison to people, like my maternal grandmother, who had to flee from her home during WWII and was held captured by the Russian army, they had a live in luxury with enough food not to starve. Both her family and the PIO, who had to work on their farm)When my family decided to give up the farm and my father was unemployed for quiet a while, money was tight. So most things we had, where the things we grew. My maternal grandmother sewed (and mended all of our clothing, if something ripped), my mother knitted and my other grandmother crocheted. There was canning and we pickled a lot of vegetables.I think, that's when I became a maker. I was surrounded by makers. Even as a child I enjoyed baking and making jam (and had to endure, that the other people in my class thought I was a little odd, when I wore my first handknit sweater to school at the end of 8th grade. That was when knitting was really uncool).Seeing, that I can make something with my own two hands, gives me a huge amount of joy. Beeing able to see, what I made, to hold it in my hands, makes it so worthwhile.I admit, that beeing able to mend my or my childrens clothing also brings me the joy, of knowing, that I reduced the landfill bit, also makes me happy. Plus, there might be another child, who will enjoy the garments, after my children have outgrown it.When I make things, I concentrate on those things, and dark thoughts are more unlikely to appear. I sometimes joke, that I could feel, that the worst of my PPD was over, when I was able to knit again.These days, I'm knitting and sewing and baking.All these things connect me with people, I sometimes call "my people", people who get, that I make my own yarn, that I spend hours and hours knitting something and than giving it away, or that I order 20kg of flour from a mill, who grow and mill old varieties of grain.I'm a maker and I'm so proud of it![...]



Another mending post

2016-02-21T15:08:30.175+01:00

Somehow my mending pile is always there, no matter how often I mend. Lately it seems that a lot of trousers/jeans are getting holes at our house. And not just the kids jeans, my husband also is very capable to getting holes into his jeans.
As we try to limit the things we throw away I got back to putting patches onto the holes. But a) it's boring and b) tedious sometimes.
So I thought about how to make the patches more fun (at least for the kids. I don't think, my husband want's fun patches after putting the fabric I used for the kids jeans below on his.... I bought gray corduroy for the next pair my husband wears thru). And I remembered a fellow sewist making reverse appliqué when making a quilt. So I looked up reverse appliqué on jeans but I couldn't find a tutorial so I went with what I thought would be right and I think, the jeans came out cute, although my second daugther already told me, she wanted patches with unicorns on them....






The 2015 christmas dress

2015-12-12T15:52:41.184+01:00

Ha, guess what, I'm still around and still sewing but with working, two podcasts and two kids I somehow got behind on blogging again. But I as I mentioned I'm still sewing and the girls dresses for christmas are in the making.

I chose to use stash fabrics only this year. So the girls are getting very cosy and cuddly dresses out of a velveteenish fabric (in German it's called Nicky) which has a knit base.

It's really cosy but let me tell you, it's not much fun to sew. I have small bits of thread flying around everywhere and installing the zipper was a challenge (thanks to wondertape and a permanent marker they had to give up in the end)

The pattern is a  ottobre kids pattern from 2013 if I recall correctly. I made a size 104 widthwise and a size 122 for length and it seems to be o.k. that way.

Here are some pictures





No Pictures

2015-06-25T15:06:23.763+02:00

Hi everybody,
I have a few days off work. So instead of blogging, I'm spending time with my family. I'd love to show you pictures but I refuse to download an app for that!
At least I migzt be able to show a picture that I uploaded to ravelry
(image)



More boring sewing but exciting knitting

2015-06-11T19:39:53.443+02:00

Hello everybody,
the weather has turned to be more summerish here in Northern Germany. It's not that it is REALLY summer but the sun is shining and I spend a lot of time outside with the kids, so my sewing time is even more limited and I also spend the evenings sitting outside or I'm just so tired, that sewing isn't really an option. Plus my mending pile isn't that inviting, but I'm perservering and I managed to mend/alter 4 more things this week. I'm getting closer to see the bottom of that box


At the moment I'm mostly working on the shirts for the twins, since I have my coverlock threaded with pink yarn and that kind of matches most of the things in there. There's also a pair of tights that need darning but I might take those with me to Denmark to work on something at the beach. I've decided that once we go to Denmark it will be warm and summery there ;)


Since my sewing is so boring, I thought I'd show you something a lot more exciting. As I mentioned, I'm working on Stutzen by Amanda Scheuzger. It's an awesome knit. Seeing the pattern evolving is so addictive. Actually it is so addictive, that I'm not working on my Looking back by Joji Locatelli and I need to work on that. It seems a bit small. I'm at the point were the front and backs are joined and I want to knit a couple of rows after that and then wash and block it. Once it is blocked I can try it on and see if it will fit thru the shoulders. If not, I'm going back to square one and redo my math.




Mending makes for a boring blogpost

2015-06-03T19:43:31.172+02:00

Yet that is what I did most of last weeks sewing bits.



 The twins have had another groth spurt and the only thing that is getting longer is the torso. So none of the shirts the two have are long enough. The sleeves and the width is just fine, I'm just not into the show me your belly button look for small children (I don't like it with most grown up women either)

So at a fleamarket I bought 11 shirts second hand for about 20 Euro. Not bad. They all fit torsowise but the sleeves are way to long. So I started shorting sleeves on some of them, since E & M just don't like fold over sleeves. Geesh. Life would be so much easier.


I even spend 2 precious sewing hours at my sewing group trying to get my coverlock to cooperate. I had envisioned shortening all of the 11 shirts in the 2 hours, but I came home with 3 kind of shortened shirts. The yarn kept breaking and there were ugly holes and I had to rip out all of the coverseams and I was really annoyed as you might guess.

On the way home it dawned on me, that changing the needles might be the solution. So at home, I threw away the old needles, installed new ones and baaaam, the coverlock works just fine again.

So 3 shirts done. I needed a break after that and wipped out a very simple raglan shirt from an 2011 issue of ottobre for the twins out of fabric a fellow knitter gave me (it was already cut out in a bigger size. I guess her daughter outgrew the pink phase before my friend could finish the shirt).

(not the best picture but the kids are already in bed). There has already been a fight, whos shirt this is going to be. I take that as a good sign.

There's also a new knitting project on my needles.
Pattern: Stutzen by Amanda Scheuzger
Yarn: Dye for yarn, Merino-silk-fingering. To dye for :)








What's next

2015-05-20T15:32:44.752+02:00

So, the jackets are done and I kind was lost. I knew there was a project that I had to start but that required a bit more planning and last week I was really short on time.
And by now I really can't talk about that project.
So I stalled out a bit and made a project bag first for one of my fellow knitters from the knit night here in Kiel





Do you see that name tag? I went to BerlinKnits a yarn festival in our capital last weekend with other knitting friends and I had a blast. I did not take any classes but enjoyed the atmosphere and did a little shopping.
Really! Just very few things came with me:

The yarn is Dye for yarn in their merino/silk blend and the fibre was given to me by the knitting friend I made the bag for.

And this is my total haul
I think, I did fairly well. I kept a lot of cards, so I know, what to buy online, if my stash is reduced in about 25 years




Done!

2015-05-13T19:42:58.677+02:00

I'm done and here's my review





Pattern Description: Kids jacket or coat, with or without hood or a Peter Pan style collar. The hood and the pockets are lined, the jacket/coat is unlined.

I made the jacket with the hood.

Pattern Sizing: 92 - 116 cm (European). I made a size 116 length jacket but thought it was very short, so I lengthend the pattern by 5 cm and could easily have added a couple of more cm since my daughters have long torsos. I cut everything a size 110width wise. Per chart I could have used a size 98 width for my skinnier twin daughter but that was too much of a hassle and I guess a size 110 was a good choice.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I did add the pockets to the jacket, since I did lengthen it and a jacket without pockets is not an option for my kids. Where else would they put all the things they find during the day?

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern is well drafted and written. Stupid me, had more problems than neccessary. But that was my fault. I haven't sewn anything more involved in ages. Like a completely lined jacket (I decided to line the whole jacket).
The only thing I did not like was that it is short and the sleeves also run kind of short. I guess it will be o.k. with short sleeved t-shirts but with long sleeved shirts or dresses it does look too short in the sleeves.

Fabric Used: Woven cotton from stash (bought 2011!) and a rayon lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Lengthening the jackets
2. Line everything
3. Add pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Since I made the biggest size and it's already too short, I guess I won't be making it again any time soon but I woul

Conclusion:
The kids are happy and I think they are very cute in their new jackets.






The second time it's easier

2015-05-06T19:42:36.053+02:00

and I mean easIER not easy. Although the pattern is not hard at all, I again had some problems (like remember leaving seams open for turning the jacket inside out and many more little details).

But this time, I won't bother you with the details this time.

Today the stars aligned (o.k. I had the car serviced and had to leave work early and my friend picked up the twins from Kindergarten, since we alternate every Wednesday, so our kids have time to play before going to dance"class") and I had more than 15 minutes to spend on the second jacket.

Very little is left to do. Finish bagging the lining, doing very little handsewing and then the buttons. I managed to order the wrong sized buttons. In my prain 1.5 cm is waaaay bigger than it is in reality and now I have 10 buttons, that are too small. Therefore I need to go to the fabric shop and shop for buttons. Dang!

I'm so happy with the progress I made so far. The only thing I kind of regret, is that I lined the pockets with the same teal rayon lining. I should have used something lighter since the facing is now glaring at me.

So, next week I hope, both jackets will be finished. There's a project that I really need to start!




Gray hair

2015-04-29T19:39:47.806+02:00

So, my next weekly update!

These jackets are the reason I'm featuring 10% more gray hair than at the beginning of the year. I swear!

I feel like a Rookie sewing something lined for the first time EVER.
After the pocket incident one should think, that I got that make your pattern if the pattern has a facing down. Obviously not.
The facing is part of the front pieces, so it is cut on. Of course I just folded the facing under and used the remaining pattern as my lining pattern. Oh stupidity!

When I figured out, I had the lining finished (with the sleeves attached and everything). So to make up for it, I had to rip out the shoulder seam thus rip out one sleeve. After that I just ripped out part of the lining, cut off the access, sewed the lining to the facing piece and sewed a wonky shoulder seam with a little hole in it.

AND I also forgot the opening for turning the whole shebang inside out, after bagging the lining. Well, the next one should be better.


At least one of the jackets is nearly done and M. tried her jacket on today. I'm so happy, that I lengthened the jacket (I did not make the coat but view A) by 5 cm.





Smart Days

2015-04-22T19:24:44.453+02:00

Do you know that feeling?
There are smart days, were I can sew EVERYTHING without a single mistake and then there are not so smart days.
I admit, I had a few of those lately. I think, I'm kind of out of sync with sewing and need to get back into it.
Like when I was sewing the pockets for the girls jackets. I was annoyed, that there wasn't a pattern for the pocket lining, when the instructions clearly said "sew lining to the outer fabric". So I folded the facing over and added s.a. and voilá pocket lining pattern. Or so I thought.
Wrong! Obviously I should have drawn a line where the facing met the rest of the pattern and cut out that with s.a.. Of course that dawned on me, when the 2 pockets I had already made turned out wonky and big. So I recut everything and sewed 4 cute little pockets. Only that I forgot to leave an opening to turn everything inside out.

After the pockets were done, I started on the pocket flaps. Those also looked pretty big, so I refered back to the pattern. Plus they did look pretty familiar sizewise. Turns out, that there aren't any pocket flaps but that the flaps were the pocket lining.

Next: Tab in the back. Forgot to leave an opening AGAIN.

I decided to work on the hoods instead. I haven't sewn something straight to a curved edge in ages. I admit, one of the linings has pleats in it and will forever have those pleats. One hood is completely done, the other just has the lining. I'm currently sewing all the teal pieces and the outer fabric of one of the jackets is red. It's easier not to rethread all the time but finish everything teal (the red jacket has a teal lining as well).

To make a long story short: I messed up and that is, why the only picture you get today is this
(see you in a week)




Pictures

2015-04-17T16:02:48.953+02:00

I've been taking pictures yesterday and I thought, I'd share some with you





A lot of sewing

2015-04-16T14:25:43.804+02:00

and nothing to show. You might be glad to hear, that I'm kind of sticking with my plan to sew for 15 minutes each day.


Some days I don't manage to sew at all thanks to tons of appointments or just beeing reaaaally exhausted in the evenings or thanks to my 4th cold in a row but I try to make up for that the next day.


Last week I started cutting out the lining for the jackets. And I'm done with that. For some reason ironing the fabric took longer than expected. I even started sewing but managed to screw up the pockets (I ask you, how hard is it to make 2 small lined pockets. Obviously very hard. Need to recut and re-sew them)


On Saturday my sister came over and we finally started working on a skirt, for which we had bought fabric LAST year around this time. It's a lovely wool felt with roses felted into the fabric. The seller told her just to make a tube, add some darts and voilá skirt.


Somehow that did not feel right for me and I drafted her a pattern using this tutorial. So easy! I highly recommend it. Then I made her sew a lining first, so we could check the pattern I made. And it fit! I whish I had taken more pictures.
While she was sewing the lining I cut out the main fabric (here comes the only picture I took...)






I kind of liked the idea of not having side seams (less bulk and no matching of the pattern) I just pinned the pattern pieces together at the side seams directly onto the fabric and used the hip curve as a dart. Worked really well. We ended up with her needing to insert the zipper. I tried "basting" it with wondertape but either my wondertape was too old or it just doesn't like sticking to wool felt. I hope to meet up soon with her to be able to take a picture of the hopefully finished skirt.



15 minutes a day

2015-04-08T20:08:32.163+02:00

The last few years I've been knitting more and more and sewing less and less.I guess with the kids, it's just easier to sit down in the room where there would be just fighting, if I don't sit there(I know that for sure, since there's still something called housework and while DH is doing his share, I work part time and my share therefore should be a bit bigger. If I "indulge" in houseworko.k. if I do the dreaded housework/laundry/whatever, at some point there will be fighting between the girls and sometimes it's just easier to be there and they then play well together without hair flying thru the hair  (don't laugh, that has happend a few times). But I admit, that I sometimes flee the living room go upstairs and let them play and they are coming upstairs if things got broken or somebody got hurt. They have to learn it eventually and I know, they do posses the skills to get out of a fight without me beeing around.But back to the topic: I really want to get back to sewing. I have tons and tons of fabric and tons and tons of patterns and I need to make them before the kids grew out of the "cute" fabric or the patterns, that don't go up to the bigger sizes plus my wardrobe is lacking shirts/dresses and skirts. O.k. skirts not so much but I have that cute skirt pattern here and I really want to make that one.So I set myself the goal to sew 15 minutes a day or do something sewing related like pinning, copying patterns or even pressing the fabric. Small steps! And so far I'm enjoying that (todays sewing related thing will be the writing of this blog post).I even took pictures a few days!Currently I'm working on burda 9458, a downloadable pattern from burdastyle.de It's a pattern for a coat/jacket for little girls and I'm making summer jackets for the twins (who btw. have the internet name "rockstars". I'm going to tell that story another time)I'm not using PUL since the two do already own softshell jacket but I'm making the jackets out of plain cotton using a rayon for the lining.So here are the pictures. M. is going to get the toadstool(?) fabric and E. choose the red fabric for her jacket. Both are getting teal fabric for the pocketplackets and the lining of the hood. I opted for a hood since it does get windy here.So far all the outer fabrics plus the lining of the hood are cut and next will be cutting the lining but I have to "make" a lining pattern first, since the original jacket is unlined per burda instructions.And of course Greebo had to help. And while sewing yesterday the twins wanted to help as well, so they were allowed to cut up all the leftovers I had no other use forIt's also great for using fine motor skills. And finetuning those is always useful, in my opion.  And then there was some mending. It feels, like once I finish one thing from the mending pile, there are 15 new things added to the pile, so I'm trying to finish one thing a week! That's for now but tomorrow is another day![...]



Goodbye Sir Pterry

2015-03-13T09:06:42.693+01:00

So yesterday Sir Terry Pratchett died.


He was one of the most beloved authors in our house and although I have never have met him in person, I'm heartbroken.


With his books he brought so much joy and happiness to me (and I bet to thousands of other readers) in times were I felt alone, sad and devastated.


He had such a unique kind of humor and his satire made me think a lot.


Sir Terry, you will be missed.



Hitofude

2015-01-24T12:58:15.591+01:00

Obviously I'm in a time sucking vortex or something (o.k. the kids are down with Bronchitis, so that might be a clue why I haven't had time to do ANYTHING) so the pictures from Christmas are still on the camera.

A bit of knitting has happend though and I'm also sewing a bit for "Fasching" (that is something typical to Mid- to South Germany not so much for the North, where I'm living. People get dressed up and party a lot. There are parades and stuff.) for the kids. M. has decided she want's to be a magician but in a fairy kind of way (I told her, if she wants to dress like a princess she can take on of the 4 princess dressess she has.

E. want to be a wizzardess in a fairy kind of way (not to be confused with a magician fairy! Totally different although the dresses will be fairly the same but to her it's important, that it's not the same). Again no picture.

But I took a picture of my current knitting project. I'm working on Hitofude by Hiroku Fukatsu, available for 1,74 Euro via ravelry. It's a steal! It's a well written pattern and there are tons of finished objects on ravelry.

I'm knitting my Hitofude out of Wolle Rödel Micro Uno a fingering microfibre yarn, that I got for free from a fellow knitter (only had to pay for the shipping). The yarn is very soft and very slippery but has a great sheen and I hope it won't pill too much.

I have no idea why the picture has different colours to it. Sorry for that

I'm at repeat No. 10 out of 11 and those are both sleeves, which are knitted at once in one piece.

At the pace I'm knitting I guess it will be well into spring before I can wear it. Still I'm already thinking about the next sweater. I'm weird like that.




Crazy at the end of the year

2014-12-28T13:33:53.259+01:00

hi everybody,
i hope, that you had great holidays, whatever you chose to celebrate (of you celebrated, that is)

our holidays were actually pretty laid back, mainly because most of us had/have a cold, that refuses to leave with a bad caugh, that hurts.

Like every year I try to finish all my projects but today I even started a new one and that involes Patchwork. I can hear you gasp but it's just 2 projectbags, so small and simple
There were also the annual Christmas dresses but I hope to get around to download the pictures from my point-and-shoot-camera soon, so there will be an extra blogpost about that.

Have a great time!