Monday, June 30, 2014

A very retro-inspired Tiramisu

Hi folks,

let me proudly present to you my latest make:
a Tiramisu.
It´s actually my second version and much improved too :-)

I found the fabric, a soft drapey viscosejersey, at the market "Stoffmarkt Holland", a travelling fabric market that comes to Potsdam every three months for one day only. And fell in love with this aquamarine color and little white polka dots (of course).

My first version of the Tiramisu by Cake patterns was made of a similar fabric, yet I had my problems with the right sizing of the bodice. My torso is rather long and my boobs small, so I decided on going with a size 30 (the smallest available). During the first fitting I sadly found out that it was much too short. Luckily I had some fabric left and cut the bodice again, same size but about six centimeters longer than before. That did the trick. In the end I had to take in some of the sideseams (about two centimeters at eacht side) to make it fit at the waist, and I like the result alltogether.

With this version I wanted it to sit right at my natural waist, so I widened the waistband on top of the longer bodice pieces, and now I just love the result.

The white seambinding gives a nice and clean finish to it, imagine white gloves and a poodle and I could step right into a Cary Grant Movie...

I added the pockets to this one (where I omitted them with the first version) and they don´t make the hips look bigger at all (which was a concern at first).

In short, I love this dress. 
Hopefully the summer will remember to come along to play soon, or it will just hang in my drawer and wait for better weather!

I will wear it to my Salsa dance class on Sunday anyway.

Hope you like it as much as I do:-)

Cheers, and happy sewing,

Monday, June 23, 2014

A staple dress and -blouse

Hi peeps,

as usual, it´s been a while since my last post, but work is rolling in and I still didn´t manage to clone myself, so some things simply have to wait...

But then, I made some pretty stuff since I last posted, mostly dresses of which I want to show you my two versions of the staple dress which was included in the previous Perfect pattern parcel.

I found this cotton/viscose blend on my favorite fabric market, Maybachufermarkt, here in Berlin. It´s always fun to browse between the stalls, touch and feel the fabrics, have a little chat with Mahmud and his colleages and sample some of the Maroccan food thats being offered. It´s one of my favorite pasttimes on a Saturday after cleaning the flat and shopping groceries. I take a ride to Neukölln and enjoy the atmosphere at the market. Should you ever come to Berlin, don´t miss it, every Saturday from eleven am to five pm.

Back to the fabric. I love those big Hibiscus flowers on white ground, the fabric has a nice drape and is very lightweight, doesn´t crumple and feels cool against the skin.

I made the staple dress with a normal seam, maybe next time I will try the high-low seam version.

The dress came together pretty easily, ok, the pattern is for beginners and I was finished in a few hours.
Shoulder seams were made with french seams, I like the clean look that gives to the inside of a garment.
The shirring in the middle sits a little too high for my liking, a fact I eliminated with the blouse from the same pattern. Due to the lightweight fabric I decided to omit the pockets as I didn´t want my hips to be emphazised too much. I added just two rows of shirring on that one. My machine (a Singer curvy) had no problems whatsoever with the elastic in the bobbin.

I am rather pleased with the result as you can see. Only the weather changed and it is too cold to wear this dress at the moment. But hope never dies, huh?

On with number two:
A blouse from the same pattern, with a very different fabric. This time it´s a pure cotton, a little stiff but with a nice feel to it, a lovely print (or so I think) and so very easy to sew, my Machine almost purred while sewing it.... :-)
Unfortunately I cut it too short, and it looked like a bad joke when I tried it on for the first I simply cut another 20 centimeters and added them to the hem. Now it looks hot (again only my opinion...)
and I will wear this a lot (at least if it will ever be warm again here).

But have a look for yourself and tell me what you think!

Ok, bad hair day inclusive, but not too bad or is it?
I like the blouse and the dress. All in all a time well spent. I´m thinking about a jersey version in a plain color, with pockets, just to be on the practical side for once.

And just for fun a little goodie as a nice finish:

Have fun sewing guys and keep your fingers crossed for the time to pass fast until I can finally pack my stuff for the Great Oz Experience.....
Til then,
happy sewing :-)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lovely Nettie

Hi peeps,

here I am again.
I promised you to show off my Nettie (recently released by the talented Heather Lou) as soon as there are some adequate pictures... well, since my good friend Alexandra stayed with me last week, we made a few shots that I´m not totally ashamed of, so I can present to you my two Netties.

The third is still on my sewing table as this time I want to try out the snap crotch option and didn´t have the right supplies while making the first two versions. Number one, the high front neckline, the very low back neckline:

made from a black superthin and strechy spandex, more for dance class than actual street wear... but I like the dramatically low back.

I´m wearing an A-cup, if anything at all, so I excluded the breast-pads.

Version number two is a more everyday wearable piece, this time I made the scooped front and back neckline in a four-way-strech cotton/viscose blend in black and white stripes with red bias binding. Love this one:-)

Since I am a long-torsoed gal, I lengthened the body for about 3cm, seeing the pooling of fabirc at the back I think I will reduce that a little and make a swayback adjustment for number three. Also, the shoulders of Nettie are very narrow and tend to fall off  the shoulder... maybe I will lengthen them a little to stop the drop.

Paired with my red Hollyburn it´s a real showstopper :-)

I also like the sporty look the stripes provide.
I chose the 3/4 sleeves both times as I think this length suits me most. 

Ok, my legs are still as white as a Mozzarella cheese from Italy, but it is only the beginning of June and the sun didn´t grace us with her presence very often so far. There are still about 88 days until I leave for Down Under, so plenty of time left to accquire some tan :-)
Speaking of Australia, today I bought my first bottle of sunscreen with 50+. Never used it before, the sun isn´t that dangerous in these parts, but it´s good to be prepared.
Don´t think a Nettie will accompany me on this trip, I have to keep my luggage light. But still, I am really thrilled with this pattern and will definitely try a pattern hack with it, like cutting off the bottom and taking the top as a crop top with a high waisted pair of pants or a slim pencil skirt.... so versatile this pattern. It came together really fast and the description is easy to understand and follow. At first I thought a bodysuit is so 80´s and I never missed these pieces, but I rediscovered my passion for them. The striped one will be worn a lot this summer.

So, this is the last May post this year and I kept my pledge. Only thing I will change from now on is not to buy fabric randomly anymore, just because I like it. My stash is bursting already and it takes away from sewing sustainably and economically. 
I do sew for fun, but I want to focus more on sewing what I need not only what I like.

However, there is a new Perfect Pattern Parcel out and I would recommend it to any home sewer. This time there are even five patterns in it if you pay 28 Dollar or more. I think it´s a wonderful idea to pair up independent pattern designers and charity organisations to benefit from each other. As soon as I found out there is a new one, I got it. So the next dress on my cutting table will be the Staple dress from April Rhodes. Interested? Do pop over to Perfect pattern parcel and buy your copy of four/five lovely patterns to follow your passion and stuff your closet with beautiful selfmade garments AND do good with a donation to a charity organisation. Can´t be any better.

That´s about it for today peeps, see you in time to report about my new dress or more of these cute little cork-men I found in Berlin.

Happy sewing and stay safe.