Ready to… wear?

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When I felt in love with the Lotta dress by Compagnie-M, my little bean was much to small for a size 1Y. But, that`s exactly where the size range starts. As I`m not a very rational being, i couldn`t wait until she`ll be big enough. And of course, I was much to lazy to size it down. I just sewed the smallest size, prepared to wait more than half a year until she`ll be able to wear it, actually. Kind of silly, I know.

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I seems like she`s rather small, I thought, that she could probably wear it on her first birthday. But nope. I had to wait, until she was 16 months old. Every time, when I opened her closed I saw this nice dress. I don`t know how many times she had to try it on, just to put it back on the hanger for an other month.

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She doesn`t understand, what`s the meaning of the pockets. Nonetheless, they`re seem to be funny.

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I can`t remember why I went for the button closure (that`s just one of three options). It looks nice on the hanger. But when she`s wearing it, I do not really like the look. Do you see what I mean? Next time, I would install a zipper for sure!

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The dress is lined with silk. It`s so soft, it feels good on the skin. Silk is such a beautiful material, it`s like water to sew with.

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Oh, I nearly forgot to introduce you to Rosalie, the co-star in this shooting. It was her first stuffed friend (and is still her only one), she`s much loved!

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I really made my dress a few cm shorter, just to save some of this beautiful fabric for her. It was exactly enough, to make this tinny little babydoll. Even though, I had to be creative. Sometimes, I ask myself, does it just happen to me? It seems like, I always have barely enough fabric.

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I wanted to show the different shades of color on the bodice too. As the squares are quite big, I went for a patchwork. I like the result!

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I`m not a patchworker, but I didn`t go for straight squares. I wanted it to look like the design on the skirt. Probably I shouldn`t say that… i did it with my serger.

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The dress is self-drafted. I love the shoulder part. If you ask me, the boxy shape is a nice contrast to the smooth skirt fabric.

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Usually, if I come up with a new dress and ask her to try it on, she says no-no and walks away as fast as can be. But this time, she took the dress in her hands and tried to pull it over her head. As if to say, what a beautiful dress you made me, mummy. She couldn`t make me a bigger compliment. I was touched!

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Earflap Cap – Free Pattern and Tutorial

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It`s about 2 Months ago that I promised to share my Earflap Cap Pattern … I know, I know… . Better late than never. Yesterday we got snow again, that was my reminder. Here we go…

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I just love this cap, she wears it nearly every day. It holds her ears cozy and warm. If you`re in a hurry, you can sew up one in about 45 minutes. It`s an easy and fast project. Perfect, if you need a last-minute baby gift.

I`m not an artist, I don`t know why, I felt more like drawing this tutorial, rather than taking pictures. But I was in a mood. Hope that works for you.

Here is your pattern, be carefull not to scale the pattern while printing.

It`s for a head circumference of 46-48 cm. That should fit a baby from 12-18 Months.

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Note: This is a pattern without seam allowance. You may add 1 cm.

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Sew the side pieces to the middle piece. Right sides facing (RSF). Do the same with the lining fabric.

Sew the flap RSF together, crop the fabric around the curved edges. Turn right side out. Press.

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Baste the flap and the straps to the seam allowance of the fabric.

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Sew fabric and lining RSF together (flap and straps should be between this two layers!). Leave the middle part in the back open (as indicated in the drawing). Turn right sides out, through this opening.

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Sew the opening close. Sew the flap to the cap, with a few hand stitches.

Congrats, your done!

That`s how it should look like…

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share your procject with me… I would love to see your Caps.

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Drape, tuck and gather

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What`s first…? The idea, the fabric or the pattern? For me, that`s not always a straight path. Mostly, everything starts with an idea in my mind, find the perfect pattern and fabric for, is a second step. But this time, in the beginning there was this fabric. I purchased it maybe half a year ago. I just loved the colors, they dovetails nicely with my hair, I think. It`s a Nani Iro double gauze from Miss Matatabi. If you follow along, you may know, i`m a bit crazy about Nani Iro. Not for nothing, this is maybe the softest double gauze I ever owned. It drapes so nicely.

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It had to be a flowing robe, nothing fitted. You may remember my drape drape dress. This was my inspiration. I just wanted a dress, mostly made from one piece of fabric. Loosely draped around my body. I spent a few hours in front of a mirror, just to tuck everything in place. I own a dress-form with my measurements, but it didn’t work. I had to learn, that the movement of the body is the factor that changes everything. So I worked with my own body. Putting the dress on and off, sitting half-naked in front of the sewing machine. Just because, it took me to much time to get dressed and undressed between all those fittings.

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It was a lot of hand-sewing. You wan`t find a better fabric for that. There is just one visible seam on this dress… All the tucks and gathers are blind-stiched to the inner layer of the double gauze.

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Here you have it, my new years dress, I`m not going to wear. We don`t celebrate. I`m going to work this evening like I do every year. Doesn`t matter, I don`t mind. There`ll be a few opportunities to wear this dress next year, sure.

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I feel like a christmas tree in our garden…! Yes, it was f***ing cold. The whole photo shoot took about 1 minute. I just ran out, and Mr. Fliegfederfrei made a few pictures. And then back to the warm and cosy fire-place in the house. Happy new year you all!

Julia`s Secret

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I had the chance to test an other Compagnie M Pattern, the Julia sweater. It seems like i make it to a habit, to test her patterns. But, it`s just because they`re truly great. I always find a way, to make them my own. You probably saw a few Julia`s by now. Then you`ll notice, mine is a bit different. Not a big thing. I just changed the back piece to a low-backed one. It gives the sweater an entirely different look.

You can find a small tutorial on the end of the post.

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That`s julias Secret, it`s a versatile pattern who can change his appearance easily. I wan`t go into all the various options. Marte showed all her gorgeous version during the last week. Just have a look and you`ll get an idea!

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In the front, it`s a basic dolman sleeved sweater. Truly one to live in. I didn`t pull it off since I finished it. That speaks for itself! And that`s why… I had to sew a second one.

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In a very wonderful quilted knit fabric I found at Miss Matatabi (yes, I do shop there a lot).

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You may ask about the yellow stripes. It`s kind of a flat piping. I just cut a strip of yellow knit fabric, press it in half and sew it into the seam. Exactly, as you would do it with a piping. I think there is a special serger foot to do so, i do it without. No big deal. But if you ask me, a very cool detail.

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You would like to give it a go?

Here is my how to… it`s quite easy! I`ll give you a view on my altered back-pattern piece.

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You just measure down the fold on the center back, until your taille. Draft a new neckline with the help of a curved lineal. Start at the shoulder seam head down until your taille high on the center back. Easy as pie. You could even draw it free hand. Just be sure to draft it on fold. You want it to be exactly symmetrical on both sides. If you think that you don`t feel comfortable without wearing a bra, you can draft your new neckline just as deep, so it will still cover it. Be creative!

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To finish the raw edge I attached a self-made double folded knit-band. I do that with my coverlook (great to have!). You can do it your prefered way, everything works. Because the sweater has a loose silhouette, I attached a knit-strap on the shoulder seam, to hold the sweater in place.

You can get your Julia here.

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Glitter, Glam and Pixy Charm

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I sewed a dress…  so exciting. She`s gonna wear it at Christmas Eve. That`s a fine excuse, to explain her daddy why she`s in need of an other one. Doesn`t she look like a little pixy?

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When I first saw the Blake Dress by Mingo and Grace, I instantly knew it would be the perfect pattern for this occasion. I made her a size 2 Y and it fit`s like a glove. I used my precious herring bone nani iro from Miss Matatabi. This fabric is a dream. Such a soooft double gauze. It`s like linen it doesn`t matter if it`s creased. I love it, even if double gauze really has a mind on his own, some times.

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The dress is fully lined and just to add a little glam factor (come on, it`s Christmas), I attached two layers of golden organza . My little pixy is charmed by the sheen.

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Have a look at her shoes, i`m still testing my pattern, it`s nearly perfect. It takes me so much time to get it ready… But in the end it doesn`t matter. It has to make fun. It`s my passion, good things take time, as we say here.

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Happy Holidays in advance!

She lets her daughter eat dog bones – Around the World Blog Hop

This post is going the be all about me. So, if you`re intrested to read why on earth, I would rather spend my nights in front of a sewing machine then in my bed, here we go. The Around the World Blog Hop was kindly passed on to me from Olu of Needle and Ted.

There are 4 questions and I`ll try to answer them, as honestly as I can…

What am I working on?

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Typically, I`ve so many project on my sewing table that there isn`t enough space left to work. So I have to look around my sewing room to find a place where I can clear away something. Usually, I`m not going to find one. But instead I stumble over something inspiring. And… it happens again. I just can`t clean up this room because I get distracted by all the awesome stuff i`m going to find. It`s a doom loop.

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My head is in the clouds.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Does it? I don`t know. I just try to do my own stuff. Maybe i`m not a typical sewing blogger mum. Wanna have the proof?

I let my daughter eat dog bones (thank you Olu! You really made me chuckle).

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Why do I create what I do?

That`s easy. It`s love! It`s all about love. I love fabric, the sound of my sewing machine, the hot steam of my iron, the mess in my sewing room, my big stash of vintage buttons and if I find just the ONE for my project, the look out of my window while sewing, my friend the seam ripper, bobbins, the teeths of a zipper, pins hit my fingers, hand-sewing, cutting with a sharp scissor, sewing related books, the look of my little bean wearing my self-made stuff…

And you know what, i`m not the “it has to be easy and fast” kind of seamstress. I love complicated projects, far away from my comfort zone. And after hours and hours, if it works out fine. I`m happy and proud like one would after a marathon.

It`s all about the process. All about the simple and beautiful things.

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How does the creating process work?

I have an idea, I make a sketch (sometimes), I draft a pattern (mostly), I make a muslin (nearly never), I cut into my fabric and sew it up (doesn`t look like the sketch at all).

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Enough about me, i`m getting bored.

Time to pass on the AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP

First, i`m going to pass on to the very talented Nathasa of Glitter and Wit

She lives in Southwest Missouri, USA and is mummy to two adorable children.

I love her blog for the beautiful and inspiring creations. They always have a very recognizable style.

And of course the grumpy face of her sweet little daughter.

(Pictures are links!)

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Psst, Tasha got a Shop, you can get her handmade goods there!

Second, i`m going to pass on to Kathleen of Les Jardins d`Elysse

She lives in Belgium and has a very cute little daughter.

I love her blog for the beautiful fabric`s she uses and the oh so adorable knitting projects.

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Look at this little jacket, it looks so cozy. And the yellow popping out of the pockets, to cool!