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What are you going to do with a basic oversized boxy top pattern? You just add detail and make it your very own. That`s the little funny challenge Olu of Needle and Ted set us. All those bloggers are going to interpret the Ziggy Top in their own creative way. I can`t wait to see what everyone did!

My girl doesn`t have that many trousers and because of that, nearly never wears t-shirts. I found a solution.

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Let my introduce you to….. the Ziggy Dress.

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I extended the hem to dress length and attached a draw-cord to give it a bit of shape around the waist. She felt in love with it from the first moment. It must be really cozy.

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This jersey, i bought locally, is nice and soft but doesn`t have a lot of stretch. I attached a button placket in the shoulder seam, in order that her head is going to fit trough the neckhole. Painless slip on and off really makes all the difference, if she`ll like or hate a piece of clothing.

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I`ll need a dress like this for myself! Such a lazy style, seems perfect for Sundays. You`ll look well-dressed while wearing kind of jogging suit.

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That`s it, a new comfy dress for my little bean and I can`t wait for the new Madeit Collection coming soon.

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Psst… Madeit Patterns will be offering 20% off Ziggy from  23rd March – 29th March.

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I`m off to check out the other Ziggy`s sewn by those talented bloggers.

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Plain Jane?

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The Battle of the Stitches goes into a second round. This time i`m going to take part! Olu of Needle and Ted and Toya of Made by Toya, it`s a pleasure to sew with you!

This round is all about the color grey. We`re all grey lovers and if you think grey isn`t a real color, has something staid and sad about it, I hope that we can change your mind. The subtle charm of grey is like a perfect stage for every other color. Plain and simple as I like it.

Toya and Olu having their first appearance on their own blog today, so hop over and give them some love for their bravery!

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Let`s talk about my dress. The Pattern is out of drape drape. My favorite sewing book. Maybe, you can remember this dress. Most of the designs arise out of a single pattern piece. The fabric is laid in gathers and tucks until it wraps nicely around the body. A real art, but easy to sew!

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Fabric is Chalk from atelier Brunette. It`s a woven fabric and doesn`t stretch, so I had to pair it with a plain grey knit. The slackness of the fabric creates those beautiful loose drapes.

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I do not fear anything while sewing but this dress reminded me that I definitely don`t like to insert an invisible zipper. I had to take it out about 5 times (seam ripper you`re such a good friend!), until… I could call it okay. It still isn`t as easy to close as it should be.

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The design has a little train on the back skirt. While wearing it, I just wasn`t sure about it, and mostly if I`m not sure about something on a dress it makes me feel uncomfortable. So I just cut it off. I like it more this way!

I left the hem unfinished, my old problem of running short of fabric. I had to save those precious cm, to prevent me from wearing a skirt that would make me a little self-conscious.

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That`s my contribution. What do you think? Is it a plain jane or would you sew or wear a grey dress yourself? Let me know.

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Checks

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Sun and a lot of beautiful new fabric in my stash make me feel like sewing for myself. It`s a sewing storm going on those days. My head is full of ideas and inspiration, days would need more hours.

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I`m blown away by this fabric. It`s such a nice quality. I found it at Petite Couture. Wendy has an amazing selection of fabrics in her shop. Sadly, the fabric I used is out of stock. She can`t reorder, it`s a pity.

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Pattern is out of the Burda Style 09/2012 no. 134. It`s a design by the british fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

Smallest size is 36, I had to take in quite a bit to make it fit well. That`s why the side-parts do not line up exactly by the side seam. Too bad, but I can cope with it. I prefer a nice fit.

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The fabric hides the back walking slit perfectly. But there is one, a nice and handy detail on a pencil skirt.

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Side parts are the reverse of this gorgeous fabric. It provides a nice body shaping. Pockets make it comfy and casual. A new favorite!

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Who`d have thought, that grey wool pants can look so feminine? I felt in love with this fabric on a flea market, last sunday. It was a big ugly old trouser, but the fabric… just lovely. So I bought it. I immediately knew which pattern to take!

The Hudson Pants by True Bias. Even if they`re designed for knit fabric. It works perfectly well with woven too. I just cut a size bigger than I normally would.

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I mentioned previously, the fabric is upcycled. That`s the reason, why they are a bit too tight around the lower legs. There was just not enough fabric. Anyway they`re wearable.

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I guess you gonna see a few more Hudson Pants around here in the next few weeks. They`re a nice fit and a quick sew. And not to forget, they`re very comfy!

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A little photo bomber on his way. Can`t tell with words how much I love that girl!

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You probably already noticed, I added a little extra to the waistband. I think it adds a drop more elegance to the sporty cut.

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Spring fever

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Spring…. I`m ready! At least, I made myself the perfect bomber blouson. Just in case, maybe it helps to get rid of the snow. Can`t tell you how I love this bomber. I didn`t take it off since I cut the threads to my machine.

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The Pattern is from CUT Magazine (Issue 10, 01/14), it`s drafted by a young and hip german label, a kind of guise. They`re located in Munich.

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Usually, I don`t bother myself reading instructions. I learned to sew with Burda (you know what I mean?). But when I had a look at the tutorial it seemed like I wouldn`t get all this pieces together myself. So I just followed their way. And it was so worth it. The finishing is perfect. I learned something.

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I used my serger for the whole piece. I`ve no regrets about buying a good serger (even if I spent all my savings). Perfect seams, always.

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Yes, let`s talk fabric. The beautiful mustard jersey with the diamonds is maybe the softest knit I ever sewed with! The print is  adorable and sharp. I ordered at Petit Couture.

The quilted knit is from Miss Matatabi, I already used it here.

Can`t wait for the warm and sunny days!

Honeycomb Smock Dress – Tutorial

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Haute couture for a baby? It feels alike. Just kidding. In a way it`s like yoga for me. I love hand embroidering. It`s so meditative. The same stitches over and over again, while you let your thoughts fly. I think that`s the reason why I spend a few hours embroidering a baby dress.

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But look at this beauty, totally worth the effort, don`t you think? Hand smocking is an all time favorite. It gives the fabric a structure. And if you do it like me, on a small repetitive swatch, like a gingham, it changes the pattern in a very interesting way.

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The dress is self-drafted. I`m exploring the possibilities of gathering fabric. Smocking is a good one. It adds a little stretch to a woven fabric.

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That`s a vintage button of my stash. Always a pleasure, to find the perfect one in my collection. I just lined the back bodice. The wrong side of a smock is nearly as beautiful as the front. I didn`t want to hide it. The armholes are finished with a very narrow bias-binding.

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Wanna try it yourself?

Here is the tutorial for Honeycomb Smocking

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Secret Valentine

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Happy Valentines Day you all! Sanae and Ute, are hosting the Secret Valentine Exchange. You can read all about it here. The game is easy, you’re going to make a handmade gift for somebody and get one in exchange, from somebody else. Such a nice idea.

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Frau Gold, sent me this absolutely beautiful, sweet and thoughtful surprise. I just love the cap. Look at my little bean wearing it. Too cute! It doesn`t happen that often, that I receive a handmade gift. It is something special. It means a lot to me. If you make a handmade gift, you have to spend your time, work with your hands and your heart, to create something totally unique, just for this person.

The gift I received, was made with so much care. All this little details. It`s perfect! Thank you so much!!!

I don`t know if my SVE Partner got his gift already. I had to make a surprise for Mirta from mi+ed design. You have to check out her blog. I`m in love with her illustration and prints!

I made her a Yubinuki bracelet. I found a tutorial for that in Mollie Makes (12/2014). It was a lot of fun, even if you have to be really patient. I tried a new pattern. It didn`t work out how I imagined. But I like the outcome as well. Finally, I made a linen zipper pouch and some self-made bias tape ( I didn`t take a picture). I hope she will like it. It`s made with love and good thoughts.

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