Julia`s Secret


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.


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!




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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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?


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.





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).


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.







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).



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!)




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!



Florence Christmas Blog Tour


Christmas is still a bit far away, so I made a version suitable for the whole cold season. And as you may know, winter`s are long in Switzerland.
As Florence is designed as a blouse, I had to make a few changes to the pattern. I sewed a size 2Y for my one year old girl, so there is enough ease to wear a jumper under it. I exdended the seam to coat lenght in an A-line. I added a box pleat in the back, i closed it to the waistline. This way the coat is nicely fitted and there is enough room around the hips allowing some movement. The princess seams were perfect to hide inseam pockets. Because I upsized, I had to shorten the arms about 1.5 cm. Take a nice wool fabric and you have a coat. That`s it.
No, it wasn`t that easy and it wasn`t that fast. But I had so much fun with this pattern! It`s a joy to sew it up. I`m blown away by the quality of Anna`s Pattern. I would highly recommend them to everyone! Anna is giving 20% off all her patterns during this week.
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The pattern is festive and time less, but even super cute and handy for everyday use. My girl will definitely wear it at Christmas. If you would like to give it a go and sew a Florence Blouse for Christmas, be sure to share your creation on the Madeit Patterns Facebook page by the end of January and you`ll be in with a chance to win a pattern of your choice.
The inside is fully lined with a warm wool batting and a nice cotton lining. It`s blue and white striped. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it.
This tour is a competition. If you like my version and if you would like to see what all the others made, you can head over to Needle and Ted where you can comment on the different Florence’s and help to select a winner.
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Ps: The awesome earflap cap is also self made. I`m going to share my free pattern in the next few days. So stay tuned!


Knitting for Alice


Winter is drawing near. And as a person, who starts fairly quickly to freeze. I should be well prepared. Arm knitting is a wonderful fast and easy project. You can work with thick wool, sitting on a cosy place and watch how your work is growing on your arms. It`s knitting for Alice in the Wonderland. I never ever finished a knitting project that fast. I`m sure this is going to be a last-minute gift once. Give it a go!

I used this tutorial.

Charles is a princess


Charles is cool, Charles is versatile and Charles is female (in this case). And, the best thing is, Charles is on offer. Compagnie M did it again. An other great pattern of Marte is going to steal our hearts.

Pants, shorts or maybe dungarees? Suitable for a little prince or a princess? Everything is possible with just one pattern. Looks like a lot of sewing-fun? I can tell you, it is! The instructions are clear and the pattern comes in a big size range.


Charles_Fliegfederfrei_007You probably already know, there was a second test necessary. This one is my first test. So the final pattern is a bit different. I made some loose fit dungarees-shorts. This option, is not included anymore. For my 1-year-old with the diaper packed back is it not that bad. I like it.Charles_Fliegfederfrei_011

Marte recommended not to use the most expensive fabric as the pattern was in the testing phase. The perfect occasion, to upcycle an outworn pair of jeans, you can never know. The striped fabric was a scrap from my stash. I like the contrast, id adds some interest to the grey jeans fabric.


The whole lining piece is striped. A little hidden treasure. The inside looks clean and as you would expect it from a Compagnie M pattern, nicely finished.

What can I say. I loved that pattern so much (There must be a weak point in my heart when it comes to overalls). I had to sew up a second version. I wan`t bother you with more details. Just enjoy the pictures.

As I already mentioned. Charles is versatile. So Charles can be a sailor as well.



At the moment, her walk remember me on a drunken sailor on shore leave. She`s the cutest little girl.


Haha that did she hear.

Back to the pattern. This time, the fit is spot on. I just had to shorten the pants length by a few cm. My girl doesn`t already have 80 cm. When I look at her I can`t believe how much she has grown the past year. My tiny baby. And as I didn`t want to waste the fabric. I just used it, to sew up some cuffs. A fast way for finishing the hem and such a cute little detail when you ask me.


Do you feel like give it a try? During the pattern tour, you can get a 10% discount just use the code charles-launch.

Thanks for having me Marte.

Baby shoes Mania


I`m totally into baby shoes sewing. My girl just takes her first steps. The perfect occasion, to make her a whole collection of sweet little leather shoes. It`s such a satisfying project, you just need a few scraps of leather and a short nap time of your little one, to sew a paire of this beauty’s.


As i`m used to wear Doc Martens, it seems obvious to sew some Docs for her as well. With a soft sole of course. I adore them. She loves them too, but not that much for walking in it.


She spends a lot of time opening the shoestrings.



Do you know the Tigerfinkli? Here in Switzerland, they were very popular when I was a child. It`s a timeless design.

The print is drawn by a sharpie. It didn`t go as fast as I thought it would. As always when i`m crafty.



I just can`t stop… Maybe I should launch a baby shoe pattern. That would be a dream. Would you guys be interested?