My Maternity-Weddingdress

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It`s nearly two months ago since our wedding. It was a very nice and positive day. As you can clearly see, i`m 38 weeks pregnant here. I didn`t have enough energy left for a big party at this time. We decided, to have a big party next year and enjoyed a very relaxed evening with our families in a good restaurant. It was just perfect. We loved it a lot!

In the last months of pregnancy I was so tired, i nearly bought a dress. Then i told a good friend about and she just told me what i needed to hear. “No, you can`t.” She said, “i`m sorry but of course you have to sew your own dress.” That was the hint, that got me back to my sewing machine. It felt like meeting a long missed friend. In the end, it was a big project and a lot of hours i spent sewing on this dress, but so worth it. Wearing my own dress on this special day, was necessary for me.

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I used the gorgeous book Oui, Robes de mariée by Yukinori Morinaga. I received this book as a sponsorship for the Paris sew social in April 15. It`s from the beautiful shop La Teleria. She still has it in stock! Maria is a very sweet person and a very inspiring sewist you should check out her blog if you don`t already follow her!

Back to the book. I felt in love with the stunning pictures, which really highlight the designs. It`s for sure, the most beautiful sewing book I know! It didn`t even bother me that it`s writen in French. I knew if i`ll need a wedding dress once, it will be a dress out of this book!

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I choose the basic dress nr. 2. It`s a empire style dress with a little tail. It`s easy to alter the pattern to a maternity version. I just needed some gathers and more fabric for the front skirt. A lot more fabric, my belly was impressive!

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Of course a dress like that you don`t sew with a single layer of fabric. The bodice is boned (so I could wear it without a bra) and made of 4 layers (lining, silk organza, a heavier toile and silk). The Skirt is made out of 3 layers (lining i used a very nice silk cotton, a havier in between fabric to give it some weight and structure and the pretty grey silk i got in Paris). I nearly got crazy while hand-stitching the rolledhem of the silk skirt! Maybe it would have been a relaxing thing to do, but it was the evening before my wedding day. There really was no passion left for hours of hand-stitching. The dress includes a lot of hand-stitching actually, I wanted to do it the proper way.

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To give the bodice a special touch, I added a golden lace fabric to go with it. That was probably the most expensive fabric i bought in my whole life. But, is there a better option to buy expensive fabric? I hand stitched the whole lace with golden tread so the seams become invisible. I haven`t done something like that before. You`ll have to be patient but it feels like you’re doing some haute couture. The wonderful mohair cardigan is knitted by my mum and it was the most beloved gift i got on this day! She spent a lot of hours knitting. That means a lot to me! Thank you mummy!

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And here he is the love of my life. You mean everything to me!

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Photos by Manuela Jans

 

 

Paris je t`aime – GIVEAWAY

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The weekend in Paris is already over, but I still remember how nervous I`ve been the days before. Retrospective, I do not know why. I went to Paris, to meet a few strangers who all share the same passion for sewing. I arrived said hello to everyone and I started to feel like meeting friends I`ve known for a long time. You have to know, I`m shy. Really. I like it, if i can sit on a table and just listen to all the other people without having to say anything. I can do so a whole evening. That`s me. But those ladies made me feel so welcome. It was a great experience! Thanks to everyone who made this weekend so special to me!

From the left, behind: Marte from Compagnie M. Miren from Solo Sewing, Gioja from Dottasews, Annika from Näh-Connection, Marta from Do Guincho, Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes, Sophie from C’est la vie, Nienke from Pienkel, Victoria from As it Seams, Laura from Craftstorming.

Front from the left: Maria from La Inglesita, me with my little bean, Laura from Behind the Hedgerow, An from Straight Grain, Olu from Needle and Ted.

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Here we are (An, Annika, me, Marta, Marte, Gioja, Olu) after a few hours of fabric shopping around Montmartre. Marte was my companion during this afternoon. She really is amazing. I appreciate her a lot! We had such a blast to rummage in all those beautiful fabrics. And we found a few treasures…

You can have a closer look at my findings on Instagram.

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Hem… (Me, Marte, Olu)

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(Olu)

As i better sew than write i`ll just let the others tell the whole story…
If you want to see more pictures and read more about what we did, then check out those posts.

Annika, Maria, Gioja, An, Sophie, Victoria, Marta, Maartje, Nienke, Others are going to follow during this week.

We had some generous sponsors who overwhelmed us with goodies.

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That`s what I took home. Like Christmas and Birthday together!!! I already started sewing! Stay tuned, the next weeks are going to be busy around here! I took home so much inspiration and motivation.. amazing!

Bernina sponsored a dinner and some fabric at Anna Ka Bazaar. We got a lot of gorgeous fabric from several fabric companies and shops (Lillestoff, Nosh, joy-fits, mon depot, Cousette, Nutta, Stoffe.de, imagine gnats), Telaria sponsored the most beautiful sewing book I ever owned (and i`m a sucker for sewing books i own quite a few ;)). I`ll write a review and sew something out of it soon!

Alles für Selbermacher packed a bag with personalized gifts, threads from Aurifil and Supercut, sewing stuff from Snaply, japanese sewing books from Tuttle, Ottobre magazines and a bunch of Indie Designers offered their PDF patterns to us.

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Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern , Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher’s Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme

A big Thank you to all of them! But they didn`t just think about us. They also sponsored a few more goodies to Giveaway. So 3 lucky readers can win a huge prize, each packed with amazing goodies from our sponsors.

Let`s see what`s in there!

1st prize:

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The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.

2nd prize:

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The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.

3rd prize:

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The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue Lycra (?) with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from stoffe.de.

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