A stitch back in time

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For me it`s the second round in the Battle of the Stitches. See my first Battle here. It`s a nice competition without any fight factor. It`s just about pushing each other, to sew something special, within the same theme. My fellow competitors are:

Olu of Needle and Ted

Toya of Made with Toya

and Sara of Made by Sara

It`s a pleasure ladies! I can`t wait to see what they all did! Be sure to check it out!

We all love vintage patterns and designs. So this battle is all about the bygone times. A stitch back in time we call it.

I was searching for a 60`s style sailor coat pattern, I saw once on Etsy. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find it anymore. Nowhere. I had already fallen in love with the design, I couldn’t think of sewing anything else. I just had to be this kind of coat. My only choice was to draft my own version, in keeping with the 60`s flair.

So I did, I drafted it myself. I sewed a muslin and had to buy some nice wool for it to be just like I imagined.

My Little Bean and I went to the local fabric shop, and found the last meter of a gorgeous wool and a little fabric scrap, just enough for the collar and a bonnet (a vintage coat needs a matching bonnet doesn’t it?). Lucky days!

And here it is…

Fliegfederfreis 60`s inspired Sailor Coat

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The pattern is an A-line style coat with a sailor collar, ranglan sleeves, welt pockets, a box pleat in the back, a button closure with fabric bound buttonholes and a full lining.

The wonderful vintage buttons where a gift from Marte. I hope I won’t loose any, I only have 5 of them. Thank you Marte, I love your buttons!

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The first snowy winter day in Switzerland, a dream to take pictures of a coat.

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The bonnet is reversible, I used the left-overs of the coat. So it`s warm and cosy and thanks to the wool, a bit weatherproof. The pattern and tutorial is from Toya. I hope she doesn’t mind but this is a friendly contest. Thank you Toya your bonnets are just too cute!

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My girl loves her new coat as much as I do. That’s unusual when it comes to handmade stuff those days. She thinks it’s nice and she looks pretty in it. Jackpot!

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I’m thinking about turing my pattern into a pdf for you. Would you be interested? Let me know!

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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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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Just Add Detail

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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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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!

 

 

Florence Christmas Blog Tour

 

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!