Long time no see

December 28, 2008 at 11:22 am (sewing)

After finishing my B.A. Degree  surviving the start of my M.A. study and christmas I have at last time to blog again…

I want to show you some of the things I made (mostly at night, but who needs sleep?)

I made a nappy bag for my brother, he wears mostly camouflage and I made the bag from a pair of his old pants. The lining is a beautiful fabrique I bought in Japan. (Japan – Paradise for all crafster!)

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The pockets are leftovers from the pants but go very good with the bag. Lots of extra storage, for bottles, napkins and other stuff. 

 

img_1539 The inside also with lots of extra pockets, I bought all the essentials to size how big the pockets have to be.

 

img_1535 A corresponding Changing Matt. I decided against a plastic cover which would have been easy to clean – just wipe it – but I didn´t like the feel of it. And I think as soon as one has some practice with changing dipers a normal washable is sufficient. And it feels so much better than plastic. 

 

img_1537 And a special add on: A selfmade pacifier bead ribbon. It looks cute, but it is very heavy, not suitable for small babys.

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Baby Shoes

July 6, 2008 at 8:14 pm (sewing) ()

After along absent from the internet, due to the workload I had to finish for my university courses.

But I was able to squeese abit of sewing in.

The buny fabric I bought in japan. The shoes became really nice.  The pattern for the shoes can be found here. It is really easy to sew and they are a nice gift!

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A new project, for a new weekend…

June 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm (sewing)

I am still trying out for the aunty of the year award. So there is a great and urgent need for a new project. If so my sister is not really participating…

So what is it everybody needs? A striped sea monster. So I draw the shape of the Loch Ness Monster, and copied it with a 0,5 cm sewing allowance on an old newspaper.

 

Please no judgement about my drawing skills. Then choose a soft fabric. 

And copy the design to the fabric.

For a 3D effect you need to make 2 pieces of the total shape, 2 pieces of the tummy and foot area and if you want to add wings or other stuff draw and cut them too.

Pin the big body parts together and sew them together. Leave an opening for the tummy and the foot area. 

Pin the foot-tummy part securely in and sew. 

After fitting the pieces in close the tummy but leave a gab for turning and later filling.

 

 

Fill the loch ness monster (I used a granulate material, which is washable and safe for small children.)

And close up the tummy.

I hope you could follow my explanations. 

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A mystery solved…

June 10, 2008 at 7:06 am (Daily News)

A few days ago I left my house and somebody hat a german flag hanging out of their window. Which is not a normal sight. In american movies there are flags everywhere but it is rather seldom in germany. It gives most people the creeps because of the war. The Nazzis loved flags. (The Neonazis still do.)

So I was a bit surprised but thought it was just a moron. But when I came back home there were two more. So it was contagious. Our window hadn´t caught it jet. Lucky me.

Here I should mention that I don´t watch TV, I don´t own one and I never ever read the sports section…

So I was a bit taken by surprise when the next day my street looked like that:

 

 

How many flags are you counting?

Then there were flags everywhere. If you buy a pizza at a delivery service you get a flag…

Buy the family size washing powder get a flag. Buy  brand chrisps get a make-up pen which draws the german flag a cross your face….

It was a bit like the world soccer championship… But there couldn´t be one so soon again… So what could it be?

Imagine a drum roll. The EM! The eruopean soccer championship. 

The EM is an important event but since the last soccer world championship the merchandise got really really crazy. And it looks like it that they are making a fortune this EM now too.

The most popular thing this time are flags for your car.

 

My favourite car was one with german, polish and a pirate flag. Sadly it passed by before I could take a picture.

So a happy EM time to everybody. 


 

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A tiny projects for the evening

June 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm (sewing)

I found a very nice and easy to do project. I had everything at home and could make it in the evening hours of the weekend. The pattern for this nice headband is found here.

It is very pretty and I completly look like a dork. That´s why it´s now property of my sister 😉

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Little sisters poncho

June 2, 2008 at 11:12 am (Knit)

I found this amazing page vintage knitting a while ago.  And I had to make at least one of them (maybe I have to make another one). And I just had received a mountain of yarn from my boyfriends mother. So many wonderfull yarns. 

So I took a pretty cotton yarn and got started. 

The Poncho with Hood from 1962. The pattern is very easy and is the best TV project, because there is no real need for counting or checking the pattern… 

 The Pattern is a seed stich. With three garter stiches at every beginning and end. 

I choose 5 lila – golden buttons which actually goes well with the light lila touch in the yarn (The colour is a bit different then in the picture). And here the finished poncho.

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A fishy bag for an ex-word

May 27, 2008 at 5:45 am (sewing)

Casio makes great electronical dictionaries. I myself are a happy owner of an ex-word xd-gw7150 and so far I am very, very happy with it.

But the black plastic stratches easily so a protective cover is a must have… 

But luckily it is very easy to sew 🙂

Take a fabric you like and will still like after seeing it nearly daily…

 

If you want to give the fabric a bit more stability iron Vlieseline on.
If you want to include a ribbon for closing you need to cut the fabric into 4 pieces, one for the back and for the flap/ cover one piece for the front then from each size one piece for the linning.  
After cutting the fabric to the fitting size, pin the two layers (fabric and linning) right side facing inward together, put the Ribbons in center positions at top and bottom and sew one time around, secure the sewing over the ribbon with some extra stiches.
Leave an opening big enough to turn it inside out. The sewing should be secured at the beginning and end. So it does not tear while turning it inside out. Cut the edges. The turn inside out. Iron. Make the second piece accordingly. (Just no Ribbon here.)
 Then pin the fabric securly again for sewing.
With my bag you see the sewing stiches of the final sewing, so choose a yarn which goes with the fabric or which gives a nice contrast.
Sew one time over the outer edges of your bag (watch the ribbon).

Marvel at your greatness;)

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Neukölln Babypants

May 22, 2008 at 5:58 am (sewing)

I made these special baby pants for my brother. I think he was a bit freaked 

out about all the cute fluffy stuff and he wanted something more hard core. His first request was a sweat suit out of parachute silk. It should look like a miniature sweat suit from the 80s. 

But parachute silk is kind of hard to come by… I actually found an old sweat suit in a thrift shop but it´s pink – so I need another one in green or turquoise… I am still looking…  

I anybody knows a good thrift store in Berlin please tell me. (I was at Humana the biggest thrift store in Berlin and they are expensive, surprisingly so…)

 

Anyways Neukölln “Gangster” Pants…

Tastefull baby pants… (Everybody who saw them were shocked and appalled – so feel free to disagree)

My brother was really really happy. He nearly cried when I told him I could crochet a gold necklace (Is it called a necklace for man too? Or does it have a more manly expression? like gold chain????) which goes with the pants…

Just in case you are wandering my brother would never wear something like that – but all the baby cloth, the furniture and most things you need come with an absurd amount of cuteness and animals and in pastel colours… 

So for the sake of balance i made these pants. The outer fabric is synthetic  and the lining is made from an old (cotton) t-shirt…

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Birthday Present for Boyfriend

May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm (sewing)

    I finished the birthday present for my boyfriend and I am very pleased with myself. It turned out very good. (Pat myself on the head) 

    The Pattern is a mixture of the one found here: http://www.kokka.co.jp/so-ing/sewing/pdf/2008/quilt_hanten.pdf and the hanten i brought back from japan. Traditionally everything is hand sewed but on the invisible sewing I used my sewing maschine. 

     I have ordered this very cute fabric from an japanese online store which deliveres world wide as long as you can read and write japanese…

    http://www.nunogatari.co.jp/ 

    So many cute fabrics! Nobody should give me a credit card (But I am so happy to have one!).

     

    My master piece 🙂 It is so cute and he likes it. 

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    Mothers Day and Whitsun

    May 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm (Knit)

    The waether was so incredible and that at a long weekend. That´s very rare. Normaly I am looking out at the windows of a class room and wish to be somewhere else. This time I sat at home and finished a birthday prasent and writing at a paper for university. But from time to time I visited the balcony. 

    But here a picture of my knitting progress.

     

     I know it looks like two different long legs, but they are actually the same lenght 😉

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