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A lovechild and other little things.

I love holidays. I have so much time to sew, everyday I make one thing 🙂

A few weeks back my husband  and me planned to take our niece to the Musical Mary Poppins. She spent 2 or 3 days with us and was a little bit concered because she didn´t have any “fancy theatre clothes” with her. So we digged through my Burda magazines and she picked out a pattern “with long sleeves, it´s gonna be cold”. The fabric is a eyelet cotton in ivory she found in my endless stash (one fabric down, yeah!) and called for a seethrough lining.

She was so happy with her fancy dress that she planned on wearing it for christmas, too. And yes, she did wear it!


Here she is, happy with her brand new sonic srewdriver (“from the 9th Doctor, because he is the best”)

On the day we made the dress she told me that she saw a girl in a onsie pyjama once. After a little bit of hesitating she asked me if I´m able to make her one. I orderd Jalie 3244 and a cotton jersey with owls. The pattern featers pocket, which I love. Everything needs pockets 🙂 So, here´s the cutest pyjama which my niece will get tomorrow:


Now to adult stuff again. Last week I tried out the Finlayson pattern for myself. I took the smallest size and made it up with the collar, not the hood. It´s the perfect slouchy sweater! It fits my husband as well, he will get a hooded version soon. I was wearing the shirt all day long so I decided that I needed another one. For this one I wanted a more fitted look, so I took the much used and loved Renfrew shirt pattern and lined it up with the neckline of the Finlayson. For a more sweater than shirt feeling I graded the side seams of the front and back pieces between armhole bottom and hipline.


The fabric is a stripy cotton wool knit. It was so slippery to handle so I had a hard time matching up the stripes. All in all I´m satisfied with the matching and I absolutley love this Finlayson-Renfrew mix!  I have enough stripy fabric left over to make another shirt – what is it going to be?

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Everyday clothing


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A lot of new stuff.

This weekend I finally had time to sew again!

I need(ed) a few new basic shirts for me, I raided through my closet and threw out anything I don´t really, really like. In time I want to get rid of everything storebought.

So, that gave me an excuse to cut into my new jersey (cotton with a little bit of lycra). I hate it when jersey (the 100% cotton one) tends to roll in the edges endlessly. No matter how often you iron, steam and press – it always rolls back. I´m happy to report, the few percents of lycra stop the rolling and it holds the shape way better than the pure cotton jersey.

I chose the Renfrew from Sewaholic. It´s pretty basic but very versatile and comes together quick and easy without any fuss. I made size 4 and took in th side and sleeve seams 1cm.

ImageHere is the short sleeved version. I love the lenght of the shirt, my kidney are warm and safe!

ImageLong sleeved Shirt

ImageThe one with the collar. I love it, the collar falls great and is very easy to set in.

In another matter, a friend of mine is expecting twins. So, I immediatly went into Baby-clothes-sewing-mode when she told me 🙂

I don´t know the sex of the little ones yet, so I made something that girls and boys can wear out of my shirt fabrics. I used the Regenbogenbody pattern and the monkeypants pattern from Schnabelinas blog, which are downloadable for free!

ImageThe right pants have a vespa on their butt 🙂

ImageMore tiny onsies and pants!

Now I´m going to rest and let this chilli red jersey stare at me.

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Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Baby stuff, Everyday clothing


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Renfrew top and Ottobre jeans

Today I finally cut out my Renfrew top pattern from Sewaholic. I wasn´t planning on sewing it today, it was more a result of a frustrating search in my flat for something lost. I couldn´t find it so I needed a bit of feel-good-sewing. I had a chocolate brown cotton jersey in my stash which was a bit floppy (can I use floppy for describing a fabric??). Anyway, I used Framilion elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams so they don´t wear out. I cut out the pattern in size 4, which fits my bust size but is a bit to narrow for my waist and hip size according to the measurement sheet. As it turns out next time I still have room to take 1 or 2 centimeters in. But it fits very comfortable and I think this is going to be a go-to shirt pattern for me.



I made the pants already a week ago. I´m in desperate need for some new pants, the majority of mine are torn in some place. I bought a navy and white striped denim fabric with a little stretch in it. The strips are so narrow, if you look at the fabric too long you´ll get dizzy 🙂

I used my favorite pant pattern, the Lady fit out of the Ottobre magazine in german size 36.



ImageAs i don´t seem able to take a decent picture of me in the pants today, there are only these detail shots. And yes, I used an olive green zipper because I didn´t have a black or white one anymore. The pants are very comfortable, they have just the right hight on my upper hip.


Good night!




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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


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