In the Japanese Fashion…

… or at least my interpretation of it.

When we visited Japan earlier this year (which indeed was outstandingly glorious, can recommend highly to everyone who's looking for beauty, the obscure, and / or serenity… to a certain degree) I was pleasantly surprised to find all my fashion prejudice met; boxy tops, floating dresses, elegantly wide skirts and trousers – all I had hoped for, all on show in the streets of Tokyo and Kyoto.

Inspired by the glorious Japanese fabric stores, I had no choice but to bring an own version of that particular style back home. And how to do this better than with a hand-selected piece of fabric, combined with a pattern for a pair of culotte that I wanted to give another try for quite some time.

Take the end of a Saturday night, add some small hours of the morning of a Sunday and here you go:

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I do have to admit, that it is quite a chunk of a garment. But I decided that this is just the way it has to look, when paired with golden Birkenstocks (high heels = more elegance? I can't be bothered to find out, to be honest).

The "Milly" pattern is by "La Mains Victor" – a sewing magazine which I believe only now started publishing in English.

 

As you can see, I had a go at this quite some time ago, but wasn't too happy with the results (knit fabric, mistreated to now sitting way to tight at the hips, what can you do) so  let's just forget about that. As to the pattern: Adding seam allowances to any pattern (as La Maison Victor requires, quite as a lot of European patterns do) is a bit annoying. It's pretty time consuming and (if not taken enough time to be done properly) more inaccurate than with those instructions that already contain the added centimeters. But okay, that's just how it is – and the culotte pattern as such is well constructed if you don't mind the extra floatiness of fabric due to added folds.

I hunted for the fabric at "Tomato" (one of them) in Tokyo – recommend by all the sewers I came across that already did their fabric shopping in the Japanese capital (and I shall herewith recommend them to you, too, dear reader). Wanna see how much fun I had at Tomato?

THAT MUCH:

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(Pretty nutty, I know).

At THAT visit (yes, there were more) I made tough choice and only went out with four of the BEST fabrics EVER:

The one in beige with the stripes has been turned into a sundress already – the flower printed one now is a Kimono-style jacket – and the rayon crepe obviously is the headline star of my new culottes:

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And just to proof that they are what I say they are – see for yourself:

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The pattern originally asks for a zipper and a button to close the garment.

But here comes a revelation; all tender objects (porcelain, souls, fabrics) wear out when being mistreated. By serging the edges I stretch the main body of the garment so much that the whole piece became super-wide. No sense in keeping the zipper – so I just tightened the elastic at the waist and hoped for the best (now, that method actually added to the bulkiness, as you can imagine).

But anyways, it worked:

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And I got my lesson (a repetition actually, for those that don't learn the first time around) to be more delicate when handling (any kind) of fabric (actually).

So now, I'll be wandering the pavements of sunny Munich in my (almost) Japanese culotte, pretending I had nowhere better to be than just in the here and now. I brought six fabrics back with me… which now leaves me with three more garment options to go. Wish me creativity in the Japanese fashion.

 

 

 

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Respect the Project – Sewing Ginger Jeans

Still haven’t got a cat, still sewing stuff I don’t wear – but at least I keep on working on the sewing topic.

Taddaaa… enter the Ginger Jeans:

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On my 2017 sewing list I put a number of “challenges” to conquer this year. And jeans ranked highest on my personal “God-this-will-be-so-tough-I-am-exhausted-even-thinking-about-it” scale.

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Sewing jeans somehow always classified as something somewhat out of reach for me… how should I get them to fit properly? … will my machine do the job? … too fiddle for an impatient person like me?

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Ever since its release, I dreamt of working with the Ginger Jeans pattern by Closet Case Patterns one day. That one day, when I improved my fitting skills, that day I would scrap up enough discipline to work with grim attention to detail, one day when I had the energy to get all the supplies together…

Well, no better day than today, right? For me, sewing jeans (or envisioning to do so) is the best example of how too much respect for a project can turn you numb. At the end of last year I actually convinced myself that I would not be ready to sew them (Gosh, I can be a bit of a tit!). Whatever you think you can’t do – go out and DO IT. There’s a new year’s resolution / resewlution. How else will you learn, right?! Which actually and finally brings me to:

What making jeans taught me:

  • Fitting is your friend – ok, here comes a confession: I’ve never – and that’s true – done any fitting for an actual piece of garment before. No basting at least. I made toils for cotton fabric garments, sure, which normally told me enough of what I needed to know about the fit but I never basted projects together. “But, girl, how can you actually LIVE with yourself?” you may ask. Well, hardly, I must tell you, hardly. I did three rounds of fitting for this project. Each and every one so damn worth it!
  • Source for high quality fabric – I wanted these to be a first test / trial so a €12 per meter fabric sounded fair to me. But for my next Ginger Jeans (and hell, there will definitely one very soon), I’ll invest into higher quality (which – let’s face it – often translates to “more expensive”). My jeans fabric now doesn’t have great recovery, despite the 4% elastane; the pair goes saggy in the knees easily. Not too bad, but I believe a better fabric is a good investment.
  • Respect the Project – Not gonna lie, the Ginger Jeans demanded my full attention, but particularly when working in little steps and really taking your time with the fit and accurate seams, this is such an enjoyable and relaxing project!

I went for the Ginger Skinny Jeans / High Rise. I found Heather’s online tutorial excessively helpful, particularly in combination with the instructions that come with the pattern. Another learning: Read through everything first (what a piece of advice)! No, really though – some steps in the construction process only started to make sense to me after sneaking a peek into the rest of the instructions.

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Ginger Jeans – with #AndersenElectrics Tag and Flowers (because why not)

I did three rounds fittings all together. (1) with the pockets in an nothing else (my coin pocket is on the wrong side, goddammit!); (2) with the fly in (which doesn’t help much if you’re a little too stupid to sew your zipper in correctly); (3) with a close to final waistband. The frustration I could have saved myself had I discovered basting a little sooner into my sewing frenzy! There might be more hand made garments I’d actually be wearing!

I cut a size 14 in the waist and  16 in the rest. But with a 4% elastane fabric I should have guessed that Heather would be right – I had to go down’t about 1 1/2 sizes to make the jeans sit snuck. And I had to reduce the leg length by 14 cm.

Alteration I already saw coming included bringing in the back waist (a sway back and voluptuous hips accompany me through every sewing alteration). All pretty easy changes  with goods results, I think.

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The waist band is still not as snuck as it should be and all in all my jeans are still on the biggish side. The topstitching could be better here and there; but be as it may, I’m wearing them with (utter, excessive, manic) pride.

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My first jeans, you guys!!! And definitely not my last! I highly recommend this project to everyone who things she’s not up for the challenge. You are! Respect the project, respect yourself and just go do it!

How do we do this all rest of the year? How can we get through One Single Week without our very own, private access to the sea? You find me stunned to realize, I have no idea how this is possible. I’m equally buffled as to why I never manage to wear as many me-made-garments on a regular basis as in in this holiday.

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We spent 10 amazing days in Sicily and I’m still working hard to fight off that longing to get back to our very own bathing platform. Also – since today is the last day before “back-to-work” – I’m doing my best to give my summer holiday wardrobe a last chance to shine. Shivering in my favorite beach dress here, while I type along, you see. Munich just isn’t Sicily.

This holiday I wore more self made garments than (consecutively) over the rest of the year.  I’m not the best model for my own makes, you see. I generally end up with garments I actually wouldn’t wear. My “retail shopping self” and my “sewing self” are the toughest fighters over my styling taste. Whereas I’d never buy a garment with romantic flower print on it, I suddenly find a little girly fabric secretly sneaking into my stash. Just because my “sewing self” wouldn’t have a chat with the “retail shopper” beforehand – the one that has the actually say about what’s being worn and what isn’t. Hence, over the last couple of months, I decided to give the two ladies a little time to talk things through. And I’m pleased to see, that we are somewhat closing in on a compromise. The holidays makes are (at least partly) a result of their negotiation. So let “sewing self” proudly present – my three favourite holiday garments in reverse order.

#3 The Sallie Jumpsuite by Closet Case Files.

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OK, now. Let me explain: I like the idea of this garment. I like the general design and the wide legs AND I LOVE how it feels to wear it. A onesie, basically. So comfy. What I don’t like is the color (helloooo, “sewing self”!!! – WTF? Why did you go for Smurf Blue?) and the way it is emphasizing the belly area. Which ( I think) could be amended by simply widening the elastics. But hey, generally all good, except the color. Which I might change by simply dying the whole thing. Why the hell not?! From this though my second favorite holiday garment evolved:

#2 The Sallie Jumpsuite – Romper Version – by Closet Case Files.

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A clear winner of all holiday states. It felt breezy enough, yet chic and so comfy every time I wore it. It being black and the fabric being more on the thick side maybe doesn’t make it the best outfit for a midday stroll through the city, but such a thing would never occur to me anyways.

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And even the house cat approved. 
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So that was a good one, “Sewing self”! Well done, dear!

But no. 1 of holiday makes clearly is:

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I’m on my way to a smile hear, I think, hence the sheepish expression. But: LOOK AT THAT DRESS! “Retail shopping self” and “Sewing self” really got it bang on this time. I love the print, the fabric is so light and yet falls exactly right.

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Very proud of my almost flawless bias binding at the neck and armholes.

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I’ve vowed myself to make another, but just couldn’t find the best fabric in time. So this will need to wait till the next holiday apartment with an own bathing platform has been found.

A brief note on Sicily: Amazing! Loved the East cost. Such a stunner (if you stay away from the most touristy bits in the North (and partly the South)). I persistently forgot to not try to speak Spanish with the people – my Latin knowledge didn’t help either. But my competency in blindfoldedly distinguishing Granita flavors grew strongly. Can I go back now, please? I’m really cold in my Robe Lucie here…

Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

Do you dare to turn the music up? Come on, do it for me! Do it for the dress – the Wiggle Dress from Gertie’s Book for Better sewing.

(Now, that’s better, no? With a bit of soundtrack and all… I love that version of Jason Derulo / Snoop Dogg’s “Wiggle” – in fact, it’s the ONLY version of the song that I like. Her dress, that wiggle, lush!)

Right, so now, that dress…

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I got Gertie’s book for Christmas. Originally I wanted – oh, who am I fooling – I NEEDED that book for the  lovely Pencil Skirt with extra belt stand BUT when I saw that Wiggle Dress… MAAAAAAN… that DRESS…

How very feminine and yet business (no?) – oh!

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I have to note though: That little nagging voice in my head told me “we don’t do tight fitted dresses without reinforcement at the belly area, do we?!” but an even loader, more self-assured voice that day bellowed over it: “Fear not! There’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a nicely tight fitting pair of tight.” – “You’re absolutely RIGHT!” I shouted back to the later and set to storm the fabric store.

But not before getting some more inspirations on how this dress could look…

Although all that dots and flowers…

… were so very tempting I decided – for once – to play it “classy” and go for a solid colour version. I KNOW. It’s odd!!! Might have helped that this splendid green scuba was on sale anyways – and (in addition to that) the most perfect fabric I could have wished for in the whole store.

Because, this is what I figured when I prepared for the project (also odd – “prepared for the project” – I used to just go and do it, quickly… now i “prepare”… listen to that!…): I’ll choose a fabric with quite a bit of ease to avoid major fitting issues; if it’s a bit stretchy I can get away with not making it 100% fitted, I figured. And I feel, I was right.

I didn’t make a muslin – didn’t have any fabric to waste. A daring decision not to practice, I thought in the middle of the construction process, I admit. Particularly those arm pit gussets (is that what we call them?)  felt like a bit of a challenge; but turned out pretty fine in the end. Look:

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The whole pattern as such left me with hardly any alterations, to be frank. All I did was chop away quite a bit of the length. The fit around the bust and butt is pretty fine, I feel.

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I finished off with a blind hem, just because I love the slick overall look of the dress and didn’t want to interrupt that with top stitching. Due to the nature of the scuba, I also had to understitch and blindstich the neckline. I have read quite a lot of praise on hand stitching hems and how soothing it really is. Not gonna lie: Not a fan of the hand stitching. Tedious – mostly (I guess) because I haven’t fully mastered the technique yet.

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But since I love the end result of that stitching action so much, I guess I’m willing to forget the painful hassle with the hem.

I love those sleeves – the whole pattern construction is fabulous, really. Would love to make another one. It’s so well suited for the day job even. Trust me, I tried it out twice. It went well! Though I do feel that the scuba and the looser fit adds some extra kilos to my actual posture… But I figure if I make it any tighter, the tummy-voice will come out shouting again, Plus: Right now it’s SO COMFY! I really feel this one is a winner! Like, an “I’ll-actually-wear-it-in-public-often”-Winner.

I love this version BTW.

Tempted to give this a try with a more floating fabric. How hard is this to do?! Can I get there by adding some more ease at the top, e.g. in the armpit area? Or am I thinking too simple here? I’ll just give it a go at some point, I guess. There is not better way to learn than to just go do it, right?! Right…

Fine, enough of the talking… Excuse me now while I wiggle away in my dress. Someone click the “replay” button for me, please. Thank you!

For the sake of it

Know what?! The lighting in my apartment is so poor (aka generally referred to as “cozy”) that I simply can’t take new, suitable garment pictures during the week (still dark in the morning, already dark when I’m home). So shooting will have to wait till the weekend. Just two words: Wiggle Dress! WHoooOOP!

In the meantime (in a dimly lit corner of my home) I browsed the internet and I found some piece of wisdom that hit right home.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert on how soul cleaning and grounding a personal passion can be:

“Your home (or passion) is that thing towards you can dedicate your energy with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential.”

And I like to think that’s sewing for me. In the sense of #ForMyOwnSake and #EffPerfection , really. Knowing what you love, being able to do stuff that you love – just for the sake of it. If that isn’t pure luxury, I don’t know what is!

If you fancy some more thoughts on how passion and knowing what you love can help you balancing out the ups and downs in life, here’s her full speech. I thought it was epic (even if it might be a little … uhm… over the top at sometimes).

And in that notion: #EffPerfection or:  #ProgressBeforePerfection. I’ll go and lit some more candles and might sew a little something just for the sake of it.

XMas Jumper Round Up

Plug in the fairy lights, heat up a mug of mulled wine and for the very last time this year, let’s put some post-Christmas music on:

Isn’t less patronizing when song by a woman….

Well, right, anyways… turn it UUUUP.

’cause we’ve got some Festive Jumpers to catch up on.

Remember, I asked to get some help in my quest for “becoming a less selfish sewer” and offered to sew up some Xmas sweaters for those with the most inspiring design themes.

What a silly mechanism, I should have known that each and every one of your ideas would be marvellous.

Heimo’s “The big bad cookie disaster

Lukas’ “Scary Jumper

Renee’s “Snow flakes

Julia’s “Xmas Craziness

Martina’s “Bridget Jones

Simone’s “There used to be more glitter

Natalie’s “Xmas cats

– and –

Jörg’s “Action under the Christmas Tree

I see a slight tendency towards emotional stress here – with all the crazy/scary/disaster/action. Must be the time of year.

So – how was I ever able to choose from all those great ideas? How to decide what sweater to make? Make a draw of course. Plain, simple, still a bit unfair due to my changes in the decision making mechanism. But even Christmas isn’t always fair! There you go!

And here are our lucky jumper lovers.

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Natalie’s „Xmas cats”

 

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Lukas’ „Scary Jumper”

 

Natalie’s “Xmas cats” – I felt – needed to be both cosy AND glamorous. So sequins were a logical ingredients.

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If Natalie is anything like me (and I know she’s quite a bit like me) she’d appreciate a sweater that goes well with both track suit bottoms for Boxing Day and a skirt for dinner (if you’re interested; I was in my track suit bottoms all day long. It was great! Not saying Natalie was but I love to think she could use it for a cuddle up on the sofa AND a walk on the piers of Brighton / Hove). Hence – a little glamour would be in order, I figured, and I shamelessly nicked the idea from some ASOS sweaters. There, I said it. But the cats’ sound is in my own writing, if I may add.

“Meow” you all!!!

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Natalie was amazing as ever and made a donation straight away to Cancer Research UK. No wonder, I mean that woman does charity runs. She’s amazing!! Thank you so much!

For Lukas’ “Scary Jumper” I decided to turn the theme into a “scared jumper” and add the German exclamation of astonishment or fright (“HUCH”) on the front – something you would hear Lukas say in casual conversations. Believe me, I’ve seen it!

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Hence, a very personalized sweater with – admittedly – boyish letters in tartan fabric; tartan to mirror the “Christmas” theme – boyish because I felt it was Christmassy appropriate to add some more fun.

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And he modelled his jumper for the world to see, too, and took it out onto the streets of Hamburg. Best picture ever! Thank you for sharing!!!

#Huch, ein Seepferdchen?!

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Both versions are based on the Grainline Studio “Linden Sweater” which I love to bits! I’ve made five jumpers with this pattern already – including the two above. They make the best gifts (except when you forget to scale the neck properly for men size; if you forget that, it turns out wild… not the pattern’s fault of course; just a little note to self).

I decided to make the two jumpers a little less Christmassy than I originally intended (as you can see). The only exception would have been for Simon’s theme. If Simone’s “there used to be more glitter” had made the run it would have been all shine and sparkle. Was thinking about adding a fringe of glitter strings at the under arms – in Cowboy style. This would have been highly impractical but SO MUCH FUN! I’m sure Simone would have appreciated that design!

And to Heimo: Thank you so much for spreading the word. You’ve been amazing – and I’m sorry that the lucky draw didn’t make you a winner! You’ll get a proper jumper in the near future, I promise. Or you might just want to talk Lukas out of his… thought I can imaging his jumper is a little too subtle for all I know about you! 😀

Thank you so much for participating @all. What do we think about Easter jumpers? Or pants? Easter track suit bottoms?!… No? No… me neither. We’ll find a new opportunity to get this rolling again. Thank you for challenging me! That truly was a lot of fun!!!

Hand over the Christmas Pudding! – OR – the stretchy Georgia Dress party outfit

About two weeks ago I realized… that it will be Christmas soon. No idea how it could come around again so quickly. This time I was determined to wear a self made dress for Christmas Eve. Just because I knew I could. All I lacked was time. So I had to speed up a project I was sort of… “dreading” for a while. Finalizing a dress I couldn’t see myself being comfortable in. A daring strategy for a Christmas frock.

So, I made my very very first Georgia Dress from By Hand London; only one year after the hype for this pattern peeked. Well done me!

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I actually bought the pattern pretty soon after its release; mainly because I’m such a By Hand London fangirl. I love their bold designs. But honestly – when I bought it I already had the feeling that it might take some time for me to plug up the courage to actually go and make the dress. Or rather – I was pretty keen on MAKING it but I simply couldn’t see myself WEARING it. And now look at this:

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My floppy arms popping out of the Georgia Dress! And I don’t mind! Because I love how the dress feels and fits. An impression I couldn’t see myself getting a year ago. I’m not too keen on wearing dresses with shoulder straps, hence uncovered upper arms. I enjoy making them (like my By Hand London Flora Dress) but I don’t feel too comfortable with showing blank arms AND cleavage. Makes me feel naked. Yet it’s different with the Georgia Dress. I enjoy this dress a lot – which might partly be down to the fact that I employed a number of techniques and tools I never used before – and they all worked out so well! I can’t help but feeling a bit proud of myself (as you can see from my face).

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Here’s what I did what I’d never done before:

Using scuba fabric:

Was determined to use such a fabric for a make since I saw Rachel from House of Pinheiro using it for a gorgouse top.

I got my scuba with imprinted flowers at my local department store. The color is off in the picture, but I hope you can see the structure of the fabric.

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Subtle, yet … what’s the word… chic … at least to me. And with a bit of stretch, too, which makes it super comfy with extra space for Christmas pudding.

I originally wanted to use a different fabric for the dress. This one: GeorgiaSabineSibille_Detail2

I adore the print of that fabric and felt heart broken when it just wouldn’t work for the dress (of course I tried using it against all good advice and knowledge – I though I could outwit its frumpiness. I was wrong – the rest of it might become a Tee or a Cardigan. Not sure yet.)

Using my new sewing machine

Hurraaaaaayyy! I finally made a decision and went for the Brother Innov-is 10A – the option I already discussed. I can’t see myself regretting this decision any time soon. This machine is AWESOME! It has such a smooth, whispering engine; it runs so light and stable. I adore it. And the button holes! Everything! It’s the tool that helps me put my sewing up a notch!

Right, the machine might not solve all my clumsy mistakes, but it helps to cover them up pretty well. This invisible zipper in the dress for example is quite close to actually being invisible thanks to the machine’s zipper foot.

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A dream! (Though I messed up the tape at the neckline as you can see… the machine couldn’t prevent that mistake.)

Using a twin needle

I had no idea this can be so easy and efficient!

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Instead of lining the Georgia dress, I decided to make bias tape from the fabric to finish the neckline’s edge. I also used the twin needs for the shoulder straps, to understitch the seam below the bust and to finish the hem.  Super effective and decorative even.

Admittedly, I could get the lower centre front as defined and crispy as I would have wanted it to be. But I can definitely live with the result.

Apart form the tools / techniques above I performed my usual SBA on the cups and did some blending between sizes for the waist and hips. I didn’t make a toile (if you don’t count my frumpy fabric fail in) and directly went with my scuba fabric. Simply because I couldn’t find a “cheap” fabric version that would have been able to tell me anything about the real deal.

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I like that the Georgia Dress gives me a defined silhouette and still leaves me enough space to move freely. Such a great pattern. Next time, though, I’d try to raise the neckline just a tiny bit. It’s fine now (especially with the straps) – even when bending over slightly – but a tiny more cover up wouldn’t be too bad either.

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So glad I finally made this dress – and will wear it both on Christmas Eve AND (if that turns out well self-esteem wise) I might even go for it for New Year’s Eve. I feel this dress could be a winner against all odds (well, apart from the fact that now I have to pull through with this outfit. Didn’t bring any alternative. This is how you force progress, I imagine).

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a stretchy outfit for a lot of pudding and a comfortable time around your loved once.

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Just 7 steps between you and your new Christmas Jumper!

Christmas time is winter time is jumper time. I’ve always been a huge fan of Christmas Jumpers! A unique opportunity to wear your christmassy passion, no?! colin-firth-bridget-jones-jumper (Yeah, even like that… I was thinking of something a BIT more subtle… but in general; huge fan of this “Hey, what are you looking at, my deer is down there!”-Jumper btw.). I was thinking, maybe I’m not the only one this year with the urge to model a proper Christmas jumper. So straight from Santa’s Craft Shop comes my unique offer: I’ll sew you THAT Christmas jumper you were desperate for ALL-YOUR-LIFE! Or at least I’ll be pretty close… why am I offering this? Because I’m in a Christmassy selfless-sewing kind of mood. I know, can’t believe it myself! Better hurry up before it’s over on the 7th of December! Here’s how this thing works: 1) You tell me the christmassy Design Theme or Motto of your sweater (in the comments below or via Twitter / Instagram / Facebook using #sabinesibillesewmethatjumper) 2) I’ll pick TWO jumper Design Themes after December 7th, that tickle my creative mussel 3) I’ll „interpret“ your theme and sew / stitch it up for you (of course we’ll discuss size, most hated colors etc. before that) 4) I’ll send it over to you – wherever you are in the world, designs for Lads and Chicks 5) You’ll love it so much you might cry a little 6) You’ll take a picture of yourself in your new, most favourite garment and send it over to me (that’s optional really, but I’d LOVE to see it!) 7) You’ll donate €20 or the equivalent to Amnesty International (or any other NGO / charity / person on the streets / initiative you’re fond of – not optional 🙂 ) What you’ll be getting is something that style-wise will be along that line: (Design Theme: “Three chains of Fairy Lights to take away, please!” – subtle, I know… but so was the Theme…) IMG_5328

  •  Sweater cotton fabric (color depending on your Design Theme)

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  • With embroidery or fabric color mash. Depends.

(Wearing it right now, actually… still from my little photo shoot earlier – harhar…) IMG_5322 IMG_5318 IMG_5300 IMG_5306 As to the donations of €20 – this is a crucial point! If you get a jumper from me I expect you to donate. Of course you’re free to donate to anyone – I’ve named Amnesty International because they are, as controversial as they might be, an organisation that I value highly. But of course you’re welcome to choose! Maybe give it to that person on the corner that you pass by ever morning. Your pick! As long as you promise to give (and I mean a „cross-my-heart-and-thunder-may-strike-me-if-I-don’t-do-it“ kind of promise). €20 is about 1/3 of what the jumper you’ll be getting is worth material-wise. And I promise not to employ any children under poor lighting to sew it together for you. Why am I doing this, you’re asking? Well, in case you follow that blog or my Instagram a little, you’ll know that I’m guilty of selfish-sewing. The only other people I sew clothes for are babies and my mum. I just want to “do a little something” for others and practice selfless-sewing. Sounds strange? Right, we’ve met, you know it was ment to be. So, to sum it up:

  • Everyone, no matter where in the world can participate
  • Just post your “Design Theme” that you would want your sweater to be in in the comments below or on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram using #sabinesibillesewmethatjumper
  • Do so by December 7th 2014
  • Be good for a chance to get picked
  • Get it sewn up for you, be joyful…

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  • …take a picture and send it (if you like)
  • Donate

Easy as Christmas pie. Everyone needs a little warmth this Christmas! Let’s do this!!! Give me some crazy Christmas ideas!!! Whoop Whoop

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