It’s the end of September, and in Munich that means: Oktoberfest time! For those of you who don’t know: The Oktoberfest is a huge traditional beer festival that is held every September in Munich (don’t ask why it’s called Oktoberfest when it’s held in September, that’s a long story…). Anyway, Oktoberfest is one of the times where most Bavarians bring out their traditional clothes and wear their “Dirndls” (for the girls) and “Lederhosen” (for the guys). When I started sewing in the summer of 2015, I got it stuck into my head that I wanted to have a hand-made Dirndl. So I booked a course at one of our local sewing schools and embarked on the project with a meager 5 months of sewing experience… (more…)
I normally don’t like beach vacations. I prefer travelling around and sightseeing, so that’s what we normally do. Last year we travelled to Sri Lanka, and since it was VERY hot, we decided to go against the rule and squeeze in a couple of beach days. Lounging around in our cute B&B on the beach made me realize that I have a lot of practical travelling/city trip clothes, but not one piece that I can just throw over my bikini while going to the bar or restaurant. My next sewing project was set! (more…)
I’d like to introduce you to Svenja. I met Svenja on Pattydoo’s website when I was searching for a quick-to-sew summer dress for wovens. For years, I wore a RTW cotton summer dress from H&M when spending a day at a lake or a beach. I’m surprised the dress held up as long as it did, but this summer I finally needed a replacement… So I searched the internet for patterns for wovens because I hate the feeling of jersey on sunscreen drenched skin (and as I’m extremely light-skinned, I am always lathering on layer after layer of 50+ sunscreen :-)). Also, I wanted a pattern without fiddly closures, no zippers or buttons. In combination with woven fabric, that narrows down the field quite a lot… So I had been looking for a while when I stumbled upon Svenja! (more…)
My favorite birthday present last year was Gertie Hirsch’s „Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book“: a wonderful thick and heavy ringbound book filled with beautiful dress patterns and tipps on sewing them. But let me tell you, these are no projects for the faint-hearted – the dresses are true labours of love! No quick, one-evening sews – but when we received an invitation for a winter wedding, I went straight for Gertie’s book. As the wedding was scheduled for November, I wanted to make a pattern with sleeves and settled on the Hot Pink Crepe Dress. You don’t have to make it in pink, of course, but in my opinion, nothing trumps pink – so off I went in search of the perfect fabric! (more…)
When Lisa from Sew Over It published her ebook „My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break” last year, I fell head over heals in love with the concept: five patterns that make up an interchangeable capsule wardrobe for a weekend city trip! I bought the book straight away, and then the usual happened: I got sidetracked with other patterns I wanted to make, and the ebook lay idle at the base of my pattern pile… until one rainy day this March during our vacation in Scotland. (more…)
I have a very special relationship with Pattydoo’s Ella. She was the first dress that I made for myself, and also the first dress that I sewed up for someone else (my little sister). Both times I made the cowl neck version – I love cowl necklines! I chose a very soft viscose jersey for the first dress – wonderful for the cowl neck, not so wonderful for the dress itself. I can’t even wear tights underneath without everybody being able to see their marks from the outside… So for the second version for my sister I chose a more stable jersey. This worked great for the dress, but not so great for the cowl neck… So I decided that three would be the charm and chose the “American neckline” pattern version to make up in a stable jersey. (more…)
welcome at The Flying Needle! For my very first blog entry ever I have chosen my current favorite pattern: Tilly and the Button’s Coco.
It was love at first sight between me and Coco… However, when I spotted her for the first time on Tilly and The Button’s website, I was at the very beginning of my sewing journey. Making a dress was totally out of my league at the time. And so I forgot about Coco… Until Tilly hosted a Black Friday Sale last November and I remembered that I had always wanted to make a Coco. So the PDF pattern made it’s way into my shopping basket and onto my printer. And when I spotted the geometrical Ponte di Roma fabric a couple days later on stoffe.de, it was time for Coco to come to life!