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Erin, my savior

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Erin helped me get back my sewing mojo – so she’s got a place in my heart! And on top of that, I also find her beautiful ;-)! But let’s start with the lost sewing mojo: In September, I spent a week at a French Chateau, taking a Burda sewing course (I wrote about this week only in German, but feel free to swoon over the pictures here). At the chateau, I literally spent the entire week making one garment, a blazer. Although it was great to learn so many new techniques and make such a bespoke garment, it somehow drained all my sewing energy. And when I got back, I didn’t really want to get back to the sewing machine. (more…)

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Everyday Skirt from Malou Paris

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My Everyday Skirt project started with a situation I am sure all of you know: I bought some fabric and had no idea what to do with it…. But it was so pretty!  I picked up this black-golden fabric during a trip to Sri Lanka about two years ago. I went on a fabric shopping binge, after I discovered some fabric shops in the city of Gaul – and, more importantly, discovered how cheap Sri Lankian fabric is! (I already showed you one of my “Sri-Lankian” makes a couple of weeks back, my Purl Soho Tunic). But: At the time of the trip I wasn’t an experienced sewist, and I didn’t realized that a lot of the fabric wasn’t exactly dressmaking fabric… (more…)

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Maxi, Maxi Skirt!

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Last week I told you about my fabric shopping adventures in Vienna. In the end, I was very, very disciplined and only bought one lovely pink cotton fabric with flowers at Komolka. When I bought it, I was thinking about the pyjama pants from Tilly and the Buttons’ book “Love at First Stitch”… but the longer the fabric was laying on my table, the louder it was whispering “maxi skirt…. maxi skirt… maxi skirt…” Which is weird, because I never, ever wear maxi skirts. I am quite short, and maxi skirts make me feel like I am disappearing in the fabric. But if a fabric is so certain what it wants to be, you have to give in, don’t you? (more…)

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A British „Dirndl“ skirt: Clemence

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Those of you following me on Instagram or on the blog here know: I am a huge fan of UK pattern designer Tilly and the Buttons. I have already shown you my two Cocos here on the blog (a dress and a sweater), and today I’ll talk about a make from Tilly’s book “Love at First Stitch”: the summer skirt Clemence! The pattern for Clemence is a self-drafted pattern. Tilly explains how to take your measurements and turn them into pattern pieces to make up the skirt. Making the pattern pieces is simple, as all of them are rectangles. The skirt is fitted at the waist by gathering the hem, no darts or other more complicated fitting techniques needed! (more…)

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