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Sorbetto and I

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Well, what should I say. It’s not working out between Sorbetto and me. I’d even go as far as saying that it’s over. But let’s start at the beginning: I discovered the free Colette pattern for “Sorbetto” quite early in my sewing career. As probably all of you already know, the pattern comes with different views, with and without sleeves, with and without a center fold in the front. I really liked the version with the fold – it turns a rather basic top into something special, in my opinion. I downloaded Sorbetto, but never quite got round to actually sewing it. Until I saw a really cool cactus fabric in one of our local fabric stores back in May. (more…)

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Coco from Tilly and The ButtonsSewing for Me

Accidental Coco hack

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while I was sewing my first Coco dress from Tilly and the Buttons, I had already decided that I definitely needed a sweater version of this pattern. I am so in love with the neckline, and I wanted to be able to match such a top with jeans. Plus, the pattern already offers a dedicated “sweater hemline” – so making a sweater is a quick job. (more…)

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My second Toaster

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I was all set for spring: the tulips and bellflowers were blooming, I had taken the first ride on my standup paddle board, and on my cutting table I had laid out a beautiful flowery viscose and a shirt dress pattern. And then winter came back. At the end of April, it snowed so much in Munich that there was a white blanket on all the spring flowers and trees. I was imagining thick, cozy sweaters instead of light, flowery dresses – and couldn’t stop thinking about the great sweat fabric that I recently bought in Edinburgh. After finishing my first berry-coloured Toaster #1, I had been planning on making another version with thicker material anyway – and the terrible weather gave me the chance to do that now instead of next fall (great opportunity for my stash, as the sweat takes up a loooot of space in the closet). (more…)

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Sewing Jersey with a normal sewing machine: My shirt Agnes

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when I started sewing, I kept strictly to woven fabrics (probably like most sewing beginners). I read about jersey shirts and dresses on blogs and on Instagram, but everybody was talking about „serging“ and „sergers“ and the knives on the sergers, and somehow I was overwhelmed. I was sewing on my mum’s 25 year old Pfaff sewing machine, and I had to google what a “serger” actually is. So, I decided that sewing stretch would just have to wait until I was able to afford first a new “normal” machine and then later, maybe, a serger. (more…)

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Toaster and I

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Have you ever experienced the following? A new pattern pops into the world on the blogs and on Instagram, and you think to yourself: “Well, it’s a shame, but this is so not my style!” That was exactly the way I felt about the Toaster Sweater #1 by SewHouseSeven. Toaster #2 took my heart by storm and went straight onto my pattern wishlist – but Toaster #1 was way to “sporty” for me with the raglan sleeves and the rather tight funnel neck. So in my mind, I put the pattern into the “will never make that” drawer. Or so I thought… Because then the “sewing community effect” materialized: more and more sewists posted their version of the Toaster #1. And the more I saw, the better I liked the pattern. And by the time Annika from Nähconnection published the “Be Cozy Bundle”, containing both Toasters and two other sweaters in German translations, I was sold on Toaster #1. Plus, we were about to leave for our trip to Scotland, and I thought a cozy sweater would be a great addition to my traveling gear. (more…)

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