Sewing for Me

My lovely Ella

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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…)

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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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Coco meets Audrey

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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!

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