Dienstag, 30. September 2014

Ginormous Polkadots Dress


So I have had two nice free days, yesterday was spent going to Ikea and giving out far to much money on things I really needed, no really, I needed more hangers to hang up all the new dresses I'm going to make, and boxes, to store my clothes away, if I can't find any place to hang them, yeah, and of course I needed to add more bed linens to the gazillion I got already. Today I helped a friend make a slip to go under the rather clingy dress we had already made, and added some lace to jeans holes, and had cake, yeah, coconut orange cake and vegan too, delicious.
And then I also spent some time on taking pics of a few items I've sewn recently. So, there you go, my newest accomplishment, mx ginormous black and white polkadot dress.

Yes, I did it again. I made another polkadot dress, and again, it is black and white, no colour in sight.
What the hell is going on with me???? I've got at least 5-6 dress that are black and white now, well I guess I could jazz them up with some colourful accessories, but I don't really think this one needs jazzying up, do you?

I found this lovely, I suppose viscose? fabric in Amsterdam last year, and it has been sitting on my shelf for the right moment. Which was, when I finally had the courage to cut into the fabric. 
Black Polkadots on white, ginormous polkadots at that, nuff said.

But, and there is a big but, I haven't had the courage to wear it yet, this is not a dress you, well maybe you, but I definitely would not wear to work, so I need some kind of special occasion, and that just hasn't turned up yet. Unfortunately, it is a summer dress, so it will probably be packed away soon. Ahhh, sooo sad.


For the bodice part I used the Emery bodice, but modified it quite a bit. Actually, I just wanted to change the neckline into a heart shape neckline, but it was gaping at the shoulders, so I pinned and tucked and ended up with kinda princess seams, which also hiked up the bodice quite a bit. 
Yeah, yeah, should have done a muslin, but I'd made the Emery dress sooo many times now, I didn't think it would be that difficult. We, you live and you learn. So I messed up, NEXT.


As to pattern matching, yeah, that's not happening, anywhere, not at the front, nor at the back. But, heck. I don't feckin care...LOOK AT THAT SKIRT...IT SWISHES!!!!!!!!

Whatever else is going wrong with this dress, I really don't give a damn, because I love it!!! I love the polkadots, the neckline, the SKIRT, and look, come take a closer look, I used elastic lace to hem the circle skirt, sooo pretty. And yeah, I lined the dress with white taffetta, it's not ironed, so stop staring, it's rude.


But let's stop talking now, let's just TWIRL


Sonntag, 28. September 2014

Herbst-Jacken-Sew-Along 2014: Teil 1 Inspirationen und Schnittmuster



Ich habe schon sehr lange das Bedürfnis mir einen vernünftigen Wintermantel zu nähen, denn ich bin eine totale Frostbeuel und friere im Winter dermaßen, dass ich nicht umhin komme, oft auch krank zu werden. Ich habe zwei gekaufte Mäntel, eine eher dünnere Variante und eine recht warme und regenfeste Variante, aber wirklich zufrieden bin ich nicht, denn beide entsprechen so gar nicht meinem Stil. Der eine ist grau, den ich mit verschiedenen stoffüberzogenen Knöpfen etwas bunter gemacht habe und ein dunkelpetrolfarbener schlichter Mantel - ich habe beim Kauf eher nach dem Preis geschaut, als danach, wie sie aussehen.

Daher kommt der Herbst-Jacken-Sew-Along gerade recht, denn ich will diesen Mantel unbedingt haben und mit dem Sew-Along im Rücken könnte meine Tendenz des auf-die-lange-Bank-schiebens vielleicht aufgehoben werden.

Ich habe mich bereits für ein Schnittmuster entschieden, und den Stoff und die wärmende Einlage besitze ich auch schon, mir fehlt allerdings noch aufbügelbare Einlage, das Futter, Schulterpolster und Knöpfe. Ich orientiere mich da total an Chrissy und Catherine, die den Vogue Mantel v8346 bereits genäht haben und sehr schöne Hinweise gegeben haben. Gertie hat sogar Videos dazu erstellt. Also bin ich sehr zuversichtlich, dass das klappen sollte. Ich tendiere bei dem Mantel zu der Länge und der Farbe von B mit dem Kragen von D.


Allerdings habe ich diese Woche die ersten Exemplare des Esther-Mantels von allerlieblichst entdeckt und ich muss sagen, ich bin entzückt und konnte nicht widerstehen mir auch dieses Schnittmuster zuzulegen, zwar wird dieser Mantel ohne Futter oder Einlage genäht, doch ich besitze bereits eine Jacke aus Walkloden ohne Futter und die ist definitiv nicht warm genug für den Winter, also müsste bei meinem Vorhaben, einen Wintermantel zu nähen, definitiv noch was warmes nach innen.

allerlieblichst
Für den Esther Mantel müsste ich mir aber noch die ganzen Materialien besorgen, doch ich bin echt in Versuchung, zwei Mäntel zu nähen. Der Volant unten ist sooo schön und auch hinten am Rücken find ich ihn total toll.
Also auf in den Kampf des Beute, ehm Stoffergatterns und wer sich auch zu dem Sew-Along hat inspirieren lassen, seht ihr hier.

Donnerstag, 4. September 2014

Accidental Dirndl

Ich habe ein Dirndl genäht. 
Ich bin selber total geschockt. Es war nicht geplant und in keinster Weise gewollt, doch es sieht tatsächlich aus wie ein Dirndl.
Ich gebe dem MeMadeMittwoch-Dirndl-SewAlong und Burda die Schuld dafür, irgendwie müssen sie mein Gehirn infiltriert haben und mich unbewusst in den Dirndl-Nähmodus gesteuert haben. Anders kann ich es mir nicht erklären, dass aus einem harmlosen grünen Stoff mit Blümchen und dem Schnittmuster Simplicity 1803 ein, ja ich sage es noch einmal, Dirndl wurde.

I made a dirndl.
I am totally shocked. It wasn't planned nor did even consider making one, but it actually happened, I sewed a dirndl.
I blame the MeMadeWednesday Dirndl SewAlong and Burda, they must have infiltrated my brain and somehow made me do it. Otherwise, I can't explain how a harmless green fabric and the Simplicity 1803 pattern could fuse into a dirndl. 


Es fing alles ganz harmlos an. Ich hatte mir Simplicity 1803 zugelegt, da mir der Ausschnitt und die Prinzessnähte am Oberteil so gefielen. Das hier sollte eigentlich ein Probekleid für mein sehr gehegten und heißgeliebten Waschbärenstoff werden, also habe ich einen 3 Euro pro Meter Stoff von Karstadt herangezogen, der mir auch recht gut gefiel. Beim Zuschnitt habe ich den Ausschnitt etwas abgerundet, damit er herzförmig wurde, ansonsten habe ich eigentlich nichts verändert, das Oberteil passte an der Brust wie angegossen, nur an den Seiten und hinten war es etwas zu weit, also habe ich dort Weite weggenommen.

It all started quite harmless. I bought Simplicity 1803, because I liked the neckline and the princess seams. This was supposed to be a muslin for my treasured raccoon fabric, so I used a 3Euros per meter fabric I got at Karstadt, which I also quite liked. I made the neckline a little more rounded, so it would be heart shaped, otherwise, I didn't change much else, except for taking it in at the sides and back.


Was macht dieses Kleid nun zum Dirndl?
Erstens: der Stoff. Der Stoff ist hellgrün mit weißen Blüten und ich finde er passt in Verbindung zu diesem Schnitt total ins Dirndl-Fach.
Zweitens: Der Ausschnitt. Gut, mein Herzausschnitt ist definitiv nicht so weit ausgeschnitten wie echte Dirndl, aber die Herzform lässt einen doch an ein Dirndl denken.
Drittens: Der Rock. Der Rock besteht vorne aus drei Teilen, hinten sinds zwei und ergeben eher eine A-Form, statt einem Rechteck, dem standard Dirndlrock. doch durch die Raffung erhält man wieder diesen typischen Look.
Viertens: Die Ärmel. Eigentlich fand ich die Idee der Ärmel richtig toll, als ich nur den Papierschnitt vor Augen hatte. Ich find sie immer noch gut, aber auch hier - Dirndl.
Fünftens: Der Gürtel. Okay, nicht wirklich Dirndl-typisch, aber denkt man sich noch eine Schürze dazu, wäre der Gürtel das Schürzenband, das man je nach Beziehungsstatus links oder rechts binden muss. Habe ich erst später gelesen, als stimmt meine Bindung hier nicht ;)

But what exactly makes this dress a dirndl?
Firstly: the fabric. The fabric is bright green with with flowers and in combination with the pattern it just screams dirndl.
Secondly: the neckline. Okay, my heart shaped neckline is definitely not as low as it would be on a dirndl, but it does remind you of one.
Thirdly: the skirt. The skirt is made up of three parts in the frnt and two at the back which result in an A-line shaped skirt and not the well known rectangle, a dirndl usually has. But as it is gathered, it does appear like the typical skirt.
Fourth: the sleeves. I like the sleeves a lot, but here again it just makes me think of, you guessed it, a dirndl.
Fifth: the belt. Okay, just imagine that the belt is attached to an apron, so it's actually the apron strings, which, as I have now read, are nout bound on the right side to announce my relationship-status ;)


Das Kleid hatte ich stilgerecht am Dienstag während meines Urlaubs in Wien an, fand ich richtig passend, doch ich hätte es an dem Freitag tragen sollen, denn da hatten sich unglaublich viele Frauen auch Dirndl übergeworfen, ich habe sogar einen Herrn in Lederhosen gesehen, warum? 
Keine Ahnung, aber ungewöhnlich war es dann schon.

Ganz ehrlich, auch wenn es ein Dirndl ist, mir gefällts. Die Farbe, der Ausschnitt, die Ärmel, alles super, das einzige, was ich ändern würde, wäre der Rock, da würde ich lieber den Hawthorn-Rock von Colette verwenden und dann würde ich wahrscheinlich auch den Rückenausschnitt höher ansetzen, mir ist es doch ein wenig zu tief und wär hätte gedacht, dass ich blasses Ding doch tatsächlich Bräunungsstreifen habe, das kann man am Rücken ja richtig gut erkennen, Wahnsinn.

I wore my dress befittingly on a Tuesday during my holiday in Vienna.I should have worn it on the Friday though, because several women were wearing it on that day, I even saw a guy with Lederhosen on. Why? No idea, but unusual.

Honestly, I quite like this dress, even though it's a dirndl. The colour, the neckline, the sleeves, I love it, but I would change the skirt and exchange it for the skirt part of the Hawthorn dress by Colette and I would probably also make the back neckline higher, it is a little low. And who would have thought that I, Little Miss SnowWhite would actually have a tan line, you can see this clearly at the back, weird.

 
Hier ein viel deutlicheres Bild der Ärmel und des Musters. Ist doch wohl eindeutig, oder?
Here a close-up of the sleeves and the pattern. It's evident, what this is, right?

verlinkt bei rums

Dienstag, 2. September 2014

Exploring Vienna's Tourist Sights

Okay, I've got one last Vienna post left for you to and then you can decide for yourself, whether you should go and experience Vienna on your own. Of course you have heard and seen pictures of the most famous sights Vienna has to offer and naturally we had to have a look ourselves and, yes, they are amazing. I'm going to share pics of the ones I enjoyed the most with you and which will go into our calendar for next year. 
Yeah, we have started the habit of getting a new calendar with pictures we took through out the last year to reminiscence over in the new year, go figure.

One of the best memories will be the visit to the Prater. Yeah okay, so cliché, but come on, it's really grand and not that expensive. If you go there by tram, tram 1 that is, you have quite a long but very nice walk through the park along the Praterallee and then you have this amazing view of the ferris wheel.


And when you're on it you get a grand view of the whole of Vienna.


A little tiltshift action gives you this cool miniature effect, I love it.




If you prefer a little more culture, then go visit some castles, there are quite a few on offer in Vienna. Our hotel was about two stops away from the Schönbrunn Palace. We didn't go inside the building, but went around the park instead. They have a zoo there too, and a labyrinth, but you have to pay extra for that, and we didn't feel like going in, and the park really is amazing, so that was enough.


While we were there, wedding shoots were taking place, and you must admit, it is a beautiful backdrop for wedding pics.


This is the back of the palace where you can walk around the gardens with this huge Neptune Fountain and the Gloriette at the top of the hill. It is quite a hike up to the top, but well worth it. And it is obviously quite good for workouts too, coz I saw quite a few joggers running to the top and then going around the entire gardens for there after work run. 
Quite a cool area to get in shape, don't you think?


So, once you've managed to get to the top without wheezing too hard you get to admire the Gloriette in full. To make up for your imposed workout you can go inside and have coffee and cake in the Gloriette Café.


This is me, quite happy, before I got bitten by a mosquito, which swelled to enormous proportions through the night, which had me scared straight for days, it was sooo huge and hard, I thought I had a thrombosis, yeez, it hurt so bad, no itching, just pain, bah, I'm never going to go into the wild ever again, no no, never, never ever. We are never ever getting back together.
Oh, well, okay, maybe, we will.


If you can manage to take your eyes of the Gloriette and your cake, turn around and admire Vienna.
There, it was worth it, climbing up to the top, wasn't it?


If you haven't had enough of palaces, then you can go to Laxenburg. It takes about a half hour by bus to get there. My mom used to work here, yeah, really, she did, my mom and dad actually met here, so this is kinda part of our history ;) 



This is the Laxenburg Palace with offers you a huge garden to wander about. Once you get to the pond you can take a tiny ferry to reach the Franzensburg, which looks like a really old castle, but was actually built after the Laxenburg castle. You have to ring a bell to get the attention of the ferryman, and you do have to pay him, if you want to be set over to the castle.



Okay, so I just had to throw in this picture of an H&M store housed in this cool building on the Kärntner Straße. Mainstream clothing in a lovely one of a kind building. Just strange.


It was another happy happenstance that we discovered this Jugendstil clock, the Ankeruhr. The clock changes its figures each hour, the panel tells you who shows up at which hour.


Naturally, we had to have a look at the Hunderwasser house. I'd love to live there, it would be a great place for artists, but I doubt it would be very affordable for a struggling artist trying to make it in the world, this speaks rich people to me, only they could afford to live, but one can dream.


 
Have a peek at the toilet, while you're there, be inspired and maybe try it out in your bathroom?


While we were in Vienna, Tom Cruise was there as well. We came upon this crowd of people watching the happenings around the Staatsoper. They even reported on the Mission Impossible 5 movie shoot on the news. Here they were just rehearsing, the actual shooting took place at night. We did not get a glimpse of Tom Cruise, but that's okay, it was far more interesting watching the people watching.



Freitag, 29. August 2014

Vienna's Butterfly House

So in my last post I shared lovely Jugendstil places in Vienna with you, now I have to share the beautiful butterflies that are housed in the butterfly house in the Burggarten right in the center of Vienna and just hundred meters or so from the Museumsquartier. The entrance fee is 6 Euros for adults.

The butterflies are in a hothouse which looks just like a small jungle and also feels like that inside, so don't wear you winter clothing during your visit. It reminded me a lot of the Palmengarten here in Frankfurt, alas, we don't have any butterflies there yet, what a shame.

Okay, so I don't know anything about butterflies, so I can't tell you what these pretty little insects are called, so just enjoy the pictures and if you know the names of any of them, please feel free to leave a comment down below. 

It was really stunning to go around the rather small but lovely decorated place and behold all the different butterflies. I had to go around the house twice, as I couldn't get enough of admiring these little creatures. Enough said, enjoy the pics.








So, yeah, definitely worth a visit.

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