This was my MeMadeMay17

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Today is the last day of May and the last day of Me Made May 2017. I really enjoyed this challenge! It forced me to consider my clothes more than I usually do. This May had extreme temperatures – below 10C in the beginning of the month and around 30C during the last days. So I could wear my me made warm as well as my summer cloths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did manage to fulfill (most of) my pledge:

  1. I did wear at least one me made item at least 5 days per week.  I wore 6 different skirts (21 days), 1 dress (once) and 3 different tops (6 days). A clear favorite for cooler days is my up-cycled jeans skirt (above left; I wore it on 9 days). For warmer weather I really liked to wear the pink flower skirt (above right; I wore it on 4 days).
  2. Par of my pledge was to make and wear me made tops. I did wear three different me made tops. Two are new and one is from last summer. I did not blog about them jet, because I am not that happy about how they turned out. I find it extremely difficult to make a pattern for a top fit properly – even if made from jersey. Thus I am still in the process to make 2-3 different well fitting tops. So this part of the pledge I did not fulfill completely but I am intensely working on it!
  3. I did start to clean out my wardrobe and rediscovered old items. I also dyed over a few items and gave them a second life. Inspired by the  Wardrobe Architect on the Colette blog I stared to analyze my preferences and I discovered that apparently I really like flowery patterns (for some it might seem obvious but to me it actually was a surprise….)!

What did I learn during this challenge:

  • I can and really like to wear my me made items.
  • I urgently need tops to wear with my skirts. Simple and nice tops. Yes, this is my “top-challenge”!
  • I do need more variety. I need a longer skirt and summer pants. A cardigan would be nice, too. (the list goes on….)

Thanks to Zoe for initiating MeMadeMay! I am feeling so proud that I actually could join this year. It is a great motivation to continue working on a me made wardrobe!

This is my contribution to MMM17.

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MeMadeMay 2017

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‘I, Calina from tamtamtiger, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear self-made items at least five days per week, for the duration of May 2017’

Yes, I am joining Zoe’s call for challenge this year! I have a few nice items which I really like to wear and do so a lot, but I want to see  them more as part of my developing core wardrobe. Therefore, beyond wearing self-made items five days per week:

        1. I want to challenge myself to consciously chose and combine my self-made items. I mostly have self-made skirts and combine them with always the same tops. I want to be more conscious how I wear my self-made items and be more experimental in combining them. I usually have about three minutes in the morning to pick out my clothes for the day and get dressed, so no wonder I am mostly falling back onto my usual uniform. Having more diverse “ready-to-grab” outfits would be helpful and fun. As a mother of three small children (they are now 9, 5 and 3) I don’t have much time to spend on my clothes and they have to be practical (suitable for biking and for spending an afternoon on the playground) and at the same time nice enough for work.
        2. I want to challenge myself to add 2-3 new tops to my wardrobe to a) have more choices for my existing skirts and to b) overcome my “Anpassungsangst” [fitting issues] for tops. I would like to “master” 2-3 different top styles which fit really well and which I can quickly sew up in different colors and patterns, just as I need them.  My newly found sewing group is such a big support for all my sewing plans!
        3. I want to challenge myself to clean out my wardrobe and rethink my style following the Wardrobe Architect on the Colette blog. Of course I will not change my entire wardrobe and style within one month, but I want to use this challenge to get started on it.

Those are big plans for the month of May and I am looking forward to play with my me-made items. I am still contemplating how I will be able to document my daily outfits, since I will not be able to take daily pictures. I probably will have to do it similarly as Zoe does it: write down my daily outfits for myself and do a summary of my challenge at the end of the month. I am looking forward to #MMM17!

This is my contribution to MMM17.

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The Social Skirt

Aren’t they cuddly? This are Sunny and Charlie our cute and furry family members. They live outside and luckily they still have their warm winter coats. It is end of April and minus 6 degrees Celsius at night! And the last two days we had snow! And it was freezing cold! Time to finish my woolen skirt!

Like many things, sewing is best done socially! Thus, I am very happy to tell you, that as of recently I am part of a small group of fabulous women coming together for our own little sewing bee. During our first two gatherings we all worked on our own realizations of the same skirt patter: my trusted Burda skirt (you can see previous versions here, here, here and here).

I still had this lovely wool-cotton blend from the Bogner fabric outlet in Munich lying around. I bought it with the intension of making a cardigan, but I never could bring myself to actually do it – mostly because I couldn’t figure out which pattern would be suitable. So, in time for a snowy spring I turned it into a skirt. It is nicely warm and cozy and I love to wear it on those cold April days. It is fully lined and I obviously love the pockets.

But. Ugh – I still have so much to learn! This skirt pattern was just not the right one for this thick fabric. I should have used a pattern without a waistband. The turned over seams are very bulky which made in particular the waistband very bulky. This also made the insertion of the invisible zip quite challenging. I did manage to get it in, but not as invisible as I would have wished.

I also underestimated the elasticity of the fabric. It does not feel that stretchy, but somehow this skirt became wider and wider and wider…. I did take out quite a bit of width at the back seam but I still can get in and out of the skirt without having to open the zipper…….

No, I will not show you the inner workings of this skirt (or the bulky waistband). The not-so-nice finishes on the inside show the traces of my struggles. But, what shall I say, I love that skirt! I love its coziness. And I love it because there are so many nice moments of sewing together with my friends stitched into it!

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B, but I adjusted the length.

Fabric: Wool-cotton blend from the Bogner StoffShop in Munich.

Will I do it again? Not again in this combination!

Update: To keep the skirt from falling off, I pulled an elastic band through the waistband. The elastic band is holding in the waistband only a tiny bit, but enough to greatly improve the skirt’s wearability.

Dieser Blogpost ist in Englisch. Ich lese und beantworte Kommentare aber gerne auch auf Deutsch.

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Autumn leaves

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We made some nice fall decoration. Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the process, so I’ll try to explain in words:

First we selected nice leaves from the nearby forest and pressed them (that takes a few days!). Then we places a pressed leave under a sheet of colored paper (in Germany it is called “Tonpapier”, I think it is equivalent to construction paper of thin cardboard) and painted lightly(!) over the paper above the leaves with wax crayons –  suitable are wax crayon-blocks (we use the wax blocks from Stockmar). When painting over the leave underneath the paper the color of the crayon will highlight the coutures of the leave. When the leave is nicely outlined, it can be easily cut out. We attached to a string to hang the leaves into the window.

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The leaves are nicely moving when there is a draft in the room (e.g. because of an open window or door).

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This is my contribution to creadienstag.

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Halloween Pumpkins

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This are our Halloween Pumpkins this year! Once before Halloween we get a carload full of various pumpkins – they are sold everywhere right now. Mostly they are piled high on some field next to the road and you just put the money into an honest-box. So we went, picked our pumpkins, payed and carried them home (they are heavy!). A few years ago we started to try out different carving techniques. Using a set of carving knives one can actually achieve nice effect by just carving off the skin at some places and cutting through at others. Here is one example where I tried to carve some night scene:

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Pide

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In my attempt to include more vegetarian dishes in our meal plan I came across pide. It is a classical dish from Turkey, little boats made from yeast dough and filled with either spinach and feta or with some meat based filling. The spinach pide turned out nice but the color green on the plate is not so popular around here… So I tried to make a vegetarian version somewhat resembling its meat based original.

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After a bit of experimenting, this is what we came up with. And we all love it! All of us, even those who are usually not so fond of tofu.

This recipe makes 16 palm sized pide:

For the dough you’ll need:

  • 500g flour (I usually mix normal and whole grain spelt flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pack yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ca. 300-400 ml warm water

And for the filling you’ll need:

  • 1 onion
  • 400g tofu – the plain one, not marinated, not grilled etc
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • your choice of spices (see below)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (400g each)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (Schmand)
  • parsley

Suggestions for spices:

  • You can simply add herbs de provence.
  • We like it non-spicy and I like to add some Indian inspired mixture: cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, sweet paprika.

How to make it:

  1. To make the dough: mix flour and salt, dissolve the yeast together with sugar in hand-warm water, add olive oil, and combine everything to a smooth slightly sticky dough. Let rest at a warm place for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the filling: Saute diced onion. Add spices and finely diced and crumbled tofu. Saute for a few minutes. Add canned tomatoes and tomato paste and let simmer on small flame until some of the liquid evaporated. The filling should not be too watery. Take the filling off the flame and add squeezed garlic and sour cream. let it cool down until hand warm.
  3. Assemble the pide: Kneed the dough and divide into 16 pieces. Roll out every pieces into an ellipsis, place 2 table spoons of filling in the middle and shape a boats by first folding over one side, then the other and secure the boats by firmly pressing the ends together. Put onto two baking trays, brush the dough with water and bake for ca. 20 min until they start to slightly brown at the edges.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh parsley!

Enjoy!

I support Veggie-Thursday!

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Sommer-Rock Sew-Along Finale

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This is the final virtual meetup of the Summer-Skirt Sew-Along hosted by Meike and Lucy on the MeMadeMittwoch Blog. You can see my two new skirts here and here.

Ich habe es tatsächlich geschafft und habe nach diesem Monat des Sommer-Rock Sew-Alongs zwei neue Sommerröcke, die ich auch schon kräftig trage! Vielen Danke an Meike und Luzy für diese tolle Aktion! Sew-Alongs machen wirklich Spaß –  vor allem, wenn ich mir die Ziele realistisch stecke. Hier sind meine beiden neuen Röcke:

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Tischdeckentellerrock: Ein Tellerrock aus einer secondhand Tischdecke (ausführlich hier vorgestellt).

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Rosa Blumenrock: ein leichter Baumwollrock nach altbewährtem Burda-Schnitt (ausführlich hier vorgestellt).

Ha, und ich dachte, ich hätte einen Schrank voll T-Shirts & co. Aber jetzt merke ich, dass ich doch noch etwas für meine neuen Röcke brauche! Jetzt werde ich also doch endlich die Shirts von meiner Brot-und-Butter-Wunschliste in Angriff nehmen?

Und jetzt freue ich mich auf die Ergebnisse der anderen Teilnehmerinnen des Sommer-Rock Sew-Along Finales!

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Pink flower skirt

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My newest wardrobe addition is this lovely light summer skirt – and I actually made and finished it thanks to the Sommer-Skirt Sew-Along on the MeMadeMittwoch blog. The fabric came from a friend and was actually intended for costumes for my son’s marionettes. But this piece of fabric was so big that it was enough for a skirt for Mama AND a dress for the marionette princess.

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There is not much to be said about this skirt. I used the same Burda download pattern I have used previously (other realizations are here, here and here). Again, I sink-stitched the waistband using the special sewing foot and stitched the hem (once turned over) with an almost invisible seam using the same sewing foot.  I did try to match the pattern at the back seam and put quite a bit of effort into cutting out the pieces. But when I put in the zipper I forgot about it and then I didn’t want to undo everything again.  However, I feel that pattern is pretty forgiving – and Patrick is not judging. Also, the inside of the pockets, which I did in an other fabric, peeks out a bit. But the skirt  wears nicely – and I love it!

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Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B, but I adjusted the length.

Fabric: gifted cotton print

Will I do it again? I wonder when I will get sick of this sewing pattern. Anyhow, the next version is already sitting on my sewing table.

This is my contribution to RUMS!

Dieser Blogpost ist in Englisch. Ich lese und beantworte Kommentare aber gerne auch auf Deutsch.

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Tablecloth-Skirt

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My oldest son’s passion are marionettes. His stories typically revolve around princesses, kings, a fakir and his snake, and their fight against evil. For the costumes and stage decorations he uses all scraps of fabric I can (and sometimes rather not) spare. Recently, I took him along to a local thrift store so he could look around for things to use in his play. We went home with a bag full of treasures – not only for him. I found a beautiful round blueprint tablecloth.

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I immediately remembered the full circle skirts Frau Kirsche made from round tablecloths (unfortunately, she closed down her blog, but she published a tutorial here)!

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Following her instructions, this is how I made my skirt:

  1. I measured my waist, and cut a hole with the same circumference in the middle, with seam allowance added. I stitched a supporting seam around the hole. Note to self: instead of cutting a perfect circle, I should have followed the pattern – now the waistline doesn’t look very even.
  2. I divided the the cut-out circle into stripes and made from it the outside of the waistband. For the inside I used a piece of blue cotton fabric from my stash.
  3. The tablecloth did have a seam across, which means it was made from two half circles. I opened the seam a bit on one side of the cut-out hole to insert an invisible zip.
  4. Despite careful measurements and calculations, the skirt turned out to be a bit too wide. So I inserted additionally an elastic band into the waistband, so that the skirt doesn’t fall off my hips.

And thats my long full circle summer skirt – right on time for the beginning of summer – and finished thanks to the Sommer-Rock Sew-Along of Meike and Lucy on the MeMadeMittwoch blog! It is nice and airy and a perfect hiding place for small (and not so small) children.

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Pattern: no pattern but I followed Frau Kirsche’s Tutorial.

Fabric: second-hand round tablecloth

Will I do it again? Yes, if the right table cloth comes along.

This is my first time participating at MeMadeMittwoch, this long admired parade of women wearing self-made clothes! 

Dieser Blogpost ist in Englisch. Ich lese und beantworte Kommentare aber gerne auch auf Deutsch.

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Sommer-Rock-Sew-Along III

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I am sorry, this post is in German only. I am taking part in a summer-skirt-sew-along, hosted by MeMadeMittwoch. Today is the third  virtual meet-up where and it’s all about details! Each finished garment will be presented as usual in a separate blogpost.

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Details, Details, Details! Heute geht es um Bund, Saum, Taschen und was Röcke sonst noch so haben. Rock Nr. 1 ist noch nicht viel weiter als letzte Woche, aber dafür ist Rock Nr. 3 1/2 jetzt fertig! Es ist ein Tellerrock aus einer runden second-hand Tischdecke. Dieser Blaudruck hatte es mir sofort angetan. Und der große Vorteil: Kein Zuschneiden, kein Säumen.

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Ich habe lediglich (inspiriert durch ein Tutorium von Frau Kirsche) meine Taille ausgemessen und ein Loch in die Tischdecke geschnitten. Da die Tischdecke aus zwei zusammen genähten Halbkreisen bestand, habe ich die Naht ein bisschen aufgetrennt, um einen naht-verdeckten Reißverschluss einnähen zu können. Den Kreis, den ich aus der Mitte heraus geschnitten hatte, habe ich in Streifen zerlegt, und daraus die Außenseite des Bundes gebastelt. Innen bekam der Bund ein Stückchen Stoff aus meinem Fundus. Und weil ich mich natürlich doch in der Weite des Bundes vertan hatte und der Bund zu weit war, habe ich jetzt am Ende noch ein Gummiband eingezogen.

Und wenn jetzt endlich mal die Sonne herauskommt, dann gibt es auch noch Tragefotos!

Jetzt geht’s aber ganz fix zum MeMadeMittwoch, um die tollen Rock-Details der anderen NäherInnen zu bewundern! Und ich freue mich auf das nächste Treffen am 26.6.!

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