Inka Skirt

E: I have a new favorite skirt! With Inka I usually associate something really colorful. But the official name of this black and white jacquard jersey from Stoff & Stil is Jacquard strik sort/natur inka. And hence the name of the skirt. It wears super comfortable and I think it is even chic!

D: Ich habe einen neuen Lieblingsrock! Eigentlich verstehe ich ja unter Inka sehr farbenfrohe Muster. Aber der offizielle Name dieses schwarz-weißen Jacquard-Jerseys von Stoff & Stil ist Jacquard strik sort/natur inka. Daher also der Name. Der Rock trägt sich super bequem und ich finde ihn sogar chic!

E: I used the same pattern as for my green wool skirt, but adapted to my measures. Even though I did have the adjusted pattern already from the previous skirt, I still needed to open the side seams again to make it fit. The hem I sewed by hand.

D: Ich habe das gleiche Schnittmuster verwendet wie für meinen grünen Wollrock, mit den entsprechenden Anpassungen. Aber obwohl ich den Schnitt ja schon angepasst hatte, musste ich doch die Seitennähte auftrennen, damit der Rock gut sitzt. Den Saum habe ich mit der Hand genäht.

E: I definitely need more of this type of skirt. It wears like a comfy house slipper, if you know what I mean. On an other note: This remote-control thing for the camera is really stupid. Sorry for this a bit funny looking postures….

D: Ich brauche auf jeden Fall noch mehr Röcke dieser Art. Er trägt sich sozusagen wie ein super bequemer Hausschuh. Und, ja, die Fernbedienung für die Kamera ist wirklich nervig. Darum die etwas verrenkten Fotoposen….

Fabric: Jacquard strik sort/natur inka from Stoff & Stil (55% cotton, 45% polyester)

Pattern: Pattern No. 21031 by Stoff & Stil, altered in waist and hip and length.

Will I do it again? Yes. This type of skirt is very comfortable. And quickly put together (theoretically).

And with this I am joining the other Me Mades at MeMadeMittwoch im Februar.

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Green Wool Skirt

E: Last week I went with my friend B. to check out the new fabric store Stoff & Stil in Munich. Its a big store with a large selection and we spend hours roaming through the aisles of fabric. I found this lovely green wool knit and made this very cozy warm winter-skirt.

D: Letzte Woche bin ich mit meiner Freundin B. zu dem neuen Stoff & Stil Laden in München gefahren. Es ist ein großer Laden mit einer großen Stoffauswahl und wird sind stundenlang duer die Gaenge voller Stoffballen gewandert. Dort fand ich unter anderem diesen kuscheligen grünen Wollstoff für einen warmen Winterrock.

E: Stoff & Stil also has a selection of ready to go patterns on site. Although this cut out patterns are very practical, they usually confuse me because my body covers three sizes from breast to hip and I never know which size to pick and where to alter best… nevertheless I picked up the skirt pattern No. 21031 and figured that this is simple enough to do some free-hand alterations. And after opening the side-seams twice, I have now a well fitting cozy skirt! However, I realized that I don’t have many items to combine it with….  This made me contemplate my sewing plans for this year.

D: Stoff & Stil hat auch eine Auswahl an fertig ausgeschnittenen Schnittmustern. Obwohl diese fertig vorbereiteten Schnittmuster sehr praktisch sind, tue ich mich damit etwas schwer, da mein Körper von der Brust bis zur Hüfte drei Größen umfasst und ich nie weiß, welche Größe ich kaufen und wo ich dann am besten Anpassungen vornehmen muss… Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich das Schnittmuster Nr. 21031 für einen Rock mitgenommen. Es schien mit simpel genug, um es sozusagen Freihand anpassen zu können. Nachdem ich die Seitennähte zwei mal aufgetrennt habe, habe ich nun einen gut passenden kuscheligen Rock! Allerdings musste ich feststellen, dass ich nicht viele Kleidungsstücke habe, die sich gut mit diesem Rock kombinieren lassen…. Das ließ mich über meine Nähpläne für dieses Jahr nachdenken.

E: I am very intrigued by the idea of a minimalistic capsular wardrobe. Honestly, I tend to wear always the same favorite items anyway and at the same time my closet is full with things I barely know… I found two helpful resources:  The Wardrobe Architect and The Curated Closet. I started to read through the first one and really like it. I will try to work through each step. The second one now exists as book as well. One step towards a better planned wardrobe is to find the right color scheme. Colors can be divided into three categories: basic colors, neutrals and accent colors. And this is what I came up with for myself: my basic color definitely is blue. And I realize that I really like green. So far I don’t own many green items and I am still not sure, if green is really a basic color for me or rather an accent color. My neutrals are gray, beige, black and jeans. As accent-colors I like petrol, dark orange and aubergine. I certainly have many blues on my sewing list (check), and some neutrals (that could be more) and some accent colors (check).

D: Ich bin sehr von der Idee einer minimalistischen Garderobe angetan. Ehrlicherweise muss ich zugeben, dass ich eigentlich immer die gleichen Lieblingsstücke trage und gleichzeitig in meinem Kleiderschrank viele (fast) unbekannte Stücke schlummern… Ich habe zwei hilfreiche Seiten gefunden:  The Wardrobe Architect und The Curated Closet. Ich habe angefangen, durch die erste zu lesen und finde sie wirklich hilfreich. die zweite ist inzwischen als Buch auch auf deutsch erschienen. Ein Schritt auf dem Weg zu einer besser organisierten Garderobe ist, die richtigen Farben zu finden. Die Farben kann man in drei Gruppen unterteilen: Grundfarben, neutrale Farben und Farben, die Akzente setzten. Mein Farbschema sieht erst mal so aus: meine Grundfarbe ist definitiv blau. Ist stelle fest, dass ich auch wirklich grün mag, bisher habe ich aber noch nicht viele grüne Kleidungsstücke und bin mir daher noch nicht so ganz im Klaren darüber, ob grün für mich tatsächlich eine Grundfarbe ist oder sich doch eher für Akzente eignet. Meine neutralen Farben sind grau, beige, schwarz und jeans-blau. Und Akzente setze ich gerne mit petrol, dunklem orange und aubergine.  Ich habe auf jeden Fall viel blaues auf meiner Näh-Liste (check), und ein paar wenige Dinge in neutralen Farben (da ist noch Luft nach oben) und Akzentfarben sind auch vertreten (check).

Fabric: Thick wool knit (80% wool 20% polyester) from Stoff & Stil in Munich

Pattern: Pattern No. 21031 by Stoff & Stil, altered in waist and length.

Will I do it again? Yes, a bought some other knit which I also want to turn into a skirt.

This is my contribution to RUMS.

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Foliage wrap-around skirt

Fall is here. The trees are changing into vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red. So wonderful colors and light!

(Okoř, close to Praha)

During the last month I had a major clean-out of my closet and sewing corner. I keep a stack of old clothes which I don’t wear anymore, but the material is too good to be toss out and instead can be used in some sewing project. Several years ago I received an orange corduroy skirt from a family member for exactly that purpose.

During the clean-out this wrap-around skirt resurfaced. Being infected by those wonderful autumn colors around me I wanted to wear a skirt like this!

The original skirt was too long and too tight. So I generously cut off the hem and opened the side seams. From the cut off hem I salvaged rectangular pieces which I inserted into the side seams.

The direction of the corduroy of the skirt is (as usual) vertical, but of the inserted side panels it is horizontal. This I think adds an interesting feature to the skirt! Finally I repositioned the buttons and have now a lovely new old skirt!

Pattern: Refashioning an old skirt. No pattern used.

Fabric: A used corduroy skirt

Will I do it again? Refashioning old clothes? Always!

This is my contribution to RUMS.

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

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Sun-Print Skirt

This has been a very longterm project. Two years ago I prepared this fabric for a skirt but never got around putting it together (I was too scared to screw it up). But ow I felt confident enough to finish it and enjoy wearing my new skirt during the last warm days of summer.

Inspired by Alisa’s sun-print bag I tried this technique on a very hot sumer day. First I cut out the pieces for a skirt (my trusted burda pattern, you can see previous versions here, here, here, here and here). Then I colored the fabric with diluted fabric paint and quickly pressed on it leaves I found in the garden. The whole thing I put to dry in the hot sun.

The dried fabric now looked like this – you can see the shape of the leaves:

I am still not sure how exactly this works. Alisa believes that this happens because the leaves absorb the pigments from the wet color. This could be one possibility. An other possibility is that the fabric dries faster where it is not covered by a leave. The water, containing the paint particles, is then sucked out from underneath the leaves (through capillary effects and the moisture gradient) so that there is then less paint where the leaves have been. Or the reason cold be an entirely different one. I am a geek and I love to understand things. So, if you have knowledge (or an opinion) about this I love to hear it!

So, this is the skirt. I kept it very simple, no pockets, invisible zip at the side, no visible seams on the outside. One new thing I tried:  after closing the upper edge of the waist band, I stitched the seam allowance to the inner part of the waist band before folding it over. That way the inner part of the waistband is kept better in place and will not peak out at the upper edge.

The print is not as visible as much as I had hoped and I am still afraid that it might wash out (although I used fabric paint and ironed the thing about a hundred times). Enough reason to try again! Now our summer is almost over but next year I might turn this into an other project with my sons!

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B. Alterations: I cut the back in one piece, put the invisible zip into the side seam, omitted the pockets, adjusted the length and have no visible seams on the outside.

Fabric: an old white cotton bed sheet, dyed using  Alisa’s sun-print technique and normal fabric paint bought at the local crafts store.

Will I do it again? YES! Its a fun technique! But next time it will probably something else than a skirt.

This is my contribution to RUMS.

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

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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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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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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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