Siamese fairy tale Luciana

Once upon a time … there were those two step sisters as in every good fairy tail, falling into a dwell, waking up in some strange area. Wandering around they find some tasks that they do and not do and end up at Frau Holles house, who is ready to give them some more tasks. They do the tasks more or less thoroughly and in the end they are getting their well deserved reward – the one is covered with gold and the other with pitch. So here they are, gold mary and pitch mary!

This is the story of Frau Holle and when you think “Why the heck is she telling this strange German fairy tale?” then – let me tell you another thing: in this part of Germany, where I come from, was raised and still live, we are reaaaaally fond of Carnival. We all throw ourselves into costumes, have a drink (or two or three or twenty five) and have some fun with some really bad music.

Tadaaaa: Here is my version of siamese gold mary and pitch mary!

It’s a golden and black version of the Luciana dress of the book Sahneschnittchen. The fabric is 100% polyester what I usually try to avoid. It is not fitting perfectly but I think for carnival it is ok!

The back has also some pleats and darts and I need to work on my zipper technique!

As this is more a dress of only once occasion I consider it as a muslin for the real strike when I recreate the dress with a proper fabric.

The pleating is a bit off, I definetly need to work out those more accurate. I shortened the sleeves, the book is giving a sleeveless and a full-sleeve option. And last but not least I raised the neckline about an inch as I just did not want to have to show too.

I am sorry that I do not have any proper pictures but I was heading off for party and so the blog lacked a bit of attention. ;)

Fabric used:
no-name golden and black polyester from local fabric store


The Penny Inn

I did not exactly cover myself with glory concerning the Bag of the Month Club – I am far behind my own expectations speaking of how much pattern I sewed down. In only two months the early bird subscription for 2016 starts. And finally – finally! – I managed to sew the Penny Inn wallet! Chris W. started a sew-along in her facebook group and I jumped at the chance.

It’s a wallet design by Chris W. that I adored since it was revealed, I but also had a lot of respect. The pattern requires accuracy and patience. I promise you will be rewarded!

I added some piping at the front – and accidently in the inside also, as I added it on the wrong pattern piece first and did not want to unstitch. It turned out a bit uneven but I really like the effect!

Yep, as I said – pay attention to accurate stitching!

At the back I added my label. Here the group really was helpful as I couldn’t work out at what pattern piece I had to add it. With the help of the group it went exactly where I wanted. Thanks for that!

When you open the wallet, the front is secured with a snap.

The accidentally inserted piping looks quite good!

It is roomy, not to say, gigantic – it holds 21 cards, has 3 zipper pockets and one or two slip pockets. I can’t even decide yet where to put my stuff as I have so much options.

Hard work done, it was really challenging, but I like the pattern. I would suggest not to use too heavy weighted fabric as it gets quite bulky at some parts. My tip for a successful Penny Inn adventure is: press, press, press! And read the instructions. I know, everyone says that. They do with a reason, believe me.

Fabric used:
Camelot Fabrics – Mint Condition
No-name grey solid from the local fabric store

Linking up with TT – Taschen und Täschchen and creadienstag

A new home for my little thread spool friends

I used to keep my thread spools in a plastic bag. That is a good idea as long as you have like two or three spools. Of course you buy more and then it isn’t a good idea any longer.

How lovely and nice! Not.

I did not find a good solution ready-to-buy, so I decided to make one. Of course I googled and pinterested but mostly I saw tutorials where the spools are in a rack on the wall. Very decorative. Very dusty after some time. Don’t like! So there was this one tutorial at that I liked, that used card box and nails to create a spool box. Mostly because I did not have a ready-to-use card box I headed over to the hardware shop in search of materials to recreate something similar. And I ended up with screws and a plastic box (one of those to keep your food fresh).

Confession time: I am a bad blogger. I forgot to take a before picture of my materials. Now you have to be imaginative and use your fantasy to imagine, how screws and an empty box look like! You can do that!

I used a 2,3 liters (78 oz) Lock&Lock box with measurements of 23,2 x 16,5 x 9,5 cm, as well as 5,0 mm x 6 cm cross slot flat headed screws.

German lesson: This is another good example of a lovely German compound: “cross slot flat headed screw” translates with one single word as “Kreuzschlitzflachkopfschraube”. What a sound!

To create a nice and proper distance between the spools I put my box on my small cutting mat with a grid and estimated a good distance. I then rounded up to the next even number to make life easier. I estimated that 4 centimeters is a good distance!

I printed out a grid on a sheet of paper and taped it centered to the bottom of my box.

Lucky enough I realized that it will sort out and marked the places where I want to put my screws from the back of the paper. I took a Sharpie so ink showed through and I didn’t have to remove the paper for marking again.

And then I just grabbed my hot melt gun and glued the screws onto the bottom of the box. Easy as that! It worked like a charm. I was afraid that they won’t stay straight or something similar, but I am really pleased with the result!

Yes, I will have to buy more screws. Estimation fail in the hardware store. Uh, uh wait: I SCREWED IT UP! Muhahaha.

And now all my little friends are kept straight and clean and dust free in their new home.

No, it’s not 5 Shades of Grey, it’s black, grey, blue, green and bad lighting.

Little Kraken’s Mutterpass

Here in Germany every pregnant woman gets a little booklet in which all important dates of the expecting mother and her baby are recorded. It’s called “Mutterpass”, which is literally translated with “mother’s pass”. tells me, “Mutterpass” is translated with “expectant mother’s record of prenatal and natal care” and this really doesn’t make a good blog entry title! So you have to stand the German title.

Sewing and language learning, yeah!

When one of my best friends got pregnant she asked me to sew a cover for her Mutterpass and as her little one is called “Krake” (another German word for your vocabulary book) I needed to add a little kraken’s touch.

I used the tutorial written by Miss Margerite (again German, but by this time your German should be good enough to understand every word!).

It has a little kraken on the outside that I ordered at Dawanda. It was my first time using an application and I love the little extra cuteness that it provides.

Unfortunately I do not have a Mutterpass available, so you have to imagine that it is slipped in!

In the inside there is a little pocket for her ultra sound pictures.

I hope she likes it!

Fabric used:
Soft Cactus: Granny’s Tiles – S – Blue
Soft Cactus:  Puzzled Milly – S – Red

The Dallas Vintage Duffel for Mr. D

Yeah! Phew, I made it! Finally – the promised travel bag for Mr. D!

Not that he waited since November for me to finish it. Or start it. Ehem.

I promised him to make a travel bag somewhen last year before christmas, and there were so many projects and things in between, that I just did not start this one. At one point in time, when I finally started, I told him that I started and he was like “Oh. This project really exists? I thought it was a myth!” Just for you to know how looong he has been waiting!

So here it is! Tadaaa!

It’s the Dallas Vintage Duffel by Swoon Sewing Patterns and I had some hard time, as it has some challenging parts!

It’s a bit more wonky then I expected, as it is always a bit of suprise how a bag turns out when you replace the interfacing from the pattern with some interfacing that is available in your area – I cheated for the pictures and stuffed the bag with a blanket. But I do not really mind, as a travel bag is allowed to be a bit wonky, I think. All in all I am quite pleased with the result, especially with the piping! I did never do any piping on a curved piece, and I really hate those side panels sewing to a main body tube, and it took quite a while, but I managed it and it is ok, I think!

Do you spot the little tiny crinkles and winkles beneath the webbing? No? Good!

The bag has two handles and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. This side is the one where I melted the embellishment webbing with the iron and had to cover it with another piece – thankfully you cannot really tell.

New for me was the technique to insert the lining. Swoon lets you assemble the body with the zipper and the lining independently, without any turning gab, and then you put the lining in the main body and attach it by sewing over the first stitching line at the zipper. In that way you don’t have to turn the whole stiff bag and crinkle your material, but you have to be very accurate in your stitching. If you are, the result is a really nice invisible-zipper-like finish, that looks quite professional!

Only the ends of my zipper part are not so accurate.

Don’t look close!

I really like the pattern! The instructions where clear and the pictures (diagrams, no photos) are very precise. It comes in three sizes and I went for the biggest one this time.

And the most important thing: Mr. D likes it. Strike!

My Sewing Bucket List / Pattern Stash

I wish I could already show you more of my sewing, but unfortunately I didn’t have much time to sew. I had several birthdays and occasions with gifts to prepare and a cake to bake, a short trip, cleaning the mess that I ignored while baking and short tripping, and now I am sitting at home with an upper respiratory tract infection (the internet tells me the abbreviation for this is URTI, which sounds to a German native speaker like the unbeloved Swiss aunt that is staying just a bit too long: “How is it with your aunt URTI?” – “OH she feels very well, you know, I think she will stay for another twelve cups of tea”) half of the time sleeping, the other half of the time tea drinking and netflixing (yay, finally an excuse to sign up for the free trial month!).

You know a German writes a text when there is no full stop for 7 lines!

Long story short, netflixing gets boring and I need something that is entertaining but not exhausting and so I started to think about my upcoming and want-to-sew projects and UFOs (UnFinished Objects) that are lying around here!

Wow, I am surprised how much it is! No way I am going to sew all of them or even close to all, but seeing all of the patterns in one place instead of having them on a unsorted stash might help remembering and deciding on all the patterns!

I plan going back to this list at the end of the year and recapitulate what I managed to sew up!

Bag of the Month Club 2015 – It’s done

This year I participated in a thing that is called Bag of the Month Club. You sign up to get a surprise bag pattern each month from January to June. Then you’ll sew as much bags as you want and upload them to the flickr group. You can participate on the Facebook page discussions, help each other, stare at the great bags of the others. You can get more info here.

I loved to see all the bags in their different versions. Interesting how different they seem depending on the fabric choice! Also the Facebook group was very encouraging and helpful.

Unfortunately I only managed to sew down two of the bags. I would have liked to sew five of them (I was not too much fan of the February bag) but there were two much different projects that went in between, so I just did not manage to.

I have sewn January, the Companion Carpet Bag by Sewing Patterns with Mrs. H:

It is a framed bag, as Mary Poppins had one. I changed the closure a bit, as the one I ordered has not been delivered. I also made corresponding handles myself (my first try!) and I left out the magnetic snap in the front slip pocket. I am so happy I found the mint coloured zippers in my local sewing store! It matches perfectly the mint of the Mint Condition collection by Camelot Fabrics. Unfortunately the handles are a bit too short for my taste – I really don’t like carrying bags only in the crook of my arm, so I gave it to my mother for the price of the material. She is very happy with it, so I am happy that this bag is used!

And April, the Manhattan Mamma by Emmaline Bags:

The original bag has an additional case for sunglasses in the flap, attached with velcro. But I only have one pair and I carry an hard case for them anyhow, so I did not add it to my version of the bag. The other things I left as in the pattern and did not modify anymore. I am very happy how it turned out and I love the denim like solid fabric paired with the big dots! I will definitely use this.

I loved this club! Although I did not manage to sew as much as I planned, it was a great pleasure and I hope I will sew the some of the others in the second half of the year. I am sure I will sign up next year again!

Tutorial: Cosmetics bag with brush roll

Do you know Deby from If not, open in a new tab. Pin it. Print it out and put it on your to-do-paperwork-stash. Do whatever is needed to not forget to visit this site later! Deby has a great site with a lot of patterns, tutorials and other stuff. Worth a visit!

When I had in mind to create a cosmetics bag with brush roll I was looking for a good pattern as a base and found it on Deby’s site. I constructed my bag and sent her a picture of it.

She immediately responded and asked me to create a tutorial. Challenge accepted! I worked something out and sent it over to her and she published it on her blog. She even made a video about it!

Now, that I recently started my own blog, of course I want to mention it again, so here it is: Hop over to Deby’s site to my tutorial:

or watch her make it:

Cosmetics Bag and Brush Roll

Let’s get started!

So … another sewing blog. Because I like to sew and I like to share.

I thought about writing a blog (again) since some time, but I never started because it might be too time consuming, or even I might have too less to say. So please don’t expect me to blog on a daily, or even weekly, base. Maybe I just write a post once a month or I stop writing tomorrow.

Let’s see!