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

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!