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