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Baby-Quilt für Linus

von Anna

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Es ist schon wieder viel zu lange her, dass ich euch erzählt habe, was ich so werkele. Das hängt unter anderem damit zusammen, was hinter den Kulissen gerade vorgeht (hui, Spannung) andereseits aber auch mit meinem Glauben, dass manche Dinge nicht gepostet werden sollen, bevor die Zeit dafür reif ist. Heißt also, ich bin zu abergläubisch eine Babydecke hier zu zeigen bevor das Baby, dem sie gehören soll, sicher gelandet ist. Deshalb (nach der Babydecke für Shauna) hier und heute für euch, der Quilt für Linus.

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Ich habe versucht Stoffe in hellen Farben auszusuchen, die Tiere zeigen, die eine Bedeutung für den kleinen Mann haben werden. Da Linus Mama Christin vor Ewigkeiten  Katze Minoes adoptiert hat, war klar, dass ein Katzenstoff sein musste. Gefunden habe ich alle Stöffchen für die Babydecke online. Jetzt fragt mich nur nicht, ob es bei stoffe.de oder stoffundstil.de war… Beide Shops haben immer schöne Sachen und ich immer ewig lange Wunschlisten, was ich denn gern von dort noch haben will.

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Linus Mama und ich lieben Elefanten. Ich weiß, dass ein Elefant an der Wand in seinem Zimmer zu sehen sein wird und auch, dass es mindestens ein Elefantenkuscheltier im Haus gibt… Wie ihr seht habe ich den Patch beschriftet bevor ich wusste, wie der kleine Mann heißen würde und noch unter dem “Arbeitstitel” Baby Vek lief.

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Außerdem wird der Kleine mit einer deutschen Dogge namens Philou aufwachsen, die mit vielen Artgenossen durch den Hundeprint vertreten wird. Einen besonderen Ehrenplatz nimmt dabei Nora (hier als Flicken aufgenäht) ein, die leider viel zu früh in den Hundehimmel ging.

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Die Decke für Linus ist, wie auch die für Baby Shauna, lose an dem Tutorial von Rachel Denbow für A beautiful Mess angelehnt. Ich ordere meine Stoffe direkt in der Breite, die ich benutzen will, um möglichst wenig schneiden zu müssen. Bin halt bequem 😉 Das sind meist 20 oder 25 cm, was auch super für eine Babydecke funktioniert. Dabei kann der Quilt Dimensionen annehmen, die ihn aus der Kategorie Kuscheldecke in Richtung Spielteppich katapultieren. Gar nicht schlimm, oder? Und wer das doch schlimm findet, näht die Decke eben kleiner, nimmt eine dünne, weiche Füllwatte und schwupps wird daraus eine Kuscheldecke.

Schönen Sonntag! Alles Liebe, Anna

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Mein Kleid in der Burda

von Anna

Hallihallo! Ich schaue einmal kurz hier herein um euch zu sagen: Mein Kleid ist in der aktuellen Burda Style! Das Kleid aus der Vintage-Bettwäsche von Mama und dem tollen 50er Schnitt! Im Juni wurde ich vom Burda Team angeschrieben, ob sie mein Kleid veröffentlichen dürften. Natürlich sagte ich ja! Überlegte noch kurz, ob man noch neue Fotos machen sollte (wir hatten damals in der Mittagssonne fotografiert), hatte dafür aber keine Zeit. Sie haben das Foto super bearbeitet und für meinen Gesichtsausdruck kann nur ich was 😉

Ich bin so stolz, diese Veröffentlichung ist fast noch besser, als wenn ich früher meine Artikel in Magazinen zu sehen bekam! Gefunden haben sie mich übrigens über mein Profil in der Burda Community.

Und worüber freut ihr euch an diesem herbstlichen Wochenende? Alles Liebe, Anna

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Butterick Retro Sundress B5920

by Anna

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It has been over two years that I started making this dress! And finally this year I worked up the courage to handstitch button holes, so I could finish this pretty thing. I still have my fifty years old trusted sewing machine, that still only sews straight lines (and will never do anything else). And no back-up, no button-hole machine and a strange feeling when thinking about taking the dress to a tailor only to have button holes made… What does Anna do? Come up with a plan b.

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So handstitching it was. It went surprisingly well. I was quick and efficient and made no bigger booboos and was rewarded with topping up the pretty pink/white/grey dotted fabric with my vintage bubble buttons, which were saved for a special dress. As you can see the fabric does not flow easily, it doesn’t have a pretty drape. Trust me in choosing the wrong, ie too heavy fabric for about any dress.This cotton is pretty thick, it has some serious “stand”. So learn from me how not to do it and choose a fabric according to instructions! Which means “light to medium weight”!

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As the title says this is Retro Butterick ’51. The pattern is called B5920 and it is labelled as easy, which I agree to. I chose the sleeveless version A. The trickiest part is the collar, but with a little experience and some trial and error this should work out fine for beginners as well. The bodice fits fine (I made a size 14 again as for the dress, my other Butterick creation), I would only suggest to sew the skirt on higher to the bodice. Might need to alter that as it feels strange on my waist (on the other hand the boyfriend doesn’t like the dress, so I wonder how often I will actually wear it… Have not ever worn it except during the photo shoot). I blame my heavy fabric for the stiffness in the waist area. It also causes the big butt, doesn’t it? It’s not me, cannot be.

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Construction was very easy from what I remember (yeah, it has been a while, I am not getting younger either…) I omitted the belt, though I would like to make one, now, looking at the pictures, and to add pockets to such a busy pattern felt awkward. So off they went. I really, really like to little modest collar and I am in love with the buttons, I mean, how can one not love little bubbles as buttons? To me this dress in that fabric is the perfect day dress around the house, running errands and working your pretty little dupa off, you 1950s housewife. That’s about how I feel in this dress. Which sounds bad – but is not. I randomly imagine myself living in the fifties of the last decade, being married to an open-minded fellow who is cool with my ideas and desire to be free (and weird) and raising four adorable children and pretty much staying home doing housework all day. It would not only be not bad, it would make me happy.

Anyway.

 

Bubble buttons.Five of them. True vintage love.

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Have a wonderful sunday! Love, Anna

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Babydecke für Shauna

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Juhu, es ist vollbracht! Ich habe nicht nur meinen ersten Quilt genäht, ich habe es auch fertig gebracht ihn loszulassen aka einzupacken und abzuschicken zum süßen Baby einer der liebsten Freundinnen. Sarah, wenn du das hier liest, das ist Shaunas Geschenk. Für dich ist auch noch etwas im Paket…
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Meine ursprüngliche Idee war eine Babydecke im Stil vom Hexagon-Kissen mir wurde aber schnell klar, dass ich dafür nicht genug Stoff in meinem Berg an Baumwollstoffen hatte – say What?!? Eine andere Idee musste her. Sie ließ nicht lange auf sich warten. Rachels Easy Patchwork Quilt auf A beautiful mess ging mir nicht mehr aus dem Kopf. Schnell zu nähen, simple Streifen deren Stoffmuster super zur Geltung kommen würden. In der Zwischenzeit hatte Hetty mir nämlich die tollen Stoffe von Riley Blake gezeigt und ich hatte mich Hals über Kopf in die Cottage Garden Serie verknallt. Ich beschloß mit fünf verschiedenen Stoffen für die Oberseite zu arbeiten und eine Rückseite im Regenbogenbunten Kontrast zu machen. Außerdem sollten die “Ecken” innerhalb des Quilt zickzackartig aufeinander treffen.
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Gesagt, getan? Trotz anfänglichen Plans beim Stoffkauf über Nähhimmel , war es dann doch noch ein bisschen Puzzlearbeit die Streifen zu arrangieren. Ok, viel puzzlen konnte ich ja nicht mit einem großen Stoffstück Vögelchen auf Rosa und mehrern Streifen in passenden Farben. Und dann klickte das Prinzip “Progress is better than perfection” und es ging los. Ich habe meine 25 Zentimeter breiten Streifen gewaschen, begradigt, teilweise gekürzt und dann quasi drauflosgenäht. Als erstes das große Stoffstück, nennen wir es doch Statement-Stück, mit dem grünen Dreiecksdruck verbunden, dann den anderen Dreiecksstoff quer drüber genäht. Es folgte der Blumendruck und der helle Vogeldruck, für mich ist der irgendwie “oben” also die Kopfseite der Decke. Was das Nähen uns Stecken angeht habe ich locker Rachels Tutorial befolgt.
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Mein batting, also die Füllung, ist etwas dick geraten. Shauna wird den Quilt daher auch gut als Spieldecke benutzen können… Auch hier ging ich vor wie Rachel: Batting auslegen, Deckenrückseite darauf, Vorderseite auf links darüber. Seiten zunähen bis auf eine Öffnung zum wenden. Überschüßigen Stoff vorsichtig abschneiden, wenden, bügeln, Öffnung von Hand zunähen. Da ich nicht wollte, dass Shauna Fäden lösen kann, habe ich traditionell mit der Maschine gequiltet, also Steppnähte gemacht. Bei mir einfach in den bestehenden Nähten. Dann noch eine Widmung – fertig!

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The Dress – Retro Butterick ’60 B5748

by Anna
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Can I just let the pictures do the talking?
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My friend Hülya took these photos last sunday during the blue hour (thanks ever so much!), so I could finally show the dress that Hetty doesn’t want me to wear to someone’s (really anyone’s) wedding. I had sewn it with no occasion in mind, but when I finished I felt like this was something to wear to a marriage. Now, that I see it in photos I totally get Hettys point. While in real life the blue of the flowers outweighs the white, in pictures it looks much lighter and then there definitely is too much white for another girls wedding. With that said let’s talk about this pattern!
butterick retro B5748
I love this dress and I love the pattern. It was my first Butterick and I am so pleased with the fit. First of all, I had never made a pattern where seam allowance was included – it’s the raddest thing! Then it fits ME like a glove, like really truly. Maybe I have a 1960s figure?!? I made no size alterations whatsoever and this is so rare. You have me cursing on many a pattern because there is always something concerning the waist, the darts or the bust. Here – nada.
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(Ok, being German I have to find the one tiny fault: Next time I would make the straps closer together i.e. make the upper front slightly narrower. Details, folks, details.)
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I stuck with view A of the pattern, just omitting the front bow and the slits in the neckline. Which basically makes it a view B with a bow in the back. Whatever. Cutting was basic, sewing was easy. There are long darts but they posed no problem. I went with a medium weight cotton mix fabric with woven white stripes and printed blue flowers. It’s the same fabric Hetty used for this dress, just blue instead of her red.
Retro Butterick '60 dress
Fun fact: My fabric resembles the drawing on the pattern envelope a lot: Also blue flowers on white background. This is why I chose that fabric (from my stash) to make this exact dress. Even though I did not have quite enough cloth which makes the skirt shorter in some areas. Oh well. Would you have known? And since I am one who is more interested in the result than the process I have sewn in one session. Outcome: I am very happy with both the process and the result.
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This is a Misses’ / Misses’ Petite Dress. Considering I am 180 cm (almost 6 feet) tall and since I made this in a size 14 it is pretty impressive that it fits like this. The darts that come up from the midriff seam really work in my favor. Mental note to self: Make more clothes with darts like those. This is my first piece of clothing with darts from the midriff up. Was that a 60s thing? (Do not mention to anyone that I went to fashion school. I should know that kind of thing, no?)
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In case you are in Europe (like me) and pondering buying the pattern: I totally recommend you do. Wait for a sale. I got the pattern when lots of them were for 2.99$.
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I am wearing the retro Butterick pattern dress with a vintage petticoat, fleamarket bag and Mary-Jane-type skyblue leather kicks from a few seasons ago. Fun (well, not so fun) fact: I forgot the bag at one of the doorhandles on location. And then I forgot about forgetting it allover again. Will go tomorrow to check if it’s still there. If not, at least I have picture-perfect memories of it now. On the other hand, we photographed in the court of a prison that is not used anymore. What do you think my chances are of getting the bag back? – Ok. Enough. Happy weekend ~Anna~

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Turnbeutel crazy

by Anna
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A couple of weeks ago, two friends and I went to the Netherlands to visit friends of us. While I did not take a single picture (my phone battery died and I could not be bothered to take the big camera), some pretty interesting things happened. First, we welcomed a hitchhiker on board: Roar, Danish, like the Katy Perry Song. Then we did what I absolutely did not want to do, we spent Saturday at the designer’s outlet. No need to say it was super crowded. Sunday was wonderfully relaxed. And I finally noticed my friend Hülyas turnbeutel. So fun, so easy to wear and so simple to make!
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I think, she preferred to call hers a sportbeutel, but this kind of drawstring bag just makes me think of elementary school physical education class. When it always was a turnbeutel for me. Anyhow, this one’s too cute for smelly shoes, so today I am carrying my purse, sunglasses and tissues in my new bag.
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There are lots of tutorials on the internet for this kind of backpack, but alas I decided to go my own way. I will be sharing what I learned when I started just making it without a big plan. There are some minor changes I would make for the next one, yet I am happy I took the most important step: The first step. Sometimes starting is the hardest, no?

How would you call a bag like this? Happy weekend! ~Anna~

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Statement neckline top – easy to sew

by Anna
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What do you say when I tell you I have a easy peasy to sew loose top for you! And you will construct the pattern by yourself, too! (This is the point where I as a reader suck in my breath through clenched teeth.) But relax! Take a deep breath because this top really is a breeze. The shape is basically a rectangle with some modifications. Anybody can draw a rectangle! With the help of a ruler and a measuring tape you will get there!

The pattern is for a loose German size 40, which would be a US 12. Since it’s oversize, it will fit bigger sizes as well as smaller ones. Feel free to adjust or simply use a jersey material if you feel unsure.
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supplies light- to medium-weight cotton fabric, five different colors of (medium weight) felt, matching thread, ruler, measuring tape, tailor’s chalk or pencil, fabric scissors

Step 1 Fold the fabric with the face inside. Find the middle point of the half at the raw edge and mark it. Then measure 60 cm down from there and mark. This will be the middle of the blouse and hem line. From this point using a ruler draw a straight line parallel to the raw edge. It should be 58 cm long, so 29 cm on either side of the dot you marked.
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Step 2 From the dot measure up 50 cm: this will be the lowest point of the front neckline. Measure up another 3 cm (or from the hem line 53 cm) for the back neckline. From the first marked point at the hem line measure 13,5 cm to either side, mark. Go up 57 cm from each dot and mark. These will be the start points for the shoulder seams.

Step 3 From the lowest point of the neckline (front) measure 35 cm to each side and mark. This point is the end of the shoulder seam and upper point of the armhole. Connect with the dot we found in step 2, start of shoulder seam.

Step 4 From either end of the hem line draw a line with ruler and pencil that ends at 30 cm from the bottom. This is the side seam that ends at the lower point of the armhole. The armhole should be 20 cm. So draw a straight line down from the point we marked first in step 3 making sure it is no shorter than 20 cm. This might shorten the 30 cm line, which is ok. Draw a little curve to connect side seam and armhole if you like. Or let them meet at and angle. Either way is ok since this will be loose fitting anyway.
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Step 5 Time to draw the neckline. We have the lowest points marked so draw a curve from the beginning of the shoulder seam to the lowest point for the back neckline.

Step 6 When I started sewing I always liked to pin my pieces to keep them together. Do so if you like and cut both layers of fabric. Now we have to exact pieces. To distinguish front and back take the upper piece where there is the dot remaining for the lower neckline. Fold the fabric in half on the imaginary middle that we created in step one. You should still have that first dot there to help you. At the neckline draw a curve from the shoulder seam starting point to the lowest point of the front neckline. Cut it while folded.

Step 7 Place front and back of fabric with the right side inside and pin shoulder and side seams. Stitch with a seam allowance of 1/2 cm (1/4 inch). In case you are unsure: A slightly bigger seam allowance won’t give you a much smaller top. Try it on after you finished those seams. You can easily make it smaller at this point by using a bigger seam allowance and cropping the leftover fabric. Press open the seams.

Step 8 Hem. I just used the hemming foot of my sewing machine which makes the tiniest, cutest hem. You could also fold in (a tiny bit and doubled), press and stitch. Either way works. There you have a loose blouse!
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Step 9 Using bottle caps and small glasses draw cicles in different sizes on felt. I have five colors of felt and four sizes of lopsided circles… I cut about 30 circles and ended up using 26 of them. Arrange the circles on the front of the top. Either with spaces in between them or with circles touching, however you like. Take your time. I let mine sit overnight, rearranged in the morning, made some circles smaller and adapted it another time after work until I was happy.

Step 10 Pin the felt circles. Chose a thread that matches the overall appearance of the blouse but contrasts some of the felt circles. Start to stitch at the neckline. Make sure to only stitch on side of the fabric!!! You still want to be able to wear your garment… Secure at the top and sew a straight line down so all circles in one strand will be fixed to the fabric. I thought it was fun to end some seams in the middle of the last circle and have some go further down. Fix all strands of felt circles. There it is your statement top!

Comment or e-mail me with questions and see my page for infos!

Can you tell I am still getting used to taking my own picture with the camera timer? Also autofocus is kaputt… ~Anna~