,

Pearls and Sequins – Hand embroidery

When I put something into my head, I have to put it into practice. No matter how much time it takes. With this dress it was about 7 hours for embroidering alone. But I am soooo happy with the final result, so the effort was absolutely worth it!

I originally wanted to use the olive leather jersey for my lace dress that I made recently. But the fabric wasn’t enough for that, so it became a summer dress. I wanted to sew a Maxidress variant for myself anyway and it was not only long enough for this, but also optically perfect and drapes very nicely around my body.

For the decoration it had to be gold, I am no silver type at all. So I bought a lot of pearls and sequins. I wanted to have a big choice of different beads so I could experiment with them. My last embroideries were great too, but always limited to 2-3 beads or sequin. But this time I wanted to be really creative.

First I drew the rough design on pattern paper and then transferred it to the dress using stitching thread. Because of the details coming very close to the upper edge, I sewed the dress together first and embroidered it afterwards, even if it would have been easier for embroidering the other way around. But especially my overlock doesn’t like to sew over bumps and so the seam wouldn’t have turned out nice. So it had to be a bit more complicated. But no matter how you do it, sewing every single piece by hand just takes its time. And one day I wasn’t enough finish it either. As an absolute thimble refuser, the ring finger with which I push the needle through the fabric hurt me a lot. Now – a few days later – the cornea slowly comes off again 😉

The fabric is rather heavy and due to its length it has even more weight than a mini dress, so I had to add straps to it. I sewed them from the jersey. Do you see here how the embroidery runs all the way to the back? That was very important to me, that it goes beyond the side seams and doesn’t just look ‘clapped on’ to the front 😉

Admittedly, the fabric sounds a bit weird when walking, compared to cotton or viscose jersey it is quite loud. But it also feels soft as butter and therefore I don’t care about the sound. By the way, I got another family heirloom here – a watch. I rarely wear a wristwatch, especially because I don’t usually think about wearing one. But this one is inherited and therefore, like the jewellery, it is of particular value to me personally. In such matters I become a little bit sentimental and even if I didn’t have much of a relationship to my grandparents, a souvenir is something nice <3.

Well, what do you think of my dress? Was it worth the effort? By the way, I actually went for grocery shopping with it, even though I got some weird looks for my outfit. But also here it would be a shame to let it get dusty in the closet – I prefer to wear it in everyday life and enjoy all the bling bling <3 Because I do really like it! You too?

Love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern: Summer Dress by Sewera
Fabric: by-Mami
Photos: Wartenweiler Fotografie
Watch: Rado

, ,

Summer Dress – a little piece of air

Summer, sun, holidays. That’s exactly what the fabric of my new Summer Dress is screaming about. That’s why I bought it on the market a few years ago, because it called so beautifully for wanderlust. The wonderful motif appealed to me directly, I love such picturesque little towns <3

Unfortunately the fabric is made of polyester (yes I know – shame about me that I have such plastic things at home…), but he had to wait a long time for his project. Because I just didn’t want to wear him so much on my skin. But with the Summer Dress it’s no problem at all, because here almost only the facing is on the skin and it’s made of romanite jersey (there’s at least one part made of cotton) 😀

Instead, the fabric falls even softer and better for the pattern, which is precisely designed for thinner jerseys. A true hint of nothing, which nevertheless dresses well. Now I just have to see when I can finally go to the sea myself. While I’ve never felt homesick before, I’m often plagued by wanderlust…

For my standards the pictures are really banging, but hey the new pattern deserves it! A total of more than 90 pieces were made in sample sewing and that in a very short time, so I’m also allowed to hit the drums *smile*.

Whether with straps or like me my version completely without, whether with a bra insert or only simple facing – from the mini to the maxi dress almost everything is possible with the Summer Dress 😉 And before it is said again that the pattern is only for people of my age and with my figure: I also sewed one for my mum (fabric for the second is waiting…) and as much as I love mummy, but she can’t keep up with my age or body size (and that’s a good thing – imagine if she wasn’t much older than me!). :-O )

As you can easily see from the photos, I once again ended up in a photo studio, there I am rather seldom because white wall and I are not quite as good friends. But when the photo wall is pink, yes, that’s where I’m going to be 😀 At Artman-Photography I won’t have stood in front of the lens for the last time, super nice ambience and the atmosphere was very exuberant. You can see it too, can’t you? 🙂

I hope you like my new pattern so much and until Monday you can also benefit from the introductory price!

Love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern: Summer Dress by Sewera
Fabric: Market
Photos by: Artman-Photography
Shoes: Diamond Heels

, ,

Fit for springtime

Oh, I’m telling you – I was totally knocked out before these photos were taken. Because I wanted to meet up ‘only’ for photos and some chat with my dear Susanne of muckelie. And what have we done? She chased me up the mountain over the 1000 steps trail, a staircase with actually 1150 steps. It’s not like I never do sports or anything, but that was quite exhausting. It’s just a completely different kind of movement from what I’m used to.

No, this is not this staircase, after a refreshing lunch we were also on the Vita Parcours (a sports trail in the forest, there are many places in Switzerland). But it was really fun! So it was just good that I sewed a new sport bra, again the Hold’n’Sporty. In my private life I don’t wear a bra most of the time, especially at home, but when it comes to sports I really do need one too.

Now I’ll probably have to slow down a bit in the next few days because of sore muscles. But I’m slowly getting fitter again, as an absolute fair-weather runner I’ll be out more in spring. Apart from the fact that the garden work is also really strict, I am rebuilding it with Papa’s help.

And there we have it again from very close, the Hold’n’Sporty. Our #Patternoftheweek from today is supposed to animate us all to train diligently – after all, summer is approaching. And I want to fit back into my monokini from last year. Or maybe sew me a new one, because there is still a nice fabric lying around… 😉
Well, tell me, what kind of sport do you like the most?

Love, Carina
:-*

 

Sewing pattern sports bra: Hold’n’Sporty by Sewera
Sewing pattern pants: Sporty Leggings by Sewera
Photos by: muckelie

 

,

Leoprint Mother-Daughter Outfit

It feels like yesterday she was still my little girl… Okay, she will always stay that in a way. But now my daughter wants to be cool and big. And she would love to have my clothes too. So what does mummy do when she sews herself a new shirt? She simply sews two 😉

I already knew that I wasn’t the only one in the family who was totally into Leoprint. So when I picked up the fabric, I immediately had the idea to make a partner outfit out of it. So first I sewed my shirt and put it on my daughter. Here and there i had to pin some excess fabric off, luckily she is not as big as me yet. Pattern adapted to her size and shirt number 2 was sewn in a swift. I may consider myself lucky, she looks up to me in many things and I enjoy it very much to be allowed to be her role model. I am fully aware that this is neither a matter of course nor that it will remain so for the next few years. Although, of course, that would be very nice.

We have grown even closer together since we started homeschooling half a year ago. We have become an unbeatable mother-daughter team. It gives us both an incredible amount of time to spend together. Of course it’s not always easy, even here we fight sometimes. But that simply is part of family life. Nevertheless I may be her support and she – together with my son – my life force. The photoshooting for today’s pictures was also a real family act. All three of us got to use the camera. For the partner photos here I put the camera on a tripod and Junior was allowed to press the button.

Daughter also took one or two pictures of me to hold my new Slimmy Shirt a little from a little closer up. After all, this is the centerpiece of this post, because it is the current #patternoftheweek and therefore reduced to half the price in the shop. I think this pattern is one of the most sewn in my collection. But it’s also so nice and versatile, from long sleeves to short sleeves, as a shirt or dress and with an additional subdivision for a spaghetti strap shirt/dress, everything can be sewn from it.

After the first test part here I optimized the pattern again a little bit in the teens size and so there will definitely be some more Slimmy Shirt teens for the daughter this summer. At the moment I’m considering if there would be a need to offer the pattern in a few child sizes. What do you think, would your teenage daughters be interested in this as well?

As you can see, love and solidarity are very important to us – I wish you all such a great relationship too. And let your kids like to be sewn for as well. You only need to find the matching material & pattern 😉

Enjoy the soon to be weekend!
Love, Carina
<3

 

Sewing pattern Shirt: Slimmy Shirt & Dress by Sewera (and adjusted to teens size)
Sewing pattern Pants: Sporty Leggings by Sewera
Photos: Mama, daughter & son

, ,

Sport’s day with the Sporty Leggings

Sometimes I feel as if the weight of all my tasks and worries is pushing me to the ground. But today I carry it with ease on two hands. Including my own weight. Yes, I already know, my belly is squeezed together. That’s what you get when you want to take pictures with a crop top 😉 But the blog post is actually all about the new pants. It was time again for a pair of Sporty Leggings.

Over the last weeks & months more and more of my jeans started ripping apart somewhere or the zipper broke, so I’ve been mainly in leggings for some time now. No matter whether i went for a run or shopping. They are simply super comfortable. And also sewn so fast… I always sew an elastic band directly on it, as a waistcuff. This time I have found one with Animal Print in my stock and find it really great <3

So when we went out to take pictures yesterday afternoon, it just began to drizzle and an icy wind picked up. The plan was to do some gym at the bar. But I couldn’t, because my hands trembled with cold and I probably wouldn’t have made a single move. So you have to settle for very few photos. But at least I still have a little outtake of the attempt. For you to have something to laughing about today 😉

All according to the motto ‘intentional but not skilful’, I’m rather clumsy here for the pictures. That also happens sometimes. More often than not to be honest 😉 In addition there is my perfectionism, one photo shows the outlines of my undie, in the next one, my neck is all twisted unnaturally and the last one is squeezing the fat out of every corner. Those pictures just never make it to the blog. But because here only my bottom is pressed off by the bar, I’ll leave you this for the #PatternoftheWeek and hope you’re happy to get the Sporty Leggings this week at half price <3

Love, Carina
:-*

 

Sewing pattern pants: Sporty Leggings by Sewera
Sewing pattern shirt: Simply Raglan Shirt by Sewera (very much shortened)

, , , ,

Glittering up the forrest – linen knit with glitter dots

Oh let me tell you – today’s photos demanded a lot from me! But hey, I recently discovered a little piece of paradise and my new Co-Z T-Shirt just had to be photographed in the woods… 😉
I sewed the whole thing out of a linen knit fabric with huge glitter dots which I got from Schnittverhext.

The Co-Z hoodie was exactly that until yesterday – a hoodie. But from now on the pattern contains more sleeve lengths to make it suitable all year round. Just like here with my new short-sleeved shirt. Okay I admit, you don’t see so much of the outfit on the picture, but therefore the 3-4m that goes down under the tree trunk into the very rocky stream bed. It was a bit shaky, but I always liked to climb trees as a child and built bridges over the creek behind the house. So that’s still in my blood. In contrast to dolls and other ‘typical girl stuff’, which I hated as a child.

Talking about kids… Mine had much joy behind the camera yesterday and took quite a lot of photos. I think she likes ‘my’ new favourite forest very much. Oh and what else do you see? White shoes. In the forest. In the mud. But hey, they are still white 😉 And it had to be them, because they fit so beautifully to the shirt. I’m not as crazy as to climb up there with high heels. That would be too dangerous even for me. Just like I don’t let my kids up there, at least not as long as there is no safety.

But now back to talking about fashion: The fabric is – as already mentioned above – a linen knit, here it is special that the dots are printed on the left side of the fabric. This lets you turn the fabric around as you like when sewing it together, so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside and the dots only shine through discreetly. I have already seen both variants in different shapes when buying clothes, so it’s a matter of taste here. I think, if the dots already glitter so nice, then one should see them also really well! Because of this, I decided to sew the fabric together with the wrong sides on the outside.

With this shirt I decided for the collar neckline, a hood would give the whole something more sporty, but I was not looking for that. The neckline is sewn with a wide cuff, which is also cut out of the shirt fabric. Even though the Co-Z pattern is not new, I still like the neckline very much, just because it is a bit different. The first time you make it might be a little tricky, but as soon as you get the hang of how and where you have to sew through, you get a great eye-catcher in no time at all.

Because we are literally sinking into bear’s garlic here, I have a picture for you in the middle of one of the many oceans of leaves. And the pattern is available over the weekend at half price, as #PatternoftheWeek. I’m looking forward to breathing a little more life into the design again, as it’s pretty timeless in my eyes and can be done in so many different ways.

Love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern shirt: Co-Z women by Sewera
Sewing pattern pants: Skinnyjeans by Sewera
Fabric shirt: sponsored by Schnittverhext
Photos by: daughter
Linkparties: SewLala, DufürDichamDonnerstag

, , ,

A Flash of Pink

A few years ago, as a teenager, I had this one dress. Black, strapless and with a neon pink stripe in the middle. Now my newest dress is grey and by no means strapless. But I didn’t want to copy the old one 😉 But when I discovered the great ‘Speckle’ fabric at Graustufen Stoffe, I knew immediately what to make of it.

The fabric has a lot of very small neon spots in pink and green on it. Because in my stash of sports fabrics, among other things, a pretty bright pink had stored – yes, guess what had to become of it 😉 I simply omitted the sleeves and sewed the armhole narrow-edged with the coverlock.

The Saturday Night Dress was a perfect fit for that, after all it has a wide stripe under the chest. But now the side seam is slightly warped because I noticed after the fitting that the pink fabric stretches a lot more than I thought. As I already noticed while touching it that it stretches extremely, I already cut the front and back part 2cm tighter on fold (so in the circumference altogether 8cm), but that all just buffed and in the length it could be pulled like a soft bubble gum as well after sewing. So I cut it open again, cut away 4cm in length (now it’s the way it should be…) and took something away in the width as well. A lot even, another 24cm in circumference of the pink fabric had to be removed and after half an hour of wearing it felt quite chubby again. So I am a bit disappointed by the fabric quality, the next time I run to a better fabric, the middle part will probably be replaced sometime. Unfortunately I don’t know where the fabric came from anymore :-/

But you know what? I still like the whole dress and will definitely wear it a lot this summer. Despite the fact that it is so gaudy by my standards. Or maybe exactly because of that? Maybe also because I feel like a few years back and therefore young and fresh again *smile*.

For today’s photos I mobilized my daughter again, I am really proud of her how great she does it. I really like the photos. By the way, I really like my make-up too, so this time I put a lot of effort into it. Once again it has a touch of festival feeling – I’m already looking forward to summer, when you can hear it from all sides again. That’s why there’s a big Ear-Piece on it, on the other side a glittering star drawn on the temple… Sometimes it’s just fun to get creative outside of ‘just’ fabrics 😉

Since it’s once again a Thursday, you can get the Saturday Night Dress until Monday for half the price as #PatternoftheWeek for you. I’m really looking forward to wearing more and more light and airy dresses during the next weeks & months. The Saturday Night Dress can also be sewn with a lace insert in the middle, then it’s even airier!

I wish you all a great remaining week and a lot of fun sewing.

Love, Carina
:-*

 

Sewing pattern: Saturday Night Dress by Sewera
Grey fabric: sponsored by Graustufen Stoffe
Shoes: sponsored by DiamondHeels
Photos by: daughter

, ,

Cotton stretch satin

There are fabrics that many of my sewing colleagues can’t do anything with. Cotton satin is such a good example. In the shops you can almost always find it with a small amount of elastane and that’s exactly what makes the fabric so great for me. I’ve used them for a long time, as comfortable stretch trousers or for dresses. So that was one of the reasons why I designed the new Y-Dress pattern for such fabrics. Because the stretch woven fabrics were stacked on my shelf and I finally needed something where I could sew a lot of them 😉

This snake leather print here had been in my stash for quite a while and finally I had the dress for it in mind. It’s supposed to get hot, so I had to wear the narrow pencil skirt. As the 5th Y-dress I was able to get off the needle very quickly, so that I could cut it in the morning and already had the photos taken in the evening. For once indoors, I tried the new (not yet finished) photo corner.

After my last pictures to the little black dress, there came a lot of comments to my ‘much bulky’ shoes, so this time I picked out the finest stilettos that are in my shoe collection. And I almost felt my feet broken. The heels are a bit thinner than my other pencil heels. I already know why I like the fat shoes so much, one simply has the better hold in it and thanks to the plateaus there they are not so high. Well here it’s different, but they are still my one favorites and that’s exactly why they stayed when I was decluttering the rest <3

So to pose in front of a naked, white wall is honestly not really mine, I like pictures outside much better. But everything is well illuminated here. Only I hardly recognize myself, I always think it looks very ‘fake’. Now I just have to find an occasion for which I can wear the dress. My kids & test sewers said, I should try and get a man with it – they would surely run after me. I dare to doubt it strongly, especially since I never go anywhere where I would have the possibility 😛 But I may also simply dress pretty for myself, the little household makes itself finally also lighter, if one feels pretty <3

Love, Carina

 

Sewing pattern: Y-Dress by Sewera
Fabric: found i my stash
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

, ,

Little black dress

I don’t know how many of them are already hanging in my closet, but one more is always possible. And one more… 😉 Seriously, the little black one always fits! It belongs definitely to my absolute favorites, no matter which pattern and which fabric. As long as it’s black, tight and short.

Or as in this case here: with a very deep back! Yes I have done it again, but I also like backless extremely. After the requests for a peplum arose during sample sewing, I also had to sew one, of course. At first I wasn’t so sure if it fits me at all. But now on the finished dress I like it really very much <3

It looks so feminine to me and since I am rather flat, I can use every rounding well (in the right places of course most of all 😛 ). A stretch Bengaline was used as fabric here. It’s elastic lengthwise but the pattern is also printed crosswise, so I just turned the pieces 90 degrees. The very fine grey print is so discreetly unobtrusive from far away, but from very close it really looks good!

How good it is that I still have a few more meters of it, I will still make jeans and a skirt and mummy has already thrown an eye on it as well 😉
For the photos here we were really lucky, in the morning it rained again and again (see puddles), but around noon it was very friendly and even quite warm. So we went straight out and took advantage of the light.

Again I was able to persuade Romy, a mom from our homeschool room, to take some pictures – she is doing really well behind the camera and I am totally happy with the pictures. A different background does some good for once 😉 The funny thing is: We’re right next to a school here – you should have seen the looks of the occasional students who walked by (all so nice pubescent..) *snicker*

After the complete failure of the social media yesterday, my nerves were also pretty exhausted. How am I supposed to get in touch with my sample sewers without being able to contact them and upload all the pictures to the e-book? Now with a lot of good persuasion it worked out very slowly and the Y-Dress is online. You can now also sew yourself a copy, or even a few? I have 5 pieces so far and there will definitely be more! The fabrics are already screaming to be sewn 😛

But attention: The Y-Dress is not for absolute beginners, it requires some adjustments if you don’t correspond exactly to the measurement table. Just like with all pattern for close fitting woven fabrics – but that’s why we sew to not wear the uniform mush in oversize, but to see what it really fits well 😉

And now happy shopping – until and including Monday the Y-Dress is available on sale for only half price <3

Love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern: Y-Dress by Sewera
Fabric: found in my stash
Photos: Romy
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

,

Dreamcatcher blouse for girls

This year there will probably be many more blouses in my daughter’s closet than T-shirts for the summer. Since she got the first ones, she likes to wear her woven posh blouses much better than jersey shirts. Someone has probably developed a new preference 😉 Well, I’m happy about it, I think they look great on her too!

After one round of watching GNTM, she now poses confidently in front of the camera (even more than before…). I discovered the fabric here at Schnittverhext for design sewing and took it directly – without asking the child. Was a stroke of luck, she thinks the dream catchers are just as great as me <3

We had some bad luck taking pictures, though. Nice hair style, ironed blouse, packed camera and photo suitable weather. And then? The battery of the camera is simply empty! So the photos had to be taken with the mobile phone. How good that today’s smartphones can really keep up. Thanks to Portrait mode I can look at them now also in 3D *smile*.

On her way to the location she was astonished to see that the pattern is exactly in the middle. Then I first explained that I am an absolute pattern nerd. Of course, the little heart in the middle of the dream catcher has to be placed exactly in the middle of the fold.
Now I need a few more matching fabrics to sew more summer pieces for my daughter, so I’m shopping for some fabrics…

And I can recommend you pattern and fabric quite much, they harmonize so well together.

Love, Carina & daughter
<3

Sewing pattern: Posh Blouse Girls by Sewera
Fabric: sponsored by Schnittverhext