Who stands in the snow at below freezing point in a short, thin summer dress? Exactly – ME! But my latest work I just had to photograph immediately to share it with you <3

The family just shook their heads and confirmed once again that I’m supposed to be really crazy. But they should know that by now, after all, they know me long enough. Okay, but they also know that I do not like snow, winter and everything that has to do with it at all.

I already wanted to make a pattern in this style last year or even the year before and never got around to it. Now I’ve finally made it and am absolutely thrilled! The pattern has already a great fit in the first attempt exactly as I wanted it. Work is more fun this way 😀 And you know what’s even better about it?

Of course I would like to share the Twisted Dress with you and therefore there it is as the second January pattern. It is sewn super fast (including cutting I only needed about an hour) and although it looks very special, it is totally easy to sew. Of course, it is also available with long sleeves, as with most of the Sewera patterns.

So here comes already the first tester call in this year, the Twisted Dress would like to be available very quickly for as many sewing girls as possible. Here is all the important info:

  • Women’s dress in sizes 32 – 50 / US 2 – 20
  • Suitable fabrics: rather thin, soft-falling knit fabrics
  • 4 different sleeve lengths
  • 2 different back necklines
  • 2 different front necklines
  • Straight hem and with rounded slit in front
  • Start of testing: Sunday, January 10 – picture submission on Tuesday, January 26
  • Patterns in US Letter, A4, A0 and an extra large beamer file each with layers

Does this sound good to you? Then I’m very happy to receive your application either here on the blog or on Facebook or Instagram with a comment. Please be sure to include your page so I can contact you!

And last but not least, here’s an outtake:

That was the moment when I said “Dad let me just wipe the snow off my shoulders”. The snow is super great for photos, but rather when it is already lying – the snowfall itself made taking pictures rather difficult. But it was funny somehow and honestly: I was really not cold! Simply having some warm thoughts, imagining how nice it is with my family in the southern hemisphere and then it’s ok 😉

And while we’re gonna hear Heidi say “I’m sorry, I have no picture for you today” on TV again, I can at least smile about the girls who are complaining because they’re cold. Been there – done that. Only without whining.

Love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern: Twisted Dress – coming soon
Photos: Papa

This year I celebrate New Year’s Eve only with my boyfriend in intimate togetherness. Nevertheless, I wanted to sew me a suitable dress to celebrate together. This time, however, I didn’t got for my party dress pattern but instead tested the first pattern for 2021 – the Noble Dress. All previous patterns are available until and including New Year’s Eve in the -> 2$ Makerist sale <- at a bargain price. Including the Party Dress for all who missed it.

The top of the dress is sewn from stretch velvet and looks in itself already noble but the special is clearly the sequin skirt. And because that was still not fancy enough I’ve also glued a lot of rhinestones and some of the sequins from the remaining skirt fabric separated and sewn along the neckline.

The top has two back necklines, a slightly deeper as here and a higher closed neckline. In the sleeves I spontaneously added a very slight puff width during the cutting, which will be even more in the final pattern with two sleeve variations.

For the skirt part there will be many possibilities, somewhat inspired by the material mix in the casual blouse, the pattern is also intended for a mix of knit fabric together with woven fabric. Here the skirt can be sewn both from woven fabric like my sequin fabric here, from pleated fabrics, any other woven fabric or also from elastic fabrics.

The top is once again available in two fits, once the regular fit (constructed for about A – C cups) and then created with already integrated FBA (Full Bust Adjustment). And what comes at the end of such a detailed description for a new upcoming pattern? Of course, the tester call 😉 Here are all the data summarized:

  • Women’s dress in sizes 32 – 50
  • Two fits, regular and with FBA
  • Normal and puff sleeves in 4 lengths
  • Various skirt shapes for different fabrics
  • Pattern in US Letter, A4, A0 and beamer option

Sounds good? The exact deadline for photo submission is not set yet, but definitely in January. You can apply up to and including December 30, in order for the super fast sewists to be able to finish their dress on New Year’s Eve to celebrate in the evening.

Best regards and enjoy the rest of the holidays!

love, Carina
:-*

Sewing pattern: Noble Dress – coming soon
Sequin fabric: byMami
Photos: Daddy
Shoes: Prada

 

Just before Christmas, this thing happens every year: I do NOT get older *chuckle*. At least only every few years. I found out that there is a real phobia of aging that’s called gerascophobia. Completely irrational and unfounded, I already know that. Nevertheless, I’m celebrating my 22nd birthday once again this year and I’m sure I’ll celebrate it again next year. But at least I’ve already sewn a pretty dress for this day a few weeks ago!

As you can see from the photos, it just recently jumped in front of the camera with when we were chasing the snow. It’s a cozy knit dress based on the new pattern Party Dress.This is ONLY available TODAY, 12/14/2020 in the Ebookmacher Advent Calendar for free *hurrah*. You can add it directly -> here in the store <- for 0$ to the shopping cart and download it afterwards.

The special thing about this dress are the pleats at waist level, both in the front and back. These give the otherwise rather simple A-line sheath dress that certain something. Especially with plain fabrics and fabrics with lines or checks this can be seen best. In addition, the dress as so often has two front parts with different fits. There is the regular front piece and the second with an already integrated FBA (Full Bust Adjustment).

The super soft glitter knit here has been waiting in my fabric stash for quite some time, I can’t even say for sure where it was from. But for the party dress it was absolutely the perfect choice! Since I’ll probably be sitting at home all day today, it’s especially important to wear comfortable clothes. If it’s super elegant at the same time, I’m definitely sold. And yes, I absolutely love sitting in the house in a pretty little dress, without anyone seeing it. I in fact think that I have every right to make myself pretty even if it’s just for my own benefit <3

Enjoy the rest of Advent time and don’t let all the restrictions and lockdowns stop you from doing something good for yourself and getting dressed up for the holidays!

Love, Carina
:-*

 

Sewing pattern dress: Party Dress by Sewera
Shoes: Diamond Heels
Pictures: Wartenweiler Fotografie

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, 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

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

 

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

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)

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 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