Retro (Burda 02/2018 No. 120)

I haven’t really used my sewing machine ever since moving here except for some alterations and a pillow case. The only room large enough for sewing is our living room, which I hate cluttering up with my sewing supplies because this is where we spent most of our time. Then there’s the matter of the incredibly…

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African waxprint

Last week in Vienna, my friend Ena and I visited the Africa festival on Danube Island. I ate yummy Ethiopian food, and then we spent the entire evening looking at the jewelry, clothes and other beautiful things that were on display in tents all over the island. We discovered waxprints for 8€/m at one of…

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Finally, the Lena Hoschek graduation dress saga comes to an end!

Remember when I wanted to sew the dress for my graduation ceremony? Yeah that didn’t work out so well. Good news though, I finally finished it today – about eight months after the fact. I learnt a lesson about hybris there! The original pattern had these horribly puffy sleeves, if you remember, which is why…

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Walk like a Roman

Yesterday we visited the Baroque garden at Ludwigsburg castle. We couldn’t go into the castle, but we took a walk through the beautiful gardens! They have a Fairy Tale garden there with speaking puppets in little huts enacting various Grimm fairy tales (and 1001 Nights!). It was so much fun, although admittedly it’s targeted at…

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Good night, sleep tight

I’ve been thinking for years about sewing my own nightwear. Only recently though I seriously felt the need to wear something other than a t-shirt and sweatpants at night. So I searched through my collection of Burda Style magazines to find a pattern that ideally would be quick and easy. This chemise can be put together in…

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A little red dress

After my plans for the graduation dress failed thanks to its especially Disney-princess-y sleeves, I sort of lost my sew-jo. I’ll eventually finish it when I work up the energy to cut new sleeves (thanks for your help, by the way, you’re all great!), but for now I needed something simple to clean my palate.…

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Help! These sleeves suck :(

Guys, I need help. Is there any easy way to make the sleeves smaller? I haaaaaaaaaaaate how huge the puffed sleeves are, but I don’t have the time to cut new, smaller sleeves. If anyone has any ideas, I’d be so grateful! (Don’t mind the skirt hem, it’s not done yet. :P)

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