Gertie’s Lamour Dress Pt. 1: Cutting the pattern

After I told you at the beginning of the month that I planned to sew the Lamour Dress (Charm Patterns by Gertie), I procrastinated until today to actually start doing so. Why? Laziness, probably. Also dread at having to crawl around on the floor when cutting the pattern and the fabric. For one, Oscar loves…

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March Works in Progress

I learnt a new fiber art! I’ve had this crazy idea for a while to make a carpet for our bedroom (spurred by the prize point of commercial carpets). Before committing to such a huge project I figured I’d try the knotted-pile technique on something smaller to see it’s something I’d actually like to do…

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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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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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At some point, this mess is going to be assembled into a dress (hopefully) + Designin’ December!

Well the first day of project “Sewing my graduation dress” is over. I cut what felt like a million pattern pieces (these long ribbons were tedious as hell) and overlocked the skirt pieces. Tomorrow I need to cut and iron on the interfacing and then the real sewing begins!  I’m really excited. I had had…

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