Christmas Swap

Well, I haven't been here for a while :(

Due to a lot of exams and tests in college I had to cut down on my sewing time.
Anyway, there's a tiny teeny little thing I made and I can finally show it now :)

I participated in NatronundSodas Christmas Swap/Secret Santa, and picked a nice little wish.

A user wished for a dress for her babygirl, a bit christmas-cute-kitschy.

That's the perfect wish for me!

So I've managed to find this cute candy fabric in my friends drawer (thanks honey!) and I made a tiny candygirl dress.

The top has got some lining with bats on it, I bought the fabric in Helsinki last summer and it's so cute!
The skirt part is made from thick nice cotton jersey.

I added some big stitches per Hand because I think it's very cute having the pink yarn on the dark grey Bat-Fabric:

The straps are fastened with braces.
It's a baaaat world!

Extremely cute Candy fabric:

And I've got a very cute bag from Giftzwergin to transport my music sheets for my cello lessons.
But it's so great, I'll use it for other stuff too ;)


Marie thinks it would be a nice sleeping bag. No, darling. No ;)

Thank you for the beautiful bag!




Teaser: bra-tagged!

I spent time I really didn't have on thursday to make something very cute, girly and completely insane.
Well, at least it should be useful on the weekend.

I'll show you more pics and a little bit of meaning behind this insanity later this week ;), now I'm off to a very important meeting *mysterious face*

cat camouflage skirt

After altering it shortening the hemline A LOT, I finished my very simple cuddly skirt today.

First I've sewn a broad hem, but I didn't really like the look and the length made me look a bit... broad. hm.

So I shortened it, it's now very short but I think it does look very nice with a pair of leggings underneath and boots.

But I look really young when wearing it, I think^^ And maybe it's the curly hair too. Strange.

And the colour is exaaactly as Marie's fur! I actually was looking for her today for some time, until I found her curled up in some of the fabric *heart*

Soooo, I have a lot more of the fabric. What to sew next? :D



Overknee Nr. One - Knitting Thursday

And once again I had a wonderful day of knitting in college today.

My first Overknee is done! It looks kinda strange, but I plan to wear them underneath skirts, so you won't see the upper end anyway.

I originally planned to make them a bit longer, but I fear that I haven't got enough wool for this so I stopped at a final length of 53cm.

And I started with the second overknee, current length 7cm.

Meow. Help you. Meow.

 Meow. Tired. Helping is exhausting.

Yes, biting marks in my 4,5 needles (you can see the second overknee)

This tiny needle wasn't lucky...

Nevertheless I love my cats :)




bias progress

A liiiittle progress with my dirndl.
I started finishing the neckline with bias tape, ergo sewing per mano again. I kind of like it now.
It's very... relaxing in some ways :)

Ok, so I've already sewn the bias tape to the neckline last time.
Next step is folding the tape around the seam allowances (if they aren't narrow enough, cut them back, I already left very little seam allowance on the neckline from the beginning), and pin it with some needles.

Iron it.

Remove the pin needles piece by piece and fold the bias tape so you get a nice seam on the inside too and don't see any seam allowances anymore.
Insert the needles again.

Since there are many nice tutorials how to make and attach bias tape (e.g. this one)out there, I spare you of my drawing skills ;)

I will open the seam on the V-cut neckline again, it's a bit crooked atm. But I'll change it soon ;)

Isn't this fabric just WONDERFUL?
With flashlight:

And without:

And, help me pleeease:

I'm just noticing, the dress does look lovely with my fake-fur sheepskin... Maybe I should sew some winter scarf or something to wear with the dress? 

Or is it just me in my "can't wait to have snow here" delusion?

And tomorrow is knitting thursday again, yay!
I hope my cats haven't eaten all my knitting needles yet. They really seem to love my bamboo needles.
(and yes, I keep my knitting out of their way, but they tend to be very creative when it comes to open stuff they are NOT supposed to....)

Cu tomorrow,



Latex isn't evil anymore.

Wohooo, my first necklace made of latex!

A friend of mine, a very talented artist btw, promised to show me how to work with latex. So last week we had a nice afternoon with tea and sweets and I treated myself with a cute latex necklace with a bow :)

It's very simple, it was my first piece and I think most of the work did my friend K. anyway - but I had a hard work with "looking and learning" anyway.

She left some of the latex and the glue and polishing stuff, so I can make some matching wristbands or another necklace.

It's a very new experience for me, usually I do sew everything and I'm not used to glueing stuff, but it looks very cute I think!

Black Latex Necklace with a black and white Latex Bow:


Thursday is knitting day!

Last week I had a lovely knitting time in college, and I thought I could make this a nice new tradition.
So from now on, thursday (= theory day) is my knitting day!

I love crafting when having to listen and learn in college. And don't get dizzy and my thoughts don't drool off at all.

So, yesterday I prepared my new project: Woollen leg warmers.
I knitted the first few centimeters up to the red part.

And today in college I added 29 more centimeters, yay!

I'm using very easy patterns only, so I can concentrate on the lecture and don't have to look at my knitting.

I think I'll have the first legwarmer finished after the next theory day!




Nothing to wear, aaah!

It's getting colder and darker and autumn kinda looks like winter already.
And I just don't have enough warm clothes.
Very funny, considering I've lived in the mountains for some years... But I think I just wore the same pants day after day after day. And it was so much colder, I didn't need any of this cozy stuff, I just needed WARM CLOTHES no matter how Michelin-look-a-like I felt in them.

But I'm back in Linz, no more mountains for me (*sniff*) and I need nice and comfy clothes for temperatures around 10°.

I'm planning some trousers and I'll be buying leggings* soon, to wear underneath a couple of new skirts.

So, I need your help now. 
I bought this wonderful fabric last year, wool-poly-sth, really soft and cozy and soooooo nice.
I need a skirt.
Fabric + Pattern = skirt.
I've got the fabric, I want the skirt - I lack the pattern!

Any ideas? I don't need an existing pattern, I'll take drawings, descriptions, holograms... as well.

And if you know any easy (=fast and simple to sew) patterns for pants ;) Not to use with this fabric, of course.

And, if possible, it shouldn't exactly make my hips any bigger. But I think that's not really possible with a fabric this thick... But just in case ;)

(College really makes me sooo creative! I could study microscopy stuff right now, but I'm so into this skirt atm... ;) )

*the last time I wore leggings, I was in kindergarden. seriously. I hate them.
But I think "not freezing to death" is a nice occasion to get over with some childhood traumata...




1 Thursday equals one cozy arm warmer

I'm learning a lot of new stuff in college. For example: One hardcore day of Theory lectures provides enough time to knit a whole arm warmer.
(I'm not exactly a fast knitter, so you can imagine my thursday was pretty long^^)

And I really like the yarn *heart*
It's sheep wool mixed with bamboo. Soooo nice.

And what am I knitting next week?
It's got to be something simple so I can concentrate on the lecture.

So no pullovers or lace knitting ;)

Have a nice weekend,



not being biased against bias tape

Some progress with my Dirndl vest!

I've been sick for about a week now, but today I found some time and strength to work on my Dirndl.

First I cut and sew together a lot of bias tape, using the same fabric as used in the vest. Doesn't look that spectacular...

Then I closed the shoulder seams and I'm very happy with the results. The braids overlap perfectly and you really don't see the seam that much.

As you see in this picture I've already sewn the bias tape to the neckline.

Those two steps were the first ones actually using a sewing machine in this project!

 Next step is sewing the bias binding per hand to the lining and with this step finishing the neckline.



zoom zoom zoom,
I actually made some progress with my dirndl :)

I've sewn the braids onto the top, and I did this, not that typical for me, per mano.

But it just doesn't look right when you see the stitches, so I decided to sew them onto the fabric per hand, and the stitches are invisible now :)

Took me really long time, but I really like it.
Yeah, it looks crooked, but the top is still just pinned together ;)
Next thing is making the bias tape and - again - a lot of hand sewing.

Will take me a while, college keeps me busy. I hope you don't get bored ;)


cats are a huge help.

Yesterday I had to sew curtains. The fabric was really heavy and nasty, thick black fireproof molton. 
It really took me some organisational skills to manage the 30m² of fabric. 
But fortunately my cats were a huge help. They decided that every nasty fabric can be improved when adding some spoonfuls of cathair.

So, they threw one of the curtains down on the floor. For about 10 mins, nothing happened. Then Isaac went to the big pile of fabric and started sniffing it - ahaaaa, Marie was IN the pile! I kneeled down on the floor and saw a tiny bit of her nose.

Hilarious, so I fetched my cam. In the meantime, she started crawling out of her nest.

Isaac was very concerned. 


Finally she managed to get out. Isaac still plays ancient egypt cat and doesn't move.

Marie walks into the kitchen, Isaac moves for the first time.


Meow, lost my sister, meow!

Cutest Cats ever.

Oh, and the curtains are done :)
After doing some work for college I hope to find some time to do a few stitches on my dirndl.


Apron and Blouse fabric :)

I found some lovely fabric at the local Heimatwerk store, perfect for my apron and at least the sleeves of my blouse.

Very thin and slightly transparent black poly fabric with tiny velvet flowers on it.

Love it!

With my wonderful model Isaac :)

And I already started to ruffle the apron yesterday :)

 I'm so excited, this fabric is just so perfect!



my little princess

On monday I made a baby sweatshirt and two bibs.
Very girly, very me, very PINK!

My cute little princess *heart*

It's my first baby jersey shirt, so there are still some little *hmm* bugs in it ;)
Like, sewing the overlapping overlock seam right in the back of the seam, where you can totally see it^^

But nevertheless I like the shirt. I used a pattern of some Ottobre mag earlier this year, provided by her mother.
She sews a lot of really awesome stuff too, I just provide some pink (and later a bit goth ;) ) material for the girls wardrobe!

And two not very spectacular bibs, I bought the fabrics in Helsinki especially for sewing "something cute" for the princess. They did have a lot of really cute fabrics for patchworking and stuff, but I don't do any patchwork (yet).

I reaally liked the Disney picture "kiss the frog". Note: Buy DVD!

I hope the mother and princess will be happy with my stuff :)