my favourite books from 2017

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Camera 19th century 20th YA Frankenstein
This year I read a lot of good books and a lot of not so good ones too, I try to limit this one to the very favourite ones, but you can of course just have a look at my goodreads page. So, these are not just book that were really good, but also books that touched me on another level. This year I also really got into 19th century – after being a bit bored with Young Adult novels, I tried something new and I feel a lot more comfortable with literature from the 19th and 20th century (I read more books from/about the 19th century than the 21st). Here is the entire 2017 shelf on goodreads.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Shelley Frankenstein 19th century 20th YA
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

His eyes have a general expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

Actually, this is in no particular order, besides this one. This within reading it for the first time became my favourite book. Before this I was always stuck thinking when someone asked me about my favourite book, but this, this is it. I cannot stress enough how much this book means to me, but I tried here. I read it three times this year, and I plan on reading it very often in the future. The writing, the scenery, the characters, it’s a wonderful, dreamy book.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Physiker 19th century 20th YA
Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Die Physiker
This is maybe the only one that did not move me on an emotional level, but this has to be mentioned. It’s a very good drama about important topics, yet still fun. My review can be found here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Carmilla 19th century 20th YA
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
All the romantic stories on here are somewhat gay, and I love it. I do not want to spoil any of this (here is my review), but I would highly recommend reading this if you enjoy 19th century gothic horror. This is beautifully written and a fantastic story. It’s basically spoiledin every blurb, but this is very short, so try just picking it up and reading it without any further information.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Sappho Come Close 19th century 20th YA
Sappho – Come Close

Dew is poured out in handsome fashion; lissome
Chervil unfurls; Rose
And Sweet Clover with heady flowers blossom.

Sappho’s poetry was on my list for a while, so I was happy to find this short collection. Her writing is wonderful and truly makes me want to learn Anciant Greek. The poems are very soft and romantic, you find my review here. I hope to read more of her poems soon, because they are just lovely.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Dostoyevsky White Nights 19th century 20th YA
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – White Nights
Same goes for Dostoyevsky, I now want to read a lot of his work. Though I think I never might have picked this up, had I not been seated at the Dostoyevsky table at my graduation. And I am unbelievable glad I did, because this little story about a dreamer was so touching and very important to me. I related to this very much and with the beautiful writing this was such a joyful read, find the review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Moomins 19th century 20th YA
Tove Jansson – Finn Family Moomintroll
I only read this one recently again, but besides the story being adorable, this also really inspired me on another level. After reading this I got rid of a lot of stuff and I now feel like wandering. The book made it a lot easier for me to say goodbye to things and I feel very refreshed. Also, I felt a deep connection to Snufkin and his personality, I hope to read more of these soon. Review.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue 19th century 20th YA
Mackenzie Lee – Gentleman’s Guide

And I wish in that moment that I were brave. I wish to God I were. But I’m shaking and terrified […].
My first instinct is to faint with fear, but everyone else is being brave, and that makes me feel courageous too.

I mentioned that I barely reach for YA anymore, but this one is not just one of the best YA books, but also one of the best books I ever read. It is both fluffy at parts and deals with very dark topics (abuse, discrimination etc.). This makes me very emotional, but in a good sort of way. It’s not just an adventure novel or a tragic queer romance, it is a lot more than that. This book is both serious and light-weight at the same time with such elaborate characters and the wonderful backdrop of 18th century Europe. I just love this book with my whole heart, you can find a very long review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage 19th century 20th YA
Honorable Mentions: This year I read both Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking and I enjoyed them both a lot. Fisher was one of my favourite actresses and her writing is so fresh and enjoyable. She has been through a lot and the books are very personal, I highly recommend them. I read another work by Lessing, this time Der Freigeist – this is fun, yet philosophical, I think this might also be a great start to his work. With my love for 19th century Bavarian/Austrian royality among other things I read Sophie Charlotte. Sisis leidenschaftliche Schwester by Christian Sepp, a very interesting read about a person I barely knew and due to this got a very personal look. Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope was a book I saw on Instagram, forgot about, then found in Stockholm. It is incredibly fun and perfect if you’re looking for an easy read.

My reading plans for next year would be to continue the 19th century “trend”, continue with the Sherlock Holmes novels and the last two Austens, as well as more of Mary Shelley’s, Dostoyevsky (russian lit in general) and Le Fanu’s work. But I’d also like to read more non fiction about this time, I read quite a few biographies this year, but I feel like I can top that. Besides that I would also like to reread a few old favourites and some more poetry from Ancient Greece (Sappho e.g.), and maybe even Ancient Rome, because I could technically read original texts by Horace and Ovid. I guess I will have a healthy mix of used books, kindle books and library ones that hopefully add up to about 20.000 pages (I read more than 16.000 this year, which is the most I have documented on goodreads and I think 20.000 would be amazing), I guess that would lead to about 75/80 books, which seems like a good goal, considering I wanted to read 60 this year and got close to 70 (sure, I read 11 of them in December, but I think with my resolution of less phone-procrastinating this might work). I try to throw in some that are more than 500 pages and some Little Black Classics by Penguin, because they are a joy to read.

What did you read in 2017 that really stuck with you?

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Handmade Update December 2017

While being quite stressful, December was surprisingly successful sewing-wise. You know I am shifting a bit stylewise, so I also got rid of a couple of things via etsy and Instagram. However most stuff I made was upcycling things I already owned and I’m quite happy with the way they turned out.

Pink Birdie Skirt (changed the size for etsy) and Yellow Polka Dot Skirt (changed the size for etsy)
16th of December
For a buyer on etsy I changed the size of two skirts, and I am glad they went to a new, good home! I sold a couple more dresses and skirts, but I did not have to change anything on them.

midcentury vintage inspired handmade 50s 60s red velvet
Red Velvet Skirt
16th/17th of December
A girl on Instagram often wear a red velvet skirt and I was adoring that, so I made one for me. This velvet was also on sale and it’s so versatile! Of course, dark red is also one of the most beautiful colours to wear.

Archaeological Shirt/Blouse (fixed)
17th of December
Unfortunately a few of the seams did not take well to the old Italian washing machine, so I had to fix that. I put it of for quite a while, but I finally did it and now I can wear it again!

babydoll stars glitter handmade 60s midcentury
Stars Babydoll
24th of December
I made this dress some months ago, but I never really liked the fit. But since I loved the fabric and still wanted to wear it, I turned it into a babydoll (afterwards I shortened it a bit, too).

60s space cadet two piece handmade midcentury planets
60s Space Cadet Two Piece
29th/30th of December
This is another case of liked the fabric, but not really happy with what it was, here is the skirt it was, but I felt really uncomfortable in this. I did not think this cut was matching the fabric, so I turned it into a 60s Two Piece. I mean that was the Space Era, so it’s pretty appropriate.

What did you craft recently? WEhat are your sewing plans for the next year?

The Last Jedi | Fangirl Friday

This year I managed to get tickets for the Midnight premiere of the new Star Wars movie. I went with two friends and it was a wonderful experience, even though I wasn’t entirely fond of the movie. I have a hard time putting everything in words, but I will try.

Before I start this, I want to mention, that I consider both The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One incredible movies and great additions to the Star Wars Universe. And it is not that I didn’t like the movie, but I had my issues. As I mentioned it’s hard putting it in words – or structured sentences, so I guess I try bullet points.
The Bad

  • So many storylines. There were a lot of characters and they all were teamed up in very small groups, so you could not really focus on any of it properly. This meant that some of the storylines were great ideas, but poorly executed in my opinion.
  • That also meant that most characters lacked depth. sure, you knew them from Episode VII (or earlies),
    but they often did not get the time to breath and sometomes even were inconsistent. While inconsistency made sense with the people that struggled to find their place, it really did not with others. (The only ones that seemed entirely true to themselves were Leia and Poe – who are also my favourites. Besides the droids, sure.)
  • As was to be expected there are quite a few scenes with Rey/Luke and Rey/Kylo (also why are they sometimes almost forcing the idea of this relationship on us?) and while these do make sense and some ideas were amazingly done, I think overall it was handled were awkward/weird/cringy at times.
  • You feel Disney’s influence. And not in a good way. In the jokes and also in the general feel sometimes which I did not really enjoy. I think – though of course I do not know for sure – J.J. Abrams as a director would have handled that more delicately and not in this Disney-in-your-face-way. (Also the focus might have been a bit more on Finn again, instead of turning him into a side character.)

The Good

  • From somewhere in the middle/two-thirds on it was an amazing movie, intense, good action scenes and good emotional ones as well.
  • Poe Dameron. I was smitten from the first scenes of TFA, but in this one he finally became my definite favourite of the new trilogy. He is one of the few characters that had a consistent storyline and character in this, and it was so likeable. Which is of course also very much due to Oscar Isaac, though I think he was written so well, too. Also the obvious crush on Finn, made me ship them even more.
  • But also his relationship with Leia. I think this was one of the most elaborate relationships in this movie, they had a couple of scenes together and they were fantastic. I think Carrie and Oscar had a great chemistry, so that transfered well on screen – both the official (Leia as his superior) part and their friendship was so believable.
  • The set design, costumes, picture in general. If there is one thing this movie did maybe even better than Rogue One it’s th entire graphic departement. That was so amazing – there was a lot of intense red, which I love and just in gerneal both the things that were there physically as well as the animation. From the wonderful costume of General Holdo (portrayed by the wonderful Laura Dern), the nod to young Leia of Billie Lourd to the island. It was stunning.

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  • The scene were it switches to a fantastic movie is the scene in the red room with Kylo, Rey and Snoke. It was both a damn amazing fighting scene and as I wrote from then on the movie was amazing.
  • The Leia floating scene in my opinion was way over the top. We know the force is even stronger with her than with Luke and Star Wars isn’t realistic in that sense, I think that was way off even Star Wars logic.
  • The way Oscar Isaac played Poe’s crush on Finn was wonderful, however I think the way they force wrote Finn to be straigther than anything in that universe. To be honest in this new triology I think their’s is the only romantic relationship that makes sense/has chemistry, but oh well, of course Disney can’t risk losing the Chinese market over that (I think I once read that J.J. was actually very supportive of the relationship turning canon).

Mail Day #10 | Brooches, Socks and Bohemian Vibes

Mail Day #10 Brooches Wednesday Addams Zombie Grease Happy Socks
Long time no see. With uni, studying and procrastinating I don’t find the time or motivation to blog. I would love to and it feels good to type something out again – I also have a couple of things left I still want to write about. Among them beautiful pictures from Florence in early autumn. Anyway this time I would like to share a couple of things that I ordered, mainly from etsy. This is not really a Mail Day though, but more of a Mail Halfyear or so. There are some beautiful pieces and great etsy stores connected to it, so maybe you’ll find something new as well.

Sappho's Club Violet
Sappho’s Club – Violet Pin
As a member of the bi/pansexual girl club with a preference for girls I just wanted a Violet, also I love Sappho’s poetry, so I am very happy about this piece.

Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch kate gabrielle
kategabrielle – Bride Pin
This one is actually a regular pin, but I turned it into a brooch. The Bride of Frankenstein is aesthetically spoken on of my favourite movie characters. She is beautiful and the pin glows in the dark.

Wednesday Sticker SleepyKoi
SleepyKoi – Wednesday Sticker
When I saw the Wednesday Sticker, I fell in love with SleepyKoi Designs, so I ordered – but the package arrived empty. However, Renae was so sorry and she sent me not only the Wednesday Sticker, but also a package of small versions of some of her other stickers and they are adorable.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret
GypsyGothVintage – 80s Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Dress
Before I got this dress I had been eyeing it for quite some time and Kinsey is such a kind person, too. However since then I developed an obsession with Scott McClintock dresses, though this one is especially beautiful, you see more of it here. The details on the lace are incredible and the cut is a dream.

baccurelli Wednesday Brooch
19 Black – baccurelli – Wednesday
As you maybe saw above or in old posts you know that I love Wednesday Addams and this brooch captures her so perfectly, so I was hunting it down. It is a rather old baccurelli design and I felt so lucky to find probably one of the last ones.

Happy Socks
Happy Socks
I also got a wonderful package from happy socks, they asked me to pick out a few things and I chose these beauties. The socks are super soft and I really like how the panties are cut. This is the striped pair of socks and these are the heart panties.

Frenchie Grease erstwilder brooch
erstwilder – Frenchie Brooch
Frenchie is my favourite Grease character, so I got up really early to order her on the release day and erstwilder packed a beautiful package and to be honest erstwilder is kind of becoming my favourite brooch company.

Bride of Frankenstein Patch Jenni's Prints
jenni’s prints – Bride Patch
Yes, it is another Bride of Frankenstein piece, I am still considering where to put it – if on my denim jacket or my backpack. Tough decision.

80s does 50s egyptian skirt midcentury novelty print
Advantage in Vintage – 80s does 50s Egyptian Skirt
While I am developing a love for the 80s, I still very much appreciate a well done 80s does 50s – and this one does it so so well. This is a great novelty print and I am already so excited to wear it to a exhibtion about pharaos or Egyptian art.

Moth Display Hyles Euphorbiae Real Hyles Dahlii Female
Butterfly Palace – Moth
Even though it said Real Hyles Dahlii Female, I actually think it’s a Hyles Euphorbiae(spurge hawk-moth), like the one I have tattooed on me. It is a beautiful piece and arrived save and sound.

Zombie Brooch Halloween erstwilder
erstwilder – Zombie Brooch
This is the second brooch from erstwilder I ordered online, and again they included gifts and just decorated it so adorably. The brooch itself is so wonderfully crafted and it has the same colour as the circles on my chestpiece. Which probably concludes that I am in fact a zombie.

Mele Pele Backpack 50s Vintage Kid
melepele – 50s kids backpack
For university I wanted a backpack, but a second hand since I am trying to buy mainly handmade and used pieces. Also a 50s backpack – how cute is that? It is in fact a bit small, but everything fits inside(it’s for kindergarden kids, so that might explain it).

Gypsy Scarf Rose MenagicalVintage
Menagical Vintage – Gypsy Scarf
I was also on the lookout for a cute scarf like this, but actually looking for something specific in Vintage and Second Hand stores where I live basically never leads to anything, because they are small and do not have a lot of things. So after not finding one I got this beauty from the UK.

Sayonara Baby Dinosaur Jurassic Park Rosemary's Baby Witch Feminist
sayonara baby – Rosemary’s Baby Couldron and feminist dino brooch
While I was on the lookout for witch-y brooches, I found the cute couldron based on Rosemary’s Baby (really have to watch it again and read it!) and the Jurassic Park Brooch – they are smaller than I expected, but so adorable and the clours are really crisp!

baccurelli Star Wars Brooch C-3PO Leia Organa Skywalker Solo
baccurelli – C-3PO Brooch, Leia Brooch
I waited a long loooong time for this. I knew I would have to, but it took even longer, also because I was afraid it would arrive while I was on holiday, go to customs and be send back, and then the transfer from the US to Germany and then in Germany took forever. However now they are here and how beautiful are they?

Happy Socks Panties
Happy Socks
I also got another surprise package from happy socks with more panties and they are so cute! So obsessed with the pink panties. Here are the pink ones, the colourful ones and the socks.

That is it for now, let’s see when I get around to blogging again…. As I said I have a couple of things left to show you and I want a couple of new outfit shots, write a few toughts down, but this was the easiest for now. :)

she may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts | Millennium Falcon Tattoo

Millennium Falcon Tattoo
In the beginning of July I got my third tattoo, the first one you can actually see most of the time, because it’s on my lower arm. A beautiful place for that matter, in my opinion. As with most of my ideas, I’ve planned that for months/years in a word document. Okay, I’m surprised I still don’t have an appointment for the Alice one, but then again I’m young. Anyway. This one is quite obviously for Star Wars, because I just love this franchise and especially the importance (and beauty) of this ship. I wanted TIE fighters and flowers around the ship and once again Ella did a wonderful, detailed job.

Tattoo Healing

At parts this one was surprisingly hurtful about where the violets are and my arm was slightly cramped the nest two days (might have been due to my slepping position though). Well, that cramp faded and it healed quite well, some parts took longer than the rest and now it looks really cute. Especially the yellow and red really pop from the grey ship. Well, I’m just happy with it, it’s exactly the way I wanted it and also, so many people told me how much they liked it. I think it will also blend in quite well with everything that’ll come due to the flowers (I’m pretty sure there will almost always be nature involved in my pieces in one way or another).

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia Tattoo

Another thing that was a bit weird was my arm hair growing back. I’m mean, it’s obivous that when you shave your hair (well, Ella did at the studio) that it’ll grow back, but I haven’t done that in years and having itchy stubble on a tattoo was not the most comfortable feeling. That of course is a petty problem, but I had to mention it. It took somewhere between two and three hours with some short pauses to move my hand.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia Tattoo

With this I also got a tragus piercing, something I wanted for a rather long time as well and it’s healing well. Also, how beautiful is that stone? I was a bit afraid of being pierced with a needle since it has been a few years since my helix and that was done with a gun (I know how bad that is, but back in the day I did not and luckily I never had any issue at all). However it barely hurt and so far everything is well.

Tragus Piercing opal

the ship that made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Finally, finally! I managed to shoot this outfit and post the photos. I planned this for the last few months, but wanted to wait for my Falcon tattoo. But the day has come and yesterday my friend Thyra and I went to take a couple of photos. This summer is very lovely so far – some days are a bit to hot/humid for my taste, but in general it’s a feeling of comfortable warmth. I can still rock my saddle shoes and petticoat, but a 60s babydoll is fine as well, so I’m quite happy.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

To be honest I’m also quite happy with this Millennium Falcon dream outfit. After all everything ties together in a neat Star Wars theme – the shoes were a gift from my mum and I love them to pieces. It was the first time wearing them and the rub my feet a bit on the sides, but I think a pair of socks might help. I mean, what’s cuter than R2D2 heels? I get so many comments from people in real life telling me they really like them, and of course the shoes themselves are too beautiful. I feel like I should really wear all my fancy IC heels more often, because they fill me with joy.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

The Millennium Falcon is one of my favourite space ships, I just love the flat design (I know it’s inspired by the one in the Valerian comics, but oh well). So of course this print is one of my favourites, I think it’s adorable especially with the black background, so I was beyond happy to find the matching earrings and of course my little tattoo addition makes me very happy too (even though it’s obviously still healing). My Leia brooch is another favourite not only becausse of the unique design, but also because there is a little quote on the backside.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Then again, Star Wars always makes me happy, because it has this easy going, fun vibe and the music alone gives me this warm fuzzy feeling. Thinking of – I still have to listen to the You Must Remember This Podcast about Star Wars (though it’s more of a play on words and about Old Hollywood) and I have to continue Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare’s Star Wars plays, because they are fantastic. The good – and bad thing (because ther is just so much) – about big fandoms like Star Wars is that is so much creativity and stuff surrounding it – from official/licensed merchandise to craziy creative from independent artists (like the brooch). Though it is always inspiring to see all the creative minds taking their spin on this big universe. There is also more than one inspiring woman – not only onscreen, but also people like Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe. So with this outfit I felt quite happy and inspired and I hope you get some of that though the screen.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia

Dress – handmade | Brooch – Sabrina Elahi | Earrings – NoxAurum (Comic Con Dortmund) | Glitzy Artoo Heel – Irregular Choice (I talk about them here) | Lipstick – Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 111

Handmade Update June 2017

This month was me catching up on all the sewing I missed over the last two months. So, there was some time when I created a lot of stuff out of fabric I got at my grandparents, so here we go.

Wednesday Watercolour Painting
Wednesday Postcard
5th of June
Well, first I decided to paint Wednesday of watercolours and to be honest I really like the red background – that idea worked out well.

Star Wars Skirt
etsy Star Wars Skirt
9th, 10th of June
For my etsy store I made a Star Wars Skirt and there is still some fabric left, so you might want to head over there.

Lace Border Dress
Dress with Lace Border
10th of June
This project is based on a ModCloth dress, I adored for quite some time. It’s actually apricot, but I wanted something a bit witchy and that dark lavender tone is more than perfect. Also I love the lace details and I think it matches the tone very well. It’s pretty long compared to my 50s style wardrobe, so I am pretty excited to wear it for the first time.

Bat Sleeve Dress
Bat Wing 60s Dress
11th of June
Inspired my among other things this I wanted a bat wing dress – I wanted something sixties, somwthing that would actually require a beehive and Twiggy Makeup. There is a little issue with the lining showing on the right side, but I will figure this out.

Carot Crop Top
Carot Crop/Bra Top
11th of June
You know I got a couple of fabrics in Augsburg and now I decided to make some crop tops. This fabric is so adorable and I saw this pattern online, so I created my own based on the photograph on the front.

Governess Dress
Chiffon Edwardian/Victorian inspired Dress
12th of June
Recently I fell in love with Edwardian and Victorian dresses and really like those gothic vibes (gothic as in 19th century horror stories and the aesthetic, not pop culture goth). I think it looks a bit like somthing a governess would wear. It is inspired by this, however longer and without the collar (because I did not enjoy the way the collar looked and think this looks a bit older that way).

Wine Two Piece
Wine Red Two Piece (Cape/Skirt)
13th of June
Another one inspired by etsy is this two pice – I immediately fell in love with the idea of wearing a skirt as a cape when it gets colder. As with the first dress I wanted something darker, so I went for the wine tone. (Also it makes me feel a bit like Jayne Mansfield.)

Kitsch Kitten Crop Top
Kitty Kitsch Crop Top
14th of June
This is probably my favourite crop top I made this month – the print is so kitchy and I think the sweetheart neckline is perfect for the print. It’s also great because I don’t have to wear a bra with it.

Sheep Crop Top
Sheep Crop/Bra Top
14th of June
I’m so glad I decided to made tops now, because with not really shopping for clothing anymore and also not having too many tops this is an easy way to stock my closet. I definitively have to work on my blouse making, so that is another project for the rest of 2017.

20s Day Dress Slip Dress
20s Slip Dress
15th of June
With my current love for the 19th century to the 20s also made me create this dress (it’s based on a white slip dress I saw browsing on etsy, but I lost the link) – I wanted a soft, light (in weight and colour) cotton and this one has the perfect feel to it and I just love a beautiful insect print. I think it’s perfect for a 20s day dress

Sailor Skirt Red Mum
Mum’s Red Sailor Skirt
28th, 29th of June
My mum recently bought fabric for table runners, pillows and placemats and since she really liked it she asked me for a riviera style skirt which could be tied, so I made one. I really like the style and consider making more skirts with ribbons to tie.

Thyra Dresses
I also gave to of my old dresses to my friend Thyra and she looks adorable in them.

So this is what I made this month. What have you made this week?

Comic Con Munich Memories

Comic Con Munich Memories Doctor Who

Ohh, conventions, one of the most amazing things there is. This one was the first one in Munich, so it was pretty exciting to have one just a couple of minutes from home – it was hot however so even the short time in the metro was horrible. Well, the Convention was not horrible – it was so much fun, people were super nice and the guests were too. The thing was at the same weekend MCM Con in London and Mega Con and I think two more took place and Munich Con was rather small, so the guest were not Hollywood stars, but there were some amazing people from great shows and movies (like Doctor Who). It went for two days only, but that was enough, I think. We had time to enjoy the artwork and merchandise and the panels as well. There were some fantastic cosplayers and I think the hosts were great too – in Dortmund things got awkward sometimes, but the ones in Munich were well informed, charming and put everyone at ease asking interesting questions when the audience did not come up with any.
However the best part was Sylvester McCoy for sure, he was so fun and interacted with the audience – before the con I hadn’t watched any of the old Doctor Who episodes, but immediately afterwards I decided to order the first Volume of his episodes.
I’m so happy this con was a success and am excited for the next one here in Munich.

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Fighting the Empire (Troop Group)

Comic Con Munich

This kid was also fighting the Empire

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Leia Posing

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Meeting my Doppelganger (the only other Leia! and she was promoting something)

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

meeting the amazing Cita from Cosplayfactory

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

even R2 is with me

Comic Con Munich

Dalek watching the Doctor Who Panel

Comic Con Munich Breakfast

Convention Breakfast

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

Sylvester McCoy was the best ever

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

and the guys even made music on the panel

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who Star Wars BB-8 Tardis (also look at my Photoshop Skills))

BB-8 decided to travel space and time

Comic Con Munich BB-8

BB also met Kim Possible

Of course, I could not leave without a few cute pieces, however this time I only went for things from the fantastic people in the artists’ alley.

Comic Con Munich Arisette Illustration

Arisette Illustration – lovely cat lunch pin and Isabelle sticker

Comic Con Munich Dirty Dancing

another Dirty Dancing Edition, because I totally needed that one

Comic Con Munich Yunuyei

Yunuyei – went a bit over board there, but I can’t say no to Dean and Cas (and Hannibal was in a surprise bag – I was hoping for Will Graham, but that one is a cute illustration never the less)

Comic Con Munich Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Illustration by R. Engel (Engel’s universe)

Comic Con Munich

Sylvester McCoy – a lovely friend from my old school (who I had not really seen in about a year) got me this after I asked her (because I was home and had regrets that I did not get it) and to be honest I will cherish this person forever

Handmade Update May 2017

This month I wasn’t very strong on sewing – I fixed a lot of stuff, but I only managed to make one dress – I really hope next month will be better. However, I started embroidery (since I do not have enough grandma hobbies yet) and painted a bit. (Also, the new blogbanner etc.)

Bumblebee Embroidery
Bumblebee Embroidery
13th of May
So this was my first piece of embroidery – it’s a bumblebee. It’s far from perfect, but I hope to create a few pieces in the future.

BB-8 Postcard
BB-8 Postcard
17th of May
I also decided to paint little BB-8 to get back into watercolours and I really enjoy picking up the colours every once in a while.

BB-8 Embroidery
BB-8 Embroidery
17th to 20th of May
So, then I chose to embroider BB-8, which was an interesting learning experience. Opening stiches again and redoing things.

Landscape Postcard
Landscape Postcard
21st of May
This was another learning thing – I never drew/painted a landscape, so I looked at some of Rottmann’s work – and I think the mountains are quite nice. Nevertheless I realise they should have shadows in the water.

Leia Belt
17th, 18th, 24th of May
For my cosplay I was in need of the belt, so I made it of faux leather, clay and acrylic paint. I know the original is made using metal pieces, but I didn’t have any. So I got creative.

Chuck Charles Charlotte Pushing Daisies Postcard
Chuck Postcard
25th of May
You know Charlotte Charles from Puhing Daisies is one of my all time favourite characters and fashion icons, so I wanteed to paint her for a while and I finally did. It’s not realistic yet, but it’s cute enough.

20s Dress Black Gold Glitter
20s Dress
22nd, 29th, 30th of May
I wanted to make another 20s dress since the first one I made (about a year ago), now I finally did and while I have to fix a few things in the back, I think its quite fancy.

Wat did you make recently? And what are you working on?

BB-8 ♥

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

It is indeed May the Fourth again.
On of my favourite things about Star Wars are the droids. And how could they not? They are literally non-human companions/best friends. There is not much I’d be more happy about if scientist would develope than droids like in Star Wars. The thing is they have such unique personalities that get along without proper words (unless you consider Beep Boop Beep Boop words). Personally I consider BB-8 too be very cheeky, coy and sarcastic, after all BB and R2 are practically best buddies – well Threepio and Artoo are forever best friends, we all know that, but I still think BB-8 and R2-D2 have a special connection as well.

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

The difficult thing for me is posing for a BB-8 cosplay after all I am not a droid, so my posing is a more human – even though I am no stranger to awkward robotic movements, they don’t qualify as droid movements. Also, did you know BB-8 was suposedly a girl in early drafts (as far as you can put a gender on droids)? I kind of think that fits quite well and for me, BB-8 is a she – however I considered Boba Fett to be female as well for quite some time and doesn’t that make sense? Also, there are a lot of amazing fem!Boba Fett Cosplays, so they add to that idea.

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay Irregular Choice

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay Irregular Choice

Anyway, I could never pick a favourite droid, they all have their qualities and I’d just like having my own companion strolling along beside me. We would be very good at stamping on Darth Vader or returning to Jakku (Why does everyone want to go back to Jakku?! you knowww). Though I really have to say I prefer the stamping on Vader part, because I never was a big fan of Anakin (except the scenes when Anakin is a kid). Sure, he has my sympathies, but then again I like almost every Star Wars character, because all of them are so elaborate and even though it’s a system of good/evil, most are much rather somewhere on a scale of grey.

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

If you care for more Star Wars content, check out this tag to see outfits, thoughts and all that jazz. And now: May the Force be with you.
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BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplay

Dress – handmade | Tights – calzedonia (I think) | Shoes – Irregular Choice | Chiffon Scarf – Boolavard | Lipstick – hema Moisturising Lipstick in 34 | Wig – mycostumes.de (I think it’s a GLW)