Handmade Update | October & November 2017

So, finally another update on handmade things. It isn’t much due to uni (how annoying is reading that already?), but I have a few projects planned that are easily made – though I still need the fabric! Also in case you are interested: I put up a few things on my etsy that I don’t feeel like wearing anymore. Aaaanyway, here we go.

First real day at uni: bio is great and very chemical (and it will probably be more of revision of what I already know, but it's interesting, so that's ok), but maths is, well, I guess I have to focus a lot of learning energy on that. 📚 Any tips on how to make maths fun/interesting? I only have it for two semesters, at least. 🙈 Also this fabric features little mushrooms, squirrels and ducks and it's so autumnal. 🍂And I wanted it to look a bit like a Dirndl with the buttons. 😊 { #ootdsocialclub #ootd #whatiwore #pinupgirl#handmade #noveltybrooch #noveltybroocheveryday #erstwilder #foxhair #brideoffrankensteinhair#20sbob #doyoulikemyvintagebob #1920s #1930s#1940s #50s #50sgirl#50sfashion #midcentury #girlswithtattoos #20thcentury #vintagegirl #vintagegal #vintagefashion #retrogirl #autumnfashion #dirndl #noveltyprint #1950s #vintage }

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Autumn Dress
7th of October
I found the fabric while I was in Lucca and I fell in love. Border prints are rather rare where I live and finding this beautiful one in Lucca was a dream. I turned it into a Dirndl-ish dress and I quite like the way it turned out and the way the print shows. Especially these little ducks and squirrels are so wonderful.

Pumpkin Dress Orange 50s handmade midcentury
Pumpkin Dress
6th, 7th of October
This was another project for a very autumnal dress. The dark orange tone is wonderful and I do like the way it turned out. I changed things during the process of making it and that was quite interesting, too. I am no 100% content, but I don’t know what it is. I think it’s the confusion that comes with a style shift. Here is the dress in an outfitpost.

Skirts for Aida
20th of November
Along with sorting out stuff for etsy, I also asked a friend if she wanted some of them. She did and so I changed the sizes. Unfortunatley, Idid not take pictures, but it was one simple grey skirt and one with hot air balloons.

dino Dinosaur Dress Handmade 80s 50s
Dino Dress
22nd, 23rd of November
Now this fabric is a dream! I ordered it online, because dinosaur fabrics are usually targeted at kids, so i was incredibly happy about finding this. The dress cut is inspired by The Other Sparrow, because they do kind cut dresses the way I really like it at the moment. Since I don’t really feel like knee-lenght anymore (most of the time). And I think that does a good job for the print as well. The zipper is my first real hidden zipper and I do quite like that as well, mainly because that way it’s not a zipper on the side and the backside is still cute.

So, this was my update for the last two months and I hope December will be filled with a few more sewing projects. What are and were you up to in the last months?

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Handmade Update September 2017

This month it took me a while to get back into sewing, however I at least planned everything for the upcoming weeks and sewing projects (also I really have to work on my Halloween stuff!). Anyway, this is what I made

Red Skirt Handmade Upcycled Redone Fifties Midcentury
Changing up a Red Skirt
21st of September
This was one of the first skirts I ever made, for Halloween 2014 (this means I have been into a pinup-ish style for over three years). Anyway, in this time I sure learnt a lot and this skirt had to be redone around the waist. Now I am very happy with it.

Handmade Green Flanel Skirt Fifties Midcentury
Green Flanel Skirt
22nd of September
For my Pinocchio outfit (the orginal Pinocchio, not the Disney one) I needed a dark green skirt, also I thought a skirt like that would be great for the colour and style I really enjoy at the moment.

Insect Skirt Mum Midcentury Handmade Novelty Print
Changing up mom’s insect dress into a skirt
21st, 22nd of September
You know every once in a while I make something for my mum, and one was this dress, however it was a bit of a mess around the shoulders, which was due to the construction of the pattern and what I added. Anyway I turned it into a skirt, and my mum is a lot happier.

Handmade Fifties Midcentury Red Blouse Peasant Hungarian
Red Blouse
24th of September
For Pinocchio as well, I needed a red blouse. This is basically cut like a Hungarian Peasant Blouse, and I think about writing about how to make it, because it’s great for beginners and when you do not want to waste fabric.

What are your Halloween plans? Is everything done yet or are you behind like me?

Handmade Update | July & August 2017

Once again I have two months of handmade things for you – mainly because I wasn’t really in a sewing mood in July. However I did work in August – of course on the hottest days, because what else would you do at 35°C?

Moth Painting Acryl
Moth Painting
of July
This painting was the only thing I made in July, I wanted to paint again, so choose a moth from my wonderful moth encyclopaedia and painted it while watching Donnie Darko for the first time. Those two things are now connected for me.

flatlay skirt beige archaeologist petticoat vintage midcentury
Archaeologist Skirt Handmade Vintage 50s Fifties Midcentury
Beige “Archaeologist” Skirt
DATE of August
Since I am currently in a style transition towards more beige and black – well, away from a lot of novelty, colourful things, towards something more subdued, maybe more “vintage”, I wanted to make a beige skirt from linen. It is inspired by 20th century explorers and I do quite like it. It is only half a circle skirt, because I thought that fitting.

Detective Military Olive Dress 50s Midcentury Fities Handmade
Detective Dress
of August
I found this fabric for 2€/m and I knew I needed to make something from it – out one of my butterick cuts came to mind and this dress came to be. It looks rather military-esque which I really do not appreciate, but I think it looks good nevertheless. And someone on Instagram called it a detective dress, so I’m perfectly fine with that.

Off White Shirt Handmade
Off-White Linen Shirt
of August
I really don’t like making shirts like that, I prefer making fitted things because it’s a lot easier for me. However for one outfit I really needed a blouse like that and since I found some left-over (and therefore cheap) fabric at the store I decided to make it myself. It is far from perfect, because I made a miscalculation on the piece of fabric for the buttonholes. However it does look good with the outfit as a whole, so I can deal with it. And I so love the fabric!

Greek Dress White Blue Ornament Off-Shoulder Tile
Greek Tile Dress
of August
I do not know when it happened, maybe while reading poems by Antique Greek Writes for the first time in a while, but I became obsessed with Antique Greece. Everything from the actual people to the myths – I mean it has always fascinated me, but recently it became more intense. I also saw a white dress with a border print in blue and felt inspired to make one. To me that looks incredibly Greek, and I quite like it. The ornaments are handpainted – I made stencils and used fabric paint, so some of it is a bit smudgy, but I think that adds to the charme (and you don’t really see it from afar).

What did you make recently? And do you alway manage to put your sewing on the hottest days of the year?

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?

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?

living more ethical: a journey

, About two weeks ago I decided to start completely staying off Fast Fashion. I’ve been avoiding H&M, Zara and Co for the last couple of years and only own very little from these shops and what I own, I regularly wear. However I feel like even those few pieces are too much and now I want to stop buying there all together.

Just a few days ago I found a pair of trousers that was exactly what I was looking for at the Second Hand Shop, by chance! And for less than 5€. It’s an H&M piece, but I do not mind, it has been worn before and now I will wear it. Sure, I’d prefer a high quality vintage piece, but I can live with that. It feels like giving it a new home and putting at least a little stop to all this waste.

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress pink girl tattoo

You know, that I love sewing and most of my wardrobe is already handmade and I have a few vintage pieces. But from now on I want to stop giving money to brands that pay their workers basically nothing, have low working conditions at dangerous work places and sometimes even exploit kids. Most pieces from those fast fashion companies are also really low quality – cheap materials, loose seams and they often (not always!) do not last a long time.

However, with the Star Wars shirt from H&M I was taking a first step, I got it in December and it was one of the last new shirts I bought recently. And I thought a lot about it, from first seeing it on someone on Instagram, to actually finding it in store and considering buying it. Eventually, of course, I did get it, and I don’t want to do that anymore. For once, I want to avoid high street, which is easy, but I also have to avoid most online shops, I guess. To be honest, I’m not yet sure where I can still shop, because I’m pretty sure most pinup/alternative shops produce their stuff pretty cheap as well. Additonally they waste so much water producing fashion that’s in for a season (well, I don’t really follow trends that way anyway, but you know).

When I do not wear something anymore, I usually give my clothes (of course in a good condition & cleaned) to charity or sometimes even sell them. So, I don’T want to change anything regarding how I deal with my old pieces.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

So far, when it comes to shirts, trousers etc I think it’s very easy to find them second hand, be it from friends, online or in stores and of course make them myself. But I’m a bit concerned when it comes to cute bags and shoes, because while I’m sure I can say no to a shirt, it’s more difficult with bags. I will do my research however and then see where I can shop and slowly move from fast fashion produced things to fair fashion and second hand. In case you can recommend shops (especially for lingerie), please go ahead and tell me.

Personally I draw quite some inspiration from Annika Victoria, https://nephtyis.com and Marzia and hope to one day completly move to second hand and eco- and human-friendly brands.

Handmade Update March 2017

Leia Star Wars Acrylic
Leia Acrylic
22nd of February, 3rd of March
I did show you the wip in February and now it’s done. Though Leia does not really have a nose. Well, I guess, I have to fix that.

Light Green Dress
Light Green Dress
4th of March
That one should have been a dress with dinosaurs on the hem, because it seemed so perfect. I saw this fabric and knew it was great for the dinosaurs. However as I was done with the dress I considered my idea again and left it as it was. And I love this fabric and cut a lot.

Yellow Babydoll
Babydoll yellow
5th, 6th of March
Based on this reference I wanted to use the great flower fabric I found in Augsburg for a babydoll (well, technically two). So after deciding on a cut I went to look for some matching chiffon in pink and yellow (mum’s recommendation) and added that.

Pink Babydoll
Babydoll pink
5th, 6th of March
For the lining I used some leftover fabric from my Leia dress and it’s so soft in the skin. And it looks very cute, I think. But oh with this flower fabric what could go wrong.

50s Kimono Dress Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Dress
5th, 6th of March
I did use the left-over Leia fabric for the lining here as well. The cherry blossom fabric took my fancy, because I like @nekomatahime‘s aesthetic a lot at the moment and just in general have a bit of an Asian obsession currently. So, I turned it into Fifties/Kimono inspired dress (which actually was a thing) and after applying the piping twice with my sewing machine which ended in a terrible mess I hand-sewed them on and hand-sewing really grows on me, to be honest.

Alice in Wonderland Anne Dress Apron
Alice Dress (Anne)
20th, 25th, 28th of February, 3rd of March
This one was also shared before, last month to be exact, and not it’s finished, another Alie dress and I really hope it fits.
Alice Apron (Anne)
6th, 21st, 23rd of March
I have been working on this whole thing for quite some time and now the resulting pictures are blurry. Great. Also, def. have to iron the straps of the bow.

Currently I’m working on:
Gingham Blouse
4th of March

What are you working on at the momen? And what did you create recently?

Fabrics & Second-Hand | Shopping in Augsburg

Augsburg Shopping Fabrics Thrift Second-Hand
As I mentioned in the post about visiting Augsburg, they have amazing fabric stores and of course I wanted to visit my favourite one. So, that is what I’m showing you today, alongside some more things I found in this lovely town.

Augsburg Shopping Drugstore
Just after arriving I had to go to the drugstore, because I wanted a small deodorant for travelling. However as it turns out, this one is really dry and powdery, literally dust came of my armpit after appling this. The lasher were just because I really wanted to have some falsies again.

Augsburg Shopping Vintage Shirt Blouse
I also went to a thrift/vintage (Vinty’s) store where they sell second-hand stuff for a few euros and some of the profit goes to a good cause. This blouse is vintage, I’d say midcentury, but I’m not quite sure. However it goes very well with my skirts.

Augsburg Shopping Shirt Blouse
I also found this rather new shirt by a London fabricant and since I was looking for cute shirts, I tried it on and got it. It has a very summery feel to it due to the colour.

Augsburg Shopping Bee Pin
I also found this DLV (which I guess is Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverband/German Agricultural Union) Pin and since I love bees, I just had to get it.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric
As mentioned above I wanted to buy some fabrics, I got six different ones, all very beautiful, but I was a little too stinted and so I’m afraid it might be just a bit too little of each one. We will see, I guess there will be some new additions to my wardrobe shown in my handmade update this month. For the mint on with the triangles I had a project in mind the moment I saw it (it is one of my 2017 projects, but I was still looking for the fabric), the other ones just spoke to me and I could not resist.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric

Augsburg Shopping Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Last thing: I went to a few bookstores, but eventually got a Penguin edition of Frankenstein. I never read the book, but I heard good things about it and it’s said to be quite the feminist and scifi steppingstone, so it was on the list anyway. Also, gothic stores are right up my alley.

What do you think abou the fabrics? Where do you get yours?

Handmade Update – February 2017

February is over and I’d say I have been semi-productive, I made two more things of my 2017 sewing plans list. But other than that I did not make a lot of stuff, I have some plans for March, but I think it will be similar, because I have a lot of things to do and prepare for April.

Leia Dress
Leia Dress
15th of February
For Comic Con in Munich this year I want to be Leia Organa and so I needed to make a dress, the cut is pretty easy and you have almost nothing to sew, so that was fun. I knew which fabric was used for the original, however that fabric is not really available anymore so I went for this beautiful soft fabric. It’s slightly shiny, but not in a cheap way. However, you cannot imagine how many references I had for this dress to see where seams were.

Shift Insect Dress Mami
Insects Dress (Mum)
15th, 16th of February
For my mum I made this insect dress that is inspired by 60s shift dresses and I think the print is incredibly pretty.

Alice Theatrical Dress
Alice Theatrical Dress
Alice Theatrical Dress
8-11th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th of February
Instead of the Cheshire Cosplay I made another Alice Cosplay, one that is more theatrical. I really like the different fabrics and I think the little heart is a cute detail. I also decided to add a few charms to represent Wonderland.

Red Crop Top
Red Polka Dot Crop Top
22nd of February
That one was just a test, to be honest, it’s based on this tutorial and I am not sure whether or not I will wear it in summer, because I cut to close to the middle on the top side…

Leia Watercolour
Leia Watercolour
22nd of February
I really, really want to get back into drawing and painting so I tried to paint a watercolour postcard of Leia. It’s not like the best I’ve ever done, but I am okay with it, I just do not like the eyes. But I hope to improve again next month.

Those things I’m currently working on:

Leia Acrylic
Leia Acrylic
22nd of February
Then I tried using acrylic paint again – it is basically the same painting like the one above, but I really love acrylics and I had to take a picture of the painting with just the galaxy (without stars though), because I like the slightly raw look a lot.

Alice Dress (Anne)
20th, 25th, 28th of February
For Anne in London I made another Alice dress, this one however heavily inspired by the Disneyland one. Since it isn’t finished yet, I do not have a photo yet.

What did you create this week and do you have any tips on getting back into painting?

2017 Sewing Projects – 4/12

Handmade Update | January 2017

This month was filled with making skirts for other people and etsy, however I also made two things of my 2017 projects. For February I hope to make some Cosplays – some are for working in Wonderland as Alice (and the Cheshire Cat), but actually I also really want to make the Leia Cosplay – but since next month I get tattooed and have an appointment at my hairdresser, I am really not sure about the money for fabric.

Tiger Skirt for Lisa
Tiger Skirt for Lisa
8, 10th of January
Rose Skirt for Lisa
Rose Skirt for Lisa
8, 10th of January
I promised a skirt to a lose firend of mine for some time, but since she does not live nearby it took some time until we finally got to go fabric shopping. So we actually went for two cute fabrics and I’m glad she likes the outcome.

 Moth Babydoll
Moth Babydoll
19th of January
When looking for red velvet, I stumbled across this fabric and as a lover of moths I really needed the fabric. And since I wanted to make a babydoll, I went for it. I also think about getting more of this fabric for etsy.

Red Velvet Dress
Red Velvet Dress
20th of January
I mentioned already that I wanted a red velvet dress and now I finally made one and I really like it – however I have troubles cleaning it – do you have any recommendations for washing strechy velvet?

Here are some etsy skirts I made this month, they are all made from fabrics I had left at home. The Toile and the Millenium Skirt are not entirely finishe yet. I will sell them made to fit on etsy.
Etsy Short Butterfly Skirt
Short Butterfly Skirt
24th of January
Fox Skirt
Fox Skirt
24th of January
Toile Skirt
Toile Skirt
25th of January
Millenium Falcon Skirt
Millenium Falcon Skirt
25th of January

2017 Sewing Projects – 2/12

What did you make this month?