Handmade Update Winter 2018

Since apparently Ido not really manage to post at all on time, I decided to put together all the things I made in the last three months aka winter. So this is a mix of January, February and March. As always I had periods of a couple of days in which I was crazy productive and others in which I barely looked at my sewing machine. I’m in a phase of changeing my style a bit, so I am branching out in a different direction and also saying goodbye to a lot of things.

January
star wars skirt 50s package etsy
Star Wars Skirt for etsy
12th of January
Right at the beginning of the year I altered another skirt I had made for etsy and shipped it out. As always I was rather incompetent when it came to taking pictures.

frankenstein acrylic painting mary shelley heart
Frankenstein Quote Anatomic Heart Painting
6th, 12th of Janurary
I wanted to paint this for a long time because I am also planning on getting something like this tattooed some day and I do like how it turned out as I never really painted any sort of muscle/inner human thing before. The quote is maybe my favourite of the entire book, so I put it there.

moomin acrylic handmade painting
Moomin Painting
7th, 12th of January
This one, I’m not entirely happy with, but it’s a first step towards trying to paint landscapes – I think painting landscapes is a lot easier with watercolours, but I am trying it with Acrylics too.

snufkin painting moomins postcard watercolour
Snufkin Watercolour Postcard
7th, 12th of January
To be honest, I really really like this one. I’m quite content with how it turned out and now (more than two months later…..) do want to get back into painting a bit more.

February
pinafore handmade skirt 70s 60s miniskirt midcentury corduroy red
Corduroy Pinafore
08th of January, 24th, 25th of of February
With my (somewhat newfound) love for the 70s I did want a corduroy Pinafore – I love dark red skirts, so this is the perfect piece for daily wear. It is a bit short, but I do like mini skirts, so I do not mind.

florence two piece midcentury handmade miniskirt croptop
Florence Two Piece
25th of February
It took my a while to decide what to do with this beautiful fabric. eventually I made a two piece so I wcan wear them sperately and I am so damn excited to wear this in summer (then again, I just long for warmer days).

March
no picture…
Umbrella Skirt for etsy
3rd of March
Here is another piece I altered for etsy. I really liked this skirt, but it is not for me anymore whatsoever and I’m incredibly happy it found a new happy home.

bralette slip lace handmade
Lace Slip and Bralette Set
16th, 17th of March
I really wanted to make a lace lingerie set, but that turned out a bit difficult. The bralette is fine, though very revealing, but the slip is just really tight (the fabric does not have any stretch… bad choice, let me tell you) – also there was an incident with the washing machine because of the dress I dyed (see below) and not the colours are different, because the slip is (even though a beautiful) light green.

babydoll soft lace handmade 60s edwardian 20th century midcentury
Lace Babydoll
16th, 17th of March
My favourite fabrics right now are linen and chiffon-light-cotton and this is maybe the softest ever, the colour also looks so much like something soft and it is! I do want to wear it as outer wear in summer, but I am a bit on the fence (because it looks like nightwear – yet I do love that trend), even though it is quite dreamy and I enjoy it quite a bit.

trousers altered handmade 50s 40s midcentury
Trousers Alterations
17th of March
This is kind of a cheat, because I only added an elastic waistband to this beautiful pair of trousers, but I also wanted to show them already.

green altered summer dress dark green sweetheart
Summer Dress Alterations
16th, 18th of March
Maybe you remember the yellow summer dress I made some time ago, I altered that one a bit by dyeing it and changing the zipper and I really like it now.

edwardian teadress 20th century handmade greek soft
Edwardian Teadress
18th of March
My love for the fashion of the early twentieth century leads to longer dresses, too, and when I saw this fabric in the sales section I was totally smitten. It is exactly what I want to wear and I added a dark green (removeable) ribbon – that I can easily exchange for something lighter. However this combintion has a suffragette vibe for me. Only violett is missing now. Without the ribbon it feels a bit like Ancient Greece.

dark brown linen 50s midcentury handmade skirt
Dark Brown Linen Skirt
23rd of March
As mentioned above I’m quite into linen right now and this dark brown is a dream! I do want to write about my current style at the moment, but this very much up my alley.

olive fairy dress handmade edwardian 20th century teadress
Olive Fairy Dress
24th of March
Obviously this is the other kind of fabric I love – I was looking for a cute green chiffon for a while and never found exactly the right shade. It is based on something I saw on a moodboard on Instagram – now I changed it a lot, but in general I think it has this soft forest fairy vibe (I do have to find a better elastic though).

That’s it for now. What did you create recently?

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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?

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.


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?

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?