Now that I’m having a new flat (which is actually bigger than the old one ) I finally have a place for sewing. No more sewing on my little dining table.
My fabrics are now stored nicely, not in a packing case anymore.
And in the drawers of my working desk I can store my sewing supplies.
Here I am again – with the first pictures of the two balconies of my new flat. One will be the “vegetable” balcony (in front of the bedroom) and the other will be the “flower” balcony (in front of the living room).
In the last two weeks, I didn’t manage much sewing. I only made curtains for my brother so he won’t see the mess in the rest of the attic (which is used as a storage room). Before, he had only ONE small curtain which did not cover everything. We bought the KVARTAL system and some fabric and I sewed the together. VERY complicated .
Window on the left, wardrobe on the right and you won’t see anything behind the little opening towards the rest of the attic.
I was busy doing other stuff the last two weeks. On Friday, the 15th, I got a call that I’ll get the job I was applying for. On the weekend, I was searching for flats. On monday, I called the responsible persons to get to know that one was already gone, for the other I need to be older than 50 years, and for the next one I got an appointment for Thursday. On Thursday, I visited the flat (and went to IKEA to buy all the stuff for my brother). Next Monday, I hope to sign the contract for the flat. As it is only available mid of april, I needed an apartment for the time in between. On the last weekend, I visited a furnished apartment (in which I will now live in for the next two months) and handed in my signed working contract.
I bought a cabinet for the living room as it was a special offer only valid until the end of February and drove it home two days later together with my brother who borrowed a big car from his company. It’s now standing in my parents living room and will stay there a couple of weeks. I also bought new shoes for work . And on Monday, I’ll start with my new job!
This weekend, I was able to get an issue of Knipmode (a dutch sewing magazine) on ebay. Usually, I prefer to browse through a magazine to see whether I like the patterns or not. I only found a pattern overview of the July 2011 magazine and gave it a try. And I’m quite happy with my pig in a poke. Unfortunately, my sewing list is growing fast.
Now I’d like to sew as well:
- another fake wrap dress
- another pair of shorts
- I’d like to see whether knipmode trousers fit better to my shape than the simplicity trousers I tried
- more summer dresses and tops
At least, the fabric choice in this magazine is way better than in “Meine Nähmode” aka Simplicity patterns. So I don’t need to imagine my next items only according to the technical drawings. It’s so much more fun browsing through this magazine (as reading is difficult ).
Well… I’m not sure whether I should go on after the muslin. Maybe it’s only the current fabric choice. And maybe it’s better after a few alterations. I already altered the length (removing two centimetres between armhole and waist). But:
- I need to remove another two centimetres at the armhole itself for a better fit
- I need to widen the hip, and narrowing the bust
But the biggest question: Maybe a A-line top is not the best choice for me? And why the hell does my duct tape dummy always look better than me?
At least, I was able to practice french seams. And, it’s the first time I made raglan sleeves (and I think they are so much easier to sew than regular sleeves). I also tried to stitch “in the ditch” – yeah, one will see it was my first try . So this one will be a very nice pyjama top.
In general, I like the pleats and the collar – we will see…
It’s been a year that I bought an issue of “Meine Nähmode”. The patterns of the summer issue last year were quite easy and I think with the help of my sewing/construction book I’m able to copy/draft them. In the autumn issue, there was hardly anything I liked – and what I liked seems to be “draftable” as well. In the winter issue, I only liked simplicity 2145 – a copycat of Duchess Catherine’s (Kate Middleton’s) engagement dress. I still wonder if I should buy the magazine or try to get the pattern. The magazine is less expensive but there’s a muddle of pattern lines… Or should I buy McCall’s 5974?
Now to the current spring issue. I would love to sew quite a few things. But I’m not sure if I manage too. Last year I thought about sewing six items, and I only managed two of them (only tops). Well, and one dress (but for my mother, not for me). This year it’s even eight items .
This is what I have in mind:
- “Lass Blumen sprechen” (Simplicity 1885): the dress as well as the top
- “Schönheits-Rezept” (Simplicity 2254): the summer issue 2011 had something similar, but in plus-sizes
- “Die perfekte Frühlingsbluse” (Simplicity 6892): I like the one with the ruffles as well as the one with the little sleeves
- “Lässig und bequem” (Simplicity 1887): I did not sew shorts the last time, maybe this one?
- “Frühlingsromantik” (Simplicity 2917): this one starts at size 40, but maybe the princess seams help to size it down for the dress and the top???
- “Irgendwo am Mittelmeer” (Simplicity 4149)
- “Schnell und einfach” (Simplicity 6816): easy sleeves, but I wonder if it suits me…
- “Edle Glanzstoffe” (Simplicity 6072): I already saw a few people with these draped kimonos and I want one for myself
A lot to sew, considering what has been left from last year, from this issue and other stuff I have in mind…
In three days (on Wednesday) my further education is ending. This makes me completely sad – still without a job and I won’t see those amazing guys on a regular basis anymore. I’m so happy I found some new friends and the one’s without a job are planning to meet every week for lunch. And about a job – last week I had a second interview but I still have to wait until I get an answer. Wish me luck!
Remember, for christmas, I gave a diaper bag as present. Many of my “classmates” liked it a lot and one was joking two weeks ago: “Did you already finish all the bags for us? There’s not much time left”. Well, I thought, I CAN make a bag for everyone – travel tissue bags
These will be my farewell presents.