#BIWYFI – Green living im April

Irgendwann vor längerer Zeit hatte ich das Projekt “Beauty is where you find it” auf dem Blog von luzia pimpinella entdeckt. Aber als ich dann mal mitmachen wollte, wurde das Projekt eingestellt. Umso glücklicher war ich, als ich lesen durfte, dass es eine Neuauflage gibt. Und endlich komme ich dazu, auch teilzunehmen. Das Thema dieses Monats finde ich auch einfach super. Den Frühling und besonders den April mag ich besonders, da man hier viele tolle Fotos von aufkeimenden Knospen, frischen Blättern, den ersten Blumen und vieles mehr machen kann. Daher kribbelt es auch immer in meinen Fingern, den Balkon frisch zu bepflanzen. Und leider macht mir dann auch manchmal der Frost einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Bisher läuft es recht gut, aber meine Küche wird gerade auch regelmäßig von Pflanzen geradezu belagert ;). In den letzen Tagen habe ich mir dann meine Kamera geschnappt und erst Fotos im Garten meiner Eltern aufgenommen und dann noch zuhause auf dem Balkon. Dabei habe ich auch noch meine Vorliebe für Nahaufnahmen ausgelebt. Beim Betrachten der Fotos ist mir auch aufgefallen, dass letztes Jahr die Blumen, Sträucher und alles Grüne viel weiter waren als dieses Jahr. Wobei auch der Winter ja vorletztes Jahr recht mild war…

Quite some time ago I discovered the project “Beauty is where you find it”. And exactly the moment I decided to participate, the project was terminated. Thus you can imagine how happy I was so read that the project gets a new chance. And finally, I do participate. The theme matches perfectly as I love spring and especially April. Here you can take a lot great pictures from budding blossoms, small and gentle green leaves and the first flowers. And I tend to exaggerate when it comes to planting flowers, herbs and vegetables on the balcony. Unfortunately, sometimes my attempts are foiled by frost. By now, the balcony flowers and herbs are doing fine, but on some days, my kitchen is really crowded ;). So in the last days I grabbed my camera and took pictures first in the garden of my parents on my last visit and later on my balcony with focus on one of my favorite technique – close-up views. When viewing the pictures, I realised that last year all the flowers and trees and everything green was much more developed than this year. Maybe because the winter before was quite mild…

Johannisbeere Blüte
Apple Tree
Strawberry - Erdbeere
Japanische Ranunkel

Another update on my dress form

My dress form got another update ;). Now that I got rid of the duct tape which always ruined my pins, I was still not happy. The duct tape was not stable enough for the PU foam, e.g. my dummy had a hunchback. Thus I took a big knife and removed all parts that did not resemble me. To further improve my dress form, I took inspiration from some sewing blogs regarding padding, customizing and covering a standard dress from (i.a. Gertie and her improved Veronica, Laura’s Dress Form Tutorial, Justine’s customized Dress Form and many more, but the most inspiration I took from La Sewista and her customized dress form. Here are pictures of the work in progress:
My solution for the dress form stand. This has been a bar stool which I bought on sale. I removed the seat and replaced it with an area made of cardboard matching my dress form. Now I even have the possibility to adjust the height. I used sticky velcro so that the dress form stays fixed to the cardboard.
The fabric I used is quite stable – it is some kind of furniture fabric (rather for pillows or curtains). The fabric had some little flaws and so the saleslady often pointed out during cutting that it has flaws and that’s why it is cheaper to make sure that I am aware of it and not complaining afterwards. So I explained her what my real purpose is and that I will “cut around” the flaws :). I also bought a matching zipper and for the arms and neck I used bias binding. And this is what my dress form now looks like. It’s a continuous improvement ;).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth
To take this picture, I used the zoom so it might not completely show the depth (for the weekly photo challenge). But it was quite steep and we were a couple of meters above the sea. And as a funny note – the stairs you can see on the picture ended somewhere in the nowhere of the cliff. Maybe there was some use for the stairs in former times, but neither my mother nor I could figure out for what reasons (well, apart from giants :) planning to conquer Mallorca who are able to overcome the three-meters difference to the platform we took the picture from – and not to forget the additional wall that was built to secure tourists from falling).

The first Renfrew that will be worn outside home

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All good things come in threes. Well, now I did all kind of necklines available (View C). I really like that kind of collar, I already own some deeply loved, but bought pullover.

While sewing this shirt, I was particular careful. I do not have a serger, but I finished all my seems with the overlock stitch my sewing machine offers (which works fine). I used the correct needles (yeah, I have to admit that I used a universal needle before) and found out that it is indeed better to work with the matching needle. Another late than never moment…
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And I figured out the right distance from the sleeve seam for the twin needle. You wouldn’t recognize a difference to any bought shirt (as long as you do not look at the inside, but I don’t have any plans to ever wear this shirt inside-outside ;) ). I rather have to say that I wore it already at work together with black trousers and it felt great.

Look what was in my mail today

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I saw so many personal sewing labels out there (bought or self-made) so I decided that I need some as well. I made my own design and ordered them at a company that offers several types of labels. I chose Satinera from Dortex as I was able to use my design. They arrived within one week and I am thrilled how nice they turned out.
sewing label 01
The first one has already been used for the latest me-made – so here is a little preview:
Sewing Preview

Next Renfrew with Small Shoulder Adjustment

Sewaholic Renfrew 2015-01-06_03As mentioned with my first Renfrew Shirt, for the next Sewaholic Renfrew I made a small shoulder adjustment. I used the tutorial from Coletterie. I chose this method as it would not change the length of armhole, only the curve. Well, I followed the tutorial not exactly. I tried first with marking the seam allowance and somehow it did not work as described. I don’t know why, but when I ignored the step with marking the seam allowance, it worked for me at least. And so I was able to remove 1cm shoulder width (click to enlarge the pictures).
2014-11-15 Small Shouder_01   2014-11-15 Small Shouder_02 2014-11-15 Small Shouder_03I will try the tutorial exactly with another pattern, but not for the Renfrew pattern. When I tried my “quick&dirty” attempt, the sewing result was beautiful. Now the shoulders are really fine. I used what was left from the previous shirt and bought some other green fabric with cute penguins to make a nice pyjama shirt (in case my small shoulder adjustment would have failed, it would still be wearable).

I also tried the twin needle (for the very first time) instead of the sleeve cuff. This will be my preferred method in the future. There will be some cuffs though (e.g. as color contrast with a short sleeve). My twin seam is quite narrow to the edge, so note to myself to change this the next time. The zig-zag stitching around the V-neck was not that nice than the last time. And I also made a little mistake with the V-neck but my mother thought that these little wrinkles were on purpose, so let’s leave it that way…
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