Saturday, June 26, 2010

swap event

I went through the whole of my closet and the boxes on top of my dresser today, in preparation for the swap-the-stuff-you-don't-wear-anymore event I held this afternoon. It's very funny, I think I've only thrown out a handful of clothing since... probably 9th grade? Which is about 8 years ago. Even when I moved out, I took almost all of my clothing with me. So there is a lot of stuff that either doesn't fit me anymore or hasn't been my style of fashion for a couple of years. I decided on a bagful of stuff that's definitely charity material and lots of stuff for swapping.

I didn't manage to swap off everything, unfortunately... It's funny, some of those pieces have so many memories attached (or at least a remembered high price tag), that I really don't want to donate them to charity. It would have been fine to give them to one of my friends, where I know they would be worn and appreciated. But I actually have no idea what happens to the clothes, once they're inside the donation boxes. I think the red cross sells them to second hand shops in bulk. Ah well.

On the upside, I recieved some nice things: a little red bolero cardi, a black off-the-shoulder pullover, a couple nice summer skirts - and a skirt that belonged to a friend's grandma, which has a really cute fabric that I think I might turn into a carmen blouse. I actually think the fabric might be enough for an additional short skirt. We'll see.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

finished surprise

Yes, I know it's quite a while later than intended. My surprise took making a while, and since the recipient postponed our date anyway, nobody minded. I finally dropped it off today, little sunshine didn't have much to say about it but her mummy was really happy. :-) So here I proudly present:


The baby blanket. Here's a close-up. 


I'd not quite call it a quilt (I'm not quite sure about the definition of the word) bit it's definitely patchwork and it took ages to make... I finally bought pinking shears (I love the pinked edges but they make my hands hurt) and drawing and cutting out 94 pieces of fabric (actually, 100 if you count the sides) was really a lot of work. Luckily, I had a wonderful assistant who not only faithfully cut most of the pieces, she also pressed the seams of the strips I sewed together. Cutting and pressing really are two of my non-favorite parts of sewing... *g*

This is actually the second time I made a baby blanket. The first one was even a little biger than this one (which is 130 cm by 180 cm), because that way it can be folded in half and will be warm enough for the baby to sleep on even if the ground is cold. Also, it can still be used as a day blanket when the kid is older. ;-) Here is No. 1, which I made together with my sister, Mom and auntie, for my little half-brother (on my father's side) - using two sewing machines... :-)

So now my schedule is pretty much clear for summer essentials. Yay!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Essentials

My last two weeks have been rather busy. To my great luck, though, my next three days and the weekend are rather free of obligations, just in time for the beginning of summer. While May here in Berlin sported only two or three sunny days, if I recall correctly, the sun came out last Thursday and it has been beautiful since. :-) It's really wonderful to be able to wear sun dresses and little skirts and babydoll-tee-and-leggins combinations again!

Since I also haven't done very much in the way of creative things, I decided to join the Summer Essentials Sew Along. I've planned on sewing a couple of summery things anyway and I think it would be fun to do it as part of a group. :-) So, by August(-ish), I plan to sew the five following things:

A sun dress - I meant to do that anyway. The fabric was bought at the Holland Fabric Market and is a white cotton with embroidered blue flowers. I just need some light cotton lining - and I'll probably try to draft the pattern myself. It's just a bodice and flowing skirt anyway... I'm going to need to learn how to smock, though. Which will serve me well, because I also want to make...

A babydoll top, maybe in a red and white polka dot cotton fabric? In a sturdy jersey or a woven - which would need to be smocked.

A cute little dark blue and white polka dot jersey skirt. (I could also envision a pair of lounge-wear shorts in this fabric. I never wear shorts except to bed or as lounge-wear...)

A Carmen-(or peasant-) blouse in a slinky blue-ish fabric - or maybe white linen? Whatever fabric it's going to be, it needs to be almost off the shoulders and maybe with a little tie in the back...

Navy blue linen sailor trousers. I love linen trousers in summer, I love some of the sailor trousers I've seen the Me-Made-Mayers wear and I don't have one in navy yet...

So, I'm not actually making one item of each category (I don't wear shorts, I don't think I want to attempt making a bikini and I'd rather stick to the easy things than try to insert long sleeves and a zipper into a cardi...) but I hope nobody will mind.

Before I start on the Summer Essentials, I'm pledged for a surprise, though. It needs to be done by the weekend. Pictures, when I'm finished! :-)