Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pyjama Party!

Hi there, everyone! Are you in your PJs already, sipping tea and cocoa (or maybe some margueritas or gin&tonics!), nibbling on cookies and jumping on the bed like our lovely host Karen?

I actually wasn't quite sure if I would be able to finish my PJs in time. I had zero sewing time in the last few weeks, but finally managed to stitch my Madeleine shorts yesterday, before meeting fellow sewing blogger Schildi to stroll over the market at Crellestraße. I finished them this morning and then added the top. I totally forgot that the Sorbetto is a total breeze to sew. I might have finished it in a hour if not for the self-made bias tape! :D

So here's my ensemble:
The fabric I used is from an Ikea bedsheet, so it's very PJ-appropriate. ;) Sorbetto is made from the pillowcase (I had to piece the back since I'd already made lavender pillows from it) and Madleine from the back of the sheet. I saved the front for a sundress (my plans were for a Colette Chantilly or a Sewaholic Lonsdale) but now I'm torn - would that be too cute and bedsheet-y?

I made the Madeleine in my suggested size L, but had to take in the side seams by about an inch each. They're still a bit ballooney, but cute.

The I finished the seams with a mock French seam, my first time and I like it a lot! :D I also like the double elastic row at the waist, which makes for nice gathers.
I had a Sorbetto in sz. 10 already cut out, so I used it again even though the last was too big, so I took in the side seams by two size lines (about half an inch). I also totally forgot the lower the darts. They sit about an inch above the apex of my bust! I'll have to trace a better version soon...
To save time, I used the finished seams of the pillowcase as hem, which made for not-quite-trued side seams, but only by a couple millimeters. The seams  are finished with zigzagging...
On to my current reading! I don't actually read in bed anymore, as I always manage to go to bed too late, now that I have to get up at an ungodly time every morning. I manage to read on the tube or train, though, when I'm too tired to take out my knitting. My current read is "House of God" by Samuel Shem, a very ironic and slightly horrifying novel about life as a medical intern in the 70s. I'm not sure how much truth is in there. It's supposed to be based on a true story, and Shem is actually a medical doctor, so it might as well be based on truth. If it is, I'm so glad I'm not living in the 70s...
The book in the photo is "The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime" by Marc Haddon, which I read a while ago and left next to my bed. It's a beautiful book about an autistic kid investigating the murder of a dog. If you haven't read it, go do so!

And now on to the obligatory jumping-on-the-bed, which only took about a dozen tries to get right! :D
So, the verdict for my new PJ ensemble? I'm actually still wearing it now, since the weather turned summery yesterday and it makes for lovely summer lounge clothes. :) I haven't tried sleeping in it yet, but so far it's very comfy!

Hope you're having an equally lovely weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Stuff and Spring Cardi update

Could someone please remind me not to stuff five consecutive weekends full of important dates ever again? I feel like I haven't stood still in close to forever!

Last weekend was a re-uptake of my drama group's performance Ajax//Don Quichotte from last November. We were asked to do another three performances in a little theater in Berlin, and even though most of our friends had already seen it, we had quite an attendance. And it was a lot of fun! Half of it is improv performance, which is great in any case, and our director and the moderator had a couple of very awesome ideas to liven up what was probably going to be our last performances of this particular play. You can have a look at a little trailer of our performance if you don't mind that it's in German, and see me act. ;)
With everything, of course I didn't manage to finish my spring cardi, which was due yesterday. Have a look here at all the other lovely (and finished!) cardis! I'm still working on the sleeves, which I want to be about elbow-length. But as I have another rather long train-journey this weekend, I shouldn't take that much longer.
I'll also have to find out how a three-needle-bindoff works, which is supposed to join the shoulders. I guess we'll see.
Other stuff I've been meaning to talk about: pyjamas! You've probably heard about Karen's sew-along, and I have resolved to actually take part, as I hope to have more sewing time come next week!

I've already thought if a fabric (a rose-print and checkers IKEA sheet) and pattern (Colette's Sorbetto and Madeleine)!

Then there's of course Colette's Spring&Summer Palette challenge. There's tentative plans in my head, although I'm not quite sure if they fit any palette... ;) Yellow and turqoise/seafoam are two colours I'm very fascinated with at the moment. I'm pretty sure they'd look questionable in combination with my skin colour, though. Another subject I'll have time to think about, and possibly sketch out, on the train journey this weekend.
I'll leave you with another video, this one from my choir concert last month. Just in case you've always wanted to hear me sing. ;)
Have a lovely week!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!

Germany seems to be especially lucky in the public holiday department this time of year, as both Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays, so I had enough time for a trip down to my parents for Easter, and we made a little trip to Italy for the weekend! A good choice, too, since it was sleeting in Berlin and we got 10cm of snow overnight at my parents', while we had a sunny 20°C in Italy. :D
We stayed in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) in a little village near Bolzano. It was almost late spring there, the apple trees were in full bloom and even the chestnuts and poppies were already blooming! So pretty!

After a bit of deliberation, I have decided to give my Granny Rooibos to my sister. It fits her way better than it does me, and though I'll miss the lovely polka dots, I'm not sorry about the excuse to make another version this summer. :)
The weekend was lovely, my parents did some golfing and my sister and I began the days in a rather lazy manner. One day, we did some wine tasting in the afternoon, one day we wandered around in Bolzano. I treated myself to a couple of pretty tights, a navy one with flowers and a silvery one with cream polka dots. My mom treated me to another pair with a lacy black pattern. :)
Floral Macaron and new tights, while waiting on golfing parents and knitting
14h spent sitting in a car also went towards some progress in my knitting - my little bolero jacket's bodice is almost finished, and I hope to start on the sleeves on my way back tomorrow.
So, no sewing news but some good progress at knitting. That's good, right? As my first cardi, this is actually going faster than I had anticipated, which is also good. And, seeing as it takes longer and longer to get dark in the evenings now, I might actually manage some sewing... soonish. Possibly not this week, as my drama group is doing another series of performances of our latest production Ajax//Don Quichotte next weekend. And we're visiting my boyfriend's grandparents the weekend after, for a joint 80th/85th birthday party. But sometime after, surely. ;) Especially since I have a good motivation: Me-Made-May '12! Zoe is doing just one me-made challenge this year, and May with its hopefully summery-but-not-too-hot weather seems indeed like the perfect month. So...
'I, Alessa of Farbenfreide, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear a me-made outfit each day for the duration of May 2012.'

I realize that my pledge is pretty unspecific this time around, but specifying a number of garments in a month where I might just throw on a sundress seems kinda silly. I will try to go for full outfits, though!

So, have a wonderful week and may the weather in your corner of the world be to your satisfaction!