Defeating the cold and my weaker self

After returning from the snowy mountains the winter returned to Berlin with me. The mother of my boyfriend knitted me some nice hats…but they have too many holes. You may have noticed that I have a crush on jersey…so I decided to sew a hat from it. I did some research on Pinterest and Google and liked the turban style the most. It’s easy and quick to sew. I think some more colours will follow…

turban style jersey hat
hat_side
hat_back

Although I’m quite skinny I’m not sporty at all. A friend asked me to join her for a fitness course at the adult education centre. I really need a compensation for the hours of sitting in front of a computer. Especially my back asks for it. I bought a nice pair of pants (they were on sale…I would never spend 80€ on sport pants)

lacoste jersey pants
lacoste jersey pants

The pants have this nice drape on one leg. I wanted to resample that in a shirt. I took my selfdrafted pattern of the high-low-shirt and added three pleats on one arm. Actually I wanted to leave the pleats open like the ones on the pants… but it looked like a balloon of fabric over my breast (and I don’t need this amount of fabric in this place) I solved this issue by topstitching them.

pleated shirt

hilo_sportshirt_detail

hilo_sportstop

adidas zx7020
The shirt and the hair ties match my shoes 🙂

Beside my victory over the cold and my inner weakness this week had a sad end. One of my colleagues (a very good friend) is moving to another city (at the other end of Germany). Once I made her a logo and a website (www.stefaniespeh.de). She also got a shirt with a matching brooch for birthday.

olive green shirt burda
shirt and brooch as birthday present

As a farewell present I made her the bird from her logo as an cuddly toy. Of course from jersey 🙂
cuddly toy bird

Next on my to-sew-list is a peplum-top (finally). I already cut the pattern pieces…
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Jul club success

We sat together with some friends a few days before Christmas, when they decided to do ‘Jul Club’ for a belated Christmas party in january. Doing ‘Jul Club’ means that everyone draws a lot with the name of somebody secretly and then gets a present for this person without spending more than 5€. At the party the presents are put on a table so nobody gets to know who brought which present. I knew that I couldn’t attend the party, because I had to go to the Alps for a shooting. But there was this one girl, who really wished she could get a present from me (and the luck was on her side…I actually drew her name)
So one day before leaving a checked my fabric stash. I still had a piece of the tablecloth I made my blossom bag from (and my phone wallet…and a sweet owl pouch), a remnant of the lining from my tiki dress, some scraps of felt and a brown zipper.

owl pouch
Owl pouch made from the neverending tablecloth with hand painted eyes

material for peacock pouch
All I need for another pouch
I startet by drawing a simple peacock feather and just cut the pieces from the felt.
felt peacock feather
feather sewn to the outer fabric

The pouch itself only consists of rectangles. Little ones sewn to the zipper ends and bigger ones for the lining and the outsides. It’s quickly cut and sewn. And it didn’t even cost me the 5€ budget I had. So I bought some candy and put it inside.
peacock pouch detail

the finished peacock pouch
the finished peacock pouch

I got a text message the evening the party took place. Of course she guessed where her present came from. Me boyfriend brought home the present somebody got for me. A copy of the current Vogue (I’m sure it came from another girl)
Another present that was well received is the shrug I made. My friend wore it to work this week.

shrug in action
Stef cutting the material we shot in the snowy mountains
The last days I managed to sew something for myself. A shirt I will wear at a fitness course I will attend from next tuesday and a hat for my way to work (the wind always blows through my knitted ones). But I will not manage to take photos this weekend because I have to go to the mountains again (one last shooting day…) So stay tuned for some selfish sewing in the next post.