15cm of Fame

There is this saying “Everyone got their 15 minutes of fame”. In my case it were 15cm. After posting my second version of the mullet dress at BurdaStyle I got an e-mail from Burda if I have this picture in higher resolution and if I would let them print it in one of the next issues of BurdaStyle maganzine in Germany. Well … yes and yes.

My dress and me in BurdaStyle 10/2012
My dress and me in BurdaStyle 10/2012

Once again I used the pattern from BurdaStyle 03/2012. The Dress isn’t very spectacular from the front.
mullet or hi-low dress from burda style 03 2012

I used some contrasting fabric for the pockets.
pocket on hi-low dress

It’s the same fabric I used für my skirt of the Lucy outfit. To spice it up a little bit I added a panel to the back.
back panel on hi-low dress
detail of back panel

I wore this dress for day 29 of Me-Made-May’13. Now it’s almost over (and to be honest I don’t have many selfmade garments left anyway)
Me-Made-May'13 Day 29
That was not my day … I even forgot to add the day in my hand …
Me-Made-May'13 Day28
Me-Made-May'13 Day27
Me-Made-May'13 Day 26

Polka Dancing Dots Dress

There is this lovely pattern called ‘Polka Dots’. I did a bit of research and found out that there is no real connection to the dance called Polka. I thought it would be nice if the dots were not equaly spaced so they look more as if they were dancing. That ment that I had to add the dots myself. As the base for my dress I used the pattern of my recent peplum top from Burda Style (Peplum Top 08/2012) I did the same alteration again: no zipper and therefor no seam in the back, sleeves from another pattern (the original sleeves had darts on the elbow … what for? ), dropped the seam allowance and had to take it in some centimetres at the sides. To make it a dress I just added about 20cm to the hem.

peplum top into dress polka dotspolka_dancing_dots_dress_back

If you are wondering why my hair tie matches the dress so perfectly … it’s just because its a scrap from the shortening of the sleeves. I have some lovely hair ties from my Swimming Pool Dress too 🙂

We had some difficulties taking these photos since it rained cats and dogs the whole day … we were attending a Jugendweihe celebration (a ceremony in which 14-year-olds are given adult social status) in an nice open air location (at least it is nice when the sun is shining … ) We had to ran to a huge parasol so we stayed dry for the shooting.

dress from peplum top burda polka dots
I really like the hi-low hemline of this pattern

The jersey I used (a mystery blend of something synthetic … that’s what the burn test told me … and something from an animal … that’s what the little hairs sticking out here and there told me) was very light and slightly transparent. You can see the freezing wind playing with my skirt here:

dress from pelum top pattern burda polka dots

Little Mia came over for a little photo bombing. (A nice little girl that kept us entertained the whole time)

polka dot dress mia

I did the dots using fabric paint and the rubber of a pencil … like I did for the necklace on the Trompe l’œil Shirt for my friend.


And I even did a matching nail design 🙂


So this was what I wore for day 25 of Me-Made-May’13:

Me-Made-May'13 Day25

Just one week to go … and I made it till here without a repetition of a garment and I made 3 new pieces … although I didn’t dare to make a pledge saing that.

Mullet Dress No. 1

I made this dress about a year ago. (Yes the hi-low trend is this old … but I still like it) It’s based on Jersey Dress 120 BurdaStyle 03/2012 I’m sure one dress can bear more than one trend.

hi-low dress burda style 03 2012

hi-low dress side pockets burda style 03 2012

No, pockets are no trend … but they are practical anyway. Exposed zippers are a trend … one I really like (as you can tell from my recent pencil skirts) Since all good things come in threes my hi-low dress with exposed zipper got cut outs too.

back of hi-low dress with exposed zipper and cut outs

hi-loe dress with exposed zipper and cut outs

I wore this dress today for the 24th day of Me-Made-May’13. This may is not as sunny as last years. That’s why I had to wear a longsleeve and leggings underneath. I wore longsleeved garments the last days too.

Me-Made-May'13 Day24
Me-Made-May'13 Day23
Me-Made-May'13 Day22
Me-Made-May'13 Day21

Blazer Frazer

I made a blazer! I never thought that this would happen. But I fell in love with the ‘Blazer Frazer’ from the german magazine ‘CUT’ (issue #8). All the blazers I tried in shops made me look like a ship captain. I felt like it would be different with this one. And I wanted to make it out of jersey for a more casual look. Jersey might not be the best material for a blazer. It’s even more unsuitable when it’s very very soft and cuddly. But well … i didn’t care.

puple jersey blazer frazer

The soft jersey drapes a lot (you can call it wrinkles … but they are not permanent and they move with you … I call it drape 🙂 )

The original blazer is made of non-stretchy fabric, lining and leather:

Blazer Frazer in CUT 8

CUT magazine always has very clear and simple step-by-step instruction with pictures for every step. And the sizing started with XS (I love them for that). The only adjustment I had to make was to shorten every pattern piece (except the parts of the sleeves) by 9cm (otherwise it would have been a coat for me). Another nice feature are the pockets … I love pockets on every garment!

purple blazer frazer from CUT 8 with pockets

For the lining and the back yoke I killed a blouse I got from my boyfriends mother recently. It’s voile with the structure of ostrich leather … no ostrich died … just a blouse. So if you like a challenge once in a while … just sew a blazer out of super soft and stretchy jersey and non-stretchy lining.

blazer frazer from CUT 8 blazer_frazer_lining

My sewing machine isn’t that much into challenges. That’s why it wouldn’t do the button hole on this fabric. I tried on a remnant. But it either got wobbly or stucked in the machine. It seemed like clever folks of CUT magazine knew that before and included instructions for button holes by hand in this issues basics section. I did not only the hole by hand but the button too. I formed a button from FIMO (polymer clay to harden in oven) and put 6 holes in it, so the yarn will form an anchor.

anchor button on blazer frazer

And since it’s still May the last days of Me-Made-May’13 so far (today I wore the blazer, of course):

Me-Made-May'13 Day20

Me-Made-May'13 Day19

Happy MMM everybody!

Comfy Pencil Skirt

Many of you liked my colourblock dress. Today I wore the matching pencil skirt (the pattern is similar, it’s BurdaStyle Stretch Pencil Skirt 02/2012 ) I made this skirt over one year ago. When I saw Sophie’s (Cirque Du Bebe) rusty version some weeks ago I was tempted to make a more colourful version quite soon.
Back then we took some funny pictures in an exhibition.



stretch pencil skirt

Here’s a shot where we tried to capture the design-lines … well, we tried …

detail stretch pencil skirt

I know you believe me. But here is the evidence (and what I wore the other days of Me-Made-May’13)

Me-Made-may'13 Day18
Me-Made-May'13 Day17
Me-Made-May'13 Day16
Me-Made-May'13 Day15
Me-Made-May'13 Day14

I was on sick leave the past days (“just” a cold). I thought I can make the best of it and sew the whole day. The bad thing on beeing ill is … well … beeing ill. Most of the time I just laid there and waited for it to be over. But as soon as I felt better (yesterday) I started to cut and sew a blazer … I’m so excited to see it finished … it seems like it’s becoming the first blazer that actually suits me …

Happy Me-Made-May my dear readers and stay healthy!

Colourblock T-Shirt Reincarnation Dress

This is one af my favourite dresses! I made it last year in february ( I didn’t have a blog back then). I wore it today for the 13th day of Me-Made-May.

Colourblock dress Burda 02/2012
I used Dress 117B from BurdaStyle 02/2012 (this is a link to the pattern on the german Burda website because it’s not (yet?) available on the international one). This time Burda was so kind to start with size 34. I “just” had to shorten it in the bodice and at the hem. I instantly fell in love with that dress once I saw it in the magazine (it was definitely the pattern, not the colours … black, bright yellow and beige are not my favourite combination … ) Another thing I fell in love with, was the artwork of a befriended artist called Herr von Bias (www.herr-bias.de) He designed the interior and some t-shirts for a local streetwear shop. But the t-shirts were only available in men sizes (again … ). Well, all the refashionistas out there surely know: the bigger the shirt the more fabric to work with …
HRVB for Yard

XXS girl in XXL shirt
XXS girl in XXL shirt
The dress went together better than I thought. The only tricky part was the zipper in the back. When I installed it the first time the dress started to wobble … I ripped the zipper out again, ironed on some stripes of interfacing (I usually don’t work with interfacing unless absolutely necessary … like in this case) and put the zipper back in place.

Yard dressMotif on Yard dressback of Yard dress
And now the evidence my beloved dress on day 13 of MMM’13 (and what I wore the other days)

Me-Made-May'13 Day13
Me-Made-May'13 Day12
Me-Made-May'13 Day11
Me-Made-May'13 Day10
How’s your Me-Made-May going?

May-Made Shirt

The Me-Made-May works well for me so far. Everyday another selfmade garment with no repetition yet. Now I managed to actually sew something new for me. Lovely Katarina, another  Berlin based blogger, inspired me to try this pattern, BurdaStyle V-Back Top 106 09/2012. I liked her Mockblood version. I decided to do the piping as well. In the end I made no real piping, just folded jersey stripes inserted in the darts.
Me-Made-May'13 Day09
Katarina wrote, that she chose a size bigger than her usual size to get a slouchy look. Since normal sized tops look slouchy on me anyway I did the opposite. Once again smallest size available was a 36. As my usual SDA (Skinny Dwarf Adjustment) I omitted the seam allowance to grade it down. I didn’t add volume interfacing to the collar like the instructions told me. Why would I want to force the collar to stick out? My fabric was way lighter than the fabrics Burda used for their versions. It’s more a light everyday top than a jumper.

BurdaStyle V-Back Top 106 09/2012
V-back of the V-Back Top
fake piping
Fake piping in shoulder seam and darts

Today was a holiday again. We went on a hill and then to a lake. And yes I went into the lake … at least ankle-deep 🙂
first time in the lake this year
And now the recap of my Me-Made-May so far

Me-Made-May'13 Day03
Me-Made-Mai '13 Day04
Me-Made-May'13 Day05
Me-Made-May'13 Day06
Me-Made-May'13 Day07
Me-Made-May'13 Day08

I really enjoy taking part in the Me-Made-May. I got so much encouraging feedback and discovered so many inspiring people. A big hug to the whole sewing community!