Last week in Vienna, my friend Ena and I visited the Africa festival on Danube Island. I ate yummy Ethiopian food, and then we spent the entire evening looking at the jewelry, clothes and other beautiful things that were on display in tents all over the island. We discovered waxprints for 8€/m at one of… Read More African waxprint
Remember when I wanted to sew the dress for my graduation ceremony? Yeah that didn’t work out so well. Good news though, I finally finished it today – about eight months after the fact. I learnt a lesson about hybris there! The original pattern had these horribly puffy sleeves, if you remember, which is why… Read More Finally, the Lena Hoschek graduation dress saga comes to an end!
Yesterday we visited the Baroque garden at Ludwigsburg castle. We couldn’t go into the castle, but we took a walk through the beautiful gardens! They have a Fairy Tale garden there with speaking puppets in little huts enacting various Grimm fairy tales (and 1001 Nights!). It was so much fun, although admittedly it’s targeted at… Read More Walk like a Roman
Today’s photoshoot was my first outing after a couple of days spent in bed! I’m recovering from pyelitis, followed by a nasty inflammation at the arm because of negligence with the cannula they had inserted at the hospital. I’m still weak, but I couldn’t stand staring at the same walls anymore! I had finished this… Read More A first outing, a giant scarf and DUCKLINGS!
I’ve been thinking for years about sewing my own nightwear. Only recently though I seriously felt the need to wear something other than a t-shirt and sweatpants at night. So I searched through my collection of Burda Style magazines to find a pattern that ideally would be quick and easy. This chemise can be put together in… Read More Good night, sleep tight
It’s been slow in the crafting department the past couple of months. I did start a few projects, but I’ve been having a somewhat unlucky streak – every time I started something new, I’d run into difficulties soon enough. This coat is a prime example. I started it back in November last year, and only… Read More A coat of errors
For a couple of years now, I’ve prided myself in knitting or sewing most of my Christmas presents. My late grandmother, my mother, my uncle: they’d all receive something handmade from me. My father is the only exception, because I usually give him books. This Christmas, though? I just didn’t have the energy, to be… Read More It wasn’t a handmade Christmas
After my plans for the graduation dress failed thanks to its especially Disney-princess-y sleeves, I sort of lost my sew-jo. I’ll eventually finish it when I work up the energy to cut new sleeves (thanks for your help, by the way, you’re all great!), but for now I needed something simple to clean my palate.… Read More A little red dress
Guys, I need help. Is there any easy way to make the sleeves smaller? I haaaaaaaaaaaate how huge the puffed sleeves are, but I don’t have the time to cut new, smaller sleeves. If anyone has any ideas, I’d be so grateful! (Don’t mind the skirt hem, it’s not done yet. :P)
Well the first day of project “Sewing my graduation dress” is over. I cut what felt like a million pattern pieces (these long ribbons were tedious as hell) and overlocked the skirt pieces. Tomorrow I need to cut and iron on the interfacing and then the real sewing begins! I’m really excited. I had had… Read More At some point, this mess is going to be assembled into a dress (hopefully) + Designin’ December!