Sonntag, 10. August 2014

Bugs and butterflies





I visited a butterfly farm today.
They had some bugs and spiders, too.
Do you love beautiful pics of bugs?
I love this book (second pic) with beautiful painted bugs.
And there are artists out there who try to make them out of fabric, leather, yarn.
I could not resist this book (last pic).

Samstag, 2. August 2014

Jersey 2014











One beautiful week at the seaside in 2014.

Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2014

Holidays

I wanted to do so much before my holidays - and finished just a little bit like alltimes. ;-)

How are you?

Samstag, 19. Juli 2014

On bags

When I need a new leather bag I prefer to buy locally. Yes, I can:
Near Hannover Bree has its headquarter and I love their style.

When I need a fabric bag for grocery I use the Ratzfatztasche pattern to make my own.
I just love how easy they are.

When I want a more fashionable bag I make the sling bag pattern by Amy Butler.
I love to use heavy Echino fabric for this one so I do not need to add an extra layer of fabric like the pattern requests.

For my bags I like to use corduroy for the handles - I made the first ones with fabric, but corduroy has a much better feeling when you use it.

What are you doing these days?

I just finished a Sling bag last week.

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014

How to start - part II

I just found a good resource here: Tilly and the buttons. You will find a guide for beginners with no background in sewing to get you through the first steps of sewing.

Oh, do not forget to read the directions of the pattern before you start. American pattern mostly include the sewing allowance, European and Japanese pattern do not include it and you have to add it yourself.

I use sewing chalk or old soap bars to mark the fabric.


Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

On starting to sew

I am not an expert on teaching what you need to start sewing. So I will just share some helpful links here:

For fabric and or supplies:

Europe:

vlisco - beautiful cotton fabric with an african feeling. They produce in Holland for the african market and sell in 6 yards coupons, so you can make two pairs of trousers out of one coupon. My fav are their wax-prints.

shaukat - sells beautiful Liberty Tana lawn for a reasonable price. I use it for blouses or summer trousers/skirts. It is very fine and a bit tricky to sew, but great for hot temperatures.

stragier - sells beautiful Liberty Tana lawn for a reasonable price. I use it for blouses or summer trousers/skirts. It is very fine and a bit tricky to sew, but great for hot temperatures. (a french website)

michas Stoffecke - is a great resource for garment fabric - mostly for children you will find beautiful fabrics (a german website)

charlottas . everything you need from yarn to fabric and books. Mostly for quilters. (a german website)


US:

hawthorne threads - fast shipping - good prices and a gread collection of quilting fabrics - seems they started to carry some voile, too

purl soho - why can I not live near this shop? They carry all you want for your sewing. 

For books / pattern:

I am in love with Japanese sewing pattern. They are great for beginners.

You can buy them directly in Japan or through etsy or ebay. I used this shop to get my most loved book. The pattern are easy and you just need basic skills. I made trousers and blouses from this book I wear nearly daily. All I had to do was adjust the length a bit.

An easy free pattern to start with is this. It is for a bag with lining that is very easy and fast sewn.
And it is a very forgiving pattern, so you have a good experience when you start. Just straight sewing and you are done.















Sonntag, 13. Juli 2014

Be brave

Do each day something that scares you!

No big scares required - just the ordinary little things that take you a bit out of your comfort zone.

I am not good at flying. It scares me to be in little spaces when I can not get out asap.
Well, today I had two chances to enjoy flying.

Tomorrow I will do another thing that is our of my comfort zone.

Are you trying to be brave, too?