December 24, 2009

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

I'm wishing you all a merry christmas and a good start into the new year! I hope that you are enjoying your holidays with your loved ones as much as I do. In fact, I'm enjoying it that much that I don't want to do anything else right now.

I will be back in January and share with you my finished christmas gifts. In addition, I also sewed a new skirt from a Patrones pattern for myself. More soon!

December 06, 2009

Any given Sunday...

In France, the event of the week certainly is the weekly market. Here in Lille it is every Sunday no matter how the weather is. Which is great because who does not have time on Sundays :-) Unfortunately, today was very rainy but that did not keep anybody from attending. I just love these markets!

If you are travelling to France, you should really find out when their weekly market is at and check it out. French markets are not like the markets you might know, where you can only buy fruits and vegetables. At the markets here you can seriously buy anything and they are a great source for sewing supplies. I'm currently buying all my notions and fabrics at the market for much less than I would usually pay in a store. Today I bought 3 different fabrics, each for 1 € a meter. You can check them out at my fabric gallery.

I hope you are also having a great Sunday!

December 05, 2009

Quick sewing update

Thanks to my recent travels and a persistent flu, I did not get as much sewing done as I would have liked too. But at least I have 2 finished sewing creations to show to you.

The first one is an old acquaintance from one of my last blog posts. It's the wool dress from BWOF October 2007 (I accidently said it's from November 2007 in my last post). I'm pretty happy about how it turned out and finished it in time to wear to my job interview. However, I would change a few things if I sew it again. You can read my complete pattern review here.

My next creation is a T-shirt made with pattern no. 125 from BWOF November 2008 issue. I was able to use some leftover cotton jersey as the pattern pieces are quite small. It is certainly a comfortable top but runs a little bit on the big side for my taste. You can see its pattern review here.

During the last couples of days I have started to work on this year's christmas gifts as I plan on doing most of them myselves. The patterns I will use are the Tory organizer for my niece and nephew and the Charlie bag for my mom and sister. I already bought the fabrics at Ikea for my gifts, you can see which ones I chose in my newly created fabric gallery.

Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

December 03, 2009

My addiction...

Pattern magazines, especially foreign ones, are without a doubt my greatest addiction. I don't even know how many pattern magazines I have altogether. It all started with a subscription to Burda World of Fashion eight years ago and went on with buying all vintage Burda magazines I could get my hands on from the 60s and 70s. Then I discovered the beauty of foreign magazines, first Knipmode directly from the Netherlands (30 minutes to the Dutch border from where I lived) and finally Patrones available at bigger train stations in Germany.

So it is not surprising that I spent my recent travels (last one last week to Germany again for another job interview) to purchase the latest issues of Knipmode (Brussels train station) and Patrones (Cologne). Here you can see a short overview and my favorite pieces from each issue:

After the disappointment of the last issues of Patrones, the current one is surprisingly good. The pattern description is back on the last pages of the magazine and not how it was before on a fold page just like the patterns. The designer names are still missing on most pages but reoccured on the pages of the children's wear and plus size patterns. There is still hope that Patrones will become its old self again :-)

The december issue of Knipmode is unfortunately rather average. The only interesting patterns I found were the blouse with the "crazy" sleeves and the slim pants which have interesting pattern lines.

If anybody has a great idea on how to organize pattern magazines, please let me know as I have totally lost the overview over my immense amount of pattern. I was thinking about scanning the technical drawings of all magazines but that will probably take some years as they are spread out in the older magazines.

Happy sewing!