May 30, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 14

Today I'm presenting you the perfect project for all those little fabric bits that you have lying around :-) Trust me, I know how it is... You can find the tutorial on the blog of Juicy Bits.

As several of you are interested in the results of my survey, I will post those on here once my master thesis is complete. If you still want your opinion to be heard in relation to DIY fashion, please still answer my survey. It will only take a few minutes. Thanks a lot to everyone, who has helped so far!

May 28, 2010

Sneak peek & yesterday's outfit

Cardigan: Zara
Blouse: Made by me, Burdastyle JJ pattern
Jeans: Mossimo for Target, refashioned
Shoes: Deichmann

This is what I wore yesterday to work. A little sneak peek on my latest creation, a blouse modified from the JJ pattern over on Burdastyle. I got so excited about making something new that I still have not finished the last handstitches (boring!) on my new black skirt. Maybe I get around doing that tonight while watching TV. I will also create a tutorial on how I modified the JJ pattern. After wearing it for a whole day, I noticed that it pulls slightly over the bust. I will change that and hopefully post pictures and the tutorial by Saturday.

Have a great day!

May 23, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 13

Oh my, another week flew by and I have made nothing new that I can show you. Plan job interview outfit is in full gear... So far, I have only sent out 1 application but they called me just a few days later and scheduled an interview. Fortunately, the interview is not until June which leaves me with enough time (fingers crossed here) to complete a whole new outfit.

This skirt made from black cotton satin is almost complete, it just needs some hand stitches and proper ironing. I hope that I can show it to you tomorrow. In addition, I also started a shirt which is a modified JJ blouse from Burdastyle. You know what that means... there is a tutorial coming up, if my modifications work out. Also in the planning is a jacket that will complete the whole outfit. It's quite difficult to find an outfit suitable for an interview in the fashion industry as most of the normal guides don't apply to this.

Now on to today's bookmark. This quick and easy nightie, top, dress or whatever you want it to be, is just perfect for the coming hot summer days. Ginger from Wiener Dog Tricks posted this great tutorial on Sew Mama Sew. Head on over to create your own version!

What have you been up to this week? I hope you have been more productive than me :)

May 16, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 12

This week I bought recycled paper for my printer, which was packed environmentally correct in paper itself. But to carry it home I had to get a plastic bag because I forgot to pack my cotton bag. How stupid!

So when I saw the pattern and instructions for this cute little bag on Burdastyle, I thought that it would be a great idea to make several and keep each in a bag you normally use. The pattern is from kaitui_kiwi and includes an easy-peasy tutorial. 

Have fun with this great sewing project! I certainly will...

May 15, 2010

2nd week Wardrobe Refashion

Another quick and easy project...a few seams later and the top was done. The pattern is from Burda March 2009 pattern no. 138. The tops consists of only 2 pattern pieces and is gathered at one side with a brooch. A very comfortable top but I might take it in a little underneath the arms just like I did with the last top I made. What do you think?

The next sewing projects I have planned will probably be a little more work as I need something to wear for potential job interviews (for which I have not applied yet :) Preparing for my first real job after college is exciting and scary at the same time. And I want to at least look good and be comfortable with what I'm wearing. But don't worry, I plan to stick to my Wardrobe Refashion pledge and to show you something I made or at least refashioned each week.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

May 14, 2010

Thriftstore find & a forgotten designer

A big thank you to everybody who answered my survey! Wow, I did not expect to get that many answers in such a short time. This is such a big help for my master thesis :-)

If you have not answered it yet, please do so. The more answers I get, the more it helps me to paint a clear picture of DIY fashion.

Silk scarf: Torrente (Thrift Store)
Cardigan: H & M
T-Shirt: Mango
Jeans: Only
Ballet flats: Deichmann

Today's outfit features my latest favorite thrift store find, a silk scarf from the French designer Torrente for only 3 €.

The name rang a bell but it took some research to refreshen my memory. This turned out to be more difficult than imagined. In fact, I had to retreat to French Wikipedia to find something about this apparently forgotten designer. So, I thought it would be nice to share my findings with you and maybe make this a reappearing feature. Let me know what you think!

The design house of Torrente was found by Rose Mett in 1968 in Paris. Before building her own fashion empire, she had worked for her brother Ted Lapidus, who apparently was a big designer during the sixties as he was featured several times in my Burdas from that era (maybe I will do my next forgotten designer on him). In the year 1971Torrente reached the status of a "Haute Couture" house.

During its high period, Torrente was worn by celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Nathalie Wood and its fashion was famous for its elegance. Madame Mett remained the CEO and art director of Torrente until 2003. The last Haute Couture show of Torrente took place in 2004. After this date it has gotten quiet around this once renowned French fashion house.

All pictures are from Torrente's Haute Couture shows of 2003 and found at Elle.

May 10, 2010

Sunday/ Monday bookmark no. 11

Ain't this little letter needle book the cutest? Something each seamstress or DIYer certainly needs. You can find the detailed tutorial including a download of the PDF pattern at "em ay Kay ee". I'm off looking for a cute fabric for the inside... 

May 09, 2010

1st week Wardrobe Refashion

Yeah, I did it again...I pledged for another 2 months not to buy any new clothing over on Wardrobe Refashion. You can find my pledge here, I don't want to bore you by posting it again. Even though I have breaks in between each pledge, it has certainly changed my consumption patterns and makes me reconsider each purchase. Zoe from "So, Zo what do you know" has written a great article about her reasons to take the pledge in Mixtape zine. And it expresses exactly how I feel! The excitment of having bought something new wears of so quickly and usually makes me feel slightly guilty when bought in the usual high street chain stores. As a student I can unfortunately not afford anything more expensive. Shopping at thrift stores on the other hand only makes me feel good about my purchase. So, I'm determined to sew even more of my wardrobe and shop more at thrift stores.

This top is my project from the first week of wardrobe refashion. (Excuse the snobby look on this picture) The pattern is from Patrones 276 and I used a lightweight lilac cotton fabric with a woven-in pattern. This is certainly one of the easiest tops I've ever made as it only consists of 3 pattern pieces. Here are some more detailled pics:

I only had to take it in under the arms around 6 cm. At the following picture you can see the pattern modification. The result is a supercomfortable top perfect for summer. I would sew it again maybe in a plain fabric as it a really easy and quick project.

Please take a few minutes of your time and answer my survey about DIY fashion needed for my master thesis. Thanks a lot!

May 04, 2010


My master thesis is finally progressing. Today, the application made its way back to the examination office after being lost for several days. This was a tremendous relieve because I already saw myself having to do it all over again. Final deadline is at the beginning of September but I have not even started to write yet. Currently, I'm working my way through "mountains" of literature but I should seriously get started soon.

Also, my survey about "Do It Yourself Fashion" is finally online. You would help me tremendously, dear readers, if you could fill it out and communicate it further. The survey will only take a few minutes. 

Thank you for your support! 

May 02, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 10

Today's bookmark is a little something to prettify your home. These adorable cherry blossom branches were created by Kristen Sutcliffe from New House Project and posted including the tutorial on Bloesem Kids.

Have fun using them in your home!

Sorry, I needed a break...

Sorry, for not posting for so long but I've been getting several bad news about people close to me that are critically ill. Of course, everything might turn out fine and I try to think as positive about it as possible. But still it is impossible not to worry. Unfortunately, this worry has eaten up all my energy but now I feel more prepared to cope with this situation and I really miss creating which can distract me from almost everything.

Today, I have been watching an extremly interesting documentation "The Corporation". You should watch it, if you get the chance. The documentation basically shows the negative sides of a corporation thereby considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. The result is shocking and underlines once more that we as consumers should take matters in our hands and only buy from companies that are ethical and sustainable.

This has convinced me even more that DIY is the way to go. I plan on sewing some new summer clothes for myself instead of buying them. This week I found that my go-to fabric store also has a factory outlet, so of course I had to check it out as soon as I got the chance. The result is enough fabrics to create:
  • 1 Longsleeve
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Skirt
  • 1 Dress
  • 1 Top
And all that for less than 25 €. You can see the fabrics at my fabric gallery. So hopefully, I already have something new to show you next week.

The sunday bookmark will be posted later on. Happy Sunday!