January 22, 2011

What I'm working on

Seeing as I can't spend as much time as I used or want to sewing, I plan on sharing the inspiration behind my sewing project or a work-in-progress report. So overall there will be more talk and less sewing, I hope you will join me for the new take on this blog.

Since a new year also bring new year's resolutions, here are mine, also a little late:

  • I plan to record everything that I'm sewing this year so I can do a nice little round-up at the end of the year as fellow bloggers do. And I'm really curious to see how much I actually sew. This year I already finished 2 longsleeves and a jersey top that needs some rework as the neckline stretched out. Although neither one of them is particularly interesting, I still plan on showing you some pictures once I figured how to take the best pictures in my new apartment.
  • Next resolution is to sew mostly from my stash which should not be hard to do since I moved to a town without any fabric or notion store in sight. We are talking about a one hour drive to reach the next store. Good for keeping this resolution, bad for running out of stuff. 
  • I also plan to sew more from all the sewing magazines I'm buying. At first I wanted to make 1 garment from each but this doesn't work to well with sewing from stash. Even though my stash is big, it does not hold the right fabric for every sewing project.
  • And of course, I also want to work through some of my UFO's lying around. Sometimes I'm more into cutting new things than finishing the old ones. A very bad habit that needs to be stopped!
  • When going through my closet I noticed that all I used to sew were actually jackets. I know, hard to believe since I have regressed to only sewing easy and quick projects during the last couple of years. So it would be nice if I got to make some more challenging projects even though it will take me weeks to finish them.
So now to what I'm currently working on. Remember the yellow dress on the cover of Patrones #289? If not, here's a little reminder.

I loved the dress when I first saw it but was unsure what colour I should make it in. A bright summery colour as the original or a more wearable subdued colour? In the end, I decided to use a very darkblue almost black cotton sateen from my stash that I already used for my Patrones Ferré skirt because I stumbled upon the gathered dress made by Burdastyle member Satomi hidden in my Burdastyle favorites.


I love how Satomi styled her dress and wearing it that way including thick tights, the dress can work for the currently snowy Germany as well as a hopefully hot summer. With a bit of luck, I will be able to finish it this weekend even though I have already run into a problem. After finishing the top, I pinned the side seams to try it on and although the front looked cute, the back was very shapeless and billowy. The solution is to take out the gathering in the back at the back center and recut the back. More work than anticipated but I think it will be worth it.  

What are your new year's resolutions concerning sewing? What are you currently working on?

January 15, 2011

I'm still alive

Time went by so quickly and I can't believe it's already been so long since I last posted on here. My life has been crazy busy in the last months but in a good way. A lot has happened since my last post.

First of all, I finished my master thesis about DIY fashion with the best mark possible. Sorry for bragging but I'm a little proud of it especially because I was doubting so much whether I did the right thing by chosing such an unconventional topic but it was all worth it in the end. Overall, the master thesis was a lot more work than expected and took much longer especially because I was already applying for jobs and going to job interviews while writing it. And this is what it looked like, once it was finished. The DIY is embroidered on cardboard.

And so we come to the next point, I started my first job in October. I currently work as an assistant buyer at a German catalogue business and it's much more interesting than I expected it to be. I work in a very small team that basically decides about the collection that goes into the catalogue. We then work closely with suppliers to realize the articles and at the end of the season we analyze the numbers and try to improve our performance. I'm glad that I work for a company that has high standards concerning social and environmental issues and that we don't have to fight for every penny but are able to still let most garments manufacture in Turkey, Greece and China.   

So that's what's been going on over here. Of course, I'm still sewing but not as much as would like to. I hope to show you some things I have been working on soon. And I also did not forget that I promised to publish the results of the DIY fashion survey on here, it's coming soon.

Have a nice day and happy sewing!