Thursday, 13 October 2016

Cult party kei outfit

Hello lovelies,

university started again and now I finally have time again to dress up more often.
So for today I decided to go with a cult party kei look.

Dress: New yorker
Shoes: Swankiss
Peignoir: Vintage
Blouse: Lily.J
Belt: Axes femme
flowercrown: primark

I am so sorry for the really bad quality. The phone I have is really old now. Also, I really do need a nicer background but the flat is so full with messy bookcases or in general, really stuffed. That's my life as a fabric, fashion and book hoarder.

Here are some close ups of my make-up and a few silly snow pictures, because I just love the app. I try to do pictures on a daily basis because they upload so many filters, I just can't keep up.

All the best,


Monday, 10 October 2016

Small pouch with ribbon stitching

Hello lovelies,

when the days grow colder I always get the urge to embroider, crochet or knit. I like to hang out in front of the TV, watch some series, cuddle my cats and at the same time be productive.

This year I started with doing some ribbon stitching again.
I used this technique to embroider my whole Anri cosplay two years ago.
The book I used was bought in Japan and therefore I have no idea what the title of the book is.
I used the smallest hoop I had and embroidered everything on a patch of cotton.

I started out with the tracing of the pattern with pencil. I still don't have an embroidery pen. Yet.
There are only four colours I used, pink, lavender, yellow and green. The star shaped stitches are the basics for these flowers.

My ribbons were larger than in the instructions described. Because of that I changed some of the parts or left them out.

I am so sorry for the quality. Again, I was doing most of the work during the night and my light is still not good, actually it is far from good. And I am only doing the pictures with my phone camera, which is also not the best.
But it came out nicely with the green leaves The green ribbon is the only high-quality ribbon I used in this. All the other ribbons were about 1€ for 10 meter and the green ribbon was 0,60€ for 1 meter. But to be honest, for this small leaves, it didn't make a difference.

This was the finished product. And to be honest, except for the weird looking leaves on the top right part, I like it. Plus it looks like a heart too, I am really proud.

And this is what I did today, I made a little pouch out of it. I plan to put in lavender to keep away moths and to store it in one of my wardrobes.

Time needed: I made this over the span of 5 days
Satisfaction 4/5

All the best,


Monday, 3 October 2016

White Lolita Bolero

Hello lovelies,

here is the second project I started right after Connichi; it's a lolita Bolero from otome no sewing #9.
I had the fabric for ages and always wanted to make a bolero out of it. It's a knit fabric with some stretch in it and a little see-through.
Like always the drawn pattern came first. I did not change anything but copied it exactly like stated in the book. The only thing I didn't add was another lace on the bottom frills because I ran out of my flower lace. I bought that lace about 8 years ago in a small shop in Vienna and I am sure that they won't have it anymore. Such a shame though.

This is the lace I used. I bought the left one for 3,9€ per Meter and the right one I had for ages. Both are not pure white but are rather cream.

I don't have a picture of my finished paper pattern so I will start with my cut out fabric.
The pieces I have were: 1 Back part, 2 front parts, one big frill, two middle and four small frills, and of course the 2 sleeve parts.

I started with sewing together front and back on the sides and on top. Afterwards I added the big frill to the top.

The frills on the bottom were only pinned but the frill and lace on top were sewed in place. The problem was that I didn't like how the big lace looked on my collar and I removed it and added the smaller rose lace.

The sleeves were the trickiest because I used such a big lace and added an elastics to it.

I only wanted the bottom (or top part of the lace, depends on how you see it) to be shown.The fabric and the lace is right on right and afterwards it would be tucked in.

To be honest, I really think it looks better with just the flower part peaking out of the bottom.

Here is a close up of the beautiful lace.

Afterwards I added an elastic on the seam to make it frillier.
And this is with the elastics in the sleeve. When I tried it on it was a bit too tight so I had to cut another elastic and redo-it. That happens when I am home alone with no other help than my cats (who are, to be honest, no great help at all but great heaters).

At that stage I was already really satisfied with how the bolero looked like. Ignore the mess behind me, my red cat found it funny to play "let's-throw-everything-off-the-table-and-play-with-it-on-the-floor".

Here are better pictures and a close-up picture of my lace the next day. The light at night is always so dim, I can't get good pictures out of it and most of the time I wait until the next day.

 Here is another blurry night picture but both sleeves are not attached to the bolero and look how nicely it fits my dress.

 The ribbon closes the bolero. I sewed it tight on the right side and added a pin on the left side to close it.
And of course the ribbon has little pearls on them. How could I not?

At the back of the bolero I added a ribbon with pearls again but a smaller one. It's not sewn in place but is sewn onto a pin.

And that was all. I was done. The project was super easy and I would do it again anytime.

Time needed: I made this over the span of about 10 days.
Cost: The lace was about 7€, I bought the fabric ages ago so I don't really remember the price but I bought it in Kritzendorf so it was probably 2-7€ per meter.
Satisfaction: 4/5
Comfortable: 5/5

All the best,


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Vintage Lingerie: Camisole

Hello lovelies,

I started doing small projects when I was home for a few days from work after Connichi. The first project was a Vintage camisole.
I bought the Intimacies Vintage Lingerie pattern from Nehelenia Patterns a while back (in 2014) but never started actually sewing something from it. Instead I started with the crochet part. See my blog entry to this here.
This time I started with doing a camisole. I wanted matching tap pants with it but my fabric was too small. I bought the fabric in Korea and therefore had no chance to get my hands on some more. So only a camisole it was.
This was my fabric of choice. I still think it is super cute.

I cut out all the patterns and tried not to curse American patterns because they always include seam allowance. And this one had a 1/5inch or 13cm seam allowance included. Imagine my fun measuring 13cm.
In my opinion my pencils are much better to draw lines with than the chalks. I would love to get a chalk pencil but all the once I bought in Vienna are crap. :(
The bottom was folded and sewn in place. At first I didn't really know what the instruction wanted from me but and made a huge mistake. But after correcting that everything went smoothly.

 The smaller lines on the camisole are the tiny buttonholes. The fabric was too thin and therefore I added some stability with iron-on interfacing in small strips. I had to cut the strips on the picture a few times to get the size I wanted.
The buttonholes were no problem with the machine I am currently using. Sorry for the blurry picture.

 A small strip of fabric was added inside as a tunnel for my waist ribbon.

 The ribbon can be pulled to the outside with that clever place buttonhole. They are not visible once the ribbon is outside.

 I made the straps with the exact measurements of the pattern guide but they were waaaaay to big for me.
 And these were my buttons I used. Tiny flowers for a tiny flower print.
Here is what the camisole looks like now. I am still thinking about adding lace at the top but all in all I am quite satisfied.

Time needed: Over the span of 12h I made it with lots of breaks in between.
Cost: about 2,5€ for the ribbon, I had everything else.
Satisfaction: 4/5
Comfortable: 5/5

All the best,