how to sew… the blouse #109 of burda 7/15: sewing4


the sunny blouse is finally finished. If you like to re-read the full tutorial, you can find the other steps here: pattern and cutting, sewing1, sewing2, sewing3.

The last steps are the following:

DSCF7499 now I pinned my sleeves into the bodice, bodice wrong side out, sleeve right side out placed in the armhole. Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… the jacket #106 of burda 8/15: pattern

IMG_0855 IMG_0857Heyhey,

the vote for burda 8/15 showed a clear winner, so I started with the pattern and then got stuck, because I could not decide which color combination I liked better, so let me know what you prefer at the end of this post. ;) Thank you!

DSCF7605I copied all pattern pieces from the pattern sheet and added 1cm seam allowance and 4 cm hem allowance Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… a jersey snood/infinity scarf *quick/easy*


I am really not sure what this kind of scarfs are called in english, in german they actually have the english name: loop. Image search turned up that snood and infinity scarf are words used for scarfs that are sewn into a circle, so I hope you are all understanding what I am talking about.

Beside the name this project is really easy, it only requires one seam to be sewn and nobody will notice if it gets a little wonky. Jersey is really a great fabric, because it does not fray or starts runs, so you can leave all edges open.

Here is what you will need:

0.5m/0.5yard jersey (both sides need to look good, because you will see both sides when wearing it)

fitting sewing thread


sewing machine, that can do zigzag stitching, pretty much any domestic sewing machine can do that

DSCF7586first I cut my fabric into a 0.5m wide strip, if you bought it in the right side already you can skip this step. Do not worry if your cut lines are wonky like mine, you wont be able to see them later, when wearing it Read the rest of this entry

wearing my blue dress

DSCF7550 DSCF7551 DSCF7552the dress is a prototype for my collection on etsy, its going to be available soon

or do you like the pattern and you would like to sew up your own version, vote here for me to turn my patterns into pdf’s you could download

like the print fabric? you can order it here

whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-07-27

as you can see, my vacation is spend with lots of crochet


how to sew… the blouse #109 of burda 7/15: sewing3

DSCF7214 DSCF7208Heyhey,

here are the next steps for my sunny blouse. You can re-read the steps before here: pattern and cutting, sewing1 and sewing2.

let me know what tutorial would be most interesting for you and vote for the next tutorial here.

DSCF7475 now I marked my hem allowance at the sleeves Read the rest of this entry

organizing sewing supplies: scissors and shears


today I want to show you how I organize my scissors. I do not know about you, but since I started sewing it seems I am getting more and more scissors… every time I see them on a good price I will get some new ones. Since I do teach sewing it comes in handy to have so many. But it is getting hard to keep track of what which scissors are used for. Since you should use the same only for fabric or paper otherwise they will get blunt very soon. So I marked every one:   Read the rest of this entry

green and brown retro 70s outfit

DSCF7535polo-longsleeve: TailorFairy Collection DSCF7536

cord-bellbottoms: TailorFairy Collection

shoes: converse

this are both items from my collection you can order your own version (lots of color or print options) on etsy

or if you are a seamstress yourself and you like the 60s/70s style you can vote here for me to start selling my patterns as downloadable pdfs


how to sew… a bolster-pillow cover *quick/easy*


here is my second project in my new series quick and easy project suitable for beginners. This time I sewed a cover for a bolster. This project only requires straight lines to be sewn, so do not worry, it really is easy to do.

What you need:

  • bolster/neck roll
  • fabric size depending on your bolster, but one yard will be enough, with a small pillow maybe even a fat quarter
  • 1yard/90cm cord or ribbon
  • sewing thread
  • sewing machine

DSCF7537 my bolsterDSCF7538 measuring around it, then add 2cm/1inch for movement and twice the seam allowance, for me that was 52 cm in total, that is measurement A Read the rest of this entry

lets talk about christmas…


I know this title is kind of weird considering it July. ;) But I had to start early with this project.

I am not sure if you are familiar with the concept of Adventskalender or advent calendar as I noticed is the more english word for it. In Germany and some other European Countries this is a tradition to have a calendar to count down the 24 days of Dezember to Christmas. They used to be just 2 thick papers glued together, with little doors on the top layer you could open and find a nice christmassy picture behind. Then they started to put small pieces of chocolate behind each door, in front of the pictures. Nowadays you can buy them with pretty much anything… perfum, make up, model trains, toys… but nothing for crafty people or even more nothing for people who like to sew. And every year in November I thought: I should do an advent calendar for seamstresses… and then I forgot about it until the next year. So this year I wrote myself a note in my calendar and started sewing an advent calendar in July. :)


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whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-07-20

IMG_0864as you can see last week was only crochet… and not so much, because I prepared all posts for the next week because I will visiting my uncle who lives at the Baltic Sea and hopefully relax a little ;) and crochet and knit a lot, which will be relaxing

I will show you what I managed to get done next week!

how to sew… the blouse #109 of burda 7/15: sewing2


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Mine isn’t going as planned, just because I managed to get a cold in the middle of summer and my head feels like it wants to explode. But lets talk about nicer things: Here are the next steps for my fun yellow blouse. You can re-read the steps before here: pattern and cutting, sewing1

DSCF7453last week I finished my back-part and added the button-loops to the front, so this time I kept working on the front. Now I pinned the facing to the front parts, right sides facing each other Read the rest of this entry


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