what keeps me busy

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I am having a bit of a stressful time at the moment. I am preparing to take part in a designers market at the end of april. I need to get some more things for sewn, so I can present a lot of different things from my collection, I also need to get it all online on etsy and finish some other organization-stuff. This is how far I got until now:

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Colorful huh? I really hope people will like it and buy some. I really need something to work out ;)

you can still vote for the next burda sewing tutorial here.

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

for which pattern would you like a tutorial? burda 4/15

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last wednesday the new burda style got to the stores. Its an edition with a lot of dresses, here are my favorite ones I consider sewing and writing a tutorial about:

IMG_0676 IMG_0677 IMG_0678IMG_0682(1) + (2) those 3 dresses are based on the same pattern, I like the longer sleeves and the small pockets, but I am open about the collar options, so I put it in the poll with normal neck-collar and the revers like collar

IMG_0679 IMG_0683 (3) the dress with the nice back, sorry for the bad picture making the hem look uneven

IMG_0680IMG_0685 (4) there are really pretty dresses in bigger sizes as well, considering I am only one size smaller I decided I cut grade it down

IMG_0681   IMG_0684 (5) this just screams summer, doesn’t it?

Well I hope there is one or more in there that you would like a tutorial for. Let me know if you have any other wishes for tutorials!

You can vote up to 3 of your favorite designs until next monday.

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

how to sew a dress: first seams and ironing

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I know the last part was already named first seams, but here comes how I treat the seams differently and a lot of ironing, especially the button facing. Ironing is definitely not my favorite part of the sewing process, but I haven’t found a way around it yet. ;)

If you are just joining, you can find the earlier parts with the following links: part1, part2, part3 

DSCF6813I used my thinnest needle for all the sewing, because the fabric is so delicate. I sewed the sleeve seams and serged the seam allowances together. I am sorry, its hard to see with the busy print Read the rest of this entry

how to sew a jacket: lining

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here are the next steps for the jacket(part1, part2, part3, part4, part5):

DSCF6804 I pinned that 2cm fold in the centre back together

DSCF6805and sewed the first cm with normal stitching, the main part with wide stitching Read the rest of this entry

analogue photographs in black and white

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I finally won my fight with the scanner and got presentable digital versions of my black and white film I shot back in January. Here are those I like best: Read the rest of this entry

how to sew a dress: first seams

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here are the next steps for the dress (part1, part2)

DSCF6789I cut the collar of a really soft fusible interlining

DSCF6790twice

DSCF6791and ironed it onto the wrong side of the fabric Read the rest of this entry

blue and brown outfit

DSCF6801 DSCF6802turtle-neck: athmosphere

vest/waistcoat: tally weijl

pants: TailorFairy collection (etsy-store)

boots: Tamaris

how to sew a jacket: lining, cutting and first seams

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I dont know if its news-worthy anywhere outside of Berlin, Germany, but did you hear we have an measles-epidemic in Berlin? Because most people do not get vaccinated anymore it seems. I am vaccinated so I am pretty relaxed and mostly see the fun in a city in panic. But it really is worth paying attention to all the people moving their scarf up to cover their face as soon as they enter the underground train, or those others who dig into their pockets, to find a tissue to cover their hand before they touch anything, and I am sure its not that they suffer from OCD. Well anyhow, it keeps my train rides funny at the moment, which I need since they repair the tracks on my normal route and my alternative takes me 1.5 hours one way instead of just 1 hour.

Here are the next steps for the jacket(part1, part2, part3, part4):

DSCF6784I placed all lining pattern pieces on the lining, minding the grain line.

DSCF6785the back parts get cut in fold. I added 2cm to each pattern, 4cm in total when de-folded, to do a pleat in the centre back which will make moving in the jacket a lot easier, and the lining less likely to rip at the centre back Read the rest of this entry

how I sewed my camera-bag: sewing part4

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here are the last steps for my camera-bag, the other parts can be found here: part1, part2, part3 and part4

DSCF6690I sewed the side-seams of the outside-bag and put the inside-bag in it

DSCF6691one last fitting test Read the rest of this entry

how to sew a dress: cutting

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I finally made some progress on the dress (part1). Its just a few pictures, but I thought I would show you nonetheless.

DSCF6780the fabric is very slippery, so I used weights, to keep it in the right place

DSCF6781and lots of pins

DSCF6782to keep the pattern pieces in place

DSCF6783the collar I need twice, and I cut out all other pattern pieces, besides the skirt parts which need to be made into a plisse and at the moment I do not have enough money for it, so I will do that later and finish the upper dress first ;)

well I hope this was helpful for you, let me know if you have any questions!

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

how to sew a jacket: pattern for the lining

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I finally got back to working on the jacket. You can find the first parts here: part1, part2 and part3

DSCF6753last I pinned a sewed the facing all around  Read the rest of this entry

organizing sewing supplies: threads

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I remembered I started a post series about how I organize my sewing supplies a while ago, but could not remember why I stopped. So I thought I might just start again and hope you are still interested in it.

Here is how I keep my threads organized:

DSCF6769This shelf is mostly used to keep all my different kinds of thread in order. Read the rest of this entry

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