whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-06-29


Should I do pdf-patterns?


a while back I had an idea, that just stuck in my head. But I am still not sure, if it is a good and promising idea. So I thought I would ask all of you and then decide what to do about it. Here it is:

I could sell my patterns online in my 60s/70s inspired design as pdf patterns to print. I am not sure yet, how I would get my analogue big patterns into my Computer as pdf’s and out of it again, when printing and not getting the size a little different. But I would find a way. What I would like to know is, if patterns like this would interest you. Before I put a lot of work into it. ;)

Please let me know your honest opinion in the poll below! If you have any other ideas and suggestions about this, I would appreciate every comment!

Thank you!

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

how to sew… the jumpsuit #119 of burda 6/15: sewing2

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my jumpsuit is starting to look like one.

You can find the steps I took before here: pattern, cutting, sewing1.


DSCF7298I pinned, sewed and ironed my darts and pinned the centre front seam, trying to match up my stripes Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… the dress #122 of burda 6/15: sewing 2

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last chance to vote for the next tutorial here.

Here are the next sewing steps for the retro hippie dress, you can find the first parts here: pattern, cutting, sewing1.


DSCF7245 (copy) I pinned my facing onto my dress, right sides facing each other Read the rest of this entry

whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-06-22


I am just rediscovering crochet. I used to crochet a lot growing up, always made up things, never following a pattern, then I taught myself with the help of a book to knit when I was about 19 years old. Lately I seen so many nice retro crochet patterns, I got the itch to try it again. So the star-shaped crochet, was my first time following a pattern. That gave me the confidence to download one of the retro 70s crochet patterns on etsy, which I already started working on. Knitting I can do blind, thats why I haven’t been crocheting for a while, because I just love to multitask, so I hope this crochet-phase holds long enough, so I can finish a few things, before I get bored again and go back to knitting while watching movies in my free time. ;)

keep sewing and smiling and knitting and crocheting

your TailorFairy

how to sew… the dress #122 of burda 4/15: skirt seams, skirt to top, hem and finish

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how is your weekend going?

I am really not sure if I do like this dress, but first the last steps of the sewing process. What I will change if I ever sew this pattern again, at the end of this post.

And the steps until this point can be found here: pattern, cutting, sewing1, sewing2 and sewing3

DSCF7187 next I pinned the centre back skirt part to the side parts and the front parts to the side parts Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… the jumpsuit #119 of burda 6/15: sewing1

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at the moment the vote for next months tutorial has 2 winners, since I am going to bring back beginner projects starting next month, I will only have time for one more. So if you have not voted yet, please go here and vote for your favorites.

I got to start sewing on my jumpsuit, you can check back on the steps before here: pattern and cutting.

DSCF7275 first I pinned my seams in the front and back waist parts Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… the dress #122 of burda 6/15: sewing 1

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this week is somehow a little chaotic, but I did not forget my tutorials and (2 days late) here are the next steps for the hippie dress #122 burda 6/15. The first steps can be found here: pattern, cutting


DSCF7225I started with sewing between the markings with very wide stitching Read the rest of this entry

whats on my knitting needles 15-06-15


how to sew… the dress #122 of burda 4/15: top part finished, pockets into skirt

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the dress is coming together and I am starting to doubt a little, if I will really like it when its finished, but maybe I am to critical – we will see next week when I will finish it.

Anyway you can check back on this project from the beginning here: part1, part2, part3, part4 .

DSCF7156I pinned the front facing down Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… the jumpsuit #119 of burda 6/15: cutting


thanks to Amanda of Sew Deputy – Dressmaking I learned that the thing about jumpsuits and June is #jumpintojune. Which sounds like a wonderful idea, I will definitely check back to see the other great jumpsuits that get sewn. If I finish this one still in June I will also take part… so lets see.

So anyway, if you just joining now, I blogged about this pattern here. The fabric I am using is one of my own designs printed on spoonflowers basic combed cotton, 4 yards of it, because its only 42” wide. You can order your own here, I also have it in other color options.

DSCF7135 I started cutting the front parts, since the stripes are not that wide apart from each other, I only tried to match it in the centre front  and back, so I would not make cutting more difficult  then necessary. Read the rest of this entry

for which pattern would you like a tutorial? burda 7/15


the burda style 7/15 got to the stores yesterday and when I looked through it, I really wanted to only pick patterns for separates. Just because in the last issues it was always dresses or jumpsuits that got picked. Which is fine, but I am normally more a separates kind of person. Anyhow it was really hard to stick to that plan, because there are a lot really nice dresses in that issue.

Anyhow here are the tops and skirt I picked and you can vote for your favorite at the end of the post, the pattern with the most votes I will sew and write a tutorial about it. (All Pictures belong to burda style mag 7/15)   Read the rest of this entry


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