Sonntag, 22. Juni 2014

In Germany: Badenixen Sew Along

Well, it's officially summer and in Germany the weather has started to warm up and as a girl from the seaside I love to spend my weekends at the sea in a pretty bikini or bathing suit. Lotti has started a Sew Along on the topic of swimwear and first I was hesistant about joining, because I never tend to be able to keep the deadlines of a Sew Along. But I've just made my first bikini top and started to make a matching bottom, so I decided that I'll join the Sew Along and just jump in to the current run.
So, this post will be in German and I'll write about my ressources and the first steps of bikini making.



Here we go.
Sonntag  08.06.2014

Linksammlung: Welcher Stoff? Welcher Schnitt? Wo kann ich am besten bestellen? Welche Empfehlungen gibt es bereits? Was brauche ich eigentlich alles? Ich habe schon erste Ideen und könnte mir folgendes Modell/Stoff/Zubehör vorstellen. Ich habe bereits Material Zuhause und lasse mich noch inspirieren. Ich habe folgende Schnitte bereits zur Verfügung und kann mich nicht entscheiden. Was meinst ihr, welches Modell besser zu mir passt? usw.

Okay, erst war ich etwas unentschlossen. Bikini selbst nähen, kann ich das? Gibt's da überhaupt schöne Schnittmuster für? Dann fiel mir eine alte Schnittmusterzeitschrift aus Brasilien ein, die mir mein Onkel mal netterweise mitgebracht hat. Und in dieser Zeitschrift gibt es mehrere Schnittmuster für Bikinis und Badeanzüge. Dann posteten die Mädels von A Beautiful Mess auch noch ihre Urlaubsbilder aus Costa Rica mit coolen Retro Bikinis und da wusste ich "So etwas brauche ich auch!".


In der Moda Moldes Nr. 35, von der ich leider nicht mehr weiß, in welchem Monat sie erschienen ist, gibt es mehrere schöne Schnitte für Bikinis.
Und für Badeanzüge.
Zu jedem Modell gibt es eine kleine Erklärung für welchen Figurtyp das jeweilige Modell am besten passt. Das habe ich in noch keiner anderen Schnittmusterzeitschrift, außer den Portugiesischen, gesehen. Ich entschied mich für das Modell 106 mit dem Höschen von Modell 105.
Da ich nicht wusste, ob das Projekt etwas wird, entschied ich mich einfachen schwarzen Badeanzugstoff zu verwenden. Den Stoff kaufte ich am Samstag bei Stoff und Stil in Halstenbek, aber wir haben ihn natürlich auch bei stoffe.de im Sortiment. Dazu erwarb ich das passende schwarze elastische Einfassband. Ob der Bikini nun wirlklich salzwasserresistent und langlebig ist, möchte ich nicht bestätigen, aber er wird auf jeden Fall ein paar Saisons durchalten. Da das erste Modell aber gut gelang, wird sicherlich noch ein weiteres folgen - vielleicht in Pink!

Sonntag 22.06.2014

Ich hab jetzt alles da und könnte anfangen. Puh, das ist ja flutschig. Gibt es schon irgendwelche Tipps zur Verabeitung? Welche Größe soll ich wohl wählen? Ich habe schon angefangen und bereits folgende Erfahrung mit dem Schnitt/Stoff gemacht. Brauche ich spezielle Nadeln/Garn? Ich steige jetzt noch schnell ein. usw. 
Am Samstag nach dem Einkauf bei Stoff und Stil legte ich mit dem Bikininähen los, allerdings ersteinmal mit einem anderen Schnitt. Schon vor einiger Zeit hatte ich das Bustier von Burda genäht und wollte ausprobieren, ob es auch aus Badeanzugstoff gut wird. Naja, man kann es sich wahrscheinlich denken, das ganze war der totale Reinfall, denn das Schnittmuster ist für Webware und zwar aus den richtigen Gründen.

Also legte ich heute mit neuem Mut und den portugiesischen Schnittmuster los. Das Zuschneiden verlief ohne Probleme und auch das Nähen war keine Schwierigkeit. Das Oberteil besteht ja eigentlich nur aus drei Schnitteilen, die perfekt aufeinander passten.

Dann kam allerdings der Moment, wo ich dem Bikinioberteil den "Twist" verpassen musste und damit beschäftigte ich mich bestimmt eine gute halbe Stunde, bis ich raushatte an welcher Stelle der Stoffe gerafft und in welche Richtung das Bindeband angebracht werden muss. Letztendlich war das Nähen aber ein schnelles Unterfangen. Von innen sieht der Bikini natürlich nicht perfekt aus, da man die Nahtzugabe sieht und es kein Futter hat, aber wen stört das schon?
Als Nadel verwendete ich lustigerweise eine Ledernadel, die ich noch in der Maschine hatte. Das störte den Badenazugstoff aber überhaupt nicht und es entstanden auch keine Löcher.
Die Nähte nähte ich einfach mit einem schmal eingestellten Zick-Zack-Stich und Polyestergarn. Das elastische Einfassband brahcte ich mit dem selben Stich an.
Das Schnittmuster war nur in einer Größe in der Zeitschrift, daher hatte ich gar keine Wahl bei der Größe. Nach den Maßen dahcte ich erst, dass es etwas zu klein werden würde, aber es ist genau richtig!

Das Oberteil ist fertig, das Höschen halb. Leider hatte ich für die Beinauschnitte nicht mehr genug elastisches Einfassband und so muss ich die Fertigstellung des kompletten Bikinis auf die nächsten Tage verschieben. Für das Höschen habe ich den Schnitt aus der Zeitschrift etwas abgewandelt und die obere Kante auf Taillenmaß gebracht. Dann ergänzte ich noch ein breites Band, was die Hüfte etwas definiert. So entsteht ein Fifties Look, wie er auf meinem Inspirationsbild zu sehen ist.

Ich trage mein neues Oberteil schon den ganzen Tag und es ist sehr bequem und engt überhaupt nicht ein, sondern stützt an den richtigen Stellen.
Alle Badenixen versammeln sich mal wieder bei Lotti.

Sonntag, 15. Juni 2014

On Trend: The Kimono

Lately I've been seeing a couple of Kimonos on a couple of sewing and fashion blogs and since I was always thinking about what to do with the fabric that I got through last years Summer Sewing Swap from Jane I got active this weekend and quickly cut and assembled a kimono style jacket. The pattern is just some rectangles and for the front I cut a neck opening and a slight curved hem. All in all it took abou half an hour to cut and sew the kimono. Quick pleasure!

I was in a Coachella kind of mood this weekend so I styled it with some jeans shorts, a bralette and fringe boots. But I can also see myself wearing the kimono with a T-Shirt and work appropriate skirt to the office.
Dancing in a kimono is fun, because the fabric moves so nicely around the body.
The fabric is a quite thing polyester jersey, which was too thin for other projects but perfect for this one. I love it!
You are wondering to which jungle I went for shooting these pictures? Well, it's my garden! I spent a lot of time on my garden terrace this weekend and with all of the green it was very relaxing.

On Instagram I shared how I made a pair of espadrilles, so follow me there and you'll see step by step how I did it!

Dienstag, 27. Mai 2014

Tine Travels: NYlon 2014 in London

Last weekend I took a quick trip to London. During my school years I went to London fairly often because I had family friends there, but for five years I haven't been in the city. So when I read about the NYlon gathering on Rachel's blog, I introduced my boss about the opportunity to meet some English bloggers at the event and kindly they sponsored the flight for this event.

So on Saturday morning I had an early rise at 4 am and got to the airport at 5:30 am. The flight started punctually and this meant I was in London at about 9 am local time. Since the tube didn't operate the Circle line I walked from Victoria station to my hostel - a hostel from the Meininger chain, very well situated directly next to the Natural History Museum. After checking in to the hostel and changing clothes - I was dressed so not appropriately for the hot summer weather in London - I went to the V&A to meet the other bloggers. When I arrived I immediately spotted Rachel and Fiona and soon I was chatting to everyone. There were so many nice dresses that everyone wore and everybody looked really good. In total the round-up of the group was 70 people and after changing rooms in the café we went outside to talk some more and get our pictures taken. You can see the whole group on this picture.
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Source: Kitty Wong

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Source: Kitty Wong
I wore a dress that I made just the week before the event. I haven't blogged about it yet, but it's definitely worth its own post. It's a simple wrap dress that takes effect by the border print of the jersey fabric, which I got a couple of years ago at Alfatex. Since the neckline is quite low I wore a simple black camisole with a lace border for modesty reasons.
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Source: Kitty Wong
 Here you can see Ingrid and me. We had lots of fun doing the pictures and I think you can see that. 
After the meet-up in the museum we went to Goldhawk Road in small groups. I had never been there before so I was lucky to be led by Stevie who knew the area. A small group took a rest in the café and then I went fabric shopping with Camilla. Rachel had set a schedule, so we had about one and a half hours to browse the shops and since Camilla and I were both quick to decide what we wanted, we managed to buy a reasonable amount of fabrics in no time.

I got some stretchy net with black dots, a white cotton with neon yellow dots, some white eyelet-like cotton with little holes and flowers and a dark navy cotton piqué with red dots. I already made the eyelet fabric into a cute tee and wore it to work, but didn't get a picture yet.

After the fabric shopping the groups met again at a pub close to Goldhawk Road and late until the evening everybody had a jolly good time talking, drinking and eating.

The next day I explored some other areas of London but that's worth a whole other blogpost.

Donnerstag, 24. April 2014

Tine Sews on Instagram

Hi everybody,
lately I've been using Instagram much more than this blog to document my sewing projects. I still like to keep this blog as I'm sure that there will come a time when I'll be better with taking pictures . I've discovered a good spot in my backyard for taking them, the only thing I need is a good camera. The one I've been using so far is a point-and-shoot which I got in 2005. It still takes pretty decent photos outside, but only when the light conditions are good.
So, I'm in need for a new camera. As soon as I get my tax refund for 2013 I'll go out and get myself something good. The only problem is that I really don't know what to search for, when I'm looking for a good camera. How many megapixels are best? Should I get a DSLR? Do I need a big screen? Should I get one to charge or one with batteries?

So many questions. Maybe you could help me out. Which camera are you using? Do you have to edit the pictures much?

I'd be grateful for any tips!

Mittwoch, 2. April 2014

Me Made Mittwoch: The Sweatshirt

I guess I should really invest in a better camera instead of using my old point-and-shoot, but I'm pretty happy about the tripod and the fact that I even have a camera that works. I'm pretty bad when it comes to electronics, so if anbody has an idea on which camera to get, I would greatly appreaciate any help.

But I'm back with pictures and on the day of Me-made-Mittwoch, so this is pretty cool. I haven't had the time to do my daily bloground at work today, so tonight I'll browse the Me-made Mittwoch gallery and see what the other ladies made. Thank you so much for collecting the lovely me-mades!

On to the outift: I'm wearing a me-made sweatshirt made of a polyester-cotton-blend sweatshirt fabric that I got at a bazaar in Bursa/Turkey. It's hard to see on the picture, but it's lightly marbled and not just plain white. I combined it with some cuff knit, that I got at work and the whole sweater was made in one evening. I used the serger on all seams. The pattern that I used was Kanga again, but this time I had to change the pattern again, so I don't think I'll use it again. The sleeves were again much too baggy and so I made a second seam on the sleeve to create a better fit.

Jeans are thrifted from a fleamarket, shirt is thrifted from a second hand shop and the shoes are Deichmann sneakers.

Montag, 31. März 2014

On Trend: The Blouson

It seems that nearly every blog post starts with "These fabrics have been lying in my stash forever...", but at the moment I'm trying to sew from what I've got and only buy the matching fabrics that I need to finish a project. So, this is my new blouson. The idea to use this fabric came into my mind when I looked through my stash and found these two remnants from the same print only in two different colourways. I like mixing patterns and this seemed to be a perfect match.

By browsing some shops and Pinterest I found many cute blousons and also the versions of Clare, Erin and Sophie made me want a cute bomber myself. Because I couldn't wait for the Rigel to be shipped to Germany, I browsed through some Burda magazines and found a similar pattern in issue 3/2014 and 2/2013 ( shows that, even though styling and some patterns are just off sometimes, Burda still produces pieces that are on trend, right before the trend hits the streets).

Here is some of the inspiration that I collected:
 Because the Burda pattern of the issue 03/2014 didn't have the v-neck like the blouson of Papercut Patterns, I merged it with the collar of the blouson in issue 02/ 2013. So the pattern is a mix of model 124 and 125. It's still a bit different but only in the way the sleeves are attached and it's hardly noticeable. But I'm going to redraft the shoulder part, when I make a second version of the jacket. And I will definitely do that! Now I've got the spotty version, but I'm also dreaming about having a simple black one, maybe with contrasting sleeves or a floral one...
 
So, this is it. Blue dots in the front.
And yellow dots in the back. And yes, I totally wear matching socks, also with dots.
Here is, how I wore it with my parka, because though it's warm in Germany right now, it's still too cold for the blouson only.

I'm wearing me-made jeans with my me-made blouson. They are made with my basic trouser pattern, that I only sewed a little smaller by omitting the seam allowances. Now the fit is nearly perfect. On my next pair I'm going to take in the side seam about one more centimetre and then the fit will be spot on.
All other items are thrifted from various flea markets, thrift shops and second hand stores.

How do you like my version of a dotted blouson? Any tips, how the sleeves of the Papercut Rigel are actually drafted?

Sonntag, 19. Januar 2014

On Trend: The Sweater

The fabrics for this project habe been lying in my stash since one year now and I finally got around to transform them into a garment. The idea was to make a funky sweater which can be dressed up or down and which will be comfy in winter, as well as be fashionable and trendy. I found some inspiration in different online shops and with some ideas from my mind I made my very own individual piece.
One of the sweaters I found was more than 1000 €! I could never spend so much on a piece of clothing, but knowing how much one of my sweaters could be worth is kind of cool. 
I used a German pattern from the company called Farbenmix. The name of the sweater is Kanga and it is very well-respected in the German blogger world. I think it's a great pattern too, but it runs a bit large. I cut a size L, as it was written in the instructions according to my breast measurement, but the sweater ran a bit large. So in the end I took in the side seams and now it's more like a size M. Maybe it's just me, because I don't like baggy sleeves, but somehow the fit was a bit awkward to begin with. 
Now with the changes I'm more than happy and think that I'll probably make one or two more sweaters. I like the colour blocked version of Sinje very much, so maybe I'll try something similar.
The fabrics that I used are all from stoffe.de and are still available, so get them while you can!

The fabric with the zig zag stripes is very cool, but it's made with 25 % wool, so unfortunately this is a high class sweater that I can't just throw in the washing machine. But on the other hand, no stain will be seen on this material!
For the cuffs and neckband I had to use a darker grey that for the sleeves and back, beause the light marble grey is currently sold out and needs to be restocked. But I think the different colours give a little bit of a twist to the shape of the sweatshirt.
I'm wearing the sweater with a pair of black skinny jeans, that I also made and some leopard flats. It's an outfit that is very me - funky on the top and plain on the bottom. For the colder days I'd wear it with some black boots.

For those of you, who'd like to make something similar: Here are all the fabrics that I used.

Yarn Mix Zig Zag 17 Sweatshirt Angeraut 13 Bündchen 5
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