Baby Projects

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while now and it’s because I’ve been busy sewing for our little baby girl who is coming within the next month. I challenged myself on facebook to make at least six girl outfit before our baby arrives and that challenge I completed! I’m going to show you all my creations in this post, so be aware it’s going to be picture heavy!

Outfit Nr. 1.

For this lovely romper I downloaded the pattern from Schnabellina over here. It’s called Strampelina and the instructions are written in German but loaded with pictures and it’s easy to follow! Plus it’s a freebee!

I made the romper in size 68 and the matching bonnet hat was made following this pattern which is also free to download and it has a great tutorial in English!

Outfit Nr. 2.

This little red tunic was made in size 56 from a heavier cord fabric which I received from a friend as a present since she was getting rid of tons of unused fabric. I still have a piece of this red beauty, big enough to make a skirt for myself some day. I used a pattern from Yvonne Rippers, called “Warme Füßchen” (warm feet) which is actually a romper-tunic combination but I ditched the romper part and only used the pattern for the top. To find her blog, you’ll need to register but the pattern itself is also free to download.

Outfit Nr. 3.

This outfit is actually a collection of free patterns that I put together. For the tunic I used the same pattern, but this time in size 62. The shorts came from Helena’s Nähecke which is written in German but if you ever made pants for kids, it shouldn’t be too difficult to follow.

The little bib was self-drafted and the pattern for the hat came from Lybstes, once again, in German but full with pictures and very easy to follow!

The fabric was purchased on my “Girls’ Weekend” in Düsseldorf which would’ve been an awesome weekend anyway, but we did an additional tour in the local fabric shops and this was one of the few I found on that trip! Isn’t it just lovely?

Outfit Nr. 4.

The tunic is the same pattern and in size 62. I used my left over fabric from my summer tunic from last year which doesn’t fit me at the moment because of my baby bump but by the time the baby grows into this little green outfit, I should fit in mine again and we’ll be matching. 🙂

For the harlem pants (Pumphose) I used an old pattern from Lybstes and the fabric is an old T-Shirt of mine. This whole outfit was actually made only from scraps… Can you believe it?

Outfit Nr. 5.

Ok, I admit, this is not a complete outfit, just a sweater (size 62) but it still counts. I got the pattern from Schnabelina again, and it’s called “Trotzkopf”. My verdict on this project would be that the pattern is great, the instructions are easy to follow but my choice of fabric wasn’t the best… Next time I’ll try something else, maybe jersey or a stretchier sweat-fabric.

Outfit Nr. 6.

This is actually my favorite! The fabric was bought on the same trip in Düsseldorf and it’s a very light cotton print. For the top I used the pattern from outfit Nr. 1. and for the bottom I just gathered a skirt and attached to the top. Yes, the snaps are still missing but only because I ran out of them. A trip to my local fabric store is planned for this week, so hopefully this cutie will be done very soon!

+Baby Project Nr. 1.

I also had to make a new car seat cover because after the boys used it, had a few ugly stains and the plain black color wasn’t “girly enough”… 😀 This seat cover was actually a very difficult project: I thought that I’ll be done in one or two hours but it took me more then a day to finish it because of its small details… Anyway, it’s done and pretty and easy to take off and throw it in the washing machine! Yeah!

+ Baby Project Nr. 2.

This little patchwork baby blanket was made by using the scrap fabric I received in my Stitching Santa parcel from Pippa, who blogs over at Beads and Banacles. She wrote me that these fabric scraps came from her Grandma’s stash and she inherited them when her Grandma passed away. I promised her to make something beautiful out of them and hopefully a baby blanket is just perfect: a new life begins and the life of the fabric goes on…

This blanket will be shipped to a dear old friend of mine who is also having a baby girl very soon!

If you can take in even more pictures, here is one of me on that trip in Düsseldorf:

Thank you for the trip and the picture for Adrienn!

And now I’ll have to say good bye to you all for a while now. My due date is in a couple of weeks, so I’ll be taking some time off of the blogging world. I plan to come back with a new blog in the fall, I hope, you all be re-joining me then!

Until then I will probably post short notes on my facebook page, if you want, you can follow me there. Thank you so much for staying here with me and supporting me with all your lovely comments! You guys mean a lot to me! 🙂

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A New Sewing Corner

Some of you might remember the post about my previous craft/sewing corner that I wrote over a year ago. If not, here is a picture as a reminder:

Oh, how lovely and well organised this looked! Of course most of the time it was very much at chaos but it’s just something that one wouldn’t want to show. Until now! Because I decided to show you guys how my new and somewhat bigger sewing corner looks right now!

As it happens, my husband and I decided to change the look of our living room, so we started to push our furniture around, got rid of the hammock. Then my husband came up with the lovely idea to buy me a new wardrobe to store my always overflowing stash. He even found a beautiful one and bought it for me! Isn’t he the best? This is it:

Next to the new wardrobe stands my old shelf which stores more of my fabric. The top of this shelf is where my currently running projects are piled up. Above it hangs my idea and information board.

In the corner stands an other old shelf and the sewing desk. The lights were again my husband’s idea and they are just what I need! If you look very closely you’ll see that I am working on my Stitching Santas gift today! 😉

My favorite part is this little chest of drawers which stores my needles, zippers, buttons and a lot more. It is always at hand although it took me a few weeks to get used to it being on my left side, since before it was at my right hand.

And this is my happy corner all together:

Is’s definately growing but a cutting table is still missing, I do all my cutting on the floor or if it’s enough, on my ironing board which usually stands on the other side of the room. I am pretty happy with this sewing corner right now, I just need to get a few little supplies, like chalk and a new seam ripper because my old one seems to give up…

After all, this corner is my happy place and I love to be in it!
Please, share a photo or a link to your work place, where you guys can be creative and happy, I would love to see where all that magic happens!

Summer Projects

After a very, very long summer vacation I am finally back. The reason is why I stayed away for so long is because I am currently working on something completely new and it takes up a lot of my time. But hopefully my hard work will be worth it and I can share some good news with you guys very soon. Until then please, let me share a couple of projects I worked on during the summer.

The first of them is a sleeveless blouse with a circular collar. When I saw and bought this bright yellowish fabric, I knew right away that I will make a pretty summer top from it. A few weeks later this is what I came up with:

First it looked like this…

…but I wasn’t very pleased with it, so I ripped the side seams, added cords on both sides and finally took in on the back side.

As I am looking back on the pictures, I’m actually not convinced that it looks better this way… What do you think? Which version do you prefer? I might change it back…

The second project was a T-Shirt. I bought a bright blue T-Shirt, cut the neck line to make it larger and inserted a long piece of pink jersey.

I also made the sleeves a bit longer and I must say that I love how it turned out. It was a very easy make over and it makes a huge difference. Don’t you think? I just love it.

The third project I want to show you today has something to do with our vacation spent in Spain. My husband and I had the luxury of traveling to Sitges (which is a small town near Barcelona) and the best part is that our kids stayed with my parents during this time.
We are not the type of people who go to the beach very often (the last time we went was four years ago!), so we were not very well equipped for spending time on the sand: we didn’t bring any kind of big towel to lay on. But luckily many beautiful beach towels were sold right at the beach and I loved their mix of colors, they were just all very pretty! So I decided to buy one, use it on the beach during our vacation and then convert it to a skirt later when we get back home. This is why I ended up buying a circular towel instead of a square one. Look, how beautiful it was and it turned out after the makeover:

I adore this skirt, it brings me back to my teen years when I wore lots of long skirts.

As you can see on the left upper corner of this picture, I collected a huge pile of fabrics during our one month long vacation (not just in Spain but also in Hungary) and this was the first project made from those. A lot more to come, I hope. Stay tuned!

Where to find Hungarian Blue Print

A few weeks ago one of my dear readers asked me if it is possible to buy Hungarian blue print fabric online. I’m sorry that it take me so long to answer this question but I am also glad that I waited so long, because I found a newly added video on the web-shop’s page as I was searching today!
There is an online store in the UK where it is possible to buy the blue prints and the good new is that they ship world wide! Here it is:
http://www.kekfestocotton.co.uk/index.php

And check out the video that I found on their website:

The video is actually from 2012, from the Huston Quilt Festival where a Hungarian quilter lady explains very well why is quilting a new thing in Hungary. And those quilts, which are presented on the festival, are absolutely amazing and I will most definitely try to look up those ladies and learn from their work! Wow! I am truly amazed because their work is very similar to what I have in mind, only they are so much more advanced in their techniques. A long way to go for me but I am happy that I found my quilter soulmates!

My very first bag

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It’s all started months ago when I had a thought, that I should somehow involve my Hungarian heritage into my work. I already wrote about it once and mentioned that I will buy real hand dyed Hungarian (blue and white) fabric. And I did last summer when we were visiting relatives. Since then these fabrics sit on my shelf and I was waiting for some inspiration because I didn’t want just waist them on any project. Then I remembered that I promised my friend to make her a bag, similar to what we saw together at the biggest Festival of Folk Arts in Hungary (http://mestersegekunnepe.hu/) which takes place every August in Budapest at the Palace. The best craft fair in Hungary where really everybody gets inspired, well worth a trip!

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All I remembered about the bag that it had a big bow on front and I started to search for a tutorial because I am totally new to making bags and I had almost no experience doing it. The last bag I made was about ten years ago and it wasn’t the best one… And my friend’s request was to use blue and white Hungarian fabric. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between bags and me because I enjoyed the bag-making so much that I might try it again.

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So I found this great and detailed tutorial and I followed every step of it. Well, I did make some adjustments to it but only in choosing different fabrics or making a different pocket inside, nothing major. You can even download and print out the pattern of the pieces that needed to be cut out.

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I feel like combining an old fashioned, hand dyed fabric with new designs is a great way to keep our cultural heritage alive. The bag has after all a modern style, it’s very fresh, practical but also reminding me of my great grandmother’s skirt that was made from a very similar fabric. She passed away many years ago but I still remember her wearing those traditional (folk) outfits. I think we can not move forward to the future without taking some traditions with us and keeping them alive. Our roots are as much important as our plans, that’s what makes us human.

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I am really interested on your thoughts on this subject, so please, don’t hesitate to share them!

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And I already have an other idea on how to use these beautiful blue and white fabrics in our modern word. So hopefully more is coming next week!