Freitag, 18. Juli 2014

just a little jersey dress

A few days ago I told you about my planned projects. I'd like to make more simple jersey dresses, because I really like to wear them to work. They are so easy to combine and feel very comfortable. I also like them for traveling. I think that they look nice and classy, but are as comfortable as a shirt.

This dress was made by using a shirt pattern from burdastyle magazine 2/2011, but you can also find it here on I made two shirts using this pattern and this time I used it as a bodice for my dress. I lenghtened the bodice and added a ruffled skirt piece (a simple rectangle). The fabric is striped jersey, which looks like grey in these pictures. 

Do you like jersey dresses? Do you have pattern suggestions?


Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

New place, new projects

Dear readers,

I didn't have much time during the past weeks because I moved to a new home. On the last weekend I was able to unpack my machines. Although my new sewing corner is still in development, it is nice to see some time for new projects coming soon. Until then I'd like to share some of the upcoming projects with you:

  • a classic mens shirt: I'd like to broaden my horizon and try to make some mens wear. Yesterday I assembled this pattern by Fabric is ordered.
  • jersey dresses: I need some simple jersey dresses. Although I like my fancy 50s dresses, sometimes I just want to wear something simple. I really like to wear them for work. I have the beautiful Moneta pattern by Colette Patterns and the cute Coco pattern by Tilly printed and ready for assembling. Need to shop the fabrics for them.
  • Not an actual project, but a new book: Fit for Real people was on my wishlist for a very long time now. Because I want to get better with adjustments made directly to the pattern I decided that it is time to order it now. When I start a new project with a new pattern, I always make a muslin. And that's okay, but I'd like to learn faster techniques for fitting. The book is highly recommended by a lot of people, I'm really looking forward to its arrival.
What have you planned for the second half of 2014?

Yours, Melanie

Donnerstag, 5. Juni 2014

A little contest

Dear readers,

I'm taking part in a little competition over on facebook. It is a profile picture contest and would appreciate each like that you may give me :)

Pin-Up Germany profile picture contest

Thanks a lot !


Samstag, 24. Mai 2014

Hey, Sailor!

Today it's all about maritime flair! As I told you in my last post, I shoot some more outfits last month.
The first one is the Wearing History Playsuit, I already posted it here and here. Time went by and I never took some nice pictures of the whole outfit, so I took the chance!

I made another sailor pin up outfit back in 2008. The pattern was drafted by myself. Here it is, 2014 and my 2008 me:

Mittwoch, 23. April 2014

Hey Linda, let's play!

I'm on vacation right now, so I took the chance to finally do a new selfie photo session today. 

I must confess, I didn't sew so much during the first months of 2014. Life came across, but I'm pretty happy about that. Also most of the time I made things for my little shop. But now its vacation week and that means: sewing, just for me! 

Today I show you a fast and easy project I wipped up, between work, life and shop sewing. It is the Linda skirt from burdastyle (which I made two times before) paired with a cute little top, it makes this vintage inspired playsuit. The pattern is in the latest issue of Burda Easy magazine here in Germany. A really nice stash buster, because it needs so little fabric. When I buy fabric I try to squeeze as much items out of it as possible. This cute corduroy was meant to be a skirt, but now I have a little playsuit and the really little left overs will be hair accessoires. I like, when I don't have to throw away so much. The fabric has very tiny polka dots and as mentioned above, its a corduroy. And it has little apple buttons, how cute is that?? And because my hair was quite good today, I shoot my bombshell dress from Gertie's Craftsy course. And some more, but I'll save that for another post...

Mittwoch, 16. April 2014

Who made your clothes?

Did you ever think about, who made your clothes? Well, most of us will not, when they're buying the lastest fashion trends for only a few Euro. But shouldn't we question our self, who really pays the price for the cheap clothes? 

In one week it will be one year since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where more than 1000 people died. 

That's why right now there a lot of events around the world.

I wanted to share some of them with you:

This is a real good interactive report by the Guardian:

Fashion Revolution Day is featuring a lot of events in several cities around the world:

And please check out this short movie by Mary Night, produced by White Lodge, , think of them who made your clothes:

I think its about time to question the consumption habits of the western world, not only in fashion. And anyone should start by them self, shouldn't we?

Mittwoch, 26. März 2014

New items in my shop :)

Hello Readers,

my little Shop is growing! I just added these two things:

Dawanda Spring Sale

My Shop will participate in the Dawanda Spring Sale, which means you get 12 % discount from tomorow, 27th March 2014 at 10 o clock until 6th April 2014 (12 pm, MET)

You can find my shop by clicking the banner or the Shop Tab in the menu above.

Discount Dawanda

Sonntag, 16. März 2014

Fashion Fantastica Shop!

I'm happy to present you my very own little Shop with handmade clothes, accessoires and home decoration :)
You can find it via the Shop Button above or here:

Fashion Fantastica Shop

Dienstag, 4. Februar 2014

December & January

Dear Readers, I wish you a Happy New year...better late, then never ;)

I have two new dresses to show you. One was made a few days before Christmas and the second one is my January project. So I name them December & January.

Decemer is made from a very fine Corduroy in a dark plum color. I wanted to make a warm and cosy winter dress that still looks fesitive and cute. I choose the "Tweed Dress" pattern from This pattern is very simple, so the fabric can shine on its own. My dress has an detachable lace collar and a matching belt. I was so busy eating, drinking and chatting with my family, that I only made a few pics. 

January is made from a wonderful vintage wool fabric, it has a great drape, is very soft and lite and fun to sew with. Well, except of the plaid pattern, this was a pain to cut. I marked the lines of the squares on my pattern pieces and tried to match them as good as possible. It worked here and there, but not all around. I like though and here it is, it is Simplicity 3673. A very nice pattern, will be made again for sure. In plain fabric.

What's next?
Pants, I neeeed pants. So I will survive my fear of making them and hope to see you soon with a shiny new pair of navy blue corduroy pants.

With love