In my most recent Youtube video, I’m briefly showing how to draft and sew a circle or half-circle skirt. But, due to insufficient footage, the drafting process is not explained as well as it should be, so here’s a little heads up on how to get the pattern right.
If you’ve been following my blog or Youtube Channel for a while, you might have seen my first zip-tie corset, which, alas, due to lack of sewing experience and pattern fitting, turned out more like a straight tube.
I’ve learned a lot about garment construction since then, including the strategic use of curves, so a corset holds it’s shape automatically, without heavy boning. The victorians were masters at this art, and thus, most period corsets were only lightly boned with whalebone, or even cording, relying on the pattern to give shape to the corset.
I decided to try again, and this time (hopefully) construct a proper corset. Due to budget, I ended up using zip-ties again, since the texture is nearly the same a synthetic whalebone, and MUCH cheaper. I also, for the first time, bought a proper busk, though not a spoon busk, which again, was too expensive.
With all the lock-downs and event cancellations we’ve had, it’s easy to get VERY bored staying at home. Today I’ll be sharing my 3 favorite book series, all of them vintage classics as it happens. Lets jump right into it!
The story is set in the 1860, civil war America. It tells of the lives of 4 girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who are left at home with their mother, while their father is an army chaplain in the Union troops. The family is quite poor, but they still do their best to help people still poorer then them, by giving up their Christmas breakfast, for example. Throughout the book, each girl faces her own challenges in trying to overcome the little flaws in character everyone has, which makes this book very relatable, even now, 160 years after it’s written.
Good Wives continues the story, with the girls now grown up, and finding husbands. New challenges! This is my favourite book from the series.
The 2 last books, Little Men and Jo’s Boys deal primarily with Jo and her family, who opened a school for boys. Jo had always been fonder of boys than of girls, being a tomboy herself, so this school was the perfect opportunity to take care of as many little boys as she could take in. Of course, with so many boys around, trouble is sure to come in all shapes and sizes!
In the little house series, Laura Ingalls Wilder tells of her own childhood in a pioneer family (1870s-80s), and how she and her two, later three sisters, moved all over America, to find a new home in the west. The family starts out in Wisconsin, moves into Kansas (which is described in the most famous book in this series, Little House on the Prairie), then on to Plum Creek, Minnesota. But due to the grasshopper plague, things don’t work out there, so the family finally moves to De Smet, South Dakota, where they finally settle.
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prarie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
On the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Years
Then there’s also Farmer Boy, which tells of the childhood of Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s future husband, who is first mentioned in On The Shores of Silver Lake.
By mistake, an orphan girl, Anne, is sent to live with Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert, on Prince Edward Island. Marilla and Mathew are middle-aged siblings, who originally wnated to adopt a boy, but then decide to keep Anne instead. Anne is overjoyed to finally have a home to stay, where people will be good to her. Marilla is very strict with Anne, tryig to “bring her up” after the old principals, which don’t always agree with imaginative Anne. Yet she is very happy there, and as time goes on, Marilla and Anne begin to understand each other.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to go a little crazy with sparkly pink nails. If you don’t have any glitter nail polish at home, you can easily create your own using a clear nail polish and some craft glitter.
I used a natural/vegan nail polish, as there are less toxic ingredients in it than in regular nail varnish. Check it out here: Happy Nails Clear Nail Polish.
Now that the new year is still young, we have to think about getting 2021 organized. Making your own planner is very easy and a lot of fun, as you get to design every detail just the way you want it.
A lot of people decorate their planners elaborately, put in habit trackers, goals etc. It’s up to you, how much detail you add. I went with quite a simple design, compared to what other “bullet-journalists” make, but it’s good base for more complicated set-up options.
The first step is to decide on the paper and size. You can either use a plain-page notebook, or design the pages one-by one on white sheets of paper and ring-bind it. I decided on the latter, so I started by making myself a template that I copied until I had a page for each month. I also created a 2021 year overview, to go on the first page.
After that, it’s just a matter of decorating. You can incorporate different scrapbooking techniques, use sentiment stamps etc. I used calligraphy to write the name of each month, and decorated the pages with little drawings doodles, and yes, I also used stamps on some of them.
You can also stick some sticky-notes and to do lists to the inside of the front cover, so you always have them handy.
The Elbe is one of Germany’s largest rivers. It rises in the northern Czech Republic, and flows through many large german cities including Dresden and Hamburg, before flowing into the North Sea in Cuxhaven, 110 km north of Hamburg. In the quick travel vlog below (taken this time last year, and now finally uploaded) you can see what the Elbe looks like in Hamburg, where it’s (now) wide and deep enough for container ships to pass through. With the ships growing in size, the Elbe has been excavated several times, to allow the bigger container ships in to the port of Hamburg. One of my favourite features of the Elbe are the pretty freshwater shells being washed up to the banks, that have a very pretty purple mother of pearl interior. I’m going to use those for jewellery, a tutorial for that will be up here and on my Youtube channel in the future.
Sie lebte in einem Heim, arbeitete in den Heimwerkstätten, war mobil, konnte schwimmen, laufen, sprechen, fuhr auf Behindertenausflüge und arbeitete fleißig in der Heimwerkstatt- – jetzt sitzt sie im Rollstuhl, kann sich nicht mehr gezielt bewegen und kaum noch sprechen, braucht noch intensivere Betreuung und Pflege, und seit der Corona-Isolation kann sie noch nicht einmal mehr mit Ihrer 88-jährigen Mutter spazieren oder Kaffeetrinken gehen.
Mit Eurer Hilfe könnte sie wenigstens mittelfristig eine weitere Betreuungsperson und die nötige Reha und Bewegungstherapien bekommen, um sie wieder auf die Beine zu bringen.
Seit gestern gilt in Deutschland Maskenpflicht, d.h ohne Maske darf nicht mehr Bus oder Bahn gefahren oder, in den meisten Bundesländern zum Einkaufen gegangen werden. Für alle, die noch keine Maske haben, nähen wir heute einen sehr hübschen Baumwollmundschutz mit Filtertasche, in welche man noch ein Taschentuch o.ä. integrieren kann.
Diese Maske dauert mit der Nähmaschine nur 10-15 Minuten, mit der Hand etwa 20-15 Minuten. Laßt uns loslegen!
2 rechteckige Stoff, 35cm x 23cm und 10cm x 6cm (Nahtzugabe inbegriffen)