Japanese (sewing) book review

31. Dezember 2006
I found out that my blog often is viewed by people seeking for japanese craft books (like my Mrs Stylebook o.o.) and I´m pretty sorry that they might not find what they want - Some information about the books they´ve seen on flickr or elsewhere.
So I decided to give (subjective!) reviews about my latest finds of japanese goodies, hoping you enjoy it.

travaux et mode

"Travaux et mode" ... Skirts, skirts, skirts. All based on the same, simple Pattern which is altered and embellished different ways.
There are no patterns in original size. You´ll have to draft the skirts pattern from your own measurements as well as you´ll have to play around with the embellishments, appliqués and embroidery. A nice book with cute pictures - quite inspiring to see what one can do with a plain skirt.
Drafting and sewing the skirt is pictured very well, so everyone can do it.
Also very nice ideas how you can refashion some of your old skirts!
Rate: Worth the money.

Black is beautiful

I can´t read the title, but I call it "Black is beautiful", because all clothes in this book are BLACK. Perfect for me, obviously.
Patterns are given in original size from S to LL. Measurements in the charts are taken from the finished piece, those are NOT body measurements.
This book features blouses, skirts, jackets and a coat. All things have a very clean, clear look and are somehow "Yamamoto", if you know what I mean.
Rate: Four of five stars. Though there´s nothing really "new" in it it´s very stylish and I´ll surely have an eye on getting more from Watanabe Sato.

sewing talk

"Sewing talk" by - guess! - Yes, by Machiko Kayaki. Another book from her, and again filled with beautiful clothes in a very simple style. This time, she features linen and linen blends with a crinkly look.
Rate: Well. She´s my queen, but this book surely isn´t her best.

crochet motif item

"Crochet motif item"
A book I ordered "blind", and that´s what I might have been.
Many things made from granny squares or crochet flowers and stuff. Pincushions, aprons, shawls, scarfs, handbags... I really like what´s inside (and I know you do!), but they use about 100 colors for each single crochet motif (okay, maybe that´s a little exaggeration). Hey - where´s the fun part? I´ll have to "weave in loose ends" till I die!
Rate: Beautiful. Wonderful. A feast for the eye.
I never ever will make something out of it. Still waiting for the fairy goodmother to bring me an automatic "weave-loose-ends-in-thingie". Then I might give the apron and the hoodie a try.

pattern magic

Last, but not least: "Pattern magic"... What to say about this magical book? It´s all about unusual ways to cut apart and alter a pattern, to insert pieces and to give pretty normal things a one of a kind style.
There are no patterns in original size. You´ll have to draft a basic sloper from your own measurements. On this base you´ll be able to draft and alter the patterns for blouses, pullovers and dresses.
Though the pictures in this book are pretty good, it´s not the "typical japanese step by step style", so be careful.
The photographs are very beautifully made and concentrate on the fashion. No fuss, no decorations. I love it!
Rate: THIS. IS. WHAT. I. WANTED. Worth every damn dime.

More pictures from the books can be seen on flickr.



*** FYI: Patterns will be too short if you´re taller than 160 cm, you´ll have to alter them. This counts for almost all japanese patterns except those you draft yourself! ***

WIP

29. Dezember 2006
My WIP. Or, my WWP (work without progress) these days:

wip ...

A blazer (or jacket), again drafted from Mrs. Stylebook. While the drafting went on pretty well - I failed while cutting. I forgot to switch my brain ON. Can´t believe it. You might call me dumbass, now.

I´m trying to save it somehow. If it works, there will be more pics. If not, you´ll see me crying.
Just don´t ask. This pic is just to prove I´m still sewing.

Anyways, today a parcel arrived with some japanese craft books. *yay!* (see that silver line on the horizon?)
I´ll post pics as soon as possible. You know, nighttime is not the time to take good pictures. I´ve tried.

Merry christmas

24. Dezember 2006
or God Jul!
merry christmas

Pics of decoration, presents and all the other sidestuff within the next days - I´m trying to catch up a little after those busy days of making and getting and fixing and decorating...

On days like this I´m thankful for being blessed with a loving family and caring friends, some of whom I´ve met (only) online.

Hope you all have a peaceful day with your beloved ones, no matter if you celebrate christmas or jul or whatever-comes-to-your-mind.
Love,
K.

Last Minute Christmas Gift: Felt Mobile

12. Dezember 2006
Last minute christmas gifts, the second. Again used: woolfelt. This time you´ll only need some scraps. The quality I´ve used here is the same as for the napkin rings. Further you´ll need some crochet yarn, pearls or beads and a dowel rod.
Depending on your material and eventually premade parts, this could be done in 30 minutes.
finishedcomplete

Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Angel Wings Napkin Rings From Woolfelt

4. Dezember 2006
As I promised here´s the first tutorial titled "Last Minute Christmas Gifts".
If I hadn´t the "last minute", I would do NOTHING at all and I think there are some of you who may share my little problem... (or at least I hope so.)
napkins with wings

Bring me back to life

29. November 2006
First of all: Thank you for your kind comments on my win! Nice of you not to say that there weren´t many entries (but, you know - I´m aware of it!) *gg*.

In the meanwhile my huge cold/tonsilitis is nearly gone and I hope that till our big concert on saturday I will be completely healed.
Some of you know that I sing in a choir, and our concert will be on saturday, as I said. We worked on the songs and everything for a whole year now, and I hope it will be a success for us.
Little of my dear readers know that I´m the "silent speaker" of our choir, so I was working double shifts - singing, learning the text and learning the sign language for it. You can bet those last two weeks were BUSY, and it will be until saturday. I still need to alter my suit... *sigh*

Alongside of job and singing I sent away some packages those last days, happy to finally get them done. Anea was very patient (THANK YOU!!!) and waited very long for her bloggiversary-win. Here´s a sneak peek of what was sent out to her:

purse

as usual, there are more pictures on flickr.
Thank you Anea for letting me know that you like it! I´m very glad about it and I´m proud that it matched your taste. :)

I also finished something i begun earlier. Remember? Socks. Two is a pair...:

Two is a pair

Last but not least I made some of these,

got wings?

but that´s a story I´ll tell you another day.

Speaking of this, I can promise you some "last minute christmas gift" patterns and tutorials within the next weeks. You may stay tuned, if you want.

But for now - just keep fingers crossed for saturday.

For your records

20. November 2006
whiplash theme for november is "alt craft".
Something I really couldn´t feel related to in the first moment. I´m not alternative, and I feel deeply sorry for it, but I´m not the kind of girl who would wear a skirt made from cans of a well-known softdrink... *g*
Not that I don´t like alt crafts. There are hundreds of beautiful things, but I just don´t get the feeling... the mood... I´m too square for it, I think.

Anyway... I´m doing some christmas crafting right now and suddenly it came across my mind that what I actually did for a cousin might match into the "alternative" scheme, so I enter this purse into this month competition:

sideview

About an hour ago it still looked like a little hedgehog, but now it´s finished and ready to be a christmas present for a nice young lady with a faible for handbags and two left hands. She always asks for selfmade presents, so what might be better for her?!

This purse is made from old records - you can see the covers in the background. For those who might recognize them: It´s Roy Black and Christian Anders... (please imagine a maniac laughter at this point... I just HAD to CUT them DOWN!)

fabrics carry

I added a small pocket for her cell phone in the lining because I know that she always seeks for her cell (must run in the family, I think... just like searching the keys)

cellphonepocket

Some of my returning visitors know that I´ve made purses like that one before - for myself, for charlotte and for my sister, but it took me until now to recognize that maybe what I do is considered "alternative" in a wider range.

Well, so I´m alternative. a bit. a tiny little bit.
Good to know - and thank you, whip up! You always make me think different and force me to find out new things.


*** EDIT on Dec., 30th: Due to somehow high interest in this bag it will be available in my shop. After seeing some copies I decided so. ***

Skirt á la carte

19. November 2006
I´ve catched a heavy cold, I´m coughing (and it´s painful!) and sneezing all the time. As I can´t go out anyway I thought I could use this chance to catch up with my reports... This skirt was already finished a week ago:
self portrait
The book "Skirt á la carte" by Machiko Kayaki
skir á la carte
has been on my bookshelf for quite some time, and now that I found the perfect fabric that matched my imagination for this model from the book, I finally decided to SEW instead of just looking at it.
I added a lining as well as a facing around waist and hemline, as I liked the "clean" look better, and the fabric surely would have "climbed up" my tights, and that´s really a thing I *hate*.
Is there anyone out there who can tell me why they NEVER use linings in japanese sewing books? That´s not only in this book but in almost all I own. No lining. Not in skirts, not in jackets, not in dresses. Weird...

On this skirt i´m very proud of the invisible zipper... almost perfect *gg*.
The skirt sits low on the hips and cries out for a belt (bad thing i don´t own any belts...)
skirt
another shot of the skirt can be found here. On this picture you can see that the hemline stands out a little - I pretty much like the look, it´s so flattering...

Unfortunately none of the photos shows the nice pintucks, but you can see them on the instruction sheet, so just use your imagination.

Due to my heavy cold I just sew some smallish things at the moment, mostly christmas presents. Early bird, I am...
Hope you folks are well and had a wonderful weekend!

one word meme

16. November 2006
Stolen from Amelie. Just a short sign of life, and you know I can´t resist memes!

1. Yourself: stressed.
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend: busy
3. Your hair: cut!
4. Your mother: loving.
5. Your father: gone.
6. Your favorite item: this.
7. Your dream last night: weird.
8. Your favorite drink: tea.
9. Your dream car: porsche!
10. The room you are in: mine.
11. Your ex: wrong.
12. Your fear: loss.
13. What you want to be in 10 years: satisfied.
14. Who you hung out with last night: friends.
15. What you’re not: tidy.
16. Muffins: yes!
17: One of your wish list items: time
18: Time: evening.
19. The last thing you did: gardening.
20. What you are wearing: clothes?!?
21. Your favorite weather: comfortable.
22. Your favorite book: many.
23. The last thing you ate: lebkuchen.
24. Your life: square.
25. Your mood: swaying.
26. Your best friend (s): rare.
27. What are you thinking about right now: sewing.
28. Your car: green!
29. What are you doing at the moment: ....?!?
30. Your summer: hot.
31. Your relationship status: married.
32. What is on your tv: nothing.
33. What is the weather like: foggy.
34. When is the last time you laughed: 1 hour ago.

And you?

a half bluefish.

10. November 2006
you know, i´ve been searching for the perfect use of the yarn i won a while ago and i really was tempted to knit up a lacy scarf, but couldn´t find a pattern that seemed to "suit" the wool.
now i decided that the perfect way to knit up this yarn would be SOCKS!

then... *sigh* ...it came across my mind that i never-ever knit socks before. how should i be able to knit a pair of socks that would be wearable in the end? neither have i done a heel before... nor a toe... all knitted socks i own are made by my grandma.
i´ve searched for a pattern that may be suitable for a beginner, but didn´t find one that seemed to be all-in-one: beautiful AND easy.
finally, i decided to use the pattern that attracted me most and was at least two-in-one: lace AND socks.

so... may i introcuce my dear readers to the first half of pomatomus?

pomatomus-sockalicious

*muhahahaha* it took me a week, but I DID IT! socks! with heel and toe and everything. i´m so proud of myself, i´m almost bursting my vest!
okay, my other foot still is barenaked,

halfwaydone

but after the first sock - what could be worse? nothing can stop me now (please imagine an evil laughter at this point)!

the heel seems to be worked different than my grandma does it. this one was easy (i admit: the pattern was clear & good!), but my grandma´s version looks better and seems to be more... "durable".

now that i found out that knitting a sock isn´t as hard as i always thought, there seem to be tempting socks everywhere i go... hundreds of them in blogland!

hopefully there´s not another addiction in sight. i can´t afford to have one more!

go and see more "pomatomusses" on flickr - i´m off, beginning the other one. my other foot gets cold... *gg*

dogs eat a lot.

7. November 2006
no. of course the dogs didn´t eat the lots...

lots

they were just drawing the winner of my bloggiversary giveaway:

dog eats winner?

 they could not decide who draws, so they both put their curious little noses into the bowl and finally spit out a name.

and the winner is

as you may see they just wanted to draw and then chew on the winner. no chance for me to get the lot back "alive". it was quite a success that they didn´t eat it *grin*.

anyway... anea, please submit your color preference(s) and adress to me: madhatter[a-t]couchpiraten[d-o-t]de
now, i´m not sure if i should congratulate or condole for being the future owner of something sewn by me, but you may tell me afterwards! ^.^

boo to you!

31. Oktober 2006
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today´s halloween. so: BOO!

we´ll have our annual dinner, celebrating samhain, now and then disturbed by kids asking for treats.
(f.y.i: the new issue of the anticraft is online!)

i spent the last days preparing, decorating and carving pumpkins. this years lanterns are better than last years, but i still try to figure out the fine work of carving.

another reason to celebrate is the bloggiversary of your favourite madhatters blog (if you don´t know what i´m talking about: it´s THIS very blog...*eg*). one year of nonsense and still you stick with me... and it´s amazing to see where you all come from (yes, i spy...)!
of course i´m aware that my first post wasn´t exactly on halloween, but hey - it´s my blog. i can do what i want! *g*

and because halloween is a trick-or-treat-thing and anniversaries just scream for presents, i thought of a little treat for you:
pretending that 99,9% of my dear readers are (golden?) girls i´ll give away a zippered wristlet in your preferred color combination & a matching coin purse.all you have to do is leave a comment till sunday. then i´ll have my sister (or her dogs...) drawing a winner.
as i can´t e-mail you directly because blogger doesn´t have this wonderful feature, please stay tuned. ;)

hope you´ll have a boo-tiful all hallows eve. i´ll be sure to have fun.
bb.

mom´s the best

26. Oktober 2006
of course i know that everyone has the best mom ever, but mine is the "bestest"!
she went to the doc yesterday (just for a checkup), and walking back to her car a stand at the flea market caught her eye. now - look what she found for me:

burda world of fashion - burda international

it´s stylish. it´s hip. and it comes with the patterns - YAY!
she said "they didn´t have any older issues, but maybe you´ll like this one anyway?" and hell, i do!
you know, i´m not very into the 70s style and my mom is aware of this, but i think some patterns are adjustable, and i love old mags for their advertisements.
here and here are additional insights fyi.

it´s those small things that makes me think i have the best mom ever. being aware that she´s thinking of me in an unexpected moment.

and... don´t get me wrong... of course my mom´s the "bestest" every day. not only when she brings me presents ;)

jigamathingroundyourneck

18. Oktober 2006
i didn´t want to participate this months whiplash. really... i just thought i couldn´t find the time to "whip up" something so quick, as my time was already planned up. then on monday i read that the deadline has been extended for two days. TWO DAYS!

tempting.

i tried to resist, but - i lost the struggle. so, here it is. whipped up yesterday and finished today: the JIGAMATHINGROUNDYOURNECK shawl/collar.
collar
the problem was to name it somehow, so today i took it over to my sister to show her and to ask for advice on a name. the moment i put it on my brother in law came into the room, had a quick look at me, raised his eyebrow and asked "what´s that jigamathing round your neck?" ... well, so here it is, and it´s easy as pie:

Gimme Moor!

15. Oktober 2006
this late week really could have been called "late summer".
bright, sunny days - but with the awareness and the smell of fall in the air. i love those days.

we took one afternoon off and drove over to the rhön (here is a german link with even more information), a biosphere reserve about 45 mins away from our doorstep.
we spent that day in one of two moors in the rhön, namely the "schwarze moor" (= black moor).
an eye
after this area was made an biosphere reserve in 1991 they made a very interesting educational trail through it, and i really like to go there. though i don´t go because of education, THIS time i couldn´t resist my curiosity and just needed to FEEL the swamp.
was kind of muddy....
action research shaddow play
first time i´ve been there with my class when i was in 2nd grade (it was a lesson about turf/peat), but the moor looks different every time.
it´s beautiful over there in autumn, though i couldn´t say which is my favourite season to go there.
(note to elfy: we already searched for dead elves in the eyes we saw, but there weren´t any. just if you wondered...)
after our walk we went to a *really old* café in an open-air-museum where we had some home made "kirschstreusel" and tea, then visited a small shop where their farm products are sold (you´ve never-ever tasted ham or yoghurt like THAT, belive me!) and went home with our fresh "bio-dinner kit".

it was a day of pure fun. nothing that bothered me, no hurry, just relaxation. plain FUN!
family portrait
as far as anyone knows, we´re a nice, normal family...
more pics (including some nature, not only precious little self) can be found on flickr.

neverending story

7. Oktober 2006
LISTS are a neverending story.
bad: my to-do-list.
worse: my to-do-list, the sequel.
worst: my i-want-to-do-list.

the latter was prolonged today *sigh*. first, my order from rohrspatz und wollmeise arrived, beautifully packed and containing the most wonderful, red, soft hand-dyed yarn ever:

Wilder Mohn

this one fine day will be "serrano" by knitty... well, if i ever will finish dh´s vest ô.O

i also received a booklet which i desperately was waiting for over the past months

Fashion Outlines

as far as i can see now it was worth my patience.
of course, this makes the last list even longer.
especially for yt there´s an insight here and there. like it? XD

bad conscience is calling, but i just ignore it.
the list(s) will grow, and hopefully i will "grow" along - whenever i find the time to finally DO what i WANT TO...

babyquilt VI - final fantasy.

27. September 2006
finally i did it.
it´s finished - the baby quilt for my little nephew.

ian´s quilt

detail shots and backside pictures can be found on flickr, as usual.

quilting pain

it´s machine quilted, because of the squillions of seams... i don´t think i could have quilted it by hand - it was painful enough to do it this way, even though dh built my sewing table so i´d be able to sink the machine for quilting (i just have to say it again: he´s so talented, my very own tim taylor!).
the binding is sewn by hand, of course. i´m not THAT lazy...

in the end i´m almost satisfied with how it turned out. oh, yes... it could be better, i know. i recognized mistakes in sewing as well as in quilting, but after all the pain with cutting, sewing and non-sticking appliqués it´s the best you can get. to be honest: in the end i just wanted to have it off the table.

i named the quilt "der sichere hafen" (meaning "the safe harbour"), as this is what family and friends should be and hopefully always will be. i think that is why my sister wanted a lighthouse as theme for little ians quilt.

now you may keep your fingers crossed that my sister and the baby really will like what i did...

DIY: Organize your trim & get crafty!

28. August 2006
One of my biggest problems is organizing all the small stuff I own... buttons, pearls, trim.
I got small boxes for the buttons, even smaller ones for beads and pearls and I have boxes for zippers and thread spools - but my trim is a mess.
It´s a big knotted ball, no matter how I try to wind or roll it, after a few days it´s a gordic knot once again.

Do you experience the same problems?
Join me in getting organized AND feel crafty while doing so:

as i promised

21. August 2006
some sewing stuff!
last week i WAS sewing. not much, though.
this is what came out: mcCalls 4872. close fitting, but with wide sleeves.

shirtf

picture of backside found here.
the shirt fits well, but i usually don´t wear something that is *that* fitted. the neckline also seems to be too wide for my taste.
anyway, it´s SO nice to wear. very comfy! :)

fabric for the body is bought in aschaffenburg, the black jersey for the sleeves comes from my local fabric store.

let me also mention that the whiplash competition for august has ended. be sure to see all the great entries listed, there are so many great and inspiring things to see!
then you may vote for your favorites in this whipup-entry.
(as i was asked before: yes, everyone can vote. it isn´t neccessary to be a member of the site and it doesn´t matter if you took part in the actual competition.)

have a nice week and a lot of fun browsing!

The transvestite shirt tutorial or How to turn a men's shirt into a blouse

12. August 2006
new month, a new challenge from whiplash:
this time, it´s "wardrobe surgury", which doesn´t tell me anything at the start, as i´m more a "sew new" than a "refashionista".
well, that´s part of a challenge, isn´t it? try something new - in the end you´re successful or you fail.
for larger views of the pictures, please click on them. thanks! ^.^

my wardrobe was radically sorted out in spring, so there really was nothing i could (or wanted) to change in any way. but i´m kind of smart... i read the rules... they don´t say you have to stay in your OWN wardrobe... *evilgrin*
so i dived right into the husbands wardrobe and luckily found a dress shirt that he surely doesn´t need anymore (at least he won´t need it anymore when i´m finished with it...)

lacey.

7. August 2006
lacey by knitty really took me loooong to finish.
i´m not a perfect knitter. never was & probably never will be, but it´s fun to do, so i just knit when "it comes over me".

with lacey i´m pretty satisfied, though somewhere in between there suddenly was one stitch more on my needle... nevermind - i just k2tog the next row *coughcough*.
today i took some pics to share with you:

lacey-front lacey-back

a detail shot of the lace pattern can be seen here.

for my version i used lace weight mohair yarn by junghans.

to see the original please follow the link to the knitty archives.

obviously other people did like this pattern, too: have a look here, here and here, then go and get you some yarn and needles!

some japanese goodies

19. Juli 2006
to brighten up my day!

last week i ordered some small items at kumis shop "atelier jade" in japan. she had this lovely cram cream tape that i just needed to have, and i found some more nice little things that i ordered right away. as i knew she was very busy with a fair she was invited to sell her selfmade things i thought it might take a while before my order arrived - but to my astonishment it already arrived yesterday in the evening!

goodies-from-kumi

there are some goldfish stickers saying "happy hot summer" (btw: my happy-hot-summer goldfish is available at etsy), some origami paper to fold cute little dresses, some putidepome-ribbon to embellish my nephew´s next pants, the cram cream tape and two pieces of lovely, summer-styled fabric ^^
thank you for your superfast shipping, kumi!

another cheer-up arrived in form of a new book:

crafe

some very nice patterns for small bags are included. and i love to look at those advertisements, though all the japanese shops don´t provide an english site, so you don´t even have the *chance* to order something. damn! very cute fabrics and some hot-hot-hot notions for bagmaking!
to spy inside the mag, click here.

and - last but not least - the whiplash bag competition has ended. be sure to go there and browse the bags - there are some real inspiring and pretty ones to see!

after browsing them you may want to leave your "vote" for your favoured bag(s) in this whipup blog entry. i´m sure you´ll find more faves than you might think! ^^

sew wrapped up

7. Juli 2006
as wrap dresses are up to date these days i thought i might have one, too.
two weeks ago there was the high summer 2006 issue of "mrs. stylebook" in my mailbox.

Mrs. Style Book

as i was "wrapped up" in my projects for the wedding i just browsed the magazine, but did not sew anything from it.
leafing through the mag again last weekend i recognized that they provided a little extra this time: a full-size pattern for modell 1 - 5 from this issue! what a surprise! no drafting neccessary - just plain copying and you´re ready to go!
(modell no. 1 - 5 are based on the same pattern, so actually they don´t give you 5 patterns, but 1 that can be altered...)
i decided for modell no. 1: a wrap dress

Dress Dress

of course i didn´t want to look like a dead chicken (i´m sorry, but the color-combination of the models skin and the main dress color just make me think of a dead, naked chicken... or a dead roll, if you prefer... though the model´s very pretty) so i took some flower fabric (yes!) from my stash and sat down to sew.

this dress was easy as a wink, mainly because i didn´t need to draft the pattern, i didn´t need to alter the pattern and it isn´t lined. plain, brainless sewing. no thinking, no fuss. that´s the way i like it ^.^

wrap dress wrap dress, backside

it´s very flowery, but the flowers are on a black ground. think i can handle this.

and (not joking!) i used the fabrics left side as the right side. believe me: the "real" right side is MUCH louder! on the left side the pattern looked "vintage" to me, so i decided to turn the fabric.
there´s no hem on the skirt, as hemming would have revealed my knees, which i don´t like. you´ll hardly see me in anything that doesn´t cover up my knees, so i just bias-bound the hem, which makes it stand out a little. i quite like it.
this dress is just for me to wear in and around my house. it´s not supposed to be seen in my office or somewhere else. it´s lightweight and fluttering. good when it´s just hot-hot-hot and everything you wear just feels "too much".

that´s all i got for this week... hope you have nice and stress-free weekends!

my best friend´s wedding

4. Juli 2006
and how the dress turned out.

first of all: the wedding was on saturday and it was wonderful. it took place in a small castle and the surrounding, the weather, the food - everything was perfect.

as "best man" for my friend (or is it called "best woman" in my case?) i wanted to have a nice outfit, but nothing that would be too overdressed. as you remember, i started to sew my wedding dress ten days ago and took the pattern from the book "simple chic" by machiko kayaki.
i don´t tell you every bit of sewing, i´ll just show the finished piece:

frontbackside breast area

okay, the pic of the backside and the invisible zipper is a bit crooked, but you´ll have to live with that. maybe there will be some pics from the wedding and me wearing it, but i haven´t seen them now. maybe i need to censor them.
in the end i´m pretty satisfied with how it turned out, though it´s not perfect. it fits well, and that´s what counts, don´t you agree?
i prolonged the satin ribbons that go around the neckline to tie it around the waist and bind it in the back. dh liked it as "it *breaks* the pattern", as he said.

the dress was finished with the last stitches by hand at 2 o´clock in the morning before the wedding took place. *phew!*

in the meantime (after making the bag and while finishing my dress) i also made the ring pillow (or is it called ring cushion?) for the wedding, for the first time ever using the embroidery part of my sewing machine.
this is the testrun... still searching the right colors for the initials i wanted to embroider to the heart shaped pillow:

sticken

i wanted to stay in the color scheme of the brides dress and her new dhs clothes, so there was the choice between off-white and a deep, golden brown. finally i decided to take both.

ringkissen

i covered one side with crocheted vintage lace that matched her dress. the pic is a bit dark, you´ll have to imagine the colors off-white and golden brown.... this photo was taken at midnight, so no-one can really blame me being a bad photographer.

and... last but not least the wedding magazine was finished.

hochzeitszeitung

someone asked if i work well when under pressure. well, i need to admit that at least i DO work, when i´m under pressure. normally i´m a friend of the "long bench"... ^^

anyway. thank you for your helping thoughts with the dress!
next thing from this book is surely to come whenever i find the time, but first there´s a ball coming up at july 29th and i need a *long* robe... we´ll see what happens *g*