Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pannier 2

My father loved this pannier so much that we organised one for his birthday a couple of weeks ago. Not such a big deal since it's Swiss army surplus :) But of course, because it came directly from an army shop, it didn't have hooks or straps to mount it on a bike. Not a problem for my father - he just made his own construction. So cool!

Vitu gefiel diese Radtasche aus Schweizer Armeebestand so gut, dass er diese Munitionstasche zum Geburtstag geschenkt bekam. Natürlich hatte die aber keine Befestigung fürs Fahrrad, da sie im Originalzustand belassen war - Nichts, was Vitu nicht beheben kann wie man auf den Fotos sieht. Kultig!!
Pics/Fotos: Vitu

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Last Summer Dress (For Now)

After 3 foggy and chilly summers in San Francisco, I was actually looking forward to spending a "real" summer in Europe - but so far it's more rain than heat. Not that I'm complaining - I love the rain and the fog, but I would love to wear my summer dresses again... So, since July is almost over, I decided that this is the last summer garment that I make for this year and that I will start sewing fall and winter clothes. There's a leather jacket on my list as well as a couple of dresses from fabrics that I have in my stash. Back to this dress: I wanted to make a bustier line shirt or dress for a long time and here it is. The pattern is self drafted, I just went from my kimono sleeve shirt pattern and drafted the bustier line. Zoe has a tutorial on her blog for a similar t-shirt. The grey fabric has unfinished edges and I stitched it to the black top yoke with a twin needle. Pretty easy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Finally: My Excalibur Dehydrator

I am beyond excited to announce that my Excalibur Dehydrater was delivered today!! It's been quite a while that I wanted one... It would have been silly to buy one in the US because I could not have taken it with me back to Europe (different voltage). And here, they are really expensive (especially compared to the US price...). But now, with the great exchange between the Swiss Franc and the Euro, I finally made the deal:-) So, no more dehydrating nuts in the oven and I can now make my own jerky, live crackers, vegetable chips, sprouted and dehydrated lentils.... I'm off in the kitchen!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I made my first Liberty of London garment! I'm usually not a print person, but I loved this fabric the moment I walked into the shop. I think it's is a bit Art Nouveau like whereas my cousin said that it reminded her of African prints. That's probably because I lived in Vienna for some time and she stayed in Africa for a couple of months ;-) Anyway, I wanted to keep the dress plain and simple to highlight the print. For contrast at the hem and inner front, I chose a black cotton fabric. The dress is fully lined with a cotton batiste both for comfort and opacity.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Homemaker Dress

Back when we lived in Zürich, we had this old lady in our building who would wear apron-style dresses as her daily outfit. This dress reminds me of her (and her dresses). It has this 50ies homemaker vibe, but I think in a good way;-) I found the fabric at the same thrift store as this one and they are the same quality, just with diffrent designs. The pattern is from Burda style 4/2010, Dress 116. I added darts in the front and in the back and wear it without a belt.