Wednesday 26 May 2010


I finally finished another skirt, after hours of cutting, sewing, unpicking and sewing again. Thanks to my stupidity this skirt took me ages, but what do you expect when you sew wrong pieces together more than once and when  you think nothing can go wrong anymore suddenly notice, that the button holes for the elastic are on the outside of the waistband??? Anyway, it's finished and here are some detailed photos. It's the new Farbenmix pattern Zucka:

Friday 21 May 2010

Summer has arrived

It's only May and we already have 22C out here, very unusual for Scotland. But I'm loving it!!! Here are some more clothes I made for Leoni:

Two Brooklyn tops from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love and two LORE tops.

And a double layered skirt from an OTTOBRE pattern issue 3/2006 in Hilde fabric , Vichy blue and Printed cotton flowers aqua.

I hope you all have a lovely and sunny weekend!

Tuesday 18 May 2010

Feliz and Ottobre top

We are going to a wedding at the end of July and for this occasion I made Leoni another Feliz dress. We love this pattern as the dress always looks different depending on the material. For this one we chose the Kid Pipo fabric from Hilco and the underdress is plain cotton poplin in pink and white embellished with ribbons and lace.

And as we are going on a proper summer sun holiday this year, I'm busy working on summer tops and skirts. This is the first top in Broderie Cotton, made from an OTTOBRE pattern in issue 3/2006:

Sunday 16 May 2010

Ebay auction

Leoni has grown out of many of her clothes and I've just put two of them up for sale on ebay:

You can find them here and here.

Friday 14 May 2010

New patterns

Two lovely new Farbenmix patterns arrived today: LORE, a pattern combi of culottes and a top and ZWERGENVERPACKUNG, different patterns for babies and toddlers. And don't be scared, it's just the name  that looks complicated, the pattern itself is quite easy, honestly :-)

Sunday 9 May 2010


A big thank you to all of you who took part in our survey. We are going to make some changes over the next weeks/months to the layout regarding the menue and search facilities and we will include as many of your suggestions as possible. Many thanks again for your opinions!

And the winner of the prize draw is

Louise Paemen, Oxfordshire


Wednesday 5 May 2010

Wenn einer eine Reise tut...

...dann kann er was erleben! That's German and means as much as: if you go on a journey you have lots to tell! And so have I. Two days before I was due to fly out one of my suppliers informed me that their new collection wasn't finished! Great, but as I had booked one of those cheap flights I rebooking wasn't an option. I needed some bits and bobs from the wholesaler anyway and was going to see the two other suppliers, so off I went. When I arrived at my first appointment, the rep had totally forgotten I was coming and told me that their collection wasn't finished either. Brilliant! He was really sorry, but nothing could be done. Next stop was the wholesaler, which surprisingly went to plan. My third supplier had his collection ready and finally I managed to order some lovely new materials. That was all on Monday. My flight home was scheduled for Wednesday (today). And as I had  never been in Amsterdam before, I spent the whole day yesterday sightseeing. It was really lovely and here are some pictures:

Anne Frank House

And then there was on the news last night that some airports in Scotland were shut again due to the ash cloud. Honestly, I was already thinking of some other ways to travel home: other airports or maybe ferry? But then this morning there was no sign of complications and my flight left on time. Everything was fine, I was on my way home again. 

There was only one more small surprise for me when I collected my suitcase:

That's the work of the Dutch baggage handlers, but thankfully there was no serious damage to the contents of my bag. Oh yes, and two hours after my arrival back here Edinburgh airport was closed due to the ash cloud. What a journey!

Sunday 2 May 2010

Off to Amsterdam

Looking at this photo, the last thing on your mind would be the next winter, wouldn't it? I so agree with you. Nevertheless the new autumn/winter fabric collection is out and I'm off to Holland tomorrow for a couple days to order it.

Have a nice start to the week!
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