Mittwoch, 26. März 2014

Let's take down a pinwheel bun? Wrong thought!

I love trying new hairstyles, especially buns, cause I like my hair out of the way. A few days ago I found this amazing "Pinwheel Bun"


I think it looks very nice and I gave it a try.
I started at about 13:45h and finished around 14:05h - which I consider as a good time, doing it on myself and for the first time. It turned out not as neat as in the video. I liked it but not as much as I wanted my hair to be the whole day. And so I thought: Let's take it down.

That's where the trouble began. My hair is almost at classic length (dear, that term's even used in Wikipedia! I thought it was unofficial...). And maybe that's too long or I just started taking it down the wrong way. But I made like one little mistake, messing up the sections and it was all screwed up! I became totally frustrated and after nearly 60 minutes of pure despair I decided to cut my bun maker (aka hair donut) in half. (6€, come on. Still a better option than pulling / tearing / cutting my beloved hair!) Nevertheless: 
NEVER EVER AGAIN!

Now it is 15:30h. I am going to classically english braid my hair - after detangling it. Let's see how long that will take...

Sonntag, 16. März 2014

Historical Sew Fortnightly #5: Bodice. Caraco

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I proudly present a new garment!



... which looks a thousand times better when worn. It fits surprisingly well into the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge 2014, finished just the day before the deadline. I do not participate officially, but nevertheless, here we go:


The Challenge: #5 Bodice

Fabric: unbleached IKEA "Bomull" cotton. Self-printed in brown, red and grey using a sponge-stamp. My plan was to kind of put the paintings from the Church in Wyk auf Föhr onto the fabric and make a gown matching the church... *weirdo*

Pattern: J.P. Ryan - 18th century Caraco. The pattern is really good! Detailed instructions and the finished jacket looks very neat.

Year: 1770s

Notions: Hook&Eye Tape. -- Best. Invention. EVER!

How historically accurate is it? It's half handsewn (lining is machine sewn) and the pattern was made after some extant examples. The fabric is okay, so seems the fact that it's printed, though the paint is obviously not historical. The fabric's pattern imitates the church and the church is more 13th than 18th century style... But if we call it a costume, it could be 3/5 correct ;-)

Hours to complete: Many! I think it took me 5 to 7 hours to print the fabric, another one and a half to iron it to secure the paint. The Caraco per se was sewn in less than a week.

First worn: 14. 3. 14 at a dancing ball :-)

Total cost: Fabric was the cheapest, 1€/m. Incluing the paint and hook&eye tape, maybe 35€.


Und weil's so schön war, das ganze auf Deutsch:

Dienstag, 4. März 2014

Poesie: Hier bin ich zu Haus (Verfasser unbekannt)

Der Mensch braucht ein Plätzchen,
und wär's noch so klein,
von dem der kann sagen:
Sieh her, das ist mein!
Hier leb ich, hier lieb ich,
hier ruhe ich aus.
Hier ist meine Heimat.
Hier bin ich zu Haus.

[Aus dem 19. Jahrhundert]