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Deutschland! Deutschland!

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E with German Flag

Germany is playing the US today! Go Germany Go! I am a huge Soccer fan, so I’ve followed the World Cup prhttp://madebylili.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=categoryetty consistently.

The Seattle weather usually needs a long sleeve shirt and because we already had a short sleeve German Shirt (Thank you Oma und Opa),  I created a long sleeve one. I love the German Jersey and took it as an inspiration. Of course the weather has been absolut beautiful and warm, so no long sleeve shirt need. 
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Elliott will wear it in the morning when it’s still a little *fresh* (as we Germans like to call it) outside. I am glad I made the shirt a little bigger, so maybe we can wear it for other occasions. World Cup, German, Germany, DIY, Shirt, Sewing It’s the first time, that I did a V-neck and arrows. It’s a lot more tricky than I thought it would be. So the corners are not perfect, but I am happy with the results.
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I used my usual Shirt pattern (yes, it’s time to post the images of all the Shirts I have made in the last couple months) and copied the front piece and arm piece and just cut them apart and layed them on the fabric. I’ve added seam allowance to the pieces I’ve cut apart and left the rest the same. I did add a little more seam allowance to the black stripe underneath the arm, to have more visibility.
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I was super lucky to find the star and soccer Patches on Sale. These are Iron-Ons, which you are not supposed to wash. But I just appliqued them to the fabric, so that they will endure the Washer and Dryer.World Cup, German, Germany, DIY, Shirt, SewingI first wanted to add the Soccer ball underneath the Stars, but the dimensions weren’t correct. 
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boy standing in knitted hat and handmade vest

Fall is here…Winter is coming

I’ve kept myself quiet busy especially with sewing for Elliott. For some reasons when the weather gets gray and dark, I start knitting. I don’t touch my knitting needles all summer. So this year, it was no different, rain and dark Sundays at home made be check my wool stash and I started knitting again.  I bought last year yarn, with the intention to knit a hat for Elliott from a pattern I found on Ravelrly, but I didn’t have the guts to do this until this year.

Knitted hat and handmade vest

Knitted hat and handmade vest

The first one I did was too small for Elliott, so I ended up doing another one and “yeah” success, as you can see in the picture.

boy standing in knitted hat and handmade vest

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I also sewed a new west for him, for the days for the weather is in between. Not cold enough for the winter jacket but not warm enough for only a fleece jacket.

Kids picking up pumpkin

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I used my own pattern, which I used for the Denim Jacket I created a while ago. I lined the jacket with fleece to keep it nice and warm. The outside is out of a polyester print. I added a little patch on the chest, which I bought at vintage mall. I also added pocket, which is not functional at all. Sometimes you just need  to add a little accessoire.

boy with pumpkin

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Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

Boy Shorts

Summers are always busy, but this year it seems like we are even more busy with the beautiful weather we had. I’ve been sewing every now and then, but I must say rainy weather will make you do more crafts than beautiful Sunshine.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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I initially made the shorts for Elliott for a short camping trip to Eastern Washington. It was a last minute idea and I used a pants pattern which I already had and made before. The pattern itself is for a long pair of pants and I just used half of the length of the long pair.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My first attempt I also made them smaller in the leg because they seemed too huge to me. Well I should have left them as they were, because they ended up too small. Elliott’s friend Oliver who is turning one soon, fit in them perfectly.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My second attempt I kept the sizes of the pattern and I added a contrasting trim to the waistband and hems. I used my serger for all the seams besides the waistband.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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Also our house got painted and this way I can showcase our new red door, which I absolutely love.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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Denim boy jacket DIY

Denim Boy Jacket

My first attempt on doing my own pattern and doing kids apparel. And I must say I pretty happy and proud about this one.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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It’s still a little large, but Elliott grows so fast, that it will fit perfectly soon.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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Yes there are a couple of things, which are not completely “right”, but you learn from the process, which is the most important thing.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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Making the jacket and seeing Elliott wearing it, reminds me of the jackets and clothes my Mum made for us. I loved wearing them and I am so happy that my Mum taught my sister and I the art of crafting.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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The jacket is made out denim from the outside and cotton knit from the inside.The denim is stiff, because it’s not treated with any abrasion like they do with normal jeans you can buy in the store. The cotton knit was an old sweater from Tim, which was still in good shape and super soft. I love the color combination. I also used brown jeans thread for the top stitching.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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The hood of the jacket is really big, but I really like it that way. I used ribbing for the cuffs.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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A little update about Elliott: He is almost 20 months old, and his new words are “Beep Beep” and “oh oh” when something drops. He loves Elmo, to sing and to dance.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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All purpose zipper bags diy

All purpose zipper bags

I always wanted to make some little bags, because you can have never enough. I usually carry my jewelry in it when I travel.

All purpose zipper bags diy

It was time for me to change my to-go make-up bag. I think I had it for almost 3 years and it has done it’s duty. So I had to either buy myself a new one or make myself a new bag. And of course I couldn’t resist than making myself a new one.

All purpose zipper bag diy

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I also bought Paris fabric and to make a bag for my friend, who travelled recently to Europe and the last stop of her trip was Paris. Besides, she loves Paris and it was the perfect occasion for me to make her a little travel bag. She could use it for either her make up or for all the trinkets you keep and buy while you are on the go.

All purpose zipper bag diy

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I always used contrasting fabric for the inside of the bags, so it would give it a little bit of a surprise when you open it.

All purpose zipper bag diy

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The purple one I will send to Germany for my mum. Ihe inside fabric looks almost like Missoni fabric.

All purpose zipper bags diy

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I found the tutorial for the bags here, but used different measurements.