My own sewing Masterpiece – a jacket

When I started working in the laboratory I shared my office with a co-worker. Over the years she became my favorite because she always has been calm when it has been stress at work and I could always talk with her when I had problems.

We even had the same habit to be very picky in all we do hihi

Now she retired 😦

Of course she got a departing gift when she left but I wanted to make her something special.

She loves to wear jackets all the time. I asked her if she would like to have a new one made by me and she said yes πŸ™‚

I made a lot of photos from all fabrics suitable for jackets in my fabric store.

She choosed “her” fabric and I started my first jacket in my sewing course. Lets say it straight, without help in my course I couldnt have made it!

A jacket with “her” fabric only would have been too boring. So I added some black woolen to it.

For cutting the fabric I needed 3 saturdays!!! I wanted the pattern be perfect.

Yes I’m picky hihi πŸ˜€

To make this jacket needed way more time then I expected but it was worth all this time.

I call this jacket my Masterpiece ❀ ❀ ❀

I’m still missing you at work Misses H. πŸ™‚

Jacket 2

Jacket 1

On the next photos you can see why I needed 3 sewing courses to cut the fabric!

Jacket sleeve

Jacket back

Jacket collar

DIY Ikea Pax as cabinet with 2 extra doors (roof sloping)

I have way to much sewing stuff besides fabrics πŸ˜€

Ribbons, zippers, yarn, buttons and so on

For all this stuff I wanted to make a sewing closet

My apartment is under the roof. I love it very much but buying furniture is nearly impossibleΒ  because most of myΒ  walls have roof slopes.

I started to learn to make my own furniture πŸ™‚

I bought an Ikea Pax. Its cheap and I love the interior organizers that comes with Pax.

First I measured the exact angle of my roof sloping wall and heights. The width I got from the closet.

I dont describe how to build this closet. Internet is very helpful when it comes to saw angles and put all together with dowels πŸ˜€

When the frame has been done I startet with the doors. Both doors are sawed at the same angle as the frame.

The right door has been done after I ironed edge bandings on the cut edge.

The left door I wanted as three-piece!

It isnt the first time I pimped a Pax. I knew I had problems with  doing cup holes  before 😦

The last time I had to buy a door again because the drill cup holes I made didnt worked and I made mistakes.

The 90 1/8 door comes with 4 hinges. The 2 hinges in the middle are very close together.

This gave me an idea to make a template

Ikea Pax hinges

I ordered with Ebay acylic in the same width as the door and the height I needed.

I used the door as pattern!

I clamped the acryl on the door and started with the cup hole and the two drill holes on the bottom. When done mark it as bottom on the acrylic. Then I made the next 2 cup holes.

At next I moved the acrylic upwards. I had to make sure the drill cup hole 2 I made before on the acrylic is exactly on the drill cup hole 3 from the door. This way I made 6 or 7 drill cup holes with the 2 drill holes.

See pic below

Acrylic template

Then I marked on my door the sizes I wanted for the new doors. Remember? I wanted 3 doors on the left side.

I clamped the acrylic on my door again. Do not remove the clamps till you made all cup holes!!!!

Make sure the bottom hole from the acrylic is exactly on the bottom hole from the door !!!!!

This way your doors will always fit perfect.

On my photos you can see the mark I made for the door size.

With the template you dont have to calculate where to drill your holes. Just move the door with the acrylic to your drill stand and start to drill πŸ™‚

Drill for the hinges Ikea Pax doors

Acrylic glass template for Ikea Pax doors

When you are done with drilling remove the acrylic and saw at the markings you made before.

You have now 3 doors. Iron on every cut edge banding, screw your hinges in the door and the closet and the doors are done πŸ™‚

Ikea Pax for roof sloping 2

I’m damn proud of my work πŸ˜€

Do you see this adorable knobs?

Here a closer look even if my closet only got blue knobs. The red ones are for another closet.

Hand painted knobs

They are hand painted and I found them here: Sweet petites boutique

Because of the SIX !!! hinges I used for the doors I had had a huge problem with putting in 2 drawers 😦

There has been not enough space for them. The first thought I had I cant write in here hihi

Second thought: I dont need over 6″ in height for my sewing stuff.

Β I put both drawers apart and shorten all sides down to 4″

The front will be put together with 2 screws and one wood dowel. Here a pic how I shorten the sides:

Drawer Ikea Pax

At the end I ironed bandings on the edges. To stabilize my drawer I screwed metal brackets on both back sides.

This way both shorten drawers fitted perfectly in my closet

Ikea Pax for roof sloping

As soon as I has been ready I started to put my ribbons in the drawers. I’m not done yet I have a few more

Ribbons

Ribbons 1

Ribbons 2

See this wonderful boxes where I put my ribbons? I found this tip on the internet and I like it very much ❀

If you are looking for something like this just google for -wedding gift box- and you will find it πŸ™‚

I just cut a slot in the gift box to make it easier to pull the ribbon out

Gift box for ribbon

I hope you like my tutorial. Maybe you can use one of my tips πŸ™‚

Merken

Merken

Say it with Shakespeare – Zoo photos

Last weekend we went to a zoo.  ❀

I made a lot of photos and when I saw this photo with the ape I started laughing because it remembered me of a scene from one of my fav writer William Shakespeare πŸ˜€

I tried to find Shakespeare quotes that works with my photos πŸ˜€

Zoo-11
To eat, or not to eat: that is the question

Zoo-16

Well roared, lion ape!

Zoo-04

What a piece of work is a crane! How noble in reason!Β 

Zoo-13

I like this place and could willingly waste my time on it

Zoo-10

But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and you are the sun.

Zoo-15

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Zoo-06

They do not love, that do not show their love.

Zoo-03

O sleep! O gentle sleep!

Zoo-14

Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?

Zoo-09

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.

Zoo-02

For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?

Zoo-08

Fight for the last gasp.

Merken

Merken

Spring – Finally !!! Photos

I waited so long for the end of winter and spring to start πŸ™‚

Finally its spring time and as every year I went to my favorite park to make photos.

I had to wait a few sunny days for for all those flowers. One week ago there has been only few flowers in my park. Not enough to make photos.

But now beautyful flowers are everywhere

_MG_0036

_MG_0129

_MG_0066

_MG_0114

The next photo is my favorite one. It isnt perfect, some flowers are broken – you can even see my shadow hehe – but I love all the different colors

_MG_0107

_MG_0067

Just a few sunny days and bugs and bees are all over the flowers

_MG_0093

Can you see the bee?

_MG_0103

Merken

Skirts, skirts, skirts for a little girl

A co-worker has a cute little 6 year old daughter who ❀ ❀ ❀ skirts.

Good luck for her I have a lot of fabric for children πŸ˜€

So I startet to sew skirts for her. It doesnt need this much time like it does with my stuff. And its the first time I have sewn something for a child.

Its very funny but you can see which skirt I made first. The seam for the pockets is way to far from the edge

Skirt 1

the 2nd skirt. I added a white velvet ribbon

Skirt 2a

This skirt needed more time to sew than all skirts I did so far. I wanted the pockets perfect with the fabric pattern and I did it πŸ™‚

Skirt 2b

The nextΒ  one πŸ™‚

Skirt 3a

and skirt number 4. This skirt is the best I did so far

Skirt 4a

Here you can see Miss M. with her new skirts ❀

Skirt 1 + 2

I just “designed” the next skirt on paper. Now I have to sew it.Maybe this weekend I will have the time to do it.

Mini dress with ruffles

Yeah Its really me. I’m still alive hehe

I used my favorite pattern again ! This time I made my mini dress with ruffles

Take a look πŸ™‚

_MG_9860

_MG_9980

_MG_0011

_MG_0024

Here a closer look with the ruffles

_MG_9865

This old-fashioned looking brooch I found on the internet and wanted it for my dress πŸ™‚

Yes I know I should have ironed my dress before doing the photos but I just wanted to save time πŸ˜€

Merken