Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Did you see the super-cute Classic-Romper free tutorial on sew can she??

I immediately had to make one.

The pattern is really easy going.

It is finished now, but my little one is sleeping (12.10 am...), so I have to add more pictures tomorrow.

You can find the tutorial on sew can she - what a great Website!
Or go directly to this link.
*sigh* did you see todays ruffle skirt? New addition to my sewing list!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

A new little favorite dress

A made a special version of the little favorite dress - it is a ladybug dress:

This dress is a gift for a baby shower with a lady bug theme - isn't that a cute idea?

After adding the green velvet trim, i thought it should have a little leaf with a real ladybug, too.

Woven ribbons are not only nice as ribbons, they give nice accents as labels, too.

The backside is just plain ladybug red with black dots.

It wasn't that easy to find the red fabric with big black dots, but this is really nice Michael Miller fabric. The black one is Kona Cotton.

You can find the little favorite dress pattern on etsy (english version), if you are interested. It is only 4,95 Dollars!

If you looked at the details, you saw perhaps that this time I didn't use bias tape for the joke. I will upload a little tutorial these days nights (kids are on summer-break) how to make it without bias-tape.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

delicious, dairy-free cake: The mother-in-law-cake

I was challenged a few weeks ago with the task to bake a dairy-free cake. Something I never had to do before.
I asked family & friends, and my brother in law's wife recommended me the "mother in law cake".
It was delicious, so I gonna share the recipe with you.

Schwiegermutter-Torte - mother in law cake:
12 pieces


1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 stick butter or shorting
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder

soften butter, and knead everything until combined.
Press into a spring form

Drain a jar off cherries, Spread one jar of cherries on top

 (Use the juice to make a delicious beverage: 1/3 of juice, 2/3 seltzer oder sparkling water. It is called Kirsch-Schorle in Germany and can be made with any kind of juice)

Now make a sponge-mixture:

4/5 Stick butter or shortening
3/4 cup sugar
add 3 eggs, batting for 2 minutes after every egg
1 cup almond meal (trader joes), or any other nut meal (filberts should be great!)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Spread the sponge mix over the cherries.

Bake in the oven on 325 Degrees for 60 Minutes.

Spread 1 cup of melted semi-sweet chocolatchips (add a knife point of coconut oil) on top (or substitute for frosting, as desired). Decorate, if you want to.

Want to have a look how I note my recipes?

Good I have this blog *lol*


please let me know if you have any questions and if you liked it.

PS I tried to get a clue why this cake is called mother in law cake, but I didn't find anything.
I guess, because this cake is easy to make but tastes great, so you can easily impress your mother in law.
(Or, because she is allergic to nuts and this is a sure way to kill her)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I made another Lieblingskleidchen today,

but this time I changed the pattern, and instead of using bias tape,
I doubled the upper part of the dress.
I really like how it looks like now.

I used Now we are going places fabric, which I had in my stash, and I think it looks like a really nice summer-travel-dress:

My daughter was willing to be my photo model, so I think I will have to rise her allowance :-)

If you are interested, you can find the dress in my etsy-shop.

Have a nice week,

Friday, June 15, 2012

Did something like this ever happen to you?

Today, I was in San Francisco.

And I wanted to go to this oh so nice looking fabric shop over there.
Google told me, they would open at 11.30 am.
I arrived there at 11.25, put all my quarter in the meter and walked to there door.
There was a sign saying that Monday to Friday they open at 12.00. pm *sigh*
So I went down some blocks, bought an Ice Tea at Starbucks, and was back at 12.00 pm. Still closed.
I walked in the other direction, bought a Banana at a Grocery store and was back at 12.15. Still closed.
Meanwhile, my meter had expired, and I decided to give up and drive away.

I really wanted to like that shop, it looked cute, nice decorations, a lot of chidrens fabric.

Did something like this ever happened to you?
what would you do? Write an email to the owner telling her?
write a bad review in your blog or on google?
Forget about it?

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I wanted to try a new dress pattern for girls, and as it was my son's elementary school graduation today, I made a new dress for my little daughter.
The name of the dress is "Lieblingskleidchen" (most favorite little dress) and I think, that is a good name for this dress, because:

it is really easy and quick to sew (it took me about one hour),
no buttons, no zippers, just bias tape (the only difficulty)
you can use fabric scraps or left overs - really small pieces,
it looks nicely and the pattern offers a lot of opportunities to mix and match fabrics

As for my daughter,
she loves that it is easy to put on and that is has a big pocket.
For example, you can put candies in there so that you have easy access to them:

(Yes, there was a lot of temptation to add some piping between joke and skirt, but I resisted. This was just a quick trial dress. This time I decided to go with woven ribbon.)

pattern: Lieblingskleidchen by Erbsenprinzessin
fabric: pink with tiny white dots: mode basics (?), black with birds: Stoff und Stil

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Guess what?

I have an appointement for a job interview.
At JoAnns Fabrics :-)

They pay minimum wage, but honestly, I would do it for the fun of having a job outside my home that pays for the necessary childcare. And for working in a fabric store. :-)
(I think my hubby is a little afraid that by the end of the month I won't get a paycheck but owe them money *g*)

So I thought it would be a nice idea to wear a me-made dress to the job interview.
Here it comes: my diplomat dress (pattern bought at JoAnns for 1 Dollar!) made of JoAnns Fabric ( I wanted to buy some Lisette-Fabric, but they didn't have left enough of the one I wanted).

I really loved working with this pattern. I didn't make any alterations, and it fits perfectly. Love it!
I gonna make a second one for sure, and I gonna try the portfolio dress next.
You got me, Liesl Gibson!

The piping was my addition (I am pretty obsessed with piping at the moment *g*).
Do you like it?


PS I will let you know about the interview.

Monday, June 11, 2012

sewing for boys

isn't as easy as for girls, right?

You have all these great possibilities for girls, dresses, skirts, colorful and sparkling fabrics, dress them up, everything - but for boys? Another T-Shirt in teal?

I was really happy when I saw on Facebook that Rae from made by Rae was searching for pattern testers for her uber-cool Flashback-Skinny-T, in sizes for bigger kids. I applied, and I was chosen. Lucky me!

My oldest son was the first to receive a T-Shirt. Pretty concerned about his "street credit" (don't ask me, I don't know!) he wanted to have a plain black Shirt. How exciting, really....

Unfortunatly, I forgot to assemble the last piece of the sleeve pattern, so his Shirt turned out to be one with 3/4 sleeves - what he likes, actually. He plans to wear it under bis A's Baseball Jersey. Thank you so much, son. It was a pleasure to me.

Because it was so much fun to sew this shirt, and it didn't took long time either, I decided to make one for my younger son, too. thank god, he doesn't know anything about street credit!

Yes, these are sausage dogs on the fabric!

Then I thought it would be nice to have a picture with both boys and the shirts.

not possible to take one.

Rae made some adjustments to the pattern, and I made another one. I chose to make one for my younger son again. Not sure why *g*

This is my favorite shirt ever!

I really love this pattern very much, and I can't thank Rae again she gave it to me for testing. The pattern is ideal for slender boys, it fits great, and after printing the pattern and sewing it once, it literally takes you a mere hour to make one.

I had to buy the black knit fabric at JoAnns, but it is not so bad (it actually is so stretchy that I managed to squeeze myself into it!), but last week I saw at Stonemountain & daughter that you can choose between about 10 different black knit fabrics there - isn't that awesome?
The knit fabrics with the dachshunds and the cars is from Europe, I bought it at Stoff & Stil last year (it is pretty lightweight).
The double rip fabric for the neckbands and the sleeves is from JoAnns too, I really like this quality, it works perfect for me!

If you give the pattern (and sewing with knits) a try, trust Rae when it comes to the neckband. Just follow her directions, it worked perfect for me (and I apply this method of calculating the neckband now to all my sewing with knits).

Have a perfect week,

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pattern testing - Josipa bag by Gretelies

No, I wasn't asked if I would do some pattern tasting, I asked if it would be able to get a new pattern of a well beloved German designer - Gretelies - to do pattern testing. And Anne was so kind to choose me.

As soon as I saw the pattern, I thought of some retro-style fabric for the bag. And sewmamasew came just along with an announcement, that Flea Market Fancy is on sale. Wohou!

This is the finished bag - do you see the nice shape of the flap?

Recently, I love to do piping. It just gives such a finished look

the back of the bag

(Yes, flea market fancy even on the inside)

This is the inside under construction

I didn't made the straps following the instructions, because I wanted the one fabric to overlap at the outside

On the flap I added some embroidery - yes, I sew euro *g*
(embroidery file: schwedische Tischdecke

The pattern includes two versions for the flap (this one an a rectangular one), directions for a exchangeable flap and a kids version of the bag.
The pattern is not available in english right now, but if you are interested in an english version, please let me know, I think we will be able to persuade Anne to make one.

I really love the flea market fancy fabric, and I think it is a great fit for this bag.
The next days, you will find a version of this bag in my etsy shop - but with the fabric of the body for the flap, and the flap fabric for the body - please come again to check it out!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Check out this great give away!

These are really funky Zippers (my daughter will love them),
and you have a chance to win them - isn't that great?
Just click on this link to Zipit!


Pfannkuchen - german pancakes

Recently somebody posted a picture of "german pancakes" on Facebook.
They looked delicious - but not at all like german pancakes :-)

So I thought you might be interested to see how I make them:

Basically, you need

Eggs, Milk, Flour, a bowl and a beater, a hand-mixer is even better.

German girls learn that per person you need one egg, 2 Tablespoons (with biiiiiiig mountains!) of flour and a shot of milk. That shot of milk is kind of the tricky part, because you need to have it in your guts *g*

I measured for you, and I used about 1 1/2 cups of milk for 4 eggs and 8 tablespoons (overloaded) of flour.

If you want these pancakes to be healthier, you can either add whole wheat flour or almond flour, or both.

My kids prefer plain white flour, but they usually don't complain if I use half white flour, 2 Tablespoons of whole wheat and 2 Tablespoons of almond flour. 

You just beat the eggs, add the milk (beat) and then the flour (beat) - that's it. Usually, you will have a little helper around

Then you heat up a pan (medium to low), add some oil, and bake one pancake per time

Flip around once when the surface becomes solid

Traditionally, you will just sprinkle some sugar on your pancake (about 1 teaspoon per pancake)

But of course there are other options:

Apple-Pancakes (Slice an apple and put the slices in the cake while baking. The flipping will be the a little tricky)

Cheese Pancakes

Just sprinkle some cheese (Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Gouda, ....) after flipping.

Or add some applesauce after baking

even better with a little bit of whipping cream *g*

Or add some greek vanilla yoghurt (after baking)

Or ham or bacon, corn, mushrooms, bell peppers... while baking.
Delicious: chopped spinach and lox.

If there are leftovers, sprinkle with sugar, roll up

cut in stripes - and you have already part of your kids lunch for tomorrow

Please not, that traditionally in Germany, you would eat pancakes for lunch or dinner, not for breakfast.
(Though they are great for breakfast, too. We make it sometimes)

French crepes are very similar, just really thin, so you will add some butter to the batter to make it more flexible. (And at some cognac. But just for adults, please.)

French crepes are always sweet, if they are savory, you will call them "galettes" and the batter is made with buckwheat instead of wheat.
Try them with cheese, ham and an egg - this is called "galette complete"