Lucky discovery - BurdaModen 1971 May


Look what I found in our basement, which is definitely full of surprises and little treasuries! :)

Burda Moden from May 1971!
I don't know where this one comes from, as my mother did not live in Germany at that time. Maybe it has been a giveaway by another seamstress or something like that.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some really cute outfits  from this vintage issue.
I mean just look at this cover! This outfit is just so much fun with the huge glasses and the checked two-piece.

I love this simple dress made out of lace-like fabric. How cute is that little heart detail on the pocket?! But I guess, I would use less buttons. That is only until the skirt part starts. I am just not that much into making button holes. ;)

This dress is for the 'mature lady'. Come on!? I like it, am I really that old?! Did you know, that the old Burda issues did only prepare each pattern for one or two sizes? Most of them are relatively big, so if I would like to use them I will have to make a lot of alterations.

I adore the fabric they used for these two combinable pieces so much! Maybe I will try the left outfit, but that might depend on whether I will go on holiday this year or not. :)

So what do you think? Are the seventies wearable again or not so much, yet?


Japan Quake Appeal Winner

So we managed to raise $140! This isn't bad at all, right? Thank you so much for participating, donating and sharing this post. 

Now let's head to the lucky winner! 
It is No.2 who happens to be 

Congrats! I will contact you soon to get your adress.

Thank you to every single other donator. I really deeply  appreciate your generous participation and I wish I could give something to all of you. Wishing everybody a beautiful sunday!


Black vs. White: Me, myself &...where is the 'I'???

Today I woke up and somehow felt like this is going to be a good day...(though, I am still worried about the situation in Japan). Initially, I was in the mood to take photos of my latest sewing projects. As you see, I had the same printed fabric in converse colors. While the black one is more stiff, the white one is a light-weight elastic cotton. I made up two completely different styles. Here they are:

This is the first time I tried myself some photo editing! I have no idea how it really works, but I like the results. Looks like a photo story. Black dress girl saying: "Ooh, I think I got something on my blouse!"...White top girl jumping over while answering: "No prob! I will get you some cleaning tissues!" :)...haha...I know this is a lame story...


Isn't it funny, how the same person can look like two totally different personalities on photos? While the black dress girl seems to be more the uptight or reserved kind of girl, the white top girl looks definitely more fun!

Anyway, back to the projects. Following you can see some more details. I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it and lucky me got it for only 3 Euro, because it was a leftover piece. I like the printed lace on the bottom. This is something I rarely find in my hometown fabric stores. The collar lace has been in my sewing cupboard for months already. I thought that it would match well with this design.

Second top is a twisted racerback loose fitting one. This pattern was very easy to draft on my own. Though I wish I would have made the bottom more loose. I saw the twisted back in an online shop and thought it to be very interesting.

Last but not least I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everybody who joined my or our fellow bloggers 'Japan relief' raffles. And, of course, also to all the people who donated somewhere else. My raffle is still on, so there is still some time for you to join in! I wish I could give this blouse to all of you, but unfortunately there can be only one winner, who will be chosen by random.org and announced on sunday.

I am also looking forward to make all those little presents for those who joined 'Pay it forward'...as soon as I finish them, I will get to those who participated and ask for your adresses.

Have a beautiful day girls and let us hope for the best.  ♥


Something for the heart: Pay it Forward 2011

After all the worries of the last few days I just stumbled across a lovely post from MushyWear. She is taking part in 'Pay it Forward 2011', which is just a wonderful idea about friendship and sharing. And isn't that what life should be all about? :)

background from lost&taken
This is how it works:
The first five people who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me.
The only requirement in return, you must FIRST write a blog post explaining 'Pay It Forward 2011'.
Then, about the most exciting part, make and send a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who comment and commit to do the same.
Don't worry about time. You don't need to send them all today or tomorrow.
Gifts from the heart take time and are worth waiting for them!
And like Shannon a.k.a. Mushy says: 
"It's not the size of the gift that matters, but the spirit of paying it forward."


1,000 Origami Cranes

Sorry, for the lack of posts these days. But like many of you I have been too distracted by the situation in Japan. 

While all my thoughts go to Japan and its people, the legend and meaning of origami cranes came to my mind. As far as I know those who are able to fold 1,000 are granted a wish by a crane. 

I can only begin with this very first one to show, at least, my deepest solidarity to the Japanese people.

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I have made a step by step photo instruction for this fabric crane, which you can enlarge by clicking on the collage. It can be easily done with a few hand stitches. 

If you would like to make one, too, it would be nice, if you could send me a photo of your finished crane. I am thinking about uploading them onto my blog as some sign of worldwide mental encouragement for Japan.

Please send them to: 
nettevivante 'at' hotmail 'dot' de

And in case you haven't noticed, yet. Like some other bloggers worldwide, I am holding a raffle in order to collect donations for 'Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund'.

Please check out mine and those of our fellow bloggers:

And in addition to this Kayo from Crochetie is planning on opening a used book store online. Donations will be made by her sale. So keep on checking her blog.



Japan Quake Appeal - Raffle (please share)

My dear friends, 
Like many of you I have been nervously following the news from Japan since that disastrous earthquake, followed by a tsunami and now the nerve-wracking state with the nuclear plants.
Anyway, instead of just sitting here and doing nothing, but watching or reading news, I really wanted to do something, that could be at least a tiny little help.
So I sat down and sewed this lovely blouse in order to take part in Jojo's 'Japan Quake Appeal'. 

So here is the deal. I am holding a tombola and you can win this blouse. All you have to do  in order to take part in this tombola is to donate US$10 (which is about only 7) to 'Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund' organized by 'global giving'. Please scroll down to the end of the post to get more information about how to participate and please share this post, if you do not mind!

So here comes some information about the prize! The fabric I used is some kind of light weight satin, which feels unbelievable good. You can see that it has light brown and purple colored flowers on a chocolate brown background with white polka dots.
The pattern I used for this blouse is from a Japanese book. I love the ruffled cupcake shaped sleeves and the wraped looking front. I used bias binding to finish the neckline and the sleeves.

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The size is M and maybe a little L might also fit. I made it a little bigger so that as many people as possible can participate in this tombola. As you can see, it also fits a size S because I have added straps on the back, which is ruffled, anyway, and looks cute with a little bow.
These are the actual sizes of the blouse:
  • bust: 98cm / 38.5 inch
  • waist: 96cm / 37.8 inch
  • length from shoulder: 70cm / 27.6 inch
Even if it might not fit you or just is not to your taste, I would like to encourage you to take part, perhaps, for someone you know. Like your friend, your cousin or your niece...this tombola is for a good cause and I believe most of us can spare $10.

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Details about participation:

Each raffle entry must be a donation of $10. To enter, go to 'global giving' and make a $10 donation, when you have done it, come back to this post and leave a comment with your reciept number and you must also leave a valid email address, you can write the address in the format of mymailname 'at' hotmail 'dot' com. You may enter as many times as you like, but each time you need a new receipt number.

For help with the donation you can refer to this post

Raffle closes at 12.00pm CET 26th March.
If you make a mistake or forget to add your email address please delete the first comment and re-write it.
Winner will be drawn by 'random.org'.

The raffle is being held on this blog, in cooperation with A Bit of This and a Bit of That.
We are in no way affiliated with global giving, that's just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.



It is a long time ago, but seeing those frightening news from Japan I started to pray again. I hope from the deepest of my heart that the situation can be handled very, very soon.
So far the people I know are all fine, but the situation with the Fukushima nuclear power plant seems to be getting worse. All my thoughts go to Japan and its people right now.

Let us all hope for the best.


7 facts about me & some childhood photos

Oh, I have been rewarded twice with the 'stylish blogger' and once with the 'versatile blogger' award in the last days. I feel really flattered! Thank you Carly, Ophelia and Oonaballoona (who all have wonderfully inspiring blogs, too! So please have a look!!!) for having chosen me.
The rules of these awards are to write 7 interesting facts about oneself and choose seven blogs, which should receive this award in my opinion.

1. On the left you see what I looked like a long, long time ago. :)

2. I cannot lick the wooden stick of an ice cream...

3. I have been together with my boyfriend for almost nine years.

4. I cannot choose only one style of fashion. Is that bad? I mean, often you read, that one should stick to one style. I just cannot choose.

5. I am in bad temper the days before full moon (then I have that critical facial expression like in the 2nd photo all the time).

6. I love riding my bike.

7. Nobody understands, but I love watching Columbo, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant always wearing that rumpled, dirty coat & talking about his beloved wife (that no one ever sees). He is a genius! ;)

Here are the seven blogs, I would award (though I could write down plenty of blogs!):

Joining Oonaballoona and Jorth I want to share some more photos of my childhood. :D

Big, clean and content.

Want your kids to keep calm? - Put them in front of the television.  ;)

The king and his jester.

The three investigators on a difficult mission.                                                                                                                                                                    -  No, of course they can swim, the swim rings are just part of their secret weapons...


So how about yours? I am curious to see more childhood photos!


Misc II

Monday again! Unbelievable how time goes by...hope you all had a nice weekend. So today's post is again about misc stuff I have been or am currently working on.
First of all, spring is still keeping us waiting...though sun is shining it is still so very, very cold. Maybe we should try to convince spring to come sooner with some dedicated projects? I have tried my part with this 'spring onion' inspired little casual bag.

left photo by robbplusjessie on flickr

Shiny Lemon vs. Warm Curry

I am also currently working on a spring jacket. This time a more colorful one, than my last grey boxy jacket. I bought a shiny lemon colored cotton, but as soon as part of the jacket was finished I realized, that a shiny lemon color really is not made for me (in addition to this, it really reminded me of the clothes German mailmen wear).
So I bought some curry colored pigment and just hoped that it might work out. I am really relieved. I would have never worn this jacket before, but now I can imagine, that the final jacket will turn out ok.

project is based on burda style 03/2011 no. 115

This is the project in process. The dying is a little unbalanced, but I do like it this way, because it gives the jacket some kind of used look. I am still looking for some lining, so it will still take some time until it is finished.

Here are some of my latest fabric findings!
Clockwise: A soft floral knitted fabric, which I am not sure whether to turn into a dress or a cardigan. 
A middle weight flannel in a warm rosé color.
A b & w jersey with a nice bordure, which I got at the very nice price of 3 Euro. I have this one in contrary colors, too. I am going to show it to you soon, because I have already turned it into a little dress (but it is just too cold outside).
And mustard colored silk which I found in my mother's fabric stash (and grasped for myself..hihi).

And last but not least I am also working on another wooden project. I bought this vintage printer's drawer. It was once used for printing letters and it is definitely correspondingly dirty. My idea is to turn it into a jewelry 'wardrobe' and to hang it on the wall.
That is why I am sanding the whole thing at nights, to make it kind of new again. I also exchanged the back wall because that one was made of press board only and was beyond remedy.

Top photo: before vs. Bottom photo: after

Wow, seems like I have had a lot to share today! Now, I will have to go back to my studies!
Wish you all a nice day! ♪♪


Levitating Natsumi - Fascinating dreamy state

Oh, a friend of mine showed me something truly wonderful and inspiring that I absolutely want to share with you! Floating Natsumi! She is a Japanese girl living in Tokyo and taking photos of herself floating through daily life. Please have a look at her diary!
I just love her photos and they make me remember and miss my nine months stay in Tokyo in 2007.

by 'yowayowa camera woman', http://yowayowacamera.com/

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