Farbenmix Olympia

I have wanted to make these trousers for what feels like forever. Actually it was only released in July last year but I delayed getting the pattern for a while ( I may have the odd pattern for girls trousers that I haven’t made up yet, possibly) but eventually had to give in.

They are cool, pieced skinny leg trousers and I just love all the details. The piecing, the gathers behind the knee. Well, all of it.

I decided on pink because I have an extensive collection of pink fabric and I have a inkling that Elsa may be starting to go off pink a little. Ahhh! Need to get it all used up before she decides that purple is the new pink.















I didn’t have a pink zipper so had a go at a button fly. I love it! She doesn’t ever actually open them anyway.














Lovely Farbenmix /Smilas world ribbons.















The back. I added about 5 cm in length. The pattern has them stopping at a 7/8th length but I wanted these to reach the ankle. As you can see they still need hemming – she didn’t want to take them off again! I still have to add buttons to the pockets too.

Mick thinks the pockets are over the top. What do you think?















I may have some modelled shots to show you soon.

Pattern: Farbenmix Olympia
Fabric: Local and Hilco corduroy.


Farbenmix Arwen

Since Elsa seems to be growing at an astonishing rate and winter is arriving with just as much speed I thought she needed a new ‘special’ dress. Not least because that’s one of the things I love to sew the most!

I have made Farbenmix Arwen before but gave it away as a present to a friend of Elsa’s for her birthday. Elsa seriously coveted that dress and I told her I would make her one too. Unfortunately she had to wait a year before it happened! Here’s the original dress:

I cut into one of my most prized fabrics for the new Arwen. A beautiful Hilco cotton velvet bought from Crafty Mamas.
I imagine the jersey underdress will get more use but I love the fact that they can be worn together or separately. Somehow a Farbenmix Antonia jumped into the mix. Mainly because I couldn’t decide which fabrics matched best, so I made up both.

Here’s the overdress:















I didn’t add much except a few trims in velvet and cotton crochet. It probably deserved fancier buttons than it’s ended up with but the selection in the shop we visited was a little limited.

Here’s the Antonia:














And here’s them worn together:













I also made the underdress with a trial at colour blocking:















And the back:















I think the idea of colour blocking is to keep it simple and let the colours grab the attention but I couldn’t resist adding trims and embroidery plus some decorative stitching!

























Here’s the underdress and overdress together:















Which combination do you prefer?

Pattern: Farbenmix Arwen/Antonia
Fabrics: Hilco cotton velvet and cotton lycra/hilco campan.
Embroideries: Huups freebies




Winter tops

So next on the sewing list was some new jumpers for Elsa. She has a habit of leaving these all around the place so all her jumpers/cardies from last year are either too small, in tatters or missing in action.
The mission was create some new warm layers but at minimal cost because I just know they will probably be re-homed before the winter is out.

Up first is a jumper made from a ladies merino top I snaffled at the second hand shop. I love merino. So light yet warm as toast and very washing machine friendly.
It was always too short for me but the length was perfect for Elsa so I was able to reuse the existing hemline. Yay! Unfortunately it was wonky. Boo! I shall feel the need to point out to anyone who will listen that I am NOT responsible for the wavy hemline!

The pink crown was a gift from the lovely Lisa at Crafty Mamas.















Pattern: A mishmash between Farbenmix Bea and Farbenmix Svenja.
Fabric: Repurposed merino sweater.

And wait, there’s more. I was on a roll so made a second jumper, this time from some sweatshirting/french terry fabric from the Op shop. Bought for $2. Score!















Fushia and green. Yummy deep winter colours. I had to restrain myself on this one. I was in love with the ‘dinosaur spines’ along the armsand kept wanting to add more embroidery because I was loving the colour combo so much. Here’s a close up:










And could I just draw your attention to the stripe matching. Much air fist pumping, I tell you.












Embroidery is Huups Mandala flowers, Huups Glitzerblumen and Stickbaer flowers.













Pattern: Farbenmix Bea
Fabric: Op shop special
Embroidery: Huups Mandala flowers/ Glitzerblumen and stickbaer flowers.
Ribbons: Farbenmix/op shop.

And the two together:















Now we can play at winter.