Quitting

Today is the first Grand Prix after the summer break – in Spa, Belgium. But I won’t be ‘covering’ it – I decided to stop and not continue with my Formula 1 challenge.

There are many reasons for this: I don’t feel that inspired anymore, I won’t have a lot of time once the new semester starts, I miss the spontaneity with which I always created the clothes for the dolls. And I miss my smaller ones! There is only so much of my spare time I can use for making something for the dolls and this project takes up all of this time.

Really, I am sorry. I had such high hopes for this challenge and I hardly fulfilled them. I wanted to create full outfits, shoes and bags and jewellery and all, but instead I always barely finished one piece of clothing on time. Part of it was a lack of time (= bad planning) and the other part was the limit of my skills/lack of patience.

So, this challenge sadly ends today. I definitely had my fun imagining and sewing the outfits, but it ended up being too much for me. I still learned a lot during the whole process, one thing in particular: Planning is key, especially when you know you won’t always have as much time as you do right now. I’m really relieved now, and I’m looking forward to some more spontaneous sewing in the future. Never bite off more than you can chew!

sketches (+ holiday break)

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04.01.2014 – Lalique

Also, I’m currently enjoying some very relaxed days in Salzburg and in a couple of days I’ll visit my relatives Graz. I don’t really feel like posting much at the moment, so I’m taking a small break. Still, there’s lots of posts to look forward to (I’m sewing like a mad-(wo)man). See you in a couple of weeks – probably beginning of September, maybe earlier! Make sure to also check my instagram for more regular updates.

Want some tomatoes?

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Another recently finished project… For a long time now, I wanted to make shorts with an elastic waistband. Constructing a front-fly zip is always so confusing (to me), so I wanted something easier.

I started with my trousers-block and simply added some width to the side seams and drew a straight line from the hips up to the waist. I made a first muslin, altered some things and then made this pair – a wearable muslin. While it is certainly wearable, there are quite a lot of flaws and I decided to not use this pattern after all for the intended fabric – I think I’ll try a side-zip next!

But back to these shorts. What bothers me the most is the amount of fabric, especially in the front. I look seriously pregnant, but it’s worse when I sit down – just too much fabric in front of my belly, it does not look good. Maybe I should have added pockets, but this would probably have made the issue even more pronounced. I will still wear them, maybe over a bikini or as pyjamas – they are alright for very informal and relaxed occasions.

After inserting the elastic, I already realized that there was a slight fitting problem, but I still decided to finish them – I added white bias binding at the hem to make them a bit more special and (probably) to distract me from the other issues. I think it works really well with this fabric – it is a plain cotton with a linen character and I actually used the wrong side to highlight this.

So far, so good, but as I said, this pattern will be filed and probably not used again soon. Maybe when I need some more pyjama bottoms. Or something to wear while cutting tomatoes.

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Visual Presentation

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I just completed my internship at the Austrian Television!

In order to make the diploma, every student in my school has to work at least 160 hours in a fashion-related business: It could be in a shop, in a dressmaking workshop, in the atelier of a designer, at a fashion magazine… Actually, I already completed my hours with the LifeBall and the Song Contest, but I already had signed up for this internship and I thought, why not? As my sister works at the ORF (Österreichischer RundFunk), choosing this company was a no-brainer for me – I have a feeling that it always works this way… you just need to know the right people!

My main job was to sew laundry bags and then sorting all the clothes for the annual sale: So many new clothes are bought each year, that the archive is simply too small for it and a lot has to go. So we (there was a second intern from another fashion school) went through all the wardrobes and the archive and sorted through tons of clothes – suits, jackets, trousers, skirts, dresses, blouses, shirts, sweaters, ties… Even children’s clothes were among it. Also, we had to add a price tag to each item – We didn’t count, but now two rooms are filled with racks, one for men and the other one for women. Each rack has a different category (well, we needed 7 for all the suits alone) and then they are divided by size. We thought it would take us forever, but actually, we were finished in a week!

We didn’t have much to do the rest of the time. We inventoried a bit, altered some garments, moved the archive into the cellar, helped choosing the clothes for the moderators, watched some news broadcasts live, ironed shirts… We did all the little things someone else would have to do sooner or later. But it was fun! We also got a tour through the full house, with all the studios and the props departement, which is huge.

I really had a good time there. The people were very nice, the tasks not really hard and the whole amtmosphere was very relaxed. But honestly: I’m really happy that it is over, because now I can enjoy the real holidays!

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Some Favourites

I know that I said I wouldn’t post promotional pictures of Integrity Toys dolls anymore. But in the last couple of months, IT released some new collections and some dolls are seriously gorgeous and worth sharing. I might do this update a couple of times a year, just sharing my recent favourites. My own Fashion Royalties are back in their boxes now and will have to stay there until September… I miss randomly playing with them already!

My absolute favourite of them all is definitely “Voltage” Erin S. She’s from the new Nu.Face collection – the whole set of 5 is beautiful, but she is the best of them all. Her clothes, her accessoires, the hair colour and of course her face – amazing! I had absolutely zero chance of getting her, she was sold out immediately (2 hours later was way too late). Let’s see if I can still get her second hand, but I doubt that – at least not for a reasonable prize, as she seems to be quite popular!

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“Polarity” Nadja R. is another Nu.Face and second on my list. While the clothes are alright (the skirt…hmmm), her face is absolutely stunning. I will definitely try to get her second hand, I hope she won’t be as popular as Erin!

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Another one that I really like is “Super Natural” Anais McKnight, an FR16. She has the same sculpt my Adriana has, but her attitude is totally different: She looks so subtle, elegant, soft… Very beautiful. I’m still thinking about repainting Adriana and I might go into this direction with her.

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And now for the Poppies! Wonderfully 60ies this time. I actually think that the 60ies suit her much better than the 50ies (her ‘original’ decade). “Go See!” is easily my favourite of them all, it’s just so fun and young and fresh. I could do without the curl, though.

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I decided to add another Poppy to the list to have 5 favourites (the FR didn’t completely convince me). So here is “Out of this World”: Very interesting and special. The clothes are maybe a tad too much, but I’m surprised that I actually like her really cold colour palette. Silver smokey eyes? Yes please!

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(All pictures on this post are the property of Integrity Toys Inc.!)

 

July

This July, I…

Alte Donau

– finished my second semester at fashion school

– started a 4-week long internship at the Austrian television

– sewed a lot

– went swimming countless times

– invited my sister to visit me for a couple of days

– suffered in the heat

– still got a nasty cold (I hate air conditioning)

– packed all my stuff and got ready for the move

– celebrated my niece’s birthday

– was close to becoming a victim of Internet fraud

the best salad ever

Schönbrunn

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MIssion Impossible: Rogue Nation World Premiere

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