Sonntag, 14. September 2014

Tine Travels: March in Turkey

I just returned from my second big travel this year and realized that I haven't even written something about my trip to Turkey back in March, so I'll try to fill you in on the round trip that I did in Turkey.

I flew from Berlin so it was a good opportunity to meet up with some old friends and see each other again. I was lucky to be hosted by the cousin of a friend, who lives in a good distance to the airport, so that I didn't have to travel too far to get there.
I only got to Berlin in the afternoon and left the next morning, so there wasn't much that I did apart from chatting and drinking tea with my host.

In the morning I took a flight to Istanbul, where I stayed the next days. Then I went to Ankara, Eskisehir, Bursa and back to Istanbul in the course of two weeks. I flew back to Berlin and stayed with another family friend.
































I packed lightly and only travelled with 12 kg, but I had lots of combination possibilities and about 60 % of my travel wardrobe was handmade. I mainly took sweaters, t-shirts, tights, a skirt and jeans, because I knew that it wouldn't be so warm when I got to Turkey. It was actually a good travel wardrobe and I wore nearly every piece.































In Istanbul I stayed in a hostel and also returned there, when I came back at the end of the travel. The six bed room was clean and filled all my needs. No kitchen meant to eat out or get something from a grocery store like this yummy chocolate dessert. I met two American girls on my first evening and went out to dinner with them each night. We tested local restaurants and also had typical mezze in the bar next to our hostel. I didn't really explore the nightlife of Istanbul, so maybe I'll have to return one day to party in the city.
The hostel was situated behind the Blues Mosque and Hagia Sophia, so in a good place for dinner and sightseeing.































After Istanbul I went to Ankara by bus because I wanted to visit a friend there. We got to know each other on my first trip away from work in 2013 when I was travelling thorugh Croatia and Italy. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and a very political city. I experienced that myself as I was travelling before some kind of election. To market their party the parties go around the city by car and blast their messages from speakerphones as loud as they can - which is quite disturbing at times. They also decorate the streets with little bunting in their party's colour.
I explored the city by myself one day, as my friend was terribly sick, but also went through the town with her when she felt better. We drank nargile (shisha) and had some colourful traditional ottoman sweets.
     

This is Ankara when the sun is setting and the evening muezzin call is heard all over the city. We were standing on a hill next to the old castle and enjoyed the view from above as all the lights in the city slowly started to turn on. I t was great!


From Ankara I went to Eskisehir, but it was raining all night when I arrived and I only stayed there till the next afternoon. There is a wax figure museum, which I didn't visit but which should be a cool place. The mayor of Bursa actually makes the figures himself as a hobby. All over the city you find different sculptures and I imagine the city to be a good place in summer. The hostel I stayed in was close to the center, but unfortunately not too many guests there, so I stayed by myself in a four bed room.

From Eskisehir I took a bus to Bursa and met a girl there, whom I contacted before via couchsurfing. She picked me up at the bus station though it was far outside the town and brought me to a famous Iskender place - actually the place where Iskender kebap was invented and the only place that is allowed to call it Iskender. We also went to the silk bazaar and I got some nice fabrics there.

From Bursa I took a ferry back to Istanbul, met with an old aquaintance from study times and enjoyed some last days in the city before flying back to Berlin. There I had two nights at a friends place and visited the Mauerpark flea.

The holiday made some good memories! I'm yet to print out some photos and document the journey in a travel photobook, but just thinking about the trip makes me smile. There are lots of more stories to tell from the trip, but that would fill pages. So I leave you instead with the picture of two silk scarves which I got in Bursa and that I want to turn into tops.

Tine Shops: The Dutch Fabric Market in Hamburg

Every couple of months the Dutch Fabric Market stops in Hamburg. Never heard about it before? The Dutch Fabric Market is an institution in Germany. It's basically an association of different Dutch fabric retailers that travel around Germany and present their fabrics and notions. In every city also some local shops have stalls and show off their cloth.
I've never been to one of the markets, so when it came to Hamburg on a weekend that I was staying in town I jumped at the chance and went to Alsterdorf market, where it took place. You couldn't miss that place and already at the subway station I knew where to go, just following the ladies with the big shopping bags.

 There were lots of stalls with brightly patterned jersey fabrics and fabrics for children, but I also found some great fall fabrics and wools.
 These hight quality wool fabrics weren't cheap, but I've never seen them before offered in a store. It's not my style, but I know that they are liked by many women on the market.
 The 50 cm cut offs of cotton jersey are really popular at just 4 € the piece. Not really my thing, but definitely a great ressource for mums and if I ever have a niece or nephew, I'll surely make something sweet of that kind of fabric.
 More bright cottons and cotton jerseys.

There was a big stall with very fashionably fashion fabrics, like jersey, wool and sateens, which I really liked. They sorted the fabrics by colour and it was a really attracting display of the fabrics.

In my last post you can see what I got at the market. Some of it cheaper than at work, some of it I'd not seen before and on the notions I totally lost my money, because they are definitely cheaper online or at other stores.

Apart from the fabrics and some haberdashery (only three stalls), they also sold pattern making supplies and pieces of laminated fabrics as well as homedecor fabrics and patchwork supplies.

Sonntag, 24. August 2014

Tine Sews: The Camera Tee

I have this T-Shirt for quite a while now, but I never got around to take pictures. Having a Sunday to myself I decided to take advantage of the light in my living room and take some pictures. In the morning I went to the Dutch Fabric Market, which travels through Germany and takes place all over the country. I've never been to this kind of market before, so I was very interested what kind of fabrics they offer. I left the market with some good stuff, which I'll show you at the end of the post.

But first some pictures of the Camera Tee.
I used the same Burda pattern as for the grey t-shirt from my last post. It's Burda (issue 2/2013 mod.126)
The fabric was a score at Stoffe Mahler a fabric wholesale company that also has a direct sale. It's quite a travel to get there, but they have great stuff. They sell a lot of designer fabrics as well, though they are heftily priced. I went with fifty centimetres of this jersey, which was just enough for front and back of the t-shirt.
For the sleeves I used some navy jersey that I had left from another project. I think that I once got it at work. We often get jersey knit fabrics for low prices and good quality from Italy, so I usually stock up on them.
The sleeves are ruched and then set in, which adds a nice detail.
I used my overlocker for all seams and then did the hem with the regular machine and a twin needle.
The shorts that I'm wearing are also me-made. It's the same pattern as the jeans and I just altered the length. It took me some trial to get a shorts length, because I couldn't imagine that the crotch is so short. I first ended with some kind of bike shorts, which looked very odd.

In the end the length was just right and I like the very much. I'll definitely take them with me on my next travel adventure.
The shorts are quite high-waisted which is comfortable and covers the odd belly.

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This is my haul from the Dutch Fabric Market. I got some black jeans fabric with stretch for 12 € ( 7€/m), some woven Peruvian fabric for 7€/m and some twill with unregular dots for 13,50 € (9€/m). I also got some needles and pins, because I needed them. I should've gotten them at work though, because they were pricier than at work. I thought I'd get them cheap at the market, but well I was mistaken. Anyway I think I'll check when the next market is and if I got time I'll visit again.
The market was well visited and at some times I was overwhelmed by the crowds but it was okay to browse.

Samstag, 16. August 2014

Tine Sews: The Rockstar Outfit

Okay, so I have to catch up on a lot of projects. Just some days ago I got the e-mail about the next blogger meet-up event in 2015. I went there this year and made a biker jacket - then I never blogged about it, though it's been one of my favourite jackets in spring. Today I  had a lazy saturday and decided that it's about time to test my new camera (no DSLR but a very handy small camera from Sony) and did a mini photoshoot in my living room.
The biker jacket is made from a Burda pattern (issue 9/2004 mod. 127). I cut the pieces at home and then sewed the whole jacket on one weekend in Bielefeld, starting on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday morning. I had to make a quick run to a local supermarket to get the push buttons, because I forgot to get them before. Then Mema was so nice to bring a hammer on Sunday, so that I could finish the jacket. Unfortunately I messed up to of the buttons, so the jacket was 100 % finished at the end of the weekend and it took me another month to get new push buttons and add it, but after that I wore the jacket quite often.

The vertical zipper leads to a pocket, where one can easily store a camera or some keys. The diagonal zipper leads no where, it could be perfect for breast feeing ;). The jacket was too short, so I added a piece with 10 cm length to the hem and then attached the bottom band. Now the length is just right.
Details of the zippers and the cuff. The wristband is my favourite watch, which I made for a sewing tutorial at work. You can find the tutorial at Handmade Kultur (in German).
I got all of the zippers at Stoff&Stil, because it's just the cheapest place to get metal zippers and they have a good selection of colours.

I like to wear the jacket with a pair of black skinny jeans, that I also made, wear very frequently (that's why it's already a bit washed out) and that I never blogged about. The pattern is my pattern, as it's a heavily modified Burda pattern from an old issue. It was meant to have a side zip but I just made up a fly and pockets by using a pattern for a skirt.
You can also leave the zipper open and have a more casual look.
In the back I combined the two different fabrics. The black one was bought from work and the tweed is a vintage fabric that I found in the stash at my grand fathers old sewing studio.
The jeans have some wash lines, but I like the vintage look of them. The knees are a bit out of shape, but it's okay when I wear them.
The pocket lining is some floral fabric that I had in my stash. I love to be able to individualize my clothes like that. It's rarely seen, but I know that it's there and that makes me happy.
I also made the t-shirt of my rockstar outfit. It's another Burda pattern (issue 2/2013 mod.126).
In the back you can see two slits. Wondering why they are there? Well, I made a silly mistake while sewing the sleeve to the armhole and somehow caught a piece of the back in the seam and when I opened the seam I had a slit in the back. Since I didn't have enough fabric to cut it again, I just made a slit on purpose on the other side of the back and now call it a design element.
I love this pattern, as it's so simple to sew and also looks really good with contrasting fabrics.
Of course I am a true rockstar and also made my shoes! They are storebought espadrilles where I changed the fabric. Now I have shoes with a world map to take on my next travel around the globe.
Whee, this was a lot of pictures, hope you like!


Freitag, 15. August 2014

Tine Thinks: Where am I going

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Recently I've been thinking about this blog and where I want to go with it. I started it in 2011 while I was studying, living far from my family and using this blog as a documentation of my life and sewing projects. I still had some semesters ahead of me and thought that blogging would be a good way to get into the groove of social media, writing and figuring out what I wanted to do later. I also had the idea of writing my bachelor thesis about turning a blog into a business, was even thinking about starting to write a business plan on how to make money with a sewing blog and what kind of market is out there that I could cater for. I worked part-time for an online fabric shop, so I saw the opportunity to use affiliate programs and such to monetize a blog. The only issue was - in 2011 no sewing online shop in Germany offered an affiliate program.

So fast forward to 2014: Three years later I have my own apartment in Hamburg and work in an online-shop that sells fabrics again. I'm responsible for blogger relations, finding people for our affiliate program, writing texts and coming up with ideas for sewing tutorials and the general work that comes with creating tutorials. Basically everything that I imagined to do in 2011 I'm doing right now. But one thing is different - I'm not working on my own or freelance, I have a contract with Europes leading online fabric retailers.

This has it's perks and I learned a lot in the last two years, but anyway lately I've been thinking about my initial idea again. I'd love to spend more time with my blog and not the companies blog. The only problem is time. As I work 40 hours a week + some more, then having to juggle everyday life with a social life and my volunteer work for a sports club, I'm basically happy if I have a free moment that I'm not sitting in front of my computer.

Today I had a look at my blog after two months of not having a look at the statistics and I was very surprised that I still have readers everyday. I guess the content that I already put up is interesting to some people, or they are caught by the blog title? Anyway, I just wanted to use this opportunity to let you in on my thoughts. Maybe you have the same problem about time and finding the time to do something which is basically a hobby, but that you want to professionalize for yourself. Any thoughts?

Sonntag, 22. Juni 2014

In Germany: Badenixen Sew Along

Well, it's officially summer and in Germany the weather has started to warm up and as a girl from the seaside I love to spend my weekends at the sea in a pretty bikini or bathing suit. Lotti has started a Sew Along on the topic of swimwear and first I was hesistant about joining, because I never tend to be able to keep the deadlines of a Sew Along. But I've just made my first bikini top and started to make a matching bottom, so I decided that I'll join the Sew Along and just jump in to the current run.
So, this post will be in German and I'll write about my ressources and the first steps of bikini making.



Here we go.
Sonntag  08.06.2014

Linksammlung: Welcher Stoff? Welcher Schnitt? Wo kann ich am besten bestellen? Welche Empfehlungen gibt es bereits? Was brauche ich eigentlich alles? Ich habe schon erste Ideen und könnte mir folgendes Modell/Stoff/Zubehör vorstellen. Ich habe bereits Material Zuhause und lasse mich noch inspirieren. Ich habe folgende Schnitte bereits zur Verfügung und kann mich nicht entscheiden. Was meinst ihr, welches Modell besser zu mir passt? usw.

Okay, erst war ich etwas unentschlossen. Bikini selbst nähen, kann ich das? Gibt's da überhaupt schöne Schnittmuster für? Dann fiel mir eine alte Schnittmusterzeitschrift aus Brasilien ein, die mir mein Onkel mal netterweise mitgebracht hat. Und in dieser Zeitschrift gibt es mehrere Schnittmuster für Bikinis und Badeanzüge. Dann posteten die Mädels von A Beautiful Mess auch noch ihre Urlaubsbilder aus Costa Rica mit coolen Retro Bikinis und da wusste ich "So etwas brauche ich auch!".


In der Moda Moldes Nr. 35, von der ich leider nicht mehr weiß, in welchem Monat sie erschienen ist, gibt es mehrere schöne Schnitte für Bikinis.
Und für Badeanzüge.
Zu jedem Modell gibt es eine kleine Erklärung für welchen Figurtyp das jeweilige Modell am besten passt. Das habe ich in noch keiner anderen Schnittmusterzeitschrift, außer den Portugiesischen, gesehen. Ich entschied mich für das Modell 106 mit dem Höschen von Modell 105.
Da ich nicht wusste, ob das Projekt etwas wird, entschied ich mich einfachen schwarzen Badeanzugstoff zu verwenden. Den Stoff kaufte ich am Samstag bei Stoff und Stil in Halstenbek, aber wir haben ihn natürlich auch bei stoffe.de im Sortiment. Dazu erwarb ich das passende schwarze elastische Einfassband. Ob der Bikini nun wirlklich salzwasserresistent und langlebig ist, möchte ich nicht bestätigen, aber er wird auf jeden Fall ein paar Saisons durchalten. Da das erste Modell aber gut gelang, wird sicherlich noch ein weiteres folgen - vielleicht in Pink!

Sonntag 22.06.2014

Ich hab jetzt alles da und könnte anfangen. Puh, das ist ja flutschig. Gibt es schon irgendwelche Tipps zur Verabeitung? Welche Größe soll ich wohl wählen? Ich habe schon angefangen und bereits folgende Erfahrung mit dem Schnitt/Stoff gemacht. Brauche ich spezielle Nadeln/Garn? Ich steige jetzt noch schnell ein. usw. 
Am Samstag nach dem Einkauf bei Stoff und Stil legte ich mit dem Bikininähen los, allerdings ersteinmal mit einem anderen Schnitt. Schon vor einiger Zeit hatte ich das Bustier von Burda genäht und wollte ausprobieren, ob es auch aus Badeanzugstoff gut wird. Naja, man kann es sich wahrscheinlich denken, das ganze war der totale Reinfall, denn das Schnittmuster ist für Webware und zwar aus den richtigen Gründen.

Also legte ich heute mit neuem Mut und den portugiesischen Schnittmuster los. Das Zuschneiden verlief ohne Probleme und auch das Nähen war keine Schwierigkeit. Das Oberteil besteht ja eigentlich nur aus drei Schnitteilen, die perfekt aufeinander passten.

Dann kam allerdings der Moment, wo ich dem Bikinioberteil den "Twist" verpassen musste und damit beschäftigte ich mich bestimmt eine gute halbe Stunde, bis ich raushatte an welcher Stelle der Stoffe gerafft und in welche Richtung das Bindeband angebracht werden muss. Letztendlich war das Nähen aber ein schnelles Unterfangen. Von innen sieht der Bikini natürlich nicht perfekt aus, da man die Nahtzugabe sieht und es kein Futter hat, aber wen stört das schon?
Als Nadel verwendete ich lustigerweise eine Ledernadel, die ich noch in der Maschine hatte. Das störte den Badenazugstoff aber überhaupt nicht und es entstanden auch keine Löcher.
Die Nähte nähte ich einfach mit einem schmal eingestellten Zick-Zack-Stich und Polyestergarn. Das elastische Einfassband brahcte ich mit dem selben Stich an.
Das Schnittmuster war nur in einer Größe in der Zeitschrift, daher hatte ich gar keine Wahl bei der Größe. Nach den Maßen dahcte ich erst, dass es etwas zu klein werden würde, aber es ist genau richtig!

Das Oberteil ist fertig, das Höschen halb. Leider hatte ich für die Beinauschnitte nicht mehr genug elastisches Einfassband und so muss ich die Fertigstellung des kompletten Bikinis auf die nächsten Tage verschieben. Für das Höschen habe ich den Schnitt aus der Zeitschrift etwas abgewandelt und die obere Kante auf Taillenmaß gebracht. Dann ergänzte ich noch ein breites Band, was die Hüfte etwas definiert. So entsteht ein Fifties Look, wie er auf meinem Inspirationsbild zu sehen ist.

Ich trage mein neues Oberteil schon den ganzen Tag und es ist sehr bequem und engt überhaupt nicht ein, sondern stützt an den richtigen Stellen.
Alle Badenixen versammeln sich mal wieder bei Lotti.

Sonntag, 15. Juni 2014

On Trend: The Kimono

Lately I've been seeing a couple of Kimonos on a couple of sewing and fashion blogs and since I was always thinking about what to do with the fabric that I got through last years Summer Sewing Swap from Jane I got active this weekend and quickly cut and assembled a kimono style jacket. The pattern is just some rectangles and for the front I cut a neck opening and a slight curved hem. All in all it took abou half an hour to cut and sew the kimono. Quick pleasure!

I was in a Coachella kind of mood this weekend so I styled it with some jeans shorts, a bralette and fringe boots. But I can also see myself wearing the kimono with a T-Shirt and work appropriate skirt to the office.
Dancing in a kimono is fun, because the fabric moves so nicely around the body.
The fabric is a quite thing polyester jersey, which was too thin for other projects but perfect for this one. I love it!
You are wondering to which jungle I went for shooting these pictures? Well, it's my garden! I spent a lot of time on my garden terrace this weekend and with all of the green it was very relaxing.

On Instagram I shared how I made a pair of espadrilles, so follow me there and you'll see step by step how I did it!
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