Saturday, December 31, 2011

German Pattern Experiment


German pattern magazine from May 1936.

Hello dear readers!  I hope this day finds you doing well.  I want to share with you something new that I wanted to try with the new year: The German Pattern Experiment.  What exactly is this?  I suppose it's best to start at the beginning.

A while back I fell in love with a few blogs that were dedicated to vintage style, and being a lover of history, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of sewing from the same pattern that someone else may have used 50, 60 or even 70 years ago.  I scoured eBay for vintage patterns and my first two purchases were won without a fight and for a very modest price.  Then I came across some German pattern magazine from the 1930's.  The patterns were very appealing, so I put in my $10 bid and carefully watched the bidding through the last day, satisfied that I was again the only bidder.  Well, the bidding on this particular  item was open until the wee hours of the night, so I bumped my bid up to $15 and went to bed confident in my winning.

The next morning, to my disappointment, I noticed I had been outbid - that darling had sold for over $50! Despite my sour feelings, I moved on and forgot all about the incident until three weeks later when I noticed the seller was again listing some similar items.  I quickly placed another modest bid and waited until the final evening of the bidding.  Hubby and I were enjoying a bottle of raspberry wine and relaxing on the couch as I sat with the laptop close by.  Again, I noticed these pattern magazines were a hot item and the bidding continued to climb.  Let me just say that after one glass of wine, the price didn't seem so outrageous, so I joined in the bidding war.  It wasn't too long before I found out that no one else was dumb enough to outbid me (doesn't anyone else drink wine while bidding on eBay?).

After the magazine arrived, I was in outright shock.  How was I going to sew from these patterns when I couldn't read a lick of German?  I turned to the internet to see if there was anyone sharing their experiences with these patterns - none (I do not claim to be any sort of research expert).  Well, I've decided that with this new year, I am ready to tackle this project.

German pattern magazine from December 1936.
Are you interested in joining me?  You can follow along as I attempt to sew my way through as many of these patterns that I can.  I'm hoping to even convert a few of these into PDFs - available to you!

Of course, these will not be the only things I sew up this year.  I will be participating in Tasia's Minoru sew along and am planning to make the Cynthia Steffe dress that you helped me decide on.

I would love it if you followed along.  Leave a note if you are interested in having me create free PDFs of these patterns  (as I'm sure it will be a lot of work, so I'll only take the time if there is expressed interest).

Live in this moment and love life!

Annabelle

Monday, December 26, 2011

Something to write about . . .

Happy Monday!  I know it has been forever since I last posted; truly I just haven't had much to post about.  The month of December always seems to catch me in a whirlwind.  Instead of spending free time knitting and sewing, I have been enjoying the company of friends, family and my dear hubby.

I'm hoping my lack of inspiring projects and creativity is a thing of the past (for a little while at least).  I've got a few little goodies in my hands that are sure to get me back to my sewing and knitting.  First, I have a lovely dress form!  I had been wanting one for quite a while, and had come really close to purchasing one on my own.  It was hard to justify cost (how much fabric or yarn could I buy with that money instead?).  Well, I put it on my birthday/Christmas list and crossed my fingers with all my might.

I got my dress form!  I came as a gift from my Mom and Dad.  My parents have taught me a lot about generosity and thinking of others, but it still comes as a surprise when I am the beneficiary of this generosity.  So, Mom and Dad, thank you so much for the dress form - I can't wait to start using her to work out fine fitting details and become better at sewing.  I appreciate everything you do to take an interest in my hobbies.


The only other item on my wish list was A Stitch in Time, Volume II.  (I know, a short list, and I certainly did not expect to receive both.)  Under the tree on Christmas was a gift from my little brother, who had drawn my name.  With the help of my mom, he had gotten me the knitting book that I had been wanting since I learned that the writing was in the works.  I was so convinced that I wanted this book that I even bought some yarn to make one of the projects that had been released on Ravelry.  Now that I have the book in my hands, I can get that yarn on my needles.

My much anticipated book - shown with the yarn I bought for one of the projects.
Christmas day also included a short visit with one of my friends.  She had picked up a little something for me as a birthday gift.  It's this darling little mug - that I plan to use for drinking my favorite tea and plenty of hot cocoa!

"Knitting is Knotty" - the reason my friend thought it would be fun to buy this mug for me.
The last gift I received had no monetary value, but comes of great value to me.  My hubby spent two and half hours at a church service in a foreign language!  He did it just so I could spend Christmas morning visiting some very dear friends of mine.  It was wonderful see some old friends, and have the support of my hubby with me.

As wonderful as my Christmas and birthday gifts are, I am most thankful for the real meaning of Christmas:  Emmanuel, God with us!  I am also grateful for the time with my family - I love you all.

Do you have anything wonderful to share about the holiday?  I would love to hear what you have to share.

Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle