Tuesday, February 7, 2012

German Pattern Experiment: Day 6 and a Finished Project!

As the fabric is a bit sheer, this is the only modeling picture you will get.
Can you believe it?  Six weeks into my German Pattern Experiment and I finally have something to show you!  For my first pattern I chose to make a simple piece of lingerie and sew it up in a light cotton voile.  You know how much I love working with silk, but chose to make this from cotton because I wanted this to be more like a pair of summer pajamas.  Also, I wasn't quite up to the challenge of grading the pattern to fit exactly how I wanted it.  But since I couldn't completely let go of the idea of silk, I chose use a piece of left over silk from my Pendrell blouse to enclose the raw edges under the bust.  (Well, technically it's under the bust, but since I did not grade the pattern, it's much closer to my waist).

Close up of my bound seam with the teal silk.
Here is what it looks like inside-out.
In addition to using some silk, I added lace edging across the top and bottom of this nightie to give it more  feminine details.  Since my cotton voile is really thin and frays easily, I overlocked my edges and used french seams.  A little overkill (I am totally aware of this), but I plan to machine was this baby and I do not want it falling apart on me.


This pattern comes from the May issue of my German pattern magazine.  I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but this a cami-knickers style piece of lingerie that can be worn under pants.  (Since I made mine for sleepwear, they would be too bulky to wear under pants, but I plan to make this up in some silk as a more fitted garment as well . . .)


What's really fun about this project is that I am sharing it as part of Debi's Sew Grateful Week.  So everyone from Debi's blog, welcome - I am so glad you decided to stop by.  My plan was to have the pattern available to everyone in PDF format, but I confess I am a bit behind in my schedule.  No need to panic, I am still working on getting this pattern converted to a PDF.  Want to know the best part?  I will make it available to all of my followers for free!  Actually if you are here from Debi's blog, you are also eligible for a copy - no need to follow this blog.


There are so many reasons that I am Sew Grateful for the online sewing community.  If you are a follower of my blog or have ever left a comment, know that my gratitude towards you comes from the bottom of my heart.  It delights my heart to see strangers encourage one another and maybe turn from strangers into friends.  When I first started out on my German Pattern Experiment, I was worried that I would fall flat on my face an fail.  But, I received so many kind words of encouragement and even tips from you that I was able to find success!

Button placket with the vintage snap fasteners.
I am really hoping to have this pattern available within the week.  You can either leave a comment on this post, or check back next week when (fingers crossed) I have the pattern available.  Just leave a comment with your email address and whether you follow my blog or Debi's.  And you are welcome to search through the scans of my May and December issues and request patterns that you would like to see in the future.  No promises, but I will do my very best.


Live this moment and love life!
Annabelle

62 comments:

  1. How cute! I just love that little pop of color hidden on the inside. Congrats on finishing your first German magazine pattern! :-)

    How nice of you to share for "Sew Grateful" week! (I really should think of something to share too because everyone is so awesome!)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's exciting to actually have a finished project - now I just need to work on that PDF :p

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  2. This is soo cute, I love the pop of color. I have a blog of my own so I can't follow you but I frequently pop in here and on My Happy Sewing Place along with so many others it hard to keep track of them all. A pdf of this pattern would be great. =] Thanks for sharing with everyone!

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    1. Chastity, I'm glad you love the pop of color, it was fun to add.

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  3. what a marvelous and generous idea - all your hard work will be much appreciated by all, I'm sure :) Your piece sure turned out lovely; very elegant, even in cotton :)

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    1. Symon, thank you for the kind words. Who knew cotton had such potential?

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  4. Oh I love it AB!! Super adorable!! I am sure the hubby likes it too! ;)

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    1. Yes, though hubby did say - "more see-through next time" ;)

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  5. This is a wonderful lingerie piece! And to think the pattern was in a foreign language... i've been playing with the idea of making a silk slip for some time now, but i'm a litte afraid of working with such a slippery material. Or is in no worse than lining?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, you really should make a silk slip - they are wonderful. I have found that I the most patience comes with cutting out the pattern pieces, the actual sewing up of the silk is not that terrible. This does depend on the type of silk used, charmeuse is a bit more slippery, but is still manageable. Feel free to ask me any specific questions you may have.

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  6. Beautifully done, Anne, you must be so proud!

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    1. A compliment from an expert like you means the world to me Anna! Thanks :)

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  7. Its just gorgeous Ann! Well done and I love the teal hiding inside, I'm in awe of your patience in doing this project as I'd have run hiding at the fact its in a language I have no understanding of!!

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    1. Thank you Vicki. This was a bit of a test of my patience, but I am pleased with the result. I am glad you liked the teal, it's fun to add a surprise in with your sewing.

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  8. Congratulations on getting this piece done. Looking at a project like this can be so daunting (though almost all sewing projects are to me LOL). I am very impressed how you were able to work your way through it and not lose hope and make it through the end. And I love the piece too!!!

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    1. Brandy, thanks for the words of encouragement. So glad you like this first piece.

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  9. What beautiful job you've done. I have a terrible weakness for vintage lingerie patterns. Can't wait for the PDF.

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    1. Jadestar, your sweet words mean a lot. And you are in luck - I plan to have my next pattern be another piece of lingerie. Hopefully I can find time for it all.

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  10. That looks inspirational! I've just started following your blog and think I follow Debs as well. Looking forward to the PDF: I've got some silk that might be just right for this.

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    1. Rachelle, thanks for following my blog! I'm looking forward to seeing you make this up in a gorgeous silk.

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  11. You did a great job! It's not easy following antique patterns, but you did it! Have you looked at the Burdastyle contest where you can re-do one of several vintage patterns, or an Amy Barickman pattern or Indygo Junction? You might do well with it! I'd love to see this in pdf form but also #15140, which is a dress with a cape that you mentioned in your blog. These are all cute, no matter what.

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    1. Wow, thanks for the compliments Carol! Yes, I have heard of the Burdastyle contest - I just haven't gotten around to it (though I do have a few ideas stewing). Oh, #15140 is a great dress - I really do hope to make this one up. It will be a little while before I tackle that one, but it is certainly on my list of things to make.

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  12. Beautiful!! Oh, what a great job you did. I love how airy it looks. I would have this in every color, so pretty!

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  13. I follow both blogs now ;) & I would love to sew this up!
    Thanks so much for your hard work!
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. Oh, how great to have you join in. I will be sure to send you a copy of the PDF as soon as I have it ready.

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  14. I follow Debi's, but I added you since I've now spent so much time here.

    Elaina@sewducky.com

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    1. Awe, thanks for sticking around. I hope I can come up with more posts to keep your interest. I will get the pattern out to you soon.

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  15. This looks great I follow Deb via reader and now u.
    Carlandrach(at)optusnet.com.au

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    1. So great to have you on-board. I've starting working on the PDF - so you should be able to get it within the week!

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  16. Oh, this is so adorable!!! :) Found you through My happy sewing place and I will start follow you right away. :) I would absolutely love to get the PDF when you've made it. This is such a generous gesture!

    maritha.bostrom@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, and by the way, after browsing through the magazines scans, I cannot stop myself from making a wish regarding future patterns from it - the 15122 pajamas from the May issue. It totally rocks! :) And I am so impressed by you dealing with vintage patterns in a foreign language! :)

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    2. Maritha, I am delighted by your enthusiasm for this project! Thank you so much. I am working on getting the pattern converted to a PDF - soon I promise. I too like pattern 15122 and will do my best to offer that at some point in the future!

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  17. Annabelle, After you commented on my blog, I decided to look at yours. Your German pattern experiment is very interesting. I hope you have sweet dreams when you wear your lovely sleepwear. You have done an excellent job with it. I am also in Group 7. There is another member of Group 7 who lives in Burnsville. I wonder if the three of us might be able to get together in person. I wonder if there are any others in the Twin Cities area.

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by. For some reason your comment went to my spam, and I just found it now - so sorry about that. It would be wonderful to get together with other members of group 7. I don't think I received a list of our group yet, but that will be really helpful once Janyce sends it out.

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  18. I love 30s fashion, and would appreciate this lovely pattern. I have been a follower of Debi's blog for a while, and have been reading yours via the feed for a few weeks. Now I am a follower of yours as well.

    trishca[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Tricia, it's wonderful to have you join in - the 30's was a great decade for fashion! I will be getting the pattern out to you within the week.

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  19. Hi Annabelle,

    What a gorgeous cami-knickers sleepwear negligee you created! I especially love the subtle vertical line pattern in the silk fabric you chose, it is totally gorgeous and flattering! I'm usually not a "sew-it-from-scratch" type of seamstress, as most often I find myself redesigning vintage pieces... but you have me feeling inspired!

    xoxo,
    annie

    I'm hosting a shoe GIVEAWAY on my vintage blog, I hope you will stop by to check it out! Here is a link:
    http://vintagediggs.com/2012/02/spring-heels-up-for-grabs/

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    1. Annie, I hope I've pulled you into the sewing world! I only started sewing a little over a year ago, and it was the browsing through other bloggers' projects that did me in :)

      What a great giveaway you are hosting, I will have to enter it.

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  20. Hello! I'm here from Debi's blog but I think I may be staying! What a gorgeous pattern and a beautiful garment you've made. I'm a a big fan of the 30's and 40's but finding complete lingerie patterns that don't cost the earth has been something of a difficulty so I would dearly love a copy of this pattern please - girlmeetswolf (at) sky (dot) com

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    1. Tors, glad you are here to stay :) I am with you on finding affordable vintage lingerie patterns - it's complete madness on eBay and Etsy! That is why I feel compelled to share what I've got. If there is some out there willing to sew it up, I will gladly share. Pattern to follow soon.

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  21. You've done a great job with this, I've been following your posts about it. I also follow Debi's blog, so I've had a lucky double helping! I'm happy! I'd love a copy of the pattern. I'm just can't keep up with all the inspired and clever people out here in the blogishpere!

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    1. What a compliment, thank you Nikki. Isn't all of the inspiration wonderful? My list of things to sew is long enough to keep me occupied for the rest of my life (and I'm pretty young) so I will probably have to tone it down to make room for new ideas that come about. So I can't quite keep up wither :)

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  22. I've come across from Debi's blog & am loving your journey! What a fantastic outcome- a great achievement. I'd love a copy of the pattern too, and will be following you from now on - need to check back on the version in silk!

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    1. I'm delighted to have you join in my journey. It has been a lot of fun. Now, I can look forward to what you will be making as well.

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  23. Oh my ... This is a beautiful piece of lingerie! So delicate! It's wonderful that you ended this nightie. You will be so proud of this ....

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    1. Your words mean a lot, thank you Rosy.

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  24. I saw this on Debi's blog and thought I would hop over. The piece looks great. Started following and can't wait to see more in this experiment. Would love a copy of the pattern too!

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    1. What a wonderful compliment, thank you Jen. I have started working on the PDF, so it should be available soon.

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  25. Absolutely beautiful - it must feel amazing to go to bed in something so lovely that you've made yourself. I'd definitely be interested in this pattern, I've never made anything like this before and this looks like as good a place to start as any!
    I came over here from Debi's blog, and I've just started following your beautiful blog.

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    1. Thank you Megan, I do love wearing it bed! I am so glad you are interested in the pattern, look for a post on that sometime this week!

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  26. These are so lovely! I have been having a few attempts at lingerie recently but nothing so pretty as this.Well done!

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    1. I am sure you could manage to make something just as lovely or more so! Thank you for the compliment.

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  27. I so love the romantic side of the style. I can't wait till the PDF is available. I'm itching to bring my machine back out. This is the perfect get my groove back project. <3 it!!

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    1. Good news, that pattern is ready! Just leave me your email and I will send you the PDF :)

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  28. Oooh I've been trying to comment on this post for a week and it wasn't working! Anyways I think its fixed! I hopped on over from Debi's blog and I love this camiknickers pattern! I would love to have a copy of it! My email is sobeautifullysewn(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you so much for doing this!

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    1. Hi Salma, I'm terrible sorry that blogger was being a pain and not letting your comment. I will send you the pattern right away!

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  29. Hiya, I have started to follow Debi's blog and was reading back and found your blog and beautiful project- please could I have the PDF even though I'm new? Thanks, Steph fromage103@hotmail.com

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    1. Hello Steph, I just sent you the pattern by emial. Happy sewing :)

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  30. That turned out so lovey! I have a wearing-logistics question maybe you can help me with. Maybe I'm flummoxed because I don't know how cami-knickers fasten, but I've been curious about this for some time. If you are wearing the cami-knickers (or "combo-undergarment") under a blouse and pants (or skirt), what in the world do you do when you go to the bathroom?

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    1. Hi Angie - good question! These cami-knickers have three snaps in the "crotch" area. Just unsnap those and going to the bathroom is just as easy as if you were wearing a regular slip :) I have some pictures of that on my flicker:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/59320004@N02/6980519611/in/photostream

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  31. Hi
    Just found your blog. Is it possible for this pattern to be emailed. It looks fantastic, very inspiring.
    mrsgittins@googlemail.com
    Thanks!

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