Weekly diary

I missed last week, but this week I am back to the blog

Perfumes of this week were Eau de Lancaster, Aromatics Elixir twice, Chanel No5 L Eau, Memoire D Une Odeur, Scherrer, Terracotta and Batucada for a hot summer evening.

I made lots of asparagus, because it’s near the end of the season, so I made quiche, baked asparagus with meatballs and asparagus en vinaigrette with fried salmon. I made a bavarian sausage salad and added kohlrabi kimchi to it, which was an instant hit with my boyfriend. Plus lots of Hummus and cold sandwiches. And not to forget a nice bottle of wine on our balcony.

I finally finished my second bra, after tweaking the pattern a bit for a better fit and now I am quite content. I think there will be more bra sewing in the future. The next one will be with a bit of lace.

I also made a summer linnen and rayon sack dress, the Adeline from Style Arc. I cut a size 16 and it came together nicely. Plus I did some cutting for another dress and a Denim jacket from scraps and some old jeans of my boyfriend.

The next week we are on staycation holidays, but we will visit a friend and hopefully do some cycling along the Neckar River.

Weekly diary and a shopping spree

Perfumes of this week were Cabotine, Adam Levine, Untitled, which I finally thunked, Vert de Fleur, Scherrer, Tea Rose, Zagorsk for meditation day, Cardin Choc and L Air de Rien on Sunday

I went on a bit of a perfume shopping spree and bought lots of cheapies, but goodies.

A big bottle of Scherrer and Scherrer One Love, Cardin Choc and Paradoxe, Verveine Cedrat and not pictured perfumers workshop Tea Rose. The Cardins were blind buys, but I really like them. The One Love is not too much my style, but a nice scent nonetheless.

I did not too much of cooking, but we had savoy with brats, swabian lentils with spaetzle and sausage and a tray bake with chicken legs, potatoes and asparagus. And because I hopefully gets warmer now, I made a big batch of Hummus.

I started working on a new dress, but it’s not finished yet plus I tried to make some woven joggers style pant, that came out ridiculously big and made me feel like a clown. This will take some weeks, before I try again, because I am frustrated.

At the moment I am watching Gotham on Netflix. I am not a marvel fan, but this is really entertaining and the villains are the best!

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Perfumes this week were mostly more of the chypre kind, because they are great for spring. So I wore Orange Sanguine, Amazone, Scherrer, Azurée. Friday was spring flowers day on NST, so I wore Cabotine. Saturday was grey and cold, so I put on Absolue pour le Soir and sunday was Untitled and later I wore Cabochard

I did a lot of cooking this week, so we had beef cheeks I need wine sauce, Vietnamese summer rolls with omelet. I made salmon with fresh spinach and gnocchi, a cream of broccoli soup and a Udon noodle soup with shrimp, cabbage and miso. Later oven baked chicken legs with aubergine and sunday a kimchi spaetzle bake with cheese and fried onions.

This week I took my new Brompton out for my first commute, that finally worked out okay after encountering a dead end because of works and a much belated train because of problems with electricity. Still it was nice to finally get to cycle again. I am still not fit, after my Covid infection, but it got a bit better in the last two weeks.

And because it’s MeMadeMay, I started another project with the Stacker jacket, a design from Papercut Patterns. It’s coming along nicely, hope to finish it tomorrow.

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Perfumes of this week were Roma, Pour La Belle, Empreinte, Covet and Salome for the cleaning community project on NST, as I chose the glamorous take on cleaning via a maid, but this sadly did not happen… I wore a mix of Avon Nearness plus Arpege on Saturday morning and Theo Fennel in the late afternoon. Sunday was lots of vintage Chanel No19.

On my plate I had Maultaschen in soup and later fried with eggs. I used some of last week’s spiced butter to fry some eggs. Saturday I used the last of the spiced butter for a pasta with asparagus and salmon and turmeric yogurt. This was a bit improvised, but really good… The boyfriend made Sauerbraten frankonian style with special Lebkuchen for sauces and potato dumplings. Sunday I did a bit of baking and made banana bread plus something called Quarkschnecken, pictured above.

I finally got my new car, a Skoda Fabia Combi in red. Now we can take our bikes to vacation, if we are allowed sometimes in the hopefully near future.

Amd I finally made all the buttonholes on my denim jacket and on the Gilbert top. So I now contemplate what to do next. Maybe the Stacker jacket….

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Perfumes of this week were Scherrer (worn twice), Vintage Opium, Black Gemstone (good, but not something I like to wear), Fils de Dieu for Friday, Occur, Calligraphy Saffron and Vintage Miss Dior and later Narciso white cube, because they share the gardenia note.

Nina Lee dress, one pot pasta and the persian Nowrooz meal.

On my plate I had some Indian chicken legs with rutabaga puree, that was really nice together… I made Khoresht e Karafs, a persian stew with celery and meat plus lots of parsley and mint on Nowrooz. On Sunday there was one pot pasta for lunch, because we were hungry and I just wanted some simple pasta. The boyfriend made beef cheeks simmered to perfection in its own juices. We nearly ate this with a spoon. And we had a great red wine from Montalcino to accompany the meal. Plus I baked egg nogg cake, for the weekend.

I finished the dress from Nina Lee patterns and like it a lot. Sadly it is too thin to wear now. I also made boxer briefs for my boyfriend and started the Gilbert top from Helen’s Closet.

Sewing underwear

I made two jersey boxer briefs for my boyfriend in the last days. This is the John boxer briefs pattern from Pattydoo, and I have made them before. They fit really well and are quite easy to make.

You need just half a meter of jersey and some elastic. The front of the briefs is lined, so it does not scratch the skin.

This time I also sewed them on request, because he really likes to wear them. Sadly he did not want to pose in them, so I have no pic how they look worn…

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Perfumewise I started the week with Zagorsk and Covet. I am on the last drops of Tommy The Girl, but it’s still not thunked. Wednesday I wore L Air de Rien, Friday a combination of Rose Flash plus Coriandre to make the rose less jam like. Saturday was lots of Roma, because it’s such a no brainer for me. Sunday started with Eau de Lancaster and later What I did on my holidays.

Easter cookies, the old shoe factory, the grain mill I shop at and a new Rivermont dress I made

On my plate I had pasta with spinach and Gorgonzola, homemade burgers, marinated pan-Asian chicken legs with cauliflower, sausages with savoy and spaetzle and on Sunday I made Seelen, a svabian bread roll, Persian rhubarb Ragout and a cake for tea.

Svabian Seelen, which means Souls

I did a lot of sewing and cutting out fabric and finished a dress from Nina Lee patterns, the Mayfair dress, that I plan to wear to work tomorrow

Mayfair dress

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This week the NST project was Absinth, so I wore some absinthe related scents like Niki de Saint Phalle, Chypre Mousse, Jil Sander No4 and Memoir Woman. I also wore Evoke, Perles de Lalique, Cabochard, Dzing, Ambre de Merveilles and tested Lebretons Grimoire today. I like cumin, but this was a bit much.

Kuku with broad beans and a Denim jacket

We did cook a bit and made pasta con le sarde with saffron and raisins, some homemade pizza. Saturday was Kuku, a sort of persian frittata with broad beans and parsley and today I am still in the process of making pork shanks with a nice crust plus savoy and potatoes.

I finally nearly finished a denim jacket that I started last summer. The pattern is from Itch to Stich and it’s the Atenas jacket. Now it only needs some buttons and I need warmer temperatures to wear it….

And I got new summer ballerinas. I think this color is a neutral, goes with everything! And very comfy too.

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I tried starting work again, but was sent home after 2 hours. So I spent more time recovering and of course wearing perfumes. As the weather was mostly sunny and springlike, I was craving fresher scents. So I wore Covet, Roma, Eau de Lancaster, Margiela Untitled and nearly thunked Tommy The Girl. Friday I wore Meet Me On The Corner plus Niki de Saint Phalle in the evening. Saturday was lots of Empreinte and today I wore SJP Lovely Sheer and Cabotine in the afternoon.

Covet, a part of my Saturday walk and my Sunday dinner

On my plate I had chicken with Ras El Hanout on savoy cabbage with Kurkuma and barberries. I made bavarian cabbage with oven potato chips and spicy brats and a sheet cake with sour cream and apples, which turned out nice. Sunday I made Koresht e Rivas, a persian beef Ragout with saffron and rhubarb. This sounds a bit strange, but is delicious. And I like the smell and taste of saffron. Plus I baked a grain and rye bread. Usually my boyfriend does the bread baking, but he mostly make French style country bread and I had a craving for a dark rye.

I was still very exhausted at the start of the week, but got better on Friday. I even managed a 6km walk with the boyfriend without needing to rest on the sofa. And today I felt like my old self again, maybe a bit more tired, but I got things done like vacuuming and sweeping the floors. I even got a whole dress cut and finished today, it was not a very complicated one, but nevertheless.

After five weeks of being sick, it will be nice to get to work again tomorrow. I hope this time I will cope.

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As the community project this week at the NST blog was yellow or gray, I wore some grey scents like Full Incense, Fourreau Noir, Attaquer Le Soleil and mb03 by Biel plus some yellowish scents like Eau Duelle and Felanilla. Sunday I had a craving for something more citrussy, because we finally had some snow and put on Lovely Sheer and later Cristalle Verte.

I did not have too much time to cook, so it was a big batch of chicken paprikash, baked pumpkin with Feta Creme and Hummus and salmon with Miso butter pasta and steamed broccoli. And I made congee, to see if this could be something to eat for breakfast.

I spent a lot of the weekend on my sewing machine and made a pinafore for a friend who loves to cook. I also cut and finished a wearable muslin of the cashmerette Harrison shirt with short sleeves. It was not as complicated as I thought I would be. Maybe it still needs some minor corrections after a test wear.

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For the week of Christmas I wore mostly cuddly scents, so Rose de Petra, Ambre de Merveilles, Absolue pour le Soir, Fille en Aiguilles for Christmas eve, Kenzo Amour, L Air de Rien and Calligraphy Saffron on Sunday.

Because both of us were on holidays, we had more time to cook. So we had loup de mer with spinach, stifado with a puree of potato and rutabaga, pizza with radicchio, lardo a d Gorgonzola, homemade pasta with mushroom sauce, pumpkin soup with meatballs and a great ossobuco with risotto milanese for Christmas dinner.

We spent Christmas at home and did not visit our parents, because of Covid and a lockdown, but it was not bad, because usually we have to drive at least 8 hours to do our rounds, which is a bit stressful if you have to do this in 4 days… Instead we had a quiet celebration for two with good food and wine and watched ‘Love Actually’ afterwards. It even snowed at midnight.

I also finally finished my corduroy Ellis skirt and another Rivermont dress from a fun lipstick print.

Wardrobe by me – Tropical Shirt

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Nähen für Männer ist ja nicht immer einfach, schon alleine, weil die Herren ihre ganz eigenen und meistens nicht sehr modischen Vorstellungen haben. Nachdem ich meinen Poloshirt-Träger zu Sommerhemden überreden wollte, fand dieses Schnittmuster dann doch Zustimmung.

Die Anleitung ist von Wardrobe by Me, eine Indie-Schnittmuster-Firma, die übrigens noch diverse andere hübsche Anleitungen hat. Vernäht habe ich einen dünnen Seersucker, damit das Hemd auch schön luftig ist. Schöner Nebeneffekt: muss nicht gebügelt werden. Das erste Hemd hat schon ohne Änderungen recht gut gepasst, hier habe ich die Schulterpartie minimal verschmälert.

Vom Nähprozess her war die Anleitung wirklich sehr gut und übersichtlich, unklare Beschreibungen gab es eigentlich gar nicht. Sogar unterschiedlich grosse Brusttaschen für verschiedene Grössen waren im Schnitt angegeben, inclusive genauer Platzierung der Taschen.

Stoff für ein drittes Hemd habe ich schon daheim, diesmal in einem dunkelblauen Karo…

Sewing for men is not easy, mostly because they want functional clothing and nothing fancy. I managed to persuade my guy to try some summer shirts instead of his usual polo shirts and he really likes them and WEARS! them.

The pattern is from Wardrobe by me, an indie pattern company. I made it from seersucker, because it is light and airy and doesn’t need to be ironed – always a plus! The pattern was well constructed and the instructions were easy to understand. It even had different sized breast pockets for bigger and smaller sizes! 

The pattern fit quite well without alterations. For the second shirt i made a small narrow shoulder adjustment, and now the shirt fits even better. A third shirt is in the making. 

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Getragen/Worn: Jil Sander No 4, Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte, Guerlain Terracotta, JHAG Oil Fiction, Keiko Mecheri Soussanne, LAP Batucada, Hermes Eau de Merveilles Bleue.

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In the Kitchen: Chicken in Pickling Spices, Pasta and Zucchini, Kimchi Fried Rice, Shakshuka (von eigenen Tomaten und Paprika /from homegrown bell peppers and tomatoes), Zucchini mit Burrata, Nudelsuppe mit Rind /homemade beef noodle soup, Tafelspitz mit Bratkartoffeln und Meerrettich /boiled beef with horseradish and fried potatoes, Tomatensalat, Zucchinibrot/ Zucchini bread.

Gelesen/Gesehen: Das Mammutbuch “A little life ” von Yanagihara ist endlich durch. Die gut tausend Seiten haben sich echt hingezogen, vor allem weil die Story insgesamt doch sehr deprimierend ist und man gar nicht länger am Stück lesen mochte. Dass sich die Zentralfigur am Ende umbringt, war wirklich nicht überraschend. Trotzdem war es gut geschrieben und eine interessante Leseerfahrung. Fertig gesehen habe ich “Dark Mirror” auf Netflix. Wer auf Dystopien steht, der ist damit gut bedient. Neu angefangen: “River”.

Read/Watched: Finally i got to the end of “A little life”, a very depressing and a bit disturbing read. I couldn’t read long passages, because it soon got too much. I wasn’t surprised, that the hero took his own life in the end. Still an interesting story. On Netflix i finished “Dark Mirror”, which is fine if you like dystopic fiction. Now i started “River”.

Kreativ: Zwei weitere John-Unterhosen für den Mann sind fertiggeworden, diesmal in blauem Jersey mit Sternchen. Ausserdem ein Hemd von Wardrobebyme, nämlich das Tropical Shirt. Das zweite ist mit einer leicht schmaleren Schulterpartie bereits in Arbeit.

Creative: I sewed another two John underpants for the boyfriend and finished a short sleeved shirt. Pattern is by Wardrobebyme, the Tropical shirt. I am sewing a second one at the moment, this time with a slightly narrower shoulder.

Retro-Shorts John

Von der John Retro-Unterhose habe ich inzwischen schon zwei Stück genäht und es sind noch mehr in Arbeit. Der Schnitt von Pattydoo ist wirklich recht einfach zu nähen, das einzige was mir immer noch zu schaffen macht ist die Burrito-Technik, weil ich die Schnitt-Teile gerne mal falsch zusammenstecke. Nach ein bisschen Nachdenken und Kopfkratzen geht es aber wirklich sehr schnell.

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Ich nähe die Shorts immer mit eingezogenem Gummiband, dann sitzen die schön angenehm, und kein Gummi kratzt auf der Haut. Die Säume werden einfach mit der Zwillingsnadel abgesteppt. Das geht sogar auf meinem 30 Jahre alten Nähmaschinen-Schätzchen….

Die Passform ist echt super, der Mann trägt die Dinger tatsächlich freiwillig. Zumindest solange ich mich mit der Stoffwahl zurückhalte.

This is the second pattydoo John pattern, that i made for the boyfriend. The pattern is really easy to make, only the burrito method of sewing together the padded front makes me think long and hard. After that it is sewn together really quick. I do a a tunneled elastic, so nothing scratches. The legs are just finished with a twin needle (even my old 30year old sewing machine works with a twin needle!).

The fit is really good, the boyfriend is wearing them without complaints and lets me make more of them (as long as i choose the right fabric design ….)

Kirschenstoff

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Zum Nähen wollte ich schon seit ewigen Zeiten wieder anfangen, aber nun habe ich es wirklich geschafft etwas vernünftiges zu produzieren. Mein zweiter Kleiderschnitt, den ich getestet habe, war von Cashmerette patterns – der Pembroke-Dress. Eigentlich weitgehend ein gering tailliertes T-Shirtkleid mit grossem rundem Ausschnitt und angenähten Gürtelteilen, die vorne gebunden werden.

Den Schnitt habe ich als pdf-Datei gekauft und zum Plotten geschickt, weil ich keine Lust habe über 50 Seiten zusammenzukleben. Die Anleitung war gut geschrieben, die Schnitt-Teile haben ebenfalls gut zusammengepasst. Lediglich die vorgeschlagene Art des Halsbündchens habe ich nochmal abgetrennt und anders aufgenäht.

Cashmerette bietet zudem den Schnitt in verschiedenen Cup-Grössen an, was vor allem für Frauen mit mehr Oberweite praktisch ist und hat sich generell auf grössere Grössen spezialisiert. Bei mir wurde es die kleinste angebotene Grösse in Cup C bis D.

Alles in allem bin ich mit dem Kleid recht zufrieden, vor allem weil es auch noch eine Rollkragen- und eine Tunikavariante davon gibt, so dass man das Kleid mit langen Ärmeln auch für den Winter nähen kann. Nur Taschen fehlen mir noch, dann wäre es perfekt.

Aus dem Rest vom Stoff gab es sogar noch ein Kindershirt, das verschenke ich dann bei Gelegenheit an meine Nachbarin.

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Finally i found the time to start sewing again, so after some experimenting, i ordered the Cashmerette Pembroke pattern. Its a Shirtdress with a scooped neck and ties, which are knotted in the front, to give a more fitted look. 

The instructions were clear enough, the only thing i had to rip out was the neckband. I redid it with a different technique and it looks okay now. I am pleased with the outcome of the dress and think i can wear this a lot. There is a funnel neck and tunic variation of the dress too, so this could also be made suitable for winter. The only thing it lacks are pockets. I even had enough fabric left to sew a tiny children shirt, which will be a gift for my neighbour.