In every seamstresses life there are a few garments considered “milestone projects”. My list looks something like this: anything from knit fabric ✓ / pants ✓ / a blazer ✓ / a festive dress ✓ / lingerie / a winter coat / a wedding dress. While I still sew a lot of basic things for my wardrobe, I actually love those more challenging time-consuming projects. So when a friend invited […]

Handmade Stuff, Home

Currently:
5 small DIY projects

I don’t talk about it much here on the blog, but even when I’m not sewing, I am constantly making something. Looking around my room the other day, I suddenly realized how many of my things are either handmade or altered in some way. Apart from my wardrobe and handmade furniture, my room is full of things that resulted from small projects: painted IKEA shelves, leather drawer handles, reupholstered chairs, […]

Sewing, Sewn

Upcycled old military jacket

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well. Today I don’t have a sewing, but an upcycling project for you. You may or may not remember this jacket that I posted about in April last year. It’s one of my long term unfinished projects that I can now finally consider finished. Which is ridiculous, given that it only took a couple of hours to complete. But let’s start at the beginning: […]

Knitting, Tips and Tricks
Knitting Tutorials for Beginners

My favourite tutorials
for beginner knitters

Ever since I started knitting, I’ve been on the hunt for good tutorials. Basically everything I know about knitting comes from consulting the omniscience of youtube and blogs. Whenever I don’t know what a term or an abbrevation in a pattern means, I just try to find a video or a blog post that explains it. That being said, finding good, high-quality tutorials for beginner knitters isn’t always easy. Looking […]

Sewing, Sewn

Kokka Mini Skirt:
Another Stash Less Project

It’s been some time since I talked about the Stash Less Challenge. It feels awkward to sign up for a challenge and then never mention it again, but despite not talking about it on this blog very much, setting the intention still helped me a lot in downsizing my stash. I donated a bunch of fabrics and sold some others, but most importantly: I became so much better at avoiding […]

Handmade Stuff, Home

Handmade Wooden Thread Rack

Last year, I have been paying regular visits to an open wood workshop in my city. The concept is pretty cool: You can come by on certain days of the week and – for a small fee – use the work benches, woodworking machinery and tools there. There’s also some experts around, in case any advice is needed. There are a few of these workshops all over town and I […]

Challenges, Style

Me Made May 2017
– A Mini Roundup

Hey guys, how are you doing? I’ve missed you. And I’ve missed this little space here, so I’m glad to say that I’m back with new posts. It’s summer – the best time for blog photos and just a couple of weeks ago, Me Made May ended. During which I finally found a nice corner in my oh-so-tiny room to take photos in. I didn’t manage to take photos of […]

Everything Else, Home
Sewing Room Tour | naehzimmerblog.de

Room Tour:
My Old Sewing Room

Back when I started this blog (which feels like forever ago), I started a rather half-assed series on sewing room planning that I never gave any updates to. There’s a variety of reasons for that (the room was super small, the lighting wasn’t ideal for photos, I just forgot), but the main reason is that my sewing room was a constant work in progress. It didn’t feel complete until a […]

Sewing, Sewn
Sewn Aztec Ying Yang Bag

Sewn: Aztec Print
Ying Yang Bag

I made this bag and took these photos about a year ago. And for some weird reason I didn’t like the pictures and decided to take new ones in better light. And now, 12 months later, I realize that that was just stupid. The photos aren’t perfect, but perfectly fine and there are actually some that I really like. So in an attempt to […]

Handmade Stuff, Home
Sewing Room Tour | naehzimmerblog.de

Woodworking Project:
Honeycomb Shelves

One of the things I love about my family are their handicraft skills. Both of my parents are good at woodworking and a lot of things inside their home are handmade. I learned from an early age that simple furniture like desks, shelves or even cupboards can easily (and often more cheaply) be handmade instead of bought. Some of my favourite childhood memories are from woodworking with my mum. I […]

Inspiration, Sewing
Strap Options for my Cobalt Dress: Details

Summer Dress Sketching: Straps

I’ve been obsessed with cobalt blue for quite a while now. It all started with Lauren’s dress and then this interview with Gretchen Jones on Seamwork (scroll down to see the photo of her blue dress). Gretchen really is right when she says that “you can’t not stare at somebody in a bright blue dress”. And then, of course, there’s all those beautiful pictures of girls in strappy maxi dresses […]