i bought a sewing machine some years ago, and despite my good intentions at the time, ended up using it only for hemming stuff. it felt like a waste, and i wanted to do more, so one of the things on my 101 list was sewing something i could wear. worst case scenario i thought, i could always make a scarf or something simple like that…
but then summer came and the lovely wiksten top my friend C did for me some years ago became my favorite piece of clothing: it was fresh, simple, not too tight… it seemed perfect for a first sewing project, so i asked her if she could pretty please show me how to make one, and make sense of all the instructions – and she did!
we went fabric shopping on the turkish market and then got cracking! for a whole afternoon we cut, pinned, ironed, fought the sewing machine… even our guest pablo wanted in on the action.
in the end, the wiksten emerged, and it was a thing of beauty. who knew i could sew with a little help!
it turned out so nice, that the next day i immediately started on wiksten #2, this time sans professeure and with a darker fabric – so you cannot see my mistakes and the times the sewing machine jams! :)
it turned out slightly wonky, but equally nice. they’re so light and practical that i don’t think i could ever buy an ill-fitting t-shirt again! i feel empowered and i want one for every day of the week… and maybe a tova as well :D
july was half-portugal, half-berlin:
my cousin finished her exams and we returned to berlin shortly after – but not before stuffing ourselves with hugs and good food! once back, we mostly caught up on work, friends… and cats! :)
first thing we noticed when we checked in at the hotel the first night? this:
and then later that day, on a museum shop:
they were everywhere in bavaria, our little postcrossing-themed bags! :)
they resulted from a collaboration with schöning verlag, a card publisher who used to sell the back space of their paper bags for advertising. but sales of ads were down, and one day they found out about postcrossing, and decided to offer us the space for advertising the project. maria did her magic with the design and baam! they printed millions of them, and spread them all over germany.
it’s impossible to measure just how effective they are as a means of spreading the word, but it’s still very cool to stumble on them :) plus, their bags look 200% nicer now!