Collecting Freshwater Shells at the Elbe River, Hamburg

The Elbe is one of Germany’s largest rivers. It rises in the northern Czech Republic, and flows through many large german cities including Dresden and Hamburg, before flowing into the North Sea in Cuxhaven, 110 km north of Hamburg. In the quick travel vlog below (taken this time last year, and now finally uploaded) you can see what the Elbe looks like in Hamburg, where it’s (now) wide and deep enough for container ships to pass through. With the ships growing in size, the Elbe has been excavated several times, to allow the bigger container ships in to the port of Hamburg. One of my favourite features of the Elbe are the pretty freshwater shells being washed up to the banks, that have a very pretty purple mother of pearl interior. I’m going to use those for jewellery, a tutorial for that will be up here and on my Youtube channel in the future.


How to Fold an Origami Lily

The Origami Lily is one of my favourite Origami flowers, as it’s very easy to make, not at all time consuming, and looks pretty. All you need is a sheet of Origami paper (or any sheet of paper for that matter, as long as it’s square). It doesn’t matter if you’re using one-sided of two-sided paper, as only one side will be visible from the outside.

Watch the video below, to find out how to fold it.
Have fun!

Dressing Up in a Regency Outfit: Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

I recently finished a Pride and Prejudice inspired regency gown from about 1810, and if you’ve been watching my Youtube channel lately, you might also have seen the dressing up and construction videos. For those of you who haven’t you can watch them both below.

The construction was medium-fast, it took 3 days of sewing plus a little afterwork, so I probably spent 16-18 hours making it, but it was worth it. The materials I used are not 100% historically accurate as I used a cotton-blend for lining the bodice, and another cotton-blend voile for the dress itself. This probably makes the dress less comfortable than the ones actually worn at the time, though it did a great difference to the cost of materials.

For now, the dress has puffed short sleeves, though I plan on making sleeve extensions very soon. These were frequently found on regency garments, allowing the same dress to adapt to different weather conditions.

Reha und Rollstuhlbetreuung

Sie lebte in einem Heim, arbeitete in den Heimwerkstätten, war mobil, konnte schwimmen, laufen, sprechen, fuhr auf Behindertenausflüge und arbeitete fleißig in der Heimwerkstatt- – jetzt sitzt sie im Rollstuhl, kann sich nicht mehr gezielt bewegen und kaum noch sprechen, braucht noch intensivere Betreuung und Pflege, und seit der Corona-Isolation kann sie noch nicht einmal mehr mit Ihrer 88-jährigen Mutter spazieren oder Kaffeetrinken gehen.

Mit Eurer Hilfe könnte sie wenigstens mittelfristig eine weitere Betreuungsperson und die nötige Reha und Bewegungstherapien bekommen, um sie wieder auf die Beine zu bringen.

DIY Coronavirus-Maske / Behelfsmundschutz Nähen, mit Filtertasche

Seit gestern gilt in Deutschland Maskenpflicht, d.h ohne Maske darf nicht mehr Bus oder Bahn gefahren oder, in den meisten Bundesländern zum Einkaufen gegangen werden. Für alle, die noch keine Maske haben,  nähen wir heute einen sehr hübschen Baumwollmundschutz mit Filtertasche, in welche man noch ein Taschentuch o.ä. integrieren kann.

Diese Maske dauert mit der Nähmaschine nur 10-15 Minuten, mit der Hand etwa 20-15 Minuten. Laßt uns loslegen!

Ihr braucht:

  • 2 rechteckige Stoff, 35cm x 23cm und 10cm x 6cm (Nahtzugabe inbegriffen)
  • Garn und Nadel (oder Nähmaschine)
  • Gummiband (2x ca. 17cm)


DIY Filz-Eierwärmer-Osterhäschen

Mit Coronavirus und Selbstisolierung kann es zu Hause schnell langweilig werden. Diese niedlichen Eierwärmer helfen dabei die Langeweile zu vertreiben, und sind gleichzeitig eine schnelle Osterdeko.

Bei den Eierwärmern muß darauf geachtet werden, daß der Hasenbauch nicht zu eng geamcht wird. Zugegeben, mein Hase ist etwas auf der fetten Seite (Diät gefällig, Meister Hase?), doch bei dünneren Hasen passt das Ei einfach nicht rein. Mein Hase mißt am Bauch ca 8cm. Viel Spaß beim basteln!

Making an 1840s Dress Part 2: the Stiffened Petticoat

Back in the day, a woman would wear up to 6(!) petticoats under her dress, to archive that bell-shaped silhouette. Crinolines were not yet invented, they would make their debut in a few years.

Meanwhile, women solved this problem with wearing a lot of petticoats, some of them stiffened, either through quilting several layers together, of by inserting endless rows of “cording” between two layers of fabric.

All this had to be done by hand, I dread to think of the time they needed to sew one petticoat like that. I’m fortunate enough to have a sewing machine, but even so, I was not prepared to go to such lengths.

So I decided to go with horsehairbraid instead of cording, inserting only four rows in total. I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, though of course it’s not historically accurate.  Below, you can watch the construction video. Enjoy!

Making a Victorian Corset!

Happy new year everyone! Last autumn I made an 1840s day dress, filming the process. Now I finally got around to editing all that footage, so in the following weeks I’ll be uploading a lot of “making of” videos on my Youtube Channel and on here. Today the first part of the series went live: making the corset.

As I didn’t want to invest in metal boning for multiple reasons, I boned the corset with a couple of heavy-duty cable ties my brothers still had left over. I just managed to cut them with ordinary scissors.

For reference I used this drawing from teainateacup.

I decided to make a late victorian corset, as I didn’t like the ones used in early victorian times. Also, I will be able to use it for all kinds of future dresses, not just the 1840s dress.

First I made the paper pattern, which I also used as a mock-up. Then I cut everything out from white cotton fabric, later the lining of my coset, and finally I made the satin outside. I added about one bone per inch of waist, as a rule of thumb says, and  some decorative flossing along the top and bottom edges.

Here ist the construction video: