Saturday, July 24, 2010

Still alive

Hello my fellow readers!

I'm very sorry about being so mia here, but there isn't much postworthy going on at the moment.
I need to take some pictures of the exam model to show you.
Also I'm waiting for the fabric store lady to call. I went back there a couple weeks ago to get more of the wool flanell. I want to make a few other items, like a mini collection.
So I told her I wanted the wool flanell and she was all "I can't sell you winter fabric right now" at first. I explained that I had bought it in March when it had been also already down in her storage (so it maybe was right in the front of the stable). She told me that she would need to look for it and I should give her a couple days and leave the swatch I had taken with me with her for indentifying. I did as asked, but when I went back 2 days later she told me that she couldn't find it and that maybe it was traded to the other shop in Munich. She told me to look for the article number on my receipt from March and tell her, so she could look it up in the computer to see if there was fabric left, how much and where.
I went back there last Monday with the number and accordingly to the computer file there are 6.5m left and in our store. The lady was really confused as she couldn't find in anywhere. I told her that it was no rush and that she should call me when she found it. I'm still waiting as mentioned... I guess I'll drop by next week again and remind her ^^

Otherwise I'm back to corsetry land. I made two patterns (the TV110 and a modified version of it) and fitted two mockups last weekend. One mockup of a pattern I made before the exam is due for fitting this weekend (hopefully). Also I stitched up a petticoat for my underbust skirt and went to remove the binding of two corsets of my "1st generation". They fell nowhere near "real" corsets, but they look too nice, to just slaughter them out for the steel. I add a new binding to one and am almost done with unpicking the inside seam of the other corset's binding and finishing it by hand then. It looks so much better. So although these corsets won't be worn as corsets, they'll serve as design samples.
But I do plan to slaughter out at least two of my older corsets to reuse the busk and steel boning. One corset will be remade with a better fitted pattern and the same fashion fabric. I've got enough left for another corset.

So yeah, I keep myself busy ;)

Okay that's it for now.

Have a great weekend

Friday, July 2, 2010


Hello friends!

I'm at my parents' for my Mom's birthday party at the weekend, so I just wanted to drop a quick note here.

Today we got the results of our exams and I passed *yay* as well as all other examinees.
We didn't get to know how good (or bad) we passed, only that we did.

The board members only critisized a few spots in the short meeting we had and they really liked my embroidery.
Also it seemed that a misunderstanding caused this mass of embroidery. They somehow missed that the embroidery would cover the whole collar (although it was very well to see in my drawing), and since I made the design smaller to fit on the page (which I noted underneath, also I had marked the central back, which makes clear that there'll be two halves), they thought the decoration element would be too small, also the little sample I included seemed to confuse them, too. I thought it was obvious that it was just a demonstration of the stitches and colours I intended to use.
However it looks better with the cuffs embroidered, too and I would have originally also done it, if there hadn't been the time issue.
But oh well. I managed to do the whole thing and made them happy with it ;) (And who doesn't like getting compliments? ^^)

We will get the apprenticeship diploma on September 10th at an official celebration event. For now we only got a certificate stating we passed the exam. It also states that we should immediately show it to our bosses to be registered to the new (higer) wage level. Maybe I should try this with my boss, too *lol* But I doubt I'd get paid even a cent more :/ (and I also don't think my new "making me look smart" glasses - which I will get next week- will help with this matter).

Anyway, this weekend is for celebration and I'm gonna show off at the b-day party tomorrow *lol* Fortunately my Grandpa's house is just next to the party place, so I can change quickly and do a mini fashion show ;) (if it wasn't that hot outside I would have worn the suit, but so rather not^^)

Next week I want to treat myself a bit by getting some more of the wool flanell to make a long skirt matching the jacket.

Okay... the quick note has become quite long I see ;)
So I'm off now, gotta get up tomorrow quite early.

Have a great weekend