The Brave Cook

My first steps into sewing and fashion design from urban Berlin!

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A sweater with shawl collar for next winter season

It’s spring season and summer is coming close, so not the perfect time for making sweaters or any warm clothing, but I bought this gorgeous fabric some time ago and I was hoping to create a beautiful sweater out of it. Finally, I finished my projects, creating the pattern, cutting the fabric, sewing the pieces together and sewing some buttons on.

I’m very slow when it comes to sewing. I make plans about how soon I want a piece to be done, but time is passing by so fast that it takes me much longer than expected to finish a project. I’m glad I’ve finished that one and I really like the result. I want to wear that sweater next winter season. The fabric is just so comfortable to wear and to touch.IMGP1211IMGP1210 IMGP1215Since I bought only one meter of the fabric I had to be so careful with cutting it into pieces because it was just enough to make a complete sweater. What I love the most about this sweater are first of all the wooden buttons and second the unfinished look on the edges. It really fits my personal style.

The Brave Cook

Unforgivable fabric

Last week I posted a project that I was not so satisfied with, but this week I have the chance to show you two new projects in one post. I used for these two projects one of my fabrics that I’ve shown you some weeks ago. The chosen fabric has a nice print, but I can assure you that it’s such an unforgivable fabric as it just can be. There is a lot of stretch in this fabric and I think I’m not that skilled yet to work with stretch fabric. I decided to make sweatpants and matching underpants with it. It took me a lot of time to fix the waistband, but I’m satisfied with the overall outcome in the end.IMGP1155 IMGP1156The level of this project was mediocre, not too difficult. I definitely get some routine with pants. Now it’s about time to practice some tops. I’m never sure about my modeling attempts when posting for my blog Hope you like the presentation. So have a nice easter holiday all of  you!IMGP1141 IMGP1143The Brave Cook

Indian fabric turned into a ceremonial garment

IMGP0954Hi everone, I want to thank you all for sticking to my blog and following my experiences in life, especially in sewing. For all of you who are not on wordpress with an own blog or who want to stay on track with my posts, you can follow me on my facebook page as well. Here is the like for all of you: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Brave-Cook-Design/109955082499704

Some time ago my darling got me a beautiful present. He purchased that gorgeous light see-through fabric with golden thread ornaments that you can see above. It was very costly, even though I’m not knowing the exact price of it. I was scared to use it and to turn it into something, since I didn’t want to ruin it. But anyway, this has been the best present possible for me.

After some weeks, I’ve decided to make a traditional and ceremonial looking garment out of this fabric, something like a light tunic that can be worn during summer. I wanted to use as much of the golden ornaments in one piece as possible. To avoid to much cutting and too many left-overs I’ve decided to use the whole width of the fabric for the body, sewing the edges together in the front. That way, the golden ornament is going all around the body.IMGP0955 IMGP0951 IMGP0952 IMGP0953I’ve connected the edges up to the chest, keeping them open and connecting again on top creating a hoodie. Giving this tunic a hoodie makes the garment look more young and modern. I also love how the golden line goes up in the front meeting in the hoodie. That reminds me a little bit of an adidas jacket. It sounds like a simple cut, and in fact it is! All I had to do next was to cut holes for the sleeves and to adjust the back of the hoodie, connecting it to the back of the garment.IMGP0949 IMGP0943The fabric was very light and delicate, so of course I had to be very careful when sewing it together and to place the thread where it’s not possible to see it. I’m not sure if I’m going to wear this piece ever in my life, but I still like it. It’s definitely outside my comfort zone to create something like that, but I think sewing is about trying things out and being creative in different ways. There’s still something left from this fabric, let’s see what I can use it for. I’m sure my darling is happy with the result.

The Brave Cook

A new project and lots of news!

Foto am 07-12-2012 um 15.24 #3I was not posting anything last week, but that has its reasons! First of all I was struggling with my health the last weeks, I had a strong cough that I could not get rid of. The second reason are some changes regarding my work and my future plans. I need to change my job and more than that, to start a new apprenticeship later this year. I don’t know if I will succeed in getting the kind of apprenticeship that I’m actually looking for, but my wish is to leave this place one day and for that reason I need some extra education.

So, to sum up everything what’s happening right now, there is nothing sure and clear at the moment and I don’t know how that will effect my blog. Making progress with my fashion design projects, it’s sad to imagine that I might need to make a break, but I definitely need money and time for my fashion ideas.

For this week, I have for you a new project that I was able to finish so time ago. I used some leftover fabrics from other projects, including some denim and fake leather to create a cute photo camera case for the camera that I’m using for my blog. I apologize for the bad quality of some of my photographies in the post, but I had to use a different camera to show you the case with my camera in it. It’s not really a difficult project but the execution was still difficult since I was using fake leather fabric.IMGP0801IMGP0840IMGP0841IMGP0842I started the project with measuring the size of my system camera and cut out the patern for the outside and the inside using denim and fake leather fabric. The denim fabric was fringed on one side so I use the fringed side as some decorative element. I know the outcome is not excellent but I’m ok with it considering that it was the first time for me making such a small camera case.Foto am 07-12-2012 um 15.21 #2 Foto am 07-12-2012 um 15.24 #2As you can see I added the wooden button on the front. I like the overall look of it and I hope to be able to practice on making more stuff out of leather-kind materials. See you next week!

The Brave Cook

Black cord for my black machine!

IMGP0429As I have already mentioned, the holidays have been a great time for me to finish some of my sewing projects. One of these project is a cord pant for the winter season. I bought some black cord long time ago and I had many ideas what to do with it. I did not really plan to make some pants for myself since I don’t like to wear black, but it’s winter here and the streets are really dirty, so a black cord pant is just perfect for this season.

I made a picture of my sewing machine, so that you can see what machine I’m working with. It’s a Singer anniversary version, not really a cheap one, but on the other hand not professional enough as I would wish it to be to sew really thick fabric.

I’m not always in the mood to record and picture every step of my projects, so you will get to see basically the finished pants in my post. I’ve chosen a loose fit with a low crotch. That’s how I love to wear my pants the most. I know that a lot of men wear tight or skinny pants, but that’s just not my thing. If you need a pattern you can buy a pattern and manipulate it or you can transfer your pattern from an existing pant that fits you well. The best choice still would be to make your own pattern by using your own measurements. I think that every of these three ways is ok as long as you achieve the fit that you are looking for.IMGP0984IMGP0981IMGP0986I did not have my new fabrics yet, so I had to use leftover fabric for the pockets. I’ve found some nice beige linen. I think it makes the pants look interesting. My zipper was a little bit too short, so I added two buttons on the waistband. I love the high fit of the waistband, it’s very comfortable and it give the pants a classic look.IMGP0979 IMGP0977I’m looking forward to experiment more with the fit of pants and to create more pieces for myself. What do you think of the fit of my cord pants? Do you like it or not?

The Brave Cook

At home with a cold and a pencil…

This week I had to sit at home and cure myself. I caught a cold and even though I tried to go to work and handle it somehow, it was just too much at the end of the day. My energy was gone and I needed some proper sleep and peace. I definitely wanted to use the extra time at home to finish some projects, but my body was too weak and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for a long time. The least I could do was something relaxing but still creative. So I took a pencil and started to sketch some stuff.

I didn’t do any sketches for a long time and I’m not the type of person who designs everything accurately and puts it down on paper. I’m having some ideas of making my own pieces and do something like a collection one day but I’m not as close to that as I would love to be. Still there are some ideas in my head on bags, underwear and woolen sweaters. Hopefully my progress in sewing will continue and bring everything together one day.

On the first sketch you can see the idea for an interesting avant-garde looking waistcoat/shirt that I’m planning to do the next weeks. It is supposed to be made of a shiny and flowing material. I also visualized some ideas for bags and sweaters/jackets. I think I will use many of these inspirations for my upcoming projects. I don’t use a lot color when sketching, I simply like to keep it clean and leave it open to whether color I want to use in the end. My sketches are not so professional, but I think some of them still turned out very nice.

I feel much better today and I’m glad that I used the extra time at home this week to be creative and practice sketching after a long time.IMGP0858IMGP0864IMGP0862IMGP0860IMGP0865

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The Smurfs are coming!

Last week I presented you some of my sewing projects and the reactions were so good that I decided to present you more here on my blog. Next to cooking sewing is another big hobby of me and I don’t want to refrain from sharing my sewing experiences with you the same I do with my cooking. When it comes to cooking I’m an amateur. Regarding my sewing it’s not so easy to estimate my skills, but I’m trying things out and I’m determined to get better and better. Learning to sew means to me to create different things. Last week I have presented you a waistcoat and an altered bag. This week I tried to make something new out of an old piece of cloth. Actually, I made some underwear out of a t-shirt.

I was not planning to make mens underwear out of a t-shirt this week, but looking for some leftover fabric in my closet I’ve found an old smurf t-shirt. Yes, it was in fact mine! I had even worn that t-shirt a couple of times at work! This t-shirt was so cute that I decided to make something out of the smurf motif. The smurfs have been my favorite cartoon as a little kid and I still love the way they look. I immediately got the idea of making underwear out of it. First of all, the material was very stretchy and second I know some mens underwear with colorful prints and I always loved it. So I decided to make an underwear pant with a colorful smurf print on the back.

If you are planning to turn a piece of cloth into something else you just need to be sure that the material is appropriate for your idea and you also need to check if there is enough material from the piece that you’re using. My old t-shirt was cut very tight and I had to check first if the length and breadth would be enough to fit my hip area. Fortunately, it fitted perfectly on my hips so that I would not even have to cut the sides open. I simply had to cut off the upper part of the t-shirt including smurfette. I love smurfette a lot, that’s why I kept her to use her for another project in the future.I could have made the pant with the print in the front, but I wanted to make a lining in the front and the motif would look better in the back. I also found a waistband that was formerly a part of another shirt. I thought it would look good on the pant and give it a sporty look. I think I made a very clean and nice looking finish. I should remember that for the next time. Trying the pant on it was feeling very comfortable. Hope you also like the fit and the design of it considering that it was made out of a t-shirt!For all of you who are waiting for another recipe: I will definitely post more recipes on my blog, but I will also share with you my sewing projects and other things out of my life! So my blog will be an interesting mixture!

The Brave Cook

Two sewing projects in two weeks!

Finally an easy working week! The last weeks had been very stressful, taking all of my balance and energy, but this working week was over so fast and I was finally in the right mood to devote myself to some sewing projects. But before I start sharing with you my projects I really want to thank everyone who commented on my last weeks post thanking all of my followers. It is important to stay thankful in life and to appreciate every single joy and blessing.

Some of you were asking me to post my sewing projects here on wordpress. So first of all I finished the waistcoat that I was planning for such a long time. Actually it was really hard work. It was one of my first sewing projects and definitely not an easy one. A waistcoat has so many details and consists of many little parts, but I think I mastered it properly though it’s not perfect. I’ve already done a bound/jetted pocket and I can tell you that it’s one of the most difficult things to do, because you have to be as accurate as possible. I still need to practice that more to get a feeling for it. I also used a leather similar material for the inner front part and for the neck part. It requires some practice to work with such a material too. My sewing machine had some difficulties to handle it, but I definitely want to practice this such material more. To sum up the result, it’s very acceptable for the first waistcoat but there’s a lot of space for improvement left. Especially the neck piece was done not in an appropriate way. Hope you still like the result.

This project took me really quite a lot of my free time. But it’s a great feeling to hold a finished self-made piece in your hands as well as to think of a new project to start to challenge yourself.

Last week my backpack ripped completely and I was on a search for a new comfortable bag for work as well as for daily travels. It was not easy to find a bag suitable and for an acceptable price. Then I found an interesting shopper bag in a light color that was on sale! The only problem was that it was really huge, one of these extra large shopper bags that are so fashionable at the moment. I don’t like these huge bags at all, but since it was that cheap I figured out it would be ok to simply buy it and change the change of it. That’s exactly what I did! I cut the bag into pieces and started to put it together. It sounds easy to do that, but when you cut the bag into all these single pieces you realize that there is much more to it than just putting the outer parts together. I also had to sew the inner part and to renew the zipper. Due to the thick material I had to do a lot of hand sewing what took me a whole evening of my weekend.

I really wanted to finish it the same day so that I could take it to work the next day and I can truly say that I’m more than satisfied with the result. I made the shape of the bag into something like a postman’s bag which I like a lot on bags. I do enjoy taking the bag to work now and it was a good decision to buy it! What do you think of the shape?

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