Posts Tagged ‘Leipzig’

Well, I’m still here. Been a bit slack of late because I’ve been too caught up in my other project – Operation Kickarse!

I have given myself 13 weeks to remove my excess flab and get myself fit again! It’s all in another blog, but I’m only on week 1, and tough times are coming up…. πŸ˜€

So, to MMM ’12. This was really hard. It became apparent that I’m not overly happy about the clothes I have made and think few of them are fit to be worn. The last week was even harder as the weather was so hot, I just wore shorts and a vest for most of it…I did wear the black Taffy one day but didn’t get a pic. I didn’t get to wear the black and pink PVC skirt because I’m just not doing that in 28C heat!

So, a few piccies;

The bed was enormous!

Double decker trains! (If only First Crapital Connect had these!)

Some cool decoration on this building, near where we stayed

Me-made ladybird corset, after tightening to give myself a waist lol!

And from the front

Me-made Space Dress (I did adjust the belt after this was taken) The hair is also me-made lol!

Oh, and the netty petty underneath is me-made too!

Oh and this amused me in the bagel shop;


Obviously I was aware something was wrong in my dressmaking, then I went to Leipzig. I got a LOT of inspiration, and ideas for things to make and the sort of styles I liked. Consequently, I came home and made myself a stretch jersey minidress which I may take pics of later πŸ˜€

It seems as much as I like pretty dresses etc, I’m rarely going to wear them, and what I need is loads of bits I can mix and match, mainly black, grey and red. Eek. That’s not to say I’m not still going to make cute retro dresses, but now I have lists of other things to make, some for fun, some not.

I need work trousers. With pockets. Urgh, so tempted just to trawl the charity shops.

I want some just above knee length culottes. I like little flared skirts but I have chubby legs and they chafe in summer. Culottes is best of both worlds….

A shruggy bolero thing in stretch fabric (lace, most likely)

A number of long tops. I’ve made two already, by drawing round one I bought at Leipzig and overlocking it – seemed to work well – one thing the Germans can do is goth summerwear πŸ™‚

Right…tonight I’m off roller skating with friends, and yes I am taking knee pads, even if they make me look a dick.


Actually, looking at that, some numpty might think I meant the other thing – oops.

Firstly, I have no photos atm, this is because I’m a div and left my phone at a friends, and I can’t get it back till this afternoon. D’oh.

WGT was – amazing, overwhelming, and the weather was very very hot. Hmmm what to talk about first? Clothes, I think. I took very few clothes, due to the expected weather and still I didn’t wear them all, it was just too hot. Didn’t stop plenty of others going out in PVC etc but I’m all for comfort over fashion – I’m too old for that shit. I did indeed spend most of my time slobbing around in combat shorts and a vest…

I have a few observations about Germany and German goths, and some things they don’t tell you before you go…

German goths are very well put together. Their style is as eclectic as anyones, but I honestly saw very few of the horrors I see elsewhere. Generally, they like their clothes to fit well and go together. Ripped and patterned tights are a big thing (which pleases me as I really like the look), as are crinolines. Crinolines are definitely The Thing. And as a mate pointed out, most people actually wear black. Thing that annoyed me ever so slightly? The cool patterned tights were often made by a British company, or by companies that are often sold in UK department stores, but all we get is the really boring shit. Grrr. I also noticed most weren’t wearing big platform boots, but I put it down to them not wanting Treffen Foot. The reason soon became clear when I went to see the bands. Germans are TALL. Bob, at a reasonable gnats whisker off 6′ felt short, and the women were usually over 5′ 6″. They are also pretty slim. It was pretty rare to see a fat German goth. Proof of this is when I bought t shirts, and I had to buy size XL. To put that into context, I’m about a size 14 in tops, which is a US 10.

Food. As expected, the choice of meats and cheeses was amazing, even the bread was nice (and is often a small amount served with a meal, not the main attraction). There are some things not so good though – they like their food salty. Very salty. I struggled with my soup the first day, until I got used to it. They also like things sweet. Now, I have a real sweet tooth, but…… we had some Currywurst at the station, which is effectively a large saveloy sliced up and covered in curry sauce. German curry sauce is like sweet and sour sauce with a bit of curry powder in it – it’s actually really nice but you can’t eat too much of it…. Overall, I liked the food, and it was plentiful. Where there are goths, there is food. Each venue had plenty of food and drink stalls outside and in. I had to laugh actually, I went around the market on the last day, and on the stall selling herbas and spices they had bags of curry powder – ‘Thai curry powder’, ‘Indian curry powder’ and ‘Englisches curry powder’….

It’s also compulsory to smoke in Germany. Smoking inside public buildings may be illegal, but there is plenty of provision for smokers and some bars do allow smoking inside (the one at the main railway station for instance)

Things that are useful to know before going to Germany;

Pfand – if you buy a drink, the first time you must pay pfand (deposit, pledge), which you get back at the end when you take your glass back. This also applies to some restaurants, and bottles you buy in supermarkets. Some shops have bottle banks where you put your bottles in and get your pfand.

Most cafes have a system where you take your tray and plates back to a central point, similar to IKEA.

If you want tea, you need to ask for schwarz tee. Otherwise you get fruity tea. There is no real distinction between types of black tea though, and on any given day, we were given Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling and Breakfast tea… πŸ˜€ It;s also possible the only thing available to put in your tea is coffee cream (kaffeesahne)

Same applies with beer. Schwarzbier is more like ale, otherwise you get Pils.

Public transport is very good and efficient, but the main trains were still 10 mins late each time!

The little green man at the lights – not waiting for him, even if there is no traffic, risks a fine.

Food and drink and many basic stuff is dirt cheap, compared to the UK. Beer in the supermarket is 69 cents (plus 8 cents pfand), similar in the UK would be Β£1.50. Luxury goods are more expensive, goth clothes etc are much the same price, but in my opinion, the quality is slightly better (and most things are a better fit)

I will put up some pics when I get my phone back, though there aren’t many.

The accommodation was good, the bed was huge, and don’t believe all that you are told – not everyone speaks English, even young people. Although I have a very basic knowledge of German, it can let you down – I often managed to successfully ask for something, the shop assistant would then think I would speak German and asked loads of questions, and got a blank look in return! Definitely going next year and definitely going to do a course or something!

I also had some sewing related revelations while I was there, which I will probably expand upon in the next post. I think my sewing will be going in a very different direction from now on, we shall see.

Oh, and the deads are out, my hair is orange and purple. Ugh.

Firstly, we’ll start with MMM’12. I’ve learned quite a bit in the first two weeks – the first is that I am scruffy and unimaginative. The second is that I suck at dressmaking. Nothing I make passes muster. It’s very frustrating, and I’ve also learned that I like ‘weird’ clothes.

So, to some pics from the last couple of weeks. First off, I wore my straight skirt with chilli facing but Bob wasn’t about to take a pic, so I didn’t get one. I wore it with a black t shirt, leggings and boots. For a change.

The next day, I wore the black Taffy, with a skirt, leggings and er boots. Hmm. Incidentally, the turquoise one is still unwearable, I get really twitchy if my clothes are even SLIGHTLY uncomfortable. I’m debating giving it away or giving it a couple of months….

Meringue. The lighting is truly awful. This is still way too big, you can see it bunching up under the t shirt but it was very comfy and if I could alter it without having to do too much, I would….oh look, t shirt, leggings and boots…..

The wearable muslin made out of t shirt material, similar to the skull dress (8780?) worn over a long skirt this time, I think, and boots.

This is a circle skirt I made from the skirt part of the infamous 4790, out of the same material as the black Taffy. Unfortunately the hem stretched and the sides are knee length, and the front and back is mid calf…..however here it is worn over a long green velvet skirt, and it looks OK. I may be ruching it at some point…..yes I know you can’t see it very well. Worn with? t-shirt and boots. Lol.

Today I was going to wear the skull dress, but there was massive gapeage at the back, so I wore the skirt above, this time with a purple skirt, and some me-made leggings (and boots, and a black t shirt, natch). The leggins were not good – the jersey wasn’t stretchy in all directions and they barely cover my arse, so there is baggy knee, the lot, but they kept my leggies warm, you can just about see them….

This week I also made a shirt out of the spotty turquoise, and it fits well but it’s such an abortion, and I’m still sulking, I’m not putting a pic up yet….

And so to the Goth Meringue. I’ve wanted to make one for a while, but wasn’t sure about embellishment…..I saw this post and it came to me, so thanks for the inspiration!!!!

I went for some webby pink stuff I’ve had forever, and stitched it at a slant. Of course, I tried to get them all to match back and front, but no. It also stretches so when it was sewn together, the scallops stood up….gah. I added piping to weigh it down and look nicer, and it made it worse! In the end I had to cut the whole lot off and restitch the pink, but unstretched it doesn’t reach the bottom of the skirt – AARGHHHH!!!

Anyway, the zip went in OK, the facing looks lovely, and although there are some disaster areas, I think it’s rather nice – the 3 satin dots really improve the look, in my not overly humble opinion. From the original pattern, I cut a 10 (my other is a 14, this one is actually a VERY good fit, even though by rights it should be a little too small), shortened it by about 3″ (then another half inch later when I cocked it up!!), didn’t do the facing as the PVC fabric is very stiff anyway.

I may still edge stitch the bottom to make it look more finished….I also lengthened the darts. I probably should do a swayback adjustment but it’s too late now….. πŸ˜€

The facing – it went RIGHT!!!!

Dots. Satin stitched onto PVC, cut out then stitched onto the skirt – didn’t dare stitch them straight on lol!

The finished article, partial disaster but v. pretty (to me…)

Also today, we went to a classic car show and took the truck…..the celebrity guest came to check out the truck and had a good chat about it and sat in it – took me a few minutes to realise it was Chris Barrie – Bob knew straightaway – I didn’t even get a picΒ  – d’oh! Was rather col as both Bob and I are massive Red Dwarf fans….lol certain people got a text – Rimmer is sitting in the wagon!!! PMSL!!

And Bob bought me a little pressie. When I’ve sorted my computer desk out, it will be attached to my sewing table so I can clamp spiral bonin in it and twat it with a hammer and chisel. Tin snips just don’t do it rightΒ  πŸ˜€

Isn’t it sweet?

Little baby vice

Loads of clothes in for washing, will be packing for Leipzig probably tomorrow – although I’d love to get dressed up loads, there will be a lot of walking and standing around, so I need to be comfy. Me-made items being packed will include the Space Dress, Ladybird Corset, possibly the skull dress, and if I can make something out of the stripey jersey, all the better – I have only t-shirts (as my pictures evidence…) not long now!!!

Some musings

Posted: May 13, 2012 in Allotment, dressmaking, WGT
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Quick post, while I finish my tea.


It’s another lovely day, and I’ll shortly be off to the allotment to do some digging and plant stuff.

Things that are going through my mind atm….

Is it too early to plant the ‘early’ tomatoes outside? They are flowering, after all…..

Am I being lazy by putting the sweetcorn, oca and courgettes straight into the ground?

What the hell am I going to wear at Leipzig? I want cool outfits, but I like to be comfortable. I can see myself packing some pretty clothes then spending 5 days slobbing around in combat shorts and a vest… do you make goth clothes comfortable (and flattering)?

Today’s list of stuff includes – digging, sowing lots of seeds, planting tomatoes out (well, some of them), crossing fingers, buying buttons and cat litter, and possibly writing a long rambling post about it all later….


Not a lot, actually. Mainly, this was down to two things;

I’m skint

The weather was DIRE.

I do now have an idea of what to take to Leipzig in 3 weeks though – and stuff I have to make.

It has been nice reading everyone’s blogs – internet signal was severely lacking!!!

I did indeed have too many skirts and not enough tops. Tomorrow I shall start planning what to make for the palette challenge, I’m also aware I have 5 days left this week to wear 3 me made things.

Will update properly when I find out if my Space Dress has died in the washing machine….

I’m going to do a challenge! And unlike most of the diet/exercise type I normally do, I think I’m actually going to enjoy this one, and make a bit of an effort. For the full blurb, go here

Clearly, I haven’t made enough stuff to actually wear things EVERY day, (unless I wear the same things for 4 days straight), but I can at least make the effort!

With that in mind,

‘I, Beklet of sign up as a participant of MeMadeMay ’12. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment a minimum of 3 times a week for the duration of May 2012’

Ha…..bearing in mind the wadders and UFOs, it leaves me with few wearable things – the bonus of course, is that at the beginning and end of May, I will be at various music festivals, namely and which means I get to wear my corset and the Space Dress at least once πŸ˜€

I also think that on at least 2 occasions a week, I should wear a beautiful item someone else has made for me, as really, it’s not all about me, ya know, I should at least showcase the talents of my friends πŸ˜€

So, currently wearable I have the Meringue, the Space Dress, Broccoli top, Chilli skirt, trousers (if I hem them properly), the skull dress (if I redo the zip), ladybird corset, and with any luck, the dress I’m going to finish today. I’m quite excited – it looks like it’s actually going to fit – despite the neck facing being a pain….I’m worried the fabric is a little flimsy, so there has been some topstitching at the waist, and I will be going for French seams at the side.

Also debating whether to use bias tape to hem it. I wanted lace but nowhere has any, and neither is ANYWHERE open on Easter Sunday.