Curious and Catcat

Wednesday, August 27

What do I want to wear today? // Goodbye Summer

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It's time for a new series called 'What do I want to wear today?'. I was thinking about some kind outfit posts for a while now, but since I don't feel confident enough to post actual photos of me wearing those outfits, this seems to be a great solution (for now). It also leaves me the option of outfits I want to wear but don't actually own. I hope you enjoy it!

This first outfit is something I would wear a lot these days. It's one of those 50% summer/50% autumn outfits featuring layers, warmer colors and closed shoes. I would wear this outfit every day - it's super comfy and casual and just perfect for running errands or meeting friends for a quick coffee. Add tights and maybe a scarf (Is it really scarf time again?) when it gets colder and this outfit can last well into autumn.

Thursday, August 21

DIY: Melon Espadrilles

Ahoi! Writing a DIY tutorial for espadrilles seems strangely out of place today, since Berlin has been forced to fluffy cardigans and closed shoes these past few days. We're missing summer very much. But if you're one of those lucky ones, living in a warmer place or planning a trip to a warmer place (like we do!), this tutorial is for you. Everybody else is welcome to pin for next summer.

For a pair of melon espadrilles you will need:

A pair of espadrilles soles (I bought these from Prym)
green and pink fabric
green thread (something sturdy like bakers twine)
needle
scissors
many many pins
Taylor's chalk
fabric glue
a sewing machine
black fabric paint
a melon seed stamp (made mine from an old eraser)

I used the pattern that came with the espadrilles soles. I just had to cut it out and trace onto the fabric with Taylor's chalk. Easiest thing in the world. You need two green and two pink pieces for the front and back part each. Then trace the soles on green fabric as well. Cut with a seam allowance of about 1cm.
Stamp all the pink pieces with a black melon seed pattern and let dry.
Place all the pink pieces on matching green pieces, right sides facing. Pin and sew them together. Leave a few centimeters open to turn them right sides out.
After turning, stitch up the opening and iron the pieces flat. You can do it in the way I did, with a bit of green showing at the sides that will be connected to the soles, but that's totally optional. Add a seam along the edges that will be around the shoe opening.
Now we're assembling the shoe! First, the soles. I simply glued the fabric on and cut away any excess fabric after it had dried. When pinning the back piece around the sole, start with pinning the middle of the fabric to the middle of the heel and then work your way around to both sides.
Continue with the front. Here you start with the parts farthest away from the tip of the shoe. The back and the front part should overlap about 2 cm. Work your way from both sides to the tip. You will see that you have to much fabric in the front but that's intended (making room for your toes here).
You can see very nicely in the picture above that I used very very cheap pins haha! I really don't know why I still keep them, there's not one straight pin left.
The last step is sewing everything together. Sadly I was so consumed with it, I forgot to take pictures but it's really easy. You go around the sole with a blanket stitch and up the sides with a simple back stitch and you're done!

Congratulations, you just made a pair of shoes!

Thursday, August 14

never too old for melon shoes

After I wrote about my new obsession with espadrilles I couldn't stop myself from thinking how 'doable' those shoes looked. After all they were originally worn by Spanish and Southern French farmers! So I looked it up, bought fabric, fabric paint and espadrille soles (Handmade espadrilles soles? Yeah...next time maybe!) and - voila!- I did it! I made shoes. Shoes which look like melons. And they actually fit, it's a miracle. I'll post a tutorial soon so you can all have melon shoes!
Summer seems to have left Germany, but I'll be wearing those espadrilles all the time on our vacation in Southern France in September. Southern France. Coincidence? I think no.

Saturday, August 2

Snapshots

This week was full of sun and rain and healthy foods that we grew in our garden. It's still so special when you realize you didn't have to by anything in a store to prepare dinner (or in the case of the first picture only pasta and cheese - but we talked about how we could have made those, too, probably).
1 Yummy dinner with carrots, zucchini, onions, broccoli and Swiss chard from the garden. 2 Rainbow colored chard stems. 3 First tomatoes of the year! 4 Totally pulling of the midi skirt on my way to work. 5 Pyjama-and-glasses days. 6 The Eismanufaktur Berlin has the best ice cream I know. I made it a habit to try a new flavor every day on my way home from work. Evidence pictures on instagram. 7 Give him an umbrella and he transforms into a ballerina.

I hope you had a great week, too!
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