Sewing for WGT 2018

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This was my first Wave-Gotik-Treffen since I have moved to Leipzig and I have to admit, it also was the first one I survived without a vast lack of sleep. I even did not need to sew the last bits of my outfits during Wednesday night!

As my style is more or less futuristic/ minimal, I can always mix and match store-bought fashion items, sports wear and handmade garments. With the cropped linen sweater still in mind, I improvised a rectangular top from some black viscose jersey. It needs the viscose for drape and the jersey structure for weight. I copied the neckline from one of my favourite store-bought t-shirts. I wore it with a pair of sports leggings with mesh inserts.

My favourite garment this year was definitely the plastic half-skirt. I made it from a seat belt, a heavy buckle, eyelets, snap hooks and an ugly, cheap plastic tablecloth cut in stripes. It is super heavy, but nonetheless I styled it with my YRU Qozmo Hi 2 platform boots to make walking even more a workout. ūüėČ As the half-skirt is more an accessory than an actual garment, I wore black sports leggings underneath and a black laser cut sports body on top.

I try to see a lot of concerts during WGT, so I do not socialise too much over day which is why pictures of me taken by someone else are pretty rare. However, I have enjoyed the majority of concerts I saw. My top 3 concerts were Beinhaus, whose show is definitely a must-see with lots of scrap metal on stage, three people drumming on it and one of them screaming German lyrics over it, Jo Quail, an electric cellist and composer who plays intricate soundscapes that make my mind dive into it, and the solo concert of Einar Selvik from Wardruna where he also explained a lot about his approach to ancient Norse music and the historical instruments he uses.

Other remarkable concerts in my opinion were Boy Harsher, Mr. Kitty, Wardruna and Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld. As always, there was not enough time to see everything I would have liked to. At least, I am happy with my selection. And now it is time to think about the 2019 outfits.

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It’s been a while…

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…but sometimes, life happens.

I went to this year’s¬†WGT¬†and had a wonderful time there although I did not finish many DIY projects I actually wanted to wear there. However, this is a bracelet I finished on time (and wore everyday in Leipzig):

The accidental WGT cocoon cardigan

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I finally have knit an item I had planned for a really long time. The cardigan was published back in 2009 and was part of my knitting queue ever since. Shame on me. The yarn used is the wonderful Garnstudio DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk I had bought last year. It was knit on 6mm needles and used up all 10 balls of yarn. As you just knit a rectangle which is then sewn together, this was a rather quick and very easy knit.

Now to the result: this stunning, huge cardigan is super soft, keeps me warm and weighs only 250g! As I had finished it just before this year’s¬†Wave Gotik Treffen¬†(WGT), I put it as the very last item into my suitcase because there was just enough space left, I had not yet worn it ¬†and I did not want to take my winter jacket with me. I ended up wearing it every day. Temperature at Leipzig dropped the second day already and I would have been freezing without it every night. And the best about it: this cardigan fit into the small backpack I was carrying with me. So I could dress up for the almost warm afternoons without the need to carry a jacket with me visibly or freezing to death as the day went by! In conclusion,¬†when you’re in need of a cosy, stylish cardigan you can hide¬†in your handbag, this is your choice! Love it!

By the way, I was also wearing my new lace top on the picture.

Black Avantgarde