The Brave Cook

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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

My latest fabric collection

IMGP1126My days are very busy and I have to stay on track planning my job career for the next months and years, so there is not really time to design or sew something. Nevertheless I did some great fabric shopping this year and I have enough material to work with. Of course, I did not want to hold back myself from giving you a look into my fabric closet and a little preview of what you could expect to see from me the next months.IMGP1128Considering the fact that I want to make menswear, it’s a little bit funny what fabrics I’ve chosen to work with, but I love to work with interesting unconventional fabrics. It’s a great way to practice and to mix different fabrics together.

So, there was this velvet stretch fabric on sale and I bought 4 meters of it. I’ve already done some pieces with it and I can tell you it’s not easy to work with it.IMGP1135Then we have this vintage looking light chiffon fabric. I can imagine a beautiful tunic or shirt with it.IMGP1134I also bought some gold and shiny fabrics. It’s really one of my favorite color. Some of these could be used as a lining or in a decorative way.IMGP1132 IMGP1138 IMGP1133Naturally, I want to make some beautiful warm sweaters and jackets, so I’ve found these gorgeous knit fabrics with a fabulous structure and beautiful colors.IMGP1131 IMGP1129The one I fell in love with the most was this colorful and vibrant but yet romantic silk fabric. It cost me the most money out of all my fabrics.IMGP1137I hope my days become more relaxed again so that I can start with all my different sewing projects turning these gorgeous fabrics into lovely clothes.

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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!

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An important anouncement!

IMGP0683I was thinking a lot about my blog the last couple of weeks. Looking back I can truly say that it was successful and definitely the way I wanted it to turn out. On the other hand I was quite busy the last months teaching myself to sew to improve my skills and to be able to make my own clothes. All I can say is that I’ve learned a lot so far and I’m continuing to teach myself and to try new things out. The only problem of it all is that sewing and pattern-making takes a lot of time. Since fashion has been my love for many years now I’ve made the decision to indulge into it very deep this year and to devote my free time completely to cloth-making. I don’t want to give up my blog, but use it to share with all of you who are interested my steps and progress in making clothes. I’m still not sure about the name and the design of my blog. Maybe i will not change it completely. I’m still very thankful to all of you who decided to follow my blog and I hope that most of you will continue enjoy and to follow my journey. As for now, I’m presenting you my last recipe so far. A ginger loaf with rose petals and white chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 – 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 8 globes preserved stem ginder in syrup or honey, drained and chopped
  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 100 g light sugar
  • 225 g golden syrup or honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 75 ml milk
  • a bunch of roses

Instructions

Grease and line a 900 g loaf tin with non-stick baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160 ° C. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger. Set aside. Chop the globes of the ginger and add to the flour mixture. I’ve used some preserved ginger in honey. IMGP0633 IMGP0641Melt the butter sugar and golden syrup/honey in a small pan. Set aside to cool slightly. Beat the egg and milk together. Stir the cold syrup/honey into the dry ingredients, followed by the egg and milk and beat well. If you like you can use some of the rose petals and add into the mixture. It will give the loaf an interesting taste.

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Spoon into the tin, bake for about 1 1/4 hours until just firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack and decorate with a white chocolate couverture and the rose petals the way you like it. Enjoy and have a great weekend!IMGP0675

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