Fibre research part 1

So I have started my research into my #1year1outfit challenge. It appears that I was correct in assuming that the only fibres to be found locally in Norway is wool and linen. When it comes to wool I have found locally produced fibres of sheep (several different breeds), alpakka and mohair goat. So far I have only found fibre for spinning and yarn. No fabric as of yet. There used to be a online store for buying locally made wool fabric here only a couple of years ago, but as far as I know they closed down after a short period of time. I’m thinking that I will contact the former owner and ask her help in finding out where to turn next. If I’m lucky she will know one or two places I can look for ready made fabric. Even if it turns out that I don’t find ready made wool fabric produced locally in Norway I have a back-up plan for this. And that is of course knitting. I’m an intermediat knitter and it should be no problem for me to knit my self a dress or jacket. But still, it seems like “the easy way out”, and I will first see what I can find. I have also ordered myself a drop spindle, and will try to spin my own yarn made from local short tailed sheep wool. I’ve been reading up on sheep and different breeds, and there are several older sheep breeds that I want to try out. Breeds that[…]

Retro shirt with vintage fabric

Retro shirt with vintage fabric

  Today I want to take a break from the #1year1outfit challenge I’m doing and show you the new shirt I made my husband last week. I have more than a few unblogged garments, but I just couldn’t wait to show you this one. This shirt is somewhat special, as the fabric for it was given to me by our neighbours sister, an 80 year old lady. The fabric is a printed cotton she got from her mother after she died. I have no idea how old the fabric it self is, but it’s a rather thin printed cotton fabric with a nice and soft handfeel. My husband took a liking to the fabric straight away, and asked if I could make him a shirt from it. And of course I could. Pattern trouble I used the same pattern I have used for all his previous shirts. It’s a pattern I drafted for him maybe 8 years ago, and it seems that he has changed a lot in size. Either that, or I have just gotten a lot better at spotting fitting mistakes, because I struggled a lot with the fit across the shoulders and upper arms. In fact it annoyed me so much that I have now purchased the Negroni shirt pattern from Colettes Patterns in the hopes that it will fit better, or at least be a better starting point than my current pattern (This was two days prior to the release of the new Thread Theory shirt pattern, otherwise I might have[…]

A turn of events

I’ve been absent from my blog longer that normal lately. Partly it has been because of health issues, but also because I’ve been contemplating where I want to go with this blog. I like sewing, and I like documenting what I sew, but it seems to me that this space could be used for so much more – all related to sewing of course.   Sustainability as an expanding life choice As I’ve grown older I have started to care more about how our modern lifestyle affect everything around us. We shape the world with our wants, and actions, and most of the time not for the better. My new years resolution this year was to reduce my family’s household waste, and as a result I have among other things started making my own bread and yoghurt. Just to have less plastic and cardboard garbage to throw away each week. Since I was a little kid I’ve always loved going to the flea markets to buy toys and other things I needed. It was so much like going on a treasure hunt. I have a dad that loves going to them, and took me and my brother along whenever he could . It’s nice to think that things loved by someone else before me are now to be loved by me, and if I decide I don’t need those things any more I can return them to a flea market to be loved again. (As long as they are in working condition that is). Taking[…]

Lace Camas blouse

Lace Camas blouse

After participating in the Camas Sew-along on the Thread Theory blog, I knew I had blog about the finished blouse right away. I have several other garments all ready to be photographed and blogged, but this had to come first. Making a Camas Blouse I’ve had the Camas pattern in my pattern collection for a while. I bought it not long after it was published in their web shop, and as I’m not too fond of pdf’s (especially the taping of the numerous pages) I bought the printed version. I’m a regular reader of the Thread Theory blog and got really inspired when I discovered they were doing a sew-along on the blouse. After rummaging around in my stash for a suitable muslin fabric I came across a small piece of white viscose left after my cartoon dress. I figured it would be just about enough fabric for a muslin for the blouse. The pattern changes. I started by doing my regular pattern changes. My starting point was a straight size 10, and my usual adjustments includs a forward tilting shoulders adjustment, a lengthening of the torso by 4 cm and the sleeves by 1,5 cm. And the ever present sway back adjustment. After reading the sew-along piece about pattern adjustments for using woven fabric I also adjusted the width of the sleeves to better fit my biceps (sleeve changing methode 1 at the bottom of this blogpost).   Making up as you go along I don’t know about you guys, but I usually get[…]

Favourite trousers 2.0, doing wool

Favourite trousers 2.0, doing wool

And here it is. The first blog post in 2016, but focusing on a make from December 2015. Last year was all about selfish sewing for me. The year before that too, come to think of it. Today I want to show you my second try at the pattern made from my RTW trousers that I blogged about back in November. Favourite trousers 2.0 This time I used a dark blue wool twill, that has been in my stash for more than a year. I think I bought it on sale at Rainbow Tekstil in Oslo sometime before last winter. I have already told you about how the pattern came to be here, but I can tell you what changes I did this time around. First of all I needed more space at the waist. If you remember the fly was less than elegantly sewn the last time, showing the zipper teeth at the top. So before sewing up the pattern once again I added a few cm at the waistband and waist  to make sure I had enough space to cover the zipper properly. I also made the rise a little longer at the thigh to eliminate the pulling around the crotch. Even if it worked a bit, I think I will have to add another cm before I’m completely happy with the fit in this area. apparently I have big inner thighs. I also managed to get the grainline on the front pieces level this time, and the centre press line doesn’t twist[…]

Top 5 sewing hits of 2015

Top 5 sewing hits of 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying a nice, long Christmas holiday. I know I am. I was planning to write about my home-made Christmas gifts and I even took lots of pictures of the making process. But now I’m away on holiday and the memory card with the pictures are back home. Typical. Instead I will do my Top Five best makes of 2015 in reference to Crafting A Rainbow‘s annual end-of-the-year summary. I wear most of the clothes I make myself, and love a lot of them, so deciding on a Top 5 list is not easy. And I considered all my sewing, not just the clothes I made for myself. So, here’s my list, in no particular order: Top 5 sewing hits of 2015 Favourite trousers from RTW. Even if they are a rather late addition to my wardrobe I have use these a lot. They have their flaws, but they fit me better than any other pair of trousers I own. I have also made a second version of these trousers in blue wool, and with a few fitting issues addressed. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog that pair soon, as they are even better than my first pair. The knitted west you see in the picture is also made by me, but sadly unblogged as of yet. My cartoon Burda 7580 knit dress. I have used this dress so much. It’s fun to wear, and soooo comfortable. It’s true that the print has faded a bit, and the viscose could have been[…]

Homeboy hoodie for my hubby

Homeboy hoodie for my hubby

Again I have made a garment for my husband, my biggest sewing fan and forever in need of soft and nice wool garments he knows I can make him. Today I want you to meet the navy blue  wool Homeboy Hoodie.. This is not the first time I have made a hoodie, but the first I have made one for my husband. If you followed the Symesterskapet on NRK last year you will have seen me making this beauty in the first episode: Compared to that, this hoodie was a joy to sew. It was fast and easy, and I needed to do just one minimal change. But first things first. Let’s start with the pattern. Homeboy Hoodie After seeing the hoodie Joost made on Instragram I decided to try his pattern. He runs the site MakeMyPattern, which generate patterns for you based on the measurements you type in. He is also generously offering up his patterns for free, but accepts donations to his site. The pattern I used is the Homeboy Hoodie, the first pattern of his that I have tried. I followed the instructions and punched in my husbands measurements, and the pattern was generated as a pdf I could print. Even with failing ink in my printer I got the pattern together fairly quickly, as there isn’t that many pattern pieces. I must also say that I like the way the pattern pieces are marked. A wool fabric.. The fabric I chose for this project is an unbrushed college fabric in 100%[…]

Favourite trousers from RTW

Favourite trousers from RTW

Today I will show you a project that has been finished for a few weeks, but has proven very difficult to photograph: My new trousers copied from a pair of RTW cashmere trousers. In need of favourite trousers.. I have long been in need of a new pair of trousers (or actually several, but you got to start somewhere), that I can use for work and on formal occasions. This has been a gap in my wardrobe for over a year now, but I finally got around to start making a new TNT trouser pattern this Autumn. Since starting in a new job last summer I’ve gained some weight, and none of my trousers fit me any more. -I simply can’t button a single button on them. I used to have a beautiful shop bought pair of trousers in cashmere, that I got in London close to 8 years ago. These have been my favourite pair of “dressed up” trousers ever since. They finally died after my little girl got chewing gum stuck to them two years back and they became unwearable. Still, I didn’t throw them away, most of the fabric was still good, and it seemed such a waste to just get rid of them. The trouser leg that wasn’t ruined became a newsboy cap for my husband this spring (blogged here), and the rest I saved with some vague notion that it might come in handy somehow. Last month I finally decided to take apart what was left of the trousers and[…]

Burda 7580 knit dress

Burda 7580 knit dress

The dress I want to show you today, is one I made earlier this Autumn. I came across this cartoon fabric in a textile store in Fredrikstad, and just had to have it. It’s a rather thin cotton jersey or maybe viscose, but the important thing for me was the print – Black and white cartoon squares taken from several cartoons I used to read in my teens. Among them: Modesty Blaise. So basically, this dress is a grown up version of some of the t-shirts and dresses I’ve made for my kids the last year. Burda 7580 knit dress Because the fabric was such a lightweight jersey, I knew straight away that I needed to line the dress. So I bought some plain, white jersey at the same time. I even found the pattern in the same store. The pattern is Burda 7580 -an “easy pattern” with only two pattern pieces: One front and one back. I believe the pattern is meant for more heavy weight knits, and I’m sure that would suit the shape very well too. Here is how the pattern looks on the envelope. The regular adjustments I made my regular changes to the flat pattern: which is to lengthen the torso and do a sway back adjustment, and also the forward tilted shoulder adjustment. In this kind of loose dress I decided that I didn’t bother to make up a muslin. And truth be told I would have had enough fabric left to do up another one in the same fabric should[…]

Striped Moneta top

Striped Moneta top

As I may have mentioned a time or two. The Moneta dress pattern from Colette patterns are one of my go-to patterns for comfy knit dresses. I like it so much that this summer I decided to make it into a top as well.   In my stash I had a small piece of diagonally striped jersey that has been there since last november. It wasn’t much, only 75 cm – the last of the roll when I bought it. But it was so beautiful that I had to have it. Even if it weren’t much I could do with that little fabric. Still, I thought I could combine it with so other fabric or make a crop top or something. And that is how the Moneta dress pattern came into the picture. The top half of the Moneta pattern would make a lovely crop top. So I tried it. But when it came down to it I really don’t like to show my belly anymore, and I don’t have that many high waisted trousers/skirts. So I decided to ad a piece to the bottom for a bit more coverage. This was simple enough, but to make it more interesting (and make the most of my small piece of fabric I decided to do the bottom piece on cross grain. That way the stripes would go the other way, making a cool effect. Luckily the fabric has a bit of stretch in that direction to, though it’s not a full 4-way stretch fabric.   I[…]

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