Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad, where I attended a course in dyeing yarn with Indigo. Progress on my #oneyearoneoutfit.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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%[…]
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[…]