Easy knit pencil skirt

Easy knit pencil skirt

I know I’m a little later than usual with this blogpost. The reason was that I went on a trip to Copenhagen together with a whole bunch of sewing enthusiast this last weekend. The goal for the trip: The “Alt om Håndarbeide messe” (Arts & Crafts fair) they were holding. But more on that in a later blogpost. Today I want to show you my yellow pencil skirt, as seen together with the Eirajakke in my last posting. The Easy knit pencil skirt pattern: The skirt pattern is the elastic skirt from the book “Gertie sews vintage casual”. It’s called Easy Knit Pencil Skirt. Because my fabric was a plain boiled wool fabric I decided to do something about the model to make it a little more exciting. I cut the front pattern piece in two lengthwise, and made panel seams along the front. In the back I made a kick pleat similar to the one on the Mabel skirt from Colette Patterns. Other than that I just made a slight adjustment at top of center back seam, as I have a sway back. Assembly of the skirt I overlocked/serged all the seams, and then did a elastic topstitch seam on the panel seams and center back seam on my regular sewing machine. Even if these topstitch seams are vertical, I thought it was best to make the seams elastic. I have more than once had to go back and fix seams on garments I have sewn because I didn’t make them elastic enough the first time around. Breaking seams are[…]

Gabriola Skirt from Det Store Symesterskapet

Gabriola Skirt from Det Store Symesterskapet

I have just gotten my hands on some photos of the “statement skirt” I made on the first episode of Det Store Symesterskapet – the Norwegian version of “The great British Sewing Bee”, and I thought I would share them with you. The patter is the Gabriola skirt from Sewaholic. Some of you might know it from earlier. My version had to be short, so I cut of quite a lot of the length. The pattern consists of a lot of parts, and to make it as complicated as possible for myself, I made it in two layers -the bottom layer in slippery silk satin and the top layer in lace. It was an experience fitting the skirt to a “live” model, as I have never done this before, but with a little research from my fitting book in advance it was quite straight forward. Luckily for me, my model had the same proportion as I do -though not my size. 🙂 This made the fitting a little easier too. In the end I ran out of time for the assignment and had to make the zipper in centre back a visible one, as you can see. But all in all I was very happy about the result, although maybe it wasn’t really a “statement skirt”. Who knows.

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Det Store Symesterskapet – 1st Episode

Det Store Symesterskapet – first episode aired NRK sent the first of the six episodes of “Det Store Symesterskapet” today. What did you think?  At 19:45 today (19.11.2014) NRK sent the first episode of the “Det Store Symesterskapet” on NRK1. An episode of 1 hour where you can see me and the seven other contestants make three different garments under the watchfull eye of the tv-host Christine Hope and the judges Tine Solheim and Andreas Feet. If you watched it, what did you think about the show? I can tell you what I think… Spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen the episode yet you might want to do that before reading on. 😉 The first garment challenge was to make a hoodie in stretch fabric. I chose a stretch lace fabric in a nice off-white shade, and trim in ligth grey. The lace didn’t behave as nicely as I would have liked, and as a result some of the seams got a bit wobbly. This was off-cource noticed by the judges – which was fair enough. Also, I forgot to stick to the pattern -as is how I always work at home, and made the hood not according to instructions – with a single layer instead of two layers. This was plain stupid. But all in all I was very happy with the finished garment. -and maybe a little suprised that I didn’t get a higher ranking 😉 The second garment challenge – redesign top. This second challenge didn’t turn out so good for me.[…]

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Wool Skirt, Butterick B5859

Autumn is here. The temperature, so recently warm and nice has dropped, and there is a crispness to the air, and a promiss of winter coming. What better time to be inside preparing and sewing up warm garments to suite the new season. First skirt up: wool skirt, Butterick B5859. I must admit I really LOVE autumn. – the sunny days where you can see for miles through the clear air, and the beautiful colours that appears all around me. Intense colours of yellow, orange and auburn. I also love the quiet evenings when I can cuddle up in the sofa under a home-made blanket and knit and watch TV. Even the rainy days when the world goes all grey and mystic -those are great for staying inside sewing. -But maybe that’s just me.   Winter wardrobe preparations. The change in season means different things are required of my wardrobe to keep me warm and nice, while still looking sharp. I love wool, and most of my autumn and winter makes are in wool or wool blend. In a wool skirt or dress you still get to show off some legs, and at the same time keep nice and warm. Today I will show you one of my favourite autumn/winter wool skirts. The bell-shaped skirt These are the changes I made:The original pattern for this wool skirt is the Butterick B5859 but I made quite a few changes to this pattern. The original pattern is a knee length bell-shaped skirt in sort of a 1940s style, but[…]