Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad

Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad

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

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[…]

The most horrible of things

Hello. Today I was supposed to blog about the wedding dress I made for my cousin, but the most horrible of things has happened. I HAVE LOST THE MEMORY CARD FROM MY CAMERA.(!) I really really hope it will turn up again, but if not I will have to get someone else to send me their photos from the wedding, so I at least have some photos to show you. So, this brief posting is only to let you know what has happened, and that I’m working on it. And hopefully I can soon publish my piece about the yellow summer wedding dress. To be continued…

Making a wedding dress – part 01

Making a wedding dress – part 01

Hello. It’s been a slow week for me sewing wise, but I thought I would share with you an ongoing project. My cousin asked me  if I could take on making a wedding dress for when she is getting married in May. My biggest project as of yet (that isn’t for myself, that is). A little hesitantly I agreed to do it. I was thinking it would be nice to spend time with her, and still… it’s a lot of responsibility to take on to make someones wedding dress. What if I get it wrong and can’t make it flattering on her.? Or if I don’t do the seams as they should be done and the whole dress falls apart when she’s trying to put it on on her wedding day.? Well, I guess I just have to make sure that don’t happen. The start of the project She came to my place before Christmas, and we talked about what she was envisioning and showed me some inspirational photos. Then during the holiday I started sketching on some designs and sent them to her for approval. This is the one she picked: The idea was to have a simple dress with a clean cut and straight lines. When I first drew the sketch I thought of a dress in several layers, with a brightly coloured satin or thai silk at the bottom and one or two layers of silk chiffon at the top. However, when she picket the design and we talked about it, it was decided that the[…]

Holiday wishes and plans for 2015

Holiday wishes and plans for 2015

The holidays are upon us and I’m enjoying the company of my family, eating until I almost fall over and generally just having a great time. I hope you have the same. Being true to my hobby I have even brought my sewing machine to my holiday. I have promised my husband that his gift this year (or at least part of it) will be two pairs of trousers. The pattern will be the Jutland pants from Thread Theory. I have already bought the fabrics and the pattern, but haven’t gotten around to the making part yet. It seems I should have wished for a new printer this Christmas, because when I tried to print out the PDF pattern my printer gave in. Oh well. I will find a way. Plans for 2015 I was hoping I would have time to make a new Christmas dress for myself this year, but no such luck. But it will be nice to have a new dress in January too. And as I have my birthday coming up in early February, you might see a blue wool Dahlia dress about this time next month. Selfless sewing It seems I have a lot of selfless sewing coming up in 2015. In addition to the two trousers I have promised my husband, and some clothes that my kids need I have also taken on sewing my cousins wedding dress. She is getting married in the end of May, and as I don’t have sewing as a full time job, it[…]

Biker jacket in the make. Part 2

Biker jacket in the make. Part 2

Hi there. Here is an update on my Biker jacket project. Zipper stuck Last time I wrote about my biker jacket project I was stuck because I hadn’t bought a long enough zipper. I went back to Stoff & Stil the other day, and got a longer one. -This time too long! What do you give me. Well, it turned out they didn’t have the correct length in the zipper I wanted, so I bought one that was approx. 5 cm longer than what I needed, and shortened it with pliers (yes, it can be done! Even if I didn’t think so only about a week ago). I found an tutorial on how to do this in a magazine I bought last month, but you can probably find out how to do it on-line too.   Progress I’m slowly making progress on the jacket. I decided to make shoulder patches instead of the shoulder flaps and loops in the original pattern. I cut out roughly the correct shape to the patches and went on my merry way, without stopping and considering whether the patches needed padding. When I begun to top-stitch channels in the PU patches I still hadn’t thought about it. But then I asked my husband what he thought about my work so far and he pointed out to me that the patches looked very flat. Oh no. I forgot padding. Doh.   Getting creative I am an creative person, for better or worse. But when it’s coming up with creative solutions to a problem, I usually[…]

Biker jacket in the make. Part 1

Biker jacket in the make. Part 1

I want to share an ongoing make with you today. A project that is taking a bit longer than first imagined. The fabric A few years ago I got into my hands 3-4 meters of a flowered upholstery fabric from Italy. It is rather old, but still nice, and not smelly ( until I took the iron to it, that is). I thought right away that I wanted to make a jacket with this fabric, event if it originally was meant for sofas and such like. It has a beautiful classic flower pattern woven into the weave, and a good thickness to it. I took it home and put it in my fabric stash and forgot all about it.. That is, until this autumn.   Biker jacket Browsing the web I found a rather nice biker jacket style on Burdastyle.com. The style is called Silk Motorcycle Jacket 03/2012 #115, and looks like this: I usually think that it’s the styling that makes the models on the Burda site look good, and not necessary the cut or the style, but I wanted to try it out. I purchased the PDF pattern, printed and assembled it, and THEN started to think about what fabric I wanted to use -and whether I had one in my stash (I’m not always logical, I know, but what can you do ). When checking around what I had available at home I found my flower upholstery fabric again, and a firmer plan started taking shape. Considering the thickness of the fabric it[…]

TOPSTITCHED

TOPSTITCHED

Welcome to my blog TOPSTITCHED. This blog has been in making for a long time, but finally it is ready. My sewing I will fill this space with my makes -clothes I have made for myself, and sometimes for my husband. I have two kids, but you will not see them here, neither what I make for them. No, this blog is about sewing clothes for grown ups -and mainly for me. In addition to finished makes I will sometimes show photos of works in progress, give you the little tricks I have learned and use in my sewing, and similar things. Det Store Symesterskapet You might find it interesting to know that I’m in a sewing show that just about to start airing on NRK 1 – A show called «Det Store Symesterskapet» and is a concept that the Norwegian State channel (NRK) bought from BBC. The original show was called «The Great British Sewing Bee» and has been aired in two seasons on BBC. Both very nice shows. For “Det Store Symesterskapet” I will give you some of my comments on the episodes after they have been aired here in Norway, and perhaps show you a few  photographs from the making of the show -with the permission of the NRK, off course. The 1st episode starts on NRK1 on 19th of November, at 19:45. Why I am blogging. I wanted to set up this blog for a particular reason. I want to show of the garments I make, hoping other people will find[…]