The new season of DSSM

The new season of DSSM

Hi. I just popped in to tell you that the new season of “Det Store Symesterskapet”(DSSM) is starting tomorrow. If you live in Norway, did you watch it last year? (For you guys who haven’t heard about it, it’s the Norwegian version of the great British Sewing bee and I won the last season.) I must say I really look forward to seeing how the producers have developed the show since last year. This year they have decided to bring in guest judges among other things.  It will be fun to compare it to the last season, when I spent two wonderful weeks in the contest.  And fun to guess who the winner will be as I don’t know what will happen when it airs this time. I think I already have a favourite, but I won’t tell you who. 😉 will you watch it with me on Monday? Here is a link to the press release. It airs on Mondays on NRK 1 at 19:45 Oh, and by the way.  I have no affiliation with the new season, and have received no compensation for writing about the show. Nor will I. As always I give you the world as I see it.  

Review of Det Store Symesterskapet book launch

Review of Det Store Symesterskapet book launch

Hello It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t had time to do much blogging, but I thought I’d pop in now and show you some photos from Det Store Symesterskapet book launch I participated in on Tuesday. It was nice to see so many familiar faces. A big thank you to all you that showed up. It was fun, wasn’t it? It was Walter, Kristin, Solveig, Maiken and me that showed up from Det Store Symesterskapet, in addition to Tine Solheim of course. We were told to be there an hour early, and right away we started talking sewing. You gotta love that, right? The people at Cappelen Damm took good care of us, bringing us some sushi to eat before the event started. They gave us all headsets so we could talk to the audience without effort. All the things we made in the competition on NRK was there and we took turns telling about which was our favourite assignments. For me, it was the velvet jacket I made in episode 2. All in all I had a lovely time, and I hope you had too if you were there. I’m sorry that some of the photos aren’t the best quality. They were taken with mobile phone cameras and kindly sent to me so I could post them here. As a final note. If you want to see the things we made in Det Store Symesterskapet up close; they are on display in Bogstad Gård in Bærum for the two next months. I recommend everyone[…]

Det Store Symesterskapet Book

Det Store Symesterskapet Book

As a lot of you probably have noticed one of the judges from Det Store Symesterskapet, Tine Solheim, has made a book about the competition. I have seen the finished book, as they were kind enough to send me a copy, but I not been a part of the book project myself. I only found out about it after we were finished shooting the competition. Det Store Symesterskapet book I believe the point with the book is to give you the knowledge and patterns necessary to recreate the garments we made in the competition -at least some of them. In the book they have a basic section with techniques and a fabric guide, and then there is a section where they present 32 of the garments we made. BUT: be aware that only the patterns we used during day 1 of the episodes actually come with the book. For the projects we did in day 2 of each episode, there is only an note of which pattern is used and in some cases where to buy them. As for the patterns that come with Det Store Symesterskaet book I have not tested them myself, so I can’t say for sure that they are exactly the same as we used in the competition, but I assume that they are. I have noticed that the silk nightdress is not described in the text in the book, but the pattern is present on the pattern sheet. For the jeans shirt above they have not given the correct information regarding the source of[…]

Det Store Symesterskapet – 6th episode.

Det Store Symesterskapet – 6th episode.

So now it’s finally over. NRK aired the 6th and last episode of Det Store Symesterskapet last night. Did you see the 6th episode? It was a super intense two days for all three of us that made it to the finale. Below you will find an account of what we (or rather I), sewed in this last episode. First assignment -lace skirt. Throughout the competition they gave us increasingly difficult assignments. This time it was a lace skirt with lining. And it had to be good enough to sell to a customer. I had to grin a little, as it seems I have sewn nothing but silk and lace in this show. If you remember I sewed a Gabriole skirt in blue lace and orange satin silk in the first episode. And so I could use all my experience to make this lace skirt come together. Still, I had to do it in only a few short hours. When sewing with lace there are a few things you should keep in mind. One is to use short stitches because of all the gaps in the fabric. The other is to look for a lace which isn’t too bulky, as it will be difficult to sew. It’s good to have a walking foot on the sewing machine too, to get the layers to stay together without shifting. I chose a lace and lining I thought would be good together. When placing the pattern on the lace I made sure the flower pattern would be the correct way[…]

I WON!

I WON!

I just wanted to say hi and YAAAAAAAAAAAY. I still can’t fully believe that I actually won. It has been a journey, and so fun to be in Det Store Symesterskapet. I will give you a full review of the episode a little later. Right now I’m a little giddy from the joy (and the champagne my sweet dad brought tonight). I just want to say thank you to all those people that cheered me on and wanted me to win. Thank you ever so much! Have a lovely evening, and I’ll give you an update in not too long.

Det Store Symesterskapet – 5th Episode

Det Store Symesterskapet – 5th Episode

Today the semifinal of Det Store Symesterskapet -5th Episode was aired, and (spoiler alert!) -I’m made it through yet another episode. Can you believe it?  And as always, below you will find my “review” of the episode and the garments I made. First assignment – silk chemise.  This assignment was right up my alley. They gave us sandwashed silk. And not only that, I have actually sewn in this particular silk before, as it comes from Stoff & Stil, and I made a Belcarra blouse with it this spring. Needless to say this gave me an advantage. The pattern for the nightgown/slip was rather straight forward -except for two things: it had to be made in a 45 degree angle to the grain, and the fabric is as evasive as an indian summer nigh. If you breath heavy  around it it will move. I have actually made a list of tips & tricks I use when sewing in silks a short while back, and you can find it here if you are interested.    In order to stabilize the fabric I took a chance and took a piece of plain woven cotton from the fabrics at the back wall and pinned the silk on this. I took my time, to get the grain straight and to smooth out all the creases. The chemise is sewn up with french seams at the center back seam, and a facing at the top front.The back had a elastic casing. The straps are sandwiched between the outer fabric and the facing. When sewing them[…]

Det Store Symesterskapet – 4th Episode

Det Store Symesterskapet – 4th Episode

Hi there So, now we have been through yet another episode of Det Store Symesterskapet. 🙂 This time we had to make a men’s vest, redesign a wetsuit into a skirt, and make a childrens party dress. First assignment: Gentleman’s vest.  This was the first mens pattern we were given. Sewing a classic gentleman’s vest is not easy, as well you know if you ever have tried it. The trick to it, as the judges pointed out, is to use understitching everywhere you can get at it. Without any understitching it’s not possible to press the pieces without any of the lining showing, and get that sharp edge you so much want in a garment like this. Lessoned learned there. For my vest I chose a very nice brocade fabric, with a distinct pattern. The low points with the fabric were that it frayed easily, and didn’t press too well. Too much heat – and it would melt.  Just as Willy found out, unfortunately. I was a bit pressed for time at the end, and as a closing I chose a hook and bar solution in brass. It turned out rather cool I think. Kristin won this first assignment – well deserved. Her vest was by far the best one. I came in at a second place, which I was happy with. I sewed a new vest just this last month -for my husband. You can read about it here. Thanks to the lessoned learned at Det Store Symesterskapet this vest turned out really well.[…]

Det Store Symesterskapet – 3rd Episode.

Hi again So, now they have sent yet another episode of Det Store Symesterskapet. Did you see it? And if you did -did you like it? This was a really fun episode I thought. Below is my account of the episode and what I made. The first assignment: Vintage pattern. This time we were given a vintage pattern to make. If you have ever tried sewing with vintage patterns you know that they aren’t quite like the the same as modern patterns. For one there are no markings on the pattern pieces for you to lean on. We were given a 70’s blouse pattern, and the design had a lot of gathering -around the neck and cuffs. I thought I would find a fabric with a nice drape to it to get the most out of the design. I found a fabric I wanted to use, -I think it was a viscose or polyester satin. Not the easiest to cut and sew, but the result would be worth it. The fabric had big white “bombs” in it, but I was just a tiny bit sheer, so I could quite easily line up the pattern pieces to get in straight on grain. -Something that is important when you work with symmetrical prints.Unfortunately there wasn’t enough fabric for the whole blouse so I had to find a second fabric to use for the sleeves. I needed something with the same or similar drape. There wasn’t a lot of fabrics to choose from with that in mind, but[…]

Det Store Symesterskapet -2nd Episode

Det Store Symesterskapet -2nd Episode

Tonight they aired the second episode of “Det Store Symesterskapet”. If you have seen the 2nd episode already you might have noticed that it went a little better for me this time. Below you will find a recap of the garments I sewed during the episode and my thoughts about them. If you haven’t seen the episode, I suggest you head over to nrk.no and see it before you read the rest. For the English speaking of you, I’m sorry to say the program haven’t been texted in English.  After the first episode we really thought we were finished with sewing elastics, but no. They had more in store for us in that department. The first assignment we were given was to sew tights in 4 way stretch!! I had never sewn tights before but thought it would be OK anyway, as I have sewn a lot in other stretch fabrics. My first thought was to use the overlock, but the overlock machine (or serger if you will)we were given was a lot different than the one I have at home, and I was afraid that the seams wouldn’t hold up if I used it. Ergo, I went with the regular sewing machine. I found a really nice fabric I wanted to use, and cut it out. Then I made the mistake to cut out two right legs. I had decided to cut only single layers when first cutting out the pieces, and in my haste I forgot to turn the pattern before cutting the second leg.[…]

JuleExpo arts & craft fair last weekend.

JuleExpo arts & craft fair last weekend.

As I said in a previous post – I attended the arts & crafts fair JuleExpo at Lillestrøm this last Saturday. Here are some photos from the fair to give you an idea how it was. I was asked to participate together with the other contestants from “Det Store Symesterskapet”. They had prepared a stand for us (18 meters long) where we could exhibit clothes and other things we have made. I had brought some of the clothes I have made for myself and my husband, but not my kids. Here is what it looked like in my corner of the stand.   My husband can along to help me. and to be my live model. He was wearing a pair of cashmere/wool blend trousers and a pin-striped wool waistcoat with vintage glass buttons. He looked absolutely smashing. I regret that I didn’t take his photo there, but I will show you the ensemble later in another posting. We arrived a little late- and came to the fair just as it opened. The plan was to be there about an hour earlier, but plans don’t always work out do they. 🙂 They had asked me if I wanted to contribute with something during the fair, and I decided to hold a demo on how to work with slippery silk fabrics – as I sew a lot in silk and have picked up a trick or two along the way. I posted a post on these tips a few days ago I you want to take[…]