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[…]

Lillestrøm sysenter

Lillestrøm sysenter

People are always asking me where I buy my fabrics. They tell me all the time that there are no fabric stores any more. I would agree that there are fewer than there have been in the past, but they are not all gone. Today I want to tell you about one of them: Lillestrøm sysenter. Lillestrøm sysenter. Ok, I know, this store is not located in Oslo. But it will only take you approx. 20 minutes from downtown Oslo to Lillestrøm. And it’ll be worth the trip (at least it was for me). I must confess that I have but been there once. I heard about it from one of my colleagues that used to work there once upon a time. Lillestrøm sysenter is situated in Voldgata i Lillestrøm, and the facade isn’t much to look at.  But when you get inside, the space is big and airy.   Fabrics & notions The store has both a big selection of yarn and home decorating fabric, in addition to a wide range of fashion fabrics. The fabrics are sorted after their intended use. There are dress- and suit fabrics in one end, more heavyweight coat fabrics, party fabrics, shirt fabrics and so on. They even have a section of dancing and swimming fabrics. In addition to all the fabrics there is a long wall will ribbons and such. It is maybe 10 meters long if I’m to guess. There is a huge range of buttons and threads. Also a few brands I have never heard[…]

grey wool t-shirt

grey wool t-shirt

WOOL T-SHIRT FOREVER Sometimes I have to take a break in the middle of a big project in order to make something easy. Something to satisfy my need to be useful and finish something in a hour or two. I am currently in the middle of making myself a new Autumn jacket, but I made a t-shirt for my husband yesterday. Getting an request My husband came to me the other day asking me what I had in the way of wool jersey. He said he could use a new wool t-shirt or two. I showed him what’s in my stash ( I have a big carton full of wool fabrics I bought on sale at Janus this summer) and he found a medium heavy wool rib in dark grey melange. If I’m to guess I would say that is was about 200-250 g/m2. «this one» he said, «but I want it to have red seams». OK, not a problem.   Making the garment The pattern is long since tried and tested so it was a simple cut and sew job. The cutting took about 10-15 min. And the my serger made the rest a quick finish. I chose to use flat-lock seams, as it seemed to me to be the easiest way to get visible red seams. I changed one of the threads on my serger to red (yes, I’m lazy when I can, and besides, the serger already had black threads), and set the right tensions on the dials. I quite like the resulting garment,[…]