Colette patterns Moneta dress

Colette patterns Moneta dress

Have you seen the stretch fabric dress pattern Colette Patterns released earlier this year? The Moneta dress. I’m not really a big fan of PDF patterns, but somehow I just had to have this pattern. I made a jersey dress with the pattern this summer, and now I have made a winter version that will see me through the cold season. The fabric is a wool/acrylic blend from Rainbow Tekstil with small colour-full dots, almost like slub-yarn. The fabric was somewhat see-through, so I knew from the start that I would have to line it. The lining fabric I chose was a 1×1 rib wool fabric from Janus. I absolutely love the colour -a bright fuchsia colour. However, this two knitted fabrics are quite different when it comes to stretchiness. The main fabric has hardly any stretch to it at all. And the wool rib lining had maybe as much as 20 % stretchability. Oho. Combining stretch fabrics When you want to combine two fabrics with very different stretch abilities there are a few things you’ll have to remember. For one check that what you want to do is at all achievable. Then you will have to cut the most stretchy fabric smaller than the not so stretchy one. Fore me, that meant that I cut the lining approx. 2 sizes smaller than the shell. I decided not to line the sleeves, as that’s a place where see-through-ness  isn’t really a problem. I lined the body and overlocked the sleeves to both layers in one operation.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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.

Tips for sewing with silk fabrics.

Tips for sewing with silk fabrics.

I was asked to participate in JuleExpo now in November together with Det Store Symesterskapet. JuleExpo is a big fair for arts & crafts, among other things.It was great fun. Below you will find a summary of the demo I made there on the topic of sewing with silk fabrics. I will probably give you a short recap of what else happened at the fair later, but for now I hope you will find this list of tricks for sewing with silk fabrics useful. The basics about working with silks   All fabrics behave differently. You can’t use the same techniques when working with cotton as with wool for instance. This is definitely true when working with silks. Silks are considered “difficult” and so they are in a way, but with the right tips and tricks they are very much manageble. Her a short list of things you can do to make the slippery  fabric behave. Pre-shrink your fabric. One way to do that is to wash it at the same setting you intend to use on the finished garment. Here is a way to do it in the tumble dryer. Iron your fabric before you start. Don’t use too hot iron, and very little or no steam. Otherwise you can stain your fabric. Like this: Sandwich your fabric between 2 sheets of pattern paper og or other paper large enough. This will make the silk easier to cut as it will not shift and slip away from your scissor in the same way.   Iron your pattern before putting it on[…]

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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.[…]

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[…]

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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[…]