Wishing you a Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Hi. I just popped in to write the last posting for 2014. This year has been an exciting one for me. Being in Det Store Symesterskapet (the Norwegian version of The great British sewing bee) , changing workplace and starting this blog to mention some of the things I have been through. From all the experiences I have learned a lot. Among other things I have learned a little bit more about what makes me ME. I have also learned to sew with a tight time frame and how a TV production works. And I have made some new friends along the way. Without starting on an Oscar speech or anything, I want to say thank you to the people closest to me for the support you have given me this year. You made it possible for me to do the things I wanted to do. All honor to you for that. And I want to thank you guys, the people that stopped by to read my blog. I hope to have you visiting again in 2015, and will do my best to fill this space with meaningful content, making it worth your time. In the end on January/ beginning of February the book from Det Store Symesterskapet will be published by Tine Solheim on Cappelen Damm. I don’t really know that much about the project, as I haven’t been a part of it, but the book will contain 33 of the in total 99 pieces of clothing and accessory we made on the show. I[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Burda 7022 Mens trousers

Burda 7022 Mens trousers

Today I want to show you the Bunda 7022 trousers I made for my man last year. It the brown trousers you could see in the posting about this wool vest last week. The fabric A few years ago (or a little more than that) my mother in law came back from a holiday with a few fabrics for me. One of them was a beautiful wool-cashmere fabric in dark brown. My husband wanted me to make him a pair of trousers with it. It has taken me a while, but they are finally finished. The Burda 7022 pattern He wanted classic suit style pair of trousers. The first pattern I found was the Vogue 2836 mens suit pattern.I started tracing the pattern of the trousers to make the muslin, but got discouraged by all the pattern pieces. I lay the project dead for a while. This was about 6 years ago. 😛 Then last year I found a new pattern that seemed a lot more promising. It was the Burda 7022. It too is a suit style trouser, but a bit more modern. The style has a single pleat in front, a double welt pocket at the backside and two different options for leg width. My man chose option A. The making. This time I managed to stay inspired, and finished the trousers in a week or two. I don’t really have all that much sewing time each day . I made a muslin to check the fit. There were very few adjustments I had to do. The size 48[…]

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.[…]

Wool vest for my husband

Wool vest for my husband

It’s time to show you another make for my husband. I’m so lucky that I have a husband that’s proud of my hobby and all the time comes up with new projects he wants me to make. Lately I love making clothes for him as he usually loves them and they get a lot of wear. Menswear presents other challenges for me, as they often are more classic and rule-bound. (I know Walter), there are exceptions, of course. 😉 This time he wanted me to make him a vest, or waistcoat if you will. The pattern  The pattern is  Burda # 7799, that I bought through Fagert.se -one of the on-line pattern sites I like to order from. The pattern comes with several different views, but my man wanted the classic collar view (a). Taking the measurements and controlling the pattern pieces I decided to go down a size from the recommended, and made the smallest size. Tracing the pattern I discovered that the pattern was without lining -something that’s fine if you make a denim style vest with topstitching, but just won’t do with a classic gentleman’s waistcoat in wool and satin. Making the lining wasn’t really a problem. The backside pieces I could just make in double set, and the front had a front facing. I traced the front piece one extra time and subtracted the shape of the front facing omitting the dart in the process. No need for a dart when it can be “lost” between the front lining and the front[…]

My finished biker jacket!

My finished biker jacket!

My finished biker jacket! Finally. I have attached the cuffs and sewed the opening in the lining, and now I’m done. Heres a brief account of some of the troubles I had in making this jacket, in addition to photos of the finished garment of course. The two post I made on the progress you can find here and here.  First times second This is the first time I make a lined jacket, and the second time I’ve sewn any jacket at all. The first time was the velvet jacket I made on Det Store Symesterskapet last week. You can read about that one here, but for now lets focus on the biker jacket at hand. Pattern corrections As I said, -first time I made a fully lined jacket. The pattern I used wasn’t really that good for the task, as it was meant as a thin summer jacket style in raw silk as I told you about in my first “in progress” posting on the project. I used the next largest size (40) when making my toile, and as expected it proved too small. Not always so easy to listen to ones inner self. 😉 Instead of then tracing the the biggest size, as I should have, I decided to go with the size I had already cut out and enlarge it. I made a real hack’n’slash job out of it I’m afraid, and of course then the fit proved to be rather less than desirable once assembled. For one, I made it way too big. Corrections, more corrections I took[…]

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[…]