Knitted Eira jacket/ Eirajakke

Knitted Eira jacket/ Eirajakke

I know that this is a sewing blog, but today I have a knitted garment to show you. My Eira jacket or Eirajakke as it’s called in Norwegian. The reason I’m showing you the sweater, is because I get a lot of questions about it. If you watched “Det Store Symesterskapet” on NRK1 this autumn you will have seen it, as I wore it in several of the episodes. (For those of you not familiar with Det Store Symesterskapet: It’s the Norwegian version of the BBC show “The great British sewing bee”.) The cardigan is actually the first (and only) sweater with a multi colour pattern I have made for myself. Favourite cardigan I have an old knitted cardigan in my closet, that I got when an old aunt died some years ago. I absolutely loved that cardigan, and literally wore it to bits. I had to find a replacement. Eirajakke & Pickles yarn When I came across the Eirajakke in a booklet from Nostebarn, I decided that this was the pattern I had been looking for. Nostebarn also sells yarn, and it would have been natural to buy the yarn needed from them. But no. I wanted a certain look for my cardigan, and had already blinked out Pickles Merino Tweed, a tweed yarn from Pickles.no. I can’t say that the yarn was a joy to knit with, not by a long shot, but I liked the texture on the finished result. I’m to the fastest of knitters, and it took me maybe a couple of months to finish[…]

Mustard Jenna Cardi

Mustard Jenna Cardi

Hi. Here in Norway the winter has come for sure. Just look at the weather outside my window as I type this. Winter for me means wool. I will wear nothing but wool during the winter season if I can. Today I have a wool cardigan to show you. The pattern: Jenna Cardi from Muse patterns.   Customizing the Jenna Cardi pattern I have made this pattern twice. The second jacket, which is the one I will show you today, is the hip length version with long sleeves (variation A, bottom). To make the cardigan a little less plain I decided to make it with pleated sleeve heads. I searched a while in my patten books and found out how to do it in Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear by Winifred Aldrich. Here is what I did: First I made an horizontal line across the sleeve head above the marks. I then cut the top of the sleeve head into four sections and pulled them up and away from each other. I drew in the new outer line and marked the gaps on the pattern piece. I must admit I forgot about the fact that the pattern already had the seam allowance counted in, so I didn’t make the gaps as big as they should have been. Still, I got some of the effect I was after, and so I’m happy.   I also did my usual pattern changes: lengthening the upper body with 4 cm, and adjusted shoulder seams for forward tilting shoulders.[…]

Butterick B5317 dress

Butterick B5317 dress

Butterick B5317 At the beginning of 2014 I decided to do something about my wardrobe. It was time to throw out a lot of the clothes in my closet and instead focus on having a smaller number of key garments that I could mix and match. I will not tell you here about how the project ended ( if it indeed did. I’m not too sure..), but I want to show off one of the first dresses I made last year. The dress was part of a dresses sew-along in an Norwegian online community called “Sykroken.no” and the pattern I used was Butterick B5317 by Maggy London. The pattern I don’t remember where I bought the pattern any longer, but I think it was from an online pattern store. Butterick B5317 is a dress with a no sleeves/caped sleeves option, and a low cut neck opening for both back and front, an empire waist. The skirt has lots of big pleats that are sewn shut from the empire waistline and down to about the true waist, which gives you a slender waist and a full skirt at the same time. The pattern is labeled Very Easy, which I’m sure is correct as long as you stick to the recommended fabrics. The fabric I used I have a tendency lately to go for more advanced fabrics, but for this dress I didn’t. I used a wool/viscose blend that has a nice body and drape to it. I bought the fabric from Stoff&Stil, but as it has been a year, it’s no longer[…]

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[…]

Silk Sencha blouse

Silk Sencha blouse

Hi and welcome. Today I have a real treat for you. A blouse I made early in 2014. A blouse in a beautiful red, sandwashed silk. This blouse has been one of my favourite tops to wear this last year. This silk blouse was my second encounter with the slippery’est of silks – charmeuse. This particular silk was bought at Stoff&Stil, and the quality seems to be ok. The blouse pattern The pattern I used was the Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns. I bought the pattern because I thought it looked cute, and that it would make a nice “office” blouse. I decided to go for the version 2, with neck darts and buttoned back. Making a muslin Before cutting into my silk I decided to make a muslin. I took some cheap cotton canvas and made a sample to check the fit. The fabric wasn’t the best of choices, as the it had close to no drape at all. The result was less than flattering to say the least. This sort of put me off, as I wasn’t quite sure how to fix the issues I found. But in the end I decided to go for it anyways. And I’m so glad I did. The changes I made to the pattern. I’m a swayback person, and the lower back is the one place I have to change for (almost) all patterns I make. For this pattern it was pretty easy. I just used the same darts at the back as on the front. The second change I made was to widen[…]

Different aspects of sewing

Different aspects of sewing

Hi, and welcome to my blog. Today I want to talk about the different aspects of sewing. About why I do what I do, and my reasons behind it all.   How I got started When I started sewing i didn’t much think about the “why”. I wanted a creative education, and it was a fun thing to learn how to do.  After getting my degree and finding a job I put away sewing for a couple of years,  doing other creative things like knitting or drawing and even some silver work in my free time. Then when I started up again it was because I was pregnant and wanted my baby to have clothes I had made myself. I rediscovered the “fun” of sewing, but it also had an added value in the fact that I felt that I could somehow transfer the love I had for my baby into the garments I made for her.  So now I had two reasons for sewing. But still it was an infrequent pastime. My husband has always wanted me to sew for him, but for a long while I was reluctant to do so. Not because I didn’t want him to wear something that I had made, but because I thought it was hard. It is of course different from making children’s garments, but when you begin in the right end, not that much harder. As the years passed I decided to give it a go. As a start I sewed him a silk shirt which he loved and[…]