Nightdress from Det Store Symesterskapet

Nightdress from Det Store Symesterskapet

Today I’m gonna share with you the most recent garment I made, a nightdress. It’s the same pattern that we used in the semi finals: the Nightdress from Det Store Symesterskapet.   The Nightdress pattern The pattern is from Det Store Symesterskapet book, but as there are no instructions for the pattern in the book, I was glad I had made it once before. If you have the book and want to try out the pattern I have listed the different steps I used below. Please note that all the patterns in the book are excluding seam allowances, so you will have to add that when you trace the pattern. I chose to make french seams on the center back seam and the side seams. If you don’t want to do that there are several other ways to finish the seam allowance when you sew the seams: overlock seams, zigzag, etc. To get the best possible result, all the vertical seams should be sewn from the bottom and up. This is to avoid any twisting of the seams. You can also baste the pieces together first if you want to make sure the fabric don’t slip. As a bonus this allows you to try the nightdress on for fitting before sewing the seams once and for all. I also suggest that you press the seams gently after each operation to get the best result. If you need any other tips on sewing with silk, I have written about the tricks I use here. How to sew the[…]

My AOH Copenhagen trip

My AOH Copenhagen trip

I know, it’s been a few weeks since I went on the trip to Alt om Håndarbejde fair in Copenhagen, but better late than never, right? This will be a rather long posting, with lots of photos. Consider yourself warned. 😉    Leaving Oslo The trip started on Thursday afternoon at the Oslo Central Station area where we all met up at Egon restaurant. A lot of the people had flown in from other parts of the country, making Oslo city center a good place to meet. A quick taxi trip later we where on the docks, ready to get onboard the boat to Copenhagen, Denmark. After leaving our luggage in our rooms we went one of the conference rooms for a glass of bubbles and some fun and games. Sadly no food.. 😉 The boat left Oslo at around 17:00, and with a dinner reservation at 21:00 we got time to get plenty hungry. Sadly for me, when we finally sat down to eat the shock of food in my stomach, along with the less than calm sea sent me straight to bed. Still, no worries, as that meant I was fresh and up for breakfast early on Friday morning. The AOH Copenhagen fair There was a minibus waiting for us on the docks and it drove us straight to the fair grounds, arriving just as the fair opened. We now had 7 hours of Arts & Crafts and lots, lots of shopping in front of us. After going inside I hardly glimpsed the others, just[…]

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[…]

Easy knit pencil skirt

Easy knit pencil skirt

I know I’m a little later than usual with this blogpost. The reason was that I went on a trip to Copenhagen together with a whole bunch of sewing enthusiast this last weekend. The goal for the trip: The “Alt om Håndarbeide messe” (Arts & Crafts fair) they were holding. But more on that in a later blogpost. Today I want to show you my yellow pencil skirt, as seen together with the Eirajakke in my last posting. The Easy knit pencil skirt pattern: The skirt pattern is the elastic skirt from the book “Gertie sews vintage casual”. It’s called Easy Knit Pencil Skirt. Because my fabric was a plain boiled wool fabric I decided to do something about the model to make it a little more exciting. I cut the front pattern piece in two lengthwise, and made panel seams along the front. In the back I made a kick pleat similar to the one on the Mabel skirt from Colette Patterns. Other than that I just made a slight adjustment at top of center back seam, as I have a sway back. Assembly of the skirt I overlocked/serged all the seams, and then did a elastic topstitch seam on the panel seams and center back seam on my regular sewing machine. Even if these topstitch seams are vertical, I thought it was best to make the seams elastic. I have more than once had to go back and fix seams on garments I have sewn because I didn’t make them elastic enough the first time around. Breaking seams are[…]