Fibre research part 1

So I have started my research into my #1year1outfit challenge. It appears that I was correct in assuming that the only fibres to be found locally in Norway is wool and linen. When it comes to wool I have found locally produced fibres of sheep (several different breeds), alpakka and mohair goat. So far I have only found fibre for spinning and yarn. No fabric as of yet. There used to be a online store for buying locally made wool fabric here only a couple of years ago, but as far as I know they closed down after a short period of time. I’m thinking that I will contact the former owner and ask her help in finding out where to turn next. If I’m lucky she will know one or two places I can look for ready made fabric. Even if it turns out that I don’t find ready made wool fabric produced locally in Norway I have a back-up plan for this. And that is of course knitting. I’m an intermediat knitter and it should be no problem for me to knit my self a dress or jacket. But still, it seems like “the easy way out”, and I will first see what I can find. I have also ordered myself a drop spindle, and will try to spin my own yarn made from local short tailed sheep wool. I’ve been reading up on sheep and different breeds, and there are several older sheep breeds that I want to try out. Breeds that[…]

Retro shirt with vintage fabric

Retro shirt with vintage fabric

  Today I want to take a break from the #1year1outfit challenge I’m doing and show you the new shirt I made my husband last week. I have more than a few unblogged garments, but I just couldn’t wait to show you this one. This shirt is somewhat special, as the fabric for it was given to me by our neighbours sister, an 80 year old lady. The fabric is a printed cotton she got from her mother after she died. I have no idea how old the fabric it self is, but it’s a rather thin printed cotton fabric with a nice and soft handfeel. My husband took a liking to the fabric straight away, and asked if I could make him a shirt from it. And of course I could. Pattern trouble I used the same pattern I have used for all his previous shirts. It’s a pattern I drafted for him maybe 8 years ago, and it seems that he has changed a lot in size. Either that, or I have just gotten a lot better at spotting fitting mistakes, because I struggled a lot with the fit across the shoulders and upper arms. In fact it annoyed me so much that I have now purchased the Negroni shirt pattern from Colettes Patterns in the hopes that it will fit better, or at least be a better starting point than my current pattern (This was two days prior to the release of the new Thread Theory shirt pattern, otherwise I might have[…]