Burda 7580 knit dress

Burda 7580 knit dress

The dress I want to show you today, is one I made earlier this Autumn. I came across this cartoon fabric in a textile store in Fredrikstad, and just had to have it. It’s a rather thin cotton jersey or maybe viscose, but the important thing for me was the print – Black and white cartoon squares taken from several cartoons I used to read in my teens. Among them: Modesty Blaise. So basically, this dress is a grown up version of some of the t-shirts and dresses I’ve made for my kids the last year. Burda 7580 knit dress Because the fabric was such a lightweight jersey, I knew straight away that I needed to line the dress. So I bought some plain, white jersey at the same time. I even found the pattern in the same store. The pattern is Burda 7580 -an “easy pattern” with only two pattern pieces: One front and one back. I believe the pattern is meant for more heavy weight knits, and I’m sure that would suit the shape very well too. Here is how the pattern looks on the envelope. The regular adjustments I made my regular changes to the flat pattern: which is to lengthen the torso and do a sway back adjustment, and also the forward tilted shoulder adjustment. In this kind of loose dress I decided that I didn’t bother to make up a muslin. And truth be told I would have had enough fabric left to do up another one in the same fabric should[…]

Striped Moneta top

Striped Moneta top

As I may have mentioned a time or two. The Moneta dress pattern from Colette patterns are one of my go-to patterns for comfy knit dresses. I like it so much that this summer I decided to make it into a top as well.   In my stash I had a small piece of diagonally striped jersey that has been there since last november. It wasn’t much, only 75 cm – the last of the roll when I bought it. But it was so beautiful that I had to have it. Even if it weren’t much I could do with that little fabric. Still, I thought I could combine it with so other fabric or make a crop top or something. And that is how the Moneta dress pattern came into the picture. The top half of the Moneta pattern would make a lovely crop top. So I tried it. But when it came down to it I really don’t like to show my belly anymore, and I don’t have that many high waisted trousers/skirts. So I decided to ad a piece to the bottom for a bit more coverage. This was simple enough, but to make it more interesting (and make the most of my small piece of fabric I decided to do the bottom piece on cross grain. That way the stripes would go the other way, making a cool effect. Luckily the fabric has a bit of stretch in that direction to, though it’s not a full 4-way stretch fabric.   I[…]

The new season of DSSM

The new season of DSSM

Hi. I just popped in to tell you that the new season of “Det Store Symesterskapet”(DSSM) is starting tomorrow. If you live in Norway, did you watch it last year? (For you guys who haven’t heard about it, it’s the Norwegian version of the great British Sewing bee and I won the last season.) I must say I really look forward to seeing how the producers have developed the show since last year. This year they have decided to bring in guest judges among other things.  It will be fun to compare it to the last season, when I spent two wonderful weeks in the contest.  And fun to guess who the winner will be as I don’t know what will happen when it airs this time. I think I already have a favourite, but I won’t tell you who. 😉 will you watch it with me on Monday? Here is a link to the press release. It airs on Mondays on NRK 1 at 19:45 Oh, and by the way.  I have no affiliation with the new season, and have received no compensation for writing about the show. Nor will I. As always I give you the world as I see it.  

Bright red Moneta Dress

Bright red Moneta Dress

Hi again This time I have a fairly simple dress to show you: My super comfy, bright red Moneta Dress from Colette Patterns.     I have made the Moneta Dress pattern several times before. It’s my go-to-pattern for staple dresses. They are so quick to sew up, and so comfortable to wear, and I love the fact that they got pockets. I love to have pockets in my dresses.   Before making this Moneta dress though, I tried to put together one i striped jersey; just using my regular pattern pieces, and discovered to my horror that it came out way too small -I’m talking two whole sizes too small. Apparently I have gained a bit of weight (And also the striped jersey had very little stretch). So, there was nothing for it, I had to retrace the pattern in a bigger size (M this time). -and of course do all my regular adjustments once again. But because I’m a lazy woman I only retraced the bodice pattern pieces and reused my old skirt pattern pieces. It means a tiny bit less flare, but no big deal. I have a few standard adjustments that I always have to do. These are: lengthening the bodice by 4 cm, adjusting for forward tilting shoulders, and a swayback adjustment. But, because I always do them I didn’t mock up a sample afterwards. I more or less knew how the fit would be. (If you look at the photo of the back you might notice that the sway back[…]

Jutland pants from Thread Theory

Jutland pants from Thread Theory

Hi there. I haven’t been blogging much lately, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sewing. I have quite a backlog of garments I want to show you. And I’ll start with the newest garment I made: a pair of pants for my husbands birthday: Jutland pants from Thread Theory. I have previous made him a pair of Jutland pants, -my first sewing project in 2015, and still unblogged (shame on me). That time I made version 1 and as it was winter, I lined them as well. They turned out ok, but are far from his favourite pants.   The pattern This time he wanted me to make V2 view, but after we discussed it a bit, we decided that I wouldn’t use the actual Jutland pants pattern pieces, but that of Burda 7022 instead. The reason being that these were a much better fit, and it meant that I didn’t have to use a lot of time adjusting the fit of the Jutland. Of course that would have been fine too, but would take longer. And I really wanted to make this a quick project – or as quick you can when you are talking about trousers with lots of pockets and reinforcements. They were for his birthday after all. So, the pant pattern itself is Burda, but all the details are from the Jutland pants, and I also followed the instructions from Thread Theory. I found them to be clear and easy to follow.   And in other details The fabric used is something I[…]

Summer wedding dress

Summer wedding dress

And finally , here is the much awaited blogpost about the wedding dress I made. If you’ve been reading my blog earlier you might have read that I was in a wedding in May. This was kind of a special wedding for me, because I made the wedding dress for the bride, and also the ties for the whole male wedding party in addition to something I myself could wear to the event. Here is what I made: 1 yellow silk satin wedding dress for the bride 7 yellow silk satin ties to match 3 off-white shawls for the bride and bridesmaids 1 lavender silk dress for myself 1 lavender silk vest for my husband (already blogged about here) 1 lavender silk bowtie for my husband (already blogged about. Pls see above link)   Summer wedding dress The work with the wedding dress started already at Christmas time, when my cousin approached me and asked if I would make the dress for her wedding. After giving it some thought I accepted. After all, it’s a big task taking on to make someone’s wedding dress – something I haven’t done since my own wedding back in 2006. If you want to read more about the patternmaking and the first part of the dress making I blogged about it here. The dress is made in the most slippery silk satin you can imagine, and was everything but easy to assemble as the whole dress is made on the true bias. I was afraid that the seams would break,[…]

Svevende hatter / hats on display

Svevende hatter / hats on display

Yesterday I took a trip to Bogstad gård (or Bogstad Manor in English), together with my family. A beautiful estate in the countryside about 20 min. outside Oslo. The reason for the trip (besides that it was a lazy Saturday with lovely weather) was to see the hat exhibition they have there at present. The title of the sales exhibition is: “Svevende hatter” and it runs until 21st of June 2015.   Svevende hatter The lovely ladies Mona and  Ellen let me take some photos of the stunning hats and displays, so I could show them to you. I think I got some nice photos even if I only had the camera on my phone with me. (I have lost the memory card to my Canon digital camera and haven’t gotten around to getting a new one.) Be warned, this is a photo heavy blog post. The exhibition is held in a old “stabbur” (an outhouse used for storing meat and other foods in the old days), which lends itself beautiful to the setting and gives a rustic quality to the whole thing. But, be warned, if you go to see the exhibition that this also means that it’s a bit chilly inside.   Hats on display The hat I liked the most was this red satin and black lace 1920’s hat. I got to try it on, but it was a little too big for me. Also, it was privately owned and not for sale. But, as it was so lovely I might get inspired enough to make my own version. I remember seeing[…]

The most horrible of things

Hello. Today I was supposed to blog about the wedding dress I made for my cousin, but the most horrible of things has happened. I HAVE LOST THE MEMORY CARD FROM MY CAMERA.(!) I really really hope it will turn up again, but if not I will have to get someone else to send me their photos from the wedding, so I at least have some photos to show you. So, this brief posting is only to let you know what has happened, and that I’m working on it. And hopefully I can soon publish my piece about the yellow summer wedding dress. To be continued…

Silk dress for a wedding

Silk dress for a wedding

This last weekend I attended my cousin’s wedding at the west coast of Norway. It was a lovely wedding in a beautiful place called Luster, situated at the edge of one of the Norwegian fjords. The bride was a lovely sight in her buttercup yellow wedding dress ( which I made), and her fiansè in his grey suit and yellow tie (one of seven ties also made by me). But, those garments deserves their very own blog post, and I will talk about that another day. Today I want to show you what I was wearing to the wedding: A Butterick B5317 in lavender coloured Thai silk. Fabric for my silk dress The fabric was bought at my favourite silk “dealer” in Norway: Morbaertreet. They have no store, and no website, and are therefore a bit of a trade secret, but they have the loveliest silk you can imagine. I first heard of Morbaertreet when I was still in school, and I remember buying the silk for my own wedding dress there when I got married back in 2008. (Another garment on my blogging list). Butterick B5317 once again. The pattern for the lavender dress I wore this last weekend is my well tried Butterick B5317 pattern (I have three dresses so far), and this time I raised the front neck drop to almost none existent. I was after the boat neck look in front, while keeping the scooped back, and this turned out great. I love the fact that the back neck drop is low, but not[…]

My Me-Made-May’15: the pledge

My Me-Made-May’15: the pledge

So, I decided to take part in the Me-Made-May challenge this year. If you haven’t heard of it you can click on the button to the right to read more. This is the first time I take part in the challenge, and I’m rather excited about it. My Me-Made-May’15 pledge: I, Anne Lyth, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least 1 selfmade piece of clothing each day for the duration of May 2015   I have more than a few me-made garments by now, but as my body has changed quite a bit during the last 12 months a lot of don’t actually fit any more. The goal is to find out what gaps I have to fill in my wardrobe to once again be able to wear homemade garments most days of the week from now and into summer. With a fulltime job and two kids and husband it’s not always so easy to find time to sew to myself, but if I can uncover the gaps hopefully the things I do get to make for myself will be successful and not hit-and-miss. I believe the Me-Made-May’15 can help me with that. I will try to post so photos on Instagram of the garments I wear, – though probably not every day. And at the end of the month I will hopefully have a sewing plan for summer ready to share with you, together with the insights I got during the month.   If you too are participating I[…]

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