Why not try and make a plan and then stick to it?

the making of a plan

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I went through my yarn stash recently. Since I no longer knit much (because of some neck/back issues), I thought it wise to free up some space by letting go of some of my yarn. That felt really good. So this morning I went through my fabric stash. Now, not so long ago I went through my fabric stash and gave away lots of silks/wools/cottons that I had been saving little scraps of. So my stash does now mostly consist of actual meterage (for the most part 1 meter or more).

Fabric with a plan


I love my stash. It´s colorful, diverse and it almost exclusively consist of natural fibers (the exceptions are fabric left over from projects sewn for others). Sadly, so much of it is just floating around without a plan. I have over the years tended to buy “bargains”, not knowing exactly what to make of it, but still buying in the right colors/fiber content/weight. So today I made a plan. I will, over the course of the next six months try to sew up two three pieces of stash fabric every month. Considering my personal sewing record (I think it was 80 items during 2011), I am not overly concerned about not being able to sew all of this in six months, but I do wary the need for eighteen new garments in my wardrobe. Some things, like for instance a couple of new special occasion dresses, are clearly gone missing, but other stuff, like more skirts, are harder to justify. So I guess, if I am adding eighteen new garments to my wardrobe, I need to let go of eighteen old ones that I don´t use anymore.


Sewing with a plan

sewing with a plan delfinelise

As those of you who have followed my sewing adventures for a while are aware of-  I love a good plan. Whether or not I really stick to it, is more up to question. It doesn´t really matter for me if I make everything on my lists, because for me, the plan is more like an excellent way of getting my creativity going, and some more sewing done. How much of the initial plan that gets a life as an actual garment, is not as important as the will to sew. So without further ado, here´s my plan:


My fabric choices:

Kollage 1

As you can see I am not really keeping to one specific color combo or anything like that. I have chosen my fabric with a couple of things in mind

  • The need for a garment like that
  • How long the fabric has been in my stash
  • Do I feel excited about this project
  • Is it seasonally appropriate

All arguments, are in my opinion equally important. There is no point in trying to force myself to make something from a fabric I don´t feel excited about. And the winters are long here in Norway, so it´s good to make garments that I can get a use for in the upcoming months. When I look through my picks, I notice that the fabric, more or less, falls into two categories. Fairly new acquisitions , and rather old ones. This is important for me, because the fairly new ones have been bought with specific needs in mind, like work attire, or to replace something that is worn out. The selection of old fabric is simply because I really love them, and would like to see them made into something pretty.  For each project I finish, I will try to tell you a story about the fabric, and why I got it, hopefully accompanied by pictures of the finished projects. Here´s to hoping!


Kollage 2



fall essentials sewalong

Sewing is more fun, though, if it is done together, so I am hereby registering myself as a participant of this years edition of the Fall Essentials Sew-Along.  It kickstarts September 1st, so that is the perfect timing for me. Thank you again, Sarah for being awesome and taking the initiative for this.

9 Responses to Why not try and make a plan and then stick to it?

  1. Hooray! I love sewing plans! I find I end not making anything wearable if I don’t use a plan. Your fabrics are lovely – what a rich, delightful colour scheme.

    So happy you’re joining FESA this year!

  2. Oooh, exciting plans! I’ve just about put together a plan for the pieces I want to make over autumn and winter, although how many I’ll get done remains to be seen!

  3. I like you idea tha Plan can be just a way for inspiration!! I am going to look through my stash and make my warm sewing plan too! But I should finish some summer stuff before(even if summer is almost done).

    • Hey! I found your replies in the spam filter. So sorry about that, sometimes Akismet is working too hard, I guess…
      I am looking forward both to seeing your finished summer sewing, and your winter plans. :)

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Lekala – my experience

First of all – thank you all for the thoughtful words regarding my missing dresses. I knew you´d understand. Still no sign of them, but if they show up, you´ll be the first to know. For the last year or so, I have more and more become smitten by Lekala, the pattern company that claimsContinue Reading…

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  1. Wow! I have not heard of this company and I’m very, very curious! No fit issues?! I can’t even imagine! I’m off to check them out!

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Handmade dresses gone missing.

I lost two handmades today. And I feel a little sad. Two of my concert dresses has gone missing. I brought them onboard with me on the train from Oslo to Bergen, but they were´nt there when I was leaving the train. Stealing a costume bag with unknown contents seems to me a strange move.Continue Reading…

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  1. You must be gutted – so much work goes into a beautiful handmade dress; if only the thief had stolen some mass produced technology instead! Could the costume bag *possibly* have been picked up by accident? I’m sure you’ve looked at all the possibilities, but I hope they somehow come back to you in perfect shape.

    • Thanks for the kind suggestions! I truly hope it’s just an accident, but all the clues are pointing in a different direction. I have checked with lost and found but nothing yet. I keep my hopes up though, as my business card was in the bag. If it was an accident, they have my contact info.

  2. Oh Solvi, how horrible! All that work gone. However I’m in total agreement with you on continuing to trust people as it’s a much healthier way to live than being cynical and thinking the worst. I hope these dresses come back to you.

    • Thank you Kathryn, I truly feel that it´s the only way to think about this. There is already so much hatred in the world, I don´t want to add to that account. :-)

  3. Ah, I am sad your dresses were taken (and like you, somewhat surprised too. Not what you would expect to be stolen). I admire your attitude and determination not to let what has happened dim your view of human nature.

    • Yeah, that´s the thing – I just couldn´t believe they were gone. I hope it was a mistake, and that they will turn up. :)

  4. I’m sorry, Solvi! It’s such an unsettling thing, being stolen from. I appreciate your beautiful attitude and hope that your dresses find a good home, either back with you or someone else if they are indeed gone.

  5. I’m sorry to hear this. I’m really bummed for you. I hope that the dresses turn up. Being a victim of theft is such a betrayal of trust.

  6. That is such awful news, and I am so sorry to hear it, Solvi! and yes, absolutely nothing like losing a store bought thing at all. I think only those of us who sew for ourselves really understand what losing your lovely thoughtful handiwork would feel like.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Carolyn. I feel that too, that you guys are the only ones who truly can understand. Thank you.

  7. I am so sad for you. I hope your dresses are not really gone, or if they are they find somewhere nice and are appreciated. I do not understand people who steal from others, it is a really unpleasant thing to do.

  8. Sølvi, this is so sad to hear. Even when I can recreate an item, I always feel the huge loss of something if I created it from scratch. Obviously I hope you can call the train company and find that the dresses have been returned by someone who picked them up on accident, but if not, I wish you tons of joy and fun as you remake them.

    • Thanks Regina for the kinds words. And thanks for the good wishes. I am at this moment printing out a PDF for a new dress pattern. I know I´ll have tons of fun making it! :-)

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5 Responses to How To Make an Hawaiian Quilt.

  1. This looks like it will be lovely Solvi! I’ve never seen this technique before. I hope you’re enjoying your time in a different part of Norway – sounds very tranquil!

  2. This looks really interesting, I had never heard of Hawaiian quilting before. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result!

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Me Made May 2014 – a review.

    Another Me-Made-May is over, another lesson learned. As always I had a wonderful time, enjoying the company of all the brilliant participants, and I would like to say thank you for all the lovely comments and likes I received. You guys are the bestest! In retrospect, I see that my ambitions for thisContinue Reading…

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  1. MMMay 4 lyf!!!! You always look sooooo amazing, colourful and vibrants and you are a total inspiration for so many others. You have so many fabulous separates, I’m not surprised you want to layer up as many of them as possible! Your new bomber jacket is super cool. I agree, it’s so fun to see other sewers around the world in different climates, with different styles etc. xxx

    • Yay! Thank you Zoe – it´s such a treat to participate each year, you are doing an amazing job hosting! :) And thanks for your concern – my neck is something I have to live with, and try to monitor it as much as I can. Luckily sewing is never a problem (thank goodness), so it´s mostly the documenting part that it affects. :-)

  2. Oh and sorry you have neck problems. I hope they sort themselves out quickly and don’t hinder your creating or blogging any further

  3. I love your photo collage, so bright and colourful. The Heather top looks great and versatile.plus I love the red trousers and the yellow trousers. Great style! X

  4. I love your photo collage, so bright and colourful. The Heather top looks great and versatile.plus I love the red trousers and the yellow trousers. Great style! X

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FO: Wool Fleece Jacket

Last summer we went to visit my family who have a cottage on a remote island off the coast of North-Western Norway. This is a place where summer is defined not by temperature, but by availability (the island is more or less unavailable during the winter months because of weather), so bringing some practical garments wasContinue Reading…

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  1. I love the jacket – such a great colour. The island looks fascinating. And I like your colour sense so much in the last picture :) x

    • Thank you so much . It´s a wonderful place, unfortunately I don´t to go there very often. But it´s so peaceful and lovely!

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4 Responses to Tamanegi- Kobo Heather: Peace!

  1. I love the grey tee with red skirt – a great combination. The Heather looks very versatile. Your skirt reminds me to get out my green version of that Vogue pattern :) xx

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Me Made May 2014

It´s that time of the year. My favorite holiday (IMO MMM is an holiday): Me Made May! Are you excited? I am excited. So. Last year my resolution looked a little something like this: “I, Sølvi of delfinelise.com, endeavor to wear only me-mades throughout the month of May 2013 (with the exception of tights, footwear, national costume andContinue Reading…

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  1. What a great challenge – it’s brilliant that you’ve thought it through so clearly. I can’t wait to see what you wear :)

  2. What a well-thought-out pledge, Sølvi, and an intriguing post. Thank you for reminding me about the Couture Dress class. I bought it but haven’t watched/sewn it yet. Perhaps it will help me to slow down and be more methodical as well. I’m really looking forward to your ensembles, particularly your you-made accessories. See you on Flickr!!

    • Thanks Shelley! I actually watch Craftsy-classes like I do Netflix…when need a little break from work.:) looking forward to seeing you on Flickr!:)

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Sew Dolly Clackett – My Contribution.

I met both Roisin and Nic once, last year while visiting London – both terrific people. So when I learned the news that they were getting married, and that Sarah would host a Sew- Along, the excitement was pretty big. Sarah – you are a genius (and thank goodness you didn´t quit blogging all together)!Continue Reading…

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  1. Oh this has immediately leapt into my top five dolly clackett inspired makes … A oerfect fitting dress in an avalanche of colour. Love it.

  2. I love it! I’ve got that fabric with the black background and I was thinking of something similar it’s great to see how it looks. The dress looks amazing and is fab on you.

  3. This fabric!! I love it Solvi! You’re really captured the fun of Roisin’s style as well as the great fit. Where did you take the photos? That porch or balcony looks lovely.

  4. Truly beautiful, Sølvi! I love that siren print, and you nailed the Anna bodice. (I’m still fighting it, but I will prevail). It was a great idea to make it with a circle skirt. The colors are stunning!

    • Thanks Shelley! The bodice didn´t give me any headaches for once, usually I have to do a FBA, but not on this for some reason. Good luck on yours! :)

  5. Hey, you really suit being a redhead. I like it! Aaaah I love this dress so much! I considered buying the mermaids fabric but was unsure because of the scale of the print, but you have proved that it works fabulously. Thank you so much for your kind wishes, and for taking part and I hope Nic and I will be able to raise a glass with you and Anders again in the future xxx

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