FO: Ginger jeans

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Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files. What´s left to say? Everybody´s been raving about them, and I for one knew in the instance I saw them, that I needed them. Knowing that Heather Lou makes the bestest patterns, from making a couple of Netties, I knew I was in safe hands.

 

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The perfect fit

Last year I finally understood how trousers are supposed to fit. You might think that I am a little daft for not understanding that until my 32nd year, but the reason is simple. I have always thought that fitted trousers and jeans are supposed to be slightly uncomfortable, and I have for that reason always preferred skirts, or  wide legged trousers. So what made me change my experience? Long Tall Sally. If you don´t know about LTS (apart from the Little Richard hit song), it is a shop specifically designed for tall women. Every time we go abroad, my very tall man always hunts down the big&tall departments and shops . Well, last time we were in London, I thought it might be a good idea to try the same. I needed some black jeans, and I didn´t really have the time to make a pair. I am sure glad I made that decision. Once I tried on a pair of jeans at LTS, I all of a sudden understood that I never had a pair of well- fitting jeans or slim trousers in my life! It was an epiphany-like moment.

 

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Just a liiiiiittle too tight in the waistband area…

Changes and adjustments

I brought back my new black jeans, and the will to crack the crotch curve code, and during the last months, I have learned exactly what to adjust on a pattern to make them fit me. I took this new knowledge with me, and adjusted Ginger Jeans view B, and made them straight up in a delicious blue 6 % stretch denim from SAAB textile here in Oslo. I am pretty pleased. These are the changes I made:

  • I added a couple of cm to the inner seam of the crotch curve
  • I added ca 8 cm to the length

I have been wearing my new fantastic jeans a couple of days and will add the following adjustments for the next pair:

  • Make the rise higher by 3- 4 cm
  • Make the waistband wider
  • Place the back pockets 1-2 cm higher
  • Maybe take out the side seams a smidgen
  • Mark my seams more thoroughly in the pocket/waistband area

 

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Back view…with my very tall man sitting in the background.

 

Sloppy yet happy seamstress

I am very happy with the result, the only issue I had was my not so good markings in the front pocket/side seam/waistband area, which ended up making my side seams a little wonky, and my waist band a little tight. But I know what to be careful of now, so my next pair will have these adjustments incorporated nicely (if I remember to look at my own notes…)

All in all – I am one happy camper, and really, I just can´t wait to see what Heather Lou has in store for us next, her patterns are killing it at the moment!

 

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12 Responses to FO: Ginger jeans

  1. You know, I’d never realised that you are tall! It’s so hard to tell in pictures – for example, I always through Ginger Makes was short like me, but turns out she’s 5″ taller! Your jeans look fabulous, and sounds like you’ve got plans to make the next pair even better. Have you got fabric picked out yet?

    • I know exactly what you mean, I generally imagine people are taller then they are, I don´t know why, really. :) I have so many ideas for then next pair(s), but in my stash right now, I have a mustard-y corduroy and another blue denim, with much for stretch. But I´d love burgundy pair and maybe some white ones for summer?

  2. LOVE THESE! They look so great! I’m thinking I might need to size down on mine because mine are looking a little baggy. Love how yours turned out!

    • Thanks! I always test-wear my jeans before I stitch up the waist band completely, just to see if they will bag out much (and they almost always do).

  3. I’ll have to remove 10cm of lenght from the legs of the gingers! they are on my sewing table right this moment, i am super excited about them! you look fabulous in these! is that view B?

    • Thanks, yup, this is view B, I am thinking of making view A as well, though. Good luck on your gingers, can´t wait to see them! I love all the versions that are out there. :-)

  4. wow these look brilliant! I am
    Loving all the jeans popping up on blogs right now. It would be amazing to have jeans which fitted properly!

    • Thanks Kathryn! It´s actually much easier than I thought. You just need some time and patience for all the topstitching, really. I really do recommend the pattern, though – great instructions!

  5. Wow! I’ve seen a lot of gingers popping up lately but yours are the best fitting ones I’ve seen yet. If I wore skinny jeans I would definitely get this pattern now. Well done!

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8 Responses to FESA FO: The knit pencil skirt

  1. Ooh lovely autumn colour Solvi! It looks great too. I like the idea of using a woven pattern for a knit to get a better shape & fit. I haven’t done much sewing recently except one jersey pencil skirt which sadly went bobbly straight away – think I need to invest in some low poly content ponte too!

    • Thanks, Kathryn. The color was what drew me to this fabric in the first place. Sorry about the bobbly-ness in your skirt, I made one in a knit that was too thin once, but I now use it as a slip for other knit skirts, so it didn´t turn out all that bad after all. :)

  2. Stunning! And ponte double knit – delicious! I have a length of red ponte to make a Lady Skater dress.

    You look fabulous, of course, and are perfectly right about those really cool curved darts. What an interesting design feature :)

    • Thank you! Love to see your Lady Skater stitched up, I´ve made it once, but found it wasn´t for me, regardless of all the beautiful versions that are out there. For me, the Renfrew neckline works better than the one on the Lady Skater. Also, I made it in a rayon jersey that was too slippery for the skirt. It is definitely a good pattern though, and using ponte for it is an excellent idea! :-)

  3. oh la la!! you look stunning! and i love the cut adn darts on this skirt. burda does have some gems… you did an amazing job with the fitting, and the lenght is perfect. super classy, even styled so casually like you did!

    • Thank you! I am a big time burda fan, and this one is a favorite. Actually, I made up another version right after this one, so now I have three. :-)

  4. Ooooh, I like this, it’s gorgeous and looks fantastic on you! Great colour, and I bet it’s so cosy as a knit

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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 claims…Continue 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…

19 Responses to Handmade dresses gone missing.

  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 this…Continue Reading…

6 Responses to Me Made May 2014 – a review.

  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 was…Continue 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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