FESA FO: The knit pencil skirt

 

Burdastyle pencil skirt

Serger Love

Imagine that. I have a serger again. My serger broke, slowly but steadily during the winter months, and since February I have been without. When it finally did break all together, I feared it was nothing to be done, so I delayed taking it to the shop, because I was afraid of what they would find. When I finally found the nerve to deliver it though, it took them a week, and then it was good as new!

To celebrate my newly homecoming serger, I splurged on some knits. I know my last post was all about stash busting, but my knit stash was basically non-excisting, and so I decided to get some nice and warm knits for fall.

First Fall Make

My first make this autumn was this pretty and practical pencil skirt, the pattern is BurdaStyle 07-2012-120. It´s a pattern I have made once before, and the skirt I made then has seen lots of wear.

An old trusty friend

Since I had made this once before, I pretty much knew what to expect. The biggest difference is of course my fabric choice. While my last version was in a steady cotton sateen without any stretch (from Offset Warehouse), this version, I made in a ponte double knit I found at Rainbow Tekstil here in Oslo. This particular fabric had a high viscose rayon content compared to polyester, which is something I prefer. The lower poly-content, the better, in my opinion.

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Curved darts

My favorite part of this skirt pattern is perhaps the front darts. They are as you can see from the tech- drawing, and not so much in the bright sunlight in the picutre above, curved. This makes for a particularly flattering waist design, in my opinion.

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Woven fabric pattern for knits

I really wanted the structure and stability that I love in a woven garment, all tangled up with the cosy-ness and comfort you get with a knit. That´s why I chose a pattern for wovens, with darts and a back seam, instead of just stitching up a tube, although it would have been easier.

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Conclusion

To conclude – this is a new favorite! It´s perfect for biking, it´s warm and cozy but at the same time elegant enough for work. Since the pictures were taken, I have made one slight adjustment, and that is to take it in a pinch in the waistline, as it was little too big. How is your September sewing coming along?

 

7 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. :-)

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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 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…

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 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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