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A handmade wardrobe?

Suddenly there were more work than I anticipated. And hence, less time for sewing. Shoulders aching. No more knitting. In April I found myself either too warm, or too cold, not having a proper spring jacket to wear. So I actually went out and bought one, actually two if we´re being honest. And I didn´t stop there. For the first time in years, I planned and purchased several items for my wardrobe. And I´m not feeling guilty about it either. Because, guess what? Buying the things I dreaded sewing, or didn´t have time to sew, freed up time and sewjo to actually make some stuff I´ve been wanting to make. And so I made three dresses in less than a week. And I´ve been using my Fashionary again, planning the makes I want to make.

Of course I didn´t go out and frivolously buy clothes from wherever. I did check the sustainability trail of the chosen brands. And although you never can be 100% certain of a company´s CSR, a lot has happened the last couple of years. More and more brands are being more and more aware, and that is progress, even though it is moving sloooooow. The majority of my wardrobe still is, and hopefully will remain, handmade,  but actually buying some things from time to time doesn´t seem impossible any longer.

One Response to A handmade wardrobe?

  1. I read this post and laughed as I did exactly the same thing this spring! I really needed some trousers for work but I’ve still never made them & the thought of trying to sew them quickly was stressing me out, so I bought some. i still plan to sew some but I’ll take my time about it and enjoy the process, hopefully.
    And wow 3 dresses in a week! those Kalle shirt dresses you’ve made are gorgeous!

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#MMMAY16 – I´m in

  Hellu! Just a quick note to say – Yay! – Me Made May is soon upon us! I am having a ridiculous May this year, so will not make any pledges about documentation, but I do pledge to wear only handmades for the month of May (with some undie- exceptions from time to time).… Continue Reading…

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Learning through blogging.

Time flies while sewing and having fun Do you knew it´s been almost ten years since I started blogging? In the beginning I wrote very random stuff in Norwegian. At the time I had only just begun to sew, and I saw myself more as a crocheter than anything else. After finding futuregirl.com, I was… Continue Reading…

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  1. Happy Blog anniversary Solvi! I always enjoy your blog posts, and it was lovely to meet you when you were in London. My blogging is also very sporadic, but I definitely still get lots out of it – community, advice, a bit of perspective and contemplation on my own makes, and of course as a means of documenting what I’ve made, all the same things you list above. I’ve recently stopped reading quite a few fashion/lifestyle blogs I used to follow as they were becoming just way too sponsored, like whole posts where the sole purpose seemed to be highlighting a particular product that blogger had been ‘gifted’. I’ll stick to sewing blogs from now on!

    • Thank you Kathryn! I loved meeting you too – I hope I´ll be able to go back to the UK soon again. 🙂 I know what you mean about sponsored blogs like that, I usually run into them when searching for more DIY/craft things, and also at times if I am searching for instructions for baking. i find that most sewing bloggers who are sponsored are quite transparent, in comparison, thank heavens. 🙂 I love reading your posts as well, although I am not always as good at commenting….;)

  2. Happy 10 years! Finding you during Me-Made-May and seeing the amazing variety of clothing you’d created was a huge inspiration to me. I love the world of amateur sewing blogging, too.

    • Thank you! I really am very happy for meeting so many wonderful sewists online – I am so in awe over the wedding dress you made for your sister – such a beautiful piece of craftmanship! 🙂

  3. I totally agree on all points! Ten years is a long stretch, I’ve started on my third year, still it seems only yesterday I posted my first post 🙂 Keep it going:D

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FO: Ginger jeans

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.   The perfect fit… Continue Reading…

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  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…

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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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