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Spring is in the air. Although there might be a couple of months still before the leaves on the trees will start to show up, it definately is time for some spring sewing planning. Of course, I´ve had my Springspiration board on Pinterest for months, so I am not completely unprepared. palette


As you might see from my blog design, hot pink is on my mind. Together with neutrals like chocolate brown, grayish blues, white and black, I am looking forward to a sleek looking spring. Of course, there will be some exceptions, like the crazy print dress I am making for Sew Dolly Clackett, or the bright yellow pencil skirt I am about to finish.


As some of you might have noticed from IG and Twitter, I have a crush on Lekala Patterns at the moment. Lekala is just bursting with fabulous patterns, and team that with their amazing pattern making skills, I will overlook the tedious PDF pattern assembling and the somewhat cryptic instructions, and just enjoy unique and perfectly fitted garments made just for me without worrying about FBA´s or other boring fitting issues.

I will also do a couple of indies, more specifically BHL´s Anna and probably some Deer & Doe. I love their new shorts, and would like to make another Plantain. Oh, and I would LOVE to make Sewaholic´s Gabriola. It really is the perfect maxi skirt.


I´ve recently been on a couple of trips to Paris and London, and stocked up on some excellent fabric, so I am all set on that front, maybe with the exception of some fun print for the Gabriola. I made a floaty maxi last year in a rayon, and would love to make another one in a different colorway.


So, the ideas for garments are:

  1. Floaty wide legged hot pink trousers. I bought the fabric last year, and might use a Burda pattern I already have, or possibly Vogue 8604 or Lekala 4024.
  2. Fitted grey jacket and dress. I have been watching a lot of Washington DC based series this winter and a sleek House of Cards-sih style wouldn´t be all wrong, in my opinion.
  3. I would love to use the Anna dress pattern for something like the black maxi you see below.
  4. A black suit would be cool. Maybe use a cotton sateen fabric, and a Lekala jacket pattern toghether with  Named´s Jamie Jeans
  5. A chocolate brown short dress. Again from Lekala (I told you I was hooked).
  6. And maybe some fun skirts. Who knows?

As always with sewing plans, not all of these garments will see the light of day on this side of the summer. But I really don´t mind. I know some people get stressed out of realizing that not all plans will come to life. But I don´t bother worrying about that. I think that fantasy planning and actually finishing garments are equally fun!

6 Responses to Springspirations

  1. I love the sound of your spring sewing plans! Great colour choices too – I’ve also got quite a bit of pink planned for this spring, so far no hot pink though as I’m trying to sew from my stash. That black dress with the embroidery is gorgeous!

    • Oh, more pink – you look great in that so hurrah for pink! 🙂 And you are a very good seamstress for sewing from stash.:-)

  2. Hot pink floaty pants!!! I love that idea so much and hope you make them 🙂 That maxi dress is just stunning!

    I’m so glad you’re joining Sew Dolly Clackett and am eagerly looking forward to seeing what you make.

  3. Ohhhh, that black floral dress-gorgeous! I actually pinned that dress for sewing inspiration a long time ago, it’s one of my favorites. I’ll be on the look out for your finished Anna, then!

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26 Responses to Markal/Shiva Paint Stiks are awesome!

  1. I looks amazing on my computer. That’s a great outfit, the effect of kimono style sweater over the painted skirt is great.

  2. That looks great! I especially like the colors against the dark denim. have you tried using texture plates? They are also fun to use with the paints.

    • No, I haven´t tried texture plates yet, but they look very interesting. I´d like to try them out at some point. 🙂

    • Do it! I loved what you did with the colors on your painted jacket, so I´m guessing you can come up with something fantastic using these as well! 🙂

  3. They look like fun – i have just let the kids use fabric paints and pens uptil now. You make me think it is my turn to use them now! I like the effect on the denim skirt and a lovely coloured blouse on you. x

  4. How fun is that! I’ve thought about designing fabric via spoonflower but this looks much more fun and spontaneous. What a great, comfy sweater too 🙂

    • I´ve been dabbling with some spoonflower ideas too, I´ve used it a couple of times for small projects, but it is rather expensive, especially with the shipping over here too. So this is a much more economical solution. 😉

  5. Wow, how very cool! I love the iridescent look on the denim! The cardi is very lovely, too! I just bought my first alpaca wool (well, part-alpaca sock wool) and it’s so soft! 🙂

  6. Woweeeee! I love the effect on the denim – it looks very effective, but totally in tune with your “FUN” theme. That cardigan is causing me to drool …..I am off to check it out!

    • Thanks! The cardigan is made up rather quickly, garter stitches and raglan sleeves – super easy!

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First of all: Happy New Year, everyone! I sincerely hope that this will be a wonderful year for all! The last couple of years, I have been focusing on putting together a thought-through and balanced wardrobe, but this year, in 2012 I am going for the fun! As I now have a closet full of practical everyday wear,… Continue Reading…

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  1. Oooh, loving the colours, can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy New Year, hope it’s an amazing year for you!

  2. LOVE IT! Can’t wait to see what you create, Solvi.
    (Ps. I replied on my post but how about a pinterest challenge in February?)

  3. Awesome! I’m all over sewing for fun, too!! I can’t wait to see what you make – your colours are yummy!

    Happy New Year, dear Solvi!

  4. Oh, what an awesome goal for 2012! Fun! It’s a lovely palette, very similar to my go-to colours. I’m sure you’ll have fun with it, happy stitching!

  5. Hooray for fun! Can’t wait to see what you whip up. I’m right behind you in making an everyday wardrobe — but I look forward to inspiration, fun on the horizon 🙂

  6. FUN! I love that idea for a sewing year’s theme. Great palette too! I have a few more staples to make, and then perhaps something fun for me!

  7. Sorry to repeat- this is a great idea- shows how fantabulous your handmade wardrobe is already – and seeing your gallery and remembering your me made month outfits, the scope of your handmade wardrobe is to be envied!! In my mind you already use colour in a fun way so this feels like a really good extension. Sounds like the perfect focus this year. And I love your first fun dress with the lace!

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FESA: The corduroy pants

Edit: I had no idea, but a post over at the Coletterie stated that it is Corduroy Appreciation Day today! Fitting, no? So, I finally finished my corduroy pants! I´ve been wanting to make a rust colored pair since seeing Carolyn´s version. I have already told you about the beginnings of these pants, so here comes the finished… Continue Reading…

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  1. They look good Solvi. I love the rust colour and it goes well with the turquoise top. A splash of brightness for winter!

    • Good point, Alana. Another argument for always sew side zips (or back zips are alright too, I guess…)

  2. They look fab! I love the rust corduroy. I especially like the seaming at the bottom– looks great with your lace up boots. I’m going to have to try out a Burda trouser pattern. I hear people say that they are drafted well.

  3. They seem to fit perfectly, and I love how you styled them with ankle boots and the bright top.

  4. They look lovely on you! I really like the rest of that outfit, too. Teal really is your color and the scarf and shoes are pretty!

  5. They must be the most stylish pair of cords ever. The shape really suits you and they look perfect cosy winter wear. Im enjoying the fruity colour too! Great vision- totally worked.

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A FESA update, a refashion and the pants that almost didn´t come to be.

First of all, thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post, it prompted me to make another refashion of a shirt! This time a less radical change, I just wanted one of my darlings old crisp white shirts to fit me instead of him. The shirt tucked into the wool… Continue Reading…

9 Responses to A FESA update, a refashion and the pants that almost didn´t come to be.

  1. Solvi, you look stunning as always! What a classy white shirt (and you’re making me yearn to finally try V8604) and all of these fabulous pants!! Love that mustard, so classy, so Marilyn! 😉

  2. First of all, I love your new white blouse refashion [Note to self: Must snatch one of Mr. Stitch’s shirts for myself]. Second, I really like both your pants, especially the wool ones. I’m in awe of accomplished sewists like you who can so competently fit pants. They look great on you.

  3. Love, love, love the new white shirt! I need to go hunting in Mr. Friday’s closet to find one for me! The shorts are terrific and so are the pants!! They look great on you and at first I thought they were Colette Patterns’ Clover! Well done!

  4. The white shirt looks very good with the black trousers. So glam! I admired your shorts in September. And the mustard ones are fabulous – what a great photo of you.

  5. Wow a trouser-a-thon!! The vogues are so classy, and look great with the White shirt. All the reiterations through muslin and shorts to get to your nubby wool mustard trousers show amazing skill to get such a range of wearable beauties. The mustards are very nice- great that you were able to save them.

  6. Oooh, those tweed trousers that nearly weren’t are stunning! What pattern did you use to make them in the end? xxx

  7. Thanks all for the lovely comments!

    @Zoe: I used a pattern from Burda.It´s pattern 117-2009-03.:-)

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Autumnal sewing plans

When Sarah, Alessa and Ali announced a Fall Essential Sew Along, and doing so by using alliterations like Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather  and Chic Chemises for Cool Climates, I knew I had to join. Now, I am trying to keep the selfish sewing limited, so I get more time to sew for others, but some things… Continue Reading…

11 Responses to Autumnal sewing plans

  1. I still haven’t planned my fall sewing! Which is kinda funny, since I’m co-hosting FESA, isn’t it? 😉 Ah, I have some time tomorrow, maybe I’ll manage then… I know I want to make a knit dress or two, and maybe a shirt dress…

  2. What a terrific plan and palette!! I have houndstooth in my stash that I really want to use, too. 🙂 I’m happy you’ve joined FESA 🙂

  3. What a fun palette with a gorgeous mix- I think the yellow silk is the business. I like that you’ve chosen a hat- reminding me to dig out my winter accessory making patterns. Looking forward to following your progress. And I think I might be attempting to knit the same cardi but being such a novice I expect it’ll not be ready this year!!!

  4. Great autumn plan. I like the colour palette. The dresses look great, simple shapes. I am impressed you are going to make a hat. I am making autumn plans but haven’t blogged them yet.

  5. I like your pattern and fabric choices very much, especially the hat. I look forward to seeing how everyone in the FESA group does over the next few weeks.


  6. Love your plans! I hope to keep up with the sewalong, I need some fall staples! I’m glad you like my shorts, I plan to use the pattern for some trousers next!

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Some summer sewing in March

This video is from Astrid Lindgren´s book/tv-series about Emil. This song is about how summer sometimes needs a little help, it really is a spring/summer anthem here:-). So, over at the MMMar´11 Flickr pool, there have been some lovely spring creations, and I got inspired, and wanted to make something appropriate for warmer weather too. As I… Continue Reading…

10 Responses to Some summer sewing in March

  1. Great shorts. They will be a fab summer staple in your wardrobe. I do like Pippi Longstocking, such a great book heroine.

  2. Thank you, ladies!
    @Debbie: I agree about Pippi, and I am so happy to see my nieces are reading Pippi too. She never go out of style!

  3. Those shorts are extremely cute! I love the jogging shot!
    I read all of Pippi Longstocking when I was a child, and read them to my daughter too. She loved them as much as I did!

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5 Responses to Spring Palette 2011

  1. I have that Sabrina blouse pattern and have yet to make it up, I’m excited to see what you do with it. Morocco is such a gorgeous place for color, such unexpected combinations of hues, a truly inspiring place. This will be a lovely wardrobe.

  2. I tried to comment on this at the Colette forum but I’m not sure if I did it right – you’re palette and mood is great! I love it…

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9 Responses to So, what´s next?

  1. Yippeeee…so glad you are going to join the Sewing through the Decades Challenge! It’s a great way to use the vintage patterns (and I’m with you about not having deadlines!) Can’t wait to see more from your 1939 books!

  2. Wow, Solvi! What a great post – a feast for the eyes! Your elastic trims are so pretty!

    I think it’s important to acknowledge that when travelling, as a seamstress, you are inevitably going to buy fabric. I know when I go to San Francisco this year, I’ll come home with fabric. It’s our version of the travel souvenier, don’t you think? Plus, ours can be made into something beautiful.

    Your colour palette for the spring challenge looks great. I’m on board, too, and I’m really inspired. I’m so glad you are continuing with the Hepburn Hepburn Project – I love what you’ve created. I’m also really glad you’re on board for the Sewing Through the Decades Challenge – awesome!! I can’t wait to see what you draft.

    Sarah 🙂

  3. Great post! I love how last year’s challenge is bringing you into a new way of approaching your sewing, which is thoughtful and still fun. I’m so looking forward to what you come up with this year (both in sewing and in pattern-drafting!)

    Like you, I think I’m going to slow down on my sew-alongs. I enjoy the community aspect but have been so slammed that I can’t manage to make a deadline. So after I wrap up the Crepe and the Pendrell, two garments I’d really love to have, I’m on board with you for loosely organized sew-alongs.

    And you’re completely justified in buying fabric in your travels. Think of it as fine dining. A treat, a special occasion 🙂

  4. Thanks for your thoughts on this topic, ladies, I hadn´t even considered that way of approaching fabric shopping as you mention, fine dining or souvenirs. Good points!

    It´ll be fun to see what everyone creates through the 2011 challenges! 🙂

  5. Loved this post – you have an excellent plan for 2011! I agree with you about detailing, it really does make such a difference to a finished garment, and takes it to the next level. Also loving your Moroccan palette, it’s the shots of vivid blue that really make it stand out – can’t wait to see what you make!!!
    And I totally agree with the other commenters about fabric shopping when on holida, 100% justifiable! lol. I’m heading to Zagreb next week and I’m trying to source some fabric shops (no luck yet tho!)!!!

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Marrakech, Marrakech!

I have a note in my calendar from last January. It says: “Go someplace warm!”. Many Scandinavians defends the winter and says thing like “but the snow is so beautiful” and ” I like the freshness of the chilly weather”. I have never been one of those Scandinavians. I´d rather show you some photos of… Continue Reading…

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  1. I love your pictures, Morocco has been on my “places to see” list since I was in grade school. I know what you mean about people having an idealized view of snow–we’ve got those same delusional people here, that seem to forget about all the trouble that comes with it.

  2. Lovely pictures and lucky you! I’d love to go someplace warm & colorful like that. Seattle doesn’t get a lot of snow, but it’s constantly overcast and rainy here during the winter months, which can get to be a real drag.

  3. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel warmer! Even if you hadn’t time to buy any fabric, the inspiration for color combo and patterns is great!

    Did you go to the “jardin de Majorelle”, former moroccan home of Yves Saint-Laurent? I never went there but all the pictures I’ve seen of it make it the core reason of any future moroccan trip of mine…

    • Majorelle Garden was on my list, but we just didn´t have time. We focused on the Medina this trip, and will definitely go to the Majorelle Garden and Bazar next time!

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