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

the making of a plan

sewing plan delfinelise

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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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…

12 Responses to Sew Dolly Clackett – My Contribution.

  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.

    • Thanks Kathryn! I took one photo on the balcony, the other outside the building. Spring – don´t you just love it? 🙂

  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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FO: A shockingly pink linen shirt

First a small tech-y note: I am so sorry for anyone having trouble finding my blog lately. Something crazy happened in the move from to resulting in the death of the old blog – instead of it just redirecting here. I honestly don´t know what happened, and I am sorry for the broken… Continue Reading…

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    • Thanks Shelly – I am actually wondering about buying some more of this fabric – I´d love a dress in this color too…

  1. Oh this is just the coolest shirt. I’ve always loved Morgan’s orange shirt, but this hot pink one is just the money. Yes, buy more of this fabric 🙂

    • Thanks -I think I might. I wore it all day today and it didn´t even wrinkle much (for linen, that is). It´s a keeper! 🙂

  2. Hi Solvi… Your shirt is totally darling and you look great on it. I love the side tab and the fabric color.
    Good job!

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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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12 Responses to Fun! – The Header Dress – Pattern Review: BurdaStyle 01-2010-130

  1. Definitely fun! You are certainly full of pizzazz today! 😀
    Question: is this a new length for you? I only just discovered higher hemlines for myself and while I like them I am a bit wary of wearing them to work. Do you?

  2. […] posted a question on my last post regarding the length of the header dress: She wondered wether this was a new length for me. An excellent question, and I know she has […]

  3. I love days like this and in THIS I means days I find adorable blogs like yours. I simple love your dress. I can’t wait to see all the things you make and read your past posts.

  4. I LOVE that dress of yours! It’s funny that you found inspiration in my dress, because I find THIS inspirational! Oh no, are we going to go round in an inspiration-circle?! xxx

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0 Responses to Cutting fabric for more than one project at a time.

  1. I don’t do this, and I don’t have a designated cutting space either…but I think I may start to do this as it might spur me on to get things done!!! Seems like such an obvious thing…why didn’t I think of doing this before – thanks for the tip!

  2. I don’t cut for more than one project at a time and yet somehow I still end up with more than one project cut at a time. I seem to get more excited about my next project around the time I need to hem or seam finish or get stuck and I start something else. I’ve currently got two stalled and three projects planned. I cut on my dining table too and then have to hide all the fabric from the cat!

    • I know the feeling! I have a jacket that´s been almost finished for about two months now, I just need to stitch on the buttons! The fresh&new projects are just so much more tempting! 🙂

  3. I am myself going to have a mass cutting out session this afternoon as I can’t get to do any sewing on the machine just yet so I thought I would cut everything out ready for when I can!

  4. I do that too, I have a set of “project” drawers from an office store that I fill up with queued projects as I finish sewing other projects. Then I cut them all out at once, usually takes me a day or two because it’s so boring and makes me really tired. Cutting out is my least favorite part of sewing, so I like getting it all done at once.

  5. Last year was such a strange year — plans couldn’t be made and kept. But when I could foresee two projects in a row that didn’t require fitting (I’ve made the patttern before, or something), I definitely cut at the same time. Cutting is my least favorite sewing activity and it’s great to get it out of the way while I’ve got a movie or music or podcast in the background. 🙂

    • I like to listen to something like an audiobook or something as I´m cutting, as well – makes the process flow better, in a way! 🙂

  6. Sometimes I’ll cut out easy patterns in series, or use the same pattern for a number of tops etc. Usually though, I do one project at a time. I do prep the tissues and sometimes tissue fit ahead of time but because I love the layout and cutting, I save that step for “me time”.

    I have a studio set up in a spare bedroom which is just for sewing. I do keep my clothes in that closet but no one else uses the room. I tend to tidy up every day.

    • It sounds so nice to have a room dedicated for sewing, I´d love to have that someday too!

  7. Smart cookie! I am lucky enough to have a dedicated cutting space in Evil Lair (aka my sewing room) and cutting out multiple projects is so smart! I’m off to do that today – at least one blouse and two pairs of trousers 🙂

  8. It isn’t often that I do this, since I don’t usually work at multiple garments at the same time. Tracing and cutting are two of my least favorite parts of sewing, though, so it seems I should do it more often and relish in the feeling of being able to just start sewing!

  9. I have sometimes cut more than one project at a time. That was the way I was taught to sew by my mum, so that if I was getting equipment and space organised for cutting it made sense to cut several things at the same time. But my problem with doing it now or doing more than two items is lack of space to safely store the cut-out pieces before sewing. I do use my dining room table or the living room floor if everyone else is out for cutting. No dedicated space here, I just have to shove lego models, glitter and paper crafts out the way first. x

    • Aaa, I can imagine this being particularly difficult with a couple of tiny persons running around. 🙂

    • Hehe, I know what you mean about the sewing table being full of stuff. I just cleaned the space around my sewing machines the other day, but now it´s filling up again. Hopeless! 😉

  10. I seem to find cutting out harder than sewing. I spent two hours on it this morning and only managed to cut one front, because of slippery, crumpley plaid cotton that needed to be kept straight and refused to behave. I doesn’t help that I have to move the table to get enough floor space and then I have to vacuum the floor, and the the dog comes in and flops on the clean cleared space – aaargh!

    • Wow- that seem like one frustrating fabric cutting situation! I hope it works out well in the end! 🙂

  11. Cutting out new projects is my least favourite part of sewing so if I have several projects planned then I’ll go ahead and cut them out all in one go. I do have a cutting table but I keep piling things up on it and then have to clean it off before I can use it!

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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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Where´s my stash at?

I was trying to make a pair of shorts the other day, and I thought that I MUST have some appropriate fabric in my stash. After all, shorts doesn´t take that much fabric! I did find some fabric for my shorts. I also found the insight of the necessity of going through my stash. Again. A little… Continue Reading…

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  1. I love your little charts! Sometimes figuring out exactly what you have is the best way to get ideas about what to make next. It’s like shopping, but in your own house. 🙂

  2. Oh, the gloriousness of organization!! How marvellous!! I love the charts, you’ve used, too. Fantastic!! I organize my fabric much the same way, including pulling the ones I want to use and boxing up the rest. 🙂

  3. How inspirational!! You are leading a fine example and are a couple of weeks ( maybe) ahead of me in doing the same. Mine feels like it is in piles just because I know I’m moving sewing rooms soon….. And there will start the grand organisation. It will feel so good. Can’t promise to make charts though!!

  4. I decided earlier this year,after a bit of a lull in sewing over the winter what with having work done to the house amongst other things,that to get rid of a lot of fabric that was just hanging around I would make a rag rug out of it.This was all well and good but then I started to get fabric from charity shops for the rug because the stuff that I did have wasn’t suitable for one reason or another or I just didn’t want to waste it on a rug.And of course buying fabric for the rug meant that I started buying fabric for “other Purposes” and “just in case” and before you know it I am back fanatically sewing and making clothes.My stash is increasing but is nothing like it was a few years ago before I moved to this house.I had so much fabric then and I just gave it all away…stupidly.But when I think of all the fabric that I have acquired in such a short time I think that I really have a problem!
    My rug is nearly finished by the way!!

    • Oh, I hear you on that one! And making a rug! That´s so nice! I´ve been wanting to try that out one day, I actually have a loom as well, but unfortunately no room for it (yet).

    • Well, I had some time last weekend, and thought it was fun to play around with it, I found an online flow chart maker called Gliffy, that was great! 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness, sooo organised – I love it! I definitly need to show the pics of your stash to my boyfriend, who thinks I have too much fabric! lol

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0 Responses to What to do with precious fabrics?

  1. I have some gorgeous lavender printed silk jersey that I desperately want to wear, but am terrified of cutting into. I feel like the pattern would have to be *just* right. Batwing sleeve, perhaps, so the abstract print can be featured? Not sure yet. I pull out the fabric from time to time just to touch it though 😉

  2. What a pity you cannot make the dress you wanted! How much fabric do you have? What about a full skirt, circular or gored? It’s less formal than a pencil skirt and could be worn casually with a slim T-shirt or top, or dressed up with a beautiful white lace corset. I am so in love with full skirts at this moment – they can make the most conservative jacket look so much more fun. Just an idea… I wonder what you will decide at the end

  3. I would make a day dress so I could enjoy that beautiful fabric everyday. I love the Simplicity pattern – so beautiful!!

  4. oooh trousers, trousers trousers – straight leg fairly fitted, perhaps cropped trousers!!! 🙂
    it is hard to cut into fabric that you save for the perfect pattern, i guess thats how our stashes start!

  5. I tend to hoard the extra special pieces of fabric, then when I cut them make a wadder. It’s some horrific curse….

    That said, I did buy an incredible blue piece of silk in Houston (High Fashion Fabrics!) which I hoarded for ages and ages before turning it into a delicious 1960’s cocktail dress with fabrigami and a box-pleated skirt. Still unworn, where could I possibly wear it? Sigh.

    I like your view 1 dress, will you still applique?

  6. I have started to use precious fabrics for everyday clothes partly as I so rarely go to parties except for those under 10 years of age! As long as I think I can wash the precious fabric easily I will use it. I think lif eis short, wear it now!

  7. I love the dress you sketched!!! It’s so summery and lovely. I have metres of wool tweed that I won in a design contest at undergrad back in 2003, and why haven’t I used it yet? It came from Marc Jacobs Int’l! It is so gorgeous – black and white woven to look like a marled grey, with flecks of red, blue, and yellow in it. I even brought it with me when we moved from Florida to Scotland in hopes I might do something with it finally but no, haven’t. I actually looked at it a few months ago and had a laugh when I noticed woven into the selvedge the words ‘Woven in Scotland.’ The fabric has come home I guess! I’m thinking a tweed coat or skirt/jacket combo but I am far too intimidated… Best of luck with your special fabric!

  8. i adore the dress you sketched, too bad you don’t have enough of the gorgeous blue fabric to make it! i avoided cutting into the plaid i used for my coat for months! it took watching tanit-isis make about 1000 coats in a couple months to make me even trace the pattern i used. currently i have a bright tropical print cotton sateen that is very splashy for me, but i know exactly what i’m making with it and yet i insist on finishing some UFOs and then maybe i’ll get around to cutting into it.

    make whatever you’re going to love with that lovely blue, but i guarantee that you’re going to love whatever you make (dress/pants/shorts etc) out of it.

    good luck, can’t wait to see what you make!!

  9. That lace applique dress looks very pretty, I hope you can make it one day!
    I don’t think I actually have any “precious” fabric but if I had, I think I would try and make something that’s both pretty and versatile…

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Stash busted!

Just a quick little note about my Stash Bustin´Challenge. I went to the fabric store to pick up some thread and interfacing, and they (those evil temptresses) had a sale. And they had this beautiful fabric for sale, called Nautical from Holland Art. And I just could hold myself. I just couldn´t resist the cute print.… Continue Reading…

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  1. I don’t blame you for giving into temptation – that fabric is fab!!! PLUS it was in the sale…so it would have been a sin NOT to buy it! hee hee. Any plans for using it yet?

  2. haha, so nice of you all to justify my buy! 🙂
    @suzie: I´m thinking about making a little summer dress with box pleats, but we´ll see what I come up with!

  3. Oh wow, I know how it is to be totally seduced by a beautiful fabric, happens to me all the time too! Your new fabric is gorgeous, so I can see how you couldn’t resist!
    Thank you for your nice comment on my shoes… actually the brand is Bronx, and they are made in Portugal. I hope that helps you track them down.

  4. I love your idea of a box pleat summer dress for this fabric – I think it would look fabulous…and sale purchases are so easy to justify.

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