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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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9 Responses to That´s Sew Cinematic: The plan.

  1. I wouldn’t be worrying about being a bit behind when you come out with such stylish & wearable plans like this! I am not familiar with all the films, but I like the “capsule” wardrobeness of them all. Some brilliant red going on there ….will be stunning 🙂

  2. Fun! I haven’t seen most of those movies (only the Hudsucker Proxy) so I’ll have to watch them. I like the bold reds.

  3. Oh! The Rum Diary!! I’m so glad you picked that one and can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’ve been interested in vintage looks with island fare — more casual, more youthful — and Puerto Rico in the early 60, to die for. I haven’t seen the others, but I’ll put them on my list. 🙂 I’m thinking of a skirt from One Day and a top from The Artist.

  4. oooh those look fab!! i can’t wait to see them! right now i have more ideas than motivation… i have silk tee sketches and margot, my dressform, has been draped in the silk for weeks. i have swimwear fabric stacked on my desk and 2 dress sketches. yet, i’m sitting on the couch watching project runway! good luck and i hope some of your motivation rubs off.

  5. Those plans look fantastic, I love all the red! We also had a very summery weekend over here. 🙂 I like the blue bolero, too, I have a similar one on my knitting needles at the moment!

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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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A gift.

My darling came home from a conference in Seattle today, and he brought with him a gift for me: I´ve been following Design Sponge for years, loving all the DIY´s, the design inspiration and the Biz Ladies posts. So imagine my excitement when I unwrapped this gift! Last week I used a tutorial from the… Continue Reading…

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    • Yup, I´m loving the book, lots of pretty pics, although the DIY´s could have been more thorough. I guess it´s difficult to fit everything into a book. 😉

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I love word games and puns. And I especially love to make new words out of two existing ones. Might be a teeny-tiny bit dorky, but hey – that is just the way I am… Take the words spring and inspiration. Springspiration.  I am really better at this in norwegian, for obvious reasons, but if… Continue Reading…

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  1. I’ve been feeling some springspiration myself lately. The winter months have brought me a lot of work-related stress, and I’ve had no real free time to think about sewing or even reading sewing blogs. The weather is changing now and I want pretty new things! I hope I can find the time to create some new outfits soon. I miss it!

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