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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

Last year I finally understood how trousers are supposed to fit. You might think that I am a little daft for not understanding that until my 32nd year, but the reason is simple. I have always thought that fitted trousers and jeans are supposed to be slightly uncomfortable, and I have for that reason always preferred skirts, or  wide legged trousers. So what made me change my experience? Long Tall Sally. If you don´t know about LTS (apart from the Little Richard hit song), it is a shop specifically designed for tall women. Every time we go abroad, my very tall man always hunts down the big&tall departments and shops . Well, last time we were in London, I thought it might be a good idea to try the same. I needed some black jeans, and I didn´t really have the time to make a pair. I am sure glad I made that decision. Once I tried on a pair of jeans at LTS, I all of a sudden understood that I never had a pair of well- fitting jeans or slim trousers in my life! It was an epiphany-like moment.



Just a liiiiiittle too tight in the waistband area…

Changes and adjustments

I brought back my new black jeans, and the will to crack the crotch curve code, and during the last months, I have learned exactly what to adjust on a pattern to make them fit me. I took this new knowledge with me, and adjusted Ginger Jeans view B, and made them straight up in a delicious blue 6 % stretch denim from SAAB textile here in Oslo. I am pretty pleased. These are the changes I made:

  • I added a couple of cm to the inner seam of the crotch curve
  • I added ca 8 cm to the length

I have been wearing my new fantastic jeans a couple of days and will add the following adjustments for the next pair:

  • Make the rise higher by 3- 4 cm
  • Make the waistband wider
  • Place the back pockets 1-2 cm higher
  • Maybe take out the side seams a smidgen
  • Mark my seams more thoroughly in the pocket/waistband area



Back view…with my very tall man sitting in the background.


Sloppy yet happy seamstress

I am very happy with the result, the only issue I had was my not so good markings in the front pocket/side seam/waistband area, which ended up making my side seams a little wonky, and my waist band a little tight. But I know what to be careful of now, so my next pair will have these adjustments incorporated nicely (if I remember to look at my own notes…)

All in all – I am one happy camper, and really, I just can´t wait to see what Heather Lou has in store for us next, her patterns are killing it at the moment!



12 Responses to FO: Ginger jeans

  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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6 Responses to FO: Marcy Tilton Vogue 8934 Coat

  1. This is wonderful! I think this shape is so flattering, and as you say, it’s super practical for layering with winter jumpers whilst still being comfortable. I’ve been putting off sewing a coat because I bought one almost identical to yours three years ago and couldn’t imagine any better coat! You’ll get a lot of wear from this!

    • Thank you! I love the fact that I can put on anything underneath, it´s so new still, that I catch myself smiling evrytime I reach for one of my thicker sweaters and put this coat on top. 🙂

  2. Your coat is so stylish! The darted hem is really interesting. I can see why you were drawn to it. And I had to laugh when I read what you wrote about the design that was meant to appeal to Marcy Tilton fans!

    • Thank you! I really love the darts, such an easy way to make something a little bit different. I love Marcy Tilton’s craftmanship, but her design choices aren’t always on the top of my list. Although I do appreciate the effort and energy that goes into that kind of work as well.:-)

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One of the best things about the me-made-may flickr pool, is all the new inspiration. This year quite a few members of the Japanese sewing community joined in, and brought an extra flair to the group. One pattern company that seemed to reoccur quite frequently was Tamanegi-Kobo. Tamanegi-Kobo sells PDF patterns, some have English instructions,… Continue Reading…

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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…

5 Responses to FO: A shockingly pink linen shirt

    • 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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10 Responses to Sølvi and the Summer Dresses: BurdaStyle 12-2006-113

  1. What a gorgeous dress. I love the colours of the floral print,and it looks great on you. Funnily I have been thinking about styles I never wear or make snd strappy tops or dresses are one thing I never ever wear. Maybe I need to try one just for a change? xx

    • Thank you. I am all about trying new stuff som why no try out some strappy tops and dresses? I am sure you would look great in it! 🙂

  2. A wonderful summery dress! I’m totally in love with the fabric. 🙂 Hope you’ll have lots of occasions to wear it this year!

  3. Super pretty!!! I really hope it’s sunny enough for you to wear it, or at least layer it into an outfit during MMM’13 xxx

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12 Responses to Sølvi & the Summer Dresses: New Look 6377

  1. LOVE that hat!! sundress looks great, the length is unusual to me, i’m not adventurous with lengths, knee or above for me! looking forward to seeing what other unblogged gems you have in your wardrobe.

  2. Seeing this dress really makes me believe in summer again. It’s so fresh and lovely! You style it so well also, looks fab with the hat and shoes 🙂

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Exploring New Territories: Boxiness.

First of all: Happy International Women's Day everybody! The online sewing community rock, and is an excellent output for preserving and at the same time developing activities that traditionally are tied to women. We are keeping female history alive by engaging in sewing, knitting, embroidering and crocheting. Keep up the good work everyone! With that… Continue Reading…

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  1. The blouse looks great! I think it’s always a good idea to try new things, at least once, because you never know what you might discover – a new favorite maybe!

  2. I really like your version of this blouse! It looks great. I’ve been really into un-fitted waists recently but am starting to feel interested in more blouson and fitted shapes.

  3. I’m like you–I like to emphasis the waist. It took me a while to realize that was the silhouette that I’m most attracted to, and the one that is most flattering on me. Now that I know, I’m reluctant to branch out from that, for fear of wasting my time making an unflattering garment!

  4. Love it. I’ve always really liked that pattern. I like the fact that you could wear this one either way; un-tucked and boxy or tucked in. It’s a really pretty shirt.

  5. Thanks for the thoughts everyone, it’s always nice to hear your different opinions on style and shape. And thank you for the compliments too, I might try this kind of style more!:-)

  6. I really like this on you! I’ve eyed this patter too – I really love the tucks at the shoulders. You chose great buttons – very cute and fun, which makes the whole outfit work!

  7. The new blouse looks lovely on you – fresh and pretty. I think it will be great in warmer months. I have worn loose shaped tops for the last couple of years but am trying to sew some more fitted ones now. xx

  8. Oh it looks lovely on you! You can totally rock this style. Untucked it looks really comfy and casual, but the delicate fabric choice and pretty buttons keep it from looking masculine. It’s not a really loose style, it’s still firmly planted in ‘ladies wear’! For full Audrey, you could wear this with some capri pants and ballet flats? LOVE the hair, BTW xxx

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