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Tamanegi- Kobo Heather: Peace!


Well, as part of my MMM- pledge, I promised myself to blog about the things I wear that are previously unblogged so here we are, my first installation.

There is not much more I can say about my love for the Heather, this is my fourth version, and it probably won´t be my last. What I did differently with this version, of course, is to paint a big peace sign on it.


Fabric: from last year solo- excursion to Goldhawk Road, it was litteraly the first place I visited in London after leaving my bag at the hotel. Obsessive… I am not certain about what this type of knit is called, but it is per preferable fabric for the Tamanegi- Kobo. I´ll show you a picture of the wrong side of the fabric, maybe someone can enlighten me of the name of this type of knit?


Fabric painting: I didn´t use a template this time, instead I used plates, washi- tape, a pencil and a brush. I just traced around the edges of plates in different sizes, and around the edges of the washi- tape, and then the painting could commence. I used textile paint for dark fabrics for it to show properly.


Can´t say anyting else than that I am happy with my make, I use this top quite a lot, as it is easy and fun, and works with many different colors. I made it last autumn, and I would love to make more textile printed Heathers.


4 Responses to Tamanegi- Kobo Heather: Peace!

  1. I love the grey tee with red skirt – a great combination. The Heather looks very versatile. Your skirt reminds me to get out my green version of that Vogue pattern 🙂 xx

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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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Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 03-2010-101A aka The Summer Coat.

Back in May, after getting the flu from biking on a chilly night, I decided I needed a summer coat. Unfortunately, I lost my sewing mojo over the summer, and so this coat wasn´t finished until last week. The idea of this coat is to have something to throw over thin summer dresses in those… Continue Reading…

18 Responses to Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 03-2010-101A aka The Summer Coat.

  1. Solvi, this is beautiful. I love the silver and blue pattern and don’t think it’s too crazy at all. Then again, my style limits are definitely being pushed as I get older as well! In my opinion, this coat is absolutely fabulous.

  2. Gorgeous! It’s got such a wonderful vintage vibe and what an incredible fabric. Indeed, I can see this being a great coat year-round (as you said, depending on layers!). And kudos to you for the welt pockets! I am losing steam on the blazer I’m working on which had welt pockets, and I just didn’t have the mojo to make them 🙁 Patch pockets to the rescue!

  3. Thanks everyone!
    @Ali: I know that the mojo´s gotta be on top for those welt pockets, they where what stood between me and a finished coat for months! And now I am facing the same issue with a winter coat I have cut out. Maybe patch pockets is a good way out if it, yes! 🙂

  4. Wow, great fabric! I really like the silhouette, sort of late 50s, early 60s. You need some long gloves with a cocktail ring to go with it!

  5. I love the coat! I really don’t think the fabric is over the top, but then again, I really like wearing the Desigual-inspired patchwork coat I got in Paris two years ago… 😉
    I know what you mean about pushing style limits. When I went to high school, I would only ever wear jeans and pullovers… age, moving to Berlin and starting sewing my own clothes have really pushed my style to another level. During summer school in a little university town in west Germany somebody asked where I was from and when I said “Berlin” they answered “oh I should have guessed that – you totally dress like I imagine people in Berlin do…” *lol*

    @Ali: At least you two actually make structured garments! I think the most complicated garment I’ve ever made may be the Crepe dress… 😉 Actually, the infamous, WIP-for-a-year linen pants would be it. Button holes. *g*

    • Oh, I love Desigual on others, but I never seem to find something that´s got my name on it. It´s such a unique and cool brand, I think! 🙂 Starting to sew almost everything I wear has been a great style enhancer for me too, all of a sudden I can wear whatever I imagine!

  6. It’s a beautiful coat and the fabric is wonderful. The line drawing of the pattern didn’t realy inspire me but I love your version. May be I need to go back over some of my Burda magazines.

  7. Well fab! Great that it’s got a longer seasonal life than you originally expected too. It’s funny what you say about pushing style boundaries as you get older. I’d agree with you there, although perhaps when in my late teens I was a bit in my own style groove… Congrats on getting the pockets- totally worth it. It looks like a coat from a posh boutique

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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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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…

0 Responses to Marrakech, Marrakech!

  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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0 Responses to Summer Essentials Sew-Along: an update

  1. My goodness, woman, you’ve been busy! These are all fabulous! Great mix of wardrobe staples in a mix of colors/styles– and despite the frustation, those capris look worth it 🙂 Classic.

  2. You have done a marvellous job!! Everything looks wonderful. I completely agree that your Vogue dress is very Charlotte. Thanks for the tip on the pattern for the sailor capris. I’ve nixed them off my list to save myself the headache!

    Sarah 🙂

  3. Thank you, guys (or gals, more correctly). I´ve been wearing a lot of the sew-along items all summer, and I feel weird when I wear store-bought, thanks Ali for the SESA initiative, and Sara: hope you find another capris pattern that will be an less frustrating option…

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Tips for the nautical obsessed: Spoonflower

Okidoki, so I know there is a nautical trend going on right now, and for those who are above average interested in this, I really would like to tip you about the awesome nautical theme fabric contest that is going on over at Spoonflower. For those of you who are not familiar with Spoonflower, it´s… Continue Reading…

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