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Christmas came early this year.

Burda magazine april 1961

You know I love Burda Magazines, right? Imagine my delight when I discovered a 1961 issue on Swedish ebay! I knew I just had to have it, and to my surprise, nobody else was bidding on it, so I won it! Yay! Not only did I win that lovely issue, I won another pattern magazine, a Finnish mag called Beyers, from 1956. Oh the joy!


Both magazines are complete with instructions and pattern sheets, and I can only begin to imagine all the wonderful things I can make from these. I´ve taken some pictures so you can enjoy some lovely mid-century fashion as well!


(Click on the photo for a larger view)


Oh, and to Sicilians, Scandinavians and others who celebrate it, I hope you had a good St.Lucy celebration today! 

9 Responses to Christmas came early this year.

  1. What a wonderful find and the dresses look stunning.I like the look of the red skirted one on the far left second row down..a bit folk inspired perhaps? which one are you going to make first or are you still too excited to think about that yet?

  2. Happy St. Lucia Day! 🙂 Those pattern magazines look cool, I love the cover outfit on the second one and that striped dress is so cute!

    • Sorry for replying so late, they are Lussebullar, traditional wheat buns with saffron. Delicious!

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The anniversary outfit: Pattern Review for Simplicity 1782 and Burda 02-2011-107

Eight years ago, my darling and I met at a Halloween party. I can´t believe how time flies! So, to celebrate, we went out on a dinner date on Monday (yummy Italian food), and I got a chance to wear two of my newest creations, a 40´s top I´ve been dying to make since I… Continue Reading…

18 Responses to The anniversary outfit: Pattern Review for Simplicity 1782 and Burda 02-2011-107

  1. Solvi, what beautiful outfits! I am swooning over them all- how to Single anything out for praise when the three are so fabulous. You look super elegant, great style and very flattering. I adore the 40s top – love the sleeves and peplum and the red high waisted pencil skirt is such a winner. Cute sorbetto too. Happy anniversary!!

  2. Those tights are super cool! I’ve never seen any with vertical stripes. I love the flirty little peplum on the 40’s top. It’s perfect with the pencil skirt!

  3. Thanks everyone, you are so nice!
    @catherine: I am sure you would ROCK the balloon sleeves, BTW I just ordered that Perry Ellis pattern you made. It was too gorgeous to let go! 🙂

  4. Wow, what an amazing outfit! Love the skirt colour and the blouse looks very sophisticated! I’m also in love with your striped tights, they give your outfit a great extra oomph! 🙂
    Also, congrats on you anniversary! 😉

  5. I love your sophisticated and chic outfit! I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren’t any sewing linky parties to show off vintage creations. I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!
    Justine @ Sew Country Chick

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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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A little tip.

I just wanted to share a video with you today that I watched the other day on the Swedish television. It´s an hour long plunge into the archives of the Swedish broadcasting network (SVT) focusing on fashion and looks from 1900-1990. Even though the speaker talks in swedish, there are so much wonderful video clips… Continue Reading…

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  1. Very enjoyable! I am of Swedish descent and found it very interesting, imagining how my Grandparents looked and lived. We live in Canada, reception of this was perfect.

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  1. A great post. I love those patterns you have. Atlantic City looks interesting! When I was a skinny student I had a twenties lace flapper dress! I wish I had kept it, even though it would no longer fit me.

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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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The Carl von Linné skirt

The sun is setting, and the snow is melting outside the tropical greenhouse in Uppsala Botanical Garden. This weeks challenge over at The Sew Weekly was to make something inspired by the town you live in. Now, I live in Uppsala, and apart from having a really old university, a really big (and old) church,… Continue Reading…

9 Responses to The Carl von Linné skirt

  1. You live in a beautiful city, Solvi! I love your skirt; there’s something so feminine and pretty about a rose print skirt. Your red boots are awesome!!

  2. The skirt is lovely,I really like it. I thnk it will be a good one for summer too. How nice to see the whole of you in the photo too! BTW, I am jealous of your red boots.

  3. Well, thank you ladies! I love my boots, but they are getting old, and one of them has got a whole in it – so I´m looking for some new one. 🙂

  4. I really like your skirt! (So weird, my husband is looking to do further studying in Uppsala university…I didn’t realize you lived there!)

    • Wow, that´s cool, Steph. you must let me know if you´re coming with him! What department is he at? (My man is at the university too)

  5. I love how with your skirt and overall ensemble, you are basically yelling at winter to go away and for spring to come! I highly agree, maybe if we all start dressing for spring, it will have no other choice but to come…

    • Hehe, Kristin, that was the general idea of this outfit, yes. It was so strange, when I took a walk to the garden, everyone I met were dressed in black, grey, brown and neutrals. It´s funny how winter do that to people. 🙂

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14 Responses to The tale of Vogue 8604

  1. These trousers are LOVELY! They are so flattering on you. I would love to make a pair of high-waisted trousers, but I think they would make my body look to short – shame :(. Yours look so cute with the skinny belt, and the red zip is such a fun pop of colour!

  2. Hi the trousers look great on you, I agree they have a definate 40’s vibe. I actually bought that pattern yesterday. Have you made the jacket yet?

  3. Oh yes – those are lovely! I was reading this and thinking 2.5 metres sounded like an awful lot of fabric for trousers, but of course they are high waisted and cut in one piece – duh!

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13 Responses to Let there be light

  1. Wowzers, that’s what I call productivity! I LOVE that Sencha dress. The blouse hasn’t worked out for me so far but the dress seems more flattering and I adore the buttons going all the way down the back (ooh la la!). Can you share how you did it?

    • Thanks, Tilly! I´ll try to make a little tute on that one of these days. It really isn´t much to it – just some muslin making to be done! 🙂

  2. Wow! These are all spectacular!!! Your NYE dress is absolutely gorgeous; I love the sapphire blue on you. Fab! Everything you’ve made is so chic and pretty. 🙂 The Burda silk blouse is divine! And the Sencha dress? Inspired!

    Love it all! Job well done 😀

  3. Yowza – you have been busy!! Love love love! Especially the new years dress (black and blue are always favourites of mine) and the sencha dress – we all want to know how you did it 😉

  4. Wow! What an incredible wardrobe you’ve made for yourself. Every single item is beautiful. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite.

  5. you have been crazy busy sewing, that is a whole lotta lovely clothing!!! i remember catching a glimpse of the sencha dress in SSS and thinking it was a brilliant variation, LOVE the buttons all down the back 🙂

  6. All absolutely gorgeous but particularly the Sencha dress. I’m going to add myself to the list of people pining for a tutorial! You should feel really proud of yourself, beautiful clothes and all look like a perfect fit. x

  7. Ack! It looks like I haven’t commented though I read this weeks ago. Damn girl, you’ve been busy. Incredible! And I just read your year round up, inspiring as well. You look fabulous in all of them, but Simplicity 6000 has a particular Mad Men flair 😉 [as in foxy Joan!]

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