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Leaning in

There is a business advice, almost like a cliché, that suggests that one should lean into things. Instead of having everything perfect before you do things, you should start small, dipping one toe into the water at a time. And before you know it – you are accomplishing things that was out of reach before.

My work schedule is getting buzy. This is of course good news, but it leaves me with less spare time. So I am leaning into blogging again by telling you about the things that occupy my mind/sewing table.

  1. I have made some progress in the Stashbusting area. I just haven't shown it to you.
  2. I buy patterns like a mad woman. And I let myslef do it. It could have been worse. It could have been shoes or cars or something. A pattern buying obsession is better than other obsessions, I guess.
  3. I had a truly wonderful time in London, meeting up with some amazing women (and some cool dudes as well).
  4. I've got two awards that I would love to reply to. Thank you, ladies!:-)
  5. I have fallen in love with Kollabora. I really hope it will become a Ravelry for sewing and other crafts. I want to try to post my FO's there in the near future.
  6. Since last time we spoke, I have made an evening gown for my mother, a dress and a skirt for a friend and a viking age costume for myself. I've been weaving a lot too.
  7. I love Deer and Doe patterns – they are just perfect!
  8. The summer in Norway has been wonderful – oh joy! The weather has been more summer dress friendly than in years.
  9. I am wondering whether blogging ever will be what it used to be – there are too many blogs to keep track of, and the format of Pinterest and Kollabora appeal more to me these days.

So, these are some of my thoughts. How about you? Are you keeping up with everything, or do you prioritize some foras over other? I would sincerily want to know.:-)

And to finish things off, here are my autumnal sewing plans:


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4 Responses to The evolution of me-mades 2010 – 2013

  1. Thanks for sharing a couple of pieces from the archives that are still getting a good run. MMM definitely helps the sew jo doesn’t it! This is only my second one, but for me, I’m so happy to see that things I wore last year are still in the mix this year.

  2. I haven’t participated this year but I think it’s great the way MMM makes us think about what we’ve made and gets us wearing the lesser worn items. Also how some things have been really great wardrobe pieces that have been loved and lasted through many years.

  3. nice reflections post 🙂
    making a list sounds like a good idea, i had my memades hung in wardrobe together with non memades shoved down to back where i couldn’t see them!
    and similar to you i thought to myself several times over month how pleased i was with how well some of my older makes have lasted

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I´m guest blogging!

Just a quick note today that I have written a guest post over at Girl meets Wolf, helping Tors out when she is off at work. I am talking about my favorite sewing tools. Now, go, run along and check it out! 🙂 A couple of my favorites… Continue Reading…

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    • That´s weird… I (obviously) have no problems reading it, Have you tried different browsers?

  1. I loved your list of sewing gadgets. How do you use the Somometer? Where do you normally buy one in Sweden or possibly Norway?
    I loved also your pin holder…it’s such a cool idea!

    • Thanks, nice that you liked my list! The sømometer is available in most haberdashery shops in Scandinavia, possibly also online, I would guess. I use it when I hem, and when I draw seam allowances on fabric when patterns don´t include it (like Burda). I use it for lots of other little things as well! 🙂

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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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I´m alright.

I know it´s been a while since I last posted anything,  and yesterday I was planning a catch-up post,  joking about reporting that I´m alive,  and well. Little did I know about today´s dramatic events here in little Norway. So instead of showing you what I´ve been up to the last month,  sewing wise,  I… Continue Reading…

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  1. I am so relieved that you and your family and friends are alright. To say the situation is horrifying seems too simple. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. It’s so good to know that you and your family are okay. Thank you for the update. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Norway.

  3. This is such a heart-breaking, shocking, unexpected event. My most heartfelt prayers for peace and understanding go out to you all tonight.

  4. glad to hear all your people are ok, sending you a message to say similar was one of the reasons i turned computer on today. best wishes

  5. I’m so glad you and your family are all right! I am left speechless by this horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all those poor families. Thank you for the update.

  6. I’m glad you’re alright! We were really shocked yesterday to hear that something like that could happen in Norway of all places!

  7. Solvi, I am so glad to hear that you, your friends, and your family are alright. Thanks for the update. Norway is in my prayers, this tragedy is incomprehensible.

  8. Relieved to hear you are ok. My heart goes out to all those who are suffering right now, I wishing strength to everyone in your country right now xxx

  9. Such a terrible thing to happen in the peaceful country of Norway… too shocking for words. I’m glad everyone in your family is OK.

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“So, Sølvi. Where have you been?”, you might ask. And my answer to that is: “Well, like everyone born in 1981, I did my part and turned 30. Last week was packed with work, visitors, more work, more visitors, dinner with my darling, and a garden party with all of my family. Little or no… Continue Reading…

17 Responses to 30.

  1. Happy Birthday! What a great haul. 🙂 Those shoes are just delightful, and ethical on top of that, AND unique. Wicked.

  2. Happy Birthday – and welcome to the 30s club! Wow – what amazing things you got, you lucky thing. I hadn’t heard about the Fahsionary – btut now I really really want one!! And love those shoes too – so cute. Make sure you don’t wear them on a wet day though!!! 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday! Congrats on near-finishing the knitting – can’t wait to see! Those look like some really fab presents; amazing books!

  4. Happy Birthday! What excellent gifts – the Fashionary looks especially cool! Of course, the greatest gift of all is your wonderful family. 🙂

  5. I’ve been away from the blogs too long and now you’ve turned 30. 🙂 Happy birthday! 🙂
    Your gifts are all fabulous, but especially those shoes. Jam Jar Golightly…that’s adorable!

  6. Happy birthday! What wonderful gifts, particularly smitten with the antishopping book and darling shoes. (Wistful)

  7. Happy Birthday – sounds like you’ve had some fine celebrations, hope the year is great for you! BTW along with everyone else I’m seriously coveting your birthday presents…

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had a fantastic time! Love the gifts and it’s really great to see the Thore Hansen drawings after you mentioned it…fantastic book!!

    Oh and definitely next time we have a UK meet-up–you’ll have to come over!!

  9. Happy birthday Solvi!!
    What lovely birthday gifts! Interesting; we call those darning mushrooms too, not eggs. Which country calls them eggs, do you know?
    I have a fashionary too. It’s lots of fun, even if I don’t end up making all of my planned things!

    • Than you Carolyn! I´ve seen the term darning egg on ebay as well as in google translate, so I guess it is an american, perhaps british term? Those darning eggs do look a lot more like eggs too, I might add! 🙂 I wonder where one uses eggs and not mushrooms. And why. Oh, the questions. Hm….

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0 Responses to My Grand Plan of autumn 2010- how did it go?

  1. You’ve done an amazing job following your plan! I like making plans, but rarely seem to get more than a tenth of them accomplished, lol 🙂

  2. You did really well. I have discovered through my blog that I am absolutely hopeless at making plans. One project at a time for me now – this makes for a slightly disorganised wardrobe but means I sew the things I want to sew!

  3. I LOVE this idea, a much more visual to-do list and I can imagine very satisfying to see so many completed! Well done, I would love to do this…

  4. That’s impressive! I blog about plans and then don’t stick to them. Your paper and crayon version is less “avoidable”! I tried to knit a cardigan this month and I am not even halfway finished, so I understand about Audrey 🙂

  5. @amy: I love lists, but not all are as successful as this one…the one where all the decluttering is for instance…not doing to well on that one.;-)
    @sarah: thanks!
    @allison:thank you. Sewing the things we want to sew is the important thing really, after all it´s supposed to be fun, right?:-)
    @steph: actually, yes, I find that I have a lot more coordinating pieces, and my wardrobe is much more reflecting my personal style now than before!
    @kristen_ do it! this is (almost) my favorite part of sewing, just sitting by the table, making little sketches!
    @roobeedoo: thanks! great to hear that I´m not alone in my knitting “struggle” 😉

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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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6 Responses to On my sewing table: 1970s wrap dress

  1. I find as a voluptuous lady, that wrap dresses always either cross too high and just dont fit as they cut my chest in half or they make me looks slightly porn starry as they cross too low (though this is actually the correct place -it just looks too low!) The general solution seems to be either to wear something underneath (I tend to wear a slip rather than a top to avoid the weird waist ridges problem, and also helping with any skirt gape issues), or to adjust the neckline itself. I do this either by completely changing the neckline and creating a v that hugs nearer the neck so drapes round (like this fab joannie top or, adding a neckline trim that increases in width as you go down so that it is v small at the top and a couple of inches at the crossing point. This then extends slightly beyond the edge of the main dress at the side seam so that you can have an additional button (or ideally tie as then you can adjust if) without it pulling. I find having two fastening points on the inside a couple of inches apart far more stable

  2. How about adding a lace insert? You can sew in one side and then make one side detachable so that you can get the dress on and off. You could use small clear snaps to make sure the insert is securely attached.

    It’s a beautiful dress – well done!

    • Thank you both for the good advice. I´ll try to do something to make it work, I´ll keep you posted!

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