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FO: Wool Fleece Jacket

Last summer we went to visit my family who have a cottage on a remote island off the coast of North-Western Norway.


This is a place where summer is defined not by temperature, but by availability (the island is more or less unavailable during the winter months because of weather), so bringing some practical garments was essential.

I don´t have a lot of hiking gear, and especially not any me-made. I don´t like to wear synthetic fabric, so I knew I wanted a jacket made of wool fleece. Stoff & Stil has the perfect fabric for it, and I actually bought the fabric six months before I made the jacket. The pattern I used is a Swedish vintage Stil pattern number 4183, and with its sleeve darts and zipper closing, it was perfect for this project.


stil 4183, vintage pattern

The jacket came together quickly, and the only change I made was to lower the back hem, to make it even more warm and cosy. The only thing I still haven´t added is pockets. I am supposed to add some zippered pockets, but haven´t even bought the zippers yet. Oh well. EDIT: I now actually have bought the zippers for the pockets, so maybe there is still hope…


All in all a satisfactory make that I am happy I finally made!

6 Responses to FO: Wool Fleece Jacket

  1. I love the jacket – such a great colour. The island looks fascinating. And I like your colour sense so much in the last picture 🙂 x

    • Thank you so much . It´s a wonderful place, unfortunately I don´t to go there very often. But it´s so peaceful and lovely!

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23 Responses to Another FO? Simplicity 1995.

    • Thank you! I am in love with my yellow belt of late. I wear it together with everything! 🙂

  1. Oh solvi!!!!! You have done this vintage pattern such justice….it’s perfect, the rick rack of course caught my eye too, but the fabric also has something vintage about it. You wear it beautifully too…nice accessorising. Gosh…I could swoon even more, but just know hat I have severe sewist envy, wishing I’d made such a beauty.

    • Hehe, thanks! I thought of you when I added the rick rack detail, actually, you woman of rick rack fame. Thanks for the lovely words! 🙂

  2. I love the dress – the fabric choice is so lovely and it really flatters you. it looks as if you could wear it with so many other colours as well. x

    • Thanks, I really want to experiment with different accessories in other colors too for this one. I love brown together with a dash of hot pink, as well as together with black. 🙂

  3. What a lovely dress! The collar is fantastic, and I love the trim you’ve added. The yellow and teal belts are just perfect with it! The classic wiggle dress looks marvelous with that fabric 🙂

    • Thanks, I really like the neckline too, I´d love to make another version of this dress for the Christmas parties. Maybe in a solid color, this time around! 🙂

    • Thanks! Those vintage pattern makers have some cards up their sleeves that you just don´t get from the modern ones!

  4. What a beautiful dress-I love brown also, and while I gravitate to black in the cooler months, brown is wonderful year round. I like the dress paired with the gold belt. Congrats to your husband on his PhD.

  5. Wonderful! I’m a fan of brown, too. I love black, but get bored of it sometimes. And brown really looks better on me anyway. 🙂 I hope your teal accessories re-appear–they look great with this dress.

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Christmas came early this year.

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,… Continue Reading…

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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16 Responses to Meet the newest member of the family…

  1. I agree what a fantastic looking machine.Recycling all around then what with mending shoes and giving a machine a new home!
    I have nominated you for an award over on my blog by the way…but I think you already have this one!

  2. What a beauty! It’s funny you live in Sweden and have a Singer, and I live in the U.S. and have two Swedish-made Viking Husquavarna Machines. The newer one is from 1969 and the older one is probably a few years older. Just like fixing shoes, it makes me happy to keep these good old machines in good repair.

    • Haha, yes I agree. My serger is a Huskylock though, so all isn´t lost. I´ve actually already got one comment about me not getting a Swedish machine, and this is from a guy who knows nothing about sewing. So the Swedish Husqvarna pride is not to be underestimated! 😉

  3. Oooh pretty. And I’m jealous you have all those feet! I’ve got a Husqvarna from the 80s, gifted to me, and while I love it, I am missing the ability to buy feet that are not deeply expensive (like a blind hem foot or invisible zipper foot).

    • My mother has a Husqvarna sewing machine, and I love it – sorry about the feet, have you tried ebay? For my search on my own machine I stumbled across quite a lot of different sellers of different parts and bits.

  4. Ooh, how wonderful! Apart from the now 2 year old AEG machine I bought when I started sewing, I recently “inherited” my great-grandma’s sewing machine from my grandma. She was thrilled to give it to me, now that I’m actually able to sew… I researched it and it’s a Privileg (German “no-name”) from sometime at the beginning of the 80s. I love it to bits!

    • Ooo, my old machine is an AEG too! I love that you have a German machine – it´s kind of cool how there is such a variety of different machines out there!

  5. How glamorous she looks, & really has style! My childhood machines I’m sure would have been now beautiful vintage pieces. The predecessor to my current Pfaff (now approx 15 years old) was a 70s (or older?) Frister & Rossman Cub. I think I had my mum’s hand me downs as there were at least two other models I can picture, but for the life of me can’t remember their make or models. Have fun playing with yours!

  6. Ooh, she is fantastic!! I have a modern Kenmore sewing machine (abt 6 yrs old) and a vintage Singer Featherweight (1946!) and I love them both!

    • That must me a perfect combination you´ve got there, one modern and one Featherweight! Sounds nice! The machine I started out on is a hand- cranked Singer. If we ever move to a bigger space, I´ll dust it off and bring it out in the open. It does stitch the most beautiful straight stitches! 🙂

  7. What a nice looking machine! That is great it is in such good condition. Mine is not so old, but it is not new. I’d guess late 80’s, early 90’s? Runs well, and I love it!

  8. Hello! Congratulations on the machine!
    I just purchased this same model, and I’m going to start diving in the sewing world now! But I’m having a bit of trouble with my machine…
    Can you please tell me where did you bought the manual for this machine?
    I’ve searched online but I cant find it…
    Is yours in English? Because I’m Portuguese and I don’t speak your language.
    If you could e-mail me on this matter or if it isn’t asking too much you could please send me the pdf version of the manual.
    My e-mail is
    Thank you!
    Good luck with your machine!

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Autumnal sewing plans

When Sarah, Alessa and Ali announced a Fall Essential Sew Along, and doing so by using alliterations like Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather  and Chic Chemises for Cool Climates, I knew I had to join. Now, I am trying to keep the selfish sewing limited, so I get more time to sew for others, but some things… Continue Reading…

11 Responses to Autumnal sewing plans

  1. I still haven’t planned my fall sewing! Which is kinda funny, since I’m co-hosting FESA, isn’t it? 😉 Ah, I have some time tomorrow, maybe I’ll manage then… I know I want to make a knit dress or two, and maybe a shirt dress…

  2. What a terrific plan and palette!! I have houndstooth in my stash that I really want to use, too. 🙂 I’m happy you’ve joined FESA 🙂

  3. What a fun palette with a gorgeous mix- I think the yellow silk is the business. I like that you’ve chosen a hat- reminding me to dig out my winter accessory making patterns. Looking forward to following your progress. And I think I might be attempting to knit the same cardi but being such a novice I expect it’ll not be ready this year!!!

  4. Great autumn plan. I like the colour palette. The dresses look great, simple shapes. I am impressed you are going to make a hat. I am making autumn plans but haven’t blogged them yet.

  5. I like your pattern and fabric choices very much, especially the hat. I look forward to seeing how everyone in the FESA group does over the next few weeks.


  6. Love your plans! I hope to keep up with the sewalong, I need some fall staples! I’m glad you like my shorts, I plan to use the pattern for some trousers next!

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Pattern Review: Vi Mode Mönster 1537

Vi Mode Mönster was a swedish pattern company. I am guessing that this pattern is from the 1970´s. Pattern size: This pattern is in european sizes 34-42. Avaliability: This is a vintage pattern. Pattern type: Dresses. Rating: I can highly recommend this pattern! Pattern Description: Pattern number 1537 is for two dresses, one with kimono… Continue Reading…

8 Responses to Pattern Review: Vi Mode Mönster 1537

  1. I echo the comments already left. The dresses both look great on you. The pattern looks so versatile, maybe an autumnal version is also needed??

  2. Oh, I *love* the shirtdress! I’ve always wanted a plaid one myself, and the little details on the sleeves and pockets are very pretty! The other version is very cute, too, I love the big buttons!

  3. These dresses really look like summer (which I am looking forward to!!!) The madras cotton looks perfect for view A – really gives it that retro look!

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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…

4 Responses to A little tip.

  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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