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An update might be in order.

During the last couple of months I haven´t been able to show you much of anything I´ve been sewing. Because I have a neck problem, my computer time has been limited for work only, but I am slowly getting better, and hope to return to “regular schedule” during the next couple of months.

Speaking of next couple of months, guess who´s moving during the summer? Yup, it´s official, my darling and I are moving back to Oslo this year. I am so thrilled to go back to live in the same place as most of my friends, and to be able to live by the sea again. So in the spirit of the ocean, you might notice a slight trend in the pictures above… I´ve been sewing, both for myself and for others, but I haven´t had the time to take decent pics yet, so I´ll just give you a sneak preview:

  1. Summer dress, inspired by the dress Megan wears when Don and she visits LA in the previous season of Mad Men.
  2. A candy striped Ship Ahoy Parfait.
  3. A Rum Diary inspired linen shirt for my man.
  4. A polkadot shirt, also for my man.
  5. A white knit basic top.
  6. Another detail of the Ship Ahoy Parfait.
  7. A Lisette Portfolio for a friend.
  8. A textile print on Steph´s blank canvas tee.
  9. A little blouse for me, using the remnants of the polkadot shirt I made for my man. Imagine if we wear them at the same time! Oh, the hilarity! 🙂


As you might notice, lot´s of these items fits perfectly into my Fun!-theme, as well as That´s Sew Cinematic!

By the way, who´s joining Me Made May, this year? I am so excited about this years edition, as it´s going to be a real challenge for me. I ´ll explain why. This May, apart from working regularly, there will be:

  • Two concerts with my choirs. Both with specific dress codes.
  • 17th of May, the Norwegian national holiday, this year celebrated together with my family.
  • My man is defending his dissertation, and we are hosting a BIG black tie- party.
  • I am going to Norway to work at the Viking Age Museum (wearing historical garments).
  • Hopefully, I will have some job interviews to go to…
  • My birthday, and my man´s birthday.


May is going to be a fairly busy and very versatile month, and I´m gonna do it Me-Made style! So,  ‘I, Sølvi of delfinelise, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear all me- made garments, with the exception of national costume, socks, underthings and sportswear each day for the duration of May 2012’


The part about national costume is of course for the 17th. I don´t know if I´m gonna wear my national costume or not, yet, but even if I´m not, the red linen dress I´ll wear instead is made by my mother. Oh, my mother made my national costume, as well! So it will be handmade, just not by me.

So, have a nice Easter Holiday, if you celebrate it (it is my favorite holiday!), and enjoy life!

18 Responses to An update might be in order.

  1. Fun clothes! What pattern did you use for your man’s shirt? I hope your neck problem clears up soon – that’s *not* fun.

    • Thank you, I feel much better now than a month ago! 🙂

      I use McCall´s 2447. Classic shirt pattern with lots of options!

  2. I’m glad that sewing doesn’t seem to be affecting your neck, and hope you feel better soon, That is quite a line-up and I love the nautical theme. I really love that polka dot blouse, what’s the pattern? Also, I want to see you in your Syttende Mai costume whether you make it or not!

    • Sewing is one the few activities I can do, luckily. 🙂 Nice Norwegian spelling, by the way! And the blouse pattern is New Look 6808.

  3. Sounds like you’re going to be even busier! I hope you neck problem gets better soon and that the move goes smoothly. I have to ask, will we get pictures of you in historical costumes for work? 😉

    • Absolutely, historic costumes will be part of the challenge, I have made them myself! 🙂

  4. Oh wow, that’s a lot of fun all in one post! I love your ship ahoy Parfait and that cute polka-dot blouse! And your man is very lucky getting those smashing shirts! And Viking age historical garments sound very cool – if not quite practical? But I’d love to see you in one! I’m interested in your national costume as well, what does it consist of?
    Hope your neck is getting better!

    • Actually, you’ll be suprised about how practical the viking gear is, lots of flow-y dressses and aprons, a joy to wear:-) and when it comes to the national costume, also known as bunad, well you’ll just have to wait and see…;-)

  5. Oooh! I love seeing wardrobe plans, I guess that’s what spring is for in the sewing world? I should get up off my lazy — and make one for this winter. 😉

    Congratulations on moving back to Oslo! It seems like such a beautiful city.

  6. Love the linen shirt for your man! I am about to make one very similar for J. Well, when I say ‘about to’ I really mean sometime in the next three months….

  7. I love everything you’ve made! The striped Parfait is just yummy and I love your matching polka dot top. 🙂 Congratulations on moving back to Oslo. I hope you’re share photos of your new home and seaside!

  8. The Ship Ahoy Parfait is just stunning! The stripes are perfect for this style, but the little anchor on the pocket is divine!

  9. Your projects sound very fun, I wish you luck with your job interviews. I hope your problems go away soon and continue necks so productive. Wow!

  10. I’ve missed your loveliness in the blogosphere, but am glad you’re taking care of yourself. I also went to the doc today and think I should take a rest from computer work to not exacerbate a problem in my arm. But she didn’t say anything about sewing! 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing your Rum Diary dress and your parfait looks like wonderful inspiration for some red/white stripe fabric I have. xoxo

  11. Wowzers! You do have a busy May ahead of you! I am sooo pleased that you are participating despite all your plans. I wish you all the best with moving and for a speedy recovery with your neck. Plus I can’t wait to get a proper peek at those anchor-adorned garments!

    Zoe xxx

  12. Glad you’re feeling better. These projects all look so exciting. Looking forward to seeing posts about your move back to Oslo!

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11 Responses to What I made this month: February´11

  1. Thank you, ladies.
    @CGCouture: I got the plaid fabric here in Sweden, at a sale at Ohlssons tyger in Stockholm.

  2. Solvi!! So much gorgeousness!! The swimsuit is a triumph (I am completely envious) and I love the A-line skirt with the crochet flowers and the beautiful plaid dress. I really like the dress with the tucks – so pretty.

    I am in awe of your sewing skills!

  3. Thank you all! I really recommend for the swimsuit pattern, makes it all so much easier! 🙂

  4. ha ha! you’ve finally completed your summer essentials! 😉 or: you’re early this year.

    as always, incredibly impressed! how did you make that skirt an a-line (i have that pattern as well, and yours turned out great!)? and of course your knit dresses immediately had me looking for the patterns, i love love knit dresses. You’re right, they’re perfect for travel. Super comfy, and you still look pulled together. How are/were your travels?

  5. @Ali: Hehe, better late than never, right? The transformation of the skirt was quite simple, I reversed the darts, and made them pleats in stead, and then I just widened the skirt pattern in the side seam, I can make a tech drawing if you want to. And thanks for the idea of knit dresses!

  6. That swimsuit looks absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 I also love the little embroidered flowers on your grey skirt and the plaid dress!

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What I made this month: January

First of all, sorry for not writing sooner, but I ´ve had a splitting headache most of the week, so I really needed to step away from the computer, and try to do other things instead. Now, you don´t have to feel sorry for me, because it´s all my own fault, not working out as… Continue Reading…

28 Responses to What I made this month: January

  1. Love the capelet/jacket. What is it about those kimono sleeves? :). Hooray for the Ceylon blouse love, your fabric is gorgeous. Also love the dress you rescued, that print really is amazing 🙂

  2. Oh, I love them all! Is that cowl shirt from Patrones no 300? I must have that pattern!

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  4. @tanitisis: Thanks, kimono sleeves really makes the workd go round 😉

    @PepperToast: Thanks! Yup,, that is from Patrones 300. A wonderful issue, I could make everything in it, I think!

    @Paunnet: Thank you so much!

  5. I don’t know where to start. I couldn’t agree more about the dress print, your ceylon is delightful, and I’m really digging your style in general. Oh, and I might have to take your advice about capes…

  6. Wowee! You have been incredibly productive and I LOVE everything you’ve made! If only I could be half as productive as you are! 🙂 Well done!

  7. Thank you all so much! January is a calm month work- wise for me, so I can be more productive in the sewing department. We´ll see how the rest of the year turns out…. 😉

  8. Love the patrones cowl and the cute fixer upper dress! Yes, I am bad about blogging finished projects–especially the ones that didn’t end up working out for me. And sometimes it seems like posting about a WIP kind of jinxes the project.

  9. wow, you have been really productive. i just found your blog via friday finds by tilly. i love the way your ceylon blouse turned out. that fabric is to die for! 🙂 and i am in love with your kimono sleeved capelet! wonderful work!

  10. I love the Ceylon blouse! Also saw Tanit-Isis’ version. This is definitely something I need to tackle in the future! The piping you did at the waist is a very nice detail.

  11. Thank you all for the lovely comments! I am such a lucky girl to get so much feedback on my work. Thanks! 🙂

    @CGCouture: I know what you mean about jinxing WIP, that was totally what happened to this shirt!

    @Kristen: The book is quite promising, only problem is that I need supplies for making most of the stuff, and that doesn´t fit well into my current stash busting project…

  12. they all look amazing!! i love the blouse shape at the very top! I bought the vogue pattern for the trousers and cape!!! Im stealing your colour idea for the cape :p it looks amazing. Youve been so busy!! My sewing machine is playing silly buggers with me and making me quite sad. Im dropping in two machines to the singer centre on tuesday with my fingers crossed!

  13. @Claire: thank you, I´m looking forward to seeing your progress with thee trousers and cape! And I hope your sewing machine issues are soon to be resolved – sounds frustrating!

  14. Ooh, you have been super productive! This is practically a whole new wardrobe…! I just love the garments you’ve made, and particularly that gorgeous little capelet/blouse. It’s a really cute shape.

  15. I read this a while ago on the train and was drooling with amazement (though I wouldn’t expect anything less from you!) Ceylon blouse, gorgeous! That cowl neck top, brilliant! Tuxedo Junction? Perfecto. And dang, girl, you really know how to wear a skirt (I’m still learning, though I lack the curves that makes this feminine garment so lovely on gals like you). 🙂

  16. I just found your blog from searching for items made from Patrones 300 which was finally delivered today! One of my favourites is the cowl top – and even more so after seeing your lovely version.

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