Almost an outfit. Most definitely a Sewalong.

Just so you know, this post is lenghty. 🙂Burda skirt and blouse

What went wrong with this outfit? 

Can you spot what´s wrong with this outfit? (Except for the fact that it is in no way weather appropriate right now up here).  No? Let me help you:



Almost an outfit


The shirt

So. Most everything that could go wrong, went wrong with this shirt. But – I have not given up. I will learn from my mistakes, and make another version, because I love the idea of this shirt. You see, this shirt has been in my mind for years. The most observant amongst you might recognize the pattern from Zoe´s recent wardrobe clear out. Her Ship Shape blouse has been on my to-do list since I first saw it, and I even tracked down the particular Burda Magazine just for that pattern (BurdaStyle 01-2008 for those who are interested).


Here´s what went wrong:

  1. Fabric choice. This shirting is just too low quality to actually use for shirts. I bought it on sale to use for a muslin for Anders´shirts. I thought maybe I could reuse it for myself. Not a good idea. It´s completely see-through  and not in any way something I would like to wear much.
  2. Poorly executed FBA. I just took a chance. I added a couple of centimeters here and there. That can work for knits. Not at all so for wovens. Lesson learned.
  3. Shirt style. Although I still love the bib, I am not too hot on the rest of the pattern. I´d rather have princess seams. It´s much easier to tweak.

These three wrongdoings gave me the following problems in the finished shirt:

  1. Horrible gaping on the button placket
  2. Crazy excess fabric here, there and everywhere
  3. The collar issues. Because I didn´t take the collar into consideration when I did my sloppy FBA.

Still, one thing I don´t understand is why the sleeves are so tight. I must have done something crazy, that´s for sure. I just don´t know what. 🙂


The skirt

The skirt, poor thing, is just a result of my own miscalculations. I had this nice navy corduroy and thought I´d put it into good use by making a skirt . Really. As if I really needed another navy blue skirt;-). Anyhoo.

I made it using  a BurdaStyle pattern from the March issue of 2010, mostly because I had that skirt pattern already traced and ready to go. What I had forgotten was that I´m not particularly fond of a front fly. I am more of a side/back- zip kind of a gal, so when I finished the skirt, it looked unbelievably frumpy.

The frumpiness was all over the place. I took it in both in the side seams and in both front and back darts, I shortened it, and at last I eliminated most of the frumpiness, but still – the side view of the zipper is pretty frumpy. But I will probably be able to save that by adding some hooks and eyes, and maybe take it in a little bit more in the front darts. I have not lost all hope in this one…



stashbusting sewalong


The good news though, is that both of these project could easily fit into the Stashbusting Sewalong that was announced by Cation Designs and EmSewCrazy earlier this January. I heard about it through Morgan of Crab & Bee (have you checked out her new blog design? It´s gorgeous! ), and I knew that this sewalong was right up my alley. As of yet I haven´t actually signed up, but I have started sewing with it in mind, so without further ado here is my official sewalong participation announcement:

“I, Sølvi of delfinelise, commit to using mostly pieces of fabric from my stash in 2013. I aim to use 11 pieces for myself and 5 for others the first 6 months, and I will revise how I´ve done every month. Depending on how I do, I will commit to more, or less, for the last 6 months of 2013.”

You like it? I sure do. Here´s what my plans look like:

Stashbusting Sewalong 2013

 Selfish Sewing Spring 2013


And here´s a collection of the fabric I´d like to use:

Fabric for stashbusting

That is a lot of fabric. But I really hope to work through most of it!  

For January the challenge is to use scraps and bits and pieces, and I am happy to say that it´s going well! This is what I made this weekend:

Reusable make-up pads

Washable make-up pads. One side is quilting cotton. Other side is minky. I use these all the time, and found it was time for a new batch. You can´t have too many! I got the idea for them back in 2009/2010 here.



Ironing board caddy with pincushion

A much needed scrap bin and new ironing board cover. I used a tutorial for the scrap bin and caddy that was on the very helpful Stashbusting Sewalong HQ Pinterest board for January.

Ironing board  pin cushion

Another pic of the caddy and the brand new pincushion. There are handy pockets in the caddy , and the little red fabric in the pin cushion is felt  – a desigated area for my needles! 

Ironing board CaddyThe pincushion is filled with rice, to make it less flimsy, and it holds everything in place. 

I also got a brand new iron this weekend, and I love it! It has an eco-mode, it gives out less steam than others without lacking in efficiency , and it´s partly made of recycled materials. Thank you Phillips! All in all I am pretty pleased with last weekend´s sewing efforts.

Are you joining in the Stashbusting Sewalong?

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  1. Donna on 23/01/2013 at 19:25

    I don’t think it looks as bad as you think it does!! I *love* your selfish sewing plan though. I need to get on that. I’m still mentally preparing for the stash-busting project.

    • Sølvi on 23/01/2013 at 20:25

      Thanks Donna! it’s not as much how it looks as how it feels.:-) espcially the sleeves. I was SO close to panicking and ripping them off of me trying to get it off!:-)

      Hope to see your stashbusting sewing plans soon.:-)

  2. Scruffybadger on 23/01/2013 at 23:48

    I can also see the positives in your almost outfit! I hope you can save them as they really do have potential, and I love the bib blouse. As for your stash busting productivity, wow! I think I feel more organised just looking at the system you’ve created for your ironing station.
    Ps I love seeing your sewing sketches too !

    • Sølvi on 24/01/2013 at 00:26

      I definitely will save the skirt, no doubt. Look out for it sneaking into feature posts! 🙂 And I have to say I am so pleased with the way I organizde things around the ironing board. For the first time it doesn´t become a complete mess the minute I lay eyes on the iron anymore. Woohoo!

  3. Lisette on 24/01/2013 at 02:11

    I’ve made most of my to-sew list from my stash this year. Fingers crossed I’ll stick to it. I hate fly-front skirts too! I have quite a little potbelly, being an apple shape, that makes it always stick out funny. Alas. Apart from the clothes, the other stuff you made came out awesome, I lurve the fabric you used on your ironing board decor.

    • Sølvi on 24/01/2013 at 08:39

      Yay! for using stash fabric, and nice to hear someone else have the sam e opinion about the front fly. It all comes down to dressing in a way to suit out body type and personality, doesn’t it?:-)

  4. Cation Designs on 24/01/2013 at 02:52

    I don’t think your outfit looks bad at all! Honestly, I think most of the time we just overthink things because we see through sewists’ eyes. At any rate, your scrapbusting looks amazing…I love your illustrated plan!

    • Sølvi on 24/01/2013 at 08:43

      Thanks for hosting the sewalong! And thanks for the nice words, I guess I am much more picky with my clothing than before I started to sew, but I really think that is so positive! Finally I can wear good looking pieces that I feel good in. I say Hurrah for our sewists eyes!:-)

  5. crab & bee on 24/01/2013 at 09:28

    Awesome that you’re joining the stashbusting challenge! Your new projects look great and very useful. And, thanks for the sweet words about my blog!

    • Sølvi on 24/01/2013 at 14:40

      Thanks! And I can’t wait to see all your stash busting projects this year! 🙂

  6. crab & bee on 24/01/2013 at 09:31

    I’m glad you’re joining in the challenge! And your new projects look awesome and very useful. Also, thank you for the sweet words about my blog!

  7. Alessa on 26/01/2013 at 13:52

    Oh, lovely plans! I really like that you’re always sketching your plans. I should remember to do so, too, it’s such good practice! I’m also joining the stashbusting sewalong. 🙂
    That caddy and pincushion looks so lovely and useful! Great idea!

    • Sølvi on 26/01/2013 at 21:57

      It’s so great that you’re joining too! Cool!:-)

  8. tors (girl meets wolf) on 26/01/2013 at 20:50

    Sorry to see the outfit didn’t work out but your plans for sewing this year look intriguing, is that underwear or a bikini at no. 11? Love the idea for reuseable make-up pads, definitely going to have to whip myself up some of those once the house is back on track!

    • Sølvi on 26/01/2013 at 21:56

      Thanks, it’s just how it is with sewing, you win some, you loose some. I’m making a bikini (hopefully)! Those make up pads are really good, so I can really recommend it!:-)

  9. Shelley on 29/01/2013 at 14:39

    This post is so inspiring!! I absolutely love these stashbusting projects. The fabric you used for the ironing board cover, caddy, etc., is beautiful. I’m also jealous of your sketching skills. Looks like you’re going to have an amazing 2013. The new blouse is lovely, by the way. I’m sorry you’re not happy with it, but it is a nice style on you so I’m sure you’ll work it out! Happy Sewing!!!

    • Sølvi on 29/01/2013 at 14:57

      Well thank you! I wish you a wonderful sewing 2013 too! 🙂

  10. debbie on 03/02/2013 at 08:43

    What an inspiring post – The sewalong looks great – I am thinking I will join in as most of my planned sewing involves stashbusting this year! The sewing caddy looks fab – what a clever idea. But mostly I love the washcloths and feel like copying you! The skirt and blouse look good in the photo but I know that photo and reality aren’t always the same, good luck with the alterations. 🙂

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