What I made this month: February´11

This post is a wee bit late, but I didn´t have time until now to get somewhat decent pictures for this.

I have been finishing off some stuff I have wanted to make for a long time, and I have made some stuff just for the fun of it!

First and foremost: I have finally finished my swimsuit.


This was originally a part of the Summer Essentials Sew-Along. The first version of this turned out too small, as the fabric I used didn´t have the same stretch as my muslin. you live and learn!

The pattern for this is based on a pattern from patternschool.com. If you´re not familiar with this awesome page, and you´re interested in sewing with stretchy materials, I recommend you go over there immediately! It´s fantastic.

I have (for obvious weather related reasons) not been able to use my swimsuit yet, and I don´t feel like modeling it now, maybe you´ll get some action pics of it when the summer comes! 🙂

I am very happy with the shape and fit, and can´t wait for summer, so I can swim in the sea in my new swimsuit.

Modified Vogue 8604

All right, so this skirt could need a good ironing…

Next up is a modified version of the skirt from Vogue 8604. The original skirt is a pencil skirt, and has darts in the waist, I made mine A-line, with pleats in the waist, and I shortened it quite a lot. This is part of My Grand Plan, I used some cotton twill, bought six months ago. The picture doesn´t show it well, but I´ve crocheted some pink flowers, and stitched them onto the right front of the skirt.

The wax print skirt

The third item I´ve made, is the Wax Print Skirt, also a part of My Grand Plan. The cotton is a wax print I thrifted back in May or June last year, and the pattern is from  the April issue of Burda magazine last year, pattern number 111. It´s very difficult to photograph this skirt, it´s got a huge bow in the front, that makes it quite distinct, but that doesn´t show well on photo. This is a pattern for tall gals. Thanks Burda!

MMMar´11: Day 11

This dress is one I´ve been wanting to sew up for a long while, but just didn´t get around to make until now. Another garment that is difficult to photograph, but I´ll talk you through it. It´s got tucks both on the front and the back of the bodice, bias bound sleeves, neckline and belt, and two big pleats in the front and the back of the skirt. It is quite short, so if I´ll ever make it again, I´ll probably add at least 15 cm. This version is made from a cotton fabric that is quite stiff, but still a bit stretchy, I´m sure this would look lovely in a material with more drape as well.  The pattern is from scandinavian magazine Kreative Kvinner, an issue from 2007, I think.

Dress, Kreative kvinner

The next two pieces I made so that I could have some comfortable travel wear. Both are made of rayon jersey, and are super comfortable. The green one (Simplicity 3503), I actually made in January, but forgot to post;-). These dresses are great for traveling. They take you through the airport security without a beep, still look more stylish than sweatpants, and are easy to wear while on board the plane for many hours. I have to thank Ali for this idea, as she did something similar last year.

MMMar´11: Day 8

New Look 6000.

MMMar´11: Day7

This dress is not cut on the bias, it´s just the print that is that way…

All right, folks, that´s all for now! I´ll soon be back with some spring and summer projects.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Debi on 12/03/2011 at 15:01

    Lovely! I love them all! I am super impressed with the swimsuit!

  2. CGCouture on 12/03/2011 at 16:41

    Adorable swimsuit! Must.have. that green plaid fabric you made the bottom dress out of. Where did you get it?

  3. Sølvi on 12/03/2011 at 17:19

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

  4. Sarah on 12/03/2011 at 18:02

    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!

  5. quietandsmalladventures on 12/03/2011 at 18:21

    holy cow solvi, it’s all so gorgeous!!!!

  6. Alana on 12/03/2011 at 20:23

    Man, Solvi, you have been busy! So very impressed – I can’t believe you made a swim suit 🙂

  7. Sølvi on 13/03/2011 at 02:01

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

  8. Ali on 13/03/2011 at 20:04

    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?

  9. Sølvi on 13/03/2011 at 21:16

    @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!

  10. Claire on 15/03/2011 at 13:42

    you are so productive!

  11. Alessa on 16/03/2011 at 17:58

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

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