Sewing in 2023

As I mentioned in my previous post, I think the hunt for likes is taking over the actual exchange of information in the online sewing community; and I am part of that downward spiral. I’ve gotten a bit of Instagram fatigue, since I’m missing the interaction beyond just pressing the like. Sewing is one of my hobbies, and I have no intentions at all to make it anything else than that, but as others do I find my interest in them dwindling; most of the people I unfollow on Instagram are those that make too many collaborations or start their own business.

But as people try to find ways to make money of their sewing hobby, it also means that discussions that were previously held on Instagram, in blogs or on Facebook (or any other social media platform of your choice) are now behind closed doors, accessible through a membership fee. It seems to work for them, but what about just sharing your hobbies with friends?

Looking forward to 2023, I will try to be better at engaging with others. Comment on blogs and IG posts, be more active in my FB groups. While quoting Gandhi for this frivolous topic seems quite pretentious; still I need to be change I want to see in the sewing community.

Sewing plan for spring 2023

As for my own sewing, I will continue to sew with a plan and take charge over my wardrobe. I’ve been using the Acloset app all autumn which has been interesting to see what I wear and what is left hanging in the closet. I did start the year using the 30 wears app, but it stopped working (for me?) in the middle of the year. My closet should be filled with garments I love and that I love to wear. Sadly this is never the truth as you still need some clothes for yard work and other things around the house.

Fabrics to sew for the plan (except the fabric for the Chardon, it’s yellow with white stripes). 4/5 are souvenir fabrics

This year I aim to not buy new things and use what I have. For fabrics, it shouldn’t be a problem for regular clothing, last year had a high influx with souvenir shopping in Alkmaar and Vienna, as well as a win in an Instagram contest. Patterns, as well, should not be a problem, unless I need something very specific. As for notions, I have some, but it also depends on what I actually make. But the goal is that my output metreage of fabric is higher than the input.

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Looking Back, Over My Shoulder

While I tried to get back into blogging, not all of my creations for 2022 made it on here. Sometimes it feels like I’m standing shouting in an empty room “look at this dress!” “these trousers are awesome” or “OK, so I screwed up on this one!” and nobody is out there listening. I miss the days when you got comments on your blog posts and reflections, now it’s all about the likes which is less personal, both on blogs and Instagram. And I’m bad at that myself, falling into the downward spiral (plus it doesn’t help that my blog reader of choice, Bloglovin’ is down a lot of the time. Is there another one?). I haven’t decided if I will keep this blog up and running, but that’s an issue for the future. For now let’s summarise 2022.

I sewed a total of 24 garments in total; a mix of outerwear, tops, shirts, blouses, dresses, men’s wear, children wear. Basically most stuff except for underwear and exercise clothes. I had a pretty good stride in the spring, then in the fall we did some major renovations on the house which sucked up a lot of energy and time, so sewing was put on the back burner.

As can be seen, I sewed a great variety of garments, but for pattern companies, Deer and Doe as well as Burda were dominating my sewing. I tried one new to me pattern company which was Danish company How To Do Fashion. Since I have quite a large collection of patterns, I try to use and adapt those, rather than buying new patterns, and when I do buy patterns it’s usually through Marketplace on FB.

As I was trying to figure out my top and bottom 5, I had trouble both narrowing down my top 5, as well as reaching 5 for my bottom list; a sign that I’ve figured out what I like to sew and wear. I mean, especially my Striped Stella, the thing that is bad with it is really minor.

Let’s start with the not so good, in no particular order.

The Covid Briar

I’m still not friends with viscose jersey, and this top also suffers from being too short in the waste. I wear it around the house, but what I actually need are some knit tops for work, this was not one. The question is if I will ever become friends with viscose jersey.

The Cheerleader Jacket

I like the style of the jacket, but I don’t like to wear it, the trouble is mainly the sleeves. They are designed to be 7/8 sleeves, but that is an awkward length and I thought they’d be full length on my short arms. They aren’t and are now neither full length or 7/8. Also, I was very lazy and machine-stitched the rib cuff closed, which created a very uncomfortable seam on the inside of the cuff. Let this be a lesson to me, not to cheat in these manners.

Green Aubetura

The search for a woven t-shirt ended, at least for now, on a D&D Aubépine/Datura mashup. I made which I liked, unfortunately the hem started to pill, this is my second version. I think the fabric I chose here, while soft, doesn’t have enough drape. It just doesn’t sit nice.

Striped Stella

This top is fine, but I made the neckline binding too loose, so it sits quite unflatteringly. It is an easy fix, if I just remembered to save the left-overs, but I worry about cutting the neckline down further. If I have the fabric left, I recon I should try.

Keyhole top

Another attempt at making a knit top with interesting design lines. This one from Burda XX/2014. It sits weird (lazy me, not properly FBA’ing) and the keyhole gives too much cleavage if I pull it down. The neckties feel too tight around my neck, I don’t like too restricting clothes. It hasn’t been worn yet, and maybe it does in order to truly be tested.

Let’s move on to the good stuff!

Acajou Trousers

These trousers were completed in August, and since then they have been worn 35 times. They are so comfortable and practical with the big pockets and are in constant rotation in my closet. These were made in a polyester stretch twill, and I’m planning to upgrade to a denim pair.

Sunshine Shirtdress

I bought this fabric after noticing a lack of colour in my summer wardrobe. This dress really conjures a sunshine feeling, and I do love wearing (and sewing!) shirtdresses.

Embroidered Chardon

It should come as a surprise to no one that I totally love Deer & Doe’s patterns. In this case I really did the perfect matching of fabric to pattern and I love the end result. The perfect everyday skirt for warmer weather!

Purple/Yellow Aubépine

Case in point, three of my top five creations are made with Deer & Doe patterns. The cut on this dress is so smart, and paired with the cute fabric, it’s a quick outfit. What’s not to like?

Vienna Dress

There’s so many lovely memories associated with this dress, that it doesn’t matter that there is some wonkiness. The evening spent at a ball in Vienna was amazing and I’ll remember it forever. I felt really pretty and unique in this dress, which was everything I was going for. Plus, the dress even got to take a swirl on the dance floor in a proper Viennese Waltz.

Holding Onto His Words, But Baby

I saw an angel become the devil

Still they look pretty good, hand in hand

Well, baby, I don’t need any of them
Heaven nor hell

I don’t know when it was, but sometime between 2010 and 2015, I’m not sure of the date, I heard the song Heaven Nor Hell with Volbeat on the radio. As I do like rock, the song appealed to me, but the lyrics really spoke to me. As an atheist I don’t need heaven nor hell, I’m trying to be a good person here and now, without the threats of hell or rewards of heaven.

I saw an angel become the devil

Anyway, after many long years living as Volbeat fans, we were able to score tickets to see them in Copenhagen. As it is their home ground, the tickets sold out quickly. My husband, by listening to them a lot on Spotify, were in the second priority group, the first were fan club members, and it was pretty slim pickings for our turn. I think everything was sold out by the time they were released to the general public. Last week we went, the arena was packed. Now, while I haven’t seen the before, from what I could tell lead singer/guitarist Michael Poulsen looked very happy to be playing in Denmark.  He looked relaxed, made jokes and maybe that is how he normally is on stage, but he did look genuinely happy. And I managed to follow along with most of the chit chat between the songs, not all of it. While I understand some Danish, it is easier in a conversation and not in a fully packed arena where the sound is designed for music. Volbeat is a great band and the concert was awesome! For anyone counting it was arena #2 for 2022 and 3rd proper band (6th if including supporting acts).

Still they look pretty good, hand in hand

About a year ago, I set my personal style philosophy as “office nerd connects with inner rocker” and I’ve been trying to update my wardrobe accordingly. I don’t know how successful I am in creating clothes I actually wear to concerts, but adding some rocker vibes to my everyday wardrobe is moving forward. Note, that I am still very much a nerd so YMMV on what is considered rockier clothes.

Well baby, I don’t need any of them

This blouse is an idea I’ve had for a while, it’s Deer & Doe’s Airelle, but I’ve made it a buttonfront as well as removed the collar. It wasn’t really difficult, I added a seam allowance and overlap allowance down the front, and made the facing bit accordingly. The fabric is a viscose/cupro blend, a fabric I really loved when I saw it, it connects with my personal style and it worked very well for the pattern.

Heaven Nor Hell

The skirt is from Burda and has been hanging in my sewing room for half a year. I made it up in a stretch twill which, albeit a bit tight worked because of the stretch (I made a pair of trousers in Burda 42, too big, then this skirt in Burda40, a bit too tight. Annoying!), but when I added the very rigid lining I could barely move in the skirt. Forget taking steps over half a metre long. While pondering my options (take out lining, add a wedge) the skirt hung in my sewing room. It didn’t help that spring was approaching and a lined black skirt wasn’t really what I needed.

The look of these together is a little more black than I normally go for, but I really like the look and I think at least the blouse is going to get a lot of mileage.

Patterns: Deer & Doe Airelle; Burda 110-2019-11

Fabric: Viscose/cupro Tyg.se (Out of stock); stretch twill Ohlssons

Notions: Buttons (blouse), D-rings, invisible zipper (skirt), interfacing (both)

Soundtrack: Volbeat Heaven Nor Hell

Hello Daddy, Hello Mum

Being a 1980s baby, of course I had heard Joan Jett and the Blackhearts declaring that “I Love Rock’n’roll” several times. I easily agree, although I do think both “Bad Reputation” and “Crimson and Clover” are superior songs (proving that I haven’t moved far past their hits), but maybe that’s just because of  I’ve heard them far less. And they weren’t destroyed by a Britney cover. There, I said it.

I’m your Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb!

Displaying my lack of knowledge in Joan Jett, I had no idea that she was in The Runaways in the 70s, until I came across the movie of the same name, which I chose to watch because a) it focused on women b) I wanted to see what Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning could do outside of Twilight. That’s how I learnt of the Runaways, and of course Cherry Bomb plays a big part in the opening of the movie. The movie also made me want to introduce cool rocker women to my children, so Cherry Bomb was added to my weekend playlist and daughter E was blasting out “Hello Daddy, Hello Mum, I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb” at young age, making her mom very proud.

Hello World!

So, they just heard the women, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention to teaching them about the bands. Therefore, imagine my surprise when the following story took place. We were in the car and “I Love Rock’n’roll” came on the radio, with the display showing the song title and band name. After a while he turned to me and said “mom, I see that this is Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, but is this before or after she was with the Runaways?” Cue surprised Pikachu face on my part. Turns out he’d been vigilantly reading Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Joan Jett was one of them. (Ha, The Guardian, there’s at least one boy reading a story “for girls”! On his own! And he loved it! He recommended it to his 3rd grade teacher! And he hasn’t even asked for an equivalent for boys!)

I’m Your Wild Girl!

Even without the long explanation, it’s fairly obvious that this is my Cherry Bomb coat. My first foray into outerwear was Minoru by Sewaholic, and while that was a good starter piece, it was lacking in certain areas, one of them being it was a little too thin for me. This one on the other hand almost turned out too thick, but it also fills the gap that the Minoru had, this one can be worn up until really thick coat weather. The pattern is #116 from Burdastyle 12/2019, an issue with many goodies (I’ve also made that collarless blazer), but why they call it a viscose coat, I have no idea. There was a gazillion pattern pieces to cut, luckily I had just found out that one of my streaming carriers had Call The Midwife so those amazing women kept me company throughout tracing, cutting and, well, sewing the coat.

I’m Your Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb

There’s not much to say about the pattern, it assembles well, it’s a coat with standard coat techniques for shell and lining. It might be a little too much for an everyday coat, but it’s fun! A cherry coat! I added a self-belt, to give the waist just a little more definition, but I didn’t add belt loops. Also, even though their small, it has pockets!

Pattern: #116 Burdastyle 12/2019
Fabric: Cherry canvas from Ohlssons Tyger.
Lining: Quilted lining from Ohlssons Tyger
Buttons: Gifted to me from my sister, Bernt I Lund
Sew in snaps: Selfmade.

Soundtrack: Cherry Bomb, The Runaways.

Hey We Need a Visit to Vienna

I work in a huge multi-national project, which is government-funded. This means we rarely get anything extra, our spring party this year was playing brännboll on our very uneven lawn, before enjoying a barbecue and a cover band with pretty bad speakers. It was perfectly fine and nice, however it wasn’t very extravagant. My husband’s company on the other hand, is all about the extravaganza, their Christmas parties are usually a weekend in a European city. This year they had their 10-year anniversary, and went really big; a ball in Vienna for the employees and their partners. As a person who sews their own clothes, you all know what that meant: it was time to make a ball gown!

I’ve heard that there’s something about that fallen town

As I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out my personal style, it was obvious I was going to wear something that still felt like me; structural, a bold colour, not too much frou-frou. I think I succeeded, and most people were just taken with the fact that I had made the dress to notice all those small errors I knew were there.

They say don’t forget to bring your friend on
schönen Donau under Vienna sun

Let me tell you, a ball in Vienna is an amazing experience. From arriving at Hofburg palace with tourists still around marveling about those fancy guests, to dinner with excellent food, Viennese music (opera, Mozart and a sing-a-long of Edelweiss), to dancing. They had professional dancers to show us the Wienerwaltz, and afterwards I asked of them for a spin on the dance floor, I couldn’t leave a ball in Vienna, without having done a proper Wienerwaltz, even though I probably took many wrong steps, but my dancing partner was pretty patient. I guess he had no choice.

And if we ever get to Vienna
sell us dreams about that echoing dome

During dinner, another woman came up to me and pointed out that we were the only ones “in same fabric”. Taffeta that is (the purple colour I chose seems to be out of stock at the time of typing). I think there was one more, but taffeta was quite an unusual choice. The pattern I eventually settled on was No. 23 Marrakesh by How To Do Fashion. I was drawn to the neckline and structural aspects of the design. Since this was a relatively important piece, I did a toile in a torn bedsheet, however I failed to consider that, unlike the bedsheet, the taffeta had no give whatsoever. So, while the bedsheet version looked nice on, the taffeta version could have gained from a minor FBA. But the lack of boob space gave a nice little corset effect. Levelling the dress was also hard, but in the end I think it looked pretty OK. Or people were too distracted by the cleavage to notice.

What if a last waltz can really save us
young at heart and full of hope

Regardless of minor snafus, this purple taffeta dress, worn with flats, really stood out in the sea of mesh, draping, pastel colours and high heels. I also took the opportunity to do some pretty makeup as well, and I felt really pretty. Like, I never know when I’ll be this pretty again, because I need this sort of occasion.

Because as Cinderella says: What’s a royal ball? After all, I suppose it would be frightfully dull, and boring, and completely … completely wonderful. It was completely wonderful.

Soundtrack: Visit to Vienna – Sahara Hotnights

Dagen før var allting som en sommerflirt

Yes, yesterday was like a summer flirt. I was strolling through Vienna, looking at gorgeous and impressive buildings, just taking in the atmosphere. (The day before that I had attended a ball at Hofburg Imperial Palace, but that’s a topic for another post. Yes, I did make my dress). Anyway, this summer has been filled with travelling, and my how I’ve missed it during the 2 corona pandemic years. I know, I know the pandemic itself is not over, but the restrictions are gone and the impact they’ve had on our lives. This summer I have been to many packed places and haven’t caught as much as a cold, maybe people are staying home when they’re feeling unwell.

This summer we’ve been travelling a lot (4 countries in total: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria). I love the feeling of just been somewhere else, experiencing other cultures. I live in the south of Sweden, but just going across the bridge to Copenhagen really is a shift in culture. Maybe a subtle one to an outsider, but I can definitely feel it. We started the month of July cheering for the world’s finest cyclists as they took on the streets of Copenhagen in the first stage of this year’s Tour de France. Fantastic!

We then took on the Netherlands, with stops in Germany, playing on the beach, visiting Amsterdam and just enjoying life. Then the weekend in Vienna. During all this time, I really got to flex my language skills, which I love doing. In Denmark it was French and Danish, German in Germany and Austria and my Duolingo Dutch in the Netherlands. I did manage to get by, but some of the time it was easier to fall in English; it works most of the time.

However, one thing that is easily done even with limited language skills is fabric shopping. Meter is meter in many languages, and as long as you stick to full ones it’s just easy to hold up fingers indicating the meterage. If you’d like 1.7 meters, it’s a bit trickier, but my German counting skills got me by. (If I’d like 1.25 meters in German, that’s where it gets hard, ein meter, fünf und zwantig (one meter, five and twenty)).

In the Netherlands I took the bike into Alkmaar (what a treat to bike in a country where everyone shows consideration to cyclists!) and Böttger Stoffenwinkel, where I spent some time and money. Beware, some places in the Netherlands don’t accept credit cards, so even if my Visa card is a Debit card (as stated on it) it was declined. Luckily there was an ATM nearby and I could get cash. I bought the following (from top to bottom):

Og i morgen er endelig

Viscose twill, off-white with dots. It will probably be a long-sleeved blouse of some sort.
Cotton/viscose blend, linen look; blue/black with flowers. A summer dress. Something a bit looser than my normal aesthetics, I think.
Stretch denim, light blue: Probably a pair of DD Acajou.

Then in Vienna, my husband and I stuck to our deal on weekend getaways (it’s been exercised once before), that he gets to run for a while and I can visit a fabric shop. So I visited Die Stoffschwester from a tip from Sølvi/Delfine Elise. It was a lovely shop packed with fabrics and I ended up with four pieces. I had originally decided on three, but then that peace sign fabric screamed out to me. I snagged the final piece of it, as well as the yellow floral one.

Whoa

Cotton knit red/white. For a knit top.
Cotton sweatshirt, peace signs. A sweatshirt and perhaps a skirt if the meterage agrees.
Viscose, yellow with flowers. A summer dress. Of course. Or maybe a maxi skirt… We’ll see next summer. Perhaps some flowy trousers as I found that missing in my wardrobe.
Cotton double gauze, blue tie dye. A beach outfit in which I can bike. The beach dresses I have are not suitable for the bike I bought, so if we’re biking to the beach I need something that doesn’t risk getting entangled in the gear wheels and chain.

For a second I did ponder memorizing my Vienna trip with an Edelweiss fabric, but it was white flowers on white, not my style. Had it been the flowers on green, you would have seen in in the picture.

Soundtrack: Dagen Før; Volbeat ft. Stine Bramsen. (A Danish metal band who, in some songs mix English and Danish lyrics, appealing to my bilingual mind.
Yesterday, everything was like a summer’s flirt, but tomorrow it’s final.)

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

In 2020 I bought myself a racing bicycle and since then we’ve spent many, many kilometres together. I bought it with the intention of eventually cycling to work, but with 2020 and 2021, you can all guess how well that went. Not much point in riding a bike down the stairs from my bedroom to my makeshift home office just below. But we’ve ridden much together without a specific goal.

I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

Since even longer, my husband has been a cycling fan and when Le Tour de France is on for three weeks on end every summer, you get drawn into it. Especially with the superb commentator team of Vacchi/Adamson, whom we can enjoy in Sweden. Also, because I happen to love France, one day our vacation will be to France during the Tour so we can see some world class cycling at one of the famous climbs.

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike

This year however, the Grand Départ is in Copenhagen, so it’ll be easy to pop over the Öresund for a day of cycling. So exciting! Of course I needed a special outfit for the occasion, in a fabric I’ve been searching for during a very long time. I give you my Tour de France dress!

I want to ride my bicycle, races are coming your way

I told a coworker of mine that I was wearing a dress like this, and she said, without maliciousness, that “it sounds like something you would do”. Then she added I would be easy to spot, should we bump into each other in Copenhagen on the day of. I choose to interpret this that my personal style has a sense of humour to it, I didn’t ask what she meant, but like I said, there was no maliciousness to the words.

Of course, I used a French pattern, the Belladone dress from Deer and Doe. At the top it’s a size 42, graded to a 44 from the waist down; I also added my usual length and also lengthened the skirt. The back opening gaps like crazy on me so I removed a good wedge out of both the lower and upper bodice, which made the cut out a bit smaller, but I also think it shifted the dress a bit backwards, the waistband isn’t perfectly straight in the side view. But who is? The fabric is in homage to the mountain jersey , of the Tour de France, big polka dots. So, now I’m ready for the Grand Départ (and other nice summer days) in my new dress.

Soundtrack: Queen – Bicycle Race

It’s Been A Year Or Two Since I Was Out On The Floor

In August 2019 I bought tickets for the May 2020 Green Day concert in Stockholm. Then it was pushed to May 2021. Now, June 2022, it finally happened! And in the meantime Weezer was added to the lineup, which was such a pleasant surprise!

shakin’ booty, making sweet love all the night

I saw Green Day in concert in 2017, so I kinda knew what to expect. And, let me tell you, they know how to put on a show. There are great songs, pyrotechnics, this time they had added interesting cameras (I was mesmerized by one placed one the head of Mike Dirnt’s bass guitar as he was playing the Longview riff). Weezer on the other hand didn’t have so much of a show, but man are those songs great. It felt like seeing an old friend again wondering why we don’t meet up more often. So, to counteract the fact that I haven’t listened to a lot of Weezer lately (I did listen to them back in the day, and they were in my top 3 band for 2020 on Spotify)) I’ve been blasting them in the car these past days. And singing out loud, thankfully I drive alone. I’m a born again Weezer fan! (I never stopped being a Green Day fan)

It’s time I got back to the good life

Just as five years ago, I feel at a loss at the what to wear to a rock concert, my wardrobe doesn’t reflect my inner rocker persona (even if I did try to rectify that, I didn’t get to the interesting black and white fabrics of this plan). I have some ideas how to rock up my wardrobe. This outfit, however, is not one of them.

It’s time I got back, it’s time I got back, and I don’t even know how I got off the track

I don’t know what prompted me to make a cheerleader outfit, but here it is. I wanted a petrol light jacket, to be worn indoors, and I bought some extra of this stretch cotton sateen to make a matching set. To spice things up, in my very subdued way, I bought a silver lining fabric, silver zipper and some iron-on stars, also silver. Such a good combo, the petrol and silver. 

Both patterns are Burdastyle, and both were in that good place of having interesting details to sew, but still not too tricky (even if the jacket had to pause following a scant week of covid). The instructions were a bit sparse regarding the insertion of the zipper with the main fabric, lining and rib neckline, I did my thing which I don’t think is entirely correct, but it works. As for alterations, while the skirt has none, the jacket body is lengthened 5 cm, and the sleeves by some bit. I didn’t write it down. Unfortunately, I should have added a bit more, they were designed to be ¾ sleeves, I wanted them full length but they are a tad too short. I think I’m the only one it bothers. I also added what became over-dimensioned welt pockets to the front of the jacket, following this tutorial (in Swedish) by Frk Wiberg.

I wanna go back, YEAH!

Even though they are designed as a set, I haven’t yet worn them as such. The pieces have been worn individually but not together, and I’m not sure they will. Unless I’m at some point going to a fancy dress party as a cheerleader. 

Patterns: Burda 125-02-2013 (jacket); Burda 109-10-2017 (skirt)
Fabric: Petrol cotton sateen from tyg.se; Silver acetate lining and grey rib knit from Selfmade
Notions: Metal zipper; invisible zipper; interfacing; iron-on stars
Also wearing: Covid Briar (not sure it’s a good match). I really did like my Me-Made-May outfit of the skirt paired with the floral Aubetura.

Soundtrack: The Good Life by Weezer.

Me-Made-May; Last Days and Lessons Learnt

Me-Made- May, Day 25-31 (ish)

Day 25: No pic, but wearing the same as on last Saturday (day 21). We had an outdoor party at work, so I dressed for that.

Day 26: Another thing we’ve been waiting a long time for, our annual outing to the horse race track! Carousels, betting, burgers, donuts; great day.
Wearing: Sysysy-dress (which has been getting some holes around the neckline) and star sweatshirt. A total Jenny Hellström day.

Day 27: Squeeze day (ie. a day between a bank holiday (Ascension day) and the weekend). I went to get my hair cut, finally fringe again.
Wearing: Pinda trousers, Stevie Budd t-shirt, Denim jacket (RTW)

Days 28-29: I didn’t leave the house much, but I did wear a pair of me-made shorts, as well as my Covid Briar. They are comfortable, but not photogenic. I also wore my denim Pinda and my Star Sweatshirt, as pictured.

Day 30: By now I was hoping to wear more bare legs and leave the sweaters at home. The weather doesn’t agree with me.
Wearing: Rhombus trousers, black Simone t-shirt and Green Briar.

Day 31: Last day and I’ve made through yet another month of documenting my clothes, although I did fell of the wagon in the end. I decided to go full circle and end the month in the same skirt in which I started it, although I did prefer the outfit on day 1.
Wearing: Turquoise skirt, grey Lane Raglan and White Zip cardigan.

Alongside Me-Made-May, since January I’ve also used the 30 wears app, after reading about it on Andrea’s blog. It’s a wardrobe log, which clothes did I wear, with the basis in asking the question “will I wear it 30 times?” Since I didn’t start from scratch, some clothes are discarded before the 30 wears, but they have surely reached it before. It has helped me figure out which of my pieces I like to wear, and also which pieces I usually match. I add pieces when I wear them, so there are some unaccounted for in the app, I take this into consideration when seasonally switching wardrobes.

I did identify some gaps in my wardrobe. For work I realized I enjoy wearing light jackets over tops; while I have a selection of those pieces in my wardrobe, I’d like to make some more office appropriate knit tops (my office is pretty casual, but I like to have some interest in my clothes). I probably do not need to add to the light jacket quota at the moment, but I do need a spring/autumn jacket; I have a pattern in mind, but I haven’t decided on what type of style of fabric to use.

During the course of the month, I ripped up my two colourful trousers, the turquoise chinos and my coral trousers with all the cool zipper details. When Deer & Doe sadly (but understandably) discontinued their paper lined I picked up the Acajou trousers, but maybe they’ll be a bit too heavy for spring trousers. I also bought some Burda magazines off FB marketplace with some interesting knit tops, watch this space!

Evaluating my wardrobe regularly surely is good, and I’m getting to the point where I’m liking a lot of the stuff in my wardrobe and better at identifying (and making) gaps. However, don’t be fooled. I still have days when I have nothing to wear.

Me-Made-May 2022; Day 13-24

May is moving on and here are my next 12 outfits. For the first half of the month, click here.

Days 13-16

Day 13: Today at work, I just wanted to be comfortable. A t-shirt dress to the resuce!
Wearing: Venus Dress and RTW Cardigan.

Day 14: We had friends over for dinner today and out of context my exclaim that “I hate this time of year” seems off. But in context, it was that we discussed how hard it was to get dressed for these in-between temperatures, especially if you’re leaving the house. You want to go bare-legged, and during the day you can, but in the evening you need to cover your legs and that’s boring. Still, I was at home, so I had more freedom.
Wearing: Purple Aubépine

Day 15: Cleaning up from yesterday’s gathering, biking and sewing a toile for a very exciting project were the items on today’s agenda. The very exciting project? My husband and I are going to attend a ball (!) in Vienna (!!) in August, so today I sewed the first torn bedsheet version of How To Do Fashion’s Marrakesh pattern. I love the neckline and style of the dress and I hope it will look good in the purple taffeta I’ve bought. First toile looks very promising, but I need to ponder it for a while.
Wearing: Covid Briar and unseen shorts (cause they don’t deserve to be seen. Very comfy though).

Day 16: Back to the office after a nice weekend. I stopped by the library to pick up a book I’d booked (Egalia’s Daughters) and took todays photo in the library.
Wearing: Coral Trousers, Striped Wrap top and RTW jacket.

Days 17-20

Day 17: One of my favourite fabric and pattern pairings in a while, and premiere wearing of my recent denim Chardon. This skirt is so lovely!
Wearing: Denim Chardon, Simone T-shirt and RTW jacket.

Day 18: Right before snapping this picture I managed to cut my finger on my key, don’t ask me how, so the pose is a bit awkward. The 1.5 cm cut on my right index finger had just begun to bleed, but I didn’t feel like going inside to take care of it and then going back out for the photo.
Wearing: Green Aubetura and Rhombus trousers

Day 19: Fun day! After work I met my sister and dad for “dinner and a show”. The dinner was delicious tapas and the show was the music of Benny Andersson. Mostly known for being one B of ABBA, his musical deed is so much bigger, covering everything from pop, to musicals, to Swedish folk music. I love listening to live music, and hearing a symphony orchestra, well there’s something special about it. I scoured the internet and found the music sheet for Födelsedagsvals till Mona (birthday valse to Mona (Benny’s wife)), and I hope to learn them over the weekend. It’s such a beautiful piece!
Wearing: Sunshine shirt dress and white zip cardigan. The tights came off later in the day, making this my first bare-legged day out and about.

Day 20: Apparently, I dressed in discarded French military uniform today; blue, white and red. The story, which I was told, was that the French didn’t believe in camouflage, that they would intimidate the enemy just on presence alone, and then they had to make their presence known by dressing in bright colours. I did as well, but not as a not the French military. However, the fit of these trousers is really bothering me, excess fabric in the crotch and too tight over the calves. I was ready to rip them apart, salvaging the zippers and button, but then I was distracted by my recently printed music sheet.
Wearing: Coral Trousers, Denim Datura, White Zip cardigan.

Days 21-24

Day 21: My husband and daughter were away all weekend, my son and I were home together. To both our tastes we did our own things and met for mealtimes. We both enjoyed the day.
Wearing: Pinda Trousers, Eloise Hoodie and T-shirt with bows.

Day 22: The intention was to spend this day in the same manner as yesterday, but since it was my sister’s birthday she invited us to a café for some cake. Can’t say no to that! I got compliments on the dress, specifically the tucks along the bodice and sleeves. I had been worried that they’d get lost in the busy print, but as it turned out; they didn’t.
Wearing: Purple Aubépine and RTW denim jacket

Day 23: Despite better judgment, I wore the coral trousers again and they were still ill-fitting and too tight (I mean, there is a reason why the linked post for them is “Sewing fails 2019”). So I ended the day by ripping out all those zippers and the buttons to go on a new project. At the same time I also noticed that the turquoise chinos I wore earlier in the month were pretty badly torn (cheap fabric) and now I’ve ended up with no trousers in a fun colour. I need to change that!
Wearing: Coral Trousers, Scissors Shirt, RTW jacket.

Day 24: I’m abroad (Outside Royal Arena in Copenhagen)! In November 2019 my sister and I bought tickets to see Trevor Noah and today was the day it was finally happening. Even sitting in the arena waiting for Trevor himself to show it was a surreal feeling. My sister, having admired the tucks two days earlier, said she liked the skirt, but was relieved to find out that I hadn’t made all the embroidery, the fabric was bought as such.

Wearing: Denim Chardon, Striped Stella, RTW/Thrifted Jacket

Stay tuned for the final days and my lessons learnt.