Category Archives: Burdastyle

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 (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.

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; 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.

Summer Sewing 2021 – Outcome

As I have mentioned before, I do like to plan my sewing. For each new season, I make a plan. As each season ends, I try to figure out what I missed, what I wore, what never got worn to, hopefully, remember for next year so I can make a better plan. For the summer of 2021, here’s what I planned:

What I planned

This year I tried to go for a mini-capsule, where all pieces would mix and match, also while using fabrics I had accumulated over the year. I did sew all of those piece, maybe not the exact pattern (you’ll see what I mean) and added a few pieces that I also needed, but that didn’t necessarily fit into the capsule.

What I sewed!

I truly love the bumblebee dress, how it fits, how it looks, the fabric! The Vaccine Top is also a pretty big hit, it’s a bit dressier (not shown here is the plunging back neckline) and that, since it’s white, goes with plenty of bottom pieces. The other white top, not in plan (pattern Burda 06-2018-121) is a fail. It’s a pique fabric and I’m having trouble getting the neckline to lie flat. But the biggest issue is that against all better judgement, I should have known better than to put gathers around my boobs. While I thought I’d like this for really warm days, it has hardly been warm and I wouldn’t want to wear it outside of the house.

The little jacket from Knipmode (Edition 04/2019 cannot find pattern online), in a stretchy sweatshirt knit, is a very nice little summer jacket. I just haven’t been out a lot in weather that would need it, but surely it can be worn for fall as well? And I didn’t call you Shirley.

As for the bottoms, the blue skirt is lovely in colour and length (and has a post of its own). The tie-dye culottes (Burda 06-2018-103) I made because, well, I needed shorts. I liked the idea of a longer length and the styling made it seem like the overlapping flap would make the culottes look more like a skirt. Truth be told, while I like the shape, the flap mostly gets caught between my legs. If I were to make these culottes again, I’d make them without the flap, and I’d add a waistband. Interfaced waistlines just don’t do it for me.

Now the red trousers. Certainly a pair of 3/4-length trousers are a staple of a summer wardrobe up in the Nordics. I love the fabric and the pattern with the cool pocket details (Burda 10-2017-113). However, someone really stupid (not naming names or placing blame here, people!) didn’t check the stretch of the fabric and didn’t realise that it went on the cross grain of the fabric instead of the straight grain. So now I have trousers that stretch well in the lengthwise direction, but not so much where I actually would want the stretch. Stupid! Plus the haphazard stretch made it harder to get the pocket details sharp. You live you learn (eventually, last fall I made the exact same error.

As for random things to consider for next year’s summer sewing:

  • I need more colour!
  • I want some more vowen, slightly looser tops
  • Viscose knits are lovely to wear in warm weather, but I need to stay clear of the nightgown feeling they can give me
  • I’d like more practical shorts – cargo style – for hikes and similar outings.

Also I’m likely to find lovely fabrics over the year to come, so who know what I’ll want to sew then…

Sewn: A Bumblebee Dress

Today I got a notification from WordPress congratulating me on the 14 years that have passed since I signed up for this blog, which is quite interesting considering that my first posts from this blog are from 2006 – 15 years ago.This blog has been through many iterations, I’ve recapped travels, reviewed books and movies, shared unemployment anxiety (and workplace anxiety) and all in between. In the end I’ve settled on irregularly sharing my sewing creations here and many of the other posts have been removed from public reading. I still have them and cringe.

What better way to celebrate than to share a a wonder summer dress! I sewed this back in May, but with everything summer happening, here I am at the tail end of summer posting about it. Ah, well. To be honest, as I don’t fancy typing on my tablet and rarely use my computer during holidays, no posts get typed. The harsh truth. And very relaxing.

This dress, impractical as it really is, is a dream! The perfect summer dress. Ruffles, full circle skirt, nice fitting bodice… what else could I ask for? The pattern is #107 from Burda 05/2020, sewn up in a viscose fabric from Stoff och Stil (discontinued), blue and white striped with adorable bumblebees on it. Summery without being floral! I had a discussion with a sewing friend, she wouldn’t sew a full (or half, as she first thought it was) circle skirt in stripes, the different directions would drive her crazy. But I decided that the stripes were thin enough that it wouldn’t be an issue and in the end she also admitted that it wasn’t as disturbing as she thought at first.

As for alterations I did an FBA on the bodice, afterwards I split the one (now very wide) dart into two. I also added length to the bodice (hello long torso!). On the back bodice I took out a wedge of the neckline as it was gaping. I think the skirt got a bit shorter, due to fabric restrictions, but I can’t remember. Anyway, this dress is lovely to wear, lovely to look at and lovely to twirl in!

Sewn: A Shirt for The Life After This

As I sit here, in my home office (aka my sewing room), in jeans, a t-shirt and a Briar (I look like this, but with another t-shirt, still black), I dream of days when I can go back out into the world for work, for social events, for just meeting people. Since March it has been a lot of comfortable clothes and while they are great for the home office and just being at home, I still like to dress for other occasions as well.

Which got me thinking. My closet is always overflowing with clothes, because if I get rid of the things I don’t like I feel it would be too empty. But now, when I live in comfy clothes I realised that I can use another criterium for culling my wardrobe. Do I look forward to wearing this garment again? And where do I see myself wearing it? With the current Covid situation in Sweden I doubt we’ll get back to the office full time any time soon (we were back on a strict schedule September-October, but now it’s work from home full time if you can), which would give me time to identify the gaps in my wardrobe.

I tried to show off the 4 buttons cuff, but failed. Also, I think they overlap in the “wrong way”

One thing I know is that I love my shirts. And I love shirt-making! So this shirt is definitely one for the “I look forward to wearing this”-pile. The pattern is from Burdastyle (number 111-2020-02, an issue with many great patterns) and the fabric is a cotton voile from Stoff och Stil. I really like the style lines of the pattern, the princess seams in the front are from the back piece wrapping around to the front. However, their method of hidden button placket gets no love from me, basically they have you sew the buttonholes to the fold-over facing, then you fold it over and stitch it in place. This means that the buttonholes just sit on the back of the facing and are a bit tricky to button and unbutton. All in all, while Burdastyle shirts may have interesting style lines, they keep going back to fold-facings instead of proper button band. It works if you close all the buttons all the way up, but I recently sewed a shirt dress that is rather messy looking in the inside neckline due to the fact that a facing was used rather than a proper button band.

But I love the shirt and I want to wear it out in the world. However, for now it’s comfort and no unnecessary wear and tear of the clothes that await a life after the pandemic. And I tried a #poselikethepatternmodel

Posing like the pattern model

Sewn: A Green Floral Dream Dress

I have two fabric stores nearby; Stoff och Stil and Ohlssons tyger. While both have a selection of fabrics, they both also have remnant tables. In the case of Stoff och Stil it could be cut-offs from their collection, at a reduced price with risk for errors, or assorted fabrics. Ohlssons have assorted fabrics sorted by fabric type and in this store you pay by weight. I always like to rummage around in those bins, seeing what I can find and apply it to my sewing. In fact, I very rarely buy fabric off the bolt, unless it’s something I really want or need, I prefer to look at remnants first!

A few weeks ago I came across this beautiful green floral fabric in the viscose bin at Ohlssons. (A burn test down the line shown that it is probably polyester, something I suspected already when it came out of the washer without a wrinkle). The piece was 3.3 metres and for that I paid 179 SEK (€17) or 54 SEK (€5) per metre!

My daughter approves the twirl-ability!

Around the same time Burda 05/2020 arrived in my mailbox. And while dress #109 is really not my style at all, I couldn’t get it out of my head to pair that pattern with this fabric, I had a feeling it would make a fabulous dress. Spoiler alert: It is!

Surrounded by green

The fabric was huge and seemed to have a life of its own. The two skirts are both but on the fold on the bias and it shifted constantly leaving all pieces not symmetrical. I persevered visualizing the finished dress and how lovely it would be. Unfortunately, somewhere along all the shifting and correcting and the fabric not wanting to be contained, I must have cut off a bit too much and the dress is too tight. As you can see, I can get it on, but only if I don’t plan on eating or, you know, breathing. Who needs that?

Split sleeve

I liked the details of this dress; the waist yoke, the split sleeves and the fact that the side seam don’t go all the way to the edge of the bodice. It’s a bit hard to tell, but it’s sewn around 1.5 cm from the edge and then goes in under the arm. To get this you really need to study the line drawing. The pattern is in Burda’s tall range, for the 176 m woman. I am “only” 168 cm, but have a long torso, so I kept the bodice as is and shortened the yoke and skirts to get the proportions right. I used no scientifically approved method for this I just winged it.

Trying to show that unusual side seam

All dressed up and nowhere to go, isn’t that the running theme for 2020?  I hope that next year I will fit into this dress and I’ll have somewhere to go (well, in fact we have received a save the date for a wedding). Also, I hope to find a belt that matches better and that will be a little more dressed up than this one. Until then, it’s back to comfy trousers or shorts, t-shirts and hoodies; the clothes that have become the staple wardrobe of 2020.

Me-Made May, the first half

While I do share my outfits every day on Instagram, I want to share them here too. To really make myself think about my outfits, what I like and what I don’t like.

Day 1: Meeting people. At a distance, of course. Wearing Checkered Chardon, a Megan Nielsen Briar in linen knit and a double gause Simplicity 8610 jacket.
Since I was actually leaving the house this day, I tried to combine things in a new way. It kind of works. I’m still debating whether or not I should add a button to the jacket.

Day 2: Staying casual at home in Waffle Patterns Pinda pants and Burda 11/2019 hoodie.
Casual and comfy. Nothing more, nothing less.

Day 3: Wearing Waffle Patterns Pinda Pants, RTW tank and Megan Nielsen Briar. And thrifted pink Converse.
I had to rush out as soon as the store opened as we were out of toilet paper (we’re so not hoarding!) and something for the kid to bring to scouting. Tired, but comfy and I had those pink shoes to cheer me up!

Day 4-6, all working from home in knit tops.
On 4 and 5 I’m wearing a wrap top from Burda 02/2020, thrifted trousers on day 4 and my Olga skirt on day 5. I love the colour of the top and the details of the skirt. And look at those lime green leaves in the background! Day 6 is a meh outfit. Both pieces are from Allt om Handarbete (top, trousers) and I need to make so many adjustments to get them to fit, both in terms of sizing and other alterations, that I think I’m done with that company. The colour scheme is nice, though, and the top is a bit better with a belt.

Day 7-9Day 7: I won the Hey June Lane Raglan in an IG giveaway and after six weeks of travelling from the US it arrived and I already had a fabric dedicated to it. A nice and comfy t-shirt, I like the fit since the pattern came with a built in FBA and I like the paint effect of the blue stripes.
Day 8: I went all out with blue shades today! This dress is so comfortable, but still with a nice shape. The fabric is pique and the free pattern is from Swedish designer Jenny Hellström. Rest is RTW. While in theory I would want a me-made denim jacket I don’t see the point as this jacket is perfectly fine. Once it’s worn out, we’ll talk.
Day 9: I went on a pre-breakfast bikeride and while waiting for the family parkour with my daughter I threw on some old sweat pants and a t-shirt. They served their purpose for keeping me clothed, but not sweating on anything precious

Day 10: Lane Raglan again. Handstitching a hem on a dress in one of my favourite fabrics.
Day 11: Pinda pants, a slouchy cardigan in linen knit (refashioned from a me-made warp cardigan) and an Allt om handarbete knit blouse. This knit blouse is OK, despite my complaining of the company earlier. And, while not shown, I like to think my sleeves are better matched than their own example.
Day 12: OK, so I wore the same outfit as yesterday, but got around the issue by wearing a me-made top for the gym. This is a nice airy top, but it’s quite tricky to put on, and it does show off my efforts at the gym.

Day 13: Olga skirt and grey MN Briar. I like the silhouette of this outfit, but, as can be seen in the two Briar outfits above, the neckline is very wide on me. And then I’ve taken in the knit one!
Day 14: These trousers have so many cool details (that I effectively hide) and I love the colour, but the fit is off as they are Allt om handarbete. Their block and I are just not compatible! The linen knit works like this, a bit slouchy (in the best way) over a tank. It was an experiment and while OK, not great.
Day 15: It was grey, windy and raining, so I decided to wear some blue skies and flowers. Clothes can help elevate your mood! The pattern is New Look 6301 and it’s comfortable and put together. A great dress!

Sewn: The Curtain Skirt

This project is near and dear to my heart. After my grandfather passed away 2 years ago, we had the task of cleaning out his and my grandmother’s (who had passed 5 years earlier) flat. We took one weekend, my cousins, my aunt and uncle, my dad and my sister, and spent it in their flat, sharing memories and mementos, telling stories and reminiscing. An interesting detail was that we all had connection to different things and stories to share and others had forgotten about.

And yes, I made that top as well. Pretty happy with the top/skit/belt styling here.

Anyway, my grandmother was quite the crafty person. Having grown up as the eighth of nine siblings in a contract family, statare in Swedish. Due to the conditions as well as WW2, the whole family was told to make do and mend. She enjoyed working with her hands, as did her mother, and tried many ventures; sewing, crocheting, weaving, lace-making, knitting and quilting. She continued to learn new things, she took up quilting in her 60s because she wanted to learn something new.

If you’re wondering about that right hand side blur – my phone slipped in the case.

While sorting through the linen closet we came across these curtains, which were woven by my grandmother with an added lace edge, crocheted by her. While it is a curtain fabric, I wanted to keep it and make it work for some sort of garment, most likely a structured skirt due to the nature of the fabric. It took me a while to find that pattern and then it took me some building of courage to cut into the piece of fabric. Luckily, my aunt cheered me on as she wanted the fabric to be used rather than just lying in box somewhere.

Pleats in front, double darts in back

I went with a skirt from Burda 01/2020, number 111. I like the Burda patterns and came across a few magazine in a Facebook pattern group, so I decided to expand my collection. This skirt features pleats that go all the way up into the facing, which leaves an interesting visual effect. Pleats and darts, as in the back (double darts! Great fit!), don’t usually involve the facing, but in this pattern both do extend to the self-facing, which makes for a pretty good fit. I shortened the skirt a bit, which I had to decide beforehand since I wanted the lace edge for the hem and omitted the belt loops and self-belt. While I think I will be wearing the skirt with belt, due to its shape I think the belt will stay put. Otherwise, it is an easy add on, should I change my mind. I also added a cotton/poly voile lining, due to the weave being a bit loose and, well, white. I just sewed it onto the self-facings, added the darts and pleats and sewed the side seams really long.

The double darts make for a great fit.

I’m glad I finally dared to cut that fabric and I hope my grandmother likes the idea of cutting her fabric up in order to make something I’ll get a lot of use out of. My aunt texted me a newspaper clip, with the final line saying that we should honor the artisan by using their things, so she approved of my decision. And every time I wear this skirt I’ll be sure to send my grandmother a thought, wherever she is.


2019 Sewing Bottom 5

As I only reopened this blog in October this year, I have made a lot of things that has not been recorded on the internet, save for Instagram. But here’s the drawback of Instagram, try finding those things again. Plus, when originally posted we tend to look at our projects with those “new love” eyes, whereas the true opinion of something comes with wear, or in the case of clothes, non-wear. In that respect maybe the misses are more interesting than the hits and I will begin with those.

Toto, green corduroy skirt

Wrinkles galore, corduroy is tricky to press.

Before making this skirt, I researched it on the internets, as I always do. That big pleat in the front was quite a divider among those who had sewn it, but I liked the cool-ness it gave the skirt. However, I either measured wrong, traced wrong or the sizing’s off because this skirt ended up way too big. I can keep it up with a belt, but this creates this minor paper bag waist that is too small to look intentional. I’m not sure how to take this one in because of the slanted pockets and kick pleat in the back. Pattern from Jenny Hellström Ruas’ book Sy! Från hood till skjortkänning

Green v-neck top

I like the colour, but not sure about the rest, I think I need a dart for these types of tops

As with many of the clothes that I don’t end up wearing, I usually like the idea of something. With this, dart-less simple top from a Fashion Style Magazine (hate that name, but I digress) I thought it would give me a cool vibe and more comfort in the fact that not all clothes need to be fitted. I probably should have made some sort of dart less FBA on this top as it keeps on riding down, making that V a bit indecent, especially for work. Plus it’s a bit short on me. At first I really liked it and figured I could make a more fancy top in a cupro, now I’m glad I didn’t jump to that gun, so my cupro can be saved for something else.

Deck of cards top

Only picture I could find to represent this project. The lack of shape should have been obvious to me from the drawing.

In need for some more knit tops I picked up this ponte from the remnant bin at Stoff och Stil. It’s not polka dots, but rather the  suits of a deck. The fabric piece I had was small, so it was hard to find a pattern and then I needed some creative cutting. I had a hard time finding a pattern and settled on a top with a yoke. I made no effort to compensate for the fact that my pattern had sleeves whereas I sewed it sleeveless which shows. Plus it could stand to be a bit more fitted, now it kind of just hangs.

White and silver blouse

Too bulky. But I like the heart on the belt, that’s a keeper!

Another case where I tried a new to me silhouette. It wasn’t a perfect fabric-to-pattern match as the seersucker is a bit stiff. As it was a Burda pattern, I couldn’t quite figure out how to sew the placket correctly and I assumed that it was elastic creating the gathers in the neckline. It wasn’t. You sew basting stitches, gather and then create some pouf by adding a piece of fabric with the neckline fabric and self-facing. Quite an odd method. I don’t really like wearing this blouse, the shape is off and it’s too high in the neck for my comfort.

Coral zipper trousers

I still wear them and they’re awesome with my Lego shirt, but the fit is so off

I need more trousers in my wardrobe. Period. I wanted to add some colourful ones, and there ones fit that bill. I also like all the zipper details and the pocket in the back is a patch pocket/welt pocket sort of hybrid with a zipper thrown in for good measure. It was my second pair of trousers from the Allt om handarbete magazine this year and now I’ve come to realise that their block just don’t fit me. In no way I am saying I expect a good fit right off the pattern sheet, but these are pretty far off and for example Burdastyle would be a better starting point for me. So while I love the trousers in theory – the colour! the zippers! – in  practice they just don’t get worn a lot.


During my Christmas holidays (18 days without work!) I plan to do a serious wardrobe purge and cleaning. I think my wardrobe will feel empty, but it’ll be the clothes I wear, as opposed to just hanging there for decoration. I’ve said this many times before, so we’ll see how it goes once I face the fact.