Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bomber jacket and I love it!

After sewing my last pair of trousers I got so exhausted that I wanted to sew something simple and straightforward. Not because the trousers were difficult, not at all, they were really simple, but because of all the blog posts that resulted from them 😂 (I wrote 4! A normal one and 3 tutorials). Those were a bit of work.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Crocheted Froggie

During my last trip to Egypt in June, I tried my hand at crocheting toys as you might have already read in my post about the bunny. Then you'd also know that I used the bunny to train for bigger things. And here it is: The frog! 😀

Half was through this frog I realized I was using the wrong stitch and the frog was growing extremely long! I stopped, scratched my head, googled a bit then undid and redid using the correct stitch. Again, if you read about the bunny, you know I haven't bothered to redo that, but the frog would've looked awful otherwise 😂.

The scarf was made by my mom who decided to give me a bit of a hand.

This little guy is also based on a pattern from Stoff & Stil, all yarn is also from there apart from that used for the scarf, it was leftovers from my mom's stash.

And although this frog looks way better (and more professional) than the bunny, and although everybody in the family loved it, the bunny is still me nephew's favorite. And I'm fine with that.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer delight trousers a.k.a How to make Seamwork Moji from a Burda pattern?


I love Seamwork's Moji trousers! I've been looking at this pattern forever and really wanted to make it. But I have to admit...I'm cheap when it comes to patterns. Moji costs $12. I stopped buying the $5.99 patterns from the American Burda site because I speak Russian and they cost under $3 on the Russian Burda site (and they have loads of sales). So $12 was super expensive in my book.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Create fold up effect hem

This is a very cool looking detail on cigarette pants (you know the type that becomes narrower towards the foot but isn't skinny). It gives this relaxed casual look.

This was another detail on the Seamwork Moji trousers I wanted to recreate. With a bit of logic and a bit of imagination, I managed 😄.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Narrow your trousers hem

Have you ever had this pattern or pair of trousers that fit you nicely around the hips and thighs but you wished they tapered more towards your foot? In this post I'll show you how you can achieve this.

Let's start from a simple pattern drawing. Piece 1 is the front leg pattern, piece 2 is the back leg pattern.

If you want to shorten of lengthen the pattern, do that first, then follow the steps below:

1- Measure the hem on the front and back pattern pieces, A and B on the image below.

2- Calculate X=A+B

3- Now measure around your leg where the hem will be, we'll call this C, also point your foot and measure around the biggest bit where the heel is, we'll call this D. You need to manage to get the trousers past this point when you put them on 😃.

4- For this to look good, I recommend adding 6-8 cm to C, let's say we'll use 8cm. Now calculate Y.
If C+8 is equal to or greater than D, then Y=C+8.
If C+8 is less than D, then Y=D.

5- Now we need to reduce X to Y and do this proportionally, so next comes a bit of math so concentrate! 😜

6- New front hem length E=A×Y÷X, New back hem length F=Y-E.

7- Mark a distance (A-E)÷2 from each side of the front leg pattern.

8- Likewise mark a distance (B-F)÷2 from each side of the back leg pattern.

9- Most commercial patterns have knee positions marked, if not, hold the front leg pattern to you and mark the middle of your knee on the pattern, measure from hem to this mark and mark accordingly on the back leg pattern.

10- Draw a straight line from the marks made in steps 7 & 8 to the knee marks.

11- Fold along these newly drawn lines or cut away outside them, and use the modified pattern pieces.

The same can be done on your pair of sewn or RTW trousers as well, you can mark straight on the pants and sew along the new lines.

And leave me a comment below if you have any comments or questions 😊

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Crocheted bunny

I love crochet. I'm quite good at it and enjoy doing it. I've crocheted myself a few garments already and I do use them often. But I've never done any toys before. The multitude of shapes to construct a toy and the importance of getting those shapes right scared me a bit, together with the fact that there was nobody to make toys for.

But now I have a nephew, who is a great excuse to make all kind of things! Clothes, toys, decor items, bed sheets...😁

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Create patch pockets

Patch pockets look good and are so easy to make! You can choose the shape and size you want and from there it's just a few simple steps to make it happen.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Star shirt

For quite a while since I started sewing, shirts have intimidated me...They're one item where fit is crucial everywhere! Shoulders, neck, waist, back, etc...And there are a lot of details and pieces, back yoke, collar with a stand, cuffs, button plackets. And until now I think they're the most demanding garment to sew properly.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Eliminating gathers in a garment

Before you do this, you have to make sure this doesn't change (significantly) the fit of your garment! Some gathers are there not only as decorative details but as an essential detail for proper fit. In case of the latter, you can't just eliminate them, you have to go with them or transform them to pleats (but that's another topic).

Monday, 19 June 2017

While waiting for the Norwegian summer

While the weather in Norway still can't decide whether it's summer or not really, its brother in Tunisia had very decisively moved into early summer when I was there middle of May.

This fabric for this pattern (answers to the guessing game)

Although the level of participation was really disappointing, a big thanks to those who did participate 😘.

I did get one response that guessed them all correctly! Elpida! Spot on, this is exactly how these fabrics will be used. 😃

Friday, 2 June 2017

A taste of Tunisia: The island of Djerba

To be honest, there isn't much informative I can tell you about Djerba apart from telling you that the Friday market in Midoun is not worth the effort, especially if you've already been through the markets of Tunis, in which case this will be a total disappointment.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Up for a guessing game?

Below are 6 fabrics for my upcoming 6 sewing project (all for myself! mwahaha)

1- Cotton with feathers pattern:

Monday, 29 May 2017

A taste of Tunisia: Tunis city

El Zaytouna mosque

Our third day in Tunis we dedicated to the city itself.
I mentioned that we were living in the old town with its maze of tiny alleys, this also contains the markets of Tunis (or for those who feel souks is a special word, then souks...which translates simply to markets in Arabic).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

A taste of Tunisia: Carthage

The view from Birsa hill

The second day we headed to historical Carthage. This is a city very rich in history and culture, there's debate as to when it was established, but it's around 1000 B.C by the Phoenicians. It was a thriving commercial city and the remains found there show how open to the world around them they were, how many different cultures passed through it and blended together, how their own arts been influenced by so many others they came in contact with. But the romans had different ideas some 750 years after, burnt it to the ground, killed everybody and built their own city on the rubble...

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A taste of Tunisia: Sidi Bou Said

The most famous thing about Tunisia for me has always been those pretty white houses with blue trim...Blue doors, blue windows and sometimes some extra decoration, overlooking the sea.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

A taste of Tunisia: A vacation begins

I just came back from a week's vacation in Tunisia that I really loved. It's a country I always wanted to visit and experience, and some time ago I was talking about it with my little sister and we laughed about meeting there one day (given I'm in Norway and she's in Egypt that is...).

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The almighty Ukrainian shirt

I have finally done it! After two years of cross-stitching perseverance I've finally done it! 😁

The whole story started with me travelling to Ukraine a couple of years ago on what could be described as a nostalgic vacation. I wanted to see my childhood city Lviv again and how it looked today (well...2 years ago). Yes. I was born in Lviv, Ukraine. Because my mom is from that beautiful city. And I lived there for 5 years before moving with my mom to the Arabic world to join my Jordanian father.
The front

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shirt in flowers

May is coming closer and closer but I'm also progressing quite well with my collection. I have finished the shirt I was planning for a friend before Easter, and boy am I happy with it!

The plan was this:

- Pattern 9/2013 #117 from Burda Style.
- Cotton poplin fabric from Minerva Crafts.
- Yellow butterfly buttons and black flat buttons from Stoff & Stil.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Jumpsuit in flowers

A.k.a "Sewing for others" collection - item 6 of 8. This is not the first time I use this pattern (for the sewing interested: It's Burda Style 4/2016 - Model 112).

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Some fast days lately

It's amazing how much faster it goes when you're alone at home and have to make your own food! 😆 Or when you get involved in something or other that requires a little bit every day...

My husband has been travelling for work most of last week and most of this week, and although the daily routine hasn't changed, I do spend part of my evening cooking and suddenly evenings are a lot shorter...

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Next plans or "Sewing for others" collection

I mentioned my spring collection in my previous post. However! Some travel plans have changed and therefore the spring collection has to wait.

What I'll start with is the "Sewing for others" collection and if I still have time before travelling I might make something for the vacation I'm travelling to, but we'll see...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The last winter project for 2016/17

I've shared with you a few weeks ago my intentions to sew the last project for this winter and showed some items I considered for the purpose to match a piece of fabric I had available and wanted to use 😊

One of the nominees pushed aside all the others for me when it was released in the January issue of Burda Style magazine. I liked the shape and design details and at the same time, the simplicity of its construction... And the winner is!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Some sun can't hurt

Our 7th floor balcony

I'm on vacation!!! Finally 😁! I've been waiting for so long! And now I finally took a week off and flew to Egypt. I'm spending the whole week in Cairo with my family including the new little addition to it, my nephew Zein who is only 1 month old 👶

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Project jeans - part 2

My original plan for this past week was to catch up on an embroidery project I keep neglecting, and I did do a bit on Monday so I feel a bit better about it. But on Wednesday I got this urge to continue with the jeans.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Project Jeans

The idea was born as simple as ever: I want new black jeans, I love those flared ones the weather woman on NRK wore, I will make them myself so they fit properly.

The pattern
The M&S purchasing was a bit more challenging:

Monday, 9 January 2017

It's a new year

Taal lake, on the way to the volcano

And a bit over a year since my last post.
I'm not sure why this time of year gets me blogging again, maybe it's the lingering holiday mood, maybe the slightly more relaxed, less busy days. I'm a bit disappointed with myself for not writing
The White beach, Boracay
more, I don't exactly lack things to write about or want to write, but my problem is that "inspiration" hits at times and places when I don't have the means or the time to write. I should start carrying a little notebook...Saying that, I'm not going to quit my day job yet 😂