February 2019
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That skirt I mentioned

Looks like this





The Hello Kitty was the lass’ idea… The pattern is from another Ottobre (I’ll check the issues and update). I didn’t want to “waste” the happy camper fabric on a lining which was not meant to show, so I used a scrap of blue organic cotton. The button is from stash (aquired in a big lot of buttons at a flea market). I must say I’m pretty pleased, I even managed to figure out the whole issue of the fly – something I’ve never sewn from scratch before. The instructions in Ottobre are pretty good, on the whole, though, so I will not claim any unreasonable honour from that.

I made one alteration to the pattern, since I cut it rather big (hoping it will last a while): I added button hole elastic in the waistband with buttons (again from that flea market stash) to enable adjusting it. A good thing I did, too, as it’s waaaaay too wide as is, but looks pretty good once tightened a bit.

Action picture may be forthcoming…

Six months and one birth later

No, I’m not dead, I’ve just been pregnant. I realise this may not really be a hindrance to blogging, but it seems it was for me. As of four days ago I am a mother of two, the lass has a little sister and we’re all doing well. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that here on the blog (as always, if you’re friends/family and want to see pictures etc. get in touch for the url and a user name for the private blog).

Indirectly, another baby may well influence the contents of blog posts, though, as with the main purpose of this entry which is to show off a bit of sewing.

Every time I sit down to sew after a prolonged break, I curse myself for having forgotten just how relaxing and rejuvenating I find the activity. A few years ago I managed to attend a couple of whole day “workshops” where a few people from the forum at tettinntil.no met up just to work on our own sewing projects for a whole day. I remember at that time pointing out to the husband that that sort of day – to me – is better than a spa break.

Anyway, some weeks ago I succumbed to sound medical advice and let the doctors write me off sick, and suddenly – well, after a week or so of doing basically nothing – I had energy enough to actually start preparing for the baby’s arrival. One thing I realised we’d need was some sort of middling warm outer wear, as the clothes we have from the lass are all meant for mid-winter temperatures, which are unlikely to manifest i September and October (I hope!). So I had a look through a stack of Ottobre magazines and found a pattern I liked, went off to Stoff og stil to find some suitable material, and got to work. Here is the result, sans model:


I adore both fabrics, and am rather pleased that I purchased a bit more than required for this pattern. I’ve already made a skirt for the lass in the striped babycord, and am contemplating sewing a Mei Tai with both fabrics in the panel somehow, I just need to check that I have something suitable for the straps in an appropriate colour.


Before Christmas, on the 16th to be precise, I realised that there was to be a “nissefest” at the lass’ daycare the next day and that the only red garment she had was a pair of red tights, and those technically outgrown to boot.

A note on the concept “nisse”. Well, a Norwegian word of the day, if you will. Nisse is a noun, and can mean Santa Claus, but is as likely to mean something akin to gnome. That is, in the Scandinavian tradition, the nisse would live on the farm, unseen, and if treated well would care for animals and people, but if treated badly could really make trouble. Even those nisse that were treated well were fond of pranks, though. One of the things you should absolutely on no account fail to do if you wanted to keep your nisse happy was to leave out a portion of rice porridge on Christmas eve. These nisse are traditionally depicted with red hats, but normally wear a greyish knitted sweather and felted wool pants rather than the whole red get-up.

So when daycare have a “nissefest” the idea is that the kids dress up as little nisse, but they will also, most likely receive a visit from Santa Claus, so it’s all rather mixed up. Anyway, some sort of appropriate dress was expected, and I didn’t even have any idea where our red Christmas hats are (we have at least two, somewhere).

While searching for the hats, though, I found a long sleeved t-shirt that the husband got to wear at work last Christmas. Plenty of material in that, I thought and got to it:

I forgot to take a before picture, but here I've cut out the body of the dress (top left) using a top that fits the lass as a template.

I forgot to take a before picture, but here I've cut out the body of the dress (top left) using a top that fits the lass as a template.

Cutting the arms, still using the top as a template.

Cutting the arms, still using the top as a template.

Notice with the arm that I’m reusing the hem at the bottom of the original shirt, I also reused the neckline rib-finish in the neck of the dress. The less seams I have to sew, the better, especially when it’s a last minute rescue mission sort of project.

The result was pretty good, even if I do say so myself:

Yes, her face is blurred.

Yes, I've blurred her face.

The skirt is made from the bottom of the shirt, which I simply pinned on in four places with the same amount of fabric between them and pleated while sewing (also stretching the top part to create some natural pleats). The ribbon is there to hide the name om my husband’s employers which was printed on the front. On the back is printed “Merry Christmas” in quite large letters, which I left as is, it’s supposed to be a Christmas dress, after all.

The essence of whip-up

Whip-up, really

So. We were at my parents’ house, guests were coming and it was simply way too hot for the jeans she was wearing when we left home that morning. I guess a two-year-old would have gotten away with running around in her diaper, but it did look kind of silly. But my mother, though she sews very little nowadays, can be counted upon to produce remnants when requested, and so was born the ultimate whip-up skirt.

You take:
– 1 piece of material, approximately 30cm x 75 cm
– 1 piece of elastic
– 1 sewing machine stuck in the backwards mode

And you sew. One seam up (backwards) the side. One seam around (backwards) to make a casing. Luckily the remnant had a selvedge, so I didn’t need to hem it.

It took, literally, ten minutes. And it looked d***d good, if I do say so myself. The only thing I’d have wanted to change (apart from the direction of the sewing) is the width. I think another 30 or so cm of material would not have been amiss, but I was winging it, after all.

New from old

Spring has sprung and the lass needs some lightweight hats. I dug through the pile of “want to use this for something” and found one of my favourite t-shirts ever. I absolutely adore this material. However, the top has always been too short for me, and repeated spin cycles have not helped.

So. I cut off the bottom part to make a simple hat, here is the rest of the tee (I forgot the “before” picture):

Tee turned hat, and short tee

I made a tube out of several rectangles, folded it double and closed the end where the cut sides were with a seam – making a “peak” or ear-shape at each end. Voilla, new floppy-silly hat:

Hat from old tee

Dressing up

Despite being way too busy, I did find time for some quick sewing this weekend. The lass has decided one really needs a “dress” (skirt or dress will both do) for dancing, and so I thought I’d increase our store of everyday finery. I copied the dress-pattern from Børnetøy du selv kan sy some time last year, and now was finally the time to try it out. The outer fabric is a piece of an old duvet cover that I got in a swap, it was juuust big enough, and it’s lined with new – but fairtrade – pale blue cotton. The buttons are thrifted, the bias tape from a stash I purchased on sale.


The skirt is made from four matching fat quarters I purchased this autumn intending them for a skirt. The pattern I made up as I went.


Flaming heart – og stjerne

Hoodie dress

Jeg har hatt lyst til å forsøke å sy en fleecetunika til snuppa lenge, men det har liksom ikke vært vær til det i sommer. Men nå er det kjølige drag i luften og jeg fikk ånden over meg… Inspirasjonen kommer flere steder fra, men som de fleste norske hobbysyersker bør gjenkjenne har jeg vel sett en del bilder av kjoler fra Alveskogen Design.

I den grad det er noe fra eget hode, er det at jeg har sydd på klassisk hettegenserlomme. Jeg synes å huske fra egen barndom at disse var finfine å samle stein i, og snuppa kunne steinsamlet for Norge.

Hoodie dress

Ellers ble den ganske passe – ikke så veldig overraskende, kanskje, siden jeg tegnet av en kjole vi har som passer, men la til litt på vidden siden dette er et ytterplagg. Hodeåpningen ble litt snau, så nå pønsker jeg på lure måter å fikse det på…

Når jeg først var så godt i gang sydde jeg like gjerne en genser etter samme mønster, men denne gangen med stjerne på lomma. Den skal være presang til en liten skotsk herremann vi snart skal på besøk til. Snuppa og lille D kommer vel til å være så søte sammen at det ikke blir til å holde ut, men vi skal jo ikke være der så lenge…


Her ble halsen enda trangere (til tross for at jeg forsøkte å gjøre den videre, litt forvirret av det…), så her MÅ noe gjøres. Det holdt hardt med en meter fleece til begge, lommen på genseren måtte skjøtes.

Stoff: Polarfleece fra Stoff & Stil samt en fleecerest kjøpt på Moas i Trondheim. Skråbånd fra Sommer.
Mønster: Selvtegnet etter kjole fra KappAhl og hettegenser fra Villervalla, samt fri fantasi.


Jeg rotet gjennom stæsjet mitt for å sy noen enkle sommerbukser til snuppa og fant blandt annet dette stoffet som er kjøpt på eBay – jeg synes det så finere ut på bildet enn det var i virkeligheten, men pytt, til et par sandkassebukser er det vel ok, tenkte jeg. De har blitt brukt en del uten overdel på de varmeste dagene i det siste, og jeg har vært sånn middels fornøyd, for jeg blir ikke helt venner med stoffet. Men her om dagen hadde mannen kledd på snuppa og tatt på knall rød t-sjorte til buksene, og plutselig synes jeg de funka utseendemessig også. Legg til trillebår som også tar opp fargene fra blomstene og hepp: Fotosession :)



Snuppa bruker bøttehatten sin som bøtte – logisk nok – så vi har bruk for noen fler slik at vi kan få vasket dem innimellom. Jeg tegnet av den hun har og sydde en enklest mulig i herlig rødt og hvitt stoff funnet på loppemarked i fjor (tror det har vært gardiner, jeg har lassevis av det) og foret med hvit bomull som har vært putevar en gang. Den passer fint, men jeg tror jeg skal sy et par bånd i for å knyte under haken, for når hun sitter i f.eks. bæremeis – som her – vrir den seg litt lett og havner ned i øynene og da tar hun den av (og vil ha hjelp til å få den på igjen).

New hat


Mønsteret er selvsagt fra “Børnetøy du selv kan sy”, og ja, jeg venter på at den skal gis ut på nytt jeg også, slik at jeg kan få kjøpt meg en (siden mamma sin er sporløst forsvunnet). Mønsteret til disse tegnet jeg av fra biblioteket sin kopi for leeeeenge siden, men fikk først sydd dem nå i mai. På bildet mangler de fortsatt knapper, men det er fikset nå :)

Corden er fra Ellos (herlig farge!) og begge bomullsstoffene er kjøpt på salg på en av sybutikkene i byen. Knappeøyet og halen til elefanten er ekte gjenbruk, fra stæsjlageret.

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