Author Archives: Nicolina Lindsten

Waver Jacket

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I’m making a cotton nice weather jacket, it is made in the amazing screen printed cotton I got from my sister in law a few years ago. I tried making a dress from the fabric when I got it, but my sewing skills wasn’t that great and it didn’t even make it to the blog. The result was just too bad to show it, this jacket however is amazing. The print makes it a quite bold but in a nice way. The pattern is Waver jacket by Papercut patterns, I did a broad shoulder adjustment, Se below, I needed to add 2 cm extra width 12 cm from the neckline and you can see how I did, I cut to the seam allowance saving just enough for it to stay together and then pulled it apart 2 cm and re-drew the pattern piece, this way the excess is only added where it is needed at the shoulders.

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I changed the pockets to bound with flaps and silk lining so they don’t add any bulk to the jacket. I bagged the jacket using the same tutorial as I did with my Veste Bernadette. I think it is quick and makes everything look neat and nice on the inside as well. For the lining I used some lightweight cotton, I walked around in my local fabric store for about an hour without finding something quite like the one in my mind or something I really liked within my budget and finally decided to make do with this green owl print. I now remember why you always should line the sleeves with silk no matter what you line the rest with, it is tricky to get the jacket on when you are wearing a heavy sweater. Since I haven’t had a cotton lined jacket for at least 5 years now I had forgotten that this is an issue. I thought that this would be fine. It is cotton but the surface is smooth almost lit satin treated cotton, well not smooth enough.

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This is how much I like it.

 

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Light

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This is where I draw inspiration. This amazing autumn fills me up and gives me energy, I love going out when it is storming outside and just walk in the rain and the wind, the only issue is my glasses, they have a tendency of fogging up but that doesn’t really matter for I get to be outside and feel the power of nature and it is just wonderful. I, like most people, prefer nice when I have to go outside but when it is optional it can be wonderful with a light storm. This liking might not be as good for my camera as it is for me since it regularly gets really wet but it has lasted this far and it’s totally worth it. I’m hoping for a little bad weather tomorrow…

Say No to fast fashion | step 2 Colours

Say No to fast fashion

I think having a colour scheme and sticking with it for a while and to make a new one when you are no longer excited about it, instead of abandoning it, is a way to keep on track with purchase habits. I made my last one almost 2 years ago and it has been too long, I kept to it for little over a year and then forgot about it as my taste changed. I really think that having pre defined what your colours are helps when going shopping since it is so easy to get lost in all the pretty fabrics and come home with something totally different then planned. It might be beautiful but doesn’t really go with your other clothes. Take your time when choosing your colours and think long term: Will your like them a few years from now? Thinking slow fashion, the clothes that you make now is still going to be a part of your wardrobe 2 or maybe 5 years from now. My well loved sewn garment that I uses for everyday wear last about 2-4 years before they wear out, the ones I only use occasionally last a lot longer and so does cardigans that doesn’t go in the wash as often. I think it is reasonable to think that you will be wearing that cardigan 4 years from now and therefore should plan for that before you start.

These are the colours I have chosen.

Colours fall 2015

There is quite a difference from the palette I made last time, only the foundation colours navy, grey and pink have stayed the same.

Colours

When choosing your colours have these 3 questions in mind.

  1. Do they look go on you?
  2. Do they mix well with each other, can all/most be paired and look good?
  3. Do they mix well with your existing wardrobe?

It can be a good idea to ask someone you trust if the colours suit you, it can sometimes be difficult to be objective about your favourite colours. E.g. I love turquoise but it don’t look great on me exactly and believing I could wear it, I made this dress and never wear it.

Whether you make your own clothes or you buy ready made this is something good to have in mind. I keep my palette in my wallet so I can always refer to it when I suddenly feel the urge for a new skirt.

Say No to fast fashion | step 1 Identify what works

Say No to fast fashion

It is almost 2 years since I last wrote about wardrobe planning and it has been too long. My style and the colours I long for have changed since then. Last time I planned to eliminate all black and go for navy instead, now I want black (this is new for me, I have always avoided black until a year ago), really deep black leggings and a nice skirt and a blouse have become my standard outfit for all semi-formal occasions.

The garment in my wardrobe that I wear the most

Appart from leggings that I wear almost every day and underwear. This will be cold whether inside as I’m freezing a lot and autumn has definitely arrived.

Skirts

Zinnia 50's blouse Delphine mimi skirt blouse Delphine skirt remake yellow skirt

Dresses

Velvet Washi dress teachers dress manchester Kimono Sleeve dress Robe brigitte

Blouses

Tap shorts Alice blouse tap shors Alice top 50's blouse

Cardigans

Mmmay15 nancy zinnia Veste Bernadette Forest cardigan Argo Washi dress Kerrera cardigan outfit

I want all the new things I make to really fit in with what I already have, I have started to slow down in my personal knitting and sewing as I do when I feel like I have filled my needs. My crafting is driven by “necessity” even if it is an imaginary need. I love to sew fancy dresses, to make pyjamas and coats, but for some reason I just stop making for myself when my wardrobe is full. Instead I make gifts or stock up baby cloths but at a much slower rate. I think that this is healthy and only wish that I could keep my reasoning from the down time when I’m in a making frenzy as this two phases go back and forth in my life.

Going forward I want to keep my head in the frenzy phase where all I want is to make the latest indie pattern, I think that I’ve been a little better for the past year but improvement is still needed. I want to make sure before I start that this item will be something I will love and use until it can no longer be repaired.

From the most used garments, I look at them and see them as shapes, this is what works well for me. 

  • A-line skirts
  • loose fitting blouses
  • warm semi fitted cardigans with long lines
  • marked under-bust/high waist dresses with loose skirts
  • details details details, I am so much more likely to like and wear any thing with a collar, lace, lots of button plates, yoke details and so on.

Please share you thoughts in the comments or a link, I’d love to hear what you think.


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Autumn

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Autumn is my favourite season the smell and the crisp air is just wonderful.

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Knit skirt

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My sister Just turned 7 and started first grade, so I wanted to make her something that is easy to care for and easy to use. I decided to knitted her a skirt. She have had a purple phase and hoping it will stay for a while, I made it purple. The pattern is from Sandnes hefte 1509 it’s in Norwegian (sorry folks) I used Cascade 220 superwash, It was the first time I used cascade yarns and it was great to work with, being superwash the yarn did have a bit of a plastic feeling about it but it was not more then expected from a superwash yarn. I’m really pleased with the result and think that the finished product is fun and suitable for a 7 year old.

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I expected this to be a vey quick knit and it did take a bit longer then I estimated and to be honest it wasn’t the most exciting thing to knit but well worth it, the best bit in my opinion is the colourwork section in the middle it really gives something to the design and was fun to knit. Both the hem and the waistband it folded over and sewn down, this gives a very crisp finish to the skirt, the waist band have an elastic inside to you won’t have to worry about it sliding down since the elastic gives that extra structure to allow play and running around climbing trees or monkey bars.

The cardigan in the first picture is latte baby coat.

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Say No to fast fashion

Say No to fast fashion

How is making everything myself any better then buying commercially in a sustainable aspect?

Well it’s not. It might even be worse, commercial production have optimised everything so that as much of the material as possible are used and to be efficient. The aspect you can compete with by making your own is to only make what you actually need and to do that well only you have the opportunity to make garments form your own measurements that fit your body. Think through exactly what you need and make it perfect, ensure that the fit is perfect for your shape, that the colour suites you and is something you will like for a long time. Think long term, don’t stock up a big stash, your taste will most likely change.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect and only make the perfect items, that I love and cherish for years and years, but I would like to be.

I think that the knitting and absolutely the sewing community have taken on the fast fashion trend. I hope that this can be a wake up call for someone more then me, just to stop and think. Choose one project and make it really well. Do that hand stitching and take your time with one project instead of making several in the same amount of time.

Making things is essential for me. It is what makes me happy, calm, excited and more, so to stop making things isn’t an option, but trying to be aware and take it slow to take my time when sourcing materials is.

I have planned a series of posts where I go through how to curate a wardrobe or rather how I attempt to curate my wardrobe.

Please share you toughs in the comments or a link, I’d love to here what you think.


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Cirkus Cardigan

Cirkus tent baby cardigan

It is finished and super cute. I’m so glad I finally made one. In the pattern, the other side was used as the outside and I did weave in the ends in a way that allowed both sides the be the outside and had planned on placing buttons on both sides, but in the end I just put them on this side. I think it’s the cutest and craziest.

The pattern is from Strikk till mamma go mini but there is a similar for free here in english. I made the 3 month size and the yarn is teetee alpakka dyed by me and the buttons are porcelain from tummelisa.

I’m really glad I didn’t do a larger size due to the hundred or more ends to weave in.

Cirkus tent cardigan baby


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Sewing for toddlers

theodors byxor toddler trousers

I was asked to make trousers for our nephew out of these car themed fabrics. I drafted the pattern myself. I made one pair first sent it over to see whether the fit was good before making the others, I didn’t want to risk making several with a bad fit. I think that the result is fine, I don’t love the style but they’re not for me so my opinion doesn’t really count.

The construction is pretty simple. The waist is a fold over ribbed knit, the body is a gathered jersey to make them baggy and the cuffs are made in the same ribbing as the waist band. Most of the fabric is organic cotton with 6% elastane. I think that 6% elastane is a good amount for jersey it makes the fabric nice and stretchy without being floppy.

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Would you be interested in a sewing pattern for these?


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Gift making

Packet pacage gift

If you are planning on knitting gift for the holidays it is about time to start now, if your sewing there is no need to hurry, but I always prefer to have it all done in god time. I think that gifts should be given gladly and with love and if you start in time there is nothing stressful about it. I think that planning gift can be something wonderful, to imagine what they going to look like when there opening the gift and so on. There is something special with handmade gifts, all that time that spent making them I think it is some thing far more valuable then money and I way to really show you loved ones how mush you appreciate them. I only have one rule for handmade gifts and that is that the recipient understand the commitment it is to make something from scratch and will use it. When choosing gifts it is always best to give what the recipient want rather them what you think they ought to have. There is a big difference and they wont like it just because you do, so alway have the recipient in mind.
To make your planning reasonable, there is only so much time, I have made a planer that you can print and use if you want to. Handmade gifts planner click to download.

Handmade gifts planer

Don’t forget how much time you actually want to knit or sew in a week, and you probably have some personal stuff as well. I know that I have a fancy dress party to attend and want to make a new dress for that, with will take most of my free time for a week or two, fancy dresses take time, so it is important not to overbook yourself. It is supposed to be fun.


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