Gifts for the sewing room

Gifted stuff from Stoffstill

I received some gifts from Stoffstil earlier in the Spring, and I have not gotten round to making or showing you it all. That is something I will get to now.

It is always great to do collaborations, and I love most of the fabrics and accessories Stoffstil bring out.

I received some glitter folding elastic for jumper edges, and I just love it. Normally I find it great and super quick way to finish of a beautiful skirt with their glitter elastic tape. No tubing or anything. Just straight on – and it´s glittery! What´s not to like. This tyoe does not have enough strength to use as a waistband elastic – it´s not what it´s meant for, but I found a way to use it for that anyway. I just put a strong elastic band inside it. Works well and looks good.

With it I refashioned a skirt from the thriftshop. Suddenly that became a whole new fashionable item, just to my liking.

I also received a sequin patch with a cool tiger.  You can see loads more here.

It was quite big, and I could have put it on a jumper, but I wanted to do something different. So I made a bag. The fake black suede and the strap is also from Stoffstil.

I made it without pattern, and for once I took the time to put a lining inside with pockets! It´s great. For once I can always find my phone and lipstick. The patch is to be ironed on, but I like to play it safe so I also stitched it on.

Entering the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

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Deep breath.

This is huge, but I am going to do it anyway. This is a dream – and I love Mollie Makes, so I just have to enter this year.

I am entering in the Handmade Champion Award, and you can check out my pinterest board for entry here.

A big part of the motivation to do it has come from the fact that I for the next 3 issues will have DIYs in the Simply Sewing Magazine. A wish come true. So perhaps it´s ok to start believing in more good things.

(That is also why the blog is changing from Danish to English.)

I hope to get considered. Best of luck to all the applicants. Bring on a crafty summer!

The family that sews together stays together

The otherday I had my cousin and her two daugthers over. My cousin is like the bigsister I always dreamt of, and I enjoy hanging out with her now just as much aswhen I was a little kid.

Her oldestdaughter is such a good kid – and her youngest and my two girls just playtogether so well. It´s really cosy.

They hadbeen shopping for fabric and came over to us for a fun Sunday sewing time. In 5hours we made 12 garments! Crazy. A lot of skirts, some t.shirts and these cooltrousers that you can see here. Oh, and lots of little things for the dolls andthe playhouse. Creative time when it´s best.

So awesome.

Baby pink joy

Danish below.

This fabric was a gift.

In the line-up of new styles made in the beautiful fabric from Stoffstil I have now reached the baby pink brushed jersey with dots.

It´s so lovely. It even has a bit of glitter on it.

I received 1,5 meters and with a bit of magic there was exactly enough for a dress for me and a blouse for Roxie.

The dress is cut from a different model that I made in the cute cat fabric, also from Stoffstil. I cut in in one piece without the raglan sleeves. There was not quite enough fabric to make the sleeves as long as I wanted doing it that way, so I added some extra fabric from some of the off-cuts for some longer sleeve(age – haha.)

The blouse for Roxie is made with ruffled sleeves and a ruffled edge at the bottom. She is not always crazy about everything I make for her, like she once was, but this one is a hit. It´s on at school and and again as soon as it is washed and ready.

I also love my dress. I love the loose look. Comfy always wins for me.

On both of them I have made the neckline in the same fabric but with the backside turned outwards. I did not feel like having the glitter that close to my skin, and I really like that little bit of contrast it makes.

Stof fra indlæg er en gave.

I kavalkaden af nye styles syet i det fine stof fra Stof og Stil er jeg nu nået til den baby pink isoli med bomber. Den er så fin. Der er endda glimmer på.

Jeg fik 1,5 meter, og der var med lidt fusk lige nok til en kjole til mig og en bluse til Roxie.

Kjolen er klippet fra en anden model i det fine vinkekattestof, også fra Stof & Stil, og jeg klippede den bare ud i et, uden raglanærmer. Der var ikke helt nok stof til at lave ærmerne i den ønskede længde på den måde, så jeg lagde lidt ekstra til fra nogle af de mindre rester fra stoffet.

Blusen til Roxie blev lavet med flæseærmer og flæsekant forneden. Hun er helt vild med den. Det er ikke alting jeg syr, hun bare elsker, som hun gjorde det engang. Men denne er et hit. Den kommer på i skolen, så snart den er vasket igen.

Jeg er også vild med min kjole. Jeg elsker det løse look. Comfy vinder altid for mig.

På begge har jeg lavet halskanten af det samme stof med foldet med bagsiden ud af. Jeg havde ikke lyst til at have glimmeret helt tæt på huden, og jeg synes den lille kontrast, der er i det, giver en fin effekt.

Making my dress

Making the blouse for Roxie

I´m Every Woman

Når jeg ikke syr, er verdens skrappeste mor, eller går rundt i tristesse, så læser jeg sommetider tegneserier. Jeg er nok meget kræsen med, hvad jeg kan lide, men jeg ville ikke snyde jer for den nyeste mest fantastiske og oplysende læsning. Hvis den bare kunne komme på pensumlisten overalt.

Jeg linker her til Metronat, hvor jeg skrev anmeldelsen til, og jeg vil give mine varmeste anbefalinger. Gå endelig ind på siden, og læs hele anmeldelsen. Det er så eminent, morsom og vigtig en bog.

Liv Strømquist tegner og fortæller med nye vinkler på kvindesag både i popkulturelle som videnskabelige områder. Dét vil du gerne læse. Du kommer til at grine og sukke. (Og det er endda en to´er, så der er også en meget vigtig et´ter.  Det betyder bare, mere god læsning til dig.)

Tegningerne er fantastiske. Det er jo sådan, det er i virkeligheden, uden filter.

  • Og min gode mand griner også. Imens han overvejer, hvordan han kan gøre verden til et bedre sted for både døtre og sønner i fremtiden.

B is bananas!

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This fabric was gifted to me from Stoffstil

This type of bananaprint jersey  screams Warhol, Nico and Velvet Underground to me. To others it might just be a cool banana. No matter what it is a pretty awesome print, and the quality of the fabric is nice and soft. It could be turned into all kinds of nice things this summer.

I hope I can keep from washing it with a red sock, even though it would probably still look great with the bananas on a pink background.

I chose it because I thought I wanted a bananadress. But then I kinda stopped myself. Perhaps because I´ll be 38 soon, and one can quickly worry about being too silly dressed in all-over bananprint.

Then I also worried about being too selfish, thinking that I should better share the fabric a bit. So I ended up with 3 banana tops for the entire banana gang.

The girls´ are cut from a top they have, and mine is cut form the top part of a dress. It did not take long, and a fast result is pretty much (almost) always a good result for me.

The neck opening on my top is made from a tube edge of the fabric, while the neck opening of the girls´ versions are made with the edge folded over twice towards the front and then stitched on. It is a very fast technique that I really like. I think it makes a nice alternative finish.

The girls look so nice in their versions, and I am just enjoying the privilege of still being accepted in twinning with them a bit. It won´t be allowed for very much longer. I guess you can tell from the photos how proud I am of them.


Stof fra indlæg er givet i gave fra Stof & Stil

Den her type bananprint jersey skriger Warhol, Nico og Velvet Underground til mig. For andre er det måske bare en cool banan. Lige meget hvad er det et fedt print, og kvaliteten af stoffet er blødt og lækkert. Det kunne blive til alt muligt lækkert her til sommer. Jeg håber, jeg kan lade være med at vaske det med en rød sok, selv om det sikkert også vil se fint ud med bananer på en lyserød baggrund.

Jeg valgte det først, fordi jeg tænkte, at jeg ville have en banankjole. Den tanke gik jeg dog fra igen. Måske fordi jeg snart bliver 38, og man kan jo hurtigt blive bange for at blive for fjollet i bananprint all-over. Og så synes jeg også, der gik vel meget ego i mig, og det ville jo også være sødt af mig at dele stoffet lidt. Så det endte med 3 bananbluser til hele bananbanden. De er klippet efter en bluse for pigernes vedkommende, og jeg brugte overdelen af en kjole, da jeg skulle klippe af til mig selv. Det tog ikke særlig lang tid, og et hurtigt resultat er (næsten) altid et godt resultat for mig.

Halskanten på min bluse er lavet med en tubekant af stoffet, mens halskanten på pigernes udgaver er bukket fremover to gange og stukket fast. Det er en hurtig teknik, jeg er ret glad for. Det giver en fin, anderledes finish.

Pigerne er fine i deres udgaver, og jeg nyder det her med stadig at kunne få lov til at være lidt ens med dem. Det kan nok ikke vare ved særligt længe. Man kan vist godt se, hvor stolt jeg er af dem.

  • Og tak for de varme kommentarer på sidste indlæg, både dem her på bloggen og andre steder <3

What, now, how?

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Danish below.

Yesterday I put these pictures up on the blog of a kimono I made. I had been working at the sewing machine, and normally that is something Is hare here on the blog. Those pictures of the smiling me were weird to post. Because yes, I can smile and be happy, but there still is a huge loss inside me. This mix of life moving on – cause it does and because it has to, and then the endless sadness. I simply cannot figure it out.

And it´s not because this has been a problem free zone. It´s not more than 5 years ago I was the young mum with colon cancer. That was hard to write anything positive about.

But I cannot  even figure out how to give the sorrow from the loss of my little brother space in my life, so it´s even harder here.

My namesister is so great at writing about the Sorrow. And I read, nod and cry. I wish I was that good.

I just write about sorrow in the private worddocument on my laptop, but I don´t know how to do it here.

But perhaps what I want to say is, that I can smile on a picture with something that I made, and I am so grateful for the many good things in my life, but I also sometimes think that destiny has been a real asshole. And how do you speak up about that..

And are you still allowed to smile, laugh or what? When I can also never stop thinking, that I won´t ever get to see him again. That is so hard.

I will get the weirdest nicheblog about sorrow and sewing. And it feels so wrong. But I will still be here, sewing things, missing my brother, and then just try to live the best life possible.

A Danish newspaper has been running a series of articles about sorrow, and I said yes to participating. I thought it was important to speak up about loss. Because it feels so lonely.

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Igår lagde jeg billeder og DIYs til en kimono her på bloggen. Jeg havde været igang ved symaskinen, og det er jo normalt noget, jeg deler her på bloggen. De der billeder af smilende mig var underlige at sætte på. For jo, jeg kan smile og være glad, men der er stadig et kæmpe savn indeni mig. Det her miks mellem, livet der går videre – fordi det skal og fordi det gør, og så den endeløse tristhed. Jeg kan ikke finde ud af det.

Det her har jo nok været en blog, hvor der også har været problemer. Det er jo ikke mere end 5 år siden, jeg pludselig var hende den unge mor med tarmkræft. Det var svært at skrive noget positivt om det.

Men jeg kan jo ikke engang finde ud af, hvordan jeg giver sorgen over min lillebror plads og rum i mit liv, så det er endnu mere svært her.

Min navnesøster er så god til at skrive om Sorgen. Og jeg læser, hyler og nikker. Jeg ville ønske, jeg var så god.

Jeg skriver også om sorgen i det private worddokument på computeren, men jeg kan ikke finde ud af det her. Men måske vil jeg bare sige, at jeg smiler på et billede med noget hjemmesyet på, og jeg er rigtig glad for de mange gode ting, der er i mit liv, men jeg synes også skæbnen har været et rigtigt røvhul. Og hvordan er det man pipper om det.. Og må man stadig smile, grine eller hvad? Når jeg aldrig holder op med at tænke på, at jeg aldrig får lov til at se ham igen. Det er så svært.

Jeg får den mærkeligste nicheblog om syning og sorg. Og det føles så forkert. Men jeg vil stadig være her, sy nogle ting, savne min bror, og ellers prøve at leve livet bedst muligt.

Kristelig Dagblad kører en artikelserie om sorg. Den sagde jeg ja til at deltage i. Jeg synes, det er vigtigt at tale højt om sorgen. Fordi den er så ensom.

Man kan læse artiklen her, hvis man er abonnent. Måske er der nogen af jer, der ved hvordan det er allerede. Måske er det helt anderledes for jer at være i sorgen. Og måske, der er nogle, der er så heldige, de aldrig har været udsat for noget så sørgeligt. Så kan det måske også være interessant at læse om. Jeg håber, det kan hjælpe – enten mig selv for at komme ud af ensomheden, eller andre der kan nikke eller se det med nye øjne.