Archive for June, 2013

Compañeros de la vida


I sew everything on this lovely, metallic green Husqvarna from the fifties. I found it in a garbage room in the early nineties, complete with a handy suitcase, instruction book, needles, thread and all.

I’ve had it in for service once, otherwise just feed it some oil every now and then, and it keeps going.


It has a lot of decorative seams apart from the ones you need for different techniques.

The only thing it doesn’t do is overlock seams with cutting which is just as fine. Very few of my creations have been made without taking up some stitches at least once. Either because I make a mistake, or because the fit is bad, or because I change my mind over some design issue. The little cutter must be near at all times.Foto-0088


I don’t have a big cutting table, I do all the work on the floor. An ex partner once gave me these knee pads to use while I crawl around on the floor, and why I don’t use them every time, I don’t know- they’re wonderful!



Bardot wannabe to be

Bardot wannabe to be

The brittle dress

ImageThis dress is made out of two different patterns. The blouse is from the vintage pattern on the left below. It’s unfortunately incomplete, but I love the look of it! I’ve made a few blouses from it before, but this got way to short so I wanted to make a dress. I took the skirt from the pattern on the right and I think the result is really good. I like the retro feeling of the fabric, and I think the print is awesome.

The fabric is a real lightweight silk, and since the waist is really slim, it broke in some strong lindy hop moves. I will need to reinforce the seams and leave more room for my belly, and perhaps use it in less acrobatic circumstancesImage


Big city pants


I’ve been asked innumeral times what city is depicted, and I’m sorry to say I don’t know. A lot of people ask if it’s New York, perhaps because it”s The big city that comes to mind. Several people have, probably from the same chain of association asked if I bought them in New York (No I made them!)

But if anyone recognize a building or know where it is, let me know! Image

The fabric is very stretchy, with a matte finish. No buttons or zippers required, I just pull them on

Taking it easy

I’ve used this pattern (Burda 2582) a zillion times. It’s a plain, simple and very easy dress to make. This time I omitted the fitting seams in the midriff as well as the zipper, for an easy going summer’s dress.ImageImage

Photos: Samuel L


The mad hatter


Mesmerized by the women on the cover of this Vouge pattern, I brought it to my mother‘s fabric haven, and The woman of a hundred dresses and I set to work.


Of course I had to choose hat B, which seemed the most complicated of them all.

I guess I lack the skills of the women of that time when it comes to accepting complicated and impractical items of clothing attached to the body. Or perhaps with time, I’ll get the hang of it. In the meantime, the hat’s in the closet.Image

Photos: Clara I

In the summer time

207526_5425623579_6939_nThis dress is made with a pattern from Burda 2/2001 that I’ve used several times. It’s a classic, simple yet elegant model. Of course the look depends a lot of the fabric. The little boy at my side is by now a young man and the shirt he’s wearing is the one I made for him for the summer. It has a pattern of a beach with footprints in the sand. Foto-0153 Foto-0198

My snake pants


These pants are made out of a thin cotton fabric with stretch and a shiny finish, several people have asked me what the heck they’re made out of!

Top photo: Anna H

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Et voilà!

The checkered dress with a pleated skirt is ready at last!


I usually start out with a general idea of what I want and then design as I go. This is fun, but tedious. Some unexpected problem will always show up and sometimes drive me raging mad. When the item is ready I immediately forget all sorrows and think making it was a piece of cake.

Now I’m really, really pleased with this one! I think it has the preppyness of a school uniform, yet a hint of the roaring twenties. The checkered wool gives it a classic air.

However, as I was trying it on while sewing, I realized the fabric itches, meaning I will have to wear it with a slip, meaning it will have to wait to fall. Unless we have a cold and rainy summer.

The super sweet blogger award


I got nominated for the super sweet blogger award! Thank you so much Tailorfairy, I am really honored!


THE RULES: Copy & Paste This Whole Post and Replace All Your Information — who awarded you, for example.

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.

5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.



1 – Cookies or Cake? ~ mmm…chocolate?

2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? ~ chocolate

3 – Favourite Sweet Treat? ~ chocolate

4 – When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? ~ after dinner

5 – Sweet Nick Name? ~  my mom used to call me jennypenny



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