Thursday, May 05, 2016

St Petersburg

I saw that where are a lot of people reading the blog from Russia so I have to write about when I went to St Petersburg. It was a 4 day weekend and I could have used 2 days more, but I can Always come back...For a Swede travelling to Russia you need a visa that you have to pay in my opinion too much for, when applying you have to show papers on payed hotel etc and it was really so much work so I bought a weekend package from a travel agency and that included a guided tour of the city from bus that in my case became a private guide and a cab since my plane was delaided for 2 hours. I stayed at a hotel called Moscow and it was not my kind of hotel, 825 rooms and breakfast was included and that many people in a huge room became like eating in a school canteen....

I like taking subway, trains and busses on vacation and St Petersburg is easy to navigate from the subway and cheap, I think the subway is the deepest subway in the world and you can see on the left picture how long it is to the top. The right picture is from a trainride I took to the Tsar´s summerpalace; Petershof

This picture show how it has been restored

Since I work with trains I had to visit Vitebskiy Railway station that was the first railway station in Russia built in 1837 and restored to it´s original glory....and it was Beautiful, with chandelers and staircases, the formal Tsar´s waitingroom was a cafeteria ( left Picture)

During the guided tour the guide recommended a visit to what my old guidebook refers to as the Summerpalace garden, and the first summerpalace is here and it´s really close to the Winterpalace, the palace, that is on the small side was closed for renovation but the park was lovely to stroll

 Ok and  now to the serious part; fabricshopping, the sewing machinestore was rather close to my hotel and looked like an ordinary dito store in Sweden, I checked the prices for needles and thought they where like home.  When I travel I usually google "fabric shopping in...." and that way I found the fabric store, There where actually several shops in the building, the good fabric was on the second floor.... and it was good!! they had a wool room that I did not get a picture on and I thought the prices where good. All the fabrics hanging in the back have samples on the desks so you can touch them and when you want something you tell the lady at the desk how much, she does not speak English but numbers are international, then you get a note and take it to the cashier and pay for it( they do take cards) take the receipt, bring it back to the first lady and you get you get the good stuff

I don´t remember the name of the shop nor the adress but it´s easy to find, you go to the Finlandish railwaystation, stand on the stairs and look toward Neva, look to the right and on the street outside the railwaystation the store is on the first block to the right. I bought two pieces, payed with card and I don´t remember how much I paid but it was good value.

The food was great, I ate at a lot of different places an high end cafées, canteens, restaurants in back streets and at the hotel. The funniest meal was when I was going to the fabric store and it was not opened so I went around the block and found a café in a basement and ordered cappucino( not a good choise...) and what I thought was a apricot and almond cake that turned out to be filled with mushrooms.... but it tasted great!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

MMMay Denim skirt

MMMay day 3, wearing a denim skirt and a top from a Onionpattern ( more on that one later

I hate selfies and I´m not good on doing them! The grey hoodie is something I wear at work a lot due to that the temeratue is different in different parts of the room, but when I see this Picture I should probably wear something else most of the time....

The pattern to the skirt comes from this book; sy nederdele (sew skirts) only in danish but with good step by step pictures you can follow in any language. The publisher says that this is the fastest selling book they have ever published, Sewing is Cool again!!!

Maria on the cover in 1 inch makeup...

I made some changes like opening up the waistband and used the pockets from the Ginger Jeans since the pockets here are so tiny, tiny...I actually used all of my skills from the Ginger jeans into sewing this skirt and the same 2% stretch denim and the skirt was on the large side but after washing it I find the size better, I really don´t know why I missed fitting the side seams...
I used quilters cottons from stash, button from my stash of extra buttons from RTW and rivets from Prym

When Maria and I where in London for the PR meetup we went to Victoria and Albert museum on sunday and bought one of these cups that I use as intended on the box. Only days after, the big lingerie/undergarment exibition opened ,so now I have a reason to return.The giftshop located in the clothes exibit have some notions from Merchant and Mills as well as books and other stuff

There are a lot of nice things about that museum part from the collections; it´s free, nice restaurant and you can sit outside if its warm, clean toilets, fun gift shop

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

MMMay Karen and Karin

May second is Karen Day and another picture from work and yes it´s dark outside due to shift I´m going to talk about the papers on the wall at the end of this post.

The fabric used is the second from bottom and it was bought at a sewing machine/fabric/notionstore in Copenhagen called City Sy Center, It´s on Amager Brogade so it´s not really very central but there´s a metrostation close by. It´s a cotton/elastan fabric and was a bit pricy compared to other fabrica I bought. The reason why I was there was Maria och Signe´s releaseparty for the book they have written about sewing skirts. ( more on that later).
Anyway Maria gave me the Karen pattern ( I also met the real Karen at the party...) and I planned to wear it at the PR meetup in London a couple of weeks later, but there was no time between shopping and party to switch clothes so the dress made it to afternoon tea at the Orangerie at Kensington Palace
Karen is a really nice pattern that is fast and sew and give something extra to a basic knit dress. It only needs 2 meters of fabric and I have bought fabric for one more dress, I just need to pick up my scissors that have been sent away to be sharpened.

 and we had it all including the Champagne. superdelisious in a supernice place on an coldish springday

The book looks like this and I will talk about it later
About those papers on the wall. each year about dec 7 we have to apply for when we want to have our vacation the next year, I have 34 days I can use and if I don´t apply now there are a little chance that I will get of on my dates, the problem with this is that it´s pure luck if I can attend a wedding och birthday party that I was not aware of at this early point and that is why I can´t attend PR weekend in Chicago that I so was looking forward to....

Sunday, May 01, 2016

MMMay Ottobre dress

I started my first Me Made May by wearing one of my favourite dresses, It´s from the latest Ottobre and is really a simple dress that I added my own pockets to, The pockets have been admired by a lot of people, even my dad commented on them....

You can hardly see the dress...but I´m also wearing a shawl I knitted as well as a bra and panties

These dresses are from the latest Ottobre, a magazine I buy every adult issue of but don´t sew that much from . It´s a pity becourse the models are really the everyday clothes that I tend to wear.

The fabric is a double weave cotton that looks like some kind of superexpensive japanese denimy fabric but is really a coupon from Gentlemen of tissu in Paris, I had 3 meters and gave the leftovers away to become a skirt for a friend. I finished the neckline with a bias  that I sewed to the back with the machine and then cut clean, I did not want to turn the ends in due to thickness of the fabric. This is a dress that work all year around and I think the fabric wont show wear so I can enjoy it for years to come.

Happy Bloggoversary

10 years today!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jardin Majorelle

When I was in Marrakech I had to visit Jardin Majorelle, beeing the YSL fan I am....
Yves and Pierre Bergé bought it in 1980 and restored it. It was originally the work of a french painter named Jacques Majorelle and the blue color of the house is refered to as Majorelle blue, the giftshop was selling small tins of the color...
The adress is Rue Yves Saint Laurent but got that name after his death. It´s located outside the medina and walkable distance ( If you like to walk...) It´s a botanical garden and Yves´ ashes are spread here. Even though there are a lot of people visiting it´s a very calm place and I can totally get that he liked beeing here and it´s a wonderful contrast to the world outside the walls. There are no fashion on display but books where sold and there is a café that I did not visit but according to a woman I work with is really good

Part of the house is a museum showcasing the history and traditions of the Berber people, it´s very interesting and has a lot of costumes

Yves made his own Christmas cards to sent to clients, business associates and friends and there´s an exibit showing them, some of them have a dog and I can remember seeing pictures with the two of them a long time ago.

Fading Bubbles

I´m not much of a sock knitter or user, but I have a theori that I´ve been knitting my socks to big, so now I´m making them tighter, I like to knit socks though becourse they are kind of fast and there are a lot of lovely yarns out there and you can try new tecniques and even though the yarn might be expensive, it´s usually just one skein ( but somehow I had to order 3 more skeins after this project...)
A friend was buying yarn from Wollelfe I I wanted to try some and decided on sock yarn in the color "fresh" The yarn is gradient and comes in many weight and different yardage. On the picture below it looks like I´m knitting blue socks from green yarn....LOL
The picture is from my recent trip to London, more on that later....

The pattern is called Bubbles down the drain and I used the lacy pattern and knitted my sock with a "normal" heal just from bottom and up. I don´t have a really good way to start my bottom and up socks ´but I have figured out a way to do a "normal" heel backwards, becourse I really need that extra yarn due to very high wrists.
Socks knitted on circulars are a good project to bring on a short trip, for longer trips I prefer a lace shawl, you get a lot of knitting on low weight

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Siri is a beautiful old fashioned swedish name and this cardigan is as beautiful. It´s designed by Linnea Öhman and available for purchase on Ravelry. I´m a strong believer that you can´t have to many cardigans ( that goes for dresses, shoes, bags and a lot of other stuff as well....)

 I prefer to knit cardigans and sweaters top to bottom and in one piece to minimize the sewing. Siri is really all about the yoke. The yarn is called Duo from a danish company called Design Club DK, I bought it at Tant Thea and used 2,5 skeins of the 4 I bought...This is a Lovely yarn that brings out the pattern of this design. I honestly have to admit that I used the pattern for the yoke and then went freestyling for the rest... The buttons are from a local store; Gregers Sy who has a nice selection of notions

This pattern comes in Swedish and English and I can recommend it, it´s a little bit challencing but once you get the hang of it´s not difficult.
I like that this yarn has a little greys, it get more alive from it.
I have a skirt to match ! I only need to hem it first....This color works really well with navy too!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ginger my love

A lot of people are making Ginger jeans as well as a lot of other jeans pattens and I honestly did not get what the fuss was about this pattern. I´m not a jeans girl even though this is the kind of sewing I like, my last pair of jeans I used when painting walls in my hallway....and I have been trying on jeans at stores but they don´t fit well or the content of lycra is so high that the denim feeling fades and I love denim as a fabric.

I decided to buy Ginger and also start using PDF pattern that I hated and still dislike but it´s a good way to store them on the computer and they are usually cheaper if you don´t count the money I hade to spend on a printer....
Ginger is designed by Closet Case Files and I also ordered the Carolyn PJ and the e-book on how to make jeans. You get to download the patterns 5 times during 2 years and not beeing used to this I had 1 e-book left when I managed to find them on my computer. I wrote and explaned how I messed it up and I my account very fast got 5 downloads to use. Thank You!

 I love this pattern, I measured myself and was right between sizes and went down and it was a good decision, I made the high waisted jeans and made a boothcut leg by myself. I raised them almost an inch in the back, that´s what I usually do with all pants and skirts, I have a small "shelf" that needs some extra fabric. The instructions in the e-book was brilliant, both inches and metric. The fabric is a 2% lycra denim from my local chainstore Stoff och Stil, button from stash that has a lot of those extra buttons you get when you buy RTW, mines are mostly donated by friends.

Once they where finished I bought the red denim and grey and mustard twill with 3 % lycra, The mustard I will save for fall. Not only could I use my stashed buttons but also my stash of quilting fabrics did come to use as lining the pockets

I did not interface the lining other than where the button and buttonhole should be and I cut it length wise to reduce the stretch.