Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Wardrobe planning

Today I´ve bee doing some thinking about my closet  as I was reading and thinking about it according to Colette´s  wardrobe architecture. I´ve been thinking about my silouettes, my choise of patterns, my colors, and a lot more, I already decided to toss some things....
I live in a climat that can be very cold in the winter...or not...and can be very hot in the summer...usually not... and I work in a poorly air conditioned place that has 3 different climate zones. and then I like to travel....and also add that I´m 55 and have some issues with side effects from my anti cancer pills that I will take for another 5 years...and I´m very thankful for that,sligtly sweathy but thankful!
I like layering! Cardigans are my best friend! I also like to wear leggings but I don´t think they do anything to an outfit but they keep me cosy on the coach and warm while getting to work an also cosy during night shifts.

Sarai seperate the colors in neutrals, almost neutrals, statement and metallics.

I decided that my neutrals are:
Grey, all 50 shades...
Off white
Navy ( an almost neutral according to Sarai, but since it´s an important color to me I treat it as a neutral
Warm tan

Almost neutral:
Denim blue
Dark green
Dark Brown ( stepping away from this since I fell in love with black...)

Pink! Everything exept the lightest shades and as a breast cancer survivar I have a right to everything pink and I even own  the pink SMEG refrigirator!!!!....
Burnt orange
Purple, dark purple not the lilac kind
I have to edit here and add red, I don´t like red clothes but adore red shoes....

I actually prefer gold and bronze but on the other hand I like to do silver smithing

Then it comes to prints I basically like everything that´s adult looking and my real love is a good texture, linen has a nice texture but wrinkles....but there are other weaves that are interesting. I´ve been looking at Linton tweeds and decided to buy a meter and make myself a skirt and I´m going for pink and want to match it with a Bohus cardigan, a Chanel suit is not for me....

I was in Toronto last week and my fabric purses was actually very good; i bought an off white shirting for a blouse, a black rayon for two basic tops, a grey denim becourse I read that that´s what french women where wearing and a navy "winter jersey" for a skirt. ( More on fabric shopping in Toronto later.....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Camilla Thulin at Dunkers Kulturhus

If you are in the neighborhood before october 9 or it´s actually a reason to travel....I Think you should go to Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, this is in the very south of Sweden so f you are in Denmark take a trip over Öresund. Dunkers are showing an exibition of the work of Camilla Thulin, She is a favourite of mine and most of this pictures are actally from when the exibit was showing in Stockholm earlier, the only reason I needed to take a daytrip by train...
Camilla does costumes for theatre and movies and she has a huge collection of vintage clothes  from the 50:ies and she collects folklore, in Sweden she is well known for her lingerie design and strong opinions on womens bodies, she did all the clothes for Army of lovers and thís exibit is a combo of everything

Thursday, July 07, 2016

GBSB From Stitch to Style

I´m a big fan of The Great British Sewing Bee and since it´s not airing in Sweden I watch on Youtube ( what did we do before we had Youtube???...) I think it was a good season, a nice mix of sewers, Esme was fun but I prefer Patrick´s wardrobe and Claudia is such a good host. Did the right sewer win, Yes! probably...but not based on what she did in the final episode...
I´m really impressed by Jade who has been sewing for 4 years, what a potencial to became a great sewer, I really liked her style and with some more experience she will be a really good sewer.
I bought the first book but sold it and when I saw the Bunka skirt I knew I had to buy this book. It´s a really nice book that I will keep! the patterna are on sturdy paper and in a seperate envelope and the sizes are up to size 20 ( the measures are for the finished garment and for the Breton top it´s 140 cm over the bust.

There are varations of the patterns and even though most of them are for women there are patterns for kids as well as men ( like the shirt in the final )

If you read this blog you know I´m a huge fan of YSL and I´ve been fashionated by the Mondrian dress for years but it was first when I saw this show and they used other colors that the urge to make one for myself came. I decided that cotton satin with some stretch would be a good fabric ....but so hard to find....until last week when I went to Copenhagen and visited ITA fabrics. They had like 20 colors! I bought these:

there is black, grey, a dark red and a teal and they are washed and ready to be cut, I bought 1 meter of each and planning to make a Mondrian skirt or something else from the leftovers. In the book they have a variation of the dress; a top using only 2 colors and it´s really cute!!!!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Sewing with a plan for fall

I used to have a really nice black wardrobe before I went towards navy and grey and for fall I decided to update my black basics and this plan is a good start...
I´m going to make a slightly flaired wool skirt that I will line, I have a fabric with a very nice drape and some diagonally kind of weave that I bought in Paris a couple of years ago. The black and grey stripe for the dress is from Tom Ford and bought at Skipper Stoffe in Copenhagen last week, I will use a pattern from Ottobre that I already made two dresses from and absolutely love...
The fabric for the jacket is this panel that I bought in St Petersburg, It´s only one panel but since it´s double weave I think it´s enought for the bomber jacket 

and the very basic part of this is leggings, the best layering piece of cloth ever invented and then I want one short sleeved and one long sleeeved top in a basic shape but in a thicker quality of rayon knit with elasta in it, I still need to find this fabric....and then I do I want to do tops in navy, grey and offwhite too. I have had a lot of basic tops over the year that are out of grain, see through and really not has a good finish

Monday, June 20, 2016

Alabama Chanin again

I really like my AC skirt and top and have thought for a long time to make a dress, this time my plan is to add some sparkle aka pearls. I find it quite easy to do the stencil using stencil plastic and using some quilters glue to attach it to the papers with the pattern printed on and a rotating knife to cut

I used two spraypaint fabric dye first one aqua and then a grey shimmering over that and the result is a glittery mermaid greenish blue pattern, the fabric is light blue, the same color as the local football team use...

and to tone it down I´m planning to use grey pearls and maybee some grey embroideryfloss as well as some light blue thread

Thursday, June 16, 2016

For the love of fabric

 I really love this fabric! It´s a cotton batiste from Italienska modetyger outside Gothenburg. I can´t resist a nice borderprint and I did a wonderful job if I may say so myself...and since it´s my blog I may! I also found the perfect red match for a detail, it was a silk blouse that I started so long ago so I don´t remember then, but everything failed at the end  due to the fabric was too stiff for the pattern of choise so I had to rethink and changed the plan for a dress to one for a skirt and a top and then there where suddenly nice weather...

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

No maxi for me

I live in the south of Sweden and as a swede I want sun more than Everything.. we have a saying that "the Swedish summer is wonderful, this year it was a tuesday...."
I measure summer with how much tan my legs get by showing the white parts where my sandals is...and I wear sandals as early as I can...I even wear them with socks just becourse I can!....There is no way I´ll be wearing a maxi and the wonderful Ilse Jacobsen maxi will be shortened... I don´t get the hiatus of maxis and summer!