my handmade wardrobe, arrested

Jen over at Grainline studio recently posted the contents of her handmade wardrobe, and I was inspired and encouraged to follow suit! (har har..)

I totally set up a whole photo studio in my apartment, with spot lights and lamps and whatnot, but it was night so I got some funky colors, and I think the images came out looking like perp shots, or like the clothes are being interrogated!

None the less, here are the handmade clothes that are currently in my wardrobe (goodness knows I have a lot of me-made things that just isn’t getting used, or has been used to pieces already):

Sleeveless tops

Beach blouse, Tiny pocket tank

Tiny pocket tank, Svanvik blouse

Layering things. From the top; my own pattern, two tiny pocket tanks from Grainline Studio, and another of my own patterns. The pale blue blouse is from my graduating collection, and I’m happy it fits me so I can have it in my wardrobe! I have to admit, I haven’t actually used it yet, but next time a fancy artsy dinner or gallery opening rolls around, I’m ready.

Other stuff

Jersey top, mustard shorts

Aptly named since I only have one each of long-sleeved tops and shorts/pants! The corduroy shorts are still going strong, though a little rumply from all the wear. The jersey top is a sample I got to make for myself while interning for Elmidae in Chicago.


Mini skirt, Valentine’s day skirt

Minde skirt, another Marie skirt

Wool skirt, Pencil skirt

Clearly skirts is what I make the most of! Including the miniskirt feels a little like cheating since it was a simple refashion, but man, I’ve used that skirt so much I think it’s allowed in. The drapey wool skirt in the middle is from my graduating collection, and the double layer skirt at the bottom is another Elmidae sample I got to make. The black linen pencil skirt is one of the first things I blogged about here, so it’s funny that it still has a place in my wardrobe!


Ironwood dress, Grandma-dress

I really like making and wearing dresses, so I’m a little surprised I don’t have more of them actively in my wardrobe! The Ironwood dress is my own pattern, and the floral-patterned dress is a refashion from my grandmother’s old dress.


Bayview Street Cardigan, Geithus lace knit top

Seamless hybrid sweater

I feel like I’m pretty much knitting all the time, but I guess a lot has been smaller things like hats and scarves, or gifts, but these three self-knitted garments are getting plenty of use. Like I mentioned just a couple of weeks ago, I’m casting on for another one of both the Bayview Street Cardigan, and the Geithus lace knit top, which is my own pattern.

I totally forgot to take a picture of the charcoal wool sweater since I made it for John and not myself, but I tend to borrow it from time to time anyways! So instead of a evidence-like photo of the sweater, you get one of my handsome boyfriend wearing it instead. Deal?

The verdict

I have made way more than is actually in my current wardrobe. I use the Hitterdal coat every once in a while, but it’s not really a regular staple. And then there are things that I made that I’ve worn to death, or that don’t fit anymore, or that I simply don’t like anymore.

There is also a pile of half-finished and alteration-ready projects that I’ve mentally already added to my wardrobe, but that aren’t there yet! I have a Minoru jacket in pieces somewhere, a Beignet skirt just waiting for 12 bound buttonholes (oh yeah, that’ll only take a few hours!), and a myriad of smaller refashions. On a personal note, I actually have changed jobs and am done working in the bridal shop. Now I’ll be doing sewing related things just half of my work-week, so I’m really hoping that means more time and energy for sewing for myself!


through the window

It is most definitely not summer here in Bergen anymore; howling winds, daily downpours, rainboots everyday, and you break out the *big* umbrella (not the little one that lives in your handbag). Right on schedule!

I just had a picture I wanted to share! John took it earlier in the summer, as I was plugging away at a wedding dress while at work. This is actually what most of my summer looked like (except the part where I’m being photographed sneakily through windows, which is only creepy if it isn’t your boyfriend doing it).

I’ll soon be back with a wardrobe post, as soon as I take the time to photograph the last sweater!

new yarn, and fall knitting

Ooo, shiny new yarn! Actually, most of my yarn is not very shiny since I far prefer wool in all sorts of forms, but the newcomers do make me excited about the projects I have planned for them!

This is the public part of my stash right now by the way. And by public, I mean that one of those white boxes to the right holds some projects and less photogenic yarn, and this is what I have on display. No color surprises here! I have my feet planted solidly in the bluish greens, greenish yellows, greys, and browns.

First up of my new purchases – Quince&Co Lark yarn, in the color Kittywake. It must have been the dreary day I bought the yarn, but the color looked even stormier then. No matter, it’s still a heathered warm blueish grey color, and I’ve got big plans for it! I’ve been planning another Bayview Street cardigan, but decided to go for a more neutral color this time, so it can pair with all the colors the mustard yellow of the first cardigan is having some trouble with. The yarn seems squishy and springy in the skein, and I’ve been wanting to try some Qince&Co yarn for ages!

I also got some Rowan Felted Tweed yarn, in a seafoam kind of color. It was on sale for half off, so I snatched up what was left, with no spesific plans for it. I’m sure I can come up with something eventually. It might be just shy of enough for a proper sweater or cardigan… Perhaps I shall have to hunt down some more?

Lastly, some truly gorgeous yarn from Manos del Uruguay! Isn’t that green just crazy pretty? I’m completely in love with it. This is for another one of my Geithust knit lace tops – I’m working on tweaking the pattern to put it up for sale, so of course I have to knit it again to test my changes! Also, the yarn I used the first time was a single ply and  a little fuzzy and pilly, so I’m also testing to see if I like this yarn better.

After seeing Jen of Grainline Studio’s photo breakdown of her handmade wardrobe, I decided to blatantly copy and do the same, so today I took pictures of a bunch of my handmades. Coming up is a post on that, and my crafting plans for the fall!