Friday, May 28, 2010

The quiz show in pictures

Here comes a little round up of my quiz show appearance!

The intro scene. I am number 7.  As you can see there are hardly any height differences between us. That's because the shorter competitors stands on platform boards. The studio technician took one look at me and said "okay, this one will need a lot of platforms". 

Then we got a brief introduction where the viewers got to know that I am a journalist and love fashion. Not arguing with that!

I lucked out the first two rounds and got really easy questions. Like this one:  "what is the English word for snäcka (shell) which also is an oil company?"

If you made it trough the first two rounds without missing any question you get a third light. For every wrong answer a light bulb goes down. Three strikes and you are out. Of 12 competitors 3 makes it to the final, where the prize money is. It went really well for me in the beginning and suddenly we were only four left. 

And the four of us kept answering the questions right, so they raised the difficulty level. And then it all went downhill for me. I am pretty knowledgeable, but the other three were incredibly skilled.  
And then this question killed my chances to get to the final: 
"Which word describes a parchment from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text"
The answer is palimpsest. Does any of you guys know this word? I have never heard it before.

And thus my quiz game appearance ended. 

I didn't get any prize, but I enjoyed the experience immensely! It was a lot of fun getting a behind the scenes look at television production and I loved the shot of adrenaline I got from the competition. The full episode is here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Selina blouse in organic cotton

 
Oh I got so much that I want to blog about, but I have been super busy with travels and social activities every weekend lately, which has cut into both my blogging and sewing time. And tomorrow we are heading to Denmark and beautiful Skagen for the weekend. Anyways I have just listed a new blouse for my Etsy shop. which is a continuation of this experiment and the Olga blouse and wanted to show it! Again the cotton jersey is organic and the lace is tea dyed in organic tea and the colour is fixated with cream of tartar.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quiz time


It's been so long that it hardly feels real anymore, but tonight I will make my quiz show debut. The one I recorded in January. I wish I could say "keep your fingers crossed!" but alas it's too late... But I still feel a nervous knot in my stomach, just as many others I have a hard time hearing my actual voice and I fear I will make some silly grimaces. I have a pretty expressive face normally, but I really tried to keep it cool for the cameras. For my approximately three Swedish blog readers the show airs tonight on SVT2 at 19.00 and it can also be viewed on-line afterwards. (but possibly only to Swedish IP addresses, I am not sure if this show is area restricted). Anyway, I will post some screen shots afterwards and I might add some silly captions too!

Edit: News from a reader from Tokyo, apparently you can watch the show on-line abroad! It will be available tonight after 18.30 GTM I think, which would be 13.30 US EST time. Mine is episode 84

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nadinoo and Liberty prints


I regularly declare my love for using Liberty print fabrics for clothes on this blog. And to prove my point once again I want to show the fantastic clothes by British designer Nadinoo (also available on Etsy). I definitely want to own something by her in the future. All her clothes are absolutely adorable and I think she sews most (or possible all) the garments herself. Droool.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Transparency


Today I went to a fabric store for the first time in quite a while. It was nice to browse among the offerings without a having a particular purpose - I even stayed until they started to look the door. Anyways I came home with a really intriguing fabric - a cotton/poly poplin with a burnout pattern. Normally burnout fabrics tend to be quite fancy, like velvet and silk, but this cloth is much more casual, but still pretty special.


The best part is that it transforms depending on what you layer it on. Normally finding prints that matches a mono colour fabric is pretty hard, but by layering this fabric you get the same effect. Pretty neat I say! I have not decided how to use the fabric, so many possibilities, but I really want to do something that really utilizes the transparency.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wedding dress update


I am on the second and hopefully last muslin of the wedding dress. The first muslin was done straight from the envelope and fit her surprisingly well. It was just a bit too tight in the back + she wanted the skirt longer and the corset flat and not curved. So what you see on the dummy here is pretty much what the dress will look like. Though the dummy is not the same size as she is, plus she is pretty tall, so it doesn't show the fit properly.

The pattern is Simplicity 4070 and I have only good things to say about it so far. The proportions are great - a very classic non fussy shape and it runs pretty true to measurements.

Oh and bride-to-be had a ribbon mishap. She ordered some green batik silk ribbon from one of the US suppliers, it looked great on the site, but the green colour was super bright, not earthy at all like the original ribbon. I had a look at it too and it was just plain wrong, unfortunately. So she is going to order more samples now.

Now the big challenge begins. We are going fabric shopping soon and I will buy the Susan Khajle Bridal Couture cd book too. I got a chance to browse Melissa's copy and it was very impressive. I won't go wild on the couture bit though, I will simplify some of the steps to keep my sanity. I will roll serge the lining hem for instance and I won't be aligning the lace pattern with every seam on the corset top, since it will take up more expensive lace and add a lot of work I suspect. Most ready to wear dresses that I have seen doesn't align the lace either. But if you want to go the whole hog Susan Khajle will definitely show you the way!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

London 2010 in pictures

Anja at The Tower

Outside The Tower

The Tower bridge.



At Melissa's houseboat. The place that she and her finance lives in is pretty amazing. It's not just a boat attached to a dock. It's an entire floating society, with roof gardens, an outdoor cinema and many other cool things. Like the movie Waterworld, but the real deal. 

Anja trying out the double decker bus.

Me en route to the first European Anthropologie store.

Anja posting a postcard to her school.
Buying a pattern rack at Morplan

Outside a Fred Perry store near Covent Garden. I could have bought their entire ladies range. They have so much more than the iconic polo shirt. Like this jacket for instance. Anyway I didn't buy anything for myself (a lot of the ladies stuff in the store was in silk and started at around $140, so I need to save up first), but my boyfriend got a red/white/black polo shirt that he looks awesomely handsome in!



Us saying bye bye from the London eye!

Friday, May 7, 2010

A London find



I really should be posting photos from the London trip, but selecting and editing almost 100 photos is exhausting! I uploaded two dozens yesterday on Facebook, but that only covered around half of the trip. So it was actually easier to take a quick photo of my new tunic dress from ethical label People Tree, bought at the John Lewis department store. The fabric is handwoven in Bangladesh in a fair trade set-up. You can even see some of the handwoven irregularities in the striped fabric which just adds to the charm of the fabric. People Tree is a decidedly mass market label, they even have line with Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame, but some of the garments also has an artisan vibe, without being overtly hippiesh (not that it is anything wrong with hippies, I love the late 60's, but you know what I mean). I will keep my eyes on this label in the future.

And as a parting pic you get me looking all chipper in the John Lewis dressing room.


...while Anja suffers from intense boredom.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

In London


Apparently my phone can't flip images so I guess we ended up sideways in the blog. And in london. Though the latter was not really phone related. Me and the youngest are in the city for a little mini vacation. I really like this town!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Eco friendly top


I am always a bit vary of using the word eco friendly since there are so many variables to consider when it comes to making eco concious choices, but this time I think at least I am pretty close. The marled jersey is made of organically grown cotton, the cotton lace is dyed in organic and fair trade early grey tea and the buttons are made of wood, I think it's pine, but I could be wrong. So at least by my measure this is a pretty eco friendly top!



The design is done in a total freestyle form, which is unusual for me. First it was meant to be a tunic with a silk bib, but that didn't work out so I turned it into a tunic with gathers, which didn't work either, so I reworked it once more and this is the end result. I really like it now, and jersey is top notch and soo soft to wear.

By the way, tomorrow I am going on a trip for a few days, and since I plan to travel blog from my tiny, decidedly non-iphone, cell phone, I'll save that info for tomorrow.

Coverstitch presser feet review


As I mentioned before I own a Pfaff serger/coverstich combo machine and recently bought a cover stitch presser feet that folds the fabric while sewing, so there is no need to press the fabric beforehand. While top stitching stable knits is not a problem, I have some  problems with jersey since they curl quite a bit, even after pressing, and I was curious the see if this presser feet was any good.
Here is my mini review:

Pros
+ Gives a neat even finish
+ Pressing is not necessary
+ Great for jersey that curls easily

Cons
- Requires a lot of fidegting to align the fabric when sewing
- Only works for lighter fabrics, the slot is not big enough for thick fabrics
- The plastic presser foot feels a bit flimsy and delicate
- Doesn't save much time, since one has to realign the fabric regularly. With practise it might get quicker though.
- Only one width 2.5 cm/1 inch

The device folds the fabric while sewing.

Looking nice and even 

Looking really nice on the inside too.

The finished result.

All in all this is not a miracle worker and the fabric slides a bit in the folder so I have to stop to realign regularly when sewing, which I didn't anticipate. But the end result looks really professional, and I suspect that a similar device is used in the sewing industry.

Next week I plan to post a review of the serger blind hemmer feet that I also bought.