Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
*scratchesheadinconfusion* Yeah, it was the other way round!
I bought this material in Greece last year and it wasn't cheap, so I knew I had to make something memorable with it, and I ended up initially making mini skirts for myself and my lovely friend Corina. But that did make me panic somewhat, as I wondered if I would then have enough material left to make anything significant.....was I making a start on the 'scraps' first you may say - and perhaps I was!!
I've decided to post two pictures of it here, as the first is not that clear, as I took it on a backlight setting with no flash, but anyhow, I digress......
I had a very pretty kaftan/tunic that I bought in Bergen a few years ago that I adore, but hate wearing it all the time, as it's embroidered on the edge and I don't want to wear it out, so I made a pattern from it and ended up with this version. I modified the sleeves so that they were in two pieces which just gives it a bit more detail
And as it's a little see-through, I now have a sweet little pair of shorts to wear underneath to spare my modesty - happy days! :-)
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Only thing was, they cost me almost £45.00 - ouch!
Will have to save these for something special then!
I also knew I had to make this version a little smaller upstairs! :-(
But the finished item looks pretty on and is ideal for the beach or private wear!
And with that, the other set is now available to purchase on Etsy.com for a lady with more ample charms than myself!!
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Flora and I were in a state of shock, but I said to her "This has given me an idea, and you know, I'm going to take the basic principle and make my own - heck, I've got enough scraps at home!"
However, I did walk out with a pretty little NoaNoa beige crocheted effort for a more modest price of £20.00 - couldn't help myself!
So with a head full of ideas, I set about putting my thoughts into it and this is what I came up with.....
This piece was off a pretty little beach top I bought from Zara a few years back - I loved the material but hated the actual top - so I cut it up and used a piece here and the main part will go into making another little tunic in the next couple of weeks....
This piece was from a sarong that I bought in Tesco's supemarket years ago that had suntan lotion marks on it - I could never bear to throw it away, as it was too pretty, so I'm glad I found a use for it.....
And the rest is just the usual bits from my scrap bag! This is another piece of my Grandmothers crocheted lace sewn onto a piece of leftover fabric from the beach shorts!
The duck egg blue organza panel was from an old skirt that had a mark on it from years ago, but once again, whilst I had no intention of ever wearing it again, I knew that I couldn't part with the material - the last time I actually wore the skirt was in 1999! I've added the leftover pieces of pink and white lace from the turquoise boudoir set I posted yesterday - as you can see, all the embellishments are in pale pink.
The blue/white piece on the bottom of the scarf is just the white sarong material again, backed with the pale blue broderie anglais to make the embroidery stand out.
But the best thing about this scarf is that it didn't cost me £139.00, just my time and effort!
It feels good to recycle old materials and give them a new lease of life........
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
And congratulations to Alexander Rybak for stomping away with the highest score ever awarded in the Eurovision Song Contest!
Hmmn....well I'm most definitely thinking about being in Oslo next year, especially if it coincides with 17th May, but no matter how much I wish for it, I can't see Morten hosting the competition - oh well!!
But I will have my own little celebration today and will be sporting something red, white and blue!
'SKAL FOR NORGE!'
Friday, 15 May 2009
For those who know Norway, these will need no introduction, but for those of you who don't these cushions represent the Vestlandet region, which is around Bergen, Stavanger area (West Coast) and the Sorlandet region is Southern Norway and all those beautiful little towns like Grimstad and Lillesand with their white clapboard houses with pretty picket fences (there's a clue to a song here for those who know a particular Norwegian band!)
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Hmmn....well I'm hoping that title is correct, as 'Jag talar inte Svenska' however, what I'm trying to say is that I thought this little outfit would be perfect for a summers night sleepover - that's if there really is such a thing as night in the nordic countries at that time of year!
Anyhow, the yellow broderie anglais was soo pretty, that I decided to add pale blue trims and give it a Swedish air!
And finished it off with tiny little bows everywhere!
Hmmn....now I'm wondering when a Norwegian version of this little outfit will appear......probably not long, knowing me! ;-)
'God Natt og Sove Godt!'....well that's how you say i Norsk!
This set is available to buy on Etsy.com
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
My friend Flora saw some of my designs and asked if I would make her one of my 'Boudoir' sets as she loved mine so much. "Yes!" I said "No problem!" and with that I made arrangements for her to come around for a fitting. When she did and we got chatting, I asked her what she taught, as I knew she was a teacher, "Textiles" was her reply.....so then, no pressure I thought to myself!
But this was one of the nicest and fun things I've ever made for anyone, because whilst I always like to make everything to the best of my ability, I felt that I had to go that 'extra mile' with it - and so I took great care to ensure that it was as perfect as I could make it. I decided to use broderie anglais material, as it always lends itself to my Boudoir sets.
The Boudoir wrap looks just as pretty with shorts, a mini skirt or in this case, Flora asked for 'lounge' pants, which, having finished them, I've decided that I must have a pair for myself!
They are finished with pretty cluny lace at the trouser edge and on the waistband.
They're soo slouchy they look wonderful on, but I also convinced Flora to go all out and have a mini skirt as well - and so she did!
The skirt sits slightly higher on the waist than the lounge pants and is finished with cluny lace and little bows!
I'm sure it will put a smile on her husbands face when he sees her in it! ;-)
Friday, 8 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
I've always wanted to try a bunad on but have never gotten up the nerve to go to Heiman Husflid in Oslo, but one day I hope to.
My ancestors came from around the Bergen area, so the bunad for me would be from the Vestlandet region, but I understand that they cost a small fortune, so I'm thinking the nearest I may well get to wearing one is this blouse which I've made as an homage to the traditional blouses women all over Norway wear.
What's so nice about the one I've made here is that the lace panel is made up of pieces of crocheted cotton lace which I have been collecting for many years and comes from all over the world and two pieces of it were from my Grandmother, so they mean a lot to me in particular.
The neckline is elasticated, so it can be worn pulled slightly off the shoulder (not very traditional but nice for the summer perhaps with jeans!) but it does look rather pretty on (even if I do say so myself!)
I decided to put a lace panel at the back of the blouse for more detail
And finished it off with little bows here and there!
Skal for Norge!
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
A very warm welcome to
LITTLE MISS NORWAY
Over the next few weeks I hope to have this blog up and running (to my liking!) but at the moment I'm just getting used to navigating my way around here, so please bear with me!
In the meantime, here's a little video of a song that all those who know me would say is probably on my list of top 10 tunes by my favourite band, a-ha (well it is all things 'Norwegian' here and I do have norsk heritage, so there you go!!
Looking forward to chatting some more in the not too distant future!