THE PERFECT SUMMER COCKTAIL

Here in Denmark, it is summer, and I love it!

For me, summer means cold drinks on my terrace with good friends.

I love a well-composed drink – a favorite is Gin and Tonic, it is easy to make and taste fantastic. However, sometimes I like to be a bit more adventurous. If I make a drink, it must taste fresh, not too sweet but a bit fruity. My favorite cocktail this summer will defiantly be this Passion Mojito

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For four drink you will need:

  • 8 passion fruits
  • A good handful of mint leaves
  • 6 tablespoon of cane sugar
  • Lime from 3 lime fruit approx. 2 tablespoons
  • A dash of sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Mash mint leaves, lime juice and sugar with a mortar, add Rom, meat from passion fruit, sparkling water, and ice cubes.

Enjoy in the sun:)


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MY VESPA DRESS

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Garments with details are something I fancy. That includes almost all kinds of details from laces, pleats, buttons, feather and so on. My favorite of them all is embroidery!

I think that embroidery adds something exclusive and very personal do a piece that other details can´t.

Last year I made a border of scooters to a pale yellow piece of Linen. Finally, I dared to cut and sew the dress I planned for this piece of fabric.

I have made a template and some videos for you so you can make your own Vespa embroidery.

Have a lovely day

Nanna

 

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If you want to make a scooter embroidery yourself I have made a template for the scooter you can download here

Have a lovely day

Nanna

A NEW DRESS IN MY WARDROBE

I have made a dress for myself, not for a particular reason, or a special event and not for work – just for fun. What a great feeling it is to just to sew for fun. That is something I rarely do. Because when you work with what I do the most sewing is for work.

I got so satisfied with the dress that my husband took some pictures of it, so it ended up to be a bit of work. But thats okay, the process was fun.

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PATTERN ALERT

Today I am releasing a new pattern. It is a dress and it is ready for sale. I hope you will love the No. 13 Paris dress.

SHOP NEW PATTERN

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SEW BIAS BAND - THE EASY AND FAST WAY

One of my favorite sewing technique is to sew bias binding. I think it is a very delicate way to finish up a seam or edge. sometimes I think it looks a bit heavy, so I use this technique instead of the more classic approach to sewing a bias binding.

  • Place the bias tape in the neckline/armscye with right sides together
  • Fold 1 cm of the bias tape and pin it to the neckline/armscye
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  • Place the bias tape in the neckline. You need to ease the neckline a bit.
  • Sew the binding in place using a 1 cm seam allowance, overlap the ends with 2 cm.
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  • Press the bias tape around the seam allowance, the overlock must lay flat on the inside.
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  • From the right make a topstitch to the bias tape 0.2 cm from the ditch.
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JANUARY UPDATE

It is the last day of January. Therefore, I will give you an update on how this month has been according to my wardrobe challenge. First, I have already cheated. I bought something. Actually, I did not think about it. It was nor before I came home and had removed the tags from the clothes I realized that I was not allowed to buy anything. Whoops, those happiest is hard to change. Besides that, I have made two garments, which I am quite satisfied with. Because January has been a busy month.

Here you can see all my makes for January

Remember to download my app it is available in app store

TURBAN STYLE

This week I made a video on Instagram on how I tie my turban. I was a bit surprised at how many likes and comments it got. The video on Instagram was a short one. I have made a much better vide on how to tie two different turbans. You can see the video right here.
Have a lovely day
Best Nanna

I HAVE SOMETHING EXCITING TO TELL YOU

For a long time, my husband has been working on an app. The first version is now ready to download in the app store. The dream with this app is to collect all the sewing instructions, videos, and inspiration from Instagram and my blog on one platform. We are not there yet. However, the first version is now ready. I would be so happy if you would give me input on what you would like this app should include. I do not know if everything is technically possible, but I will bring the best suggestions to my app developer a.k.a. My husband:)

Available in app store the app is called howtodofashion

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AN EXTRAORDINARY COAT

A while ago I made an excellent winter coat. It is special to me because I used hundreds of hours, and I mean hundreds. Last year I decided to give myself some homemade clothes with some exclusive details. It could be an embroidery, a handmade button or a handmade silk flower. The most important thing was that it should be something that was extraordinary, something I walked that extra mile to achieve.

This coat turned out to be one of my treasures. I am not overestimating if I said that I used 150 hours. I know that it sounds like many hours for just one piece of clothes. For me, that is the ultimate self-indulgence. I love to challenge myself in my profession and push the limit for how extraordinary you can make an ordinary piece of homemade clothes.

The reason for all the hours is the embroidery I have made onto the collar and the buttons. Along the edge of the collar, I have made a brim of French knots. The buttons are fabric covered buttons also with many French knots in red silk thread. The fabric is a cashmere underlined with Thinsulate and finally lined with a red GUCCI lining.

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2018 WILL BE A GREAT SEWING YEAR!

A new year means a new start. I always make a goal for myself at the beginning of the year, a goal about my wardrobe. Last year I made a list of things I would like to sew in 2017, you can see it here. The year before I made a rule about not buying anything from new. And this year I have also made a challenge to myself.

  • I would like to spend less money on unnecessary things.
  • I would only have high quality
  • I would like to try four new to me pattern designers
  • I need to be better at document my makes.

So, for this year's challenge, I have made four rules:

  • I can´t buy new made clothes, except underwear and socks.
  • The maximum pair of shoes I can buy is four (it went a bit creasy in 2017)
  • I must use 15 pieces of fabric from my starch before I can buy new.
  • All I make or buy for my wardrobe needs to be documented with a photo and price right here. This way I can make a status at the end of 2018. 
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PARIS HERE I COME

Do I love Paris? Yes who doesn't

Europe is full of great fashion exhibitions at the moment. For me, the absolutely must see, the DIOR exhibition in Paris. Time is flying, and in a few month, it is over. Therefore, I have now booked the flight and a hotel room. Now there is only two thing left to do. 1. plan the one, and a half day I will spend in Paris 2. Look forward to my trip.

I am going all by myself, I have not done that for many years, but I love it. It is going to be an ego trip.

Here is what I would like to do when I Paris:

  • DIOR of course, this is why I am taking this trip.
  • Going to the Musée Jacquemart-André. This museum was a private home until 1912. The interior design and architecture are typical French. It is decadent and extravagant but still with the great French taste. I have also heard that the sea saloon is one of the best in Paris.
  • I will, of course, eat a lot of macaroons and pies
  • Look at amazing French fashion
  • With no doubt, feel taste and breathe the atmosphere of Paris.

If you have any recommendations, not the typical ones like the Eifel tower and Louvre. More in the direction of a fun shop, great cheap food, small French designers a magical café or a secret place. If you have something to share, I will eagerly accept.

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THREE-IN-ONE

It is Autumn, and here in Denmark, that means 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. Therefore, I need some of my warmer dresses. This dress is a hybrid between three of my sewing patterns, the No. 1 Dragør (bodice) No. 6 København (skirt) and No. 8 Svaneke (sleeves) It is a classic and chic style, and I feel so feminine when I wear it.

Would you like to sew one yourself?

Right now, I am working on a sewing instruction for this dress stay tuned.

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GLAMOUR UP YOUR STYLE

For me, the winter can be a bit tough to get through. I don’t like cold weather, long and warm boots, and Pantyhose neither do I like the many dark hours. I am not made to live so long at north. However, it is here I am living, so I get the best out of it.

I love to use and wear many colors. My winter wardrobe is not that colorful, and my warmest clothes are in more dark colors. However, I like to dress “loud, ” and one way is to glamour up my style in the cold month. For me, glamour is many things. I have made a short list with what I think can add glamour to the wardrobe.

  1. Velvet; For me, this is the most glamorous piece of fabric. You can find some beautiful velvet here in many colors.
  2. A hat or a turban. I wear turban almost every day. You can see how I tie my turban here. I also have a dream to own one of the many beautiful hats from BEHIDA DOLIC one day
  3. Everything that glitters. Diamants bets it all, however, less can do. My friend Pia has this little Instagram shop with the most amazing pieces. Go check it out.
  4. High heels. I know that many prefer footwear that is more practical in the wintertime. However, I dream of a pair of High heels from CHANEL. This will only be a dream I will never afford them. But look, they are some of the most fantastic pieces of boots I have ever seen
  5. Fethers. There is something so magical about fathers. A father in the hair or attach to a pin to your outfit can change an outfit to something glamorouse in no time.
  6. Red lips and nails. This is some of the essentisl to make a glamorues look. I always use shellak for my nails. And on my lips I like to use MAC retro matte.
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WELCOME TO No. 12 AALBORG

WELCOME No. 12 AALBORG

Finally, it is here.

The name of the new pattern is No. 12 Aalborg. Aalborg is a city in the northern part of Denmark. It is the four largest city in Denmark, with around 110.000 people. That might give you an idea of how small Denmark is.

The pattern includes three versions. Two dresses and one shirt. I am so in love with this pattern. I love that it is so easy to wear, I feel great in it and the long sleeves makes me feel a bit safe in it.

I hope you will love it as much as I do.

The pattern is a PDF pattern only. When you buy the pattern, you get both an A4 and A0 file.

Have a lovely day

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