Friday, 31 July 2015

A tale of a new friendship (and a massive amount of vintage bliss!)

Hello boys and girls!

I trust you are all having a lovely summer (or winter...), I know I am!
My three weeks of holiday is almost up, and it has been wonderful to just be. And not so much do! That is not to say I have been sitting on my patootie, oh no! There has been sunbathing (lying on my patootie), kayaking (ok, that's sitting), doing lots of yoga/human pretzel impersonations, some sewing and knitting. Basically, every and any thing my heart desired!

I have also made a new friend! A sewing friend!
This lovely woman is named Hilde, and I met her last spring on our annual sportscar gathering. She is a seamstress by profession, and works with our national treasure, the Bunad. She has her own sewing studio her husband made for her in their barn. It's better than I make it sound, I am so envious!
We have had some on and off contact, as we live a couple of hours apart and are, well, busy. We met again this spring at the same event, and she told me she had some stuff that she wondered if I could use. They were apparently some patterns, but I had to come visit her to get them. Done deal!

To make a long story short (and get to the good stuff) I went to see her last weekend, and OH MY!
I really dont know where to start.

Spot the third one from the left.
a complete holiday wardrobe!

To kick off, there's some Norwegian mailorder patterns from the 50s. The big green book is a gem! It is printed in 1964 and contains heaps of techniques and how-to's for the home seamstress. Also knitting, crocheting, how to make lace (!), needlework, everything. It is in Norwegian, and finally I can communicate the sewing lingo in my own language! It is hard, when you are self taught and have googled all you know in English... To my greatest joy, there is a tailoring section in there, and I sense my two piece suit is drawing near:)

Next, there is a huge lot of German patterns, that has been pulled from a subscription magazine. The subscriber was Norwegian, and collected these for what seems like some years. They range from about 1966-69, and contain lots of fun stuff! There must be over a hundred of them!

Cool sailor slacks.
This pattern had several variations.

The coolest item of all (if there is such a thing!) is this Silver Scissor booklet, complete with the special ruler/ tape measure. It is similar to the Lutterloh system, where you draft your pattern from small drawings of the pattern pieces using the ruler. Quite genious, and I look forward to have a go at this :) It seems the patterns were released in intervals, so you could collect them over time. I haven't counted these, but there must be about 50 or so.

Will you look at that purple set! And the top suit...swoon.

This should be fun!

I just adore adore the white ensemble....!

 There was also a small collection of various 1960s patterns, and a magazine containing some patterns as well.  

Fabulous dressing gown alert, top left corner!

I am just over the moon over these things! The total number of patterns is probably 200+, and worth a pretty penny if sold separately. Needless to say, I am not letting go of any of these, I feel so blessed to have recieved such a generous gift! She even gave me two pairs of chrocheted gloves, but they are getting a post of their own. Utterly gorgeous things! Here's to new friendships!
Thank you, Hilde :) You're a star.


  1. Oh wow! What a haul. You're going to have some fun with these :)

    1. Yes!! I am still shocked all these are mine :)

  2. Lucky you!! I totally get the language thing; I learned sewing and knitting in English as well and am sometimes mistified by the sewing and knitting lingo in my own language, lol.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it is kind of awkward when you are at your local fabric store, throwing random english words around. One SHOULD know one's own native language :D

  3. That is an amazing haul! I'm sure you will enjoy it all :) Yay to sewing friendships!

  4. Flaks for deg at du møtte Hilde. Er redd for st nettene heretter vil bli brukt til sying i stedet for søvn. Du som jeg er jo veldig opplagt etter midnatt, men du verden så mye fint du lager og stilen passer deg perfekt.
    Klem fra mamma.
    PS. Gratulerer med dagen 5.8.

    1. Hei Mamma! Ja, du kjenner meg rett, har ikke det minste lyst til å legge meg når jeg har så mye fint å holde på med :) Koselig at du "er her" sammen med meg. Det betyr mye for meg.

  5. Fabulous! You are going to have a hard time deciding what to make first. Enjoy. :)

  6. Such a nich haul! I love the white ensemble in the Silver Scissor too!

  7. For en fantastisk gave! Hun syntes sikkert det var bra de kom til et godt hjem. Jeg har også den grønne boka, jeg kjøpte den på loppis. Men dessverre mangler mønstrene som hører med. Kjekk å ha uansett! Kos deg!

    1. Hei, så koselig at du er her igjen :) Det har vært å stille, og jeg var redd du hadde forsvunnet!
      Hilde syns det var veldig bra tingene kom til noen som kunne ha glede av dem, jeg kan fremdeles ike tro at jeg har vært så heldig!

  8. Og ikke minst: GRATULERER MED DAGEN ! ! !