Tuesday, 2 June 2015


Wow, it's been two months since I last wrote in here. How shameful :P
I just got back from a 10 day vacation in Copenhagen and Amsterdam with my boyfriend. Initially we went to Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Lindy Exchange, but decided to extend our stay and hop over to Amsterdam afterwards. All in all, we spent 5 days in each city.

The little mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksenin.

Copenhagen was a lot of fun and we managed to see and do a lot. I liked the city more for it's atmosphere and people rather than architecture. To me it looked like any other Scandinavian city. But I did like how open and happy people in general seemed. 

The lindy exchange taster lessons and evening parties were held in this atmospheric Sopaviljonen

The first 3 nights we were attending taster lessons and evening parties at the Lindy Exchange and somehow managed to see around the city as well.

My favourite sights in city were Christiania, which is an anarchist, self governed free town. It consists of former military barracks and ramparts from the 17th and 18th century, and in September 1971 inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhood broke down the fence to take over parts of the unused area. 

The Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusements park dating all the way back to 1843, is a must see. It is the second oldest amusement park in  the world and has one of the wordls oldest surviving rides, the Rutschebanen built in 1914. Tivoli is a very pretty pretty place to visit both during the day and evening. With it's flower gardens, orientally decorated rides and colourful, old-timey candy and ice cream shops it feels like a step back in time. When the night falls, the lights come on and the Tivoli gets a whole new feeling.

We bought tickets including all the rides in the morning. Rode the rides, walked around the gardens and had lunch in the Tivoli, and came back later in the evening to enjoy the lights. We were even lucky enough to catch the water and light show that was held over one of the little ponds just before closing time.

We also visited the Rosenborg castle, which is a renaissance castle that the Danish king Christian the 4th built as one of his summer houses. It is said to be one of the best preserved castle of its time. The crown jewellery and treasury is also kept in here.

On our last day, before flying to Amsterdam, we visited the Danish national museum, which tells the history of the ancient Danish people, Vikings and also had an exhibition about ethnic treasures with everything from Eskimos to Africa to China and Japan.

The Lindy Exchange crew had also arranged for us a cruise on the canals of Copenhagen. We had two sight seeing boats full of people and a band playing in each of the boats. The cruise was a fun way too see Copenhagen from an entirely different angle, while enjoying the swinging music. Some people even started dancing on the narrow corridor of the boat.

As for food, I don't think I had a single bad meal in Copenhagen. We didn’t do any fancy of expensive restaurants, but even in cafés and pubs you could get a very tasty meal. The restaurants in Copenhagen seem very environmentally conscious and many places used locally produced and organic ingredients.
I do want to point out a few places that we went to. 

The Torvehallerne in Nørreport is a market hall consisting of two big glass buildings hosting over 60 food stands selling anything from fresh vegetables to fresh meat, bakeries, coffee shops and delicacies. We had our lunch here one day in a little shop called Le Petit. The steak sandwich was really good and it's totally OK to have a glass of wine over lunch. This is Europe ;)

One evening on our way to the dance location, we were looking for a place to eat and it started raining like mad, so we went in to this little Japanese place, which turned out to be some of the best sushi I ever had. I think the place was called Uma and it was on Nørre Farimagsgade.

On our last evening we wanted to do something a little more special so we picked a place that was recommended as one of the coolest places the locals like to go to. The place was called The Neighborhood which is an all organic pizza and cocktail bar. The atmosphere there was very cosy and rustic with cheery jabbering and vinyl tunes filling the air. The pizza isn't just any old pizza you can get, but rather a more modern interpretation. 

Some of the  idyllic old houses in Nyhavn.

Friday, 27 March 2015

1930's inspired walking suit

All you vintage sewing enthusiasts probably know the feeling when you see an absolutely fabulous vintage pattern, but it's helplessly out of your reach. Whether it's because of the price or simply because no one seems to have it for sale.

I had to go through this pain when I saw this gorgeous walking suit pattern on American Duchess -blog. I dug through Ebay, Etsy, Google image search, Facebook...yet this pattern seemed to be no where to be found.

Picture from American Duchess
So I finally decided to make my own version of the pattern. 
I used the measurements for the closest standard size, because I haven't updated my personal measurements recently and drafted the pattern for the jacket using a basic blazer block. The skirt I modified from a vintage dress pattern.

I had first made the jacket a little longer as it appears on the pattern envelope. But as you know, the fashion drawing rarely is very realistic and the figures are often elongated. So I ended up shortening the jacket by a few centimetres as the original length wasn't too flattering on me.

The fabric is combed pure wool that I came across at a small rural flea market a couple years ago. They had almost an entire bolt just sitting there so of course I had to take it home. I believe the fabric is from the 60's based on the tag hanging off it. What a steal!

I had a lot of fun working on the jacket, because I got to use traditional tailoring techniques such as hand basting the hair canvas and making bound button holes.
I found some faceted plastic buttons from a local craft shop that look like vintage glass buttons. Real glass buttons seem to be almost impossible to come by here.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Finished knit #6: Easy stitches for a chic jumper

It's been a long time since I last blogged about my finished knitting and sewing projects. But behold! Here's something that I just finished yesterday (that I've been working on for the past 6 months, heh).

I've actually used this pattern before, but last time it ended up too loose because of a poor yarn choice. This time I made it out of wool, which has more body. I had purchased a pack of this South American wool, Lima, a while back when it was on discount, and it worked for this pattern just fine.

The original pattern is from 1936 and you can get it for free from Zilredloch.

This pattern is easy and fun to work with. The yarn is a little bit thicker so it comes along quite quickly. I especially enjoyed making the yoke, which is knit in one piece after joining the pieces together. 

Unfortunately as I thought I was going to run out of yarn, I ended up ending the sleeves a little bit short. Now I wish I had made them an other inch longer, since I ended up with a little bit of extra yarn. Perhaps I will try stretching them out with water.

The sweater is very closed at the neckline so it needs to have an opening. In this pattern it's made by adding buttons to the back of the neck, which I think gives a lovely and very 30's touch.

For the pictures I accessorized the sweater with a white collared shirt (from a theatre's flea market), gloves and beret (which are both modern) and a 30's pendant which I bought from our trip to Prague.

Monday, 2 February 2015


January was a pretty eventful month for me. I went to Prague with my boyfriend, practised a lot of lindy hop and got to perform as a support for Paladins, which is an American rock'n'roll group, here in Tampere. We kicked butt btw.

1. Our room at the Hotel ú pava in Prague
2. in front of the astronomical clock in Prague
3. The bone church, Ossuary, in Kutna Hora
4. Sporting some flea market finds
5. playing with colours
6. A delicious salad dinner made with my boyfriend
7. Went up north to see my grand parents. The winter up there is magical
8. At a vintage market presenting my products
9. Started making my own almond milk again. It's way better and creamier than store bought

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Prague pt. 4: Vintage and fabrics

So, at last, my last post about our trip to Prague. 
When ever I travel I try to find at least a couple of vintage and fabric shops to visit. To me, those are my favourite souvenirs to bring home. 
I'm not much into main street shopping, so I don't have much idea about what Prague has to offer on that. We did pass a couple big shopping streets, but I didn't memorize the streets.

Of course I had to bring a couple of touristy souvenirs as well such as the astronomical clock magnet and some Medovina (honey wine, which was delicious btw)

Vintage shops

I had looked up a couple of vintage shops before hand that I wanted to visit, but we also stumbled upon a few others. The prices, in my opinion, are pretty much on an international level, so you probably won't find a bargain in vintage shops here. There are also second hand and salvage shops, but I didn't visit any of those, because rummaging through a salvage shop in hopes of a vintage treasure is quite time consuming.
I don't really have any pictures of the shops because many places forbid photographing inside.

is located at Michalská 21, Praha 1 near the old town square is a treasure trove for any art deco lover. The shop has an impressive selection of, well, almost everything. From jewelry to haberdashery to accessories to clothes to home decor and dishes, from 20's to 70's.

On the same street just couple shops down was an other fashion outlet/vintage shop, but I couldn't quite figure out the name. The shop had some beautiful mid century party dresses, dress jewelry and hand bags along with more modern fashion pieces. This shop seemed quite high end and most of their items didn't have prices visible.

on Chvalova 8. Prague 3 is located in the new town. This little shop is owned by a lovely British lady who will offer you some tea while you rummage through her treasures. Bohemian Retro seemed to have more 60's and 70's vintage with a few older pieces here and there.

Just around the corner from Bohemian Retro is 

on Kubelíkova 45 Praha 3. The shop is quite small, but their merchandise is well selected and the prices seemed reasonable. There were some nice 40's and 50's dresses and accessories as well as some newer pieces. I tried on a beautiful 50's yellow lace party dress, but unfortunately it was too small beyond repair.

on  Štupartská 3 110 00 Prague 1 just around the corner from the old town square is a lovely little shop/museum with an exhibition on one wall and long racks of clothes on the other. They mostly had 60's 70's and 80's clothing here with a few nicer 40's and 50's pieces as well as some accessories and jewelry. They had a sale going on at the moment and I was able to snap a gorgeous 20's or 30's necklace for a steal. 

czech 20s 30s necklace from prague fashion museum and vintage shop

Fabric shops

There seem to be quite a few fabric shops in Prague, but they are scattered around the city so I only was able to visit a few. Also it's impossible to know which ones are worth visiting. The first one we went into was a bit of a disappointment as it had no clothing fabrics what so ever. 

The second one HAIŠMAN ŠICÍ CENTRUM on Na Poříčí 1758/14, 110 00 Praha 1 is a little fabric shop with a small selection of clothing fabrics. I was able to find a cute cotton fabric here, but instead of the 3 meters I wanted I ended up buying 4 as the lady didn't speak a word of English. Fortunately the fabric was cheap so a little extra didn't hurt my wallet too much.

on Uruguayská 416/11 Praha 2- Vinohrady alredy had a much nicer selection on clothing fabrics. I especially enjoyed their laces, which were ah-mazing. Unfortunately they were way out of my budget.

on Budečská 1026/14, 120 00 Praha 2 was perhaps my favourite shop and they also had the biggest selection of the shops that I visited. In here they had a great selection of embroidered laces in all the colours of the rainbow for very reasonable prices. I even ended up buying couple meters of this gorgeous gold coloured embroidered lace. I can't wait to make something out of it!

Lace from Látky Červený, cotton from Šicí Centrum Haišman, buttons and buckle from Bohemian Retro

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