Sew Scandinavian


This post is the culmination of some serious last minute sewing. It’s not like I haven’t had almost half a year to prepare an outfit for the cute Scandinavian Sewing Series being hosted by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy. These last few months have been all kinds of crazy. Right now I’m coming back to reality after an amazing weekend and months worth of preparation for the recent The Crafts Sessions retreat, where I was teaching sewing, of all things! I promise a full report soon. So Scandiniavian style ey? A fun theme, but it had me scratching my head. Scandinavian kids style is pretty definitive and Sabra totally nailed it here and Mie here. But Scandinavian adult fashion, what exactly is that? My usual search for Pinspiration confirmed my suspicions about Scandinavian style as less is more, simplicity, clean lines and understated cool. Which morphed into a striped knit dress, polka dot bomber jacket and some clogs. We’ll just go with Essence of Scandinavia, yah? diy_knit_Dress

Starting with the dress. The fabric is a viscose lycra knit from here, purchased with loose plans for a casual dress. But I’ve been unsure what season to sew for, which is happening a lot lately. I kind of fell in love with wearing Winter clothes in Melbourne and coming back to 30 degrees has been brutal. So there is definitely a bit of Seasonal Sewing Disorder going on. It was going to be above knee and a-line for summer, but I love 3/4 sleeves on everything so its ended up being trans-seasonal. I started with a great fitting long sleeved t-shirt and extended it downwards and outwards. I thought I’d like to make a square-ish neckline and with a facing, just for something different. I carefully drafted the facing, lovingly interfaced it, attached it and put the whole thing on to find the weight of the jersey pulled the facing right up and out of the neckline, like a big fat sad bottom lip. Which coincidentally, matched mine. Anyway, thankful for lessons learned and I saved the dress by folding the neckline over to the inside and top stitching. Yep, the perfect garment is indeed a myth.

Rigel_bomber_jacketA Bomber! A Bomber! I made a Bomber jacket and its quite possibly one of my all time fav handmade pieces. Kind of a good thing, considering how emotionally invested I was in it. I cut into one of my most prized pieces in the stash (which is quite modest in case you’re wondering), a thrifted $1.50 piece of navy polka-dot chambray. Who even throws out polka-dot chambray? And didn’t they know I would have paid at least twice that? Anyway, its been saved for something spesh. Quite recently and very excitingly, I nearly fell over myself at the chance to test one of The Papercut Collective’s new patterns from the mind-blowingly gorgeous collection, Constellation. Which was just released today! I really could have tested them all, but went for the Bomber jacket, the Rigel Bomber, the very thing I have been coveting all year, all over Pinterest and waiting for an inspiring pattern. Printed Bombers, with their unattractive boxy, masculine shape made up in a cutesy print just do it for me. It was a toss up between this print and a couple of Nani Iro florals, so I’m thankful to everyone who peer pressured me into the dots on Instagram.
Now, I’m sure part of the reason my love for this Bomber runs so deep is it’s as good looking on the inside as the outside. When I wear it, I feel…neat. Schmick. Well put together. So good that adjectives fail me. You can’t help but feel like the shit when you’ve just tackled welt pockets, chunky zips and facings. All of which make for a pretty special garment. All of which were potentially anxiety inducing if it weren’t for good instructions and diagrams there to hold my hand. I loved the suggestion of binding the edge of the facing with bias tape stead of serging. I made actual bias binding. Now that’s commitment right there. And now I am certain that how much you love your hand-makes in the end is entirely related to how much care and love you bestow on the little details during its making. Of course this only applies if the love is reciprocated with the thing working out awesome!


Lucky it did work out, considering I bi-passed the muslin. The fit is good; I could do with some more length in the arms but I was gifted excessively long arms. I am the ‘reacher of high things’ at work. If I was going to be wearing the Bomber zipped up, I could do with a bit more room in the shoulders but I intend to throw it over things so this is not really a problem. The only mod I made was to shear off some of the width of the neck ribbing but just because I liked the look of it with less. Next time, and there will be a next time, I may add some length to the arms and body but again, will likely be wearing it with the sleeves pushed up so it might not be necessary. I think it says a lot about a pattern when you’re already planning the next one before it’s finished!

Self_drafted_knit_dressWell, that’s me vibing Scandinavian style. Be sure to check out the rest of the fun over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy.

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  • Trine (groovybaby)wrote:

    Sophie, my dear – you nailed it – and beeing Scandinavian, I know what I’m talking about!! You look sooooo beautiful in your new outfit. I love the bomber. I’ve never heard of The Papercut Collective, but it looks awesome! That Rigel is a must have (I’m not sure I can live without an animal print Rigel!!!),


  • Katiewrote:

    Lucky you getting to test the bomber pattern. Just ordered it myself too. Love your dotty version! I already have a wool plaid version planned, but adding chambray to the list now too.

  • Mie Brindlewrote:

    Yup, you totally nailed it. I am OBSESSED with that jacket. And the whole outfit (and you) is just stunning and perfect. WOW.

  • Heather Louwrote:

    Lovely! I love a good bomber jacket and this one is darling. Also super into that jersey dress – I could only pull that off with a nude slip (DAMN YOU CELLULITE) so way to go Soph.

  • April Boyerwrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous! And I agree, who would get rid of that fabric! Off to check out the bomber jacket pattern.

  • gingermakeswrote:

    AHHHHH!! This looks amazing! I love it on you!!!!!! The bomber jacket is perfection!

  • Tarawrote:

    amazing! I love it all! This bomber jacket is now on my list of things to make. Been looking for a nice pattern for one, and boom, there it is!

  • Madalynnewrote:

    Wow! Great job on everything. You look very European indeed. I’m coveting your polka dot chambray! I didn’t know they made them either!

  • F. K.wrote:

    That dress and jacket are both so lovely!

  • Stacey Byrnewrote:

    You never fail to impress me Sophie. The whole outfit is just fabulous. Now I totally need a bomber.

  • Crab and Beewrote:

    I’m no expert – I was only there for a 2-day visit – but I could easily see you in Stockholm wearing your outfit! I’m way into that bomber jacket. That fabric was such a find! And good to know about the shoulders, in case I ever attempt this pattern!

  • lisa g.wrote:

    love the whole outfit! a bomber jacket has been in the back of my mind for a while, and i love this one. great job!

  • Annawrote:

    totally amazing. The jacket and the dress are gorgeous! I’ve been eyeing up some bomber jacket patterns, just haven’t committed to one yet. Will check out this one!

  • kristinwrote:

    Oh I love it, Sophie! I’ve been waiting to see that full bomber jacket, you nailed it all! Oddly, it seems like a bomber jacket pattern could be super versatile – tweak the neckline, tweak the ribbing, change up the fabrics, and you could have 4 different ones in your closet, ready to layer up. 😉

  • Andrea Bwrote:

    Funny, because when I saw the Papercut release of the bomber jacket, I thought of you! I guess because you have been pinning them. Love it.
    Your styling and photography here remind me so much of Kendi Everyday – my fave fashion blog. She’s not Scandinavian but she’s cool and modern. But guess what? You MADE your clothes and didn’t just get ’em for free from sponsors. Kudos, you look awesome!

  • House of Pinheirowrote:

    That’s my favourite pattern of the new release and I love it on you. The fabric is very unexpected but so you… The whole outfit is a winner x

  • sewamysew.comwrote:

    Holy shit lady!! This whole outfit is amazing on you, but that bomber… come on!!! I bought a secondhand light cotton bomber ages ago that is about to die and like you I’ve been waiting for the right pattern to come along. You totally nailed the Scandanavian-chic look. Thanks for the inspo as always.

  • Sabra at Sew a Straight Linewrote:

    I want this whole outfit!! Though, it would not at all look on me as it does on you. Love it. SO good.

  • Hambergoosawrote:

    Love your bomber, I’ve had the idea playing in my head for sometime now I just need to sit down and do it!!

  • Mariewrote:

    What an amazing outfit, understated cool! That bomber is a real killer and I love the polka dots paired with the stripes. You’ve nailed it all lady!

  • nicole eatonwrote:

    Have been watching your bomber progress on instagram, finshed garment is awesome! Cant believe you found that polka dot chambray for only $1.50!! what a find 🙂

  • becstitches.blogspot.com.auwrote:

    You are too cute 🙂

  • Donna Daviswrote:

    Love the Jacket. The dots were an awesome choice.

  • Renee // nearest the pinwrote:

    Yeh it’s nice to have seasons down south, but we are all so over the cold and rain by November – however on a positive, a bomber like that would get tonnes of wear!! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Elizabeth Truscottwrote:

    Wow wee! That outfit is very special! So tempted by this jacket now.

  • Lexi Hwrote:

    That bomber jacket is THE BOMB! – love it. As a completely obsessed Scandiphile I think you can never go wrong if you take your fashion cues from that part of the world (hence my constant lurking at Funkis and Marimekko!)

  • Amandawrote:

    Absolutely smashing, Sophie! That fabric is gorgeous… urge to try and make some polka dot chambray growing…

  • Erinwrote:

    Sophie, you are so fierce. You look incredible! I’m looking at bomber jackets in a totally new way now. -e

  • The Wardrobe Projectwrote:

    I love your style!The bomber jacket looks amazing!

  • Kirstywrote:

    Oh that bomber is great great great!

  • allspiceaboundswrote:

    Sophie, this entire outfit totally rocks! The style is right up my alley. A polka dot bomber jacket? Yes please! : )

  • zoelivanawrote:

    I really love your outfit! Especially that jacket!! At first I thought it was cotton jersey. That chambray is awesome. I bet whoever gave it away feels sorry now. 😉

  • Stacia, the Homey Owlwrote:

    This outfit is amazing! I love both of these pieces and they look incredible on you! The polka dot chambray is TO DIE for!

  • Katwrote:

    This whole outfit is the bomb! That jacket is stunning. I’m in desperate need of this pattern. And the new blazer pattern. Love them!

  • Tuttifrutti med et tvistwrote:

    I love your set and think you have hit the Scandinavian style perfectly.
    Very cool.
    Have you made ​​the necklace with the beads?

  • crystalpleatswrote:

    Amazing work, Sophie! I just love the whole look. I am really in love with this pattern as well as the blazer and blouse.

  • BusyLizziewrote:

    You had me at polka dots, and then you had to make a super cool bomber jacket too? It is gorgeous totally worthy of that cute fabric. Some of the new patterns are lovely – I am particularly fond of the blazer, I am sure I need this in my wardrobe!

  • Rosiwrote:

    Hey Sophie are you working this Sunday? I’m hoping to get in there and will say hi if you’re on. Love this whole outfit btw

  • Kimwrote:

    Gorgeous! I love the two items together, would wear them without a doubt! I love how you made the dress without a pattern, great job!

  • tidytipsywrote:

    This is just gorgeous, both the dress and the jacket are perfect and yes, to me completely scandinavian! I think I’ll need to steal that striped dress idea, it looks so great on you!

  • lili ashwrote:

    Yow! Looking amazing, girl! Two perfectly sewn garments as usual, and after seeing this I think I will be taping pattern pieces on my day off- that bomber jacket is amazing! You are just too good 🙂

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  • Sandrawrote:

    Great look. I love the polka dot for the bomber 🙂

  • OUTBOX MAKAZICE Natashawrote:

    Perfect dress perfect jacket

  • Sarahwrote:

    Hello 🙂 Great to have recently discovered your beautiful blog. First things first you are a prime example of what a difference beautiful photos can make. Your blog is very polished and warm and attractive so ofcourse naturally I have read around some more of your posts. greatness. I so love this bomber I was just looking at it over at Papercut Patterns and thinking yeahp I am for sure keen as we come into Autumn here. I had to also chuckle to myself as I too am long armed and I too am always the high shelf reacher at all of my past jobs – too funny 🙂 Thanks for being a beauty. Will stick around here for sure.

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