Category Archives: Sewing

Recently Thrifted…



Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting: Fashion Revolution Edition



In honour of Who Made Your Clothes? event today, here is a list of amazing patterning, fashion and sewing inspiration:

Dries van Noten-skirt via

Dries van Noten-skirt via

Beauty in simplicity. No darts, no seams. The weight of the fabric and woman’s movement are doing all the work. This is from 1998. Proof that good fashion design stands the test of time.

interfacing tutorial inspired by YSL, threadsmagazine


The quality of good clothes is most often in the things you can’t see. This tutorial for interfacing by Threads Magazine was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent. Even if you don’t have any plans to make jackets, it’s still a fascinating look inside a couture jacket.

pattern, structure, sewing, couture, fashion, patternmaking


This Portuguese blog is filled with pattern making inspiration. It’s in Portuguese but the line drawings are a good starting point for transforming your own basic patterns. In this blog you will learn to appreciate the magic of patterning.


bodice tucks,

Bodice tucks via

Here’s a fantastic example how a bodice alone can be transformed so many ways. Moving away from the standard princess seam in tops and dresses also helps to create a better fitting and flattering garment. Although I do admit that princess seam is easy to fit and easy to sew.

1948 fashion, free pattern, instructions

Image via

To round this post up, here are some patterns you can use to bring some vintage style to your wardrobe. Click the image and you get to the patterns and instructions. You need some graph paper to get things started and you can print some HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

soft fabric, warm fabric, someecards, funny







Little Velvet Dresses

Remember the dresses I talked about HERE? Anyhoo, on my last visit to Lapland, I managed to take better pics of the dresses and here they are:

Making the bias tape was probably the hardest and most time-consuming part but I’m very satisfied with the way it looks. Tip to you: make the bias a day before making the actual whatever garment. The process becomes much more enjoyable that way. Here’s how I used it for finishing hems and edges:

Here, just for the heck of it, couple of more close-ups. Just to prove that I really should have considered ironing the dresses before taking pictures.

Feel free to leave feedback and thoughts!

Thrifty Finn- Seamstress Extra-Ordinaire, at least to Two Little Girls


Marimekko. Again.

Just two months ago, I posted a LOT about Marimekko’s and Kristina Isola’s questionable ethics and I was furious that they got away with it. Maybe, just maybe, I could forgive this (because this isn’t just about the copyright, it’s about the double standards in Finnish legal system),had it been an isolated incident (it wasn’t) but once again Marimekko got caught with its pants down.

This time the designer with questionable ethics is Teresa Moorhouse and the print we are talking about is “Isoisän Puutarha/Grandad’s Garden”:

marimekko, teresa moorhouse, isoisän puutarha, copyright, illustration, artsLovely, isn’t it? Except those trees (what is it with Marimekko and trees?) are from here:

pat hutchins, rosie's walk, marimekko, copyright, teresa moorhouse

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, originally published in 1968. 45 years ago my friends. I’d like to quote Snoop Dogg: “Let’s have a moment of mother****ing silence right here.”

Marimekko’s creative director Minna Kemell-Kutvonen defended the work on a morning talkshow on YLE, saying “We trust in Teresa Moorhouse’s standing that she has done the design Isoisän Puutarha from her own point of view, drawing inspiration from the garden her grandfather had in 70′s. Precisely an English garden, which was her grandfather’s garden.”

(The repetition is hers, not mine.)

Didn’t we hear the same bullshit just TWO MONTHS AGO? Seriously? To extrapolate (hopefully a correct word, I’m trying to sound fancy and smart) the insult even further, Marimekko and/or YLE had brought in an art critic/forgery specialist Pauliina Laitinen-Laiho who said following gems: “The apples are red on Marimekko’s print. These red colours are heavier than blue ones. That can change the mood (of the print)”. When asked if Teresa Moorhouse’s print is a copy, she answered: “It’s difficult to say. I’d suspect that the book is familiar (to Teresa) but the print itself is an independent piece of art.”

Let’s go back to the statement “it’s difficult to say”. Doesn’t her website say that she is “a specialist of art markets”? Sigh. A huge sigh. The whole interview seems like a charade. Granted, Marimekko acted a lot faster than last time but the whole process is still lacking honesty, which they were criticized of.

So whose next? What’s the next print that gets busted? If you are interested news about this in Finnish can be found at YLE (comments blocked, quelle surprise) and Ilta-Sanomat. I’ll keep you posted if there is new developments and/or I get around to making a posting about other Teresa-prints and we can all make comparisons.

Thrifty Finn- I literally groaned when I read about this. I mean I’m sometimes slow but Marimekko seems to be breathtakingly stupid.

P.S. I don’t hate Marimekko. I want it to succeed so bad. I see a lot of potential in it and they do have a lot of prints that excite me but this is just…I can’t handle the disappointment that I’m feeling right now.

Edited to add via

pat hutchins, marimekko, copyright, teresa moorhouse



I Made Things: A Skirt Project

In May my cousin Jonna cornered me on Facebook and got me to promise that I’d make a skirt for her. And ta-dah, only two months later, I’m done!

JONNAskirt2 My cousin’s clothing size is 158cm but I used Burda’s petite pattern for the skirt as the measurement matched. The fabric is heavy wright cotton I had in my stash.


I love the fabric myself but I’m not sure how much an 11-year old will appreciate it. Oh well, if she doesn’t like it, she can send it back and I can sell it and make her another one. Either case, I’m proud that I got something finished!

Speaking of finished…Craft market in couple of weeks time and I haven’t started making things yet. I see a late night sewing sessions ahead of me.

Thrifty Finn- Doing the advertised crafty thing for a change