Category Archives: Sewing

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

Pinteresting vol. XII


Oh how the time has flown! Just the other day I was sharing pictures of a seagull and today I’m posting about my latest pins. Where does the time go?

Shopping. It goes to shopping. I bought piles and piles of new underwear (sexy kind and no cotton in sight!!!!) and two new pairs of shoes.

I’m so happy right now.

Still need a new purse though. My tradition is to buy from Accessorize’s -70% sale but they only had half off right now. But maybe next week! Till that glorious discount day comes, I have to keep myself busy with pinning:

tired frenchie on a blue deck

This is how I felt when I came home from shopping. And I’m pretty sure I looked equally cute. Via Pinterest as I couldn’t find the original source :(

dries van nooten wrap skirt DIY Pinned on my Sewing-board. I love the simplicity of this. I think if you find a large scarf, you could make a skirt like this from that. Anyway, this is perfect for the autumn months, don’t you think? Via tumblr. Speaking of sewing…How about:

perfect waistband tutorial by handlondon


A perfect waistband? Very simple tutorial with sketches AND photos. Via Handlondon. But what if the waistband goes wrong even with these instructions? Don’t worry, you can always use some choice words to relieve the sewing madness:

merde, lavenderia font Merde. Because sometimes you need to say how it is. Via tumblr. But let’s finish this post with something über cute and sweet:

bambi, daisy, hello every bambi, tumblr

Via tumblr.

Thrifty Finn- On a mood for cute. And cursing. Curtsing?



Pinteresting vol.XI

NewPinterestbanner2Hello, hello. It’s pinning time again! Midsummer and super moon came and went. I’ve had two dates this week and one more is coming this Friday. It’s like my life is from Sex & City without the sex. Or the city.

I don’t know what I am trying to say.

Anyhoo, this week I’ve found following things pin worthy:

vintage singer sewing gudie, serendipity vintage

I pinned this on my board Happy. Because it is! I love the colours, the shapes, the fonts…Everything! I think this would be fantastic as an embroidery piece. Via

muveil, spring summer 2011, fashion, lookbookThis one I like because of the layered style of this photo. It’s from a spring/summer 2011 lookbook of a Japanese label Muveil. The brand is very chic. Via Ay-Mee. Speaking of chic:

french chic, stripy shirt with black pencil skirt

You know how I feel about Paris and the french. Well, this is one stereotype in style I can get behind of. Although, if it was I wearing this outfit, I wouldn’t make quite as sophisticated impression (hears My Lumps playing in her head). Via tumblr.

Anyhoo. Seems like I’m in mood for more fashion. Check out this cutie:

vintage 60s blouse, floral pattern, pink, orange

I don’t know if it’s the shape, the pattern or the colour that does it for me. I just bought few yards (3 curtains) of floral pattern that I’m going to make into a skirt for my god-daughters Confirmation. The fabric has pink flowers. And I bought it after I saw this pic. Yeah, it’s probably the colour AND the pattern that did it for me. Via

what do fonts sayI couldn’t find the original source so I linked for now back to my pin. Anyoo, I pinned this on my board “Useful ‘n Geeky”. I haven’t paid much attention to my blog look lately (apart from removing the background pattern) and I’ve been pinning some inspirations.

And then last but not least:

golden doole buddy, instagram, madesays Labradoodle. EEEEEEEEEEEP! The cuteness is killing me. I repeat. Cuteness is killing me. Via madesays.instagram

Thrifty Finn- Thinking about dogs and fabrics and other happy things.