week three in Sweden

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Our first day in Copenhagen. We spent our time between rambling the main streets and going on photographic excursions towards the outer layers of the city (meaning all around the city!). By evening time we even made our way to the famed Tivoli gardens for dinner, a spectacular lights show and some seriously cool night-time shots.

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Another day of explorations lay in wait. We visited the national art gallery which held a rather large collection of miniature Degas statues. Then we tested out the very efficient underground system (think ultra modern Scandinavian design at it’s best) to an even older part of the city for one of the of the most delicious salads I’ve eaten. Afterwards we headed into the city’s tallest tower for the best skyline views, warning this is not for the faint-hearted, the stairs up are fine, but the final ascent is on the outside of the tower,( as seen in the image above ), however the heights are worth it as you are rewarded with a stunning view. We wound up our final night in Copenhagen with some oh-so-touritsty burgers and then took a change of pace to a bookshop-come café for dessert, for our family’s book addictions being able to sit among shelves of books put everyone at ease.

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On the road again! (as my dad would say), it was time to return to Sweden, by ferry that is, but trouble was that our ferry was departing from the other side of the country, so we began our drive through Denmark. On the way we saw not one but two very long bridges (I’m officially saying Scandinavia has the coolest bridges), of course we stopped numerous times for pictures, anything else would be unnatural for us! Finally after six hours of driving (a lot of road works at the second bridge) we arrived at Fredrickshavn, our final stop before Sweden. Only once we boarded the ship did my dad tell me the ferry’s more infamous truths. For this I think I need to explain that each Scandinavian country (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) each have their own currency, so prices in certain things will differ from item to item, one such item being alcohol, so the Norwegians head to Sweden, the Swedes head to Denmark, the Danes to Germany and the German’s to Poland, the reason I’m telling you this is that we were on one of the “Swede to Denmark” boats, on a Saturday night, there were plenty of kids and families on board so it was fine but the occasional song and dance on deck to 80’s Swedish pop was rather entertaining, as was their staggering up and down steps as we disembarked. For the majority of the ferry ride I was outside though, catching one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I think I took well over 300 pictures… But I couldn’t stop, it was a classic “sun over sea” horizon shot. By the time we were driving home the colourful lights of the city kept my camera on and led to some pretty “artsy” shots (i.e. blurry and vaguely interesting..)

Wearing this skirt and this hoodie to survive the Swedish dusk.

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Back home, we relished our lie-in and the simple joys of life. In the morning I made Swedish pastries for the first time, under the expert guidance of my granddad, they turned out to be quite delicious as well. After eating a few too many pastries we went on a little excursion to the picturesque housing areas (think colourfully painted wooden-clad homes with lots of flowers outside and around the area), saw a crab and I got the closest to a seagull that I’ve ever been. At home we watched a movie and enjoyed yet more pastries.

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Last day… We decided to spend our last day in spectacular fashion, visiting one local town for a last-stop wool shop, it’s for my yearly fix! Then onto one of my favourite towns in Sweden, Udevalla, the old centre is perfect for taking photos so I walked around with my granddad catching various shots here and there. For lunch we went to very quiet yet very comfortable café that served a ton of loose-leaf tea and my last shrimp sandwich… After some reading we drove on to an amazing restaurant, delicious fish, scrumptious desserts and to-die-for views, can I mention it has a swing, and that I love swings! Since we had a fairly early dinner my dad and I drove about finding a setting for our final sunset. Our night was finished with a movie and some of our favourite Swedish treats.

Wearing these shorts (cause I can) and this hoodie (cause repetition is good right…?)

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The perfect pair

2014 Pentax K-5 11 Sweden Summer 1747 In summer I have my basic remedy of a simple A-line top with some form of denim bottoms, I discussed colours and tones before in this post. However nearly three months later I had yet to completely rectify the problem, that problem being my lack of decent shorts. Yes I have the usual suspects, such my denim simple cut-offs and a rolled up bleached pair too, however when heading into town or into a reasonably classy establishment I needed to up my game, the surprisingly warm Irish summer was yet another incentive. And thus these shorts were made. 2014 Pentax K-5 11 Sweden Summer 1758 The shorts are made with a very heavy denim that was a purchase in Sweden. Made from a pattern from my early pattern drafting days, I simply folded down the humongous pleats that had simply not worked in previous versions (those versions being so unsuccessful that they never made it to this blog) to create a much more flattering shape. There is still a ton of flare at the sides but I kind of like the silhouette. I’m so used to stream-lined bottoms that having something that forces me wear more fitted tops is a good thing. Not to mention it actually balances out my shoulders as well.2014 Pentax K-5 11 Sweden Summer 1762 The shorts also made up quite quickly. Having decided that I needed wanted a new pair on Saturday night, I had them finished by Sunday, mid-day, hems and buttons complete! The buttons here also make me quite happy as they are a purchase from my trip to Paris in Easter. The vaguely art deco look and turquoise colour make these shorts that bit more fun, and it also means that I can cut down on my ever increasing stash.2014 Pentax K-5 11 Sweden Summer 1750

And last but not least I’ll tell you about where this set of photos were taken. This summer we decided to head to the south of Sweden around Karlskrona and then onto Copenhagen through Skåne. While driving through Skåne we happened upon this beautiful sandy beach, filled with soft white sand dunes that could heat your feet in an instant!
I have one last set such as these to show and also a bunch more photo’s from Sweden. Be back soon!

Me-Made May 2014:week 3

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Went out about town to buy some birthday gifts as May is the season of birthdays.

Wearing this skirt and my jacket.

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Had a day of hitting the books and so I decided to dance come photo time, just hit the volume to max on my headphones and headed to the attic!

Wearing a super simple top that has yet to make an appearance on the blog.Day 20 Day 19

The temperature cooled just a little bit but I’ve already declared that the season of bare legs to of begun so I just wore a jumper instead.

Decided to wear this skirt again.

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Sorry for the depressed look but this was taken the day before exams and as you can tell, I’m not too excited about them.

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Happy birthday to me! We spent the day about town trying to forget about exams and also tried to coax the sun to come out as well.

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Once the sun decided to come out I simply had to enjoy it, so my dad and I headed to the beach to try and skim rocks and dip toes into the ocean. Thankfully the water was shallow enough that you could actually walk in without getting frozen.

Wearing a new denim skirt that shall be coming here in a little bit.2014 Pentax K-5 11 010Day 26

I was feeling lazy (I’d had my physics exam earlier that day) and just wore some hand made friendship bracelets.2014 Pentax K-5 11 074Day 27

Relaxed and studied away while awaiting the next set of exams.

Wearing this skirt.

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Nearly free! Had an art history exam that worked out well and then walked home in the sunshine, the loom of summer was so near that I decided to take some photos outside for a change.

Wearing this top.

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I felt a little dance was in order for the freedom that I had acquired! No more exams or studies! Three whole months to do whatever I wanted in (which shall in part include a new collection, mood boards to come shortly!). My mum and I had a nice meal talking about the existence of raspberries (with maple syrup and drop scones or with chocolate moose), chocolate moose with raspberries was on the desert menu and so the universe, for once decided the debacle of whether or not to get desert!

Wearing a new denim skirt and black t-shirt.

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First day of freedom! And I did what makes me happiest, made a new top and photographed it the very same day! That night I went out for dinner in the hard rock café, the night included “stolen” polaroids (masterfully stuck together with the grease of our burgers) serenades of Whitney Houston songs and some late night dancing on the streets of Dublin! All captured with a plucky fisheye and its frightening flash!

Wearing a new top/ t-shirt that shall be making it’s debut shortly.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my me-made-may posts, sorry for the delay but it’s already turned out to be a busy summer!

I’ve learned from the month that you can never have enough t-shirts, or shorts! That I’m very bad at wearing old cloths or anything remotely fancy or without stretch. My summer shall, in light of this, be filled with comfy, town appropriate, shorts, nice t-shirts and hopefully some casual shirts to make me look that slight bit smarter! I also promise no “grumpy teenager” expressions, only the crazed three year old’s smile!

Happy summer to everyone on holidays! And for anyone who’s not at least the day are longer, the skirts are shorter and the rain is warmer!

So sew weekly.

This weeks sew weekly challenge was to make what you really need. I made the top because I wear my jersey tops to death and don’t own that many long sleeved tops considering the dreary weather of Ireland. I also don’t own a pair of black shorts or a black skirt. Case set I took my ideas to the grafton academy.

I got the fabric for the top in britex fabrics last summer in their remnant floor. It’s 100% cotton and soo soft, I’m thinking of making a long sleeved top with it next. The fabric for the shorts was also a remnant from Murphy Sheehy’s that I got a few months ago and is a heavy cotton. The inner band and pocket is made in a liberty print that was leftover after fixing my moms coat pockets.

Sorry for the funny shape after re-alignment. Both patterns from this outfit are made from my own patterns and I’m kinda proud of them. The top was inspired by another top but evolved into something else entirely. The shorts however were inspired by maci after five‘s shorts. I was in love with them but couldn’t find the pattern so they were top of my list to design.

A view of the inner pocket. Below a view of the inner band…

I’m happy with how they turned out and I should get alot of wear out of them (with tights of course, I’d be daft to have bear legs in Irish weather after September!) Please excuse the nail varnish and the garden. I swear we cut it the day before we left for holidays and we were only gone for two weeks!

I’ve finally compiled the pics for my me-made-holiday and apart from one or two days they’re all there, be back soon!

Birthday shorts!

Sorry in advance for blinding whiteness of my legs! It’s Ireland that gets nearly no sun and summer has only just started. Thankfully though there has been a small  heat wave for the past few days.

I got the fabric for these during my trip to Scotland. It’s fairly lightweight so I had to line these. I used new look 6100 and after reading Dixe DIY‘s crotch guide and seeing that these looked good I dicided to make myself a pair of them.

I like how they turned out. I was hemming them the night before my birthday so that I could wear them. Then the day came and I was told it could be one of the warmest days of the year and I swear I didn’t plan to make them because i knew about the weather!

I have a new half-liberty, half-linen tank nearly finished so expect to see it soon!