Dressed up for the Finnish Independence Day, Itsenäisyyspäivän juhlapuvut


This year today, the 6th December, Finland celebrates it’s 99th Independence Day. A kick off for the Centenary festivities in other words! We fly our blue and white flag and parades and festivities take place all over the country. The biggest affair is held at the presidential palace where the guests include the diplomatic corps, the leaders or the country and it’s economy along with this year’s sports’ medalists – i.e. the Finnish royalty 😉 . The whole nation watches with a scrutinizing eye how the celebrities have dressed up this year.

The children are taught to honour the day in a special way too. For a couple of decades now the Mayor of Helsinki has invited all the fourth grade pupils of the Helsinki schools to an Indipendence Day reception. The ten year olds get to put on their best – clothes and behaviour, be welcomed with a handshake from the Mayor, experience a music show from some popular artists and enjoy an evening of dancing and food and drinks galore, just as the adults do at the presidential palace. My youngest goddaughter and her sister will be two of the princesses at the mayors reception this year in these party dresses, handmade by Liisa of course 😀

So three cheers to one of the best countries in the world to live in, and that’s not just my opinion!

Men’s shirt refashioned into a top, kesätoppi miesten paidasta

Paita nurmikolla

To prepare for the summer holidays I made this little top out of my husband’s old worn out shirt. You can easily make the pattern with a top that fits you – if it’s a knit just make sure you take measurements before cutting!


Mukavan pehmeä ja vilpoinen kesätoppi syntyi helposti vanhasta miesten kauluspaidasta. Kaavat sain sovittamalla vanhaa toppia paidan päälle. Jos käytät trikootoppia mallina niin mittaa rinnanympärys, ettei uudesta topista tule liian kireää!

I moved the back to the front, the pocket to the other side and made bias tape from the sleeves to turn the neckline and armholes. I also added a dart to the side seam for a better fit. Next time I’ll make a new little pocket cut on the bias too to make it stand out a bit more.


Napitus siirrettiin taakse, tasku etupuolelle ja hihoista leikkasin vinokaitaletta kaula-aukon ja hihansuiden kääntämiseen. Sivusaumoihin tuli muotolaskokset rinnan kohdalle. Ensi kerralla teen vielä uuden taskun vinoon leikatusta hihasta jotta taskukin erottuu paremmin.


Personalized linen, yksilöidyt laudeliinat

Taiteltuna pöydällä

Here are some little crocheted motifs to mark linen towels with. We use these as seat covers for the sauna, so it was an appropriate gift to take to our friends’ summer cottage 🙂


Kesätuliaisiksi ystäville vietiin pienillä virkatuilla kuvioilla koristellut pellavaiset laudeliinat.

The oak leaf is a design I found on Charlotta’s crohet blog called In the Yarn Garden . The “grapes” and the “tree” are made of little circles the same way as the crocheted earrings in my two previous posts.


Tammenlehden ohjeen löysin Charlottan hauskasta virkkaus-blogista In the Yarn Garden. Pyöryläkuviot tein samaan tyyliin kuin edellisten postausten virkatut korvikset. Kuviot on kiinnitetty valmiin liinan kulmaan tavallisella ompelulangalla.

Kulmat pöydällä

The towels are hemmed the way I described in my post about tablecloths, with a little strip of tape to hang them from sewn on to the opposite corner from the decoration. The same technique could be used to decorate other soft furnishings e.g. the napkin rings I made in a previous post.


Liinojen käänteet ja kulmat on tehty pöytäliina postauksessa selitetyllä tavalla. Vastakkaiseen kulmaan kuviosta ompelin nauhan ripustuslenkiksi. Saman tapaisilla virkatuilla kuvioilla voisi yksilöidä muutkin liinavaatteet tai esimerkiksi lautasliinarenkaat aikaisemmasta postauksestani.

Aluset naulassa

Sewing a tablecloth, pöytäliinan ompelua


Tablecloths are easy to sew – when you have the right size fabric! This time the table was so wide that with normal fabric the sides would not have dropped down properly over the edge. Two solutions: sewing one seam along the middle or adding pieces onto the sides, both of which mean buying twice as much material! I usually opt for the latter alternative which I think makes a neater result.

Pöytäliinan jatke_v1

After removing the selvages and cutting the pieces to length I cut off 20 cm from both sides of one length to add onto the one that needs to be wider. I sewed them on with a narrow seam, the selvage sides together, and then zigzagged. Luckily the side table in the room measures just 70 cm wide, and as it’s sometimes used as an extension for the bigger table it made sense to make a narrower tablecloth out of the left over piece to match. This Marimekko linen was 146 cm wide after removing the selvages so I ended up with one tablecloth about 180 cm wide and the other just over a meter.

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To measure the length of the fabric I counted the length of the table + half a meter for the ends + 10 cm for the folds + about 15 cm shrinkage. It’s usual to make a wider border for the ends than the sides. First mark 5 cm from the edge with sewing pins, turn the first fold to where the pins are and then make the final fold so that the marker pins are on the second fold. Sew near the edge of the first fold.

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With curtains and tablecloths you can make one simple fold for the edge IF the selvage is neat and doesn’t pull. Here I turned the edge twice to make a centimeter wide border but below is another tablecloth with a single fold on the selvage.

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This French cotton below has quite a wide selvage so you’d be better off cutting about 2 cm off and turning it twice.

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A while back I bought this blue and white fabric to make some place mats. It’s from Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, the Swedish equivalent to our Finnish Marimekko. They have beautiful cottons and linens that very much remind me of Liberty prints.

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I had some white calico for the lining and first washed both the materials in a hot cycle to shrink them before sewing. The mats measure about 40 x 30 cm with a 1 cm seam. One meter of material was enough for eight table mats plus one useful unlined napkin – for the bread basket for example.

To make a neat corner for napkins you can make a little stitch diagonally in the inside before folding the edges in.

Satin evening dress, satiini-iltapuku

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The colour scheme of the previous post continues with this forest green satin that we found for a young lady’s evening dress. The black lace is sewn onto the bodice slightly asymmetrically and continues to cover the décolletée.


Nuoren neidin iltapukuun löytyi Eurokankaasta paksua ja kauniin metsänvihreää puuvilla-viskoosisatiinia. Miehustaan ommeltiin kiinni mustaa pitsiä joka jatkuu olkapäille ja on selän puolella avonaisempi. Pitsin alareuna on leikattu kuvioiden mukaan ja edessä se on vähän epäsymmetrinen. Kaula-aukon ja hihansuut viimeistelee kapea nauha.

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I only had 2.4 metres of the green satin (cotton and viscose) but I managed to stretch that to even make a shawl to match.


Vihreää satiinia oli vain 2.4 metriä mutta se riitti vielä huiviinkin. Asettelin kaavat limittäin niin että yhtenäinen etukappale tuli kankaan laitteelle ja takakappaleet vastakkaiseen suuntaan kankaan reunaan.

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There are skin coloured straps under the lace at the top to keep the  bodice up. At the back they continue on the edge of the lace to leave the back more open.


Yläosan pitsin alla on ihonväriset kapeat olkaimet jotta pitsi ei joudu liialle rasitukselle.

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The side seams were attatched after the lace was sewn on. This way the size of the dress will be easy to modify when and if needed. The thick satin was easy to sew. I attatched the lace on with pins, hand sewed it on with long stitches and zigzagged the edge.


Sivusaumat ompelin sen jälkeen kun pitsi oli ommeltu kiinni. Näin mekkoa on helppo suurentaa (tai pienentää) tarpeen tullen eikä ompeleiden purkaminen näy pitsin alta. Paksua satiinia oli helppo ommella. Myös pitsin kiinnittäminen sujui ongelmitta. Ensin mallasin sen paikoilleen nuppineuloilla. Sitten ompelin sen käsin pitkillä ompeleilla satiiniin ja viimeiseksi ompelin reunoihin koneella siksakkia.

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These are the earrings I made to match. Green is one of my favourite colours so I had lots of different size beads to work with. The design I found on a wonderful Belgian site – Elfenatelier. They have many lovely and clearly illustrated free patterns, one of which I modified to make these. Link below.


Helmivarastoistani löytyi sopivia vihertäviä helmiä korvakoruja varten. Ohje löytyi belgialaisilta sivuilta pinterestin kautta. Tässä linkki Elfenatelier:n sivuille missä on paljon havainnollisia, ihania ja ilmaisia koruohjeita!

Embroidered serviette rings, lautasliinarenkaat

ServiettirenkaatI saw serviette rings made this way in a restaurant a couple of years ago. They were plain linen with a similar pretty button. Easy to make and personify with a simple embroidered monogram. For guests any embroidered ornament would do the trick.

Idean näihin helppoihin lautasliinarenkaisiin sain eräästä ravintolasta. Continue reading

Dress pattern, kaavat mekkoon

Mekot saaressa

This is a remake of a ready made dress. I bought this flowery fabric with my daughter in mind a couple of years ago and ever since we’ve been wondering what to make of it. Problem solved when a friend arrived with her pretty babydoll dress, here on the right. The new dress turned out beautifully and has quickly become a favourite in my daughter’s wardrobe 🙂


Ostin pari vuotta sitten ohutta kukallista puuvillakangasta tyttärelleni. Continue reading

Sauna gear, saunavarusteet

Vihreä kylpytakkiThe sleeves of my bathrobe ended up too short so I lengthened them by sewing on some lace. Being one of my favourite colours I had some linen yarn of the same green in my stash that I could use to crochet the lace edgings. I undid the cuff, turned a narrow hem onto the right side and sewed the lace onto the edge of the sleeves. And gained nearly three more centimeters 🙂


Kylpytakkini hihojen pidentämiseen keksin tehdä saman värisestä pellavalangasta reunapitsit hihansuihin. Continue reading

New curtains, verhojen ompelua

Saunan verhopitsiI had to replace the curtains in the changing room of our country sauna after ruining the old ones in the wash. I was going to sew some of my lace edgings onto the old ones, but had to buy some new linen instead.


Saunan pukuhuoneen verhot oli pakko uusia sen jälkeen kun olin pessyt vanhat verhot riekaleiksi pesukoneessa. Continue reading

In the pink, vaaleanpunaista

Mekko ja korvikset A dear friend gave me her summery silk dress to renew. The decoltée had sort of enlargened and she asked if I could do something to remedy this. I opened the middle seam and adjusted the front and back a little and then added a tiny bit of lace in the front to keep the pieces together. Couldn’t resist making the earrings to match!

Ystävättäreni pyysi apua ihanan sikkimekkonsa avaran kaula-aukon pienentämiseksi. Continue reading