Janne Robberstad

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How to sew an emblem

Monday, November 28th, 2016

One of the Lost Kids in Peter Pan, is a former boarding school student. So he needs a proper school uniform. A dark bottle green blazer and matching skirt has been bought on eBay. I did want to add a little imagined school emblem on the blazers. A quick google-image-search provided the image, and I […]

The pirate-flag

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

For Hook´s ship we need a proper pirate flag! I know they are for sale, printed pirate-flags very cheaply. But I didn´t want a pre-fabricated dime-a-dozen black-and-white pirate flag. I wanted a handmade one, in softer colors, with softer edges. So I used a meter of plain, black cotton Then I made myself a “brush” […]

sewing and teaching

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

I´ve been busy the past days teaching and sewing. For Peter Pan I´m working on pirate-costumes and lost kids-costumes. This is a fencing-vest for one of the pirate. Made from raw silk, layered with a thick cotton-padding fabric and an un-bleached layer of cotton-calico. I´ve mentioned the 4 Elements-project before. I made a design for an Enthusiast-costume […]

Nature boy fabric

Monday, August 8th, 2016

I would like Peter Pan´s costume to reflect his attachment to nature. In the original story, the author writes how each of the lost boys live in a tree, especially adapted to them. And if they couldn´t find a tree that fit, the boy had to change his shape to fit! Peter Pan is often portrayed […]

the new bags

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

The 2016-collection of tote-bags are finally here! Two new designs this year. The fabric came already a month ago, but I haven´t had the time to sew them until now. (Post-exam-sewing!) The golden bag is from the islands out west, with a viking-ship sailing by. Below os the text, as usual from my 1000-islands-poem: Where the […]

The silk-rabbit vest

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The vest is made with a big rabbit-fur vest I bought at a charity-shop. It smelled like an ashtray, so I put a lot of effort into removing the stench. First, I tried my ozone-cabinet, without any effect (Which is the first time!) Then I had it on a hanger in a dry-cleaner plastic bag, […]

Leather belt

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

My new red leather belt! Sewn from a piece of leather I got at a charity-shop. I found inspiration on Pinterest and made a pattern that resembled the original. It is shaped so that it glides over itself, and is therefor adjustable to several sizes. It ties around itself, and  into a buckle in the […]

Silk belt

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

My green belt is sewn in silk brocade, a piece I bought when I was in China years ago. The color is more like in the last photo, a lovely olive green. I wish I could tell you that I made a pattern for this, but I just winged it as I went along. The inside […]

Trousers

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

My linen/wool trousers are finished. I traced the pattern from a pair of silk trousers I got in Denmark a couple of years ago, that I really like. They do look a bit silly on this bust, way too small around the waist, so I pinched in a bundle in the back. I think they […]

From dust-bunnies to costume

Monday, June 6th, 2016

As the exam-exhibition is getting closer, Ia m intensifying my practical work. I am trying to complete a costume. Honestly, I am making it up as I go along. I should of course made a proper design, drawn up patterns and first then started to sew. But why be obvious?! So now I am making […]

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