Our ninth Castaway, Solvi from Delfinelise

The sun has shone in bits today.  Now wouldn’t it be lovely not to have to grab every scarce moment of sunshine that graces this too often grey & uneventful climate, to be able to rely upon heat & sunshine as a normal phenomenon.  That’s what it must be like to be  on a desert island ….but what kind of desert island is best?  Why the sewing desert island of course!!  Today’s castaway is Solvi from Delfinelise.  Now Solvi never ceases to amaze me both in how stylish this lady looks & her technical sewing savvy.  She’s got an awesome sense of colour & as a faithful participant of me made months (here’s a summary of her first third of May 2013)  you get reminded just how creative she is with combining colour to result in individuality & panache.  She never fails to brighten my day….& so I wonder what she would consider to be her desert island sewing essentials?

Shall we see?

You are stranded on a desert island, surrounded by beautiful crystal blue water populated by turtles & tropical fish (no sharks!).  You have a comfy cosy shelter, an abundance of food & drinking water & a solar generator.  Upon exploring the island you find a container that has fallen off a cargo ship & guess what?  It is filled with what seems to be a never ending supply of fabrics of all descriptions, threads & notions!!  What chance!

You are allowed to take your sewing machine & sewing box but which would be your 8 desert island patterns?


I am imagining my desert island to be somewhere off the coast of North Africa. The weather is hot in the summer, but somewhat milder during the winter months. This makes it easy to imagine growing olives and grapes and a bunch of yummy vegetables. And of course lots of fresh fish. Perhaps my favorite fish, the tasty red mullet with a side dish of deep fried squash? But what do I now? I am stranded here, and no nothing about my location!

The patterns:

delfinelise Burda 113-12-2006

1. BurdaStyle 12-2006-113 dress.

First up is a dress pattern that is as versatile as it can be. Having a princess seam bodice, a midriff and a half circle skirt, it is the ultimate dress pattern for me -flattering, easy to adjust and works with different types of skirt lengths as well. I could probably attach some sleeves or insert pockets too if I wanted it. And what is better to wear on a desert island than a breezy summer dress?

By the way, the original dress in the Burda Magazine has a lace overlay skirt and a cute little bow on the belt. Cute!

Vogue 8604

2. Vogue 8604.

It is one of those patterns that just keeps on giving. It has trousers, pencil skirt and bolero patterns all in one, and the trousers looks equally good in linen and cotton as in wool! I have made the trousers three times now. It´s starting to get ridiculous.…

New Look 6808

3. New Look 6808 blouses pattern.

It is a multi-pattern as well (are you starting to see a trend?), it´s got different sleeve options as well as a couple of different collars. An easy pick! I´ve made this three times already, but on a desert island I might need to make myself some new versions!

Lisette Portfolio

4. On to the next one : the famous Lisette Portfolio aka Simplicity 2245!

This is such a comfortable style, both the tunic and the dress – it´s perfect for warm weather, and would, I imagine, be great to wear when I´m out fishing or building a tree hut, or something. There is a trousers pattern included in this as well that I have yet to try, but on this island I would have all the time in the world, now wouldn´t I?

Casual tee

5. BurdaStyle 02-2009-108 boatneck tee.

Now, everyone needs a casual tee now and then, and my favorite pattern is BurdaStyle 02-2009-108. It´s a boatneck 3/4 sleeve number that works well in all sorts of knits and jerseys.

Simplicity 2362

6. Simplicity 2362 dresses

It´s marvelous for warm weather – and I am assuming that my island is quite hot and humid. The pattern has practical pockets, and different length options. And it fits me right out of the envelope, which never is a bad thing. 🙂

Vogue 1169

7. Vogue 1169 separates.

Now that I have built up a wardrobe to wear on my island, it´s time for some sewing for the fun of it. One pattern I´ve been wanting to make for a while now is Rebecca Taylors design Vogue 1169 . I have chosen this suit because I have been longing to set my teeth into something REALLY challenging, and with a million pattern pieces and some quite cute details this is a time consuming and exciting pattern! And I recon with a container full of sewing supplies, there will be some for a suit like this as well!

Advance 5434 slip pattern

8. The final pattern I will bring is Advance 5434.

It is a vintage slip pattern I have yet to use, but one that I have been planning on making for years! I am a huge fan of slips – they are the best way to make your clothing hang better on your body, and they will make your clothes last longer. And, with all this desert island time, I might get to it and make a slip in every thinkable color there is.

Vogue Sewing


My fav sewing book is easily Vogue Sewing. Every trick in the book is in…well, this book. 🙂 It´s coming with me.

For the non- sewing related book, I´d bring something by Norwegian author Jan Kjærstad. He writes the most lovely novels, and my favorite is called “Tegn til kjærlighet” or “Signs for Love”. I do recommend all his books, though! [Scruffy badger note: It seems his Jonas Wergeland Trilogy has been translated into English- Nordic prize winner in 1999.  I may have to give it a go….]

Charlie Winston Hobo


Now onto the music. My line of work is in the music business, so choosing one record is hard for me! I listen to so many different kinds of music, and have many favorites. But if I have to chose one, and clearly I do, I think I´d go for Hobo by Charlie Winston. There are so many musical references back in time, without it been uninventive, as well as there are some great lyrics on this album. And together with the soothing voice of Mr. Winston I think we have a winner! (Although Chet Baker Sings as well as Stevie Wonder´s Innervisions came pretty close…)


My luxury item? My iPad. Easily. On it I can write, draw, make music, play, learn and have fun!
So there you have it, thanks for following along, I hope you have been enjoying this imaginary trip as much as I have!

And thank you too Solvi, I am seriously inspired & am pleased to see some of my favorites that I’ve seen you make (your green dress has been etched on my memory since last year I think & I hadn’t realised I have this pattern too, uncut as yet….  )

6 thoughts on “Our ninth Castaway, Solvi from Delfinelise

  1. Alessa

    It was lovely to read about your choices, Solvi! Wow, the suit looks amazing and definitely like something that you can sink your teeth in… I also love the idea of a slip in every colour of the rainbow. 😀

  2. Roobeedoo

    Some old friends and new in this selection! Slips! Yes! And new inspiration for music and reading too – must investigate! Thanks Solvi and Scruffy! 😀

  3. Sølvi

    Thanks all – I guess a slip sew-along for summer or autumn might be an idea to start thinking about, people? 🙂 Or rather a slip fest, Scruffy? 😉


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