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Added Mar 3, 2010

by Nina Helland...

Oslo, Norway






When my grandmother died, she left me all these great patterns which I am so grateful for today. Some of them still has her handwriting on them. I like to think she would be happy if she had known that I would inherited her great interest in sewing.

For this project I used two of the pattern she left me (both from Simplicity), combined it with a newer pattern from Vogue. As always I added some details myself , as the pockets, the waistline and the fold at the bottom of the leg.

Sorry about the blurry photos.




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    Apr 28, 2012, 02.42 AMby zsyzu

    These are awesome pants!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 06.07 PMby monicaamore

    love them!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 12.56 PMby lotus07

    Looks awesome!!! I made my pattern myself n I hope they’ll be like yours)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 10.41 PMby malinfjell

    Awesome, absolutley awesome. Exactly the type of pants I want to have in my closet right now. Fantastic work!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 09.50 PMby brazendoxy

    Your pants are just beautiful, and it so special that they were inspired by a pattern from your Grandmother. This story brings tears of joy to my eyes.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 01.59 AMby prairieponygirl

    So So SO stunning! I love them!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.09 PMby mrsbob

    These are stunning. They’re exactly what I’m looking for but I don’t think I’ll look as amazing as you in them, you have the perfect figure for them!!! I love the fact you inherited your sewing from your Grandma, I’m exactly the same, its like a little piece of them lives on in us even more so than normal!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 10.42 AMby bcher1

    Hi! your pants are amazing! love the pleats and how the cut elongates the legs.

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    Mar 7, 2010, 12.11 PMby susanne2011

    This is really stunning! Great job! I really love your story about how you inhereted the patterns from your grandmother. I inherited my grandmothers sewing box, it has these retro aspirin tins in it in which she kept her needles. I really love using her stuff, sometimes I incoporate a little bit of the thread of hers (she must have bought it >20 years ago), it is just a great feeling to keep her memory alive like that!

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      Mar 7, 2010, 04.16 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thank you so much! I really feel that it adds something extra to the projects when the things I´m are working with has a story to it, even though I´m the only one who knows :-). I love the part about you adding the threads you inherited from your grandmother!

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    Mar 6, 2010, 05.47 PMby Daniel Parker

    OH MY!!! I need to make me these asap! gorg

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    Mar 6, 2010, 01.09 PMby polychromatin

    Beautiful pants and very modern again!

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    Mar 6, 2010, 10.45 AMby johancel

    i love your shoes!

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    Mar 5, 2010, 03.53 PMby sunnilj9

    These look so good! I love what you’ve done to give them a modern edge! Really fabulous!

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    Mar 5, 2010, 01.52 PMby jj1

    I love this look. I want to make one. People said the front pleats are not for everyone. You rock the pleats.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 07.41 AMby amarie

    You put the grand on grandMA! This is absolutely lovely and a story that is close to my heart. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 04.14 AMby 5294sandras

    I love these pants! Way to stick it out and get the right fit!!! The pockets add to the great style.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 01.06 AMby emily-marie

    well done and up to date! people are paying hundreds for pants like these right now- way to make them yourself and make them look good!

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    Mar 4, 2010, 10.19 PMby Olivia Anne

    these are so great, you did a really good job incorporating the pleats with the tapered leg, mine usually end up looking like a diaper in the crotch section ahah

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      Mar 4, 2010, 10.47 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks! Haha, I know exactly what you mean! Actually, on the test version, it looked like the ass was in the front. Not very flattering… Needless to say, I hade to do some adjustments ;-).

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    Mar 4, 2010, 08.13 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Love the pants, looove the shoes! So jealous that you can wear shoes like them. I’d be 1.91,5 cm :-P

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      Mar 4, 2010, 08.31 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Haha, I´m just 175,4 cm WITH the shoes, so I guess I need the heels more ;-). Thanks btw!

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    Mar 4, 2010, 01.19 PMby urbanjill

    Love the whole look and the shoes are to die for.

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    Mar 4, 2010, 06.31 AMby wanderingmuse

    Love them!

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    Mar 4, 2010, 06.16 AMby stellacadente

    Great job! I’m planning to make something similar right now, just haven’t found the right fabric yet. Your grandma would be proud of you if she could see I think!

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    Mar 4, 2010, 04.50 AMby wiccanjello

    I love it! :)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 02.08 AMby lunatepetal

    love love LOVE them! that is a sweet story as well :) I’m also working on a pair of trousers right now. the design has a similar front. which Vogue pattern did you use?

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      Mar 4, 2010, 08.31 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thank you! I used the V1059, but mostly to get the zipper and the back pockets right. The rest of the design is for the most based on an old Burda pattern, 5282 (not Simplicity as I have written…). Hope to see pictures when you are finished :-)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 01.23 AMby Natalia *

    Great job on the pants. I think its so great that several patterns can be combined together to make something completely different and new. P.s. Those shoes look fantastic but how do you walk in them?!

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      Mar 4, 2010, 08.24 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks! Haha, they can be a struggle to walk in. But I have many years of practice in walking with heals, and they do make me 14,5 cm higher, so it´s worth it ;-).

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    Mar 3, 2010, 11.38 PMby paunnet

    Love the outfit!

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    Mar 3, 2010, 11.24 PMby livlucky

    fantastic pants…love the shoes! :)

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    Mar 3, 2010, 10.47 PMby flexareta

    What a great pants! And I also love your shoes!

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