Warm jackets for the kids!

Winter is slowly but surely creeping up on us whether I like it or not,
and it doesn’t look like we will be getting a summer house somewhere in the
southern hemisphere this year (or any other year for that matter).
I guess I had a feeling this would be the case and I’m glad I bought some lovely
wool fabric at Mood Fabrics when I was in N.Y. with my besties celebrating
our big Four Zero this fall.
I used those beautiful fabrics to make jackets for my two youngest ones.
It was the loveliest day when we took our photos so be ready for picture overload in this post!
I was going to blog about the jackets in separate posts but there are some discount codes
going on that I didn’t want you to miss out on.

I’ll start with the young dude.
For him I used The Jude Jacket pattern from Shwin Designs.
I made him a size 7 since this jacket is quite fitted and I wanted to make sure he
could wear a thick sweater underneath and I didn’t want to make a jacket that would
only last for a short time.
I need to fix the three lowest buttons, I had to hurry up and finish before we
lost the lighting for our photoshoot.  I usually don’t like to go back to my projects
after I finish them but this time I will because we absolutely love this jacket!
So for the rest of this post please ignore my sloppy button sewing.
The pattern comes with an optional chest pocket.  I knew my boy would like pockets
to carry all the treasures he finds along the way so I made the pocket piece a little
bigger, I think about an inch, and added lining to make it a bit sturdier.  And as you can see
placed them lower.
I bought some leather elbow patches at Stoff og Stil and used for the crest on the sleeve and
for some contrast on one the pockets.  The buttons are from Stoff og Stil as well.
AAAATSJU!!
I fully lined his jacket.  I used Heavy Metal by Whistler Studios from Windham fabrics
I bought from Glam Fabrics.
His sweater I blogged about here and his pants here.
Oh and his hat is knitted by my mom!
This pattern is great and if you only sew it with the facings and not fully lined
 it would be a very fast project.
You should definitely sign up for Shwin Designs newsletter NOW!
She has some amazing black Friday deals going on for subscribers this weak.
Lets check out the little Lady of the house now!
For her I made the Michelle Jacket also a Shwin Designs pattern.
I made hers in size 5 and it is a bit roomy but as with Viktors
that’s what I was going for.
I know the back pleat is going in the wrong direction, you can’t win them all!
I love the effect of the piping and those side pockets are so cute!
I used the same buttons as for Viktors jacket.
Anita was so happy finally getting some new mommy made clothes, it has been
a while since I made her something so it was long overdue.
Her jacket is fully lined as well.  I used some cotton + steel fabrics bought
from Miss Matatabi for the lining.
Her dress is the Maggie Mae also from Shwin Designs, blogged about here.
She is also wearing a grandma made hat.
Check out the photobomber!
I’m so glad I finally tackled making jackets for the kids and even though it was a bit challenging
it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  The only thing is that it is a bit time consuming,
since each jacket is basically two jackets because of the lining.
But it was a fun challenge and well worth the time.  I love that there are no
exposed seams.
Cutest kids ever – if I say so myself!
Now don’t forget to sign up the the Shwin Designs newsletter for the
discount codes.  There is something special for girl patterns on Wednesday,
for boy patterns on Thursday and then storewide Friday through Monday.
The jacket patterns were given to me for my honest opinion and I love them!
Love
Dagbjört.
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My handsome guy is back!

The kids are finally getting some new mommy made clothes!
First up is my handsome little guy, who actually isn’t so little anymore. He has grown so much lately that almost everything I made him last winter is getting too small.  So I just need to roll up my sleeves and make him some new clothes, oh how I love my chores!
To start off I printed out some Titchy Thread patterns.
This was my first time using her patterns and they did not disappoint!  I have been wanting to make the Twisted trousers ever since they first came out.  Of course he needs some sweaters as well so I thought some Rowan tee’s would be in order.

Both of these patterns were a joy to work with.
The pattern pieces are perfect and the instruction are great and easy to follow.
And all those options!!!
I love the twisted seam, such a fun and unique detail.  Perfect for piping.  This pattern is all about the little details, there is even a teeny tiny coin pocket and a slanted belt loop at the back.
Obviously for the sweater I did the hooded version with the kangaroo pocket
and the contrast full arm stripe.
The fly is faux so no zipper – easy peasy, and the waistband is done with rib and elastic – fast on and off.  Which is a must for this guy because he is always so consumed in what he is doing and leaves it until the very last minute to go to the bathroom.
For the pants I used denim with some stretch I bought on sale at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
The Gekko fabric I bought from stoffrullene, looks like it’s sold out there though.
It is a gorgeous quality Lillestoff jersey.
Viktor has been so fascinated with reptiles lately and when we were in Danmark on our
summer holiday we visited a rainforest park and  he was so taken with the gekkos and he got
to touch a snake, he was so happy.  They each got to choose a toy from the gift store and he chose
a gekko teddy bear.  Later we went to another zoo and there he also chose a gekko at the gift store.
So when I saw this fabric on sale when we got home I just had to get it for him.
Since the Rowan Tee with the hood and the kangaroo pocket came so quickly together
I had do whip up a basic one in this cool penguin fabric I bought from Miss Matatabi.
It is a reversible double knit, I bought it last year so I’m not sure she has it anymore and
I’m afraid to look through her listings to find out cause I would probably end up buying something.
Everything is made in size 6 and the fit is great.
If I can find some more nice fabric for pants I would love to make the lined version of
the twisted trousers, nice for the cold winter months ahead.
And now I need to start working on something for Anita!
Love
Dagbjört

The post with six pieces of clothing!

Warning, this is a long post.  I hope you make it to the end!
We have one more week of summer holiday and we are having so much fun!
I wish it could last forever!
We spent a little over a week in Denmark with my in-laws and my sister in-law and
part of her family.  Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest to start with we had so much fun.
We just hung out, ate some really good food and enjoyed spending time together.
We went to a zoo and a rainforest park and sent the big kids to a theme park.
I’m not sure whether the kids or my sister in-law had more fun patting the animals! 🙂
Before we left I sewed up a bunch of clothes for the kids that I wanted to photograph on our trip.
Since summer goes by so fast – way to fast, I’m starting on the fall wardrobe.
Today I’ll show you no less than six pieces of clothing for my little munchkins!

Lets start with the newly released Domi Sweat Pants from Sofilantjes.
These are the perfect pants for kids that like to run around and play.
Since it is my experience that the knees alway wear out on pants and I doubt I’m the only one with that problem, I added knee patches.  I just winged the size and placement, sewed the top and bottom
of the patches to the front leg pieces and than I topstitched around all the stars on the patches to keep them better in place.
I found this really cool stitch on my sewing machine called hem stitch and I used it to
sew the pockets and the knee patches on the front leg pieces.
These were easy and fast to put together, instructions are clear and they go
all the way up to size 14!  You can make them full length, 3/4 length or bermuda shorts length,
with round pockets or square pockets.
So a lot of options and this pattern will last us for many years!
Now I’m going to bombard you with photos of Viktor showing off his badminton skills,
but stick around to see the other four pieces in this post!

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t he look like a pro?  Specially with his tongue sticking out, hahaha!
The fabrics are all from Stoff og Stil.
So then we went for a walk to the beach and when we got there it was very handy that I
had made the 3/4 length as well cause of course they wanted to get their feet wet.
Since they were having so much fun they had no time to pose for us,
so the photos don’t give these shorts the credit they deserve.
The camera lens fogged up due to the change in humidity so it looks like it was a very foggy day.
Makes for kind of a cool effect though.

 

 

I usually don’t like those character prints, but I figured Viktor would
so I bought this Angry Birds knit at my local fabric store.
I’m so disappointed with it, it wasn’t cheap and it doesn’t wash up well!
You can kind of see it in the first photo.
The hedgehog fabric I used for Anitas shorts is great though, also bought at
my local fabric store.
After a while the shorts got wet and came off and they continued to have fun
only on their underpants, which is totally fine when you are only 4 and 5 1/2!
And that brings me to the final two pieces, the sweaters.
This pattern I have used before.  It is the Cupcake Top by Sewing Mama Raeanna.
It’s a nice and simple t-shirt with a cute and very popular kangaroo pocket.
You can add ruffles to the sleeves, bottom and pocket as well, but this time I went without.
Here you can see my other cupcake tops.
I used that cool hem stitch to sew the pocket and for all the hemming.
For Viktor everything is made in size 6 and for Anita size 4.
I just have to share some more photos because they are just so great for ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sticking around through this VERY long post!
Love
Dagbjört

 

Shorts = Summer?

We are trying to stay optimistic that there will be summer here this year so I keep
sewing summer clothes for the kiddos.
Now it was Viktors turn, and he wanted shiny shorts!
Oh boy how am going to pull that off, I thought!
So together we looked through my fabrics and he found this great cotton + steel xoxo in green
I bought from Miss Matatabi.
So green and gold shorts I made.

The only thing was that I barely had half a meter of this fabric
and it was so close being enough for the shorts.
But you either have enough or you don’t!
We started digging through fabrics again and then I remembered another cotton+stell fabric
I had, Arrows in navy metallic, which I bought from The Laughing House.  It is sold out there now.
Perfect match!
I used the Kid Shorts pattern by Made in size 6
This is a simple pattern with lot of options and possibilities to make them your own style.
I made them last summer as well, such a quick little project.
Ok, lets turn to his shirt.  I was going to make him a tank to go with his shorts.
Like I said we still have hope that summer will come to us.  I didn’t have any solid color knit
in my stash that could go with those busy shorts and in Norway stores are closed on Sundays.
I really wanted to take these photos yesterday though so I could post this today.
As he was trying on his new shorts I noticed that the undershirt he was wearing was actually
the perfect navy color so I decided to just spruce it up a bit with some gold fabric paint I had.
We love how it turned out, even though the shirt is old and worn and kind of stretched out.
I guess when you are as good looking as this young dude you make everything look good!
Love
Dagbjört

KCW: My Prepster Lion.

And now its time to show off my other Wild Thing!
Here is Viktor in his Prepster Pullover from Blank Slate Patterns.
I might be an overly positive person, but this is yet another great pattern I sew up.
I’m always a little nervous sewing collars to shirts, but this one came together
beautifully in first try!
I made it in size 6 and it fits just the way I wanted it to.
I’m pretty proud off how nicely I managed to line up the pocket!
Awww that cute face!
The fabric is Monarch Aqua from Cotton + Steel, I bought it from Miss Matatabi.
I hope you are ready for some picture overload of my handsome young guy!

The pants are old jeans from H&M which were too short and I just cut
off the legs and made them into shorts.
I zigzagged the edged so they wouldn’t fray too much. 

That’s it folks!
Love
Dagbjört.

Nice and comfy!

In this post I’m going to continue with a comfortable outfit for active kids,
and this time Viktor is the star of the show.
Once again I played around with colorblocking the Recess Raglan pattern
My original plan was to use the Explorer Hoodie pattern,
but in the end I went with what I knew.
I definitely will sew up the Explorer Hoodie another time though.
The pants are the Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.

Both of these patterns are very easy and sew up fast.  The possibilities for mixing them up with different fabcrics and creating different styles are endless.
The pants are a size 5.
Maybe I should have lengthen them a bit so that they would last longer,
but that really dosen’t matter because I’ll happily make him new ones when he outgrows them.
I love the tapered legs.
I am tempted to get the grown up version and make a pair for myself.
I don’t think I have too say much about the Recess Raglan, except that I love it!
I posted about it here, here and here.  I also have a few I haven’t gotten around to take
pictures off and blog about.
And as you can see from the photo overload ahead you can do anything in this outfit!

 

… martial arts

 

… jump around

 

… run

 

… jump some more

 

… play baseball

 

… ninja fighting

 

… play gotcha

 

… and be a superhero!
Needless to say Viktor approves!
O and the fabric I bought at Stoff og Stil.
With that we wish all of you who celebrate Easter a very happy holiday!
Love
Dagbjört

Heading towards spring!

We have been enjoying some lovely springdays in between the rainy ones so I could finally snap some photos outside.  And o boy it is sooooo much easier than dealing with setting up the backdrop and trying to figure out the lighting, which I haven’t been successful
with this winter.
Hopefully it won’t be as far between my blogposts now that we are going towards
warmer weather.
My littlest man turned 5 in February and of course that called for a new button down shirt.

I used the Bookworm shirt pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.  I made view A in size 5.  The pattern is really good with great instructions as Blank Slate patterns tend to be
so the shirt came together quite easily.
I wanted a slim fit so I didn’t size up this time, but I think it is too short so I should have added to the length.  He will just have to wear this shirt for every occasion we get before he outgrows it.
The fabric is Arrows from the Mustang collection from cotton + steel  I ordered mine from
the laughing house fabric store.  She has some great fabrics and great service.
Even Anita likes this fabric and wants a dress from it!
It’s not so easy to see but for the inside of the collar stand I used XOXO in green with gold also from cotton + steel.
His jeans are from Next so I wont be taking credit for them.
Love
Dagbjört