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

No pink stuff today!

I don’t sew pink dresses all the time! It’s about time I show off my little boy again.
I have made him quite a few raglan sweaters and he loves them.  I blogged about one here and two here and now I’m going to show you two more!

His pants are the Kudzo Cargos blogged about here.

I love the Recess Raglan pattern by See Kate Sew. It sews up so nice and fast and the possibilities to make it your own are endless!  It is so much fun to come up with new ways to cut it up for colorblocking, like I’ve done with these two.
 
He too knows how to put up a show like his sister!

I made one more last week, with a different colorblock.  I’ll have to try to get photos of that one soon.   I will for sure be making many more of these!
OK, that’s enough mom!!
Love 
Dagbjört

Pants with a happy ending.

Since I have decided not to buy any clothes for Anita and Viktor, at least now for the time being, I really needed to make Viktor some pants.  So I printed out the pattern for the Kudzo Cargos by Charming Doodle for Willow and Co and thought I would make him the skinny version.  And so I did in size 5. Thankfully I tried them on him before attaching the waistband and I panicked!
They were way to tight on him!

What to do – what to do??

Well, I had enough fabric to make a new one and Anita could always use a pair of pants as well.  But she is not in a size 5 by far.  Then I read in the instructions that one could add elastic to the waistband, so that’s what I did and just shortened them some.  And BAM they both got a new pair of pants!

The fly on Viktors ended up on the wrong side, looks a little bit funny but he doesn’t 
care so I’m not going to worry about it.
I don’t know how but I lost one of the back pockets for Anitas pants.  
I know I sewed it up and I have searched everywhere but I still can’t find it.
I even went through and or organized y remnants box!  But no luck.
But I kind of like hers with just one pocket, it would probably have been to 
much with two anyways.
The fabric I used is stretch denim from stoff og stil.

Viktors fit great, Anitas are roomy but we are ok with that.
It is so much fun to sew for these two because they get so excited when they 
find out that I am making them something new.

This is a great pattern with great instructions.  
But after making two of these in a row I have had enough of pants for a little while 
and it was SO relaxing to follow up with an easy knit dress.
Love
Dagbjört  

My happy dude!

It just melts my heart that Viktor and Anita really love the clothes I make them – so far at least!  
Viktor has been waiting patiently all week to wear his new clothes to daycare so last night we had a quick photo shot so he could wear it today.  And this morning Anita threw a massive tantrum because she wanted to wear her blue dress ( the skater dress ) but it needs to be washed so after a lot of bargaining she put on the clothes I had found for her.
Back to Viktors outfit.  I made him a pair of Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns 

For the Recess Raglan I used a rib knit in jade and orange from stoff og stil.  I added some color blocking to the sleeves and a band at the bottom.  I also stenciled some skulls on the front also bought at stoff og stil.  Viktor picked the motive by the way!  I followed the instructions and ironed after 24 hours and washed it after 48 hours, but the images faded after that wash I’m not sure if it is meant to or if I did something wrong.  But Viktor didn’t mind so I guess all is good.  
I felt like a total rebel when making this shirt, first changing up the pattern like that and then I didn’t follow the instructions when sewing it up because I like it better when the cuffs are sewn on after the sleeves and the side seams are done so I don’t end up with the tail from the serger at the end of the sleeve.  
I guess it doesn’t take much for me to rebel  –  LOL!

Ok, lets move on to the tree climber trousers.  I am still a little bit intimidated by sewing pants, 
but these came together quite smoothly and surprisingly fast.  
I made a size 5 with no alterations and they fit great.   

This is where I used that awesome fabric I talked about in my last post.  It is a reversible Japanese corduroy I bought from miss matatabi.  She sells the most gorgeous fabrics I have ever seen.  
The photos above don’t really show off the pants or the fabric so here are some close ups.
Aren’t those great?!  For the pockets I used the other side of the fabric.
And as you can see he is one happy dude!

I want to thank you guys for all your nice comments!  They really mean a whole lot to me, and although I love getting comments from my family and friends it is super special to see that I get visits and compliments from fellow sewing enthusiasts.  
THANK YOU!
Love
Dagbjört 

Accessories for boys

I always get so frustrated when I try to buy accessories for my little ones.  There is this huge selection for girls, just name it and they have it!  And then in the boys department there are like a few belts, caps and band-aids maybe, at least that was the selection last time I went to H&M.

Anita has her Hello Kitty handbag with her everywhere she goes, she even sleeps with it!  Viktor being only 18 months older than she is, they kind of do everything together and always want the same stuff, so he has been borrowing her other Hello Kitty handbag for his treasures.

So armed with Pinterest and a sewing machine I knew I just had to make him a cool messenger bag.  I bought some fabric with pictures of cars on it, but he didn’t like it and insisted on a Lightning McQueen bag.  My local fabric store didn’t have that kind of fabric but they did have some iron-on patches so I got that and some red and blue fabric.  I used this tutorial for the bag but I cheated and bought a ready made strap.

He LOVES it!!
The tutorial was really easy to follow and everything was spot on!  

He cut his hair himself a couple of weeks ago and tried to blame it on his sister, but when she refused he said a monster came into our house and did it 🙂  It really shows in these photos.
Love
Dagbjört.

Finally something for my little man.

I didn’t have much time to sew up the April patterns from my sewing rabbit membership, but last week I whipped up The Jack and Jill Colorblock Shirt for my little man.  It is a great shirt pattern with lots of options for both boy and girl shirts from Peaches and Peanuts.  Shannon the designer behind Peaches and Peanuts also has a blog called little kids grow, which I have been following for some time now.

He had already told me that he wanted me to sew him something blue and orange and it didn’t take him long to choose the fabric he wanted when I let him look at the fabrics I had on hand.  I only had scraps of the orange one so I couldn’t do much colorblocking.  I’m thinking of putting orange buttons on it as well, I just have to go to the store and get some.  At first he didn’t like that I made the short sleeve version but after wearing it for a little while he forgot all about that and thought he was very cool with his Ray Bans as well which match the shirt perfectly!  The Ray Bans are of course from Synsam Sandnes Optikk, the best place to get glasses in Norway, not that I’m biased or anything – I just work there! 🙂

And here he is my cool dude! 🙂

I made him a size 4 with short sleeves and the long pocket.  The blue fabric is a Robert Kaufman bought at fabric.com.
Love
Dagbjört.

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