The Diana Wrap Dress.

With the help of Wardrobe by me I will soon have a full wardrobe by me!

My newest item is the Diana Wrap Dress, which was just released.  At first I wasn’t sure a wrap dress was my thing but I’m totally sold.  You should definitely check out all the other tester versions, there are some amazing pieces there.  Some are casual like mine, some are smoking hot and some are really elegant.  So making a wrap dress to match your style is no problem!

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The Sneha Tunic

We’ve been dreading cleaning our closet for months, I thought I would just end up moving stuff from one place to another cause I would think I could make something else out of our old clothes.  A week ago my husband and I dove in and we filled up 7 – yes 7 garbage bags of clothes that we delivered to goodwill.  It felt soooo good!  So now we actually have empty drawers and hangers!

And what does that mean?  Well, of course I have to kick my sewing into high gear and fill up all that empty space — right?  But don’t tell my hubby I said that!!

It was a good thing Christina at Wardrobe by me needed testers for her new pattern – The Sneha Tunic.

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Wardrobe builder

Are you looking for a t-shirt pattern but can’t quite decide on the style you want?
A v-neck, crew neck scoop neck, sleeve length and so on.
Don’t worry in this blog post I’ll solve that problem for you!
I was so lucky to be one of the testers for Wardrobe by me new pattern,

Believe me – you NEED this pattern!!
It includes 5 necklines: Crew, scoop, deep scoop, v-neck and boat neckline
5 sleeve lengths: Long, 3/4, elbow, short, cap and sleeveless.
3 body lengths: Hip, hip + 5″ and curved hem.
Optional ruching at the side seam.
With all these options you can make over 100 different t-shirts from just the one pattern!
In my book that is one heck of a deal!
In the testing process I made three versions.  I started with a short sleeve v-neck
and the hip + 5″ body length.  In the final pattern the v is a bit deeper than in this one.
I made size 4 graded to a 8 at the hips.
For this one I used Art Gallery fabric bought from Imagine Gnats.
The second one I made is the scooped neck with 3/4 sleeves and the same length.
I love that length cause it goes with both jeans and leggings.
For this one I made size 4 and just graded to 6.  This fabric I bought from Girl Charlee, I think
it was in the August Knit Fix pack.  It is much thinner than the Art Gallery fabric.
The sleeves are a bit more fitted in the final pattern.
For the final one during testing I made the boat neck with the side seam rushing,
the same sleeve length and body length as the previous one.
I love this one!
The fabric is hit parade from Andover Fabrics bought from Imagine Gnats again.
The size is 4 gradet to a 6.
Here in black&white you see the rushing a little bit better.
The pattern and instructions are great.  It has layered options so you can print only
the size you want, that really helps with all the different neckline options in this pattern.
The pattern also has no trim pages.  I’m not a big fan of that though because I like to fold my
printed pattern and store in a plastic folder and you can’t really do that when the pages overlap.
I have one more good news for you guys!
The Wardrobe Builder pattern is on SALE for only $ 7.00  until this Friday!!

Christmas dress – for me!

A few weeks ago Christina of Wardrobe By Me asked a few of her previous
testers to sew one of her dress patterns in a holiday theme.
I had just bought her Mirri pattern and was planning a dress for me anyway so
of course I was in.  Otherwise I might have procrastinated and not made the
dress until after Christmas.
But now I have my dress ready even in time for
my work Christmas Party next Saturday

This was a surprisingly easy pattern!
It probably would have taken me ten times longer to go shopping for a new dress.
The instructions are very clear and concise.
The pattern comes with 3 length options: Blouse, knee, mid calf and maxi.
I’m thinking a mid calf length would be great for a summer dress.
The fabric is from Stoff og Stil, I think it is this one.
Christina is for sure becoming one of my favorite pattern designer.
Her patterns are easy to follow and you end up with a great fitting and stylish garment,
not to mention a huge boost in your confidence that you made it yourself.
Now hop on over to her store and get your pattern and start on your holiday dress.
Even better use code selfishsewing and get 20% off until tomorrow November 10th.
Love
Dagbjört

Lounge wear.

The very first thing I do when I come home from work is to change clothes.
I don’t feel that my workday is over until I have done that.
Usually my lounge wear consists of a pair of leggings, a long sleeve t-shirt and a cardigan.
That doesn’t sound so terrible but I should add that I haven’t upgraded my lounge wear
for many many years so there might be some holes and permanent stains and what not.
Guess what I now have an upgrade
and I think I should share it with you my sewing friends!
I got to test some more patterns for Wardrobe by Me, I know I’m so lucky!

This is the urban sweat pants and hoodie!  You can buy them as a bundle here
or just the pants here or just the hoodie here.
I have to admit I was afraid of making pants for myself.
I hate trying on pants because of my pear shape, it is so hard finding I pair I like
and I never thought I would make pants for myself.
Both these patterns were a breeze to sew!
Everything went perfectly together and the fit is great.
I made the hoodie in size 4 and the pants in size 8.
Now I have some awesome lounge wear I actually can wear outside.
I’m wearing this as I type this and I even had this on when I took my kids to
preschool today, I never do that with my worn out leggings!
Christina has a sale going on in her shop until November 10th,
use code Selfishsewing and get 20% off.  It is good for all her patterns.
Check out her cute dress patterns as well, I will be back soon with my take
on one of her dresses.
Love
Dagbjört.

The perfect sweater!

I have discovered the most comfortable pattern – fabric combination ever!
You can just thank me in the comment section here below!
Keep reading and you will find a coupon at the end of this post, and believe me you
will want to use it!
This one is for me too, I’m getting comments from the kids now that I have made
enough clothes for me and it’s time to start making something for them again.
Here is the perfect sweater:

The pattern is the Day Tripper from Shwin Designs.
The pattern comes with an option of long or short sleeves, in seam pockets,
shoulder taps, high-low hem and three length options 24″, 26″ and 28″.
I made this one in small with the 26″ length.  I love the way it fits and paired with
this great quilted jersey from the Imagine Gnats store it is the most comfortable sweater
ever.  Rachel is out of this color but she has it it raspberry and taupe.
I have the raspberry one as well and I will probably make something for Anita out of that one.
Maybe I should make her the Apple Loungewear from Shwin Designs, which is the kids
version of the Day Tripper.
This was such a fun and fast sew that I made one more.
I was going to make this one in the 24″ length but I guess I had a blond moment and
cut it out more like 22″ but hey it works and I love this one as well.
This is sweater knit from stoff og stil.  I love this fabric too, it has stripes with
small golden spots, makes this sweater a bit fancier.
I promised you a coupon and here it is hop on over to Shwin Designs
and get the Day Tripper for $7 using the code DAYTRIPPER.
Please hurry because this is only valid today October 28th. 
Love
Dagbjört.
PS: This pattern was given to me as pattern ambassador for Shwin Design in exchange for my honest opinion.

My first pattern testing!

You know how Denmark is famous for great designers?  If you don’t ask your friend Google.
I mean in every aspect – furniture, toys, jewelry, fashion – they are just amazing!
So what do you do when you get asked to test a pattern by a Danish designer?
I’ll tell you!  You jump up and down and squeal like a crazy person
and than you brag about it to everyone meet!
At least that’s what I did when Christina Albeck of Wardrobe by me asked
little old me to test her newest pattern which was just released this weekend.
It is a T-shirt and top pattern.
You can either make a fancy top or a casual light sweater.
Choose from a round scooped neckline or a v-neck, sleeveless or with sleeves,
finish the armhole and neckline with facings or with rib.
Curved og straight hemline.
So many options that result it totally different tops. 
I made two versions.  Here is my fancy top.

This one has the facings at the neckline and armholes and a curved hemline.
Very feminine and quite dressy.
It is recommended that you use a lightweight fabric with a good drape.
I used cotton + steel Mesa, which is cotton lawn.  Bought from Miss Matatabi,
looks like she is all sold out of this one though.
I made this one in size 4 on top and then graded out to a 6 at the hips.
It fits really well.  In the final version the neckline and the armhole are a bit more fitted.
Then there is my other one.
As you can see this one is very different.
This version came together very fast!  It only took me a couple of hours from tracing
the pattern to the final seam.
If using knit she recommends going down a size so I made this one
completely in size 4 and I couldn’t be happier.
I used light weight knit I bought from Girl Charlee, I don’t know the name of it.
It was part of the August Knit Fix and I lost the card that came with it.
This floral fabric is a bit outside of my comfort zone and I wasn’t sure I would like it.
But it grew on me and now I love it, I’m sure combining it with the right pattern
makes all the difference.
That’s it folks!
Go check out Christina’s new pattern and all her other nice patterns
Thank you so much Christina for giving me the opportunity to test your pattern,
it was such a pleasure! And congratulations on the release of your newest pattern!
There is a 30% discount valid until October 17th, use code EASYTEE
Love
Dagbjört