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!!

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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

Pattern Anthology: Unbiased

There is a new collection out from the amazing designers of Pattern Anthology called Unbiased.
It’s a bundle of four patterns for women using knit fabrics.  Actually it is much more than four patterns since all of them can be made as either a dress or a top, with different sleeve options and
different kind of finishing touches.
Totally worth every penny!
I had big plans to sew them all up and share them with you but you guys know how it is,
life usually gets in the way of those grand plans!  So I am pretty happy to share with you
two out of the four.
Lets start with the Diamond – girls best friend, right?

This pattern is designed by Shauna of Shwin Designs.
As you can see I made the peplum version with flared skirt and short sleeves.
First I made a muslin in size small to check the fit, because my measurements are like all over the place.  I found it a little big so for my final version I cut out extra small and flared the skirt piece out to a small.  For once I have made a top for myself that fits perfectly!
I accidentally cut the skirt piece on the fold, actually I cut two pieces on the fold and didn’t realize it until I had sewn the side seams together and thought it looked a little big as I was about to sew it to the bodice – hehe.  Instead of cutting it in two I decided to just have one seam and place it on the back and I am very happy with how it turned out with the print of the fabric.
This fabric I got as part of the August Knit Fix from Girl Charlee.  I love the print, it is thinner
than the knits I’m used to so it would probably not hold up very long if I had used it for something for the kids but it was great for this top.
Next up is my other friend, Gwen!
This one is designed by Kate of See Kate Sew.
A top again!  With elbow sleeves and shoulder contrast.
I didn’t make a muslin this time, just cut a size extra small blended to a medium at the hips.
The sleeves I blended from extra small to small, it wouldn’t have hurt if I had gone up to medium.
But it works, I’ll just take it easy on the biceps workouts for a while – wink wink!
I love how well I was able to match up the stripes – high five to myself!
The stripy fabric I bought at my local fabric store and the pink contrast fabric is laguna cotton jersey in cherry from the imagine gnats store.
I am one happy mama with two new tops that totally match my style and fit perfectly.
Both of these sew up pretty darn fast, matching up the fabric took the longest time.  The instructions are great as is to be expected from these sewing superstars.  I will for sure use these patterns again, who knows maybe I will make dresses next time around.  You guys will be the first to find out!
Now I just need to figure out fabric combos for the other two patterns in the bundle,
the Adora by Andrea Pannell and the Denver by Melissa Mora.
You can get the collection at 40 % discount until October 2 plus you will receive over $ 250 in coupons and a wardrobe planner.  All of the patterns come in a size range from XXS – XXXL!
So something for every body!
I was lucky enough to be given these patterns in exchange for sharing my creations
with you and giving my honest opinion.
Love
Dagbjört

One more for me!

Here is another top I made for little old me.
 
Who knows maybe sewing for me will be my new thing.
 
This time I made the Ella Top from Liola Patterns.
 

 
It wasn’t really difficult to sew this top but I started it at the beginning of summer
and then I made a mistake when sewing on the neck binding so I abandoned the whole thing.
A couple of weeks ago I picked it up again and ripped out the binding only to figure out I had
probably done it right according to the instructions but it just didn’t look right to me.  So I did it
the way that made sense to me and I’m so glad I didn’t just give up on it completely.
 
 
 
 
The fabric is crepe de chine in blue brushstrokes which I bought from
the imagine gnats store.  It looks like she is out of this one now.  It is really soft
to the touch and nice to wear.  I don’t have much experience working with other stuff
than regular cotton and knits so it was a bit difficult for me to work with.
 
 
 
 
The top is not perfect, the bust darts don’t line up quite like they should and the hem 
might be a little uneven.  But it is a pretty
busy print so I don’t think anybody will notice except for me.
 
 
 
 
I am keeping this short and sweet this time because I really should be packing
for my trip.  Tomorrow I’m leaving for New York with my besties, leaving the
kids and my home in the very capable hands of my lovely husband.
 
 
 
Love
Dagbjört.