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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Amateur Hour.

Guess what you guys – I made a top for myself!
An Anna top no less!
No no no please don’t leave just yet!
It’s not the Frozen kind – I have not gone completely mad!
So I apologize that there are no charming cute little models here today.
But don’t worry they will be back soon enough!

Oh well, I guess I am a little bit frozen on that side of the camera.
I used the top version of the Anna Top/Dress from Shwin Designs.
This pattern is inspired by the Maggie Mae girls pattern which I have made once
for Anita here and I made two more for my little nieces that never made it to the blog.
I modified the cap sleeves a little bit by taking off about 2-3 cm.
I sewed up a size medium but I think I could have gone for the small since I ended up
taking the side seams in a little bit.  I am always afraid of making things that are too small,
since fixing things that are too big is quite a bit easier then the other way around.
I skipped the bust darts because of how hard it was to manipulate the fabric.
This top came together fairly easily, the pattern and the instructions are great.
Depending on your fabric choices you can make a dressy top or dress
or one that is comfy and casual.
The only challenge I had was that slippery stretchy fabric I used for the lower part of the top,
which I bought at Stoff og Stil.
I have no idea what it’s called but while working with it I came up with some
not so nice names for it, which are not suited for this family friendly blog.
But the fabric I used for the top part is this nice lovely Japanese double gauze kokka fabric
I bought from Miss Matatabi.
I see many more Anna Tops in my future.  I love the feminine curved yoke.
I really want to make some in all knit cause I am more the casual kind than the dressy kind.
Thanks for sticking around!
Love
Dagbjört
PS: This pattern was given to me as a pattern ambassador for Shwin Designs in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I am a Casual Lady.

Ok friends just a heads up, this post is not going to be picture heavy since my model this time around is far from being as cute and cooperative as my usual ones.

I have sewn the first piece of clothing for myself!  It is the Casual Lady by Go To Patterns.  I have had this pattern for some time now but I got the kick in the but I needed to sew it up now as it was included in the Pattern Member Club for July.
This was super easy and took me only a couple of hours.  I made a size small, but I added a bit to the width of the lower half because my body has that weird shape and its even worse now after all the bbq this summer!

So here goes…

I don’t know the name of the fabric, I bought it at my local fabric shop.  I really love the print and the colors.
I will for sure make this one again, both the dress and the top version.
Love
Dagbjört.