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

 

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The Garden Girl Collection: The Stella Tunic and Leggings

The last but certainly not the least in the Garden Girl Collection


How cute is that?!
Business in front…
Party in the back!
Hahaha, but in a very cute way!!
I adore the high-low hem of the skirt and the pointy collar makes it oh so sophisticated.
This pattern is a little more advanced than the other two in the collection because
of all the buttonholes.  I don’t mind doing buttonholes though, and my new sewing machine
does them automatically and they look really nice.  I do however get stressed out a little bit
when sewing on so many buttons in a row, cause if the spacing is off you will have some
puckering and that does not look good right there in the center of your garment.
The buttons hit spot on this time, pheeew!
If you want you can continue adding buttons down the skirt piece as well,
but I wasn’t about to temp faith by adding two more!
You might notice that I put the buttonholes on the left side instead of the right?
Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all!  
And besides my almost four year old couldn’t care less!
Other than placing the buttons this came together quite fast and easy.
The pattern pieces printed out perfectly and the instructions are very clear.
The bodice is fully lined so it looks very nice on the inside as well.
The pattern has options for sleeveless or cap sleeves.  Although I’m
a sucker for cap sleeves I opted to go with sleeveless this time cause
I loved the slight racer back look on that version.
I made Anita a size 4 and it fits perfect, there is some room so she can wear
a thin long sleeved t-shirt underneath for cooler days.
Which lets face it will be most days in this part of the world!
There is also a pattern for the leggings.  They are straight forward slim fitting leggings.
I should have sized down the width cause Anita is mostly skin and bones,
but I forgot and coming fall/winter we will have to layer with some 
long johns anyway.
All I had on hand for the leggings was this light pink jersey so I added
the flowers to the knees to give them some more color.
The fabric is Playful, cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel by Melody Miller,
bought from Miss Matatabi.  Looks like she is out of this print, but no worries she has
a great selection of cotton + steel fabrics and also really cool Japanese fabrics.
Her etsy shop is one of those dangerous places for sewing addicts!! 
There really should pop up some kind of warning before entering!
And now for Anita’s signature:
She’s got the moves like Jagger
Both of us love the Garden Girl Collection, see here and here.
Anita gets so many complements and having made her outfits gives
me this nice fuzzy proud feeling inside.  I’m so glad I took up sewing!
Thanks for stopping by and go check out Shwin Designs for some great patterns.
Shauna also has a whole bunch of free patterns on her blog.
Love
Dagbjört
Ps:  I bought the Garden Girl Collection before joining the Shwin Designs ambassador program and all opinions are completely mine!

The Garden Girl Collection: The Jane Dress and Top

Today is my part two of the Garden Girl Collection Trilogy.

But first I want to tell you guys something really exciting!
A few weeks ago I filled out an application to become brand ambassador for Shwin Designs.
I had no expectations on getting it but I love Shauna’s patterns and 
the application only took a couple of minutes to fill out so I sent it in.
And what do you know, I was amongst the eight that got chosen!!!
What that means is that at least once a month I will sew and blog about one of her patterns.
Since I already have quite a few of them I would probably have done that anyway.
Here you can see The Glass Onion Top I made in May, here is a Maggy Mae and here is a Sweet Bonnie Top from way back.  I have also made a couple more Maggy Mae’s and a Glass Onion Top that never made it to the blog because they were gifts for my nieces.
Alrighty then – lets talk about the darling Jane!
Such a sweet and simple A-line shaped dress or top.
I love the tiny gather detail on the front and a peter pan collar is always cute.
The pattern includes short and long sleeves.
I really want to find some nice corduroy fabric and make a long sleeved version for fall/winter.
In the pattern instructions it says for the back closure to either use 
a small button and embroidery floss or hook and eye.
All I had when sewing this dress was some buttons and just regular thread so that’s what I used.
I went to the fabric store today and bought some hook and eye stuff so I will be changing out the closure on the dress.
I made size 4 and it fits perfect.
The pattern prints out nicely and the instructions are clear
and easy to follow.
The button on the front is just for show.
The fabric is Summer Ride in Melon from the Wee Wander Collection by Sarah Jane,
bought from Urban Sew.  It is not available there anymore.
It is very light and soft, perfect for a summer dress.
There is no photo shoot without some awkward dance moves! 
Check out my part one in the trilogy, The Mckenzie and in a few days I’ll show you the Stella Tunic.
Anita was happy to get yet another cute dress!
See you soon!
Love
Dagbjört.

The Garden Girl Collection: The McKenzie Tunic turned Dress.

Anita:  Mom, why do you make me so many dresses?
Me:  Hmmm, because I really like making them.
Is it possible that she has too many dresses?  
Nahhh, I girl can never have to many dresses!  Am I right?
She is very happy with her newest addition.  Of course she wanted to wear it to kindergarten today, but she agreed to pick out another one for today so she can wear the new one tonight when we attend Roberts graduation from 10th grade.
My to oldest don’t get profiled much here, or not at all.  I have only sewed one pair of pajama shorts for Robert, which he refused to model for this blog, and nothing for Hartmann.  I guess it’s a bit trickier to please 16 and 19 year old boys than the little ones.  Maybe one day – we’ll see!

Ok, now the star of this post

This is made from The McKenzie Tunic pattern from Shwin Designs.
It can be bought separately or as part of the Garden Girl Collection,
which then includes The Stella Tunic and leggings
I made her a size 4 and added 10 cm to the length.  That means that she is going to be able to use it for a long time.  First as a dress and then as a tunic, because she is so petite she has some room to grow into.
This was a breeze to sew and no buttons or zippers so it only took me a few hours too make.
The pattern pieces are perfectly made and the instruction are great.
With the deep opening in the back it’s easy to put on and take off.
I love the big pleats!
It even has some twirl factor!
I bought it from Urban Sew.
The gray is quilting cotton from Stof bought at my local store, Kreaktiv.
Now for some picture overload, but that’s ok right?

Thanks for stopping by!
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

Pleasing a picky little customer

I had mixed emotions when cutting out my fabric for the dress I am going to share with you today.
I truly loved the color palette I ended up with BUT I was not sure at all how my picky little customer would react.
Almost no pink, common how is that going to end well?!
Well…

She loved it!!
Declared even that these were her favorite colors!
Phew…. !
Let me introduce you to the Ishi Dress from straight-grain, if you don’t already know it.
I totally fell in love with this pattern when An the mastermind behind straight-grain used it to showcase some great fabrics from miss matatabi, and hoped she would make and sell the pattern.
So when she released it I was probably among the first ones to buy it!
But then started the heartache of choosing fabrics!
And the circles I went in, omg!
At some point I almost had all my fabric on the floor trying to come up with the right combo.
This dress is just sooooo perfect and I am so proud of how it turned out!
Anita wore it to a birthday party yesterday, and we got so many complements!
Then she insisted on wearing it to kindergarten today.  So maybe these are her new favorite colors after all, although I think the pockets are playing a big role in her excitement about her new dress!
I made size 4 with the slanted pockets.  I added some flat pink piping to the pockets.  I was going to add it to the princess seams as well, but I kind of messed it up so I dropped it this time around.
This dress has a hidden zipper in the back.  The second one I do, and it came out absolutely perfect!
I don’t have any photos to prove it, so you just have to trust me!
I got a hidden zipper foot for my new sewing machine and I guess that makes all the difference.
The main fabric is from Robert Kaufman called Modern Bliss by Andie Hanna, I believe I bought it from fabric.com but I can’t find it there now.  I have probably had it for about a year at least.  The pockets are made from Amy Bradley Designs for Timeless Treasures bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
The centers of the flower blobs are almost the exact same lime color as the pockets.

There is really not much more to say about this great creation.

So if you sew you need to buy this pattern!
There is even an Ishi contest going on with some great prices, and if you like my dress 
I would love it if you vote for me when the voting starts at the beginning of July. 
Love
Dagbjört.

Penny Dress

Well hello!
I’m still here even though May didn’t turn out quite as productive on the sewing front as I had hoped.  It took me some time to decide what to make, there where a couple of long weekends and I got hooked on Mad Men.  When I get hooked on something I just can’t stop until it’s done!  I only have a few episodes left and then I’ll dive into my lovely fabric stash again. 
So far I have only sewed from pdf patterns and this time I thought I’d try sewing from an e magazine.  I know it’s basically the same thing but I thought maybe the instructions wouldn’t be as detailed.  At least when I was reading through them before cutting my fabric it all seemed so much harder.  But then when I had all my fabric pieces in front of me it all made sense. 

I made the Penny Dress from issue 6 of One Thimble magazine.
This is the first e-zine I buy, and it is great!  It includes 10 patterns and a whole lot of articles on sewing.  Perfect for a sewing geek in training!
With the Penny Dress I liked how you can play around with fabric combos.
And those pockets!  Anita loves the big pockets!
I will probably find a lot of treasures in there before washing it.
I made her a size 4 as I have been doing lately and the fit is great, a little roomy but that’s how we like it.  She doesn’t like to wear clothes that are tight and when we are at home she only runs around in her underpants so she likes her freedom.  Just like her mom, I am told!  I have outgrown that habit by now in case you were wondering.
The main fabric is called Hello Petal Jump Rope in pink from Aneela Hoey, bought from 
Urban Sew looks like it’s out of stock there now.  The purple is quilting cotton from Stof bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
Do you like her shoes?
She had her heart set on wearing her slippers and nothing could change that!!
We are happy we have found yet another pattern we like.  What I love about pdf patterns is the size range you usually get the patterns in, like this one goes from size 1 – 10 so you can get a lot of use out of your patterns.
There was too much direct sunlight when I took these photos so I ended up with a lot of unpleasant shadows that I had to try to edit out, which made my final photos quite grainy.
I am sure that is just do to lack of know how on my behalf.  No matter how much I read or am told about camera settings and all that picture taking stuff, it just doesn’t get saved in my brain.  I might have to outsource that part of this sewing-blogging adventure of mine.
We had fun as usual.  Anita danced around and sang one of her self composed songs.
And talked a little bit to the trees.
Now I better get to selecting my fabrics for my next dress which is also a pattern for multiple fabrics.
Love
Dagbjört.