Eleanor and Stella

I’m still here!
This month has been crazy busy.  I started working at a new place so now
I’m not making glasses anymore but assisting an ophthalmologist.  It’s a mix of a new and
old practice, we just opened at a new location and setting everything up and
learning new routines has been challenging but very fun.
I did manage to get some sewing in this month as well.
I tested a new pattern that was just released, I’ll show you in a couple of days.

Today I’ll show you my January project for Shwin Designs – just in the nick of time!
Believe me its not because the patterns were so difficult it took me a whole month to
get them done.  It’s more of a find time to take photos problem!

Here is the Eleanor Dress/Top.
I obviously made the top version because I didn’t have enough
of this cute sweater fabric from miss matatabi for a dress.
At first I wasn’t sure if I should add the collar but I’m so glad I did cause otherwise
it would just have been another regular sweater.  
Because you need a bottom piece as well to go with a sweater and Anita
isn’t a big fan of pants I used the leggings pattern from the Stella to make her a
pair of leggings from a nice soft jersey with brushed back.
I made her a size 5 and I was afraid it would be to big on her but she has
been going through a growth spurt these past weeks so the sizing was perfect.
The photo bomber is Noi our dear old Whippet who is turning 12 this spring.
Both of these came together so fast, the pattern and the instructions are spot on.
I love the dress version as well, it has kind of that cocoon shape that is so popular now and
I love the pleats.
Anita is happy with her new clothes and that makes sewing so satisfying. 
I’ll be back before you know it with some more sewing stuff.
Love 
Dagbjört
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Happy New Year!

I had a very good 2015 both sewing and otherwise.
I turned 40 and in celebration of that milestone I and my best friends since childhood,
who also all turned 40 in 2015, went to New York together.
And boy did we have a good time!
We went on a summer holiday with my in-laws and then I got to hang
out with my side of the family in New York.  So I got a chance to spend time
time with all the important people in our lives.
We are all happy and healthy!
Me in Heaven – aka Mood Fabrics New York.
Sewing related, I got a new sewing machine for my birthday – Happy happy!
I got a chance to join the Shwin Designs ambassador team and got the opportunity to
test a few patterns for Wardrobe by me.
I am so thankful for those opportunities and I hope I get to continue along
those lines in 2016.  I love being a small part of the online sewing community,
it is such a fun, loving and supportive group of people.
I finally have confirmation that the presents for my little nieces and my brand new
nephew have arrived only about a week to late – all my mistake!
So now I can share them here.  I joined in on the mermaid tail francy and used

 

The girls said it was what they have always wanted and my kids have already
put in orders for their own so I better get out of this holiday mode and start sewing.
For my nephew I used the baggy trousers pattern from Nosh, it is a free pattern but it is in
Finnish so I got some help from Google Translate along the way.  I love the style of these
and plan on making some for Viktor.
I also made him the Rowan Tee from Titchy Threads.
The fabric is Duncan and Kate, I think maybe I bought it from Kitshy-Coo but I’m not sure.
The navy one for the pants is stretch french terry from Imagine Gnats
I made the six months old size and my gosh this is sooo tiny, I guess I have forgotten
how small babies are.
I also owed Mila a birthday present so she got the Little Girls Skater Dress from
Kitschy-coo.  Anita has several of these and they are in heavy rotation.  In fact
she has exactly the same dress and she loves her princess dress.
I used Lillestoff organic cotton jersey I bought from Stoffrullene.no
That about sums it up!
Love
Dagbjört.

A Christmas dress fit for a princess!

I finally have Anitas Christmas dress ready!
It only happens like every 5 years or so that I have everything ready for the holidays some
time in advance.  Who am I kidding I thing it has only happened once and that
was last year, so lets say every 39 years!
Thankfully Anitas dress was a very quick project.

This is the perfect dress if you are in a hurry and need a dress fit for a princess ASAP.
The pattern is only 12 pages so it’s super fast to print – tape – trace and cut out your pieces.
It has two circle skirts.  So it is PERFECT for a twirling fanatic.  I added one more layer of some kind of silvery soft tulle for more sparkling effect.
I made Anita a size 4 with the size 5 length.
To make this an even faster project to finish I hemmed with biastape as I wasn’t in
the mood to fold down the long hem of two circle skirts.
The fabric is heavy metal fabric by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabric from Glam Fabrics.
I don’t know the name of the fabric I used for the lining and the inner skirt, but it is gray and it
also has some silver sparkles in it.
This is the perfect dress for a little princess, pink, sparkly and twirly!
The snowman family in the background was made by my grandmother.
Almost all my Christmas decorations were made by her and putting them up fills me
with all the great memories I have of my grandparents.  They were really
extraordinary fantastic people.
It was dark all day so it was difficult to get good pictures so these will have
to do.  We did the best we could with what we had, isn’t that in a way
what Christmas should be about anyway?
I wish you all a very happy holiday and thank you so much for following
me on my sewing journey!
Lots of Love
Dagbjört
PS: This pattern was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Warm jackets for the kids!

Winter is slowly but surely creeping up on us whether I like it or not,
and it doesn’t look like we will be getting a summer house somewhere in the
southern hemisphere this year (or any other year for that matter).
I guess I had a feeling this would be the case and I’m glad I bought some lovely
wool fabric at Mood Fabrics when I was in N.Y. with my besties celebrating
our big Four Zero this fall.
I used those beautiful fabrics to make jackets for my two youngest ones.
It was the loveliest day when we took our photos so be ready for picture overload in this post!
I was going to blog about the jackets in separate posts but there are some discount codes
going on that I didn’t want you to miss out on.

I’ll start with the young dude.
For him I used The Jude Jacket pattern from Shwin Designs.
I made him a size 7 since this jacket is quite fitted and I wanted to make sure he
could wear a thick sweater underneath and I didn’t want to make a jacket that would
only last for a short time.
I need to fix the three lowest buttons, I had to hurry up and finish before we
lost the lighting for our photoshoot.  I usually don’t like to go back to my projects
after I finish them but this time I will because we absolutely love this jacket!
So for the rest of this post please ignore my sloppy button sewing.
The pattern comes with an optional chest pocket.  I knew my boy would like pockets
to carry all the treasures he finds along the way so I made the pocket piece a little
bigger, I think about an inch, and added lining to make it a bit sturdier.  And as you can see
placed them lower.
I bought some leather elbow patches at Stoff og Stil and used for the crest on the sleeve and
for some contrast on one the pockets.  The buttons are from Stoff og Stil as well.
AAAATSJU!!
I fully lined his jacket.  I used Heavy Metal by Whistler Studios from Windham fabrics
I bought from Glam Fabrics.
His sweater I blogged about here and his pants here.
Oh and his hat is knitted by my mom!
This pattern is great and if you only sew it with the facings and not fully lined
 it would be a very fast project.
You should definitely sign up for Shwin Designs newsletter NOW!
She has some amazing black Friday deals going on for subscribers this weak.
Lets check out the little Lady of the house now!
For her I made the Michelle Jacket also a Shwin Designs pattern.
I made hers in size 5 and it is a bit roomy but as with Viktors
that’s what I was going for.
I know the back pleat is going in the wrong direction, you can’t win them all!
I love the effect of the piping and those side pockets are so cute!
I used the same buttons as for Viktors jacket.
Anita was so happy finally getting some new mommy made clothes, it has been
a while since I made her something so it was long overdue.
Her jacket is fully lined as well.  I used some cotton + steel fabrics bought
from Miss Matatabi for the lining.
Her dress is the Maggie Mae also from Shwin Designs, blogged about here.
She is also wearing a grandma made hat.
Check out the photobomber!
I’m so glad I finally tackled making jackets for the kids and even though it was a bit challenging
it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  The only thing is that it is a bit time consuming,
since each jacket is basically two jackets because of the lining.
But it was a fun challenge and well worth the time.  I love that there are no
exposed seams.
Cutest kids ever – if I say so myself!
Now don’t forget to sign up the the Shwin Designs newsletter for the
discount codes.  There is something special for girl patterns on Wednesday,
for boy patterns on Thursday and then storewide Friday through Monday.
The jacket patterns were given to me for my honest opinion and I love them!
Love
Dagbjört.

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.

My handsome guy is back!

The kids are finally getting some new mommy made clothes!
First up is my handsome little guy, who actually isn’t so little anymore. He has grown so much lately that almost everything I made him last winter is getting too small.  So I just need to roll up my sleeves and make him some new clothes, oh how I love my chores!
To start off I printed out some Titchy Thread patterns.
This was my first time using her patterns and they did not disappoint!  I have been wanting to make the Twisted trousers ever since they first came out.  Of course he needs some sweaters as well so I thought some Rowan tee’s would be in order.

Both of these patterns were a joy to work with.
The pattern pieces are perfect and the instruction are great and easy to follow.
And all those options!!!
I love the twisted seam, such a fun and unique detail.  Perfect for piping.  This pattern is all about the little details, there is even a teeny tiny coin pocket and a slanted belt loop at the back.
Obviously for the sweater I did the hooded version with the kangaroo pocket
and the contrast full arm stripe.
The fly is faux so no zipper – easy peasy, and the waistband is done with rib and elastic – fast on and off.  Which is a must for this guy because he is always so consumed in what he is doing and leaves it until the very last minute to go to the bathroom.
For the pants I used denim with some stretch I bought on sale at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
The Gekko fabric I bought from stoffrullene, looks like it’s sold out there though.
It is a gorgeous quality Lillestoff jersey.
Viktor has been so fascinated with reptiles lately and when we were in Danmark on our
summer holiday we visited a rainforest park and  he was so taken with the gekkos and he got
to touch a snake, he was so happy.  They each got to choose a toy from the gift store and he chose
a gekko teddy bear.  Later we went to another zoo and there he also chose a gekko at the gift store.
So when I saw this fabric on sale when we got home I just had to get it for him.
Since the Rowan Tee with the hood and the kangaroo pocket came so quickly together
I had do whip up a basic one in this cool penguin fabric I bought from Miss Matatabi.
It is a reversible double knit, I bought it last year so I’m not sure she has it anymore and
I’m afraid to look through her listings to find out cause I would probably end up buying something.
Everything is made in size 6 and the fit is great.
If I can find some more nice fabric for pants I would love to make the lined version of
the twisted trousers, nice for the cold winter months ahead.
And now I need to start working on something for Anita!
Love
Dagbjört