Getting ready for fall.

I figured Anita needed some pants and sweaters for this upcoming season.
I mean even a princess can’t wear dresses all the time.  So I’ve been stocking up on
knits and fabric for pants lately.

For the sweater I used a sweet pattern from Sewpony called The Little Betty Top.
I love the wide band at the bottom and the wide cuffs!
I made her a size 3 and it fits very nicely.
For the pants I used the Holly Trousers pattern from Go To Patterns.
This is the second time I use this pattern.  They look so comfy and she likes
to wear them.  There is an elastic waistband so easy to run to the bathroom,
and there are really cute pleats on the front.
The fabric for the shirt is rib knit I bought from Stoff og Stil.  I tried stenciling again,
I still haven’t washed her shirt so I don’t know if it will fade like it did the last time.
I hope not cause I really love that gold butterfly.

 

I also got the fabric for the pants at Stoff og Stil I couldn’t find it on their webpage but it is a
very soft corduroy.

 

 

I don’t know where she is getting her moves from!

 

 

Never tell your model to smile if you want the real thing!

 

Itchy nose.

 

 

Love
Dagbjört.
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My happy dude!

It just melts my heart that Viktor and Anita really love the clothes I make them – so far at least!  
Viktor has been waiting patiently all week to wear his new clothes to daycare so last night we had a quick photo shot so he could wear it today.  And this morning Anita threw a massive tantrum because she wanted to wear her blue dress ( the skater dress ) but it needs to be washed so after a lot of bargaining she put on the clothes I had found for her.
Back to Viktors outfit.  I made him a pair of Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns 

For the Recess Raglan I used a rib knit in jade and orange from stoff og stil.  I added some color blocking to the sleeves and a band at the bottom.  I also stenciled some skulls on the front also bought at stoff og stil.  Viktor picked the motive by the way!  I followed the instructions and ironed after 24 hours and washed it after 48 hours, but the images faded after that wash I’m not sure if it is meant to or if I did something wrong.  But Viktor didn’t mind so I guess all is good.  
I felt like a total rebel when making this shirt, first changing up the pattern like that and then I didn’t follow the instructions when sewing it up because I like it better when the cuffs are sewn on after the sleeves and the side seams are done so I don’t end up with the tail from the serger at the end of the sleeve.  
I guess it doesn’t take much for me to rebel  –  LOL!

Ok, lets move on to the tree climber trousers.  I am still a little bit intimidated by sewing pants, 
but these came together quite smoothly and surprisingly fast.  
I made a size 5 with no alterations and they fit great.   

This is where I used that awesome fabric I talked about in my last post.  It is a reversible Japanese corduroy I bought from miss matatabi.  She sells the most gorgeous fabrics I have ever seen.  
The photos above don’t really show off the pants or the fabric so here are some close ups.
Aren’t those great?!  For the pockets I used the other side of the fabric.
And as you can see he is one happy dude!

I want to thank you guys for all your nice comments!  They really mean a whole lot to me, and although I love getting comments from my family and friends it is super special to see that I get visits and compliments from fellow sewing enthusiasts.  
THANK YOU!
Love
Dagbjört 

A Skater Girl

As we transition from summer into fall it is time to start on my fall/winter sewing for Anita and Viktor. At the moment I’m working on an outfit for Viktor but I’m not ready to share that one just yet but don’t worry I do have something to show you. 
Yesterday I sewed up a Skater Dress for Anita.  The Skater Dress is a Kitschy Coo pattern which I got as part of my August patterns from The Sewing Rabbit. Which by the way is a great club to be in if you want to expand your pattern collection, for just $ 10 a month you get 3 new patterns each month and so far at least all the patterns have been great!

Isn’t she cute!  I know you must be thinking – what Anita in a blue dress???  
But let me tell you she loves it!  I added a little bit of pink just to be on the safe side, but the hearts really did the trick.

She sure is getting a hang on those poses!

The fabric is also from the Kitschy Coo store, there are some awesome fabrics there!  I bought it to make an Elsa inspired top for Anita, but I couldn’t find a chiffon to match it at my local fabric store.  
So when I got the Skater Dress pattern I knew it would be perfect for it.

I made the width a size 18M-2T but the length of the skirt and sleeves a size 3T-4T and it is 
the perfect fit for her.

This is just the perfect dress for an active little girl.

I also have the Lady Skater pattern, maybe I should make matching dresses for us girls…?
I will be back soon with Viktors outfit, I used some fantastic fabric for his as well.  So stay tuned!
Love 
Dagbjört.

Accessories for boys

I always get so frustrated when I try to buy accessories for my little ones.  There is this huge selection for girls, just name it and they have it!  And then in the boys department there are like a few belts, caps and band-aids maybe, at least that was the selection last time I went to H&M.

Anita has her Hello Kitty handbag with her everywhere she goes, she even sleeps with it!  Viktor being only 18 months older than she is, they kind of do everything together and always want the same stuff, so he has been borrowing her other Hello Kitty handbag for his treasures.

So armed with Pinterest and a sewing machine I knew I just had to make him a cool messenger bag.  I bought some fabric with pictures of cars on it, but he didn’t like it and insisted on a Lightning McQueen bag.  My local fabric store didn’t have that kind of fabric but they did have some iron-on patches so I got that and some red and blue fabric.  I used this tutorial for the bag but I cheated and bought a ready made strap.

He LOVES it!!
The tutorial was really easy to follow and everything was spot on!  

He cut his hair himself a couple of weeks ago and tried to blame it on his sister, but when she refused he said a monster came into our house and did it 🙂  It really shows in these photos.
Love
Dagbjört.

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.

We LOVE Charlie!

July has been a great month with summer vacation, fabulous weather here in Norway and of course 3 new patterns for us in the sewing rabbit pattern member club. I already had the Casual Lady pattern but I haven’t sewn it up yet, but now I have my pieces cut out and ready to go as soon as I am done writing this post.

I so want to make the Fedora Hat for both Viktor and Anita, I just can’t decide on what fabric to make them in.

What I have made is the Charlie Dress and we LOVE it!! Usually Anita is happy with what I make for her as long as it is pink, but when she saw this one she squealed and her eyes lit up like if I had given her the whole world!

This is the first pattern by Mingo & Grace and it was first released to pattern members.
I sewed up a size 3 and I really like the fit. It is a little roomy on my skinny little girl but I like that it isn’t constraining in any way now during the warm summertime and that she will be able to wear it with layers in the fall and winter.

The bias binding on the neck and armholes through me off for a while. I just could not understand it! But after playing with it for some time a light finally came on in my head and it was a smooth sailing after that.

I’m so proud of how my horizontal lines match up on the back!  High five to myself!

I bought the fabric a few months ago from Miss Matatabi, its called Japanese Fabric Rectangles in pink. I really like the texture it gives the dress.

The Charlie Dress is great for twirling, maybe too great as most of my photos were blurry.  But I can live with that because the dress is cute and my girl is cute and soooo HAPPY!

 Its also great for jumping up and down!

 And for singing!

 Playing on the playground!

 Hunting butterflies aka stones!

 And riding a bike!

I have decided that I am going to make all Anitas and Viktors regular cloths for at least the next year so I’m sure I’ll be making some more Charlies.  In fact I have already picked up a fabric for another one.
So the conclusion is two thumbs up from the both of us!
Love 
Dagbjört.

Sommertime!

Hello friends!
I am still here and still sewing so I have some catching up to do here on my blog!
We are enjoying our summer vacation, even though it started with our 4 year old getting the chickenpox and now our youngest one has gotten it as well.  Oh well I guess it’s good to have it over and done with!

 

Our two teenagers and I spent a few days in Paris, we had a great time checking out most of what Paris has to offer.  I never made it to the fabric stores though, but I guess my boys wouldn’t have found that very interesting anyway so I’ll just do that next time around.  Good to have a reason to go back there again and please don’t tell my husband that we will be doing some fabric shopping when I take him on a romantic trip to Paris!
Other than that we have been going to the beach, hiking, going to Kongeparken which is a local amusement park and just enjoying the lovely weather we have been having.  My sister in law and her son came to visit for a few days, and it’s always so nice to have family and friends come visit us.
Ok then, lets get to the sewing part!
First I want to share with you my Pintuck Blouse and Dress a design by Heidi & Finn.  I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of this patterns as it goes all the way up to size 12.  This is the second Heidi & Finn pattern I sew up, the first one was the Colorblock Dress, which I haven’t gotten around to take photos of yet and I’m dying to find the right fabric to make the Chic Cocktail Swing Coat.

 

 

 

I love the simple silhouette of this dress and the pintucks add such a nice little detail.
The fabric is from Robert Kaufman bought at fabric.com some months ago, I couldn’t find it on their site now so I guess it’s sold out.  Thankfully small dresses don’t use a lot of fabric so I still have some left.

 

I sewed up a size 3 for my 3 year old and the fit is spot on, next time though I will make the neck opening just a tiny bit bigger.

 

 

And the best thing is that my little missy loves her dress!
Love
Dagbjört.