First I want to thank all of you who took the time to read my last blogpost and for all the 
amazing comments – WOW!  
I have gotten some questions on if I plan to start selling some of my creations.  Lately I’ve been thinking about how I would go about doing that.  I do have a none sewing related job and 4 kids to take care of so I think I would have to base it on special orders.  
I don’t have the capacity to sew up whole collections in many sizes and colors.  
Not yet anyway!
My good friend Lena, who is an amazingly talented painter asked me if I could incorporate some of the characters  from her paintings into childrens clothes.  I have been playing around with that idea for some time now, I’m sorry Lena I’m so slow!  Since I have no experience in pattern designing I have been trying out different patterns where the designer allows the sewer to sell items created from the pattern on a small scale.  
So far this is what we have come up with.
We call our project Gaman, which is Icelandic for fun.  A web page is in the makings as well. 

The pattern is the Norah Dress from Mouse House Creations with some modifications.  
I made the armholes smaller and added a cap sleeve, did some colorblocking and 
fully lined the dress so there are no exposed seams and the dress could be worn with both sides out.  
This one is a size 3 but the pattern comes in sizes from 12 months to 12 years.  
So a lot of possibilities.
I love the silhouette of this dress.  
It doesn’t show so well on the photos but the bodice part is brown with antique pink and purple flowers and the skirt is antique pink.  
The character is an applique, I don’t have an embroidery machine so it is hand made.
Here you can see some of Lenas fun paintings

She also does some “serious” paintings like these

… and even Jesus
Go check out and like her new facebook page Botne Creative Art.
I have opened up an Etsy store, where people can place an order and just write in comments what size they would like or better yet the childs measurements.  For those of you who live in Norway or Iceland you can just send me an email at
And then it is the question about the price – tadadada!  
This dress in these fabrics I am setting at 600 NOK which is roughly 68 Euros or 85 US Dollars.
Ok folks does that sounds like Fun – aka Gaman!?! 
So you guys any comments, thoughts or tips??


Anita has a new outfit!

Sometimes I have SO many sewing plans but just can’t seem to get anything done.
Or at least so it feels but since my last blog post I have sewn I think 5 dresses, two cardigans and some matryoshka bins.
The reason I haven’t been blogging recently about my sewing adventures is that I am not liking my photos.  I totally do not understand my camera settings now that I have to take pictures inside due to the colder weather, even though my husband has tried to explain this to me I just can’t seem to get it right.  Maybe I should just make him be in charge of the photoshots.  
So I am sorry if the photos you see here are very far from perfect.  
Any tips are welcome!!
Today I’ll share with you a Norah dress a pattern by Mouse House Creations and 
an Aster cardigan a pattern by LBG Studio for Willow & co
 I made for Anita.

Lets start with the Aster Cardigan.  Since Anita insists on wearing a dress ALL the time a cardigan was due.  We have been layering with long sleeves underneath the dresses lately, but I have been wanting to sew up this pattern for some time now.  For some reason I thought it would be a difficult one.  Let me just tell you – I was completely WRONG!  The pattern is great, everything lines up perfectly and the instructions just walk you right through it all.
Since I was using just a simple pink sweat shirting fabric bought at Stoff og Stil some time ago,  
I appliquéd a purple crown for my princess on the back.

Me: Anita do something with your hands.
Anita: Do you want me to sing for you?

So I got an on the spot improvised very dramatic show!

Lets look at the Norah dress now.
The pattern includes a very cute Peter Pan collar and ties but I for this time I wanted my FABULOUS fabric to shine – pink and gold cats Come On!  So I just made a simple A-line dress.

The pattern is great with very good instructions and I have big plans for it in the future, 
which I will share with you very soon.

Ok, lets talk about this AMAZING fabric it’s called midas kisses metallic cats by kokka.  I bought it from the very cool Imagine Gnats, I guess it is all gone in this color but she still has some in mint and natural.  I still have some left waiting for just the right project or maybe I’ll hoard it forever!
And then the show continued!

My princess sure is a drama queen but she loves the things I make for her as long as they meet at least one of the following criterias:  Pink – Shiny – Twirly!

The Fawn Lily.

I have one projected from last summer that I haven’t blog about yet, and that is because the photos I took aren’t that good.  Even though Anita has worn the dress a lot I haven’t gotten around to take new photos so I’m just going to go ahead and post the ones I have.
The dress is The Fawn Lily a pattern by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co

I promise the seam there on the back yoke doesn’t pucker it’s just bad ironing 
and I didn’t notice it until I was looking at the pictures.  Total bummer!!
I love this dress – the curved yoke, the pleats on the skirt!  
I even made two of these exactly alike, one for Anita and one for Ava our awesome niece.
The fabric is called daydream by Kate Spain for Moda bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.

I long for summer again already!  
Although I can’t really complain since we are having an amazing fall.

This is a challenging pattern but the instructions are great and the final outcome is just fabulous.


Pants with a happy ending.

Since I have decided not to buy any clothes for Anita and Viktor, at least now for the time being, I really needed to make Viktor some pants.  So I printed out the pattern for the Kudzo Cargos by Charming Doodle for Willow and Co and thought I would make him the skinny version.  And so I did in size 5. Thankfully I tried them on him before attaching the waistband and I panicked!
They were way to tight on him!

What to do – what to do??

Well, I had enough fabric to make a new one and Anita could always use a pair of pants as well.  But she is not in a size 5 by far.  Then I read in the instructions that one could add elastic to the waistband, so that’s what I did and just shortened them some.  And BAM they both got a new pair of pants!

The fly on Viktors ended up on the wrong side, looks a little bit funny but he doesn’t 
care so I’m not going to worry about it.
I don’t know how but I lost one of the back pockets for Anitas pants.  
I know I sewed it up and I have searched everywhere but I still can’t find it.
I even went through and or organized y remnants box!  But no luck.
But I kind of like hers with just one pocket, it would probably have been to 
much with two anyways.
The fabric I used is stretch denim from stoff og stil.

Viktors fit great, Anitas are roomy but we are ok with that.
It is so much fun to sew for these two because they get so excited when they 
find out that I am making them something new.

This is a great pattern with great instructions.  
But after making two of these in a row I have had enough of pants for a little while 
and it was SO relaxing to follow up with an easy knit dress.

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.




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.  

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!