Heading towards spring!

We have been enjoying some lovely springdays in between the rainy ones so I could finally snap some photos outside.  And o boy it is sooooo much easier than dealing with setting up the backdrop and trying to figure out the lighting, which I haven’t been successful
with this winter.
Hopefully it won’t be as far between my blogposts now that we are going towards
warmer weather.
My littlest man turned 5 in February and of course that called for a new button down shirt.

I used the Bookworm shirt pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.  I made view A in size 5.  The pattern is really good with great instructions as Blank Slate patterns tend to be
so the shirt came together quite easily.
I wanted a slim fit so I didn’t size up this time, but I think it is too short so I should have added to the length.  He will just have to wear this shirt for every occasion we get before he outgrows it.
The fabric is Arrows from the Mustang collection from cotton + steel  I ordered mine from
the laughing house fabric store.  She has some great fabrics and great service.
Even Anita likes this fabric and wants a dress from it!
It’s not so easy to see but for the inside of the collar stand I used XOXO in green with gold also from cotton + steel.
His jeans are from Next so I wont be taking credit for them.
Love
Dagbjört
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What do you know – another dress!

I have a dress to share with you again.  What a surprice – right?!  
This one I actually made three of, but I can only show you one of them as the other two were christmas presents.
The dress is the Maggie Mae from Shwin Designs.

I love the curved colorblocking.
This one was the last one of the three so I didn’t even look at the instructions  
If you know this pattern you have probably seen that I changed it up a bit 
even though it was totally unintentionally.   
I even just realized this now myself as I write this post.
I gathered the skirt instead of doing the pleats!  
Did not mean to do that, I love the pleats!  
But oh well I still love this dress! 
And miss Anita loves it too!
I can’t go wrong with purple and pink!
That awesome Japanese fabric is from miss matatabi.  I bought it almost a year ago and I don’t see it in her store anymore, but she has the most amazing fabrics and I love getting my orders from her!  The purple one is weave by moda I bought at my local fabric store Kreaktiv, they don’t have a web page.
I made size 4 and the dress length and it fits spot on.   But I have a feeling that the ones I sent to my nieces were too small, but I hope they can wear them as a tunic for at least some time.  
Love
Dagbjört

Conquering the fear of the invisible zipper!

I’ve had this pattern since last June, but never got up the nerve to sew it.  First of, this dress has an invisible zipper, which I have been terrified of doing after a total failure on a pair of pants for Anita.  Luckily she is such a flagpole that I was able to skip it and just do an elastic waist on those pants. Second, I have been waiting for the perfect combo of fabrics for this amazing dress.  
And third, the invisible zipper thing.
At last the stars aligned, I had the perfect fabrics and decided I just had to conquer that fear!
The pattern is the Louisa Dress from Compagnie M.

I made the horizontal split back with piping and fully lined.
I guess my zipper could be a little more hidden but oh well, better luck next time!
I don’t have an invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine and since I used white piping 
I kind of like the contrast it gives.
Anita is three and a half years old now, I sewed up a size 4 for her.  It’s a bit roomy 
but I like that she will be able to wear it for some time as it is just so darn cute! 
As for the fabrics.  The solid color one is interweave chambray in sorbet from imagine gnats
It looks like she is out of that color, but there are some other great colors there, 
it is so so soft and nice to work with.
If you are into sewing and follow a sewing blog or two you probably know that the butterfly 
fabric is from cotton + steel the Moonlit collection called The Monarchy Bysantine.  
I got it from the Miss Matatabi store on Etsy.  
I have had the hardest time selecting which cotton + steel fabric to buy, 
I just love them all, so if anybody would want to send me some bolts of them 
I totally wouldn’t mind at all!! 
Anita LOVES the great big pocket!
I am so glad I finally made this dress.  It was somewhat challenging to sew but in a very good way.  The instructions are really good and walk you through the entire process.  
I will for sure make it again, maybe in one of the other versions, 
when I stumble up on the perfect fabrics again.
Anita was sick during this photoshoot, so I had to rush through taking pictures of three dresses, the one in my previous post, this one and the one in my next post.  
I see my lighting was off as in the very sharp shadows and my backdrop is all wrinkly.  But we will just have to live with that for now and hope for better results next time. 
Love
Dagbjört.

A little late but – Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you all had a great holiday with your loved ones!  We sure did!  After WAY too much eating and not exercising at all over the holidays, I am trying to get into jogging again and so far it is going quite well.  Just hope I’ll be able to keep it up.
I have been sewing some lately and my head is full of ideas on what I want to make.
I made christmas presents for my incredibly cute nieces and I made Anita a christmas dress but I never got around to make a shirt and a tie for Viktor as I had planed.  Since the holidays I have made to more dresses for Anita and a T-shirt for Viktor and next up are some pants to go along with it.
I thought I’d start by sharing Anitas Christmas dress.

I used Look 1 from Volume One from five and ten designs.  It’s an easy straight forward
dress with a gathered skirt.
I used gold biastape for them hemline.  I like how it adds a tiny bit of a pop to the dress.
She was very happy with her purple and gold dress!
Love
Dagbjört

 

No pink stuff today!

I don’t sew pink dresses all the time! It’s about time I show off my little boy again.
I have made him quite a few raglan sweaters and he loves them.  I blogged about one here and two here and now I’m going to show you two more!

His pants are the Kudzo Cargos blogged about here.

I love the Recess Raglan pattern by See Kate Sew. It sews up so nice and fast and the possibilities to make it your own are endless!  It is so much fun to come up with new ways to cut it up for colorblocking, like I’ve done with these two.
 
He too knows how to put up a show like his sister!

I made one more last week, with a different colorblock.  I’ll have to try to get photos of that one soon.   I will for sure be making many more of these!
OK, that’s enough mom!!
Love 
Dagbjört

Gaman!

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

Portraits
… 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 dagbjort75@gmail.com
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??
Love
Dagbjört

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!
Love
Dagbjört