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

 

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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
  

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.
Love
Dagbjört.

 

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.
Love
Dagbjört  

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.