Kicking off the summer sewing with a McKenzie Dress

It seems Anita is getting taller by the day.  Almost all her dresses from last year are now tunics.  So either I need to make her a bunch of shorts to wear with them this summer or I can just make new dresses.  Knowing my girl it’s not even a question – new dresses coming right up!

First in the series of summer dresses for Anita 2016 is a Mckenzie from Shwin Designs.

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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.