Wardrobe builder

Are you looking for a t-shirt pattern but can’t quite decide on the style you want?
A v-neck, crew neck scoop neck, sleeve length and so on.
Don’t worry in this blog post I’ll solve that problem for you!
I was so lucky to be one of the testers for Wardrobe by me new pattern,

Believe me – you NEED this pattern!!
It includes 5 necklines: Crew, scoop, deep scoop, v-neck and boat neckline
5 sleeve lengths: Long, 3/4, elbow, short, cap and sleeveless.
3 body lengths: Hip, hip + 5″ and curved hem.
Optional ruching at the side seam.
With all these options you can make over 100 different t-shirts from just the one pattern!
In my book that is one heck of a deal!
In the testing process I made three versions.  I started with a short sleeve v-neck
and the hip + 5″ body length.  In the final pattern the v is a bit deeper than in this one.
I made size 4 graded to a 8 at the hips.
For this one I used Art Gallery fabric bought from Imagine Gnats.
The second one I made is the scooped neck with 3/4 sleeves and the same length.
I love that length cause it goes with both jeans and leggings.
For this one I made size 4 and just graded to 6.  This fabric I bought from Girl Charlee, I think
it was in the August Knit Fix pack.  It is much thinner than the Art Gallery fabric.
The sleeves are a bit more fitted in the final pattern.
For the final one during testing I made the boat neck with the side seam rushing,
the same sleeve length and body length as the previous one.
I love this one!
The fabric is hit parade from Andover Fabrics bought from Imagine Gnats again.
The size is 4 gradet to a 6.
Here in black&white you see the rushing a little bit better.
The pattern and instructions are great.  It has layered options so you can print only
the size you want, that really helps with all the different neckline options in this pattern.
The pattern also has no trim pages.  I’m not a big fan of that though because I like to fold my
printed pattern and store in a plastic folder and you can’t really do that when the pages overlap.
I have one more good news for you guys!
The Wardrobe Builder pattern is on SALE for only $ 7.00  until this Friday!!

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Eleanor and Stella

I’m still here!
This month has been crazy busy.  I started working at a new place so now
I’m not making glasses anymore but assisting an ophthalmologist.  It’s a mix of a new and
old practice, we just opened at a new location and setting everything up and
learning new routines has been challenging but very fun.
I did manage to get some sewing in this month as well.
I tested a new pattern that was just released, I’ll show you in a couple of days.

Today I’ll show you my January project for Shwin Designs – just in the nick of time!
Believe me its not because the patterns were so difficult it took me a whole month to
get them done.  It’s more of a find time to take photos problem!

Here is the Eleanor Dress/Top.
I obviously made the top version because I didn’t have enough
of this cute sweater fabric from miss matatabi for a dress.
At first I wasn’t sure if I should add the collar but I’m so glad I did cause otherwise
it would just have been another regular sweater.  
Because you need a bottom piece as well to go with a sweater and Anita
isn’t a big fan of pants I used the leggings pattern from the Stella to make her a
pair of leggings from a nice soft jersey with brushed back.
I made her a size 5 and I was afraid it would be to big on her but she has
been going through a growth spurt these past weeks so the sizing was perfect.
The photo bomber is Noi our dear old Whippet who is turning 12 this spring.
Both of these came together so fast, the pattern and the instructions are spot on.
I love the dress version as well, it has kind of that cocoon shape that is so popular now and
I love the pleats.
Anita is happy with her new clothes and that makes sewing so satisfying. 
I’ll be back before you know it with some more sewing stuff.
Love 
Dagbjört

Happy New Year!

I had a very good 2015 both sewing and otherwise.
I turned 40 and in celebration of that milestone I and my best friends since childhood,
who also all turned 40 in 2015, went to New York together.
And boy did we have a good time!
We went on a summer holiday with my in-laws and then I got to hang
out with my side of the family in New York.  So I got a chance to spend time
time with all the important people in our lives.
We are all happy and healthy!
Me in Heaven – aka Mood Fabrics New York.
Sewing related, I got a new sewing machine for my birthday – Happy happy!
I got a chance to join the Shwin Designs ambassador team and got the opportunity to
test a few patterns for Wardrobe by me.
I am so thankful for those opportunities and I hope I get to continue along
those lines in 2016.  I love being a small part of the online sewing community,
it is such a fun, loving and supportive group of people.
I finally have confirmation that the presents for my little nieces and my brand new
nephew have arrived only about a week to late – all my mistake!
So now I can share them here.  I joined in on the mermaid tail francy and used

 

The girls said it was what they have always wanted and my kids have already
put in orders for their own so I better get out of this holiday mode and start sewing.
For my nephew I used the baggy trousers pattern from Nosh, it is a free pattern but it is in
Finnish so I got some help from Google Translate along the way.  I love the style of these
and plan on making some for Viktor.
I also made him the Rowan Tee from Titchy Threads.
The fabric is Duncan and Kate, I think maybe I bought it from Kitshy-Coo but I’m not sure.
The navy one for the pants is stretch french terry from Imagine Gnats
I made the six months old size and my gosh this is sooo tiny, I guess I have forgotten
how small babies are.
I also owed Mila a birthday present so she got the Little Girls Skater Dress from
Kitschy-coo.  Anita has several of these and they are in heavy rotation.  In fact
she has exactly the same dress and she loves her princess dress.
I used Lillestoff organic cotton jersey I bought from Stoffrullene.no
That about sums it up!
Love
Dagbjört.

Lounge wear.

The very first thing I do when I come home from work is to change clothes.
I don’t feel that my workday is over until I have done that.
Usually my lounge wear consists of a pair of leggings, a long sleeve t-shirt and a cardigan.
That doesn’t sound so terrible but I should add that I haven’t upgraded my lounge wear
for many many years so there might be some holes and permanent stains and what not.
Guess what I now have an upgrade
and I think I should share it with you my sewing friends!
I got to test some more patterns for Wardrobe by Me, I know I’m so lucky!

This is the urban sweat pants and hoodie!  You can buy them as a bundle here
or just the pants here or just the hoodie here.
I have to admit I was afraid of making pants for myself.
I hate trying on pants because of my pear shape, it is so hard finding I pair I like
and I never thought I would make pants for myself.
Both these patterns were a breeze to sew!
Everything went perfectly together and the fit is great.
I made the hoodie in size 4 and the pants in size 8.
Now I have some awesome lounge wear I actually can wear outside.
I’m wearing this as I type this and I even had this on when I took my kids to
preschool today, I never do that with my worn out leggings!
Christina has a sale going on in her shop until November 10th,
use code Selfishsewing and get 20% off.  It is good for all her patterns.
Check out her cute dress patterns as well, I will be back soon with my take
on one of her dresses.
Love
Dagbjört.

My handsome guy is back!

The kids are finally getting some new mommy made clothes!
First up is my handsome little guy, who actually isn’t so little anymore. He has grown so much lately that almost everything I made him last winter is getting too small.  So I just need to roll up my sleeves and make him some new clothes, oh how I love my chores!
To start off I printed out some Titchy Thread patterns.
This was my first time using her patterns and they did not disappoint!  I have been wanting to make the Twisted trousers ever since they first came out.  Of course he needs some sweaters as well so I thought some Rowan tee’s would be in order.

Both of these patterns were a joy to work with.
The pattern pieces are perfect and the instruction are great and easy to follow.
And all those options!!!
I love the twisted seam, such a fun and unique detail.  Perfect for piping.  This pattern is all about the little details, there is even a teeny tiny coin pocket and a slanted belt loop at the back.
Obviously for the sweater I did the hooded version with the kangaroo pocket
and the contrast full arm stripe.
The fly is faux so no zipper – easy peasy, and the waistband is done with rib and elastic – fast on and off.  Which is a must for this guy because he is always so consumed in what he is doing and leaves it until the very last minute to go to the bathroom.
For the pants I used denim with some stretch I bought on sale at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
The Gekko fabric I bought from stoffrullene, looks like it’s sold out there though.
It is a gorgeous quality Lillestoff jersey.
Viktor has been so fascinated with reptiles lately and when we were in Danmark on our
summer holiday we visited a rainforest park and  he was so taken with the gekkos and he got
to touch a snake, he was so happy.  They each got to choose a toy from the gift store and he chose
a gekko teddy bear.  Later we went to another zoo and there he also chose a gekko at the gift store.
So when I saw this fabric on sale when we got home I just had to get it for him.
Since the Rowan Tee with the hood and the kangaroo pocket came so quickly together
I had do whip up a basic one in this cool penguin fabric I bought from Miss Matatabi.
It is a reversible double knit, I bought it last year so I’m not sure she has it anymore and
I’m afraid to look through her listings to find out cause I would probably end up buying something.
Everything is made in size 6 and the fit is great.
If I can find some more nice fabric for pants I would love to make the lined version of
the twisted trousers, nice for the cold winter months ahead.
And now I need to start working on something for Anita!
Love
Dagbjört

More fall sewing.

I made two more things before we went on vacation.
Both were for Anita, pants and a top.

There are options for 3/4 sleeves as well which I think are super cute,
but Anita isn’t a fan so we went with the short sleeve version and they are great
for layering as you can see.  This is a super easy pattern and with the dolman sleeves
it sews up very fast.  Gathering the ruffles is the only time consuming part.
Anita is turning 4 tomorrow (finally she has been waiting for this day for 6 months now!)
but she is petite so this time I made the size 3 but
with the length of size 4.
I only added two ruffles because I thought with those fabrics it was busy enough,
and I got lazy.
The fabrics are from my local fabric store Kreaktiv (no webside).
Unlike the Angry Birds fabric from my last post The Frozen fabric holds up well.
I love the striped ribbing.
The pants are The Lovely Rita Skinnies also from Shwin Designs.
I did the same thing with the sizing on the pants as the top,
size 3 with the length of size 4.  Which probably would have worked if I had
made sure my fabric had at least 20% stretch as is recommended in the pattern.
It is some kind of stretch denim just not nearly stretchy enough.  Luckily I had Anita try them on
before adding the waistband and hemming, and she complained they were too small which they totally were.  I didn’t have enough fabric to cut out a new size and no time to go buy more fabric.
So I took the outer leg seams apart and added a 2cm strip of the same fabric (plus seam allowance).
I almost just threw them away because I really really hate taking stuff apart,
but I’m glad I stuck with it cause it worked out great.
So a thing to remember if the instructions call for some specifics regarding fabric
choices there is usually a reason for it.  Other than that mistake of mine this
came together without a hitch.
For the waistband I used ribbed knit with an elastic inside, super easy and
comfortable for Anita.
Both the denim and the rib knit are from Stoff og Stil.
Anita had no time for this photoshoot so I didn’t get many usable photos this time
but she is happy with her new clothes.
These patterns were given to me for my honest opinion and I would never
recommend anything I couldn’t stand behind.
Love
Dagbjört

The post with six pieces of clothing!

Warning, this is a long post.  I hope you make it to the end!
We have one more week of summer holiday and we are having so much fun!
I wish it could last forever!
We spent a little over a week in Denmark with my in-laws and my sister in-law and
part of her family.  Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest to start with we had so much fun.
We just hung out, ate some really good food and enjoyed spending time together.
We went to a zoo and a rainforest park and sent the big kids to a theme park.
I’m not sure whether the kids or my sister in-law had more fun patting the animals! 🙂
Before we left I sewed up a bunch of clothes for the kids that I wanted to photograph on our trip.
Since summer goes by so fast – way to fast, I’m starting on the fall wardrobe.
Today I’ll show you no less than six pieces of clothing for my little munchkins!

Lets start with the newly released Domi Sweat Pants from Sofilantjes.
These are the perfect pants for kids that like to run around and play.
Since it is my experience that the knees alway wear out on pants and I doubt I’m the only one with that problem, I added knee patches.  I just winged the size and placement, sewed the top and bottom
of the patches to the front leg pieces and than I topstitched around all the stars on the patches to keep them better in place.
I found this really cool stitch on my sewing machine called hem stitch and I used it to
sew the pockets and the knee patches on the front leg pieces.
These were easy and fast to put together, instructions are clear and they go
all the way up to size 14!  You can make them full length, 3/4 length or bermuda shorts length,
with round pockets or square pockets.
So a lot of options and this pattern will last us for many years!
Now I’m going to bombard you with photos of Viktor showing off his badminton skills,
but stick around to see the other four pieces in this post!

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t he look like a pro?  Specially with his tongue sticking out, hahaha!
The fabrics are all from Stoff og Stil.
So then we went for a walk to the beach and when we got there it was very handy that I
had made the 3/4 length as well cause of course they wanted to get their feet wet.
Since they were having so much fun they had no time to pose for us,
so the photos don’t give these shorts the credit they deserve.
The camera lens fogged up due to the change in humidity so it looks like it was a very foggy day.
Makes for kind of a cool effect though.

 

 

I usually don’t like those character prints, but I figured Viktor would
so I bought this Angry Birds knit at my local fabric store.
I’m so disappointed with it, it wasn’t cheap and it doesn’t wash up well!
You can kind of see it in the first photo.
The hedgehog fabric I used for Anitas shorts is great though, also bought at
my local fabric store.
After a while the shorts got wet and came off and they continued to have fun
only on their underpants, which is totally fine when you are only 4 and 5 1/2!
And that brings me to the final two pieces, the sweaters.
This pattern I have used before.  It is the Cupcake Top by Sewing Mama Raeanna.
It’s a nice and simple t-shirt with a cute and very popular kangaroo pocket.
You can add ruffles to the sleeves, bottom and pocket as well, but this time I went without.
Here you can see my other cupcake tops.
I used that cool hem stitch to sew the pocket and for all the hemming.
For Viktor everything is made in size 6 and for Anita size 4.
I just have to share some more photos because they are just so great for ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sticking around through this VERY long post!
Love
Dagbjört