Penny Dress

Well hello!
I’m still here even though May didn’t turn out quite as productive on the sewing front as I had hoped.  It took me some time to decide what to make, there where a couple of long weekends and I got hooked on Mad Men.  When I get hooked on something I just can’t stop until it’s done!  I only have a few episodes left and then I’ll dive into my lovely fabric stash again. 
So far I have only sewed from pdf patterns and this time I thought I’d try sewing from an e magazine.  I know it’s basically the same thing but I thought maybe the instructions wouldn’t be as detailed.  At least when I was reading through them before cutting my fabric it all seemed so much harder.  But then when I had all my fabric pieces in front of me it all made sense. 

I made the Penny Dress from issue 6 of One Thimble magazine.
This is the first e-zine I buy, and it is great!  It includes 10 patterns and a whole lot of articles on sewing.  Perfect for a sewing geek in training!
With the Penny Dress I liked how you can play around with fabric combos.
And those pockets!  Anita loves the big pockets!
I will probably find a lot of treasures in there before washing it.
I made her a size 4 as I have been doing lately and the fit is great, a little roomy but that’s how we like it.  She doesn’t like to wear clothes that are tight and when we are at home she only runs around in her underpants so she likes her freedom.  Just like her mom, I am told!  I have outgrown that habit by now in case you were wondering.
The main fabric is called Hello Petal Jump Rope in pink from Aneela Hoey, bought from 
Urban Sew looks like it’s out of stock there now.  The purple is quilting cotton from Stof bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
Do you like her shoes?
She had her heart set on wearing her slippers and nothing could change that!!
We are happy we have found yet another pattern we like.  What I love about pdf patterns is the size range you usually get the patterns in, like this one goes from size 1 – 10 so you can get a lot of use out of your patterns.
There was too much direct sunlight when I took these photos so I ended up with a lot of unpleasant shadows that I had to try to edit out, which made my final photos quite grainy.
I am sure that is just do to lack of know how on my behalf.  No matter how much I read or am told about camera settings and all that picture taking stuff, it just doesn’t get saved in my brain.  I might have to outsource that part of this sewing-blogging adventure of mine.
We had fun as usual.  Anita danced around and sang one of her self composed songs.
And talked a little bit to the trees.
Now I better get to selecting my fabrics for my next dress which is also a pattern for multiple fabrics.
Love
Dagbjört.

KCW: Pink Stallions!

I really wanted to sew along with kids clothes week this time 
cause I had the perfect fabrics for the theme – Wild Things.
But I had to do my sewing last week because my in-laws will be visiting this week.
I managed to finish what I had planned and today I’ll share Anitas wild thing outfit.
If you read my last post you might remember that I said my next post would also 
feature patterns from Jennuine Design.
Tada!
Here you have the Haven Acres Blouse and the Dressage Leggings.

Pink stallions are pretty wild, right?!
And riding pants too?!
I made both a size 5.  The top fits perfect I think, but the leggings are a bit to big.
But I don’t mind cause I’m hoping for a really warm summer and if I get my wish they
wont be worn much until fall.  So fingers crossed!
I didn’t use the elastic for the sleeves because my local fabric store didn’t have
the right width on stock, but I think they look nice with out it as well.
I wanted to hold on to the length of the blouse so I hemmed it with bias tape.
For the blouse I used Mustang in pink from cotton + steel.  I bought mine from
The Laughing House.  It doesn’t look like she has this color in stock anymore,
but she has lots of nice fabrics and great customer service.
For the leggings I used fabric from my local fabric stores, the pink is from
Kreaktive (they are not online) and the denim color is from stoff og stil.
The patterns are both easy to follow and well written.
The leggings are not a fast sew, at least not for me.
But they are totally worth the time!

Now if only Anita could go riding with auntie Ásta in her new riding clothes!
Next up is Viktor.
Love
Dagbjört.

The Verona Dress.

I really wasn’t going to buy any more patterns for a while,
 cause I kind of have plenty already – even some I haven’t sewn up yet.
But then all my favorite designers start launching new patterns for spring! 
And who am I kidding – I have no self control!!
After following the blog tour for the Verona Dress from Jennuine Design
I just had to have that pattern.

See what I mean – isn’t this a great dress?
Anita is very happy as usual with the clothes I make for her.
The pattern comes with many different sleeve options, I did the cap sleeves 
and I love the little notches in them!  There is also an option for cute pockets, 
I would have added them if I had made the dress in a solid color.  
There is always next time around, right?
There are no buttons or zippers to sew – yay!
It fits ok over her head but I should have made the notch 
at the back just a little bit deeper.  
The skirt is done with french seems and I really love 
how nice and clean it looks on the inside.  
The elastic at the back is also a really nice touch.
I made Anita a size 4 and it fits great.
And twirls great
Both fabrics I got from the remnant bin at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv. 
The pattern printed out nicely and everything lined up perfectly 
and the instructions were easy to follow.
It doesn’t show all that well but I sewed the collar down with some sequins 
and tiny pearls I got from my late grandmother.  
She was and is my greatest inspiration and role model.  
I have lots of items made by her and they are my most 
precious treasures.  She knitted, sewed, did all kinds of needlework, 
made pottery, made things out of glass.
She could do everything and oh so perfectly and with so much love!
Me and my happy girl in her pretty new dress thank you for stopping by!  
My next post just might include some more from Jennuine Design.
Love
Dagbjört

Nice and comfy!

In this post I’m going to continue with a comfortable outfit for active kids,
and this time Viktor is the star of the show.
Once again I played around with colorblocking the Recess Raglan pattern
My original plan was to use the Explorer Hoodie pattern,
but in the end I went with what I knew.
I definitely will sew up the Explorer Hoodie another time though.
The pants are the Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.

Both of these patterns are very easy and sew up fast.  The possibilities for mixing them up with different fabcrics and creating different styles are endless.
The pants are a size 5.
Maybe I should have lengthen them a bit so that they would last longer,
but that really dosen’t matter because I’ll happily make him new ones when he outgrows them.
I love the tapered legs.
I am tempted to get the grown up version and make a pair for myself.
I don’t think I have too say much about the Recess Raglan, except that I love it!
I posted about it here, here and here.  I also have a few I haven’t gotten around to take
pictures off and blog about.
And as you can see from the photo overload ahead you can do anything in this outfit!

 

… martial arts

 

… jump around

 

… run

 

… jump some more

 

… play baseball

 

… ninja fighting

 

… play gotcha

 

… and be a superhero!
Needless to say Viktor approves!
O and the fabric I bought at Stoff og Stil.
With that we wish all of you who celebrate Easter a very happy holiday!
Love
Dagbjört

The Ponderosa Dress

Alrighty then, lets talk about a pink dress yet again shall we!
Anita basically only wants to wear dresses and even though they are usually very cute they aren’t all that practical on cold days in kindergarten.  But I guess long sleeved knit dresses are the best option for those situations, and I have made a few so far even though I haven’t posted them all here.  
So today that’s the kind I want to show you!

This is the Ponderosa Dress, a pattern by Elegance & Elephants.  Which was one of the first sewing blogs I started to follow.  I love her patterns and I have sewn up quite a few of them by now, the bubble pocket shorts are one of my favorites and I plan on making some more of those again for Anita before sommer hits us.
Like all of E&E’s patterns everything is spot on, pattern pieces come together easily and the instructions are great.  The only thing that was a bit tricky with this one was the neck binding and that was mostly I think because my old sewing machine couldn’t handle all those layers at ones.  But now I have a brand new machine so I’m sure it will go much better next time around!
I made Anita a size 4 and the fit is spot on.
Of course we need some dance moves!
The fabric is from Art Gallery called Orni which I ordered from Imagine Gnats.  I couldn’t find it on her site now so I guess it is sold out there.  The stripy fabric I got at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
I asked her to smile but I’m not quite sure what she thinks she is doing here.  
Most of our photos from this photo shot were like this and the more 
I told her to smile the worse it got!  
I guess she is a bit out of practice after our winter hibernation!
And then there was Noi – our photobomber!
Finally daddy came along and made a funny face and all was good!
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

 

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
  

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