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.
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The perfect sweater!

I have discovered the most comfortable pattern – fabric combination ever!
You can just thank me in the comment section here below!
Keep reading and you will find a coupon at the end of this post, and believe me you
will want to use it!
This one is for me too, I’m getting comments from the kids now that I have made
enough clothes for me and it’s time to start making something for them again.
Here is the perfect sweater:

The pattern is the Day Tripper from Shwin Designs.
The pattern comes with an option of long or short sleeves, in seam pockets,
shoulder taps, high-low hem and three length options 24″, 26″ and 28″.
I made this one in small with the 26″ length.  I love the way it fits and paired with
this great quilted jersey from the Imagine Gnats store it is the most comfortable sweater
ever.  Rachel is out of this color but she has it it raspberry and taupe.
I have the raspberry one as well and I will probably make something for Anita out of that one.
Maybe I should make her the Apple Loungewear from Shwin Designs, which is the kids
version of the Day Tripper.
This was such a fun and fast sew that I made one more.
I was going to make this one in the 24″ length but I guess I had a blond moment and
cut it out more like 22″ but hey it works and I love this one as well.
This is sweater knit from stoff og stil.  I love this fabric too, it has stripes with
small golden spots, makes this sweater a bit fancier.
I promised you a coupon and here it is hop on over to Shwin Designs
and get the Day Tripper for $7 using the code DAYTRIPPER.
Please hurry because this is only valid today October 28th. 
Love
Dagbjört.
PS: This pattern was given to me as pattern ambassador for Shwin Design in exchange for my honest opinion.

Pattern Anthology: Unbiased

There is a new collection out from the amazing designers of Pattern Anthology called Unbiased.
It’s a bundle of four patterns for women using knit fabrics.  Actually it is much more than four patterns since all of them can be made as either a dress or a top, with different sleeve options and
different kind of finishing touches.
Totally worth every penny!
I had big plans to sew them all up and share them with you but you guys know how it is,
life usually gets in the way of those grand plans!  So I am pretty happy to share with you
two out of the four.
Lets start with the Diamond – girls best friend, right?

This pattern is designed by Shauna of Shwin Designs.
As you can see I made the peplum version with flared skirt and short sleeves.
First I made a muslin in size small to check the fit, because my measurements are like all over the place.  I found it a little big so for my final version I cut out extra small and flared the skirt piece out to a small.  For once I have made a top for myself that fits perfectly!
I accidentally cut the skirt piece on the fold, actually I cut two pieces on the fold and didn’t realize it until I had sewn the side seams together and thought it looked a little big as I was about to sew it to the bodice – hehe.  Instead of cutting it in two I decided to just have one seam and place it on the back and I am very happy with how it turned out with the print of the fabric.
This fabric I got as part of the August Knit Fix from Girl Charlee.  I love the print, it is thinner
than the knits I’m used to so it would probably not hold up very long if I had used it for something for the kids but it was great for this top.
Next up is my other friend, Gwen!
This one is designed by Kate of See Kate Sew.
A top again!  With elbow sleeves and shoulder contrast.
I didn’t make a muslin this time, just cut a size extra small blended to a medium at the hips.
The sleeves I blended from extra small to small, it wouldn’t have hurt if I had gone up to medium.
But it works, I’ll just take it easy on the biceps workouts for a while – wink wink!
I love how well I was able to match up the stripes – high five to myself!
The stripy fabric I bought at my local fabric store and the pink contrast fabric is laguna cotton jersey in cherry from the imagine gnats store.
I am one happy mama with two new tops that totally match my style and fit perfectly.
Both of these sew up pretty darn fast, matching up the fabric took the longest time.  The instructions are great as is to be expected from these sewing superstars.  I will for sure use these patterns again, who knows maybe I will make dresses next time around.  You guys will be the first to find out!
Now I just need to figure out fabric combos for the other two patterns in the bundle,
the Adora by Andrea Pannell and the Denver by Melissa Mora.
You can get the collection at 40 % discount until October 2 plus you will receive over $ 250 in coupons and a wardrobe planner.  All of the patterns come in a size range from XXS – XXXL!
So something for every body!
I was lucky enough to be given these patterns in exchange for sharing my creations
with you and giving my honest opinion.
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.

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