My Frida shorts!

I’ve been away on a camping trip with my family and we had such a great time. It’s great to get to go away and simplify your life for a little bit, although I must admit I really missed my sewing machine – LOL!
Before we left I made myself a pair of shorts, the brand new Frida shorts from Wardrobe by me to be specific.

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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

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

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 Garden Girl Collection: The McKenzie Tunic turned Dress.

Anita:  Mom, why do you make me so many dresses?
Me:  Hmmm, because I really like making them.
Is it possible that she has too many dresses?  
Nahhh, I girl can never have to many dresses!  Am I right?
She is very happy with her newest addition.  Of course she wanted to wear it to kindergarten today, but she agreed to pick out another one for today so she can wear the new one tonight when we attend Roberts graduation from 10th grade.
My to oldest don’t get profiled much here, or not at all.  I have only sewed one pair of pajama shorts for Robert, which he refused to model for this blog, and nothing for Hartmann.  I guess it’s a bit trickier to please 16 and 19 year old boys than the little ones.  Maybe one day – we’ll see!

Ok, now the star of this post

This is made from The McKenzie Tunic pattern from Shwin Designs.
It can be bought separately or as part of the Garden Girl Collection,
which then includes The Stella Tunic and leggings
I made her a size 4 and added 10 cm to the length.  That means that she is going to be able to use it for a long time.  First as a dress and then as a tunic, because she is so petite she has some room to grow into.
This was a breeze to sew and no buttons or zippers so it only took me a few hours too make.
The pattern pieces are perfectly made and the instruction are great.
With the deep opening in the back it’s easy to put on and take off.
I love the big pleats!
It even has some twirl factor!
I bought it from Urban Sew.
The gray is quilting cotton from Stof bought at my local store, Kreaktiv.
Now for some picture overload, but that’s ok right?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love
Dagbjört

Pleasing a picky little customer

I had mixed emotions when cutting out my fabric for the dress I am going to share with you today.
I truly loved the color palette I ended up with BUT I was not sure at all how my picky little customer would react.
Almost no pink, common how is that going to end well?!
Well…

She loved it!!
Declared even that these were her favorite colors!
Phew…. !
Let me introduce you to the Ishi Dress from straight-grain, if you don’t already know it.
I totally fell in love with this pattern when An the mastermind behind straight-grain used it to showcase some great fabrics from miss matatabi, and hoped she would make and sell the pattern.
So when she released it I was probably among the first ones to buy it!
But then started the heartache of choosing fabrics!
And the circles I went in, omg!
At some point I almost had all my fabric on the floor trying to come up with the right combo.
This dress is just sooooo perfect and I am so proud of how it turned out!
Anita wore it to a birthday party yesterday, and we got so many complements!
Then she insisted on wearing it to kindergarten today.  So maybe these are her new favorite colors after all, although I think the pockets are playing a big role in her excitement about her new dress!
I made size 4 with the slanted pockets.  I added some flat pink piping to the pockets.  I was going to add it to the princess seams as well, but I kind of messed it up so I dropped it this time around.
This dress has a hidden zipper in the back.  The second one I do, and it came out absolutely perfect!
I don’t have any photos to prove it, so you just have to trust me!
I got a hidden zipper foot for my new sewing machine and I guess that makes all the difference.
The main fabric is from Robert Kaufman called Modern Bliss by Andie Hanna, I believe I bought it from fabric.com but I can’t find it there now.  I have probably had it for about a year at least.  The pockets are made from Amy Bradley Designs for Timeless Treasures bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.
The centers of the flower blobs are almost the exact same lime color as the pockets.

There is really not much more to say about this great creation.

So if you sew you need to buy this pattern!
There is even an Ishi contest going on with some great prices, and if you like my dress 
I would love it if you vote for me when the voting starts at the beginning of July. 
Love
Dagbjört.

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.