The Garden Girl Collection: The Stella Tunic and Leggings

The last but certainly not the least in the Garden Girl Collection


How cute is that?!
Business in front…
Party in the back!
Hahaha, but in a very cute way!!
I adore the high-low hem of the skirt and the pointy collar makes it oh so sophisticated.
This pattern is a little more advanced than the other two in the collection because
of all the buttonholes.  I don’t mind doing buttonholes though, and my new sewing machine
does them automatically and they look really nice.  I do however get stressed out a little bit
when sewing on so many buttons in a row, cause if the spacing is off you will have some
puckering and that does not look good right there in the center of your garment.
The buttons hit spot on this time, pheeew!
If you want you can continue adding buttons down the skirt piece as well,
but I wasn’t about to temp faith by adding two more!
You might notice that I put the buttonholes on the left side instead of the right?
Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all!  
And besides my almost four year old couldn’t care less!
Other than placing the buttons this came together quite fast and easy.
The pattern pieces printed out perfectly and the instructions are very clear.
The bodice is fully lined so it looks very nice on the inside as well.
The pattern has options for sleeveless or cap sleeves.  Although I’m
a sucker for cap sleeves I opted to go with sleeveless this time cause
I loved the slight racer back look on that version.
I made Anita a size 4 and it fits perfect, there is some room so she can wear
a thin long sleeved t-shirt underneath for cooler days.
Which lets face it will be most days in this part of the world!
There is also a pattern for the leggings.  They are straight forward slim fitting leggings.
I should have sized down the width cause Anita is mostly skin and bones,
but I forgot and coming fall/winter we will have to layer with some 
long johns anyway.
All I had on hand for the leggings was this light pink jersey so I added
the flowers to the knees to give them some more color.
The fabric is Playful, cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel by Melody Miller,
bought from Miss Matatabi.  Looks like she is out of this print, but no worries she has
a great selection of cotton + steel fabrics and also really cool Japanese fabrics.
Her etsy shop is one of those dangerous places for sewing addicts!! 
There really should pop up some kind of warning before entering!
And now for Anita’s signature:
She’s got the moves like Jagger
Both of us love the Garden Girl Collection, see here and here.
Anita gets so many complements and having made her outfits gives
me this nice fuzzy proud feeling inside.  I’m so glad I took up sewing!
Thanks for stopping by and go check out Shwin Designs for some great patterns.
Shauna also has a whole bunch of free patterns on her blog.
Love
Dagbjört
Ps:  I bought the Garden Girl Collection before joining the Shwin Designs ambassador program and all opinions are completely mine!
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Shorts = Summer?

We are trying to stay optimistic that there will be summer here this year so I keep
sewing summer clothes for the kiddos.
Now it was Viktors turn, and he wanted shiny shorts!
Oh boy how am going to pull that off, I thought!
So together we looked through my fabrics and he found this great cotton + steel xoxo in green
I bought from Miss Matatabi.
So green and gold shorts I made.

The only thing was that I barely had half a meter of this fabric
and it was so close being enough for the shorts.
But you either have enough or you don’t!
We started digging through fabrics again and then I remembered another cotton+stell fabric
I had, Arrows in navy metallic, which I bought from The Laughing House.  It is sold out there now.
Perfect match!
I used the Kid Shorts pattern by Made in size 6
This is a simple pattern with lot of options and possibilities to make them your own style.
I made them last summer as well, such a quick little project.
Ok, lets turn to his shirt.  I was going to make him a tank to go with his shorts.
Like I said we still have hope that summer will come to us.  I didn’t have any solid color knit
in my stash that could go with those busy shorts and in Norway stores are closed on Sundays.
I really wanted to take these photos yesterday though so I could post this today.
As he was trying on his new shorts I noticed that the undershirt he was wearing was actually
the perfect navy color so I decided to just spruce it up a bit with some gold fabric paint I had.
We love how it turned out, even though the shirt is old and worn and kind of stretched out.
I guess when you are as good looking as this young dude you make everything look good!
Love
Dagbjört

KCW: My Prepster Lion.

And now its time to show off my other Wild Thing!
Here is Viktor in his Prepster Pullover from Blank Slate Patterns.
I might be an overly positive person, but this is yet another great pattern I sew up.
I’m always a little nervous sewing collars to shirts, but this one came together
beautifully in first try!
I made it in size 6 and it fits just the way I wanted it to.
I’m pretty proud off how nicely I managed to line up the pocket!
Awww that cute face!
The fabric is Monarch Aqua from Cotton + Steel, I bought it from Miss Matatabi.
I hope you are ready for some picture overload of my handsome young guy!

The pants are old jeans from H&M which were too short and I just cut
off the legs and made them into shorts.
I zigzagged the edged so they wouldn’t fray too much. 

That’s it folks!
Love
Dagbjört.

What do you know – another dress!

I have a dress to share with you again.  What a surprice – right?!  
This one I actually made three of, but I can only show you one of them as the other two were christmas presents.
The dress is the Maggie Mae from Shwin Designs.

I love the curved colorblocking.
This one was the last one of the three so I didn’t even look at the instructions  
If you know this pattern you have probably seen that I changed it up a bit 
even though it was totally unintentionally.   
I even just realized this now myself as I write this post.
I gathered the skirt instead of doing the pleats!  
Did not mean to do that, I love the pleats!  
But oh well I still love this dress! 
And miss Anita loves it too!
I can’t go wrong with purple and pink!
That awesome Japanese fabric is from miss matatabi.  I bought it almost a year ago and I don’t see it in her store anymore, but she has the most amazing fabrics and I love getting my orders from her!  The purple one is weave by moda I bought at my local fabric store Kreaktiv, they don’t have a web page.
I made size 4 and the dress length and it fits spot on.   But I have a feeling that the ones I sent to my nieces were too small, but I hope they can wear them as a tunic for at least some time.  
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.

My happy dude!

It just melts my heart that Viktor and Anita really love the clothes I make them – so far at least!  
Viktor has been waiting patiently all week to wear his new clothes to daycare so last night we had a quick photo shot so he could wear it today.  And this morning Anita threw a massive tantrum because she wanted to wear her blue dress ( the skater dress ) but it needs to be washed so after a lot of bargaining she put on the clothes I had found for her.
Back to Viktors outfit.  I made him a pair of Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns 

For the Recess Raglan I used a rib knit in jade and orange from stoff og stil.  I added some color blocking to the sleeves and a band at the bottom.  I also stenciled some skulls on the front also bought at stoff og stil.  Viktor picked the motive by the way!  I followed the instructions and ironed after 24 hours and washed it after 48 hours, but the images faded after that wash I’m not sure if it is meant to or if I did something wrong.  But Viktor didn’t mind so I guess all is good.  
I felt like a total rebel when making this shirt, first changing up the pattern like that and then I didn’t follow the instructions when sewing it up because I like it better when the cuffs are sewn on after the sleeves and the side seams are done so I don’t end up with the tail from the serger at the end of the sleeve.  
I guess it doesn’t take much for me to rebel  –  LOL!

Ok, lets move on to the tree climber trousers.  I am still a little bit intimidated by sewing pants, 
but these came together quite smoothly and surprisingly fast.  
I made a size 5 with no alterations and they fit great.   

This is where I used that awesome fabric I talked about in my last post.  It is a reversible Japanese corduroy I bought from miss matatabi.  She sells the most gorgeous fabrics I have ever seen.  
The photos above don’t really show off the pants or the fabric so here are some close ups.
Aren’t those great?!  For the pockets I used the other side of the fabric.
And as you can see he is one happy dude!

I want to thank you guys for all your nice comments!  They really mean a whole lot to me, and although I love getting comments from my family and friends it is super special to see that I get visits and compliments from fellow sewing enthusiasts.  
THANK YOU!
Love
Dagbjört