Oxford dress is perfect for school!

Anita has had such a growth spurt this summer that almost all her knit dresses are now too small.  So what’s a sewing mom to do?  I think you can guess the answer, wink-wink!

By Dagbjørt

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My wardrobe made by me.

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I’m bringing home a guest post I wrote for Wardrobe by me.  I’m so glad that Christina stumbled across my little blog last year and so so so thankful for everything I have learned from being on her pattern testing team!

I have only been sewing for myself for about a year now and that was never even my intension when I dug my sewing machine out from the attic four years ago.  My big plan was to sew something simple like circle skirts for my daughter.  I had no idea that this great online sewing community existed let alone all these talented indie pattern designers.  It is totally awesome!

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My little lady in her London Dress

Anita has declared that she needs new summer dresses and she has grown so much this winter that I totally agree with her.  She has also been going through my fabric stash and claiming what she wants, which is pretty much everything that has flowers on it or a hint of pink or purple.  So I better get this party started!

Like that’s not enough she also wants a long dress.  I’ve been on the fence about that cause I’m not a huge fan of maxi dresses on little girls.  Then Shwin Designs launched the London Dress so I thought one maxi length dress wouldn’t hurt.

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My Nina

Alright, since it’s almost summer I guess it’s fitting that I share my new wool coat with faux fur collar.  On a side note, first day of summer is actually a national holiday in Iceland and was on April 21.  So at least it would be fitting if I was planning on spending my summer in Iceland because you never no what kind of weather you’ll be getting and need to be prepared for it all.  But I’m not, so maybe we could all just pretend that I am extremely great at planning ahead and that I now have a new coat all ready for fall!  But my friends and family know that’s just one big lie.  So I guess my reason is that I have had this wool fabric for some time now and then the Nina Coat pattern from Shwin Designs came along and I saw a match and wanted to give it try.

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Kicking off the summer sewing with a McKenzie Dress

It seems Anita is getting taller by the day.  Almost all her dresses from last year are now tunics.  So either I need to make her a bunch of shorts to wear with them this summer or I can just make new dresses.  Knowing my girl it’s not even a question – new dresses coming right up!

First in the series of summer dresses for Anita 2016 is a Mckenzie from Shwin Designs.

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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

A Christmas dress fit for a princess!

I finally have Anitas Christmas dress ready!
It only happens like every 5 years or so that I have everything ready for the holidays some
time in advance.  Who am I kidding I thing it has only happened once and that
was last year, so lets say every 39 years!
Thankfully Anitas dress was a very quick project.

This is the perfect dress if you are in a hurry and need a dress fit for a princess ASAP.
The pattern is only 12 pages so it’s super fast to print – tape – trace and cut out your pieces.
It has two circle skirts.  So it is PERFECT for a twirling fanatic.  I added one more layer of some kind of silvery soft tulle for more sparkling effect.
I made Anita a size 4 with the size 5 length.
To make this an even faster project to finish I hemmed with biastape as I wasn’t in
the mood to fold down the long hem of two circle skirts.
The fabric is heavy metal fabric by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabric from Glam Fabrics.
I don’t know the name of the fabric I used for the lining and the inner skirt, but it is gray and it
also has some silver sparkles in it.
This is the perfect dress for a little princess, pink, sparkly and twirly!
The snowman family in the background was made by my grandmother.
Almost all my Christmas decorations were made by her and putting them up fills me
with all the great memories I have of my grandparents.  They were really
extraordinary fantastic people.
It was dark all day so it was difficult to get good pictures so these will have
to do.  We did the best we could with what we had, isn’t that in a way
what Christmas should be about anyway?
I wish you all a very happy holiday and thank you so much for following
me on my sewing journey!
Lots of Love
Dagbjört
PS: This pattern was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.