Warm jackets for the kids!

Winter is slowly but surely creeping up on us whether I like it or not,
and it doesn’t look like we will be getting a summer house somewhere in the
southern hemisphere this year (or any other year for that matter).
I guess I had a feeling this would be the case and I’m glad I bought some lovely
wool fabric at Mood Fabrics when I was in N.Y. with my besties celebrating
our big Four Zero this fall.
I used those beautiful fabrics to make jackets for my two youngest ones.
It was the loveliest day when we took our photos so be ready for picture overload in this post!
I was going to blog about the jackets in separate posts but there are some discount codes
going on that I didn’t want you to miss out on.

I’ll start with the young dude.
For him I used The Jude Jacket pattern from Shwin Designs.
I made him a size 7 since this jacket is quite fitted and I wanted to make sure he
could wear a thick sweater underneath and I didn’t want to make a jacket that would
only last for a short time.
I need to fix the three lowest buttons, I had to hurry up and finish before we
lost the lighting for our photoshoot.  I usually don’t like to go back to my projects
after I finish them but this time I will because we absolutely love this jacket!
So for the rest of this post please ignore my sloppy button sewing.
The pattern comes with an optional chest pocket.  I knew my boy would like pockets
to carry all the treasures he finds along the way so I made the pocket piece a little
bigger, I think about an inch, and added lining to make it a bit sturdier.  And as you can see
placed them lower.
I bought some leather elbow patches at Stoff og Stil and used for the crest on the sleeve and
for some contrast on one the pockets.  The buttons are from Stoff og Stil as well.
AAAATSJU!!
I fully lined his jacket.  I used Heavy Metal by Whistler Studios from Windham fabrics
I bought from Glam Fabrics.
His sweater I blogged about here and his pants here.
Oh and his hat is knitted by my mom!
This pattern is great and if you only sew it with the facings and not fully lined
 it would be a very fast project.
You should definitely sign up for Shwin Designs newsletter NOW!
She has some amazing black Friday deals going on for subscribers this weak.
Lets check out the little Lady of the house now!
For her I made the Michelle Jacket also a Shwin Designs pattern.
I made hers in size 5 and it is a bit roomy but as with Viktors
that’s what I was going for.
I know the back pleat is going in the wrong direction, you can’t win them all!
I love the effect of the piping and those side pockets are so cute!
I used the same buttons as for Viktors jacket.
Anita was so happy finally getting some new mommy made clothes, it has been
a while since I made her something so it was long overdue.
Her jacket is fully lined as well.  I used some cotton + steel fabrics bought
from Miss Matatabi for the lining.
Her dress is the Maggie Mae also from Shwin Designs, blogged about here.
She is also wearing a grandma made hat.
Check out the photobomber!
I’m so glad I finally tackled making jackets for the kids and even though it was a bit challenging
it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  The only thing is that it is a bit time consuming,
since each jacket is basically two jackets because of the lining.
But it was a fun challenge and well worth the time.  I love that there are no
exposed seams.
Cutest kids ever – if I say so myself!
Now don’t forget to sign up the the Shwin Designs newsletter for the
discount codes.  There is something special for girl patterns on Wednesday,
for boy patterns on Thursday and then storewide Friday through Monday.
The jacket patterns were given to me for my honest opinion and I love them!
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

Amateur Hour.

Guess what you guys – I made a top for myself!
An Anna top no less!
No no no please don’t leave just yet!
It’s not the Frozen kind – I have not gone completely mad!
So I apologize that there are no charming cute little models here today.
But don’t worry they will be back soon enough!

Oh well, I guess I am a little bit frozen on that side of the camera.
I used the top version of the Anna Top/Dress from Shwin Designs.
This pattern is inspired by the Maggie Mae girls pattern which I have made once
for Anita here and I made two more for my little nieces that never made it to the blog.
I modified the cap sleeves a little bit by taking off about 2-3 cm.
I sewed up a size medium but I think I could have gone for the small since I ended up
taking the side seams in a little bit.  I am always afraid of making things that are too small,
since fixing things that are too big is quite a bit easier then the other way around.
I skipped the bust darts because of how hard it was to manipulate the fabric.
This top came together fairly easily, the pattern and the instructions are great.
Depending on your fabric choices you can make a dressy top or dress
or one that is comfy and casual.
The only challenge I had was that slippery stretchy fabric I used for the lower part of the top,
which I bought at Stoff og Stil.
I have no idea what it’s called but while working with it I came up with some
not so nice names for it, which are not suited for this family friendly blog.
But the fabric I used for the top part is this nice lovely Japanese double gauze kokka fabric
I bought from Miss Matatabi.
I see many more Anna Tops in my future.  I love the feminine curved yoke.
I really want to make some in all knit cause I am more the casual kind than the dressy kind.
Thanks for sticking around!
Love
Dagbjört
PS: This pattern was given to me as a pattern ambassador for Shwin Designs in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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 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!

The Garden Girl Collection: The Jane Dress and Top

Today is my part two of the Garden Girl Collection Trilogy.

But first I want to tell you guys something really exciting!
A few weeks ago I filled out an application to become brand ambassador for Shwin Designs.
I had no expectations on getting it but I love Shauna’s patterns and 
the application only took a couple of minutes to fill out so I sent it in.
And what do you know, I was amongst the eight that got chosen!!!
What that means is that at least once a month I will sew and blog about one of her patterns.
Since I already have quite a few of them I would probably have done that anyway.
Here you can see The Glass Onion Top I made in May, here is a Maggy Mae and here is a Sweet Bonnie Top from way back.  I have also made a couple more Maggy Mae’s and a Glass Onion Top that never made it to the blog because they were gifts for my nieces.
Alrighty then – lets talk about the darling Jane!
Such a sweet and simple A-line shaped dress or top.
I love the tiny gather detail on the front and a peter pan collar is always cute.
The pattern includes short and long sleeves.
I really want to find some nice corduroy fabric and make a long sleeved version for fall/winter.
In the pattern instructions it says for the back closure to either use 
a small button and embroidery floss or hook and eye.
All I had when sewing this dress was some buttons and just regular thread so that’s what I used.
I went to the fabric store today and bought some hook and eye stuff so I will be changing out the closure on the dress.
I made size 4 and it fits perfect.
The pattern prints out nicely and the instructions are clear
and easy to follow.
The button on the front is just for show.
The fabric is Summer Ride in Melon from the Wee Wander Collection by Sarah Jane,
bought from Urban Sew.  It is not available there anymore.
It is very light and soft, perfect for a summer dress.
There is no photo shoot without some awkward dance moves! 
Check out my part one in the trilogy, The Mckenzie and in a few days I’ll show you the Stella Tunic.
Anita was happy to get yet another cute dress!
See you soon!
Love
Dagbjört.