The Mori Dress and Top

Have you seen the new pattern that was just release by Elegance and Elephants, The Mori Dress and Top?

I was so extremely lucky to be one of the testers for Heidi for her new pattern and man what a great group of testers!  It was so fun seeing all the beautiful dresses and tops popping up in our Facebook group.  Such an inspiration!

I made both a dress and a top.  Lets start with the dress.

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The Sneha Tunic

We’ve been dreading cleaning our closet for months, I thought I would just end up moving stuff from one place to another cause I would think I could make something else out of our old clothes.  A week ago my husband and I dove in and we filled up 7 – yes 7 garbage bags of clothes that we delivered to goodwill.  It felt soooo good!  So now we actually have empty drawers and hangers!

And what does that mean?  Well, of course I have to kick my sewing into high gear and fill up all that empty space — right?  But don’t tell my hubby I said that!!

It was a good thing Christina at Wardrobe by me needed testers for her new pattern – The Sneha Tunic.

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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.

Christmas dress – for me!

A few weeks ago Christina of Wardrobe By Me asked a few of her previous
testers to sew one of her dress patterns in a holiday theme.
I had just bought her Mirri pattern and was planning a dress for me anyway so
of course I was in.  Otherwise I might have procrastinated and not made the
dress until after Christmas.
But now I have my dress ready even in time for
my work Christmas Party next Saturday

This was a surprisingly easy pattern!
It probably would have taken me ten times longer to go shopping for a new dress.
The instructions are very clear and concise.
The pattern comes with 3 length options: Blouse, knee, mid calf and maxi.
I’m thinking a mid calf length would be great for a summer dress.
The fabric is from Stoff og Stil, I think it is this one.
Christina is for sure becoming one of my favorite pattern designer.
Her patterns are easy to follow and you end up with a great fitting and stylish garment,
not to mention a huge boost in your confidence that you made it yourself.
Now hop on over to her store and get your pattern and start on your holiday dress.
Even better use code selfishsewing and get 20% off until tomorrow November 10th.
Love
Dagbjört

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.

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