One more for me!

Here is another top I made for little old me.
Who knows maybe sewing for me will be my new thing.
This time I made the Ella Top from Liola Patterns.

It wasn’t really difficult to sew this top but I started it at the beginning of summer
and then I made a mistake when sewing on the neck binding so I abandoned the whole thing.
A couple of weeks ago I picked it up again and ripped out the binding only to figure out I had
probably done it right according to the instructions but it just didn’t look right to me.  So I did it
the way that made sense to me and I’m so glad I didn’t just give up on it completely.
The fabric is crepe de chine in blue brushstrokes which I bought from
the imagine gnats store.  It looks like she is out of this one now.  It is really soft
to the touch and nice to wear.  I don’t have much experience working with other stuff
than regular cotton and knits so it was a bit difficult for me to work with.
The top is not perfect, the bust darts don’t line up quite like they should and the hem 
might be a little uneven.  But it is a pretty
busy print so I don’t think anybody will notice except for me.
I am keeping this short and sweet this time because I really should be packing
for my trip.  Tomorrow I’m leaving for New York with my besties, leaving the
kids and my home in the very capable hands of my lovely husband.

The Fawn Lily.

I have one projected from last summer that I haven’t blog about yet, and that is because the photos I took aren’t that good.  Even though Anita has worn the dress a lot I haven’t gotten around to take new photos so I’m just going to go ahead and post the ones I have.
The dress is The Fawn Lily a pattern by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co

I promise the seam there on the back yoke doesn’t pucker it’s just bad ironing 
and I didn’t notice it until I was looking at the pictures.  Total bummer!!
I love this dress – the curved yoke, the pleats on the skirt!  
I even made two of these exactly alike, one for Anita and one for Ava our awesome niece.
The fabric is called daydream by Kate Spain for Moda bought at my local fabric store, Kreaktiv.

I long for summer again already!  
Although I can’t really complain since we are having an amazing fall.

This is a challenging pattern but the instructions are great and the final outcome is just fabulous.


Pants with a happy ending.

Since I have decided not to buy any clothes for Anita and Viktor, at least now for the time being, I really needed to make Viktor some pants.  So I printed out the pattern for the Kudzo Cargos by Charming Doodle for Willow and Co and thought I would make him the skinny version.  And so I did in size 5. Thankfully I tried them on him before attaching the waistband and I panicked!
They were way to tight on him!

What to do – what to do??

Well, I had enough fabric to make a new one and Anita could always use a pair of pants as well.  But she is not in a size 5 by far.  Then I read in the instructions that one could add elastic to the waistband, so that’s what I did and just shortened them some.  And BAM they both got a new pair of pants!

The fly on Viktors ended up on the wrong side, looks a little bit funny but he doesn’t 
care so I’m not going to worry about it.
I don’t know how but I lost one of the back pockets for Anitas pants.  
I know I sewed it up and I have searched everywhere but I still can’t find it.
I even went through and or organized y remnants box!  But no luck.
But I kind of like hers with just one pocket, it would probably have been to 
much with two anyways.
The fabric I used is stretch denim from stoff og stil.

Viktors fit great, Anitas are roomy but we are ok with that.
It is so much fun to sew for these two because they get so excited when they 
find out that I am making them something new.

This is a great pattern with great instructions.  
But after making two of these in a row I have had enough of pants for a little while 
and it was SO relaxing to follow up with an easy knit dress.

Getting ready for fall.

I figured Anita needed some pants and sweaters for this upcoming season.
I mean even a princess can’t wear dresses all the time.  So I’ve been stocking up on
knits and fabric for pants lately.

For the sweater I used a sweet pattern from Sewpony called The Little Betty Top.
I love the wide band at the bottom and the wide cuffs!
I made her a size 3 and it fits very nicely.
For the pants I used the Holly Trousers pattern from Go To Patterns.
This is the second time I use this pattern.  They look so comfy and she likes
to wear them.  There is an elastic waistband so easy to run to the bathroom,
and there are really cute pleats on the front.
The fabric for the shirt is rib knit I bought from Stoff og Stil.  I tried stenciling again,
I still haven’t washed her shirt so I don’t know if it will fade like it did the last time.
I hope not cause I really love that gold butterfly.


I also got the fabric for the pants at Stoff og Stil I couldn’t find it on their webpage but it is a
very soft corduroy.



I don’t know where she is getting her moves from!



Never tell your model to smile if you want the real thing!


Itchy nose.




Accessories for boys

I always get so frustrated when I try to buy accessories for my little ones.  There is this huge selection for girls, just name it and they have it!  And then in the boys department there are like a few belts, caps and band-aids maybe, at least that was the selection last time I went to H&M.

Anita has her Hello Kitty handbag with her everywhere she goes, she even sleeps with it!  Viktor being only 18 months older than she is, they kind of do everything together and always want the same stuff, so he has been borrowing her other Hello Kitty handbag for his treasures.

So armed with Pinterest and a sewing machine I knew I just had to make him a cool messenger bag.  I bought some fabric with pictures of cars on it, but he didn’t like it and insisted on a Lightning McQueen bag.  My local fabric store didn’t have that kind of fabric but they did have some iron-on patches so I got that and some red and blue fabric.  I used this tutorial for the bag but I cheated and bought a ready made strap.

He LOVES it!!
The tutorial was really easy to follow and everything was spot on!  

He cut his hair himself a couple of weeks ago and tried to blame it on his sister, but when she refused he said a monster came into our house and did it 🙂  It really shows in these photos.

I am a Casual Lady.

Ok friends just a heads up, this post is not going to be picture heavy since my model this time around is far from being as cute and cooperative as my usual ones.

I have sewn the first piece of clothing for myself!  It is the Casual Lady by Go To Patterns.  I have had this pattern for some time now but I got the kick in the but I needed to sew it up now as it was included in the Pattern Member Club for July.
This was super easy and took me only a couple of hours.  I made a size small, but I added a bit to the width of the lower half because my body has that weird shape and its even worse now after all the bbq this summer!

So here goes…

I don’t know the name of the fabric, I bought it at my local fabric shop.  I really love the print and the colors.
I will for sure make this one again, both the dress and the top version.

We LOVE Charlie!

July has been a great month with summer vacation, fabulous weather here in Norway and of course 3 new patterns for us in the sewing rabbit pattern member club. I already had the Casual Lady pattern but I haven’t sewn it up yet, but now I have my pieces cut out and ready to go as soon as I am done writing this post.

I so want to make the Fedora Hat for both Viktor and Anita, I just can’t decide on what fabric to make them in.

What I have made is the Charlie Dress and we LOVE it!! Usually Anita is happy with what I make for her as long as it is pink, but when she saw this one she squealed and her eyes lit up like if I had given her the whole world!

This is the first pattern by Mingo & Grace and it was first released to pattern members.
I sewed up a size 3 and I really like the fit. It is a little roomy on my skinny little girl but I like that it isn’t constraining in any way now during the warm summertime and that she will be able to wear it with layers in the fall and winter.

The bias binding on the neck and armholes through me off for a while. I just could not understand it! But after playing with it for some time a light finally came on in my head and it was a smooth sailing after that.

I’m so proud of how my horizontal lines match up on the back!  High five to myself!

I bought the fabric a few months ago from Miss Matatabi, its called Japanese Fabric Rectangles in pink. I really like the texture it gives the dress.

The Charlie Dress is great for twirling, maybe too great as most of my photos were blurry.  But I can live with that because the dress is cute and my girl is cute and soooo HAPPY!

 Its also great for jumping up and down!

 And for singing!

 Playing on the playground!

 Hunting butterflies aka stones!

 And riding a bike!

I have decided that I am going to make all Anitas and Viktors regular cloths for at least the next year so I’m sure I’ll be making some more Charlies.  In fact I have already picked up a fabric for another one.
So the conclusion is two thumbs up from the both of us!