A Diana with a flare

I have been working on some items lately that are a bit more challenging than what I’m used too.  Which is a good thing but I needed a nice simple project to balance things out to make sure I didn’t loose my sewing mojo and Christina from Wardrobe by me came to my rescue and released a flared skirt add on for the Diana Wrap Dress.

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The Diana Wrap Dress.

With the help of Wardrobe by me I will soon have a full wardrobe by me!

My newest item is the Diana Wrap Dress, which was just released.  At first I wasn’t sure a wrap dress was my thing but I’m totally sold.  You should definitely check out all the other tester versions, there are some amazing pieces there.  Some are casual like mine, some are smoking hot and some are really elegant.  So making a wrap dress to match your style is no problem!

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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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Wardrobe builder

Are you looking for a t-shirt pattern but can’t quite decide on the style you want?
A v-neck, crew neck scoop neck, sleeve length and so on.
Don’t worry in this blog post I’ll solve that problem for you!
I was so lucky to be one of the testers for Wardrobe by me new pattern,

Believe me – you NEED this pattern!!
It includes 5 necklines: Crew, scoop, deep scoop, v-neck and boat neckline
5 sleeve lengths: Long, 3/4, elbow, short, cap and sleeveless.
3 body lengths: Hip, hip + 5″ and curved hem.
Optional ruching at the side seam.
With all these options you can make over 100 different t-shirts from just the one pattern!
In my book that is one heck of a deal!
In the testing process I made three versions.  I started with a short sleeve v-neck
and the hip + 5″ body length.  In the final pattern the v is a bit deeper than in this one.
I made size 4 graded to a 8 at the hips.
For this one I used Art Gallery fabric bought from Imagine Gnats.
The second one I made is the scooped neck with 3/4 sleeves and the same length.
I love that length cause it goes with both jeans and leggings.
For this one I made size 4 and just graded to 6.  This fabric I bought from Girl Charlee, I think
it was in the August Knit Fix pack.  It is much thinner than the Art Gallery fabric.
The sleeves are a bit more fitted in the final pattern.
For the final one during testing I made the boat neck with the side seam rushing,
the same sleeve length and body length as the previous one.
I love this one!
The fabric is hit parade from Andover Fabrics bought from Imagine Gnats again.
The size is 4 gradet to a 6.
Here in black&white you see the rushing a little bit better.
The pattern and instructions are great.  It has layered options so you can print only
the size you want, that really helps with all the different neckline options in this pattern.
The pattern also has no trim pages.  I’m not a big fan of that though because I like to fold my
printed pattern and store in a plastic folder and you can’t really do that when the pages overlap.
I have one more good news for you guys!
The Wardrobe Builder pattern is on SALE for only $ 7.00  until this Friday!!

Happy New Year!

I had a very good 2015 both sewing and otherwise.
I turned 40 and in celebration of that milestone I and my best friends since childhood,
who also all turned 40 in 2015, went to New York together.
And boy did we have a good time!
We went on a summer holiday with my in-laws and then I got to hang
out with my side of the family in New York.  So I got a chance to spend time
time with all the important people in our lives.
We are all happy and healthy!
Me in Heaven – aka Mood Fabrics New York.
Sewing related, I got a new sewing machine for my birthday – Happy happy!
I got a chance to join the Shwin Designs ambassador team and got the opportunity to
test a few patterns for Wardrobe by me.
I am so thankful for those opportunities and I hope I get to continue along
those lines in 2016.  I love being a small part of the online sewing community,
it is such a fun, loving and supportive group of people.
I finally have confirmation that the presents for my little nieces and my brand new
nephew have arrived only about a week to late – all my mistake!
So now I can share them here.  I joined in on the mermaid tail francy and used

 

The girls said it was what they have always wanted and my kids have already
put in orders for their own so I better get out of this holiday mode and start sewing.
For my nephew I used the baggy trousers pattern from Nosh, it is a free pattern but it is in
Finnish so I got some help from Google Translate along the way.  I love the style of these
and plan on making some for Viktor.
I also made him the Rowan Tee from Titchy Threads.
The fabric is Duncan and Kate, I think maybe I bought it from Kitshy-Coo but I’m not sure.
The navy one for the pants is stretch french terry from Imagine Gnats
I made the six months old size and my gosh this is sooo tiny, I guess I have forgotten
how small babies are.
I also owed Mila a birthday present so she got the Little Girls Skater Dress from
Kitschy-coo.  Anita has several of these and they are in heavy rotation.  In fact
she has exactly the same dress and she loves her princess dress.
I used Lillestoff organic cotton jersey I bought from Stoffrullene.no
That about sums it up!
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

Lounge wear.

The very first thing I do when I come home from work is to change clothes.
I don’t feel that my workday is over until I have done that.
Usually my lounge wear consists of a pair of leggings, a long sleeve t-shirt and a cardigan.
That doesn’t sound so terrible but I should add that I haven’t upgraded my lounge wear
for many many years so there might be some holes and permanent stains and what not.
Guess what I now have an upgrade
and I think I should share it with you my sewing friends!
I got to test some more patterns for Wardrobe by Me, I know I’m so lucky!

This is the urban sweat pants and hoodie!  You can buy them as a bundle here
or just the pants here or just the hoodie here.
I have to admit I was afraid of making pants for myself.
I hate trying on pants because of my pear shape, it is so hard finding I pair I like
and I never thought I would make pants for myself.
Both these patterns were a breeze to sew!
Everything went perfectly together and the fit is great.
I made the hoodie in size 4 and the pants in size 8.
Now I have some awesome lounge wear I actually can wear outside.
I’m wearing this as I type this and I even had this on when I took my kids to
preschool today, I never do that with my worn out leggings!
Christina has a sale going on in her shop until November 10th,
use code Selfishsewing and get 20% off.  It is good for all her patterns.
Check out her cute dress patterns as well, I will be back soon with my take
on one of her dresses.
Love
Dagbjört.