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
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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.

My first pattern testing!

You know how Denmark is famous for great designers?  If you don’t ask your friend Google.
I mean in every aspect – furniture, toys, jewelry, fashion – they are just amazing!
So what do you do when you get asked to test a pattern by a Danish designer?
I’ll tell you!  You jump up and down and squeal like a crazy person
and than you brag about it to everyone meet!
At least that’s what I did when Christina Albeck of Wardrobe by me asked
little old me to test her newest pattern which was just released this weekend.
It is a T-shirt and top pattern.
You can either make a fancy top or a casual light sweater.
Choose from a round scooped neckline or a v-neck, sleeveless or with sleeves,
finish the armhole and neckline with facings or with rib.
Curved og straight hemline.
So many options that result it totally different tops. 
I made two versions.  Here is my fancy top.

This one has the facings at the neckline and armholes and a curved hemline.
Very feminine and quite dressy.
It is recommended that you use a lightweight fabric with a good drape.
I used cotton + steel Mesa, which is cotton lawn.  Bought from Miss Matatabi,
looks like she is all sold out of this one though.
I made this one in size 4 on top and then graded out to a 6 at the hips.
It fits really well.  In the final version the neckline and the armhole are a bit more fitted.
Then there is my other one.
As you can see this one is very different.
This version came together very fast!  It only took me a couple of hours from tracing
the pattern to the final seam.
If using knit she recommends going down a size so I made this one
completely in size 4 and I couldn’t be happier.
I used light weight knit I bought from Girl Charlee, I don’t know the name of it.
It was part of the August Knit Fix and I lost the card that came with it.
This floral fabric is a bit outside of my comfort zone and I wasn’t sure I would like it.
But it grew on me and now I love it, I’m sure combining it with the right pattern
makes all the difference.
That’s it folks!
Go check out Christina’s new pattern and all her other nice patterns
Thank you so much Christina for giving me the opportunity to test your pattern,
it was such a pleasure! And congratulations on the release of your newest pattern!
There is a 30% discount valid until October 17th, use code EASYTEE
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Dagbjört