Cyan Lilly Dress and Tunic pattern test

We love this dress by Mandy K Designs . The dress was so easy to put together. I learned a new sewing method. Fit was spot on. The directions were so clear and it went really fast to make - which always makes me happy. The twirl factor is also important here! Honestly,we just love this!


The beatiful Tip Top dress by Petit a petit

I was lucky enough to be able to test the new pattern by
Petit a petit and family: the Tip top dress. As always her pattern is pure perfection!

The fit is beautiful and the dress is so romantic, yet modern. It's on sale for the next two weeks. If you have a girl you sew for, this is a good dress to have.


Blue Ridge Dress by Hello Holli Patterns

I've tested the perfect pattern: love the fit, sew versatile, beautiful, just as pretty inside out AND my girls love it. The tunics are their most worn items after I made them. The pattern is by Holli from Hello Holli (www.helloholli.com).  And it's called the Blue Ridge dress and tunic. I'm away at a cabin with no internet, borrowing some internet from a cafe, writing this on my phone... hence the short post. But you NEED this patter. We get compliments every time they wear the tunics. And if you make a mistake like me, turning the skirt backwards, you'll get a hi-low tunic also.


More gifts, shirts, dresses... more sewing

 My girlies were going to a birthday party today. I made the present and one of the birthday dresses this morning. I used a raglan shirt pattern for the dress and the tunic. The fabric for the dress is 11 years!!! She loves how it turned out.
 "Mommy there's a alphabet soup, right? you can name this dress the Alphabet dress"
 My girls don't like ruffles and frills and sweet and overly girly anymore. They are getting older - almost 10 and want SIMPLE lines and not too much pattern on the fabrics.
 This dress is perfect for my high heal loving girl.
 For the present I made a tunic - I added elastics in the side seams to ruffle it up some - and a skirt. I had both fabrics in my stash. They are velveteen.
 The tunic is an extra lenght raglan shirt and the skirt is self drafted.
My parents are visiting my brother. So one of my nieces got this shirt. Also a raglan shirt  - it takes less than half an hour to sew, so this is my new favorite pattern! The pattern will come for sale at Titchy Threads!

My other niece got a similar shirt as the blue striped shirt - the Rowan Tee - shown in the previous post.

Love me some quick sewing!!!


The Rowan t-shirt pattern testing!!!

 I've been so, so lucky to pattern test the Rowan shirt for Laura from Titchy Threads. She released this new wonderful pattern yesterday. My girls and I love it!!!! The pattern has 144 different options - like, that's a lot!
 For this one, I used a fabric with two layers. Seen below.

Review of the pattern:

Why we like it:
It has a simple, basic shape (my girls like this)
It's a very simple sew, and fast
It has so many options
It is very easy to hack and make different - I see some hooded dresses in out future...
The directions are super easy
The fit is so nice
It's easy to combine sizes
The kangaroo pocket has high sides, so things won't fall out (also my daughter's comment) 
Very easy to make for both girls and boys

And there really is nothing I don't like...

If you sew for your kids, you need this pattern!


Birthday presents

My twins were invited to a birthday party today. That generally means two gifts,  one from each of them. But today they were invited by two friends. Two times two makes four.

I made four gifts. Two identical shoulder bags and these fabric baskets. Three baskets foe each girl.

They said they loved their presents!

On a totally different note, my daughter started playing drums! !! She rocks!


Bunad for May 17th

May 17th is Norway's national day - our constitution day - and this year we celebrated 200 years!

Bunads - our National dresses are a big deal here in Norway. We can literally tell where someone comes from by the type of Bunad they're wearing.

My bunad is made by my mother and I - and it is from the county I live in  - Vest Agder  - and even further, the embroidery on my apron and shawl is from the farm my great grand father is from.

 This is my Vest Agder bunad! They are really expensive - like $ 3000 - and that's a cheap one. Very often we get them when we get confirmed at the age of 15.
 Detail of the back of the vest - notice the big knot there? That's so the women wouldn't fall asleep in church! It really hurts - right in the middle of the back.
 Woven suspenders - the skirt is very heavy, made of wool.
 This is the top of the skirt - I wove the band on top of the skirt myself!
 Detail from the embroidery.
 Detail of the embroidery on my shirt collar!
 One of the silver brooches 8this one is from my great grandmother)
 The vest - someone should have polished the silver!!!
 This year I made my daughters' dresses - they are not real bunads - they are more of a folk dress. They don't belong to a geographic region and I bought the ribbons instead of embroidering them.
 I really do love how they turned out, though, but since my girls are nine - I think I better start on their real bunads for their confirmation!
 In all my glory!

The back side - showing the shawl. I am so proud to wear a bunad, letting everyone know how much I love my country and letting them know where I belong. If you google bunad, you will get a lot of different ones up - and just know there is a different bunad for every part of the country!