9/06/2014

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!

5/19/2014

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!


5/01/2014

Some selfish sewing - the California Dress for ME!

So, this is the worst thing I do, pose for pictures... all in my winter white skin and all!!! But I've tested the California Dress, and I love it - so I think I need to show it to you!

Kymy from Everything Your Momma Made & More has made a grown up version of the California Dress I tested for my daughter.
 And even though I hate looking at pictures of myself, blah, I really love this dress. It's a very quick sew and it has so, so many versions to it: reversible (not mine as a high low version), two halter necks, two scoop necks, knits, woven, five different lengths - you can try and do the math... multitudes of variations! I can think of at least 20 ways to make and wear this dress. Oh, wait - you can also put the binding as a contrast as I did, or hidden on the inside. I give up - too many different versions for me to figure out how many.

Kymy has also included a maternity version and a nursing version!
 I chose to make the high-low version, because all the dresses I see in stores this season are high-lows. And I decided to make the dress a little different, and use different colors for the front and back.
 I love how playful and summery it looks. And it is super comfy!
The pattern will be released real soon! And if you need a quick sew for summer, this is it!

Thank you Kymy, for letting me test!

4/22/2014

California Maxi Dress Pattern Testing for Everything your Mama Made and More

 I have once again been so lucky as to test a pattern, and man we are in love!

This is Kymy's (of Everything Your Mama Made & More) Reversible California Dress. And this beauty has so many options! I was chosen to make the maxi dress, but it also shows options for knee length, high-low and peplum top.

The pattern will be on sale Saturday the 26th as a pattern bundle sale at Pattern Revolution! you do NOT want to miss this!!!
 The only thing I regret about this pattern, is that I didn't get the lines and colors to match, but I just didn't have enough fabric to make the side seams match.
 The dress has two different bodices, and can be worn whichever way the child prefers. My daughter preferred the scoop neck in front, but I kind of like the halter neck.
 The pattern calls for knit fabric, and is is super comfortable. Just pull over your head and you're dressed for the day!

 The waist band is so easy to put where is most becoming for you or your child. My daughter wanted more of an empire waist, so I just moved the casing for the elastic up to where she wanted it.
 If I could only try to tell you how much she loves this dress.

April in Norway, not necessarily the warmest month of the year, but this is all she wants to wear! She loves the pattern and the vibrant colors of the fabric.
 This is some sort of lycra knit. It's very stretchy and a little heavy. Beautiful!!



What I love about this pattern:
            • the look is so beautiful
            • the size range going all the way up to size 18
            • the easy instructions to follow
            • all the different versions and alternations this pattern lets you do
            • knit fabric
            • it's a fairly quick project!
I'm really trying to come up with something I didn't like, but I can't think of anything. This is honestly a very good pattern! 
 And I've heard rumors there's a women's version coming as well! I know I want this dress!!!

Thank you Kymy for letting me test this pattern :))))

4/18/2014

The ELM Raincoat Poncho

 Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! I love this pattern!!! (I still haven't been able to put in the snaps, I need to bring this baby to my mother's house and let her have a go at it)

My daughter is also in love!!!
The pattern is of course one of Celina's (Petit a Petit) in the collaboration Willow & Co's Wanderlust Collection!!!

The release date is still April 22nd! I know it's hard to wait for this collection!
 I love making clothes that just look so professional, clothes where people will come up to me and ask where I bought it! And I know that will happen with this pattern. It is VERY professional.
 the poncho makes a full circle, but is longer in the back. It has a choice of welt and patch pockets and several hood options. The hood even has ear options.
 The size is all the way up to size 10/11 years, and it is rather roomy.
 I made mine in a laminated fabric (that's supposed to be a tablecloth...) and I didn't include a lining. In Norway this will be a summer raincoat, and I didn't think a lining was necessary.
 The hood and pockets are lined with a solid orange/peach cotton fabric.
 I folded all my seam allowances over to one side and top stitched them and then I sealed them with a rain coat sealer. I think/hope it will be totally water proof.
The only thing I changed up from the pattern, was making this thing in the neck to hang the poncho from. It's a large piece of clothing...

It's not a very quick sew, because there are so many long seams to sew, but it is worth all the time making it, it looks so professional and it is just so beautiful. If your child is anything like mine, they will wish for rain on a sunny day, just to be able to wear it!

Here are some of the other wonderful testers:
Kimmie - check out her daughter
Shino - all flowers and beautiful

Just a last reminder: WILLOW & CO, APRIL 22ND

4/17/2014

ASH Jumpsuit - shorts version

 And again I will show you the wonderful pattern from Celina from Petit a Petit, one of the patterns from the collaboration between several designers at Willow & Co - such wonderful patterns!
 My daughter initially chose these fabrics, but I didn't have enough denim for the pants. Then someone in the tester group mentioned shorts... VOILA!

She also has a jumpsuit shorts from last year that's getting too small - so this one makes her SOOOOO happy. She loves it and wish the weather was warm enough to wear every day.
 I just love how easy it is to so, it covers everything that should be covered!
I think you can tell how happy she is with it!

The release date for ALL the patterns is April 22nd!

It's raining here today and now I have to go and put snaps on a certain ELM raincoat poncho, and make my daughter happy!

4/16/2014

The ASH Jumpsuit - two piece version

Let me tell you some more about the patterns I tested. First out is the ASH Jumpsuit. As you can see below, the pattern has a one piece and a two piece version. The pattern is made by Celina from Petit a Petit and is one of the patterns in the collaboration Willow & Co . The patterns, oh, all the wonderful patterns will be released April 22nd! There are some gems there, I can't wait until it's released!!!
 I got to test the two piece, with pockets. We love how it looks. My daughter has a thing for halternecks, she loves them, and she loves baggy pants. Here she has both. She also loves jumpsuits.... so I see a lot more of these in the making!
 I tested size 9 on my 9-year old. I would go up a size, because I like what I sew to have some room for growing. My daughter has the exact height measurements as the pattern for this size.
 What do I love about the pattern:
it's easy to sew
it's fast to sew (I love that!)
it's so versatile ... easy to change up, easy to mix up fabrics
the modern look
the very good instructions
the easy put-on/take-off - since it's a jumpsuit
 With the two piece you get some wonderful pants - my daughter loves these, and I will be making more pants. And you get a beautiful top - and it is mommy-approved - it is really decent - because their is elastic around the neck and back, it won't slide to the side and show anything others shouldn't be seeing, you know what I mean?
 And you can easily make it into a costume...
The other women in the test group made BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL jumpsuits - go and visit them (I will miss interacting with them on FB :( ):
Ines - sorry I can't get your dots over your e

I was in the midst of GREATNESS!
Thank you Celina for giving me this opportunity!!!