torsdag den 1. oktober 2015

The Cocoon Dress // Sew What Club

It's really happening. Today my very first sewing pattern is released. The Cocoon Dress.

At first it will only be available through the Sew What Club - so hurry over and sign up for a membership if you haven't already. You can read my introduction to the club right here.

The Cocoon Dress. If you have followed my blog or my Instagram profile for a while you've probably seen this type of dress before as I made the first version more than a year ago.

Now the pattern has been graded, tested and tweaked and is ready to be launched. Yay!!!!

The pattern will be available in the sizes 2-12 and is designed for knit fabrics.

The founder of The Sew What Club - beautiful, sweet Kelly - has introduced the dress on her blog Sewing In No Mans Land and she's pretty pleased with it, I think. (She's made 7 versions so far - thanks for the love, Kelly :-)

Without further ado I present to you the Cocoon Dress (Pattern).

Wilma is wearing a size 9.

Fabric from Stofdepotet - sold out I'm afraid.

 Look at that adorable little one - aw.

tirsdag den 22. september 2015

Coatigans (til salg)

Selvom jeg efterhånden har syet nogle stykker, er jeg på ingen måde coatigan mættet. 2 styks blev produceret forleden - og flere er på vej.

Den vamsede grå oversize coatigan i smuk uldstrik er til salg og kan erhverves for den nette sum af DKK 450 + porto. Det er en str L.


Fall. There you are again. Too soon if you ask me. I'm absolutely not done with summer.

Honestly I'm not that fond of fall - or winter for that matter. I've said it before and you'll hear it again - I'm really not into cold weather!

What I do like about fall. The colors, my birthday, coatigans and Linden sweatshirts! Yup. In less that a month I'll be 40. Freakin' forty. So I'm sewing and sewing and sewing in a vague attempt to repress that fact! Just kidding. No I'm not. Forty. I remember when I was 17 and my mum was 40 years OLD. 

Well, let's just agree that the forties are the new thirties. Forty and fabulous. My new mantra. I'll even ask force my kids to greet my with that phrase every morning. 

Back to the creative business. One can never have to many coatigans. Especially not when one turns 40. I'm not that good at repressing, huh. I've made several of these during the last couple of years but that doesn't stop me from making more. And more. And more. Same thing with the Linden sweatshirts. I have 5 already - but need at least 5 more. At least. 

Today is all about the coatigans, though. Seriously, they are so easy to make that I made two last sunday in only a few hours. 

This time my starting point was a pattern from Danish sewing magazine Alt Om Håndarbejde Symagasin 09/2015. I love the dropped shoulders on this pattern. I only made minor alterations; rounded the front and added patch pockets.

The fabric is from

The gray wool knit is unfortunately sold out - but you can still grab the 'fall green' right here. I know that it's described as mustard yellow, but I find it more green than yellow.

Two down - 40 to go ;-)

mandag den 7. september 2015

Sewing Indie Month Tour - The Nettie Dress

The Sewing Indie Month is upon us. Yup, there's such a thing as a SIM - and this is the second one of it's kind. September is all about celebrating the indie designers and the people who sew their patterns.

SIM was introduced last year by Mari of Seamster Patterns. This year 21 different independent designers will be sharing interviews and tutorials - and there's also a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes to be won. 

This year there has been two SIM Bundle sales. The first bundle sale was in August and below I'll present Bundle 2 which will be on sale until September 10.

Today I'm joining the pattern tour by making the Nettie (dress) from Bundle 2.

The Nettie Dress is a simple and very easy to sew close fitting dress with different sleeve, neckline and back options.

I made this black and white version for my daughter Luna, who will be celebrating her 17th Birthday in exactly a week - yay more celebration. This dress is right up her alley and I expect that she'll be begging for more.

The fabric is from Stofdepotet

 Well be back after a short commercial break :-)

And we're back....with the back

The three price tiered Bundle 2 includes the following patterns

20% of the proceeds will go to the charity Women for Women

This bunch of bloggers will all be participating in the SIM2 blog tour. Be sure to stop by. 

tirsdag den 1. september 2015

My Slouchy Haremere Coat // Merchant & Mills

I might have looked at bit like a 6 year old celebrating her birthday when I got an email from Merchant & Mills a while back. They wanted to know if I'd be interested in receiving and reviewing a copy of their third book titled 'Workbook'. No need to think twice about that offer, am I right?!

Have you taken a look inside their webshop? (If not, then don't - you'll be addicted). I mean, look at all that gorgeous linen. Be still my beating heart! I want it all!

Once I received the book I needed to figure out what to make - where to start! This book is bursting with fantastic patterns. And the photos in the book. This is probably the most beautiful pattern book I've ever come across. Such fantastic garments and styling.

I ended up choosing the Haremere Coat and next browsed through the suggested fabrics to find the perfect one for the summery version of the Haremere I had in mind. I decided on a European Laundered Linen in a blueish grey color. I believe it's called 'Silt' (if so the color is darker in real life than the one shown on the website).

Then the tracing and cutting. Based on the finished measurements I made a size M which is perfect. I'm a European size 40/42 (on a good day).

This pattern only comes in the short jacket version; you have to elongate the pattern pieces yourself to make the coat version. The book will show you how to do that. I must add that my elongated pattern pieces did not look exactly like the ones pictured in the book - but they worked fine for me anyway.

Then we have the notches. I'm a big fan of notches, but you will need to take an extra deeeeeeeep breath when tracing and cutting this baby, 'cause she has many pattern pieces and many, many, many notches. Notches for positions, notches indicating seam allowance, notches for matching - a lot. And they all look the same. To me that was a bit overwhelming and confusing to begin with, and I did not get all of them to match like they were supposed to - but I ended up with a gorgeous coat anyway with only a tiny bit of hair tearing and seam ripping.

I love how this coat is designed. It's not fully lined. The sleeves are lined, the front is not and the back has this beautiful overlapped neck lining. Beautiful.

Once I was done beeing notch intimidated the coat came together pretty easily. Every single step is very well described and illustrated with hand drawings. I did struggle a bit with the steps 28-30. Maybe it was me misunderstanding something or not doing proper notch matching, I'm not sure I did as exactly as suggested in those steps, but I got a pretty decent result anyway.

My coat is sans buttons. I might add snaps at some point - but I'm pretty sure I won't use them so why bother?!

I give to you, the slouchy linen Haremere Coat.

Thank you so much for letting me review this, Merchant & Mills. Now I'm off to finish my Fielder dress - another newly released pattern from Merchant & Mills.

torsdag den 27. august 2015

The Indiesew Fall Collection Tour

Just the other day Indiesew launched their Fall Collection 2015 which includes 5 patterns.

This lucky dame has been invited on the Indiesew Fall Collection Tour and has chosen to work with the Cabin Dress pattern

The pattern includes both a dress and a blouse version. I give you the 'Floral Silk Cabin Blouse - gathered not pleated' (how I wish I could get Sean Connery to say this: 'Gathered - not pleated')

I adore me a good pleat - but I also love me a good gather, so I tried this simple alteration to the pattern and it worked out just as I had hoped and imagined. I also lengthened both front and back a bit and curved the hemline. Very simple alterations indeed. Furthermore I skipped the bias tape hemming and did a narrow hem on both sleeves and bodice and drafted a facing for the neck. 

I am somewhere between the Cabin size 8 and 10. Based on the finished measurements I made the size 8 and the fit is great. 

I'm very pleased with the outcome. Elegant and comfy. Very pleased indeed. 

The silk is from Stofdepotet - sold out I'm afraid. 


Here's the rest of the Fall Collection Sewing Team - be sure to stop by and show those talented ladies some love.

Monday, August 24th: Lauren | Right Sides Together
Tuesday, August 25th: Lori | Girls in the Garden
Wednesday, August 26th: Kimberly | Straight Stitch Designs
Thursday, August 27th: Trine | Groovy Baby and Mama
Friday, August 28th: Taylor | Blueprints for Sewing
Monday, August 31st: Erin | Sewbon
Tuesday, September 1st: Elena | Randomly Happy
Wednesday, September 2nd: Tara | Girl Like the Sea
Thursday, September 3rd: Lola | Love Lola

tirsdag den 11. august 2015

The Pirate Princess // Japansese Sewing Books

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for Japanese sewing books/patterns. I'm attracted to the often simple and easy to wear yet imo beautiful and elegant Japanese clothing style. 

Therefore I didn't hesitate to accept when Tuttle Publishing asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their English translated Japanese pattern books. 

It's not the first time I use Japanese patterns for children's clothes. I remember when I first tried a Japanese pattern - I was worried that the fit wouldn't be great for my tall and slender kids. Surprisingly I found the pattern/fit to be equal to European sizes and not small/short at all as I would have expected. I can't say that this goes for every Japanese sewing pattern but it was also the case with the two patterns I've used for this outfit below. 

The pattern for the top is design g 'Tiered Blouse' from the book 'Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids'. 4 pattern pieces and a ribbon and then you have the most adorable blouse! I mean - just look at that blouse. I love it. The fabric is a soft, gray chambray from The Sweet Mercerie

There are 20 different designs in this book from sizes 2-8. Wilma is a European size 9 or 10 (140) but the size 8 from this book is absolutely not to small for her. I made the top a little while ago and I might have lengthened it a bit but honestly I can't remember. That's the only alteration if any. A while back I made Bertram shorts based on a pattern from the same book. He's also a European size 10 but the size 8 from this book is spot on!

Most of the designs from the book are pretty simple - some are a little more challenging, but you are guaranteed at great outcome no matter which pattern you choose, I'm sure of that. 

The bermudas are based on 'Basic Pattern 4' from the book 'Sewing for your girls'. This is as simple as it gets! Two front pieces and two back pieces and there you have it. I did change the pattern a bit and added a separate waistband instead of just folding down the top of the pants to create a casing for the elastic as suggested. Just my personal preference. This book is a a little different from the other Japanse sewing books I have. This book has 8 basic patterns and 7 applied patterns to make variations of the basics. You are guided through every single design and all techniques used in the book; how to sew on a button, how to make double-folded and single-folded edging, how to create at back opening etc. A great and very detailed book. I probably chose the easiest design from the book but I really wanted to make some sweet, simple (pirate) shorts to go with the top. In fact it was Wilma who chose the shorts. I also suggested a skirt, but she wanted shorts, so shorts she got! Fabric from 

I love how this outfit turned out. Wilma is pretty pleased as well.  



mandag den 3. august 2015

The Anna Dress

It all started with a party. A virtual instagram party that is. 3 talented seamstresses decided to throw a party to celebrate the popular 'Anna' dress pattern designed by By Hand London.

Anna is not a newly released pattern. She's been all over the www for the last couple of years. A simple yet super flattering dress with kimono sleeves and double bust darts. You can choose to do a midi length or as I have done here a maxi version.

The 'International Anna Party' was the push I needed to make this dress. I've had the pattern in my stash for two years now!

The dress itself is not difficult to make - but when you choose a dreamy but shifty silk velvet for your dress you need all the patience in the world! This make included a lot of pins and swearing!!

However, I love the outcome. It's got some serious diva vibe, right? Now I just need a red carpet invitation. And some cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails.

Dress: Anna//By Hand London
Fabric: Silk velvet (silkevelour) from Stofdepotet