Category Archives: Sewing

Sewing for toddlers

theodors byxor toddler trousers

I was asked to make trousers for our nephew out of these car themed fabrics. I drafted the pattern myself. I made one pair first sent it over to see whether the fit was good before making the others, I didn’t want to risk making several with a bad fit. I think that the result is fine, I don’t love the style but they’re not for me so my opinion doesn’t really count.

The construction is pretty simple. The waist is a fold over ribbed knit, the body is a gathered jersey to make them baggy and the cuffs are made in the same ribbing as the waist band. Most of the fabric is organic cotton with 6% elastane. I think that 6% elastane is a good amount for jersey it makes the fabric nice and stretchy without being floppy.

theodors byxor toddler trousers

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New patterns coming

I have a few new patterns in progress behind the scenes witch means that I need some testers. I do try my very best to make sure that everything is in order but I’m only human and mistakes slips between my fingers sometimes. I will be forever grateful to the ones that take the extra time and effort to help me make my patterns just right. You do not have to be an expert. I’m interested in both Swedish and English speaking testers since I am to release patterns in both languages. If you are interested please fill in the form here. I will email a few that correspond with the the type of pattern that is in the finishing process and ask if you are interested at that time and in the type of project. I’m not able to pay you for this service but I will give you a little something to show my appreciation at the end.

I’m hoping to be able to realize an autumn collection including a complete outfit, which means both knitting and sewing.  I’m interested in both sewers and knitters interested in testing for all kinds of projects (children’s, woman’s, men’s, interior). At the moment there are way too many ideas in my head and I haven’t finalized all the details yet.

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Zinnia skirt

Mmmay15 nancy zinia

I went fabric shopping and was looking for some fabric to make a Holly jumpsuit, sadly I didn’t find any suitable but I found several new colours of that amazing rayon I made my dusty mint sorbeto in and saw a flowy navy skirt. Said and done, I bought some navy rayon, hurried home, put it in the washer late friday evening stared making a muslin for zinnia by colette patterns and sewed my first zinnia with lots of modifications, as usual, saturday morning. I made the pleated version in the long length and put a beautiful brown lookalike wood button in the closure. I put in pockets and moved the zipper to the side seam it is a little tricky to have side seam pockets and an invisible side zipper but you can absolutely do it.

Mmmay15 nancy zinnia

Later in the day I may have planted zinnia seeds among others in my new zinnia skirt, perfect match. My grandmother gave me some zinnia seeds last year, I didn’t think much of them at first but I am converted zinnia survives on a dry very hot balcony and was in bloom the entire summer. You can see them in almost every finished project photo from last summer. If you have a little outdoor space they’re definitely worth trying.

Loki

Diving into Megan Nielsens gorgeous patterns

perfect maternity and nursing top  megan nielsen

I made this maternity top a few weeks back for my cousin (I’m only modeling), and no despite all the baby stuff I make. I am not pregnant nor intending to be for some time, it doesn’t go well with organic chemistry.

The pattern is Megan Nielsens Perfect nursing maternity top also called Simplicity 1469, I did a few changes, grading from one bust size to a smaller under bust size. My cousin and I do have the same torso measurements except that I am 15-20 cm taller, anyway, so I was trying it on to see if the fit was right and I liked it so I’m thinking of making one for me as well but with a little less fabric in the tummy area and a little more in the back. The fabric used is a very soft gray cotton jersey and the white is leftover french terry, both with some elastane which makes it very strechy. I added clear elastic to the neckline and waist band because there will be a baby pulling at the neck line by fall and stretched out necklines aren’t pretty.

  

I’m so glad that megan is back in business and will republish her patterns. I have been eying the Rie top and the night gown since before they sold out but didn’t prioritise it and hope that they will be back soon. I think that both of them would look good on non pregnant ladies and would like to see them in my summer wardrobe.

Arctic fox

fjällräv

I made this almost live size arctic fox for a birthday it is made in cotton velour and stuffed with finull (wool) it is 75cm long from tail to nose. The colors aren’t exactly genuine but fjällrävar can have a few different colours which of one is called blue, it is actually more gray allover but I liked the idé of a pail blue (turquoise) with white belly.

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Flowery Alice

Alice blouse tap shors

This is the fabric from the pockets of both my tap shorts and I thought it was meant to be an Alice top. This time I made it a size smaller then last time and the fit is more snug. I think this is better and certainly easier to wear with a cardigan. I used a solid blue for the sleeve lining and the flowery for the yoke lining. The pattern calls for tearaway facing in the neck opening which I substituted for iron on interfacing on the lining which makes the neck edge very crisp, it is certainly something I will do for other projects. I don’t know if you’re bored yet but I really love this fabric and the pattern is so happy and comfortable with a loose fit, perfect for all sorts of outfits and can be worn both tucked in and out for variation.

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My facial expiration totally failed today, I was trying to look naturally happy but not actually feeling grate trying not to over do it, well I didn’t over do it. However I really like this top and have been longing for pictures ever since i finished it a few weeks back. It has already been to one party and I think I will be wearing for this evenings birthday celebration.

Tap shorts

50's blouse self drafted tap shorts

I like blue if you hadn’t noticed, so the second pair are made in the same amazing fabric as the first pair. This pair have a front fly, my first, and I am unreasonably proud of sewing it in perfectly. To modify the fit from the last pair I lengthened the back crotch seam about 1 cm. Tap shorts

Why only make one of something good? Tap shorts

50’s blouse

50's blouse

I made this 50’s blouse with original 50’s buttons from this beautiful fabric, the pattern is drafted by me and the buttons have the exact same shade of turquoise as the flowers in the fabric. The buttons come from my absolute favorite button hunting place Tummelisa.

I wanted a small and round peter pan collar which I think turned out pretty perfect, the shoulder slope is a little steep however. I am thinking of making something similar with cap or keyhole sleeves, or maybe put this collar on this blouse with the button placket in the front.

Tap shorts

Tap shorts

This is my first take on Kate and Laney’s tap shorts. I cut the size based on my hip measurement and it was  one size too big, but instead of going down a size I shortened the yoke and made them a lower fit instead. I really like where they hit this way, they are still a high rise but not a natural waist. The fit isn’t completely perfected yet, but pretty good and absolutely useable.  The fabric I used is twill from Sew Over It, really nice and soft for twill. I have already made another pair that’s waiting to be photographed along with a new alice top in the same fabric that’s used for the pockets. No one can see it but I love the inside of the pockets unreasonably much. I did buy the two fabrics with the intention of making an entire outfit of them or maybe two considering the amounts, and I’m so glad that they do coordinate as well as I hoped. It is always a bit risky shopping online. I am planning on making a plain sleeved crop top as well in the flovery fabric but haven’t decided on a pattern yet.

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These will be perfect when the summer comes.

Alice top

Alice top

It seems I’m always creating out of season, this is Alice is my new summer top. It is made in cotton double gauze from nani iro. It feels a little big so I think I will make a size smaller for the next one, I have already the fabric laid out so I can start as soon as I get a free moment. I was inspired to make this when I saw the beautiful red version Elizabeth from Sewn by Elizabeth made for her mother in law, it just seemed like the perfect fit for me. I have ordered some navy trouser weight cotton for a pair of shorts, to go with it and then I will be ready for summer, although I’m still longing for some proper winter with snow that stays for at least a month. I haven’t decided whether I shall use the Esther shorts pattern and modify it to have a front zipper and pockets both front and back or whether I shall buy the Tap shorts pattern that already have all the nice details and just fit it instead.

Alice top Alice top

Have you started the next seasons crafting yet?

Alice top