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!


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!


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 :))))