Ottobre Design 4/2015 Girl Dress 1

EMJB0670-2I’ve made two dresses from this Ottobre Design pattern. Ottobre is a Finnish sewing magazine that I really enjoy: I like the Scandinavian style of their clothe and the quirky prints on their fabrics. They are easy to wear clothes, which is so important for kids. You want them to enjoy putting their clothes on and wearing them without worrying if they will be comfortable enough to play and move. Ottobre offers simple and efficient designs that are easy to wear and enjoyable to sew.








EMJB0672-2For my first “out of Harm’s Way” dress, I’ve chosen a warm fleece fabric from Backstitch. The dress is REALLY warm. I’ve also chosen a funny print woven fabric (that my daughter chose, also at Backstitch) to make the pockets.









EMJB0671-2The only tricky thing with this pattern is the collar piece that is much shorter than the total length of the neckline on the dress. This was done on purpose, but the fleece fabric was less stretchy than the recommended jersey fabric. But with intensive pinning and stretching, I managed to make it match AND my daughter’s head is fitting through! (what a relief, I can tell you!)

Christmas Advent Calendar

Back in October, I bought a fabric panel from Backstitch to make an advent calendar for my daughter. Back then I didn’t realize that it needed some extra fabric to make the back of the socks and a ribbon too, which I found at CallyCo. I used some red felt for the back, and red velvet for the ribbon.

24 socks! Twenty! Four! It took me a little while, but it was worth it.

Here are some pictures of the Advent Calendar ready to be used!

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Red and white baker twine & little pegs from Tiger.

Masking tape.