Apple blouse for Frida

I received some wonderful fabric earlier this week – some of the designs from Sandi Henderson‘s new line “Farmer’s Market”. And today I could not help myself – while Mads was out cycling, I made a little blouse for Frida. There’s nothing to it – it’s so simple. But you just gotta love it, because of the fabric. It’s such a cheerful, lively and sweet design, and yet so simple.

Apple blouse for Frida 

I serged it together which went really easily, though I must say I find it a bit harder to be accurate when I’m using a serger compared to my beloved sewing macine. The blouse went together quickly, and the only difficult thing about it was that I didn’t have a pattern for it – or actually I did have a pattern, but it was nowhere near Frida’s size. So I used an Onion-pattern for a size 92 and downsized it to something like a 68/74 – taking into consideration that a baby’s proportions are not the same as those of a 2-3 year old. That went well – initially the sleeves were too long, but luckily that’s one of the easy things to fix. I was thinking about adding elastics to the sleeves, but I decided that I like the loose look for a summer blouse, so I’m going with this. If I change my mind, the hems on the sleeves still have room for adding the elastic.

Apple blouse for Frida 

Now that the work is done, another great thing is I can use the pattern I drafted for the similar peasant blouse I wanted to make for Frida’s pants. However, that’s gonna have to wait a bit.

While I was sewing, Ronja was sitting next to me, writing!

Writing her name  

She now only needs a reminder here and there to write her own name, which I think is so cool – and she’s totally doing it for fun, which is even more cool. When I’m sewing, I also allow her to play with the pins – it does get out of hand once in a while, but as long as it doesn’t, we’re just having a really nice time together.

This is the 2nd day of our vacation, and given that maternity leave is not the quickest way to fortune, and since we still need to get away for a while, we’re looking at last minute travel deals. At the moment it looks like we may be going to Greece in a few days – but we’ll see… In the meantime the weather here is marvellous!


  1. Creature of Habit says:

    It’s adorable! I love this type of blouse on kids and adults, so comfy and it really showcases the fabric.

    That’s so cool that Ronja is writing her name!!! And all the letters are going the right way! 🙂

  2. Jeannine McCloskey says:

    Oh Astrid, this blouse gets me so excited about my package soon to come. I ordered this fabric in pink, orange, and red. It looks even nicer here then in the pictures we ordered from. Your blouse looks great. I have the same problem with Olivia. She is still so tiny, and there are hardly any patterns out there for her size. Everything I find is so babyish. I have turned to the Big 4 patterns alot this year.
    Well, I think it is beautiful your blouse, and I cannot wait to see it modelled. Red pants? Blue jeans?

  3. Sara says:

    That top is so sweet. It makes it so much harder for me to wait to get my Farmers Market fabric.

    I had a giggle at your comment about Ronja playing with pins while you sew. My daughter does that too. She also loves to play with all the spools of thread.

  4. Yvonne says:

    I just received 14 yards of the Farmer’s Market today in the mail. They are gorgeous. I just love the colours. I think that blouse it so cute!

  5. Astrid says:

    Amy – Thank you – and yes, it’s quite impressive, isn’t it? 🙂

    Jeannine – Thank you, I hope your package will arrive soon! 😉

    Jeanette – tak skal du have, og ja, det kan jeg altså godt forstå! Man kan lave mange sjove ting til piger, selv om der også findes ret cool mønstre til drenge!

    iinu – thank you! 😉

    Sara – LOL, I don’t think I would dare letting Ronja play with the spools… Thank you! Hope your Farmer’s Market will arrive soon! 🙂

    Yvonne – Have fun with the fabric! And thanks! 🙂

    Lisa – thank you! 😉

  6. Tine says:

    Hi Astrid, I have to admit I have been following your sewing and life adventures for a while now. My name is Tine and i have two children (almost 7 and almost 5). We live in Canada. I immigrated to Canada in 1981 from Denmark with my brothers and parents.
    I love the little blouse you made and was wondering what Onion Pattern you used. I have several of the older ones not listed on the Onion website anymore and love them.
    thanks, Tine

  7. Astrid says:

    Tine – that was a wonderful comment to read! I don’t know how old you were when you moved, but do you still speak Danish?
    The apple blouse was made from Onion pattern 20022. I had to downsize it around 3 sizes to use it for Frida, but I couldn’t find another one with quite the same shape, so I still went with that one! 🙂

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