A week ago, an online shop with a small, but very nice selection – Silassen.dk - had a sale with 50% discount on Japanese fabric and trim. I usually buy Japanese fabric in the US, but with a discount like that, even Denmark was suddenly competitive. The sale is over, but I got myself a few things, and when it arrived two days ago, I just had to make this.

Matryoshka blouse 

It’s a blouse for Frida, and I love that this soft Japanese cotton linen blend is heavy enough to keep her warm, even when it’s a bit chilly. Frida loves it – which is funny, because usually you would think that a 1 year old didn’t care much what she was wearing, but this blouse has her giggling while looking down and touching the small matryoshka dolls all the time. Just a funny side effect.

Japanese matryoshka dolls fabric 

I actually made it from a size 92, which Frida is nowhere near yet. I took a few inches off the sleeves and cut it with only half a cm seam allowance, and it’s a really nice fit – roomy without being too big, but sure to fit her for a while. And if needed there’s room enough for a long sleeved t-shirt underneath.

Japanese ribbon 

 I also got this Japanese ribbon, and I love it. I don’t know what they will be used for, but the possibilities are countless.

By the way, the new Ottobre kids issue is up on the Ottobre website and it should arrive in my mailbox pretty soon. It looks like a great issue, and there are definitely several things that I want to make for the girls. Time is the issue as always – but that’s life!


17 Comments

  1. Posted October 23, 2008 at 11:13 | Permalink

    oh my goodness…that is just about the cutest thing ever!

    yes, you would think babies don’t care about their clothes, but my boys always did. as soon as they were old enough to point and babble, they let it be known what they wanted to wear…and not wear.

  2. Posted October 23, 2008 at 11:25 | Permalink

    Smuk sammensætning af Babuskaer og tern…jeg holder jo så meget af tern (og prikker!)
    Jeg har det samme stof liggende, bare i en anden farvesammensætning.

    Du har helt ret i, at det er et dejligt stykke stof. Det har nemlig den helt rette tykkelse – ofte er det amerikanske stof lidt tyndt synes jeg…

    De butikker herhjemme der er begyndt at importere japansk og amerikansk stof er godt nok dyre, sammenlignet med de amerikanske. Specielt når forsendelsen på 55 kr lægges oven i meterprisen.

    Det lyder sørme godt at Ottobre er på vej!! Man bliver så glad og spændt når øjnene møder det i postkassen :0)

  3. Sara
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 11:29 | Permalink

    That top makes me want to make excited squealing girlie noises! (and I am not that type!). It’s so cute!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with that ribbon.

  4. Posted October 23, 2008 at 12:30 | Permalink

    It’s a very pretty blouse!

    New Ottobre magazine was in my mailbox yesterday. And of course full of nice patterns, as usual:o)

  5. Posted October 23, 2008 at 14:54 | Permalink

    Too cute! I love it!

  6. Posted October 23, 2008 at 15:14 | Permalink

    Frida’s blouse is so cute. I love the combination of the fabrics. So sweet that she enjoys the print. Can’t wait to see what you do with those beautiful ribbons.

  7. Posted October 23, 2008 at 16:37 | Permalink

    I have that fabric and those ribbons too…..still deciding what to do with them!

  8. Posted October 23, 2008 at 16:38 | Permalink

    And….what you did here with the ginham trims….precious!

  9. Posted October 23, 2008 at 17:36 | Permalink

    Ej, hvor du bare bliver ved med at kreerer lækre ting til dine dejlige piger. Den her er da lige til en herlig blæsende og råkold morgen. Oj, hvor blir’ man så i godt humør – og ja, det er nemlig lige det der med, at det man syr til dem ofte kan kræve en bomuldsbluse med lange ærmer under – eller en lækker striktrøje over!! Men så forsvinder tunikaen jo lidt – så den her, i dette stof, er da bare perfekt!

  10. Posted October 24, 2008 at 07:35 | Permalink

    Teri – thank you! It’s a good thing to have children with opinions! ;)

    Ulla – Mange tak! Ja, jeg kan altså også godt lide tern – jeg skal minde mig selv om at spare lidt på dem, så de bevarer effekten. Det er for dyrt at købe stof i DK, synes jeg. Og det er meget sjældent, der er nogle ordentlige udsalg. Det kunne vi godt bruge! :)

    Sara – LOL – thanks! ;)

    iinu – Thank you! I thought the coming magazine looked like it had particularly lovely patterns! ;)

    Tara – thank you very much! :)

    Lisa – thank you! :)

    Karen – Thanks, guess I’ll be seeing pretty soon what you do with yours! ;)

    Susanne – Nej, hvor skriver du altså nogle søde kommentarer – tusinde tak for det. Frida havde den på hele dagen i går, og den ser altså bare dejlig ud på hende! :)

  11. Rikke
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 13:53 | Permalink

    Hej astrid

    Hvor blev kjolen bare fin, det virker super med detalerne på ærmerne. Og denne bluse er bare så sød, men jeg har også en svaghed for babuskaer;-)

    Utroligt at jeg skal følge hvad der sker her på bloggen når vi bor så tæt. Men hold da op hvor tiden flyver. Godt at vi i det mindste skal ses næste søndag, vis ikke vi ses inden.

    kram Rikke

  12. Posted October 24, 2008 at 16:50 | Permalink

    Beautiful, Astrid. It’s the kind of thing you could never find in a store because it’s so unique, which is what makes sewing fun.

  13. kitou
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 18:16 | Permalink

    i love your blouse! i made one from the ottobre issue today!!! as fas as i m’ concerned it’s the best issue of this magazine!

    have a good week end
    bises
    kit

  14. Posted October 26, 2008 at 10:58 | Permalink

    Rikke – tak skal du have! Og hvor har du ret – det er da helt til grin, at vi ikke har fundet tid til at ses her det sidste par uger. Begge pigerne er forkølede her – igen/endnu? Så det der med at besøge nogen, det er en by i Rusland for tiden. Og ja – næste søndag er en date – jeg kommer uden Frida om nødvendigt. ;)

    Megan – thank you! I agree completely, that’s one of the great things about sewing!

    Kitou – Yes, the latest issue is fabulous! I’m working on something else right now, so I almost haven’t had time to look in it, but that’s happening soon! :) And thanks!

  15. Posted October 27, 2008 at 10:30 | Permalink

    I just found your lovely blog–what beautiful work you do with children’s clothing!! Love this blouse especially.
    Kirie

  16. Posted October 27, 2008 at 15:49 | Permalink

    Kirie – thank you so much! Glad to have you here! :)

  17. Posted November 10, 2008 at 08:36 | Permalink

    Astrid, this is so cute. I love the dolls. I have the bigger print which is going to be a bit harder to make into something nice. I will have to work on that. Maybe the new dress from Ottobre.
    Love all your details as always. I did not see you mention a pattern number. Keep up the great work. Love reading your blog.

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