This weekend I made a jacket for Frida. I made Ronja one a bit like it a little over a year ago, and she has been using it all the time, so I wanted to make something similar for Frida for the cooler spring days.

I went shopping for the fabric Saturday – I was going for some fleece, and I found something labeled luxury fleece. It is incredibly soft, and I have no doubt the jacket will be comfortable to wear! The fabric inside the hood is the same one I used for Ronja’s sweater. I was going to look for a pattern in my old Ottobre magazines, but just to be sure I checked the new issue first – and there it was!

I wanted to add something extra to it, and someone at a Danish sewing forum was kind enough to give me the pattern for the elephant appliqué a while ago – I think it works perfectly for this jacket! If there’s a drawback to this jacket design, it would be that you can’t really wear the jacket open, because of the  asymmetric front – but that’s a small thing, because I really like it! No modeled pics yet, because today it has just been too warm to wear it.

Other than that – we’ve had a quiet weekend. Yesterday, we both did some shopping, each with one of the girls. Frida has been having a rash, and at first we thought it was chickenpox, but it turned out it’s probably some sort of allergic reaction.  She started out having a fever, so she was at home Thursday and Friday, even though she was supposed to be at the nursery. Tomorrow, she will be going to the nursery for her first full day – Mads and I are both going to work, so I really hope it won’t be too difficult for her.

Finishing the fence

Today, as I mentioned, it has been summer! Warm and sunny – the girls have been outside all day, Mads has finished the fence down back to keep the girls in the garden – well, Frida mostly. We’ve visited our friends a street away for coffee, and we were actually able to sit in their garden, just enjoying the sunshine, while the kids were playing.

It won’t be long before bedtime – tomorrow will be an early day – taking both girls to daycare.

Our cherry tree


  1. Posted April 26, 2009 at 23:43 | Permalink

    Adorable little jacket! Love the elephant applique :-)

  2. Posted April 27, 2009 at 01:43 | Permalink

    Wait – - you made this? It’s WONDERFUL. So professional, and I love the asymmetric front.

    Do you have a serger? You work is just beautiful!!!

  3. Posted April 27, 2009 at 04:38 | Permalink

    Oh Astrid, I am amazed every time I come to your site. I should stop being shocked by the adorable things you come up with…because you are just simply amazing!
    This jacket is perfect. I just want to reach out and touch it. I feel how soft it is in my mind. Great stuff!
    As always, I love a visit to your site!

    and p.s….I’ve revamped the look of blog with a “blogs I like” category. Of course you’re on there, but I couldn’t find a good shot from your blog to use as a banner for you. If you go to my blog, you’ll see what I mean. Do you have an image or anything I can use instead? Something with “connecting the dots” on it?

  4. Millie
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 15:15 | Permalink

    This is just lovely, I’m still waiting for my copy of Ottobre, maybe they’ve forgotten Ireland! I had chosen this to make from the drawings, but I have two to make for my twin girls, so mine tend to be fairly basic! Even so, I’m always inspired by your work, I only started sewing clothes recently and always check out your photos for ideas.Thanks for giving us the chance to do that.

  5. Posted April 27, 2009 at 18:17 | Permalink

    adorable jacket! the elephant does fit so perfectly.

  6. Posted April 27, 2009 at 20:43 | Permalink

    What a lovely jacket with cute little elephant :) ! And how bright and summery it shows over there, what a lovely tree full of flowers.
    Finally we managed to get some spring here to Finland as well after a long and snowy winter :) but it takes probably one montht or so until the apple trees and cherry trees will blossom here.

  7. Carla
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 23:12 | Permalink

    Love the colour of the jacket! I need to make jackets for my three littlies and I was thinking the latest Ottobre might have something I could use…even tho its summer and autumn is here in Australia. Fence looks great too btw. Good on Mads!

  8. Mette Marie
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 09:40 | Permalink

    That jacket looks so good! I would love to snuggle up in a nice fleecy thing like that on a cold spring day.

    She is a lucky little girl your Frida!

  9. Posted April 28, 2009 at 23:47 | Permalink

    Thank you so much, ladies! :)

    Amy – I do have an old serger, that was given to me, when a friend of mine had a new one. I mostly use it for finishing edges, though – this jacket was sewn with my sewing machine and only the edge finish was done with the serger.

    Ohhhh – DANA, you are soooo sweet, I don’t even know what to say! Your new blog-look is so cool, and I’m totally proud to be in the inspiration page! I have been wanting to do something to my blog as well, but I can’t seem to find the time for all the things I want to do! I’m impressed with yours – I’ll see if I can think of a better image to send you! :)

    Millie – I am so glad, when I am able to inspire – did you get your issue? I must say, though I love to sew, I’m glad I’m not sewing for twins, what a lot of work! ;) I’d really love to see your work!

    Everybody – I appreciate it! :)

  10. Posted April 30, 2009 at 00:19 | Permalink

    I just received fabric to make this exact coat today! mine is turquoise velour and green knit.

  11. Posted May 3, 2009 at 03:11 | Permalink

    That is the most adorable jacket! Beautiful and cozy.

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