Lovely Slow Day

Mads and Ronja took off around noon today to go sailing, so Frida and I got out the sewing machine to make something for her. I have hardly been sewing at all for several months, but I can really tell how our autumn vacation has brought the pace down, and made me want to get out the sewing machine more.

A new dress for Frida

We made this dress. Or actually, I made it while she was toddling about, “helping” me out, singing, messing around with my needles, running to and from. A total dream-afternoon – I had no idea that sewing with her around could be so easy.

The dress is made from a Stof & Stil pattern, which I believe isn’t sold anymore – #700492. The flowery fabric is from Stof & Stil as well, the bottom fabric is from a pillow case from IKEA, and the red gingham is Michael Miller. The two main fabrics are a rather sturdy quality, as this is not a summer dress – Frida will be wearing it with a t-shirt under during winter months. It’ll look like this:

Going, going, gone...

Modeling the new dress

Going upstairs

At first I wasn’t sure, but now I am – I like it. It is a generous fit, but that’s ok – she’ll be able to have it for a long time.

I made a few other things during the vacation. Our boat needs a bit of fixing up on the inside as well as on the outside. My tasks are centered around the softer things – like bringing the inside expression of the boat closer to the way we are, without losing the fact that it is a boat, and boats do tend to have a different kind of aesthetics than the rest of the world, for some reason.

I wanted to make some pillows for the boat, and during this week, I got around to making four of these. I used this tutorial over on Prudent Baby (if this one doesn’t work for you, she has a ton of others to choose from) – it was quick and easy to follow, and I like the result a lot – very summer-cottage-ish!

Pillow case for the boat

I only photographed the first one, after that I had to make the other three in a real hurry before we were going sailing. I wanted to take pictures on the boat, but that’ll be another time – it was dark when we got back from our sail.

And finally, I got around to making a pouch for Frida’s Nintendo DSi, which she got for her birthday in September.

Nintendo DS pouch

Remember the one I made for Ronja’s Nintendo DS? It has been doing the job, so for this one I used the same tutorial from Mad Quilter.

Nintendo DS pouch - open

All in all the most productive few days I have had for a while.


  1. Jane says:

    Oh, Astrid, you clever thing! All so pretty. And I love the idea of just the two of them going for a sail. Just perfect. And little Frida is such a sweetie! J x

  2. Millie says:

    Wonderful dress! All your other recent sewing is lovely too. I sew quite often with my little ones around, they always seem comfortable knowing I’m just there if they need me.
    I spent the day painting our newly plastered bedroom…at last!

  3. Astrid says:

    Jane – thanks, Frida, my sewing machine, and I loved the idea of them taking off as well. 😀

    Millie – I’m impressed. You have two little ones – sometimes it’s difficult enough to sew with just one of the girls here. You must be doing quite a few things right!

    Holly – thanks, girl! 🙂

  4. Jeannet says:

    Hej Astrid.
    Hvor er det dejligt at se du har fundet kreativiteten og lysten til at blogge frem igen.
    Håber det stadig går godt på job. Det er jo et hus med masser af aktivitet.

  5. Marina says:

    Endnu en helt, helt vidunderlig kjole. Jeg kender ingen andre der kan sætte mønstre og farver sammen som du og dine piger må da snart have flere kjoler end der er dage til at have dem på…

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