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I am. Sharing my everyday life in little squares, when I feel I have something to share.

I like having these little looks into other people’s lives, and seeing things through the lens of their phone. And I like that people share in very different ways. For some, it’s close to professional quality photos, while others can be about an early morning atmosphere more than a pretty picture. Anyway, I like sharing, and if you do, you should join me – my username is connectingthedotsdk.

If you are new to Instagram, it may be a good idea to take a look at this little guide to Instaquette – The dos and donts of Instagram. There are several nice guides out there – and it makes sense to check back with them once in a while to check if you have fallen into any traps. I do.

One of the things I have been sharing lately, is this project I finished this evening, just before I put the girls to bed.

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I really like the way it turned out, and I can’t even show you now, because it’s dark, and impossible to get a nice shot. You may have to wait until the weekend, but let’s see about the light in the next few afternoons. For now, this little taste will have to do.


Yesterday and today, we have celebrated Fastelavn (Shrovetide) across Denmark. I have mentioned this in here several times before, but in brief it’s a yearly occasion when primarily children dress up in costumes, and get together to “tilt at the cat in the barrel”, or basically they take turns to hit a suspended barrel filled with sweets and other goodies with clubs. And no, there’s not an actual cat in there.

Indian

I made the children’s costumes myself, and I wanted to show you – I think they turned out pretty good. Ronja was an American Indian (still not quite sure what to call this, to be politically correct), and Frida was a vampire princess – their own choices.

I made Ronja’s costume very much inspired by this tutorial. The fabric is faux suede, and besides this I used ribbon, feathers, and wooden beads for decoration. Mads made her a bow and arrow, which we embellished with feathers and a bead, tied on with a strip of faux suede. I made her a necklace with leather cord, to which I attached a small medallion, made with a small round Hama bead design, a piece of the feather trim I got for Frida’s dress, and two pieces of faux suede sewn together and used as backing. I glued it all together with a glue gun. I used strips of faux suede to tie in Ronja’s hair, and made an arm decoration and covers for her boots to make them look right. The face paint was pretty straight forward, but I did sponge gold coloured face paint onto her face, to give her a bit of a golden skin-feel. I don’t think I ever got around to telling you about my face painting craze, really – it escalated last year, and I love creating these small short-lived designs. Also, I am lucky enough to have girls that want me to paint them. Mads gave me a gift card for a face painting course for Christmas, which I am looking so much forward to using!

VampirePrincess

For Frida’s costume I decided to make a black tulle skirt. It was created from one of the many tutorials on how to do no-sew tulle skirts – I looked at this one. I didn’t have enough silk ribbon to add that to the skirt as well the way it has been done in the tutorial – otherwise I would have. Actually, my mom did most of the skirt, since I was running short on time, and she was visiting, but we both enjoyed the cooperation. For the corset, I found a pattern in one of my sewing magazines, SYmagasin 11/2011. It was for a dress, but I only used the top, and my mom and I worked together to create a pattern for the fabric that goes over the top of the tulle skirt. It doesn-t show so well in the pictures, but it has points in a shape that’s similar to the edge of a Batman-cape, and this part I attached to the corset. I added a feather trim that I found in STOF 2000 to the straps – the fabric is from there as well – and the ties are plain black silk ribbon. For embellishments I created a necklace from black silk ribbon with red rhinestones and tied it in a bow on the back of her neck. Frida’s pig tails are sprayed with a ton of hairspray and tied with black tulle and silk ribbon. I used the main fabric to create her diadem and glued on white rhinestones, added cardboard on the back side to give it hold, and Mads helped me spray paint a hairband black to glue it on to.

Frida’s face paint was a result of her wanting to be scary, but not too scary, and we agreed on the spiderweb combined with black and white flowers. I think she was worried that her friends wouldn’t want to play with her if she was too scary, but that seemed to work out alright.  :)

The girls both enjoyed Fastelavn this year, and Frida even won a prize for best costume among the 4 to 6 year olds. She didn’t quite get what was going on until afterwards, but the prize was a gift card for the cinema, so I think we will get a nice outing out of it. I must say, I was a proud mother, because I did spend quite some time creating that costume – as well as Ronja’s, by the way. You can see more pictures in my Flickr if you’re interested.


I have two good Danish friends who have joined forces to make sewing patterns, under the name of CentiLong. I have been wanting to try the patterns for a while, but their first e-book with several sweet patterns, was for smaller sizes, so I couldn’t use those for our girls. However, recently they finished two patterns that covered Ronja’s and Frida’s sizes, and the weekend before Frida and I were going to the hospital, I made one of them for her, a quilted vest from this pattern.

Frida modeling her new vest

Quilted vest

You may have noticed it in my previous post about her surgery, because at the times when she wore her own clothes instead of her nightgown, she wanted to wear the vest as well.

Now, after we returned from hospital, Ronja wanted one like it, and I finished her’s a few days ago. I made this bias tape myself – the one for Frida’s vest I found in some American online shop. I used covered buttons for both vests and the same light quality denim/linen blend for the outer fabric. I have to learn to not spend too much fabric when I have to quilt it – I tend to cut out too much before I quilt, and then I have to cut away quite a bit after it is quilted. But then, I don’t really have any experience with that, so I guess, I just need to do it some more. The pattern is great – I love the shape of the vests. The girls are both slightly small for their age, and I made them a size 104 and 116 which both fitted nicely.

11 appliqué

As you can see, it has the number 11 appliqued on the back, which is Ronja’s own choice – don’t ask me why though, apparently it had something to do with 12 being a significant number in fairytales, and the fact that 11 comes just before 12 makes it special. Whatever, 11 it is. :) She looks a little sad in that first picture, but she really wasn’t. I think she is trying to come up with all kinds of looks that she finds model’ish, when I ask her if I can take a few pictures. Doesn’t prohibit her from cracking up, though.

Vest

They wanted their picture taken together afterwards, and this is what I got. Well, well…

The girls

The other pattern from CentiLong that fits the girls, is definitely also one, that I want to try. It’s a quilted jacket, and a bit of a mouthful for me, I think – especially because of the quilting. But I love it, and when I have the time, I’m going to try it. I’ll let you know when I get to that. I know that Lis and Christina are looking into having their patterns translated for all you English-speaking seamstresses, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well.

In the meantime, you can check out my new list of sewing terms translated from Danish to English (and the other way around) that I made for you right here. Let me know if there’s any way I can improve it for your use, or if you are just missing words. And do feel free to share the link – I made it for anyone who could benefit from a list that translates either one or the other way between English and Danish.

Finally, last weekend I made these patchwork pillows. Quick and easy, and I quite like them. After a while without time for the sewing machine, I’m trying to find my way back there – can you tell?

Patchwork pillows


Told you I was making a dress for Frida. Well, it’s finished, and this is it.

Forest dress for Frida

The pattern is from Alt om håndarbejdes SYmagasin, May 2011 – a Danish sewing pattern magazine, containing patterns for children as well as adults. You may be getting tired of seeing this particular linen on my blog – I have used it before for this tunic, this messenger bag, these pants and several other things. I love the colour! I’m running out of it, however, so fear not – I will need to find new colours. :) The other fabric is from the designer Joel Dewberry – it’s called Majestic Oak, and is from the collection named Modern Meadow.

Forest dress for Frida - button detail

There isn’t much to say about this one – Frida loves dresses, and I made her a dress. Also, she is at an age where she still loves everything I sew for her, which is true for this dress as well.

Here she is wearing it – I absolutely couldn’t get her to look up.

Forest dress for Frida - modeled


The summer vacation came and passed, and it left me with a few things:

  • Increased energy level (love it!)
  • A dream on its way to realisation (love it – you’ll hear more about that!)
  • An understanding that after the third weatherwise terrible summer in Denmark, maybe we just don’t have summer anymore (hate it – someone should pay!)

With this final understanding, I was forced to take seriously, that Ronja outgrew the latest fleece sweater I made for her. She needed a new one.

Hooded Ronja

This is what I made. It’s an Onion pattern – #20024 – I don’t think it’s actually sold anymore. I made a size 128, and had to shorten the sleeves by 5 cm before I added the rib cuffs. That’s my only alteration, except for making the facing at the bottom of the sweater slightly longer. I made a horse appliqué on the back of the sweater for my horse crazy girl – I think it turned out great, and Ronja really loves the sweater as well as the appliqué. The only thing I would alter if I could, is the hood. It looks so sweet when she wears it up, but it is rather big. However, as long as Ronja doesn’t seem to mind, I guess it’s ok.

Ronja's new fleece sweater

Besides the fact that I’m quite happy with the result, I’m SOOOO happy about sewing again (besides cushion covers for the boat)! I have moved on to making a dress for Frida, which you will see shortly. I love sewing – I really do!