From Inspiration to finished Product

freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

It has been pretty cold in Seattle and a lot colder than usually. I am sitting by the fire in the sun and enjoying the warm heat coming from the fire place. I am surrounded by 2 buckets of laundry waiting to be folded but I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces made by me with you.freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

Oh how much I love my Freya Ladies from FinnLeys. I wear the sweater all the time with a long sleeve shirt in Winter or 3/4 sleeve in Fall Spring. It keeps me nice and warm under my winter coat at the moment. 

When I tested the pattern for Finnleys, most of the girls would do these super cute colorful creations, which are fun and playful. My closet rather consists out of black or dark blue and I don’t wear much playful colors or patterns. Yes, I have some spring/summer colors floating around, but I tend to grab the black dress over the red one all the time. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black side view

I browsed Pinterest a bit and ended up finding some cool jackets with leather or pleather pieces. And I really wanted to incorporate that into my design. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black inspiration board

I never worked with Pleather before. The one I used is highly stretchy and reacts like any other Jersey. Took me a bit to figure out, that I needed to be to be more careful while sewing almost non-stretch with super stretchy fabric together. So one of the armholes is a bit more stretched than I usually like to, but I still love it! <3I started a second sweater out of sweater knit with my own piping, when I ironed the piece I forgot that I made the piping out of polyester and it melted away in the middle of the sweater. So sad, now I have to take the whole thing apart and do it over again!.

I’ll post pictures of the new one once it’s fixed. It might take a while because opening Serger stitches on sweater knit takes forever. Especially black on black 😀

These awesome pictures are done by Jennifer Burns from Trellis Photography. Thank you Jen <3 She also takes our family pictures!

To showcase…

I am so excited to show you these pictures. Elliott and I had so much fun taking these. The days here have been so hot, that I went out in the morning with the kids to get the photos done. Liam was sleeping in his stroller, while E was going wild.Taeschling Alleleikind sweing diy boys toddler

He loves his new Täschling, the pants are super comfy. They have the right amount of room to run around, jump, climb and just be a goofy toddler.

Taeschling sewing diy Allerleikind

I had to bribe him sometimes and tell him : “Put your tongue in”, “Look at me”, “No, take your arms out of the shirt”. I wanted to be stern, but I actually laughed the whole time.IMG_2899

Watching him being the “cool guy” as he calls it and being the loveable goof , made me realize how much he has grown in the last couple months. Made by Lili Taeschling 2.0 Gr. 104 (10)

He asks me tons of questions and tells me so many stories, that I am sometimes amazed on how much he knows. He now asks me to make him clothes, which used to be a struggle and a fight to try something on.

diy sewing pants

I speak German to the kids most of the time, yes I do slip a lot of English in, but for a tired Mama of 2 two with a full on speaking English household, it’s sometimes just easier. And I have to remind myself to keep on speaking German, because now E is picking up the language and using words in his sentences. It’s quiet entertaining to hear him build the words into his sentences.

close up diy pants

Just a couple of months and Big Brudi is turning 4. Amazing 4 years. Funny, my intention was to write about the Allerleikind’s Täschling and I completely let my Mama heart go sentimalitis.close up taeschling

In the next post I’ll talk about more Taeschling The pattern was provided by Allerleikind.

Elsa and Bob {Part 1}

Tool Belt DIY

I’ve actually sewn these shirts a while ago and haven’t had a chance to show them to you. Here is my cute couple Elsa and Bob. It was so adorable to see the two of them pose together and finally to get Elliott to stand still! Unbelievable what girls can do to boys! 🙂

DIY Elsa Frozen Shirt Bob the builder Shirt Toolbelt

I’ll first show you Bob the builder. I created the shirt with a tool belt for all of Elliott’s play tools. He loves to pretend building and working on his tool bench. And yes he loves to watch Bob the builder on TV too. 🙂

and Bob the builder Shirt with Tool belt

The belt was made out of scraps which I had left over from a shirt I made for E a long time ago.

Tool Belt DIY

And here are the steps on how you can recreate the tool belt on any shirt you sew: DIY Tutorial Tool Belt Bob the builderIt’s hard work posing for pictures and every Builder needs a snack.collage

 

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)

Tool Belt Fabric: Birch Fabrics

What does the Fox say…

I was so happy to hear a couple days ago, that I was selected to test a pattern for two awesome gals in Germany. FinnLeys and Trollis Nadelwald worked together on the collaboration Freya meets Wildlife, which is just overly cute.IMG_2019

With this pattern you can create an super comfy costume for boys and girls. You can create a fox, dragon, raccoon, kitty or a bunny. And I just had to create a fox for the boys.5

And I have to say we are a bit fanatic with the foxes since Liam was born. As you can see 🙂 Finnley meets Wildlife

Elliott and I have listened to “What does the fox say..” over and over, it just gets stuck in your head and it”s funny, especially for a 3 year old Toddler.7

The boys love wearing their Freya meets WildlifeNew ImageIMG_2029

 

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Not enough Shirts?

Shirts DIY Lillestoff Birch FabricYou can have never enough shirts! Doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl! I’ve managed to show a lot of my shirts on Facebook or Instagram, but never on here. So as promised…here they are:

Shirts DIY Lillestoff Birch Fabric close up toddler shirt

To be honest, those are not even all of the Shirts I’ve made, most of them are already to small. Which always makes me a little sad, because I love each and every one of them. At least I will have another little one which can wear them at some point! 🙂 And then some of them were given away as birthday presents. Shirts DIY Lillestoff Birch Fabric

Most of the time I am using Lillestoff to sew the Shirts for Elliott and mix them with a solid color Jersey I buy at the local fabric Store.

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Sometimes I am lucky enough to have matching Lillestoff and it’s a lot easier to create the shirts, than finding the right contrast colors. Shirts DIY Lillestoff Birch Fabric

The last shirt I’ve created, I actually also used Birch fabric for the sleeves. It still had some left over from another shirt, I’ve created a couple months ago.Shirt Made from Lillestoff and Birch Fabric

And I made it matching to the Taeschling E is wearing from the last Blogpost.Taeschling and Shirt Diy

Let me know if you want to know more about Lillestoff, which seller I prefer etc. I haven’t found a fabric Store in the Seattle Area, which sells it, so I buy my fabric online or import it. Just email me really quick and I will get back to you!

I’ve also linked the post to Made4BOYS and Freutag