Rafiki Mwema and Ainslee Fox

As you know I have been testing new patterns for Ainslee Fox before. This time around it feels extra special, not only was it something I haven’t done before, it was also for a very good cause.

12401997_10154805448702619_7387833016269650843_oJen Kennedy, owner of Ainslee Fox, have designed doll versions of four of her beautiful
patterns. You can now get Disco dress, Bell’s Beach dress, Honey Gum dress and Mem Rose Skirt in mini versions. They go beautiful togehter, the big girl dress and the doll dress. The patern comes in five sizes so Matildas Waldorfdoll (30 cm/12″) looks just as good as her Our Generation doll (45 cm/18″)

The good cause is that all money from pattern selling goes to Rafiki Mwema, a safe house for girls from 15 months and up who have been abused i the worst possible way. They help them with medical issues, legal issues and therapeutic issues and Rafiki Mwema need all the help they can get.

So buy them here by klicking: http://rafikimwema.com/product-category/ainslee-fox/

Right now they are sold in a bundle of four patterns, with a complementary top to the skirt, for only $10/85 kr

DO get them, not only for the girls at Rafiki Mwema, but for yourself. They are truly adorable.


Busy bee has been sewing a lot

Sorry blog! Didn’t mean to put you on hold. Forgive me.

Lately I have been sewing a few more dresses but time of year and weather have made it difficult to take good pictures of them. When Matilda is home it’s to dark to get any pictures and it has been really rainy and boring weather the past weekends.

I will still get the “crappy” pictures I have and present them here, hopfully next weekend will be better and me and Matilda will be able to get outside for better pictures. 🙂

Without much further ado, let me introduce “The Dresses”:

Genevieve Dress by Violette Field Threads

Genevieve Dress by Violette Field Threads

Genevieve Dress by Violette Field Threads
Sewn in size 6 with Michael Miller “Petal Flower Fairies” fabric from Lilla Tussilago and my mums old curtains 😀
Yes, that is true! The lace was hanging in the window in my parents house when I was younger.It was a fun and quite easy dress to sew, but with a very beautiful and intricate outcome.

Bow Peep Dress by Anslee Fox

Bow Peep Dress by Anslee Fox

Bow Peep Dress by Ainslee Fox
I think this might be one of my favourite model of all the dresses I have made (the Alyss dress is right there at the top too).
In my opinion, Ainslee Fox patterns are something extra, they will not disapoint you.

This dress is made in size 6 as well and even this one is made with fabric from Michael Miller. This one is called “Flower Fairies Dawn Till Dusk” and bought on Etsy at Jean Marie’s Fabrics.

The Celeste Dress by Create Kids Couture

The Celeste Dress by Create Kids Couture

Celeste Dress by Create Kids Couture

For about a week ago I participated in my first Sew-along (SAL). For six days we got tasks to finish before a certain time and then you uploaded a picture of what you have done that day and a random winner was drawn (you won a pattern from CKC). It was a lot of fun, I really liked the concept of everyday tasks. Anyway 😀 This Celeste Dress is the result of the SAL.

The fabric comes from the same lace curtains I mentioned in the Genevieve post. Yep, mum curtains again 🙂 Pale pink, yellow and green. Some purple and darker green as well. The dark green in the ruffle is actually to be found in the flower pattern.

Halloween in the beautiful Alyss Dress

Alyss Dress by Ainslee Fox

My super cute little witch
Photo: OzDeleau

It’s Halloween on Saturday and of course Matilda will have a new dress. This one is actually the first one I made from Ainslee Fox patterns and it’s the Alyss Dress.

The Alyss dress is an Alice in Wonderland inspired dress designed to look like a blouse and high waisted skirt. Unfortenately my fabric for the skirt was just enough for the skirt so now Matilda have cats on her skirt and bats around her waist. It removes a bit of the illusion of blouse and high waisted skirt, but I’m still pleased with how it turned out.

I’m currently working on a three layer tulle petticoat in white and I wish I had the time to make a black one before Saturday but I don’t think that is doable. It would look so nice… maybe I have to try anyway, I think I do.

This dress is a bit challenging to do but the result is really worth it. I made a size 7 due to Matildas length and I think the bodice was a bit big for her, it still looks very nice though and this way she might be able to use it more times than one (as if I won’t make a new one for next year)

Alyss Dress by Ainslee Fox

Happy Halloween!
Photo: OzDeleau

The Billie Dress by Ainslee Fox

The Pattern is here now, it was actually released yesterday but the urge to sew yet another dress (will be blogged when it is entirly finished) ruined my intentions to blog. The past few weeks I have, as you know, been a tester for Ainslee Fox new pattern the Billie Dress. It’s a rockabilly inspired dress with very cute details and an amzing ability to change looks depending on fabric.

Ps, If you buy the pattern before the 19th of October you get the Bille Bag for free

Overall I suggest to visit Ainslee Fox’s website, there is a numerous beautiful dress pattern there, just waiting to be downloaded and then sewn. I must confess that I own most of them and I have already tried four of the dresses, the Billie Dress, Bow Peep Dress, Disco Dress and the Alyss Dress (and yes, they will alla be blogged about in time) 🙂

Billie Dress by Ainslee Fox

Midsummer dressed rockabilly style
Photo: OzDeleau

Billie Dress - fine cord

Toward new adventures in another decade
Photo: OzDeleau

Billie Dress - Flower Girl

Sweet flower dress in the garden
Photo: OzDeleau

I am very proud to have had this experience, I have never done this before and I really loved to be part of it. All the talented ladies who also were in the test group and the ideas, creativity and kindness that was part of this has been amazing. Thank you everybody!

All the Billie Dresses made the last few week by the talented ladies who tested the dress


Photo session with photographer OzDelau

Vid rosa klänning

My beautiful girl

New best friend?

New best friend?

For the last three weeks it feels like I have done nothing but sewing. I have made eight dresses in 23 days and even though it has been really fun I do feel a bit beat today.

Yesterday we went to Åsa Deleau Wiklund who is a stunning photographer, she recently became runner up for the Swedish masters in portrait photography. Matilda was amazing when it came to modeling and having patience with us. Eight dresses with props and backgrounds in one and a half hour.

As usual the pictures turned out absolutely stunning, it shows off the dresses just as I wished and Matilda looked lovely.

The dresses here are from Candy Castle Pattern, they have really beautiful, easy to use-patterns. The Christmas dress is the Peppermint Swirl Dress and so is the pink skirt.
The pink dress, however, has a bustier from Ainslee Fox and it’s from the lovely Disco Dress.

I am going to take a small pause in sewing (I have too many chrochet WIP waiting for me) but I think I will be back in my sewing room in no time 🙂

Have so many plans right now 😀

Pink twirly dress

Like a fairy princess

This years Christmas dress

This years Christmas dress



Ainslee Fox – new pattern

Ainslee Fox - flower dress

Sneek peak of the flower dress, size 7 y

This is so fun and exiting, and I’m so happy about it.
Ainslee Fox, owned by Jen Kennedy, is a company providing beautiful sewing patterns for children’s dresses.
Ainslee Fox has just released a new pattern and needed test seamstresses to sew directly from the pattern and then evaluate it. I was one of the ladies who was picked for the task.

Right now I have two dresses going on at the same time, a flower dress in size 7 y and a more rockabilly inspired on in size 6 y. I am about to start a third on since Jen slightly modified the pattern to make the fit a little bit tighter by the arm pit.

Ainslee Fix - red dress

Rockabilly dress in the making – size 6y

The dress is very beautiful with lots of nice details and the one who is supposed to wear it, my daughter Matilda, is very pleased with it.

I will go through my fabrics today trying to find out what the third dress will look like. The big question now is – when will Matilda have time to wear all of this dresses. Even though it’s springtime i Australia where Jen lives, here in Sweden winter is coming and these are all very beautiful spring and summer dresses.

That gave me an idea for a third dress, I hav a really cute baby cord, maybe I can make the third dress a little bit more wintery.

Update will come 🙂

Virkad klockad sommarhatt – mönster

Sommarhatt Virkad

Efter att ha hittat Svetlanas video där hon virkar sin ljuvliga sommarhatt ville jag såklart prova själv. Min ryska är dock rätt obefintlig men videon är enkel och tydlig och var inte svår att följa.

Det är dock inte självklart att man följer en video på ryska lätt så för att underlätta har jag “översatt” mönstret till svenska, jag har skrivit ned vad jag sett i videon allt eftersom samt jämfört med hur jag själv gjort. Jag hoppas det är förståeligt.

Du hittar mönstret som PDF här: Gratis mönster på sommarhatt

*uppdatering: då jag är ny på detta har jag fått feedback på att visa saker är felskrivna i mönstret, jag ska åtgärda detta så

Hatten är virkad med Sheepjes nya garn Catona vilket är ett garn av 100% bomull. Det är ett underbart garn som är mjukt men ändå håller formen bra, det är lite glansigt då det är merceriserat. Det går åt ca 70 g till bara hatten, blommor etc är extra. Jag har hittat mitt garn i Facebookgruppen “Garnlådan” där för närvarande två säljare har det, titta i mappen “Bomull”. Garnlådan är en sluten grupp så medlemskap krävs.

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