What do you prefer, pants or dresses?

That is a question, I think is impossible to answer. One does not exclude the other. For me it is all about the fit and style. As long as the outfit I am wearing makes me feel great and emphasizes who I am.

No matter what style you prefer you can wear both. The important thing is that you choose the right fit and silhouette. For me it is a tight shape around my waist and bum and with long and wide legs. I newer choose to go for a pair of pants that are in fashion, so some seasons my pants are in fashion and sometime they are not. However, that does not matter; I feel and look great in them.

The No. 7 Vanløse pants is my favorite pair. I have made them in many different fabrics and in many different versions. Both a sailor version, a pair of shorts and some with pin tucks. The latest pair is a pair with even more width in.

On Thursday I will show you how to make thees lovely pair of wide legged pair of pants.

Have a lovely day

Best Nanna 


In the beginning of this year, I made a challenge for myself. I made a list of clothes I want to make this year. You can see the full list here. It seems like the challenges itself is not that big. The big challenge it to get the pictures taken.

For me the visual expression is so important and therefor I put a lot of effort into getting the pictures taken. Beside the obvious, the clothes. I have to decide for the styling, find the right location and of course a photographer. One that understand my esthetics and what I think is a good picture. The easiest would be if I could take the pictures myself but I am playing around as the model so that is not a possibility ;)

This means that I am so behind with getting the pictures taken. However, here I will show you one of the 12 dresses I have to make this year, according to my list:)

Have a lovely day

Love Nanna


I am quit a collector. I have a soft spot for two things. Shoes and jewelry. Shoes I always buy from new. With Jewelry it is a whole other story.

I Love the sparkling rhinestone and of course diamonds, the luxurious feeling of gold and the beautiful crafted silver. The jewelry I buy is either the sparkling costume ones or more classical quality jewels. I really like the Danish silver design from the 1940s and 1950s. My latest buy are this silver earrings from Herman Siersbøl. Two years ago, I saw a pair just like these in an antique store and fell in love. I went home to think about it. When I went back a couple of days later, they ware sold. This Friday I was scrolling through Instagram and then they was there. This time I did not think about it. I bought them right away. Now they are mine. I hope that they will be my daughters someday and that she will be as happy about them as I am.


Summer is my favorite time of the year. There is so many nice (“hyggelig” is the Danish word, but there is no explanation for that in English) flea markets.

One thing is all the small market places another is all the trips to visit friends in their summer houses. Some weeks ago we went to Tisvilde, a small town north of Copenhagen and there was a flea market with a lot of good stuff. When I go to a flea market I always have a mental list, however I also try to go with the flow.  

At this market, I found one of the thing I had on my list. Ever since I saw Downtown abbey I have dream of a shawl with embroidery and long fringes. You know, the one you can drape over your shoulder, and puff, you look innocent and mysterious at the same time. I found just the right silk shawl in the right color and with a flower embroidery. Now I just need a warm summer evening.


Okay, this dress is an absolutely favorite dress. I love everything about it! The tight shirt, the short sleeve and the collar on the bodice. If you know my sewing patterns you have probably spotted that this dress in a combination of no. 5 Århus and No. 6 København.

This is just a little teaser. I will show you how to make this combination soon

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Fabric: Fabric minds

Shoes: ZARA


Hallo and welcome to

A couple of month ago I decided to split up my website into a DK and a COM. Therefore, for the last month I have been working on the .com site. This site will only be in English. English is not my native languish so bare with me if there is some grammar or spelling mistakes, however if I repeating the same mistake please let me know. Then I can do better.

Now it´s done and I hope you will enjoy it. Please let me know if something does not work and I will fix it.

Best Nanna



In this post I will show you how to make a pair of city shorts from thh No. 7 Vanløse trousers


Divide the pattern pieces into 2 pieces

  • Mark the length of the shorts, here 23 cm and draw a horizontal line, right angle to the grainline.
  • Make a horizontal line where the zip notch is.
  • You don’t need the lower part

Divide the shorts into 4 pieces

  • Make a spread of 2 cm in the two vertical lines.
  • Tape all the pieces together



Each pattern piece is marked with a capital letter. On the cutting layout plan, you’ll find the same capital letters so that you can easily see which pattern pieces to use for the version you’ve chosen.

NB! also cut patternpiece H, I and for the facing on patternpiece Y

You need:

  • Fabric
    • Width 140 cm
      • EU 34-48/UK 6-20/US 2-16 2,5 Mtr.
    • Width 110 cm
      • EU 34-48/UK 6-20/US 2-16 2,75 Mtr.
  • Thread
  • Invisible zipper 30 cm  
  • Fusing 30 cm
  • 6 buttons with a diameter of 2-2,5 cm


Sew front piece:

  • sew the two front pieces, right sides together, up to 1 cm after where the facing starts.
  • Fold the facing onto the wrong side, fold accordingly to the fold line on your pattern, and press
  • Sew with wring sides together sew the underlap on front. pres seam open
  • base stitch the overlap to keep in place.


The sailor pants is a Classic. And for many years I have dreamed of a pair. In this week, I will guide you to make your own pair of sailor trousers with the No. 7 pattern.

First, you have to change the pattern. You are only going to work with the front piece.

Divide your waist in two

1. Draw a line straight down to the bottom. The line needs to be parallel with the grainline

Draw the front panel

2. On your new line, make a mark 17 cm down. Make a right angel square with a width of 4 cm se drawing. This is going to be the facing.

Draw your side panel

3. Make a mark 11 cm down at your CF. from this point draw a curved line to the 17 cm mark.

Trace off the two pattern piece.

4. Draw a dotted line to indicate a fold line on

5. Ad seam allowance in the center of the pattern pieces

6. Make a facing pattern piece for interfacing


New week new inspiration for your Vanløse pattern

I love to put on high waisted trousers; I think they are classy and very flattering on most women. I like the way they hug where the naturally waist is and the fact that I can hide my bum when I pick up my daughter or bend over. The Vanløse trousers have a high waist, but I have made a version with an even higher waist.  I have removed the facing and replaced it with a shaped waistband instead.

I made them for the photo shoot of my latest pattern the No. 10 Stockholm and No. 11 Malmø I think the combination of the patterns is perfect.

I have made an extra pattern piece for the waistband and you can print it here.



Each pattern piece is marked with a capital letter. On the cutting layout plan, you’ll find the same capital letters so that you can easily see which pattern pieces to use for the version you’ve chosen.

NB! Cut pattern piece X & Y in interfacing one time.

You will need:

  • Fabric: Width 140 cm
    • EU 34-48/UK 6-20/US 2-16 2,5 Mtr.
  • Fabric: Width 110 cm
    • EU 34-48/UK 6-20/US 2-16 2,5 Mtr.
  • Thread
  • Invisible zipper 35 cm  
  • Interfacing/fucing 30 cm


13.  Place the waistband at the waist of the trousers, right sides together, and sew it in place. Press the seam allowance into the waistband. 

14.  Sew in the invisible zipper

15.  Place the two waistbands righte sides together and sew together at the top.

16.  Understitch the waistband.

17.  Fold the inside of the waistband back. The waistbands is now facing right sides together. Sew the ends by the zipper 0,5 cm from the raw edge.

18.  Turn the waistband. Press and finish the waistband by stitching in the ditch from the right side of the skirt.


Only work with the front piece

  1. Fold front piece on the center, the bottom must fit on top of each other.
  2. Draw a line where the line is placed. Cut the line.
  3. Now there are two pieces. Make a parallel spread of 0,5 cm and tape the two pieces together again.
  4. The spreading is what is sewn to make the fold.

Press front piece

  1. Press both front pieces.
  2. Fold front piece on the center, the bottom must fit on top of each other
  3. Press the fold straight and sharp.

Sew the pintuck

  1. Sew along the folded edge 0,2 cm from edge
  2. Now it´s done and the trousers are sewn together by follow the sewing instructions.


I have made an extra pattern piece for the No.6 københavn sewing pattern. It is an extension for the collar of version 2, so you can make a small knot on the back where the collar stops. I love how it turned out so now you also have the opportunity to print the pattern piece yourself and make one. Download the pattern piece here

I love when you share what you make. So feel free to tag me on Instagram or facebook. Use #howtodofashion and for this dress I would also make a #no6copenhagen

Happy sewing



The best thing about making your own clothes is that you can make something that really fits and make you look your best.

I my “pattern closet” I do not have so many different thing however many of the can be mixed and match in different ways. I always take my time to make my clothes fit like a glove so when I can mix and match the different patterns I can get so many different versions. This dress is a combination of two patterns a no. 1 Dragør and a No. 6 København.

If you think that you also want to make a dress like this I have made a special price bundle of these two patterns. You can get it here

Then; how to you make it? I have made a sewing instruction for this version you can see it here

Fitting and adjustments:

I recommend that you always make a muslin before you cut the fashion fabric, to make sure your finished dress will fit you perfectly. Find the fitting guide  here


Each pattern piece is marked with a capital letter. On the cutting layout plan, you’ll find the same capital letters so that you can easily see which pattern pieces to use for the version you’ve chosen.

NB! ad 1 cm CB on top (Pattern piece B, No. 1 Dragør) This is because you need to sew the invisible zipper at CB.

NB! also cut pattern piece B No.1 in lining

You will need

  • Fabric width 140 cm
    • EU 34-48/ UK 6-20/US 2-16 2,3  Mtr.
  • Fabric width 110 cm
    • EU 34-48/ UK 6-20/ US 2-16 3,1 Mtr.
  • lining 0,5 mtr.
  • invisible zipper 45 cm
  • Thread


This beautiful dress is a combination of the sewing pattern No. 1 Dragør and No. 5 Århus. When I develop a new sewing pattern, I always try to make a pattern that can be combined with other HTDF sewing patterns. I love when you can mix a sewing pattern with others, because it gives you so many possibilities. In this blog post I will show how you can make a dress like this yourself. I have also made a FREE printable pattern piece for the bow. That, you also get here.

in the web shop, I have made a bundle with both patterns for a special price.

Choose the right size for the skirt

When you choose the size for the skirt, go up a size. If you fit a size 42 with the blouse, use a size 44 for the skirt. If you fit a size 48, take the skirt from size 48 and add 1.5 cm to each side seam.

Fitting and adjustments:

I recommend that you always make a muslin before you cut the fashion fabric, to make sure your finished dress will fit you perfectly. Find the fitting guide Here

You will need

  • Fabric
    • width 140 cm
      • EU 34-40/ UK 6-12 /US 2-8 2.1 Mtr
        • EU  42-48/ UK 14-20 /US 10-16 3.5 Mtr.
    • width 110 cm
      • E U 34-48/ UK 6-20/ US 2-16 4.3 Mtr.
  • Zipper 30 cm
  • Lining 60 cm all sizes
  • Thread




Sew the skirt

Sew the bodice


Last year I showed you this Mix and match dress, one of my absolute favorite dresses. The bodice is version 2 from the No. 1 Dragør sewing pattern. The armscye on this dress I finished with a single fold Bias band. This is a very simple way to finish a curved edge, like an armscye.

  • Cut a bias band, witH a width of 3 cm, in the same fabric as the piece you are going to make the edge on.
  • Fold the bias band 
  • Place the folded bias band on the edge of the armscye
  • sew in the middle of the bias band
  • Finish the raw edge with an overlock
  • Fold the finished edge on to the vrong side of the fabric. Press the edge nicely.


One of the things I like about a great pattern is when it easily can be made into another design. The No. 8 Svaneke sewing pattern is so versatile. here I will give you one more way to use the pattern.

If you do not have the pattern yet you can get it here both as a printed pattern and PDF pattern.

I have made this blouse in a jacquard bought at fabric minds. I did not like the right side of the fabric, so I used the wrong side. 

For this version I have used version 2 and made the waist pleats from version 1

You will need:


  • 110 cm wide

o   Size 34-48 1,4 m Fabric

  • 110 cm wide

o   Size 34-48 1.8 m

  • Thread
  • 1 zipper 15-20 cm long.
  • 20 cm interfacing

Make Pattern piece X (peplum)

  • The measurement of the peplum is the finished waist measurement x 2 you need the measurement from version 1.
  • The finished height is 15 cm.
  • I use 2 cm for hem

Example for a size 40:

High 15 cm + 1 cm for seam allowance + 2 cm for hem = 18 cm

Width 80 cm + 1 cm for seam allowance =81 this pattern piece needs to be cut on fold see cutting lay plan


  • mark the square darts to your pattern and then to your fabric when cutting
  • fold the darts right sides together, and sew to the markings.

Sew the peplum:

14. overlock the two short sides and one of the longe sides on both pieces.

15. sew the peplum together in the side seams (short sides) right sides together. press seam open

16. gather the peplum so it fits to the bodice. Make the side seams fit on to each other.

17. Sew the peplum to the bodice, right sides together.

18. Finish the waist seam allowance by overlocking or with bias tape

19. hem the peplum with either a narrow hem (great for shirt fabric and cotton) or a invisible hem  like on the one i did