Saturday, March 28, 2020

Festum dress

The Festum dress was released late last year. I made two, the grey one during pre-test and the colorful one with the final pattern because our middle one was so jealous of her younger sibling. When she saw the grey dress that I sewed in October, she was immediately angry. Apparently, she had requested such a dress before and I never delivered.

The Festum dress has partly braided shoulder bands and three skirt layers. You can sew a dress with all three skirts, but it is also possible to make a tunic by omitting the longer layer(s) or a dress with fewer skirts.

The grey dress is made with Lillestoff Modal, which is very lightweight. Since this was the pre-test version, the skirts of the final pattern have a slightly different length. Please look at the tester photos of the pattern to see how the final version looks. The color bomb is made in jersey, so the dress is rather heavy, but she loves it! To complement the look I also sewed a matching Aura bolero.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Via dress

Last fall, Sofilantjes released the Via top and dress and today, I am showing you the three Via dresses that I sewed for our middle daughter. The pattern was first released as part of the street style capsule of Project Run and Play and the pictures of the animal print version are my attempt to create a street style look.

The Via has plenty of color block options and this first Via that I sewed uses only two different fabrics. The red fabric is the same velvet as the teen dress that I showed last week and the same is true for the animal print fabric. Now that I buy fabric on the bolt, you will see the same fabric more often.

The next Via that I sewed is a much more colorful whole. I used three different fabrics and made the cuffs in a fourth color. The Via comes with cuffs and neckpieces in two lengths, one for ribbing and one for jersey.

The last Via that I sewed is hack. After I sewed the mushroom and bunny panel for our oldest, I still had a mushroom and deer part of the panel left. I glued the front, the middle and side color block pieces together to squeeze as much fabric out of the panel as possible.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Nivalis for a teen

I have been busy the last months and my blog shows this. I was busy with my work and drafted the Permeo, but now, as fo many of you my life is forcefully calming down. Over last months I did sew, though, and I want to start showing you my creations again.

My refound motivation to blog might also be induced by our eldest, who somehow did not like the pictures of herself in the previous pajama blog post. I will pick up my blogging in chronological order, starting with the projects that I sewed in October.

To soothe our eldest’s worries, I am starting with her. She is growing very fast these days and outgrew all her dresses from last winter. She still loves to wear dresses, and I sewed three adult Nivalis dresses for her. Three times the same pattern, but very different dresses.

The bunny version is a panel from Stenzo, I will show the other half later because that also got turned into a dress. The bordeaux one is velvet from Nooteboom. It is super soft and stays pretty wash after wash. The animal print version is paper velvet, also from Nooteboom.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Pajama Party

Today, I am part of a Project Run and play blog tour! The theme of the tour is "pyjamas's" which is perfect for these dark winter days. Our kids love comfortable clothes. The love to wear them all the time, not just in bed. This means that my son actually refuses to wear regular trousers and only wears sweat pants. To avoid a pyjama look, I never make them matching tops and bottoms. Never, until now...

The fabrics in this post were given to me by Katia. I was allowed to pick whatever I wanted from their web shop, and wow that was a hard choice! I picked one stretchy fabric for each kid, just because stretchy fabrics are my favorite thing to sew with. But after picking one for each I still was not satisfied. I had fallen in love with an amazing print in woven. Wolves, perfect for both boys and girls. So, besides all four of them getting a stretchy pyjama, two of them also got a garment in woven. Three of the four knitted fabrics that I chose have a plush inside, making them perfect for winter wear.

For today's blog post I took a rather broad definition of pyjamas's and decided to make clothes that they can wear to bed, on a lazy Sunday, but also to school paired with something else. I am all for versatile clothing and the patterns that I used for their group shot, the Cicero and Turnip Up patterns are the definition of versatile clothing patterns.

I have made several Cicero's by Sofilantjes in the past and my kids always love them. For today's post I decided to play with the pattern and made it with a zipper according to the Cicero instructions, but also hacked one with snaps, and I also made one in which I omitted the entire closing option.  The Cicero comes with plenty of color block options and two types of pockets.

The Cicero that our eldest got, the one in grey snow flakes is most similar to the original pattern. The only thing that I changed was that I omitted the lining from the hood. Our son got a Cicero (vampire bats) with a snap closure and a hacked bomber collar. The snaps were a perfect match with the bats on the fabric. For our middle daughter (elves fabric) I hacked the Cicero in a sweater by cutting the front on the fold (after taking off the seam allowance). I also omitted the waistband because she wanted a short sweater. This sweater will be lovely on jeans as well.

For the bottoms I used the Turnip Up pattern by Petit a Petit & Family. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics with a knit waistband. A lovely detail in the pattern is how the legs are finished, but I actually hacked that out for the bottoms in this post. I simply hemmed all trousers. I also made most of the bottoms in stretch fabric, and the pattern really works very well in stretch fabric.

I really wanted to make our son a shirt with the wolves fabric and I decided to make him a Thyme shirt. I think this pattern works perfectly as a pyajama shirt combined with Turnip Up trousers in the same fabric. In our case though, the shirt will be used for fancy occasions. For Christmas I made a trial version of the Turnip Up trousers for him in dark blue Punti and those fancy pants pair perfectly with his new shirt.

Our youngest got a jersey onesie (fear hug) for which I hacked from the Turnip and Cicero together. It closes with an invisible zipper. In the store she saw a onesie with a pocket and matching plush, which inspired me to make her such an ensemble. On her left hip I sewed a rectangle which perfectly holds the monster that I sewed based on the fabric.

I am almost the last stop on the Pyajama blog tour, be sure to check the Project run and play site for all the earlier posts.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Arcus skirt release

Today, we at Sofilantjes are releasing a new pattern, the Arcus skirt! An easy, fun and beginner friendly skirt which is perfect for scraps. I am only showing you three of the prototype versions that I sewed, but if you push the sales link you can see all the amazing versions that our testers made!

In the summer we often have special activities in the Sofilantjes group and this year I thought it would be fun to have a testing experience. Everyone who was interested had 24 hours to sign up and who signed up would be allowed to test. I ended up with over 280 testers! This meant that for five days I got a constant stream of new awesome skirts.

The Arcus is a twirly skirt made from four panels. The idea behind the skirt is to color block the panels, but as a bonus we also added full panel such that if you want one skirt panel in one fabric you can simply use the complete panel without piecing it together.

You can go bold and have a rainbow of fabrics or simple and use only two or even just one fabric. My first versions were the simple two fabric option, but as usual I got inspired by the testers and I am planning some much bolder ones! The Arcus Skirt release sale will run until the end of the weekend. The pattern is on sale for €3,50 - ex taxes (€4,24 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €6 not incl taxes.