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.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dressing the teen: what I learned up to now

Sewing for our eldest has become a little challenging, a very rewarding challenge because it gives me new insights about fitting garments. A few weeks ago, I showed you the shortened Vallis women dresses that I sewed her. Today, I am giving you the teen body take on the Optimum and Litore woman.

After getting such a huge succes with the women Vallis by simply shortening the bottom of the bodice, I tried to do the same with the woman Litore. This was not the same instant success. The finished bodice was gaping a bit at the chest. The fix I did to make it perfect was easy though, I simply shortened the straps at the shoulder about 2 centimeter, one centimeter on each side. This way I did get a perfect fit. I used the A line skirt from the pattern but had to remove the entire hip curve. If you make a woman Litore for your teenage daughter take a good look at the high hip measurement.

The blue dress with flowers is the first Optimum that I made. Because she is between child and women patterns, I dared to see how the dress would fit her. The Risu child version fits her very nicely. The Optimum without adjustments was not a success. Her developed chest was showing too much from the side. I tried to fix it with adding a dart inspired by this hack from the Sofilantjes page. I had done that in the past with a Solis with a similar problem and then it was the perfect solution. At first it seemed to work (it looks great in the pictures) again, but after wearing it for a few hours the Art Gallery fabric that I used seemed to behave differently. It widened a bit, again giving some gaping.

The perfect way to make the Optimum teenage proof is doing the one layer Optimum light hack, the bunny dress with red is my first version. This hack can now also be found on the Sofilantjes page. The band under the arm pulls everything nice and tight but still very comfortable. No gaping what so ever. because of the success with the hacked Optimum I decided to redo the light blue dress. I added a band only around the "armhole". It worked perfectly, no picture though. She had to pull on the dress 5 times before I decided to fix it all with a band and we had already made perfect pictures, so she was not up for that again. Maybe later on Instagram.

What I have learned so far is that bands seem to work very well with developing chests. A small summary regarding Sofilantjes dresses. Risu, and probably all child dresses with sleeves fit fine. The woman Vallis only shortened at the bodice is a winner. The Litore women needs some strap shortening as well, but it is best to test this on your model. Taking in the straps is easy, just cut off the first seam and resew. The Optimum child dress fits best on our teen if I use the Optimum light hack.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mix and match with the Risu

Last month, the Risu dress pattern released. During the release post, I showed you the two straight Risu's that I sewed. The Risu has the same waist as the Solis, Montis, Litore etc. This opens up all kind of mix and match options. In this post I am showing you the dresses that I sewed for a wedding that we had in June.

Let's start off with twirl. For the dress of our youngest I combined the Risu bodice with the Solis full circle skirt. The Hilco fabric that I bought on sale at Joyfits was the perfect match for the circle skirt. The picture is printed two ways on the fabric and this worked very well with a circle skirt that turns  images on the side of the skirt sideways. I put one of the images central on the front and am super excited about the whole look of this dress.

Our eldest got an Art gallery fabric from Joyfits, blue is her favorite color. I made her a size 12 on the child chart. I first made this flower dress and after that I realized that I might have to move to the women chart. The dress still fits perfectly, that is why I love sewing with jersey, but taking her developing body into account is better for the long term. After I sewed this flower dress I therefore sewed these much earlier posted teen dresses.