School is starting all over the world, which equals back-to-school-sewing in the blog community. Bloggers are showing off their skills by sewing perfectly matching wardrobes. I am not one of those bloggers. I simply have an inability to sew matching garments. Everything I sew is bold or extremely bold. On her blog, this week, I already reacted that I love sewing dresses because they do not have to be combined with anything (I know other people create beautiful combinations with cardigans and shoes, I simply sew long sleeves for winter and ignore any matching issues with shoes).
One of the
many back-to-school blog sewing activities is over here. You can win
some great prizes if you sew something with the patterns of their
sponsors and link up.
I have a weakness for sewing link ups and I owned a few of the suitable
patterns. One of the sponsors is Sofilantjes and garments sewn with the
Domi, Otium for girls or Bueram patterns all qualify for entering the
game. Being my enthusiastic self, I decided to sew all three of them.
The Domi and Otium will be discussed in this post, the Bueram is for
Let's start with the Otium for girls. The name
clearly states for who this pattern is intended, well, I like to draw
outside the lines. I hacked the pattern for my son and my eldest
daughter loves the shirt that much, she wants one too.
main change I made is putting in a zipper. Instead of having a lined
front pocket, I doubled the entire front and used the lines for the
pocket to position the zipper. I sewed the Otium with the honest
intention of matching it with the Domi I sewed a week earlier. The shirt
was to be a relatively plain shirt.
While searching fabric for
the Otium, I noticed a piece of jersey that was too small for a shirt,
but perfect for my Otium hacking plan. I had used the fabric here and
all my kids had mentioned how much they liked the print. I mirrowed the
position of the pocket because my son is a lefty. In the picture my son is pretending to be sad because of the huge cut in his shirt.
to a non-plain Otium, reaffirming my inability to sew low-key garments.
It doesn't match with the Domi, so I decided that I would simply blog
about two different outfits. I matched the Otium with a pair of orange (store bought)
pants, I think the combination works very well.
Of course, my son
had to have his good friend in the pictures as well. That good friend
can now travel with him everywhere without being lost. On the picture
below he is pretending to have a tummy ache from eating him.
didn't manage to make good picture of the empty shirt without my son
covering at least a part of it. This picture has the bear inside (and he is pretending to be surprised that his bear disappeared), in case
you are wondering what that strange bump is. The dotted fabric is from Lillestoff and the black uni fabric I bought from Joyfits.
Now for the
second part of this post, the Domi. After sewing these two, I simply
had to sew the long version as well to complete the Domi trifecta. The
main fabric is from Hilco. I used a decorative stitch, consisting of
little stars, to make the pockets (because not enough was going on yet
on that fabric, right).
I lowered the rise of the Domi because my
son prefers to wear it on his hips. I just took of 5 centimeter around
the entire top of the pattern . My eldest two kids have almost the same
hip size, so I will use this lowered rise version for my daughter as
Sewing went smooth, taking pictures not so much. I matched
the Domi with a plain red shirt. My son did not agree. He didn't like
the red shirt, he wanted to wear the zipper Otium. Pictures without a
shirt were the only way to avoid the non-matching Otium.
loves loud combinations (he is allowed to pick his own clothes) but for
the blog I am trying to tone down the crazy wear a bit. I read on
several blogs that people feel that blogs show a too perfect life, well
that is true here as well. I therefore decided to also include a picture
of how this will actually be worn. My son loves it, which is the most
important thing right?
I love to hear what you think of my creations.
Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google
translate might have to assist me if you choose something different
than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).