Sunday, May 28, 2017

Continued celebration

A few weeks ago, Evi asked me if I would like to take part in a surprise tour for Anne from Sofilantjes*. A small token of our appreciation for her hard work and creative ideas. In my previous post, the official Sofilantjes anniversary blog tour, I wrote that I always get a lot of joy from sewing Sofilantjes's patterns, so of course, I was game for another tour. Like in my previous Sofilantjes post, I again used very special fabric, this time it is fabric that I printed myself.

This time I indulged myself on jersey fabric and made a Mantica* and a Hibernis*/ ADVT* mash. The basis of the shirt is the ADVT, I wanted to "frame" the white based fabric, so I added bands on the sleeves and the bottom like with the Hibernis. I redrew the V neck into a circle neckline. On the Mantica I hacked the pocket a bit. Instead of having the entire front as one pocket, I made a hidden kangaroo pocket. I wrote a short tutorial on how I did it, and you can find it here.

I printed this dragon fabric during my first Bobbinhood workshop at de Stoffenmadam in the end of April. Earlier, I showed you a shirt made with my first screen workshop on a chemical screen, this dragon was made with a stencil print that I cut with my Silhouette. Silhouette and stencil printing are a killer combi. Here you can see the print in more detail and how I build it.

I knew I wanted to make a print that would work for my son and went for a dragon. I did not want to copy something from the web. I wanted something without possible copyrights and tried drawing something myself. Let's say that the next week I went to the library to get a book about drawing. I clearly miss some basic skills there, but I have hope for the future. I did need a print though, so I asked my sister in law who draws, if she could make a dragon. She actually had a dragon just laying around and with some Photoshop, a skill that I do possess, I turned that one into a cute print.

The workshop was great, it gave me the confidence that I needed to try this at home as well. I got several tips, like printing with a blanket underneath your fabric and that you do not need to be too afraid of a little-wet ink. I had no clue what my fabric would become, and because I wanted to have as many options as possible, I printed a double direction print. I placed the odd rows upside down, this way I would be able to turn my pattern piece whichever way I needed.

For the Mantica, I used golden contrasting glitter fabric that I bought at Textielstad. I squeezed all that was possible from the dragon fabric, but had to cut half of the dress from the golden fabric. I really liked the effect though and I because of it, I felt my son's shirt needed one last finishing touch. There were a few small spots in the fabric anyway and I decided to use some flex foil to cover them. I used the same scraps as when I made this dress. Really, never throw away flex, even when it is peeled, is is perfect for small projects.

I, of course, was not the only one that was asked to surprise Anne. These lovely ladies also sewed something with Sofilantjes's patterns to join the fun. Due to the third anniversary, there is an anniversary short sale going on at the moment at the Sofilantjes web shop. You can get 20 % off the entire cart (excluding bundles, paper patterns, and gift cards) with the code WEARE3 until May 29 11:59 pm EST.

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). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.


  1. Wat een geweldig stofje!! En superleuk gecombineerd in het jurkje!

  2. Je bent me toch ook een creatieve duizendpoot hè! Verrassende combinatie die heel erg geslaagd is.

  3. Waw, knappe creaties!! Zelf heb ik met dit stofje een lichte voorkeur voor het jongensshirt en die flexrestjes vind ik gewoon prachtig passen erbij!