The Perfect Spring Jacket

It is officially Spring and what a better choice  for a spring jacket then the Cicero Jacket? Although we live in South Florida and it’s hot a lot of the time, we do get some cold fronts and the temperature cools down.  Made out of the right knit fabric, the Cicero is perfect for our weather.

Cicero Jacket in light blue with collar option

I love a pattern that has a lot of options and this pattern has just that.  The Cicero Jacket has 2 neckline options, two sleeve options and two bodice options.  The pattern instructions as very straight forward if you want to make the color block option and comes with coloring pages that contain the pattern style lines so you can plan out your fabric choices.

Cicero Jacket

I did not go for the color block option this time around and decided on one main solid color.  I made my son’s jacket out of this beautiful Sky Blue Solid Cotton Jersey Terry Knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  I purchased it two years ago and unfortunately it’s sold out.  There are many other knit options out there.  I decided to give the jacket some contrast by making the collar, cuffs and waist band in Doodles Cotton Interlock Fabric Heather Gray from Joann Fabric.  I think that the gray compliments the sky blue terry knit perfectly.

Front view of Cicero Jacket

I decided to go with the collar option because I made him a Velocitas Hoodie that you can read all about HERE.  For this jacket, I decided to use his waist measurement for the pattern size I would cut and I made a size 12.  I didn’t have to make any alterations to the pattern at all.  It is always best to go by the body measurements to cut your pattern since my big boy is only 9. lol

Cicero Jacket

The Cicero Jacket is such a great sew and with the detailed pattern instructions, I was able to make this jacket in just one afternoon.  I love the fit of it and I just know my son will be wearing it all the time.  I think my next one will have the hood option and I will make it color blocked.

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Solis Reversible Swimsuit Hack

Hey guys! It’s Karly from Paisley Roots and today I am sharing how to turn the Solis into an awesome reversible swimsuit top!
Grab some swim and the Solis Pattern and lets get started!
Since this pattern is already a pretty tight fit, I just use the size my kids measure into. If you would like a tighter fit, size down but make sure to lengthen the pattern to the size your kid fits into.
*Note: This is just for the swim top, you will still need to use a swimsuit or undies pattern to make the bottoms.
First cut out the front and back of Fabrics A & B. Cut out the Neckband and Back-band of a print that coordinates with both A & B fabrics.


Prepare the bands first.

1 – Fold Neckband and Back-band right sides together. Press bands using a heat suitable for the swim you are using.
2 – Sew along edge with a 3/8″ (1cm) seam. Turn both right-side out. Press both well.
Again, since this is swim, be careful with the amount of heat and time you leave the iron on the fabric. You don’t want to burn a hole in your fabric!
3 – Fold Back-band in half.
4 – Set aside.

Place Fabric A front and back right sides together. Sew along both side seams.

Place Fabric B front and back sides RST. Sew along both sides but leave a 3″ opening on one side.
Turn right side out. Press seams.

Place Fabric B bodice into Fabric A bodice, right sides together.
Line up side seams, neck and back.
Sew along top leaving openings at the shoulders and back middle.
Leave bodice inside out and grab the Neck-band.
Sandwich each side into the shoulder seam openings, right sides together.
Sew straight across each shoulder seam.
Turn right side out. Press well.
Grab Back-band and fold it over the Neckband.
Sandwich the Back-band into the back opening, right sides together.
Sew along Back-band opening.
Turn right-side out. Press well.
Turn bodice inside out and pull Fabric A and Fabric B sides away from each other. Make sure the sides aren’t twisted.

Fold one side over and match the side seam of Fabric A to Fabric B right sides together.
This will make a tube and you’ll have to consistently pull it slightly out as you go around.
Pin/clip the bottom edges together.
Sew all around the bottom. 
Pull Swimsuit right-side out through the side opening.
Press well.
Slip stitch opening closed.
You are finished!
Now go make some swim bottoms to match and you’ve got yourself an awesome and reversible swimsuit!
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New Release: Regina Tunic and Dress Adult

Two years ago the Regina Tunic and Dress was released.  Immediately, the requests for an adult version began flooding in. No more impatiently waiting, the Regina Adult is here and it’s great!

The Regina Tunic and Dress comes in sizes 32 – 54, features that signature Regina boatneck, and has two length options; tunic and dress.  The tunic has a gathered skirt, while the dress features both a gathered and 3/4 circle option. There are also three sleeve options including short, half, and long.


Gathered Skirt:

3/4 Circle:

We also had a couple of testers make Mommy and Me dresses.  We love Mommy and Me! Wouldn’t you agree that they came out super cute?


The Adult Regina is on sale for €6,50 (excl EU tax) from March 5 08.00 CET through March 9 08.00 CET.  The bundle price is €13,50 (incl EU tax). You can get your copy using the links below.  These are affiliate links, so the author will get a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you.  If you aren’t a member of Sofilantjes Sew and Show, come join us to show off your Regina.


Cute and Comfy In My Omni Tempore Hoodie

Hi Guys!  As a busy mom, I’m all about a cute and comfy look and the Omni Tempore Hoodie is just the pattern for that.  The Omni Tempore is also a real quick sew and fit perfectly into my busy schedule.

Omni Tempore Hoodie

The Omni Tempore is a great pattern which can be made into different styles.  You are able to make it in a long or short sleeve and you can add a cuff to the sleeve or simply hem it.  The same goes for the bodice hem, you have the option of simply hemming it or adding a band to the hem.  Another option is to make it into a shirt with an over lapping collar in the front or you can add a hood to it.  Lastly, and most importantly, in my opinion, is that the pattern comes in sizes XS-XXXL making this a unisex pattern! Now, that’s a win in my book.  The Omni Tempore also comes in children’s sizes from 12M – 14y and you can get on for your little HERE.

Omni Tempore Side View

For my Omni Tempore I chose to make the hoodie version.  I’ve really been into hoodies lately and this is the perfect top for these mild South Florida winters.  The pattern calls to use a knit fabric and I just happen to have this Hot Pink Solid Tri Blend French Terry Knit Fabric I purchased from Girl Charlee two years ago.  I always envisioned making some sort of athleisure wear with it and along came the Omni Tempore pattern.   I thought it was a match made in heaven.  I’ll be making a matching pair of joggers real soon with the remaining fabric since I purchased 5 yards.  Unfortunately, it’s no longer available.  I added the cuffs to the long sleeves and added the band at the hem and the front pocket.  Based  on my body measurements, I went with the size medium.

Front view of Omni Tempore Hoodie

I thought the pattern instructions were very easy to follow and also contain clear photos illustrating every step.  This pattern does not contain too many pattern pieces and comes together very quickly.  I was able to make this in 1 evening.  The pattern is categorized as a beginner pattern and it is.  As long as you use a stretch needle while sewing with knits, which is included in the pattern instructions, then you’ll be fine.  I really enjoy sewing Sofilantjes patterns.  You can read all about my very 1st Sofilantjes pattern HERE.

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Hands in pockets in pink Omni Tempore

Pink Omni Tempore Hoodie

Stella Jumpsuit – A Review

Hi there again!

After a little break due to the birth of our baby girl Amelie I’m back and guess what… of course I made clothes for the baby!

As we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl I bought some neutral colors and prints I liked in a stretchy fabric and decided to sew up the Stella Jumpsuit in several sizes (NB – 1 month – 3 month). As my maternity leave started it was nice to follow a pattern that was pretty straight forward, so after cutting all the parts sewing started.

But then labour started 10 days before my due date! Oh no! I managed to get 2 hours of sewing done, but wasn’t able to finish before our baby girl was born! But in the following weeks I was able to finish the pieces when the baby was sleeping. Sewing up this pattern was a real breeze as the main body is only 3 pieces. Just make sure you have cut the pieces as exact as possible to get all pieces to line up nicely.

Attaching the cuffs on the sleeves and legs was a little bit fiddly as it was just so tiny, especially on the new born size. To make it easier I pinned the cuff with right sides together on the outside and then turned the piece inside-out. This way you can put your presser foot into the sleeve/leg and are able to stretch the cuff to fit the sleeve/leg. I finished all seams with an overlocker to have no raw edges.

Instead of metal press fasteners I used Kampsnaps in different colors. As I now knew we had a girl I used purple and pink snaps instead of neutral ones. On the yellow jumpsuit I also added an iron-on application (with glitters) to make it a little more girly. I’m still thinking about what I can add to the blue one, any ideas??

The fit of the jumpsuit is very nice. The legs and sleeves are the right length and due to the cuffs any socks will stay on as well. The shape of the back pattern allows room for a diaper, but changing a moving baby can be tricky as you have to take the legs out completely. So maybe I’ll hack the next set with buttons down one leg to make changing a little bit easier. Or maybe one of you have tried that already?

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New Release: Permeo Shirt and Dress

Our first pattern of the year has released today.  The Permeo Shirt and Dress is a great pattern for year round sewing.

The Permeo comes in sizes 12m/80 – 14y/164.  This seemingly simple dress is full of options.  There are 3 neckline options, 2 sleeve lengths, and optional stripe, pockets and ties.

Our testers had a lot of fun with this one as usual.  Would you like to see some pictures?

Option A Crossover

Option B Two Sided Faux Crossover

Option C One Sided Faux Crossover

Pockets, Ties, and Sleeve Stripe


The pattern is on sale for €5 – ex taxes (€6,05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €9,50 incl taxes.  The sale will run from February 6 08.00 CET through February 10 08.00 CET.  Get your copy today.

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A romantic Nivalis with a collar

If I’m prepared for the colder days? Oh yes, I am! 

In fact, I don’t mind autumn and winter at all. It’s great to put on those warm sweaters, tunics and stockings!

I chose the Nivalis to complement my winter wardrobe. It’s a perfect basic to sew and today I have no other excuse…Nivalis it is!

Beautiful Nivalis tunics and dresses are always passing by. Both the ladies and the kids. In addition to the option of color blocking, you can choose a simple neckline, hood or cowl for the ladies Nivalis. The kids’ pattern is slightly different and comes with a collar instead of a cowl. 

And let that collar be EXACTLY what I wanted on my Nivalis!

With the tunic version and that beautiful collar in mind, I went looking for a perfect fabric match. The design asks for a knit or jersey with a minimum of 30% stretch. A good drape is recommended. My choice went to this soft Cherry Picking sweat. I love the color combination of black with the pink flowers. 

The Sofilantjes instructions are, as always, very thorough with step by step instructions and it was no different with the Nivalis.

How did I construct the collar?

I based myself on the kids pattern and printed the neckline and cowl of the largest size (164). I measured the length of the neckline and compared it with the collar part. Indeed, the length of the neckline corresponds to twice the collar part on the fold. For my size 42 (blended to a 44 in the waist) I drew a new collar pattern part with length 28 cm/ 11” and height 25 cm/ 9.8”. 

As the collar needs two pattern pieces, also a collar placket, I took the same height (25 cm/9.8”). For the width I cut a piece of 7 cm or 2.8”.

The construction of the collar was just the same as in the kids version.

Of course you can play with the size of the collar. If you want it larger, you can increase the height.

For the finishing touch I needed three buttons in my opinion. These three pink buttons are a perfect finishing touch for my collar. I didn’t made button holes so these buttons are just decorative but I like it!

I’m so happy with my Nivalis

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A long sleeved Vallis, the Ni-Vallis!

Hi there, and a Happy New Year to you! I hope next year will give you lots of sewing time and inspiration to get creative with all these pretty Sofilantjes patterns! Today I would like to show you my new favorite dress which I made for these last holidays. I call it the Ni-Vallis!

Last summer I sewed myself my first Vallis. It went straight to the top of my most favorite dress to wear. But since it’s a real summer dress pattern it has no options for sleeves. I really wanted a dress though similar to the Vallis, only then with long sleeves. So that’s when I decided to do a mash-up with the Nivalis! Today I will show you how I did this.

I already had the Vallis pattern pieces cut out, as I made this one before. It’s recommended to start with this if you don’t have it yet. Compare your measurements with the charts and cut out your pattern pieces as needed. The only thing you don’t need for this Ni-Vallis are the armbands. For a fit suited for my length and preferences, I added 4 cm length to the bodice and 10 cm length to the skirt!

To make your Ni-Vallis, you first need to find out which measurements of the Nivalis suit you and then print the sleeves and the bodice pieces (at least the parts where you can see the armholes). As shown on the picture above I took my front bodice piece of the Vallis and placed it on top of the pattern pieces of the Nivalis. I lined out both the fold line as well as the shoulder seam and taped it together.

Then I drew a new line to make a new bodice pattern piece, as shown in the picture above. I liked my dress to have the same neckline as the Vallis, so for that part I just followed the line of the Vallis pattern piece. Then for the shoulder seam I followed the line al the way through the armhole and then followed the armhole line as it was given in the pattern piece of the Nivalis. This way I was sure the sleeves of the Nivalis would fit in my Ni-Vallis. Now as you can see the armskeys of both pattern pieces don’t line up, so I had to drew a line for the side seam. I drew a slightly curved line from the armscye down to the bottom of the front pattern piece of the Vallis. With this alteration the dress is a little less fitted around the chest than the Vallis would be.

For the back of the dress, I followed the same steps as above. The Vallis has a low back though, so for a winter dress it could also be you would like it to have a higher neckline. You can easily adjust this by following the neckline as given in the pattern pieces of the Nivalis instead of the Vallis!

With your new pattern pieces drawn and the other pieces of the Vallis already cut out, you can now cut your fabric and start sewing! In the picture above you can see the back of my dress with the low neckline. I love this back view from the Vallis and really wanted to keep it for this holiday dress, but next time I will also definitely make one with a higher back like the Nivalis.

And this way, my new favorite dress was born! Now I can wear my favorite kind of dress type all year long, with or without sleeves. I definitely love it, and I hope I’ve inspired you to try the same! If you still need the Vallis or the Nivalis, you can find them directly through these affiliate links:

Vallis: in Dutch, French or English
Nivalis: in Dutch, French or English

Can’t wait to see what you’re making. Happy sewing!

Love Cindy
Miss Maakt

New Release: Dulce Top, Tunic and Dress

Today is release day for The Dulce Top, Tunic and Dress.  The last pattern of 2019 is a good one! The Dulce comes in sizes 12m/80 – 14y/164.  It has three lengths; top, tunic, and dress.  There are also three sleeve lengths; short, half, and long. In true Sofilantjes form we also have a color blocking option that has an optional ruffle.

Make the Dulce all in one fabric or fool everyone and make it look like a skirt and a top. The possibilities are endless.

Time for some pictures.

Top – Option A

Top – Option B



The pattern is on sale for €5 – ex taxes (€6,05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €9,50 incl taxes.  The sale will run from December 19 08.00 CET through December 23 08.00 CET.  Get your copy today.

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Foliis and Domi Jumpsuit Mashup

Hey! It’s Karly and today I’m sharing how to mash the Foliis Jacket and Domi Sweat Pants into an awesome jumpsuit! My son has been begging for another jumpsuit for ages now and I couldn’t get this hack out of my mind!
I went with super simple and didn’t add pockets, but I really should have! You have so many fun options for pockets though, so this gives you an opportunity to let your imagination run wild!
So lets get started with this!
First grab the Foliis Jacket and Domi Sweat Pants patterns (links to these patterns will be posted at the end of this post).
Measure your child and using the sizing charts, print out the size that your child is in from both patterns. Print them out and put your patterns together.
Do not cut out yet though!
Measure your child’s trunk measurement with clothes on (shoulder down to their crotch and back to the shoulder). Don’t pull the measuring tape tightly.
Add seam allowance and 1/2″ to this measurement.
Divide by 2. Trunk measurement + Seam allowance + 1.2″ , divide this sum by 2.
Example: Trunk measurement is 44″, seam allowance is 3/8.
So you would have 44 + 3/8 +1/2 = 44.88″.
Now divide that number by 2, and you get 22.44″.
Cut along the very top of the Domi pants so you can line up the pattern easier.
Line the Foliis front with the Domi front.
Start measurement from the top of the shoulder and have it line up with the crotch.
Either tape or pin in place to keep from sliding.
Repeat with the back piece.
The pattern pieces don’t line up perfectly, so you will need to redraw the lines to have the pattern pieces flow together.
Make sure the side and inseam lines are the same length on both front and back pieces.
To do this you can cut out one of the pieces and use it as a guide for the other piece.
Cut pattern pieces out.
Cut out all of your pieces from your fabric.
2 Front
2 Back
2 Sleeves
2 Hood
2 Arm Cuffs
2 Leg Cuffs
2 Interfacing (1/2″ wide by length of front)
Line up the shoulder to a front and back piece and sew shoulder seam together.
Serge seam.
Repeat with the other side.
Sew arm to shoulder, then line up the side seams, right sides together and sew side seam together.
Serge seam.
Repeat with other side.
Line up the crotch seam and sew along this.
Serge and repeat with the other side.
Pull one side right side out and place it in the other side, right sides together.
Starting from the back, sew along until you get 7″-10″ from the front crotch. Backstitch.
Using a long straight stitch sew the rest of the of the way up. Do NOT backstitch.
If you want to serge, start from the stop point in the crotch and go towards the back.
DO NOT serge the front!!
Pull jumpsuit wrong side out.
Press front seam open.
Iron on interfacing under the seam on either side.
Align zipper along the front seam, making sure the zipper is face down and that the stopper is 3/8″ from the top.
Pin in place.
Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew along one side of the zipper.
When you get to the bottom of the zipper (or close to the stop), pivot the needle and sew across, pivot again and sew up to the top.
Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end!
Turn the jumpsuit right side out and unpick the seam to expose the zipper.

Sew on the hood, arm and foot cuffs and you’re done!

Next one is definitely getting pockets!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

You can grab the patterns here using the affiliate links:
Foliis Jacket & Dress in Dutch, English
Domi Sweat Pants in Dutch, English

Until next time!