Hi there! Welcome to my first blog post as part of the Sofilantjes blog team! So tell me, who do you sew these gorgeous Sofilantjes patterns for? For your (grand)children? Yourself? Or maybe even for your husband? You can use Sofilantjes patterns for your whole family! Today I show you how I used just one pattern for our whole little family, while still creating all different looks.
So this is us. My kids, my husband and myself all wearing the Omni Tempore! All the same, but yet so different. I also used the same sweat fabric to make it really alike, only the colors are different. Let’s start with a closer look at the ones I made for my kids.
This is the version I made for my little boy. For his Omni Tempore I used the waistband-option, the pocket-option and the collar-option. For the pocket and the collar I decided to line it with the wrong side of the same fabric. I love the effect this gives to the look, especially at the pocket with just a little bit of the lining peeping through.
Same pattern, whole different look though! The neckband is not a featured option in the Omni Tempore pattern, but I decided to just leave out the collar or hood for my daughter’s version and finish it with some ribbing instead. To do so I used 70% of the neck opening to decide the length of my neckband. For this version I didn’t use the waistband-option but cut the sweater at the hemming line and hemmed it instead. Add a heat transfer application and it’s something quite different at once!
For my husband’s Omni Tempore I used the hood and the waistband options. For the lining of the hood I once again used the wrong side of the same fabric. The waistband I adjusted a little bit to adjust for stretch. The fabric wasn’t really that stretchy so I cut a waistband at 90-95% of the bottom measurements.
And last, but not least, my own Omni Tempore! It’s actually all the same as the one for my husband, except for the color. I love the fit of it. It has a comfy fit just like a sweater is supposed to have. And isn’t it great when a pattern has all these different options so you can use the same pattern but still create a different look? And then I even haven’t had the chance to show all the options it comes with, like different sleeve lengths and a dress add-on in the kids pattern!
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Project Run and Play has already given us the Risu Dress now we also have the Festum Dress! Releasing today this holiday, party, any occasion dress is the perfect addition to your pattern library. The Festum is available in Dutch, English, and French. We also have a Festum and Aura bundle! The single pattern and the bundles are on sale from November 15 08.00 CET through November 19 08.00 CET.
The Festum Dress in sizes 3m/54-14y/164. It has one bodice and three skirt options; one, two, or three tier. The Festum also features fun braided straps. You can make your Festum super fancy or make a simple dress. The possibilities are endless.
Festum and Aura:
Once again the Festum is on sale from November 15 08.00 CET through November 19 08.00 CET. Hurry up and get yours before the sale ends.
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I am so excited to introduce myself to you all. My name is Johanna Ali and I am part of the Sofilantjes Blog Team! You can read a little about the rest of the team HERE. I started sewing 5 years ago when I saw Mimi G Style wearing this fabulous skirt, the Regal Maxi Skirt. It’s a long maxi skirt with a sash and pockets and I needed to have it! I then found out that she did not sell the skirt, but sold the tutorial on how to make it. I was determined to have it and purchased my first sewing machine. I learned how to sew from watching sewing tutorials on YouTube and other sewing bloggers. I mainly sew for myself, but I also love to sew for my son whenever I can.
The Velocitas Hoodie
I chose to make the Velocitas Hoodie as my first Sofilantjes pattern because it’s the perfect fall piece to have in South Florida. The weather doesn’t really get too cold until December or January and usually doesn’t last too long. Having a hoodie always comes in handy.
I decided to use this cable knit sweater navy fabric from JOANN that I purchased last fall. I also used a Rib Knit 1 x 1 Fabric in Heather Grey fabric as my accent fabric. If you are going to use more than one color, I would suggest you decide which pattern piece is going to be what color and label your pattern piece accordingly so you know which fabric to cut.
I love that this pattern comes with two different bodice options. You can also make the Velocitas Hood all year round because the pattern comes in a long and short sleeved option. The pattern grows with your little starting at 12 months to 14 years so that you can make them a new hoodie every season. The wide range in sizing is also great if you have more than one child. I decided to make my son a size 12 based on his body measurements and the only modification I made was to cut off 2 inches from the sleeves as they were a little too large. Other then that, I thought the pattern instructions were very simple to follow and this hoodie really came together really quickly.
I really hope you enjoyed my Velocitas Hoodie as much as my son did. He wore it to school right after photographing it. He loves when I sew for him and he couldn’t wait to show off his hoodie to his friends at school. You can purchase the Velocita Hoodie by using my affiliate link found HERE.
My goal is to share a new make with a different Sofilantjes pattern each quarter and I hope that you join me and sew up your own.
Until next time,
Johanna – @soveryjo
Today is homecoming day! We received the Via back from Project Run and Play and it is now also available in Dutch and French. It’s been so long since you’ve seen the Via in action, so we’re going to give you a refresher. So you can make your quick decision, because the Via is only on sale from November 7 08.00 CET through November 11 08.00 CET.
The Via comes in sizes 12m-14y. It has three lengths; top, tunic, and dress. There are also three sleeve lengths; sleeveless, short, and long. Our favorite part? The really cool color blocking down the sides. You can go wild and use different colors and prints or you can make it all one color. The possibilities are endless.
As usual our testers are amazing. Let’s look at some of their pictures. Shall we?
Once again the Via is on sale from November 7 08.00 CET through November 11 08.00 CET. Hurry up and get yours before the sale ends.
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As the other ladies, it’s my first time on the Sofilantjes blog and I’m so honored with it! Every quarter I’ll try to inspire you with ideas around a Sofilantjes ladies pattern. Today I’m showing you my hack with the Otium. And I think it became a stylish but tough hack.
The Otium can be a shirt or a sweater with quite some options and it’s suitable for every season of the year. Just adjust your fabric or sleeve length. Besides the low back with bow, you can sew the diagonal pocket. Actually you can choose if you want to make the pocket functional or not by doubling the front pocket or not.
What did I do? I sewed my Otium as per pattern and topstitched my pocket closed. I color blocked my khaki jersey with the black jersey. And then it became exciting, because placing eyelets requires some concentration, phew! I chose not to provide the entire length of the bag with eyelets. Only the top side, otherwise it became too much!
As you see on the photo I didn’t closed the side seams yet. This way it was more easy to install the eyelets. I’m so glad I recently bought a plier for press fasteners. It’s a great and essential tool! It speaks for itself that you have to interface the place where you want to put the eyelets on the back. I provided a long strip of 1″ wide on both sides.
It’s always exciting to make holes in your garment. You never know if it will go wrong and then you have to start all over again.
After installing I could close the side seams and add my cuffs, waistband and neckband.
At the local store I bought a lace ribbon to thread through the eyelets from bottom to top. I actually found a lot of possibilities on the internet to thread a ribbon. I definitely love my Otium how it looks now! Do you also have an idea what to do with the ribbon?
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed reading my post.
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Greetings, Ilse from @sewsewilse
All of you have been SO patient and now the wait is over. The Beatum Bikerpants has released today! The Beatum Bikerpants are a biker style jogger. They feature a plain front (option A) or a biker-look knee (option B). Both back options feature a back yoke. Back option A has inseam pockets and back option B has patch pockets. With so many options you can make a really unique pair of joggers.
Plain Back/ Patch and Inseam Pockets
Before you ask this pattern looks great on girls as well!
Once again the Beatum are on sale from October 17 08.00 CET through October 21 08.00 CET. Hurry up and get yours before the sale ends.
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Hey! This is my first post for the Sofiliantjes Blog Team and I’m so excited about it! I’m no stranger to their patterns, with the Solis Dress being a very big staple in my girls wardrobe, but this was my first time making the Domi Sweat Pants.
As always, the patterns come together so well and the instructions are very easy to follow and understand. They also come in a large range (12m-14y). Perfect if you have multiple children (like me!) or if your child loves them so much that they become a staple in your wardrobe too!
The Domi Pants have 3 length options:
Bermuda Shorts Length
With the cooler weather pretty much here, I chose to make the Full Length version. I made the size 11 for my almost 11 year old, based off her measurements, and the fit is spot on! I made them out of French Terry, and they’ll be perfect for our desert winter!
The pattern also gives you two choices for pockets. Round pocket or Square pocket. I chose to make the Round pockets for this pair. I love being able to use my cover stitch for some added detail!
I love the fit of these. They aren’t super skinny, but they’re slimmer than your average sweat pants. Zoe seems rather comfy in them and has requested more, so that’s always a win! I can easily see these becoming a staple in my kids wardrobes too! Especially my Jude who loves knit pants.
You can check out my Solis Braid Strap Hack here.
Until next time! -Karly
Foliis is such a great pattern on its own, but I had an idea that I couldn’t shake when I came upon some super soft brushed French Terry. I went with my gut, and started hacking away, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Meet the Foliis cropped sweater with bell sleeves! Okay, maybe I’m a little too excited, but since this will go great over my daughter’s Solis and Optimum dresses this fall, it was exactly what she was needing. I know I’ll be making more with different sleeve variations.
Pattern Pieces Needed:
- Bodice Front (option B)
- Bodice Back (option B)
- Sleeve (I printed her size and the smaller size to narrow the sleeve as it went down the arm)
- Waistband height measurement (pattern piece not needed)
- Trace out the bottom of your bodice pattern, from slightly above the armscye to the bottom of the bodice.
- Draw a line parallel with the grainline from the top of the side seam (at the bottom of the armscye) down past the waistline.
- Extend the waistline to the new side seam. This line may be curved slightly, if it is, continue the slight curve.
- Cut out the changes and tape to your original bodice front/back, and repeat for the other bodice piece.
When cutting out the front bodice, cut on the fold, eliminating the seam allowance from center front. For help, refer to this tutorial, this tutorial will also come in handy for the neckband length.
Use the 3/4 sleeve length to cut your sleeves.
I chose to slim my sleeves to the smaller size as it went down the sleeve, then as I was sewing, I made a larger seam allowance to slim it even more, so you could slim your sleeves more, so that you keep a consistent seam allowance.
Before cutting out the bell part of the sleeve along with the neckband and bottom band, you’ll sew the top together so that you can figure the measurements for the rest. Following the steps in the instructions, the following:
- Shoulder seams
- Attach sleeves
- Side seams/sleeves
Refer to this tutorial, step 5 for your neckband. I chose to use the same fabric as the rest of my top instead of ribbing, and it didn’t have nearly as much stretch, so I used something between 85-90% instead of 80%. This percentage really depends on how much stretch your fabric has. Top stitch if desired.
- Measure the bottom of your top (hem area), add seam allowance to sew the 2 ends together, this will be the length.
- Measure the height of the wasitband pattern piece.
- Cut your bottom band using these measurements.
- Sew the two short ends together and press.
- Fold wrong sides together, and attach like the pattern instructions, although it will fit the bottom of your top exactly.
- Press the seam allowance toward the top (away from the band) and top stitch if desired.
I’m not going to pretend this part was really easy to figure out, instead of going through the headache I did, here’s what I suggest:
- Measure half the sleeve opening measurement, basically if the sleeve is sewn, measure from the fold in the fabric to the sewn seam. Don’t include seam allowance here.
- Measure the difference between the 3/4 length sleeve, and the long sleeve, and add your seam allowance to attach it to your sleeve as well as the hem.
- Draw a rectangle using these measurements on a piece of paper.
- Use the slash and spread technique, spreading the hem side until it’s to the fullness that you desire. My sleeves are about 1.5” extended on each side.
- Once you have it figured out, tape another sheet of paper to the open spaces, and add a seam allowance on one straight side of the bell, the other side will be cut on the fold.
- Cut out 2 bell sleeves on the fold.
- Sew the straight edges together and press.
- Hem both using the amount you chose.
- Attach the bell to the sleeve of your top matching the seams. Press.
Here it is! The first official blogpost from the blog team! I’m the first one to start with a cute Nivalis hack! Want to know more about my fellow bloggers? Check them out here.
The Nivalis was my first Sofilantjes pattern and I’ve already made quite a few dresses with it. I’ve changed up the color block-option, but also the collar. The original pattern is already so versatile. But, let me tell you, there is more!
At the end of November we are expecting our first baby, and what is a better reason than that to sew up some new clothes? I was looking for shirts that were comfortable, but also fit nicely. So I choose the Nivalis as a starting point because I like the way the neckband sits as well as the fit of the sleeves.
I’ve chosen two make two versions, one with and one without sleeves. The one with sleeves is inspired by a peplum-style top I saw on Pinterest.
For that first model I’ve used the top part of the pattern, drawing it just below the waist. I chose to make it short-sleeved, as it was in the middle of summer at that time. The top part was sewn as described in the pattern.
For the peplum part I took 1.5 times my waist measurement and gathered it using clear elastic (framilon). The peplum was then pinned to the top, with right sides together, and sewn with a stretch stitch.
For the second top, again I used the top part of the pattern but now drawing until hip-height. Then I extended the front panel with 5 cm around the belly area, but in hindsight I would advise at least 10 cm.
The extended part was then gathered, again with clear elastic (framilon), making sure the side seam would match the back panel again.
The top was assembled as was written in the pattern. As this version didn’t have sleeves, I’ve hemmed it with a stretch stitch.
And now I have two tops I wore a lot during the summer. The autumn is almost here, so maybe a version with long sleeves isn’t a bad idea, who knows!