Author: Anne

Tutorial: A Fringe Hem

Ready for something cute? Add a string hem to the Felix top, tunic or dress.. Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

Arina makes this tutorial; say hi on IG and thank her by following her account.

Cut a strip, slightly wider than the hem and with a height of 5.5″ – 14 cm. Fold the long top side 1.2″- 3 cm and iron a fold in the strip, this will be the line to where you will cut.

Fold the strip open again. I use a rotary cutter, a long ruler and a cutting mat, to cut the fringes. The mat is great for marking your cutting lines. You cut every 1/8″- 1 cm of the fabric until you reach the fold.

Continue until you have cut the entire strip.

If you want to thread beads on it then proceed in this way: pull at the bottom of the fringe. Do this between 2 fingers, otherwise the fringe will break. Then roll the tip of the fringe between your fingers, so that it is small enough to thread a bead on it. Put a knot at the bottom of the fringe.

Place the fringe on your hem edge and secure with a pin on clip about 0.7 cm from the side seam.

Pin or clip the facing to the hem, you now have 3 layers, with the fringe in between. Now sew the facing in place as described in the original instructions.

Cut the fringe further, up to the hem.

Don’t forget to show what you made in our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram.


Tutorial: Add a Pleated Edge to the Paradisum

These days, stand-up collars are all the rage again! You can get cute garments everywhere with ruffled edges along the neckline and also straight ruffles (turtleneck).
So Maaike thought it would be a super cute addition to the Paradisum Dress because it was a test she first made it in the smallest size: Size 74.

Below she will explain how she did it. Have a look and do not forget to thank her for this great tutorial by following her IG account.

STEP 1
Cut a long strip of fabric (or several long strips that you attach together, depending on the size dress you are making).
Fold the strip in half and press it nice, smooth and tight. This will give you a nice finished edge right away. If you are using a single strip, you will need to finish the outer edge with a nice trim.

STEP 2
Fold nice even pleats and secure them with clips or pins.

STEP 3
Next, sew along the clips so that you secure the pleats.
During this step, you can also choose to use a gathering wire instead of pleats.

Step 4

Iron/steam the pleats nice and tight.

Step 5

Next place the strip between the facing and the dress (right sides together) and sew the pieces together according to the pattern description.

Continue to follow the pattern description.

Looking to add the ruffle at the armhole. Check out this tutorial.


Tutorial: How to Make a Princess Regina Dress

Ready for something sweet? Turn the Regina Dress with free ruffle add-on into a Princess dress. Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Arina, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.

Step 1.

Press your seams open. Measure your seam and cut elastic 2/3 of the measured length.


Step 2.

Sew the elastic 1/16″- 0,5 cm from the top.


Step 3.

Start at the bottom and sew the elstic 3/4″ – 2 cm up without stretching it.


Step 4.

Stretch the elastic to fit the seam length and sew using a zig zag stitch. Make sure you are sewing your elastic on top of the seam.


Step 5.

Hem the skirt.

This is how the seam looks after sewing the elastic.


Inside view.


The top skirt is from the Optimum dress (6 piece option). Bottom skirt is the Solis dress.

Isn’t it pretty?


Tutorial: Amicis Stripe Add-on Teen Proof

Ready for more boldness? Create a teen proof dress using the tutorial today. She will thank you. Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Marieke, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.


Tutorial: Gather the Stripe Sleeve Add-on

How to gather the tripe sleeve add-on on our Amicis pattern. . Do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram (Sofilantjes_anne) so we can ooooh and aaah your beautiful top, tunic or dress.


Dutch video.


English video.


French video.


Looking for the full contruction video? Check out our YouTube channel and find the video in your language. Sofilantjes Patterns tutorials – YouTube


Tutorial: Extra Stripe to the Add-on

Lets add an extra stripe. Just because we can… Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Deborah, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.


Tutorial: How to make short striped sleeves

With spring around the corner you might want to use short sleeves. Using this easy tutorial you can do just that. Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Nele, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.


Tutorial: Colorblock the Sleeve Stripe

Add colorblock to the sleeve strip of the Velocitas, Regem (add-on sleeve) or ADVTee (add-on sleeve). Not that you can colorblock almost anything. Sleeves are easy to start with. Read the steps below and let your creativity do the rest. Do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram (Sofilantjes_anne) so we can ooooh and aaah and flatter you by trying your colorblock ourselves.

Step 1.

Decide how high you want your colorblock to be. I chose a straight colorblock stripe. The stripes are 2″/ 5cm high. In total, I am adding 3 stripes. The bottom stripe looks wider but there is a hem allowance of 3/4″/ 2cm on that piece.


Step 2.

Find the fabrics you want to use. Cut out your stripes in your selected fabrics. Add 3/8″ / 1 cm seam allowance on the sides you are sewing the stripes. Excluding the bottom where the sleeve hem is and the top where the arm hole is.


Step 3.

The fun part. Lets start sewing! Match the bottom and top of the colorblocks and sew.

Always press your seam after sewing. This helps set the seam and makes it stronger.


Step 4.

Sew the remaining two stripes! Repeat the above step. Sew and press.


Step 5.

Inside view. If you skipped pressing in the previous steps, this is your last chance. Press.


Step 6.

Optional: Topstitch you colorblock pieces.


Step 7.

Finish the sleeve following the instructions. Press.


Done!

Well done. You mastered the colorblock.

This pattern is the ADVTee with free colorblock sleeve add-on.

Tutorial: Add a Pocket to the Stripes Sleeve (Option 2)

Did you love the pocket tutorial we shared two days ago? You’ll love this one too.

A pocket worthy of a teenager. No more losing your phone! Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Deborah, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.


Tutorial: Cut it Up and Make it Bold

Ready for more fun? Add an extra layer to the sleeve stripe and get your scissors out. Follow the directions below and do not forget to show us your result in our Facebook group or tag us on IG (@Sofilantjes_anne).

This tutorial is made by Marieke, go say hi over on IG and thank her by following her account.

Step1.

Cut the center sleeve (part 1/2) 2×2 on fold and the long sleeve part 2/2 as in the instructions: 2 x mirrored.


Step 2.

We are now going to layer the center sleeve pieces. Place the outer layer (wrong side) on top of the inner layer (right side) of the center sleeve. To be clear: both pieces are right side up. Baste all around.

Now you can thread them as 1 piece and you follow the instructions from your pattern and finish your sweater.


Step 3.

Using a small pair of scissors, you are going to cut through only the upper layer of your sleeve. Be very careful.


Step 4.

Be as creative as you want; make smaller or longer cuts through your fabric. You can even braid them if you like: as long you cut only through the upper layer of fabric of the center sleeve.

(Mine are all 1 cm wide)
Enjoy your creation! 


And done!

Choose your stripe sleeve pattern below and create your own.

Thank you Marieke for your inspirational tutorial.


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