Author: Anne

Cicero Turned into a Sweater

You probably all know the Cicero Jacket! Such a fun jacket, suitable for all kinds of weather days, and I even see it hacked into a softshell jacket every now and then. But, with just a little alteration, you can also turn this pattern into a cool color-blocked sweater! Today I’d like to show you how!

To make this alteration, you need the front bodice pieces for option A.  Print them & cut them out according to the size chart.

To make the jacket into a sweater, we need to combine the pattern pieces where the zipper was supposed to go, so in the middle front. We do this by taping L1 & R1 – L2 & R2 – L3 & R3 together in the middle. I laid the pieces side by side without any overlap and taped them together. Usually, you would sew a zipper in with 0,6 cm seam allowance so you would lose that in the width of the fabric pieces, but again the zipper would add +- 1 cm. So with leaving the zipper out, I figured it would be about the same to line up the pattern pieces instead of overlapping them to compensate for the seam allowance.

Make sure your bottom pieces (L3 & R3) line up nicely at the bottom. There will be some points sticking out at other lines. You can straighten them out by drawing a new line. Make sure, though, not to add or lose any length at the side seams when doing so.

Now you’ve got three new front pieces. You can cut them out of your fabrics. It’s a perfect scrap buster!

Next, we need to sew these three pieces up to make one front piece with them. First, lay your upper front piece and middle front piece right sides together and sew/serge them together using a 1cm seam allowance. Then do the same for your middle front piece and bottom front piece. Iron and topstitch the seams, and then your new front piece is complete!

Now, let’s finish this sweater off! You can follow steps 1,2,3 and 4 from the instructions and then skip steps 5 to 12 (I’ve skipped the pockets as well). Then you follow step 13 in the instructions and skip step 14-17, which is for the B-version of the Cicero. Step 18, we need to do a little bit differently. Take your waistband and place it right sides together, and sew closed on the short side, creating a circle. Fold in half over the length of the waistband (wrong sides together) and divide it into four even pieces. Also, divide the bottom of your sweater into four even pieces. Lay your waistband right sides together with the bottom of your sweater, raw edges aligned. Line up on the 4 marked quarter points and sew the bottom and waistband together, evenly stretching the waistband as you go.

Now skip step 19 – 35 because we leave out the hood or collar and use a neckband instead. Measure the circumference of the head opening of your sweater. Take about 75% of this measurement (when using ribbing), and this length, you need to cut your neckband piece. For the height of the neckband, I took 4,5 cm. You can make this bigger or smaller according to your preferences. Sew the neckband to your sweater the same way as we did with the waistband. Now follow the instructions from step 36 until the end of the instructions to finish your sweater!

All there’s left to do is to show off your beautiful creation! I sized up one size and love the oversized look. My son is pretty happy with his new sweater too! Now you can make not only cool jackets but also cool sweaters with the same pattern! Don’t have the pattern yet? You can grab your copy with these (affiliate) links:

Happy sewing!

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Solis meets Vallis

Hi there, Ilse here from @sewsewilse. I’m so glad to be on the blog again and to show you my newest dress. I can say I’m really in love with it because it has all the elements I want for a dress!

First of all I matched the Solis and Vallis dress. The Solis is a cheerful summer dress and the back part is so special. Lovvve!  Normally the Solis is combined with a circle skirt or a skirt with pleats, but I liked the handkerchief hem skirt from the Vallis so much that I wanted to combine it. This was easy peasy. My bodice (regular bodice) made in size 42 and my skirt in the same size matched perfectly together.

Here you see both patterns

And the beautiful back part of my dress.

Second, of course you need a gorgeous fabric with the perfect colors, print and drape to achieve this look. I chose this Swafing Boho Blooms jersey from Senza Limits. It’s a viscose jersey in petrol and flowers. Lately I prefer to work with viscose jersey. Viscose jersey is soft natural fibre and it drapes so beautiful. And that’s what I need for a dress.

Yes, I have a sewing tip for you. The bodice is lined as you know and I sewed clear elastic on the lining part from the neckline and armopening while I was sewing the main and lining together. While I was sewing I stretched the elastic just a tad. I’m doing this so the upper part fits my body nicely and this way this part can’t stretch out. I also used clear elastic on top of my skirt for the same reason and this way it will contribute to the sustainability of the garment. The clear elastic I used has a width of 6 mm and I use it a lot. When do you use clear elastic?

It was obvious I would finish the handkerchief hem with my twin needle. It gives it such a nice finish! I used the same fabric for the whole dress, but the back piece is ideal for color blocking. You can do it and create it as you wish 🙂 And did you know you can twin with your daughter? Both patterns are available on its own or as a bundle. All patterns are available in English, Dutch, French and German. 

If you want to buy more, you can save more: If you spend €20 or more and save 10%. Use code: SAVE10  *** Do you spend €40 or more and save 20%. Use code: SAVE20  ***Do you spend €60 or more and save 30%. Use code: SAVE30

Making the SolisVallis dress was so fun to do. The bodice part from the Solis is constructed so genius! I’m sure I’ll use this pattern to sew more of these tops. Now I have two gems of dress patterns in one. I’m ready for the sun and warm weather and when it gets a bit colder I’ll wear it with a jeans jacket.

Thanks so much for these beautiful dress patterns @anne 


Ilse from @sewsewilse

How to Add a Modesty Panel to the Solis add-on

Did you see our newest add-on release? Isn’t it awesome?!?!?! I know and for free! Yay!

When designing this add-on we knew this dress would not work for every occasion. We also knew we would need to fight this little girl on not being able to wear her coolest summer dress. So we came up with a solution. A middle ground. A modesty panel. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1.
Sew your front bodice as written in the instructions.
(The fabric used is sold out but there are other variations still in our shop:

Step 2.

Cut your modesty panel in a fabric of choice. I used stretch lace.

Step 3.

Sandwich the modesty panel in between the front and back bodice, right sides together.

Step 4.
Sew the side seams as written in the instructions. Finish the dress.


Using a Projector for Sewing

Hi there! It’s my time again to bring a new blog post to you. Today I want to talk to you about something new and upcoming: using a projector for sewing! I am really happy I discovered this possibilty and today I want to show you how this would work, with the use of a Sofilantjes pattern of course!

So this is my projector pictured above.  I have one with a permanent setup, attached to the ceiling of my sewing room. But there are also all different kinds of projectors and setups. There are projectors you can put on the table, which can project on a large scale over a really short distance. There are also setups possible for if you need to be able to put the projector away (for instance when you are sewing on your kitchen table and don’t want a projector hanging on the ceiling over there ;)). Since I have my own sewing space, for me it works best to have my projector hanging on the ceiling. My husband made something to attach it to, but there are also all different kinds of mounts available to put your projector on.

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Advena Hack

Summer Advena hack – the bodysuit-dress

When I found this super cute lemon fabric I knew I had to have it for my little girl! After some browsing through Pinterest I saw some dresses with little bows on the shoulders; I wanted to recreate that look. So the next step was finding a pattern. I already knew about the Advena bodysuit, but wanted a dress, so lucky me, there was the Advena dress!

I wanted to combine the bodysuit with the dress so she doesn’t need to wear a normal bodysuit under the dress. And I didn’t wanted to use sleeves but create little bows on her shoulders. Also I like the color block on the side of the dress, so that had to stay as well. So then the drawing began.

I started with tracing the front and back bodice of the bodysuit pattern. I then put this pattern piece on top of the dress pattern and matched the shoulder seams and center line. I traced the new side seam and marked the dress line. I also used the armscye of the dress pattern, to make sure the side panel would fit. On the side panel I also marked the dress line, as I needed a seam in this panel as well.

To create the little bows on the shoulders I extended the pattern from the shoulder seam and rounded off the edges. To be able to attach the skirt on the bodysuit, I cut all pattern pieces on the dress line I marked. Don’t forget to add seam allowance when you’re cutting!

Then I cut all of my pieces and first put together the top part of the dress. As I had extra seams I couldn’t use the written pattern. So I started with attaching the side pieces to the bodice pieces and then used that completed piece to create a lining. As I didn’t wanted to use bulky ribbing on those small bows, I opted to line the body. I sewed the main body and lining together, but not along the bottom.

After finishing the top body I constructed the skirt. Before gathering the front and back piece I sewed the side panels on. Then I gathered the skirt (only the front and back piece) to the width of the body pieces. I attached the skirt (right sides together) to the body. I nested the seams to make sure the color block is straight.

At that point I sewed the side seams of my bodysuit bottom and attached the ribbing across the leg opening. Followed by sewing this bottom piece with the right side against the wrong side of the skirt piece.

To finish it off I hemmed the edge of the skirt with a twin needle and attached snap buttons to the bottom piece. I had to use four, instead of the recommended three, as there was a little bit of bulk in the center as I made a loop before attaching the ribbing. I handtacked the body lining over all of the seams, so no raw edges are visible inside the dress.

I made size 68, so my little one has to grow a little bit more to fit it correctly (she’s size 62 now), but doesn’t she look super cute and summery! My little señorita 😊

Want to buy the pattern(s)? Follow any of the (affiliate) links below, to get you to the right pattern:

Advena Bodysuit – Baby sizes
Advena Top and dress – Baby sizes
Advena Top, tunic and dress – Size 12M/80 to 14Y/164

Advena Romper – Baby sizes
Advena Tuniek en jurk – Baby sizes
Advena Top, tuniek en jurk –  maten 12M/80 tot 14Y/164

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Hello Summer, hello Eximia!

Hello summer, hello Eximia!

Hi there! If I say I browse a lot on Pinterest, I think I’m not the only one. And that’s where I found my inspiration for this top. When the Eximia released in December 2018 I even made three versions while testing. All in winter time. So now it was time to use the Eximia pattern for a summery version and that’s what I did to get this lovely version.

I wanted to create an asymmetrical t-shirt. As I wanted to play with the color I used this floral french terry and matching coral cotton knit.

This is how I did it:

  1. I decided I wanted to have a length of 43 cm or 17” for my back and left front and measured from my armhole to the bottom and cut the rest of it.

2. I doubled my front panel on pattern paper. My side seam line is drawn at 43 cm or 17”(as the other pattern pieces).

I drew a new line (blue line) straight down from ⅓ from my shoulder to baseline and lengthened it with 11 cm or 4,3”.

Connect this line with the side seam line and you have a new pattern piece.

3. Up to my left front. I finished it at 2 cm/ ¾” with my twin needle.

4. Finish your right piece.

5. Lay your right piece (asymmetrical part) on top of it and baste it at the neckline.

6. Fuse your shoulder seams at the wrong side of back piece with fusible tape.

7. Lay your back piece, right sides together, on your new created front piece.

8. Pin your shoulder seams and side seams and sew.

9. Sew the side seams of your sleeves together and sew them in the arm opening.

10. Use your twin needle to hem your sleeves and bodice hem.

11. Sew your neckband to the neckline.

I really like this length to wear on my jeans.

This ¾ the length sleeve is perfect for this time of the year but you can shorten/lengthen it to your own preference.

I considered sewing the two front panels and sewing five buttons on the vertical seam.
I do not know if I will sew the buttons on it, but I certainly will sew the two panels together.
Imagine you would just stand somewhere and a gust of wind makes your lingerie visible. We don’t want that 😉

Link to the pattern, available in Dutch, French and English: #affiliate Eximia Sweater

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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!
You can grab the Solis pattern here: Dutch, English
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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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