Author: Anne

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 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 the 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!

Until next time!

Sofilantjes for the whole family

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.

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Stepping Into Fall In The Velocitas Hoodie

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

An Otium with a cool side.

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 a 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 the 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 in the photo I didn’t close the side seams yet. This way it was easier 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.

The highlighted #affiliate link brings you to the pattern.

Greetings, Ilse from @sewsewilse 

Domi Sweat Pants Review

Domi Sweat Pants

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.

Domi Sweat Pants Front

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!

Domi Sweats Front

The Domi Pants have 3 length options:

Full Length
3/4 Length
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!

Domi Cuff DetailDomi Pocket Detail

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!

Domi Pants Back

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


A New Kind of Foliis

Foliis Crop Bell Sleeve Sweater

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.

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Nivalis into Maternity Shirts

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!


Mix and Match

There have been a lot of questions about which patterns can Mix and Match.  So we made you a chart, so you can quickly check.  Look at all of the different combinations you can make! We hope this helps!


Optimum Racerback Light

Last month this pattern was released. My 10 year old is just over the moon with her Optimum dresses. It is a lined dress, but it can be very easily hacked into a single layer dress, or as many of the testers of the dress called it: the Optimum Racerback Light.

In this blogpost you can read how easy it is to make this unlined version.

Start by taking off the seam allowance on the neck and arms, both front and back. These are the places where you will put binding later on.

Now sew the back together and the shoulders. Then fold open the bodice.

You need a long piece of ribbing. This ribbing needs to be 4cm wide.
The length of the binding is 80% of the total length. This means you first need to measure the total length of the raw edges of the bodice.

You might need to sew together 2 pieces of ribbing.

In the example I made, I sewed 2 pieces of 61 cm together.
The total length of the sides of the bodice was 150 cm.
To calculate 80% of this length, you multiply by 0.8; 150 x 0.8 = 120.
My ribbing was not 120 cm wide, so I cut 2x 60cm + 1 cm on each piece for the seam.
My binding was 120 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Then the binding needs to be folded over the whole length; press it so the fold will stay better when you are sewing it onto the bodice.

The next thing to do is pin and sew the binding to the bodice.

In this example I sewed the side band first. Since there was a seam in the middle, it was easy to pin the middle of the binding to the back seam of the bodice. I also marked the quarter point; the middle between the middle and the beginning, on both bodice and binding. This way it’s easier to attach the binding evenly over the whole bodice.

Like with regular binding: stretch the band to fit the bodice, but do not stretch the main fabric.

Repeat for the neckband.

Give the bodice a good and steamy press and it should look something like this:

To make sure you have a nice clean look: topstitch the bands.

You’re all set to attach the skirt!

Your girl will be so happy with this Optimum Racerback Light!