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.

Here is another view of my projector. As you can see it hangs right above my cutting table. So what is it used for, this projector, you might wonder? A projector gives you the possibility to project your patterns directly from your computer (or in some cases tablet or mobile phones may be an option too) on to your fabric. This will save you the time and efforts of printing your pattern, taping and tracing your pattern, because there is no need for that anymore!

To me, this sounded like music to my ears. I really disliked the printing/taping/tracing part of sewing, haha. So I was so glad with this invention! All the credits to the one who came up with this!

Sofilantjes recently started adapting all the A0 files into A0 files with layers. This is definitely something you might want in a pattern when using a projector, because this way you can select only the size (or sizes if you want to blend) you need and project only that size onto your fabric. In the picture above you can see a projection of the Brevis pattern on my cutting table, to give you an idea of how this looks like. You can also use a A0 file without layers, but this is definitely more convenient. Also, the new patterns are coming with even special “projector files” with is even more useful!

So in this picture you can see a pattern piece of the Brevis projected onto the fabric. You can see that this way you don’t need a paper pattern piece anymore.

Also with a projector it’s really easy to trace all your markings. You can see very clearly where they need to go, like the marking for the back pocket as pictured above.

When you’ve placed your pattern piece on the right spot, all that’s left to do is to cut it out! This is most easily done with a rollerblade. You will also need a cutting mat for this. Pattern weights can be useful too, but I just use things laying around to put on my fabric to prevent it from moving. After you’ve got all your pattern pieces cut out, you can sew them together as per instructions and that’s it! Your new item is done and you did not even had to use any paper or ink on it!

Here is a picture of the Brevis I made with the help of my projector. Once again another versatile pattern with some lovely options for nice details to get creative with.

My boy is happy with them too! I’m for sure gonna make another one for his summer wardrobe! Want to make a Brevis of your own? You can get a copy of this pattern in Dutch, English, French or German (aff)!

But to finish the story about using a projector for sewing, tell me… Did you already know about using a projector for sewing? Do you use one or want to use one? I love to see your comments, and feel free to ask me any questions! You can also find a lot of answers in these two pattern groups: Projectors for sewing (international group) and Naaien met een projector/beamer (Dutch group).

I’d love to hear from you!
Happy sewing and until next time!

Miss Maakt


New Release: Aureum Racerback Top, Tunic, Dress, Maxi Child

The release of the Adult Aureum helped push us right along closer to summer.  It has warmed up quite a bit.  Let’s see if this completes the job.  Introducing the Aureum Racerback Top, Tunic, Dress and Maxi for children. The Aureum comes in sizes 12m – 14y.  The options are the same as the adult version, so let’s get into some pictures.

We’re going to show you A LOT of pictures.  The testers outdid themselves.








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The Aureum Racerback Child release sale will run from May 29 08.00 CET through June 2 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €6,50 – ex taxes  no code needed. We also have a bundle for sale! The bundle will be on sale for €12,50 – ex taxes. 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 Aureum.

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


See you next time!


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New Release: Aureum Racerback Top, Tunic, Dress and Maxi

Even though the weather can’t decide if we’re heading closer to summer or backwards to winter, we have decided to push it right along.  Summer means time for a new summer dress.  Introducing the Aureum Racerback Top, Tunic, Dress and Maxi.  This pattern is so versatile.  You can dress it up or down.  The Aureum is even great for a workout top (I know I need a new workout top…).

The Aureum comes in sizes 32 – 54, has 4 back options and 4 lengths.  The maxi also features an optional side slit.

We’re going to show you A LOT of pictures.  The testers outdid themselves.







Dress Up or Down:


The Aureum Racerback release sale will run from May 7 08.00 CET through May 11 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €6,50 – ex taxes (€7,87 incl EU taxes), no code needed. 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 Aureum.

New Release: Advena Bodysuit

We have been busy behind the scenes working on new patterns.  The babies need a new pattern right? We thought so too.  Introducing the Advena Bodysuit.

The Advena Bodysuit comes in sizes NB/50 – 2Y/9254, features the Advena envelope necklines, and has two sleeve options; short  and long.

Option A – Full Envelope

Option B – Half Envelope

Just because pictures (because who doesn’t love cute babies and dolls!):


The Advena Bodysuit is on sale for €3,75 (excl EU tax) from April 15 08.00 CET through April 20 08.00 CET.  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 Advena.


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 color I used this floral french terry and a 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.

       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 base line 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 armopening.

      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 th 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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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