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Learning Photography Week 3

Welcome back!!!  We are now on Week 3 of our photography month!!!  Hopefully, the past 2 weeks have been helpful and that you are taking the time to take some photos and learn more about your camera.

This week we are talking about posing people, especially kids, in photography, and some tricks to get kids to pose (not an easy feat!).  While I am definitely not an expert, I do have three kids with various personalities, and have learned over the years some tricks to get some good photos especially for pattern testing!
Let’s start with the kids first.  I think the best tip to getting some good photos of children is being with them one on one.  No other distractions.  Take them to a new area, let them explore this new environment, ask them questions about what they see, all the while snapping photos.  These photos seem to be the most natural.  Some places that I have taken my kids are old abandoned buildings, a nature trail, field of wild flowers, a plant nursery, or even a post office.  Depending on the time of day, I have found the lighting to be wonderful at these spots. Notice how I didn’t say your house or backyard, I leave this as my last resort.  I find that these ‘familiar’ spots tend to be unexciting for the kids, and when I try to get them to look, smile, or pose, they just seem uninterested.  Below are some photos that were taken by abandoned buildings that are in the old town we live near.

For pattern testing photos I found that the easiest way to get a natural photo is have the child walk towards you or if you want to photograph the back of the outfit, have them walk away from you.  The key is to tell them to walk slowly and just look straight ahead.  






Another trick I found is to have them do something silly, tell a funny joke!  Sometimes I will tell my daughter to check to see if there is anything on the bottom of her shoe.   Other times I will tell my daughter, she is 5, whatever you do PLEASE DO NOT SMILE, absolutely no smiling, and she can keep a straight face for all of two seconds, then I get a natural smile from her!

Other times I will tell my kids, that I am NOT taking a picture of their face, for a sneak peek on a pattern test or to show detail on the pattern.  The kids tend to have a more relax stance when they know they don’t have to look or smile at me!    


I find that kids, and well adults too, tend to not know what to do with their hands when taking photos.  If you’re photographing an outfit that has pockets, I will have the child put one hand in the pocket while the other hand is left free. For boys I find that if they place their thumbs in their pocks that it leads to a more masculine stance.  If no pockets, one hand on the hip works well.

I think the main thing to take away from photographing kids is that you really can’t POSE them, you can show them what you are looking for but depending on their age, they may not listen!  The best thing you can do is to get down on their level and be interested in whatever they want to talk about!  When I photograph my kids I’m typically squatting or on my knees, you want the camera to be at eye level with them!  Occasionally, depending on the background behind them, I break the rule of being at eye level, and I will actually bring a step ladder. 






Another idea is to have them hold a prop.  If you are photographing for a pattern test, make sure the prop isn’t distracting from the pattern but rather complements it.  Some examples I have used in the past is a pair of sunglasses, a hat or even an umbrella.

And when all else fails…..bring candy!!!!  Knowing that a lollipop is waiting for them after the photoshoot is completed, typically gets the kids attention.  After many years of photographing my kids, they have learned, if they listen to what I am asking, I will only take a few photos and we can leave and go have fun.


Okay, while all the above works for ALL people, the older the child is, the easier child, they can follow directions.  Just like last week, there are some basic ‘rules’ that most photographers will follow for posing subjects that are more mature.  If most of these rules are followed the ending will result in a pleasing portrait.

First rule – If your subject has long hair, it’s best to have their hair over one shoulder but behind the other. If the hair is over both shoulders, it tends to look a little messy.  Another option is to have the hair pulled back.

Second rule – When people stand naturally they tend to stand with their arms flat at their sides. This causes several problems. First, it makes them look awkward and uncomfortable in the photo. Secondly, their arm presses against their torso. This squishes the arm out and makes it look larger than it actually is.  You can correct that by having them just lift their arm an inch or two so it is “floating” and not pressed against them. Alternatively, you can pose their hand so the arm is in a different position, such as putting their hand on the hip.

Third rule – When someone stands in their normal relaxed stance or even stands up straight to have nice posture, there is a little bit of flab right underneath their chin. No matter how skinny they are, you will see this. If you tell people to bring their chin forward, which sounds like the sensible thing to do, they will point their chin at you, which brings their face up and ends with you shooting up their nostrils. (Not attractive.) Instead, tell your model to bring their ears forward.  This works well with men and women, boys and girls!  Below the first picture is my daughter just standing normal, you can see the wrinkling around her jaw line.  The second photo I told her to point the top of her ears towards me, I like this photo much more!

Fourth rule –  Turning the shoulders is a very simple tip, but important. If your subject stares at the camera head-on, they look bigger. This can be good when shooting a football player, but it is bad when shooting beauty or portraits. By having your subject turn, they are showing a slimmer profile of themselves to the camera, and look slimmer.

Fifth rule – You don’t what to show the white of the eyes.  Often times when I take photos for pattern tests, I will tell my kids to NOT look at the camera but I do not tell them to “look over there.” Instead I give them an object behind me to focus on so you can control their eye line.

Sixth rule – The last and final rule I will talk about here is a little more complex but just as important.  You don’t want the nose to break the face.  What I mean by this is, when you don’t want your subject facing forward; you have them turn to the side. Assuming you don’t want a full profile where you only see one side of the face, they will be at a quarter turn with both eyes in frame. If you draw an imaginary line down the side of their face, this line is the line that cannot be crossed by their nose.  If they turn too far and the nose crosses this line, it “breaks” the natural curve of the face. It creates the “Pinocchio” effect and extends the length of their nose. You can avoid this by having them turn back toward you slightly, until you can see a little bit of space between the end of their nose, and the side of their face. You don’t want to break that line or it makes them look like they have disproportionate facial features.


So this week I want you to go out and try some of these techniques!  Do they work for you?  Are they helpful?  Did you have fun?  I want you to post some of your pictures you take trying some of these methods, whether you want to try photographing a portrait of an older child using the rules above or to go out with a younger child and go explore someplace new.  Remember to post your photos in the picture folder called Photography Week 3, and I will go through the photos and offer constructive criticism.  Most of all, remember to have fun!  See you next week, which will be our final week, and we will talk about editing our photos!!!

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Regem Color Block Extra Instructions

The Regem is the perfect shirt for scraps or to use during upcycling, but of course it gives great results with new fabrics as well. It is a quick and simple sew which gives a sophisticated result. In the Facebook group, we saw a few people that were a bit thrown off guard by the seam allowances for the color block. The seam allowances stick out and create some strange looking bumps. Today, we are showing how to sew the color block in extra detail. This pattern is perfectly suitable for beginners, so if you have some trouble, just look at these pictures and it should all become clear.

In the graphic, you can see the pattern pieces that you will need for the color blocked shirt. You can also see that if you would put the piece together such that they touch, the fabrics would not be a perfect fit. This is normal, the fabrics are only a perfect fit when you put the red lines on each other, that is the actual line that you will be sewing.

To correctly sew the back, you will have to align the corners of the upper color block with those strange looking extra bumbs on the lower body piece. Just start pinning on the sides and work towards the middle.

After pinning the pieces together, make sure that you sew exactly on the one centimeter seam allowance. That way the extra bumps in the lower body piece will disappear and you will create a perfect curve as shown in graphic 3 from the instructions.

For the front color block you again align the color block to the strange bump. On one end the color block will stick out from the other end of the body piece. This is normal. This will not be visible later. Again, make sure that you sew exactly on the one centimeter seam allowance. When you sew exactly on the seam allowance you will not have any bumps in your finished front and your finished front should look as smooth as graphic 5 from the instructions.

You can do it!



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Learning Photography Week 2

I hope that this past week you had a chance to play around with various settings on your camera that we talked about previously.  If you have any questions, feel free to tag me in the Facebook Sew and Show group, and I will do my best to help answer any questions you have.

So now we are into Week 2 of our photography month.  This week I thought it would be best to talk a little bit about some rules of composition when you take a photo.  I also thought we should learn a little bit about lighting and various backgrounds.  Before we start, I should mention that all that we are talking about today includes digital cameras and phone cameras.

First though, let’s talk about composition!  The first rule of composition is the rule of thirds!  This one I almost ALWAYS follow (although rules are meant to be broken, I rarely break this one.)!  On the inside of my view finder (or on the screen on the back) on my camera I have a grid made of lines.  If your camera doesn’t have the grid lines you can imagine your screen in nine even blocks (3×3).  Knowing where these lines are makes it easy to line up your most important elements either on the lines or at a point where the lines intercept.  This method works great on landscapes and with portraits for people.

Leading lines is another popular photography technique.  Our eyes are unconsciously drawn along lines in an image.  You can position various objects along the line or have your main focus be at the end of your line that your eye will settle on, like the corn field picture I took here.

Creating Depth in your photos is a popular technique with landscapes.  Having fore-, middle- and background detail will add depth to your image as well as draw the eye through the picture. Compositional elements that complement each other, for example with color, work well but do be careful with the size of objects you use and how you place them as you don’t want the shot to be thrown off balance.

The next technique is to fill the frame.  If your subject is in danger of being lost because of a busy background, it may be best to crop or shoot the photo where your subject fills up most of the photo.

Watch the background, this step is so important.  Sometimes we are so focused on getting our children to sit still, or pose, or look at the camera, that we forget what is BEHIND our subjects.  Unsightly objects, overexposed or particularly bright areas and blocks/dots of bright color will all pull the eye from what it’s meant to be focusing on, so take a good look at your background before you take your shot and if possible, find a background that’s not so obtrusive. If you’re working on portraits make sure there’s no unwanted items sticking out of your subject’s head and unless it adds to the shot, throw the background out of focus. To do this, select a wider aperture (a lower f/stop)  if working with a digital camera or select the Portrait Mode on a compact camera or cellphone to tell it you want to work with a wider aperture.  If you need to shoot indoors, make sure that objects behind the subject aren’t too busy.  I’m a mom, who homeschools all three kids, so we have laundry, books, papers all over the tables!  I will simply push all the ‘clutter’ out of the way, pose my child, take the photo, then push all the stuff back! HAHA  You can see in the picture below, I angled my camera so that I didn’t have any of the windows in my shot, I also took the pictures off the wall and moved all the papers and clutter off to the side, out of view.


The first photo below I was focused on lighting and camera settings and getting my daughter to look, that I failed to see the telephone pole directly behind her head, this is BAD! 



The next photo I rotated her body 180 degrees, and had her step off our front porch, and, as you can see, the background is much more pleasing.  (Please excuse the extremely windy day we had while I tried to take these example photos.)


Natural light refers to sunlight/daylight, while artificial light refers to all kinds of light sources, including fluorescent lights, electric lights, flash, and so on. I will discuss the differences between these types of light sources below, but I will let you know that I almost exclusively shoot in natural light.  It is so important to note, that if you shoot primarily with a cellphone, that natural light outside will produce the best photo.  The suggestions for time of day and weather also apply to cellphone pictures.

Natural light

Natural light is less controllable, and it varies greatly depending on numerous conditions such as time of day, season, weather, and geographical location. To its credit, it does not require any equipment other than anything that you may choose to use as a diffuser, reflector, etc. The choice between using natural or artificial light is obviously more relevant for portrait or still life photography than it is for landscape or wildlife photography, where your choice is limited to natural light.  The photo below was taken on a cloudy morning at sunrise.

These are some factors that affect natural light:

  • Weather  For example, a cloudy day generates soft light and is usually preferred in photography.  I get excited about cloudy days, because I just love the soft diffused light you get (and the non-squinting eyes from the kids!).  By contrast, sunny lighting conditions yield harder, brighter light with shadows that are more defined. However, this just scratches the surface. Cloud cover is almost never even, and this leads to varying patterns and intensity in light.  Various weather conditions, such as storms and fog, also alter the intensity and color of light. This can create shots that vary from being totally unusable to exceptional images with spectacular effects.


  • Time of day   You can usually get softer lighting conditions early or late in the day. This light is generally warmer, producing images with less contrast compared to when the sun is high up in the sky. Sunrise and sunset are often considered ideal times for photography, particularly for landscapes and portraits. This time of day is referred to as the golden hour. If you do a quick google search you can find a calculator that will determine exactly how long and when your golden hour times are in relation to where you live.  I always check the golden hour website before planning a shot because during this time of day, the lighting conditions change rapidly, both in terms of intensity and color, and allow for shooting images that are far more varied, often within the space of minutes. Shadows also change in shape and darkness, as the sun sets or rises, becoming longer and lighter as the sun sets and vice versa. Both of the pictures taken below were shot during the ‘golden hour’ although the first one was taken at sunrise and the second one was right before sunset.

Artificial Light

The challenges of using natural light are quite similar to those faced when shooting in artificial light. You must still understand how various light sources act upon a subject and how to produce the desired effect. Different sources of light can produce soft or hard light when shooting in a studio, but in this case, the photographer has direct control over elements such as hardness, distance, intensity, and angle. Furthermore, artificial light from different sources yields different color heat signatures. For instance, halogen bulbs are colder and produce a light that is blue in color, while tungsten bulbs, being hotter, produce light with a reddish hue.  I have a few speedlights that can either attach to my camera or I can put on a stand with an umbrella or a diffuser.  One trick with speedlights to help diffuse the strong flash is to place a white plastic grocery bag over the flash.  Another trick is to point the flash up at the ceiling in your house to bounce the flash.  This results in a softer lighting.  I found that the key to artificial lighting is to practice.  You need to find a willing subject to sit still or you can use a still object like a piece of fruit or a stuffed animal.   The photo before was taken with an off camera flash (OCF) and the light of candle, also used Lightroom to edit this photo a bit, which I will go into during week 4.  

When it comes down to controlling and manipulating light, there are many options within photography, whether you’re dealing with artificial, natural, soft, or hard light. It comes down to understanding how images are affected by different lighting conditions, setting up the desired lighting environment, adjusting your camera settings, and post-processing your picture in programs such as Gimp (a free program to download), Lightroom, or Photoshop.


So that is what we all need to work on this week.  Get your camera out, shoot some pictures with various backgrounds, and in different lights using different rules from photography.  Post your photos in the Sofilantjes Sew and Show Group in the folder Photography Week 2, I will try my best to go and give constructive criticism and feedback.  Hope to see you next week where we will be talking about Posing and some tricks to taking photos of kids!

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Learning Photography Week 1

I am excited to spend this month with you all and hopefully together we can all learn more about photography and how our cameras work to get the best photos possible with the equipment that you currently have.  I should state that I am NOT a professional photographer, just a mom, who pattern tests, and loves photography, and is continuously learning more and more about photography through fellow photographers. 

Since this is Week 1, I figured that best place to start would be to understand your camera and all the various settings you can choose from.  Now, I am fully aware that not everyone will have a fancy digital camera or multiple lenses, and that the only camera you may have is your cellphone.  Well the good news is you can still get a great photo with your cellphone!  If you have a newer model phone, you will have the option to take photos in “portrait mode”.  When you use this mode your camera uses a wider aperture, some phones go down to an f/stop of 1.8 even!  With a wider aperture you will be able to make a background that is more blurred.  See the photos below, the first one is just in regular photo mode on an iPhone, while the second photo is taken using the ‘portrait mode’, notice the difference with the backgrounds!!! The key to getting a good photo with a phone is to have great lighting and use portrait mode.  Most photos taken with a phone will need to be taken outside or right by a window to get adequate lighting.







This next section, we will be talking to people who own DSLR’s or digital cameras.

Are you one of those people who bought an expensive (sometimes $1,000’s of dollars) on a nice camera but shoot in A, or Automatic mode?!  It can be intimidating with so many options to choose from when shooting one picture.  I hope through the course of this week, that I can convince you to try and play around with some different settings.    (You will need to refer to your owner’s manual for your specific camera since all cameras are slightly different.)

Let’s start with some basic vocabulary.  I feel like learning how to USE my camera, I had to learn a new language!  Below are the three pillars of photography:

ISO – In very basic terms, ISO is simply a camera setting that will brighten or darken a photo. As you increase your ISO number, your photos will grow progressively brighter. For that reason, ISO is a good tool to help you capture images in dark environments or be more flexible about your aperture and shutter speed settings.

However, raising your ISO has consequences. A photo taken at too high of an ISO will show a lot of grain, also known as noise, and might not be usable. So, brightening a photo via ISO is always a trade-off. You should only raise your ISO when you are unable to brighten the photo via shutter speed or aperture instead (for example, if using a longer shutter speed would cause your subject to be blurry).


Shutter speed- Shutter speed is the length of time your camera shutter is open, exposing light onto the camera sensor. Essentially, it’s how long your camera spends taking a photo. A long shutter speed, will create movement in your photo (insert water, and stars photo).  On the flip side a short shutter speed will do just the opposite – it will freeze a motion (insert water drop pictures) Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, when they are under a second. For example 1/4 means a quarter of a second, while 1/250 means one two-hundred-and-fiftieth of a second (or four milliseconds).

Most modern digital and mirrorless cameras can handle shutter speeds of up to 1/4000th of a second, while some can handle much quicker speeds of 1/8000th of a second and faster. On the other hand, the longest available shutter speed on most digital or mirrorless cameras is typically 30 seconds. You can use a longer shutter speed by using external remote triggers, if necessary.


Aperture – is referred to as the opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. It is calibrated in f/stops and is generally written as numbers such as 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16. The lower f/stops give more exposure because they represent the larger apertures, while the higher f/stops give less exposure because they represent smaller apertures. This may seem a little contradictory at first but will become clearer as you take pictures at varying f/stops.



Now that we understand a little bit of terminology, let’s look at the dial on the top of your camera, you will see things like P mode, Tv mode, Av mode, M mode, and with some camera B mode and Custom modes.  In this lesson we will only talk about P, Tv, Av, and Manual Modes.
Let’s dive into what each of these presets is for and when to use them.

P Mode, is also known as Program Mode, and is a good choice for those who are just weaning themselves off of Automatic (A) Mode.  In this mode, the camera determines the shutter speed and aperture, and lets you determine the ISO.  Remember you want to keep your ISO as low as you can, depending on the light situation to avoid graininess in your pictures.  Turn the mode dial to Program and lightly tap the shutter release button. You’ll see a combination of aperture and shutter speed appear. Move the camera around and you’ll see either the aperture, shutter speed or both change. Now let’s shift the settings.  To activate Program Shift, rotate the camera’s control dial in one direction to select a wider aperture/faster shutter speed or in the opposite direction for a smaller aperture/slower shutter speed. This process can vary between models. If a combination of aperture and shutter speed is unavailable, try changing the ISO setting on the camera. Increasing it will make the sensor more sensitive to light, while choosing a lower setting decreases the sensor’s sensitivity.

First one is shot at ISO100 (because I was shooting into the bright light outside) and the camera told me that for this scenario that the aperture would be best at 6.3 and the shutter speed to be 1/200.




I didn’t love how much of the house I saw across the street so I overrode the Program setting by rotating my camera’s control wheel so that my aperture was set at 1.4 and my camera told me that we would need a shutter speed of 1/4000.  I took the picture again and the background is much more blurred with still good lighting.


Tv Mode, is also known as Shutter Priority Mode.  Shutter priority can be selected by turning the dial to S or TV depending on your camera. Shutter priority mode allows you to select the shutter speed and then the camera adjusts the aperture to a value that will work with the shutter speed you’ve selected to create a properly exposed photograph.

Shutter Speed controls how quickly or slowly your shutter closes. This allows you to control that amount of light that goes into the lens. The longer the shutter is open the more time the light has to get into the camera and hit the sensor to create the image. It also controls how much movement is visible in your photo. As the shutter speed increases movement is frozen, whereas decreasing the shutter speed increases the visibility of motion. If freezing movement, such as a twirling skirt, is your main focus, shutter priority is a good place to start.

This first photo was taken with a very fast shutter speed, 1/5000, with the intentions that I wanted to “freeze” the water droplets.  Since in Tv Mode, you can choose what Shutter Speed you want, the camera will adjust your aperture accordingly.  You do have the ability to adjust the ISO depending on how much light is available.  For this frozen water picture, my ISO was 2500 (camera picked this for me), and my aperture was f/3.2 (camera picked this for me).


For the second photo I wanted to have the water appear more fluid so I used a much longer shutter speed, causing the water to be blurred.  The only downfall to this, is that ANYTHING moving in your photo will appear blurry if there is any movement at all.  The details on this photo is ISO 100 (camera picked this for me), aperture f/32 (camera picked this for me) and the shutter speed was 0.5 seconds.  

Av Mode, is also known as Aperture Priority Mode.  Turn the mode dial on top of the digital camera to select Aperture Priority mode, we can tell the camera how big or small we want the aperture opening to be. On most digital and Mirrorless cameras, there is a command dial that can be turned in two directions. By turning one way, you open up the aperture, and by turning in the opposite direction you narrow the aperture. If you look at the LCD screen, you will notice a number that changes as you alter the command dial. Wide apertures are represented by smaller numbers, and narrow apertures are represented by bigger numbers.  Now that we understand where the aperture is, what it does, and how to modify it on a DSLR, why do we actually use it and why is it one of the most common semi-automatic shooting modes?

The main reason for using Aperture Priority is because it allows us to control Depth of Field (DOF).

In very simple terms, DOF is the area of a photo that appears acceptably sharp and in focus. To have as much in focus as possible, we normally use a narrow aperture (a larger number) – as in a landscape. To produce areas that are blurry or out of focus in front of and behind the main subject, we normally use a wider aperture (a smaller number) – as in a portrait of a person where the background is blurry.

The photo was taken in Aperture Priority mode with the Aperture set to the widest at f1.4. It resulted in a very shallow Depth of Field where the person in the foreground only in focus but everything in the background is blurry (out of focus). This was shot on my 50mm 1.4 lens, which is a common lens and affordable as far as lenses go 🙂  The camera settings ISO 100 (I chose this since it was a bright sunny day), f/1.4, shutter speed 1/2000 (camera chose this for me). 






This photo of a sunset was taken in Aperture Priority mode as well but in order to maximize the Depth of Field, I set Aperture to f11. Everything, from the grass in the foreground to the trees in the background, is in focus.  Camera settings ISO 1600 (picked by the camera), aperture f/11, shutter speed 1/8 (picked by the camera, I need to set the camera on a rock to avoid movement at a shutter speed this low)











Lastly, we have Manual Mode, most typically labelled M on the cameras dial.  After you feel comfortable and understand how your camera works, you are ready to take full control of the outcome of your pictures.  In Manual Mode you control the shutter speed, aperture and the ISO.  These three settings work together to control the how bright or dark your photo is (known as exposure), as well as change the overall look of the image.  Learning to shoot in Manual Mode will give you control over shooting in difficult lighting situations.  An example of this would be if your subject is back lit.  If the light behind your subject is much brighter than your subject itself, then your camera will try to adjust the settings in order to capture the brighter light. This will result in your subject being completely underexposed, and hard to see. Not good.  Another example of when Manual Mode is necessary, is shooting the stars at night or any night landscape.   The first thing to know is that it might take a little while before you get really comfortable shooting in manual mode, especially when you’re first learning photography. You have so much to think about, like composition, lighting, subject interaction, etc., that it can be tough to constantly keep your aperture, shutter speed and ISO in mind as well.

The big thing to keep in mind is that eventually it will feel natural and intuitive! With enough practice you will start to adjust your settings quickly and easily. So stick with it! Now here is where I want YOU to practice.  Play around with settings on your camera, take pictures, take LOTS of pictures, post some pictures to the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group in the picture folder labeled Photography Week 1.  I will go through all the photos posted there and offer help and suggestions, in the photography world it’s called Constructive Criticism, or CC.  I feel that you can really grow in your photography skills by suggestions and guidance, I know that is how I learned, and that is how I continue to grow with my photography.  I can’t wait to see all your photos!!!!!  See you next week where we will be talking about Composition, Lighting and Backgrounds!

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Orbis Surprise

It’s almost summer time (well, here in Arizona it is very much into the summer weather already)!

We have had so many hot days here so my daughter needed some more “warm weather clothes”.

There was a suggestion in the Sofilantjes facebook group about making the Orbis pants into a skirt….

Well, here it is!

First, I cut out the Orbis pattern and put it together.  I laid the front leg patterns on my choice of fabric (which is an upcycle of a nylon spandex maxi dress I made last year).

In order to make sure that the width and length of the proposed skirt would be good, I actually printed out the Liv skirt (free to group members), and laid it on top of the orbis front leg patterns.  (I don’t want to show whole pattern pieces in respect to the designer, but let me know if there are any issues understanding placement)


I situated the orbis pattern so it aligned with the Liv, and cut the sides and bottom (which was already hemmed from my upcycle- YES!). 

Then I cut out the back piece the same way.  Make sure you are adding the markings for the waistband, so that you can follow those guidelines.

Next cut out the pocket cutouts on the pieces.

Front piece
back piece


Cut out pocket piece (pay attention to direction of stretch), waistband, and pocket ribbing.

Sew the sides of the skirt together (this will deter from the pattern images, as the skirt will be fully sewn on the sides with no front seam to sew).


Add the pocket ribbing, and pocket (follow the markings to place it correctly). I love using my coverstitch for attaching the pocket to give it a fun look.  

Add the waistband and hem the bottom.

Boom! Orbis skirt!

Having the Liv as a guideline was so awesome to make sure the Orbis skirt would be a good fit, so make sure you join the Sofilantjes group (if you are not already in there) and download the Liv.


Thanks for reading!

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Foras Dress Release SALE

I can’t believe it is already the end of March. Feels like yesterday this year started and this is our second pattern this year already too. Time is flying by so fast. Only because we are having fun right?!

Speaking of fun. Spring is coming (although our weather is still in winter mode). We are sewing for spring, summer and yes, fall and winter too. We added so many sleeve options, you can sew for the whole year. This dress can be sewn in a day. It’s that easy.

So let’s meet the Foras Dress.

A fun dress with a beautiful feminine colorblock that is in line with some great pockets. It’s a simple but fun design. Let me show you.

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Gather the Sylva

Hey there! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Sofilantjes Patterns. Sofilantjes (Anne Jacobs designer) has some AMAZING patterns and techniques which makes them so much fun.

I always find that the patterns allow people to become creative, without actually having to imagine up anything by themselves because Anne has already done all of the hard work!

I love being able to use patterns for multiple different looks, so sometimes I like to play a little with the pattern. The Sylva Top and Tunic is already a great pattern, with multiple necklines available.  There is a V-neck/V-back option, or a hooded option.  I love the V-neck/V-back option because my 4.5 year old can put it on forward or backward without me needing to turn it to the right side!
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Vivax Top and Dress RELEASE

We started 2018 a little late, but we are here and we are introducing a great pattern. The perfect pattern to start a new collection for this fun year. We introduce to you the Vivax Top and Dress.

This fun pattern has two different necklines that you will love, 4 sleeve lengths in 5 fun sleeve options, and to round it out a top and dress length. Don’t forget that beautiful and fun round pocket. So many items to create with just this one pattern. Start buying more fabric…

Let’s start with some beautiful pictures of the round neckline. The colorblock on this neckline is not just in the front, it goes all the way around.  You get to use those small pieces of that perfect fabric you have been saving.

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