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Guest post: Montis hack

Today, I will show you how to slightly hack the Montis bodice to get view A on the back (three straps) and to have single layer of fabric. I read in the Sofilantjes group that some kids sweat in two layers of fabric, so the Montis option B is perfect for those (single layered), but with this hack they can also wear option A. You need elastic bias for this hack, you can either buy it, or make your own (what I did). If you make your own, you cut a 4 centimeter wide, long strip of good quality jersey. For this post I assume that you know how to sew on a home made jersey bias (if you do not check the instructions on your Iridis pattern).

Vandaag laat ik zien hoe je de Montis een beetje kan hacken zodat je versie A kan maken (drie bandjes op de rug) en het lijfje 1 laagje stof is. Optie B van de Montis heeft altijd maar 1 laagje stof en met deze hack kan je dat ook voor versie A doen, voor het geval dat je dochter relatief veel zweet in twee laagjes. Voor de hack heb je elastische bias nodig, die kan je kopen, maar ook zelf maken van een strip tricot van 4 centimeter breed. Ik ga ervan uit dat je al vaker bias hebt genaaid en dus weet hoe dat moet. Eventueel kan je het Iridis patroon naslaan op hoe je bias behoort te naaien.

For this hack you need to cut a bodice on the option A line (the inner line) and you need strap1, 2 and 3 for length references (so do not cut them from fabric, just the paper pieces).

Voor deze hack knip je een lijfje op de optie A lijn (binnenste lijn) en je hebt patroondelen 1, 2 en 3 nodig voor hun lengte (je hoeft ze dus niet meteen in stof te knippen, het gaat om de papieren delen).

 

 

Measure, based on your pattern pieces how much bias you will approximately need. You can either use a flexible measuring tape or a piece of wool. You will need to follow the entire top line of the bodice plus strap one and strap two. You should slightly stretch the bias while sewing it on, I therefore strongly advice to only use this hack if you have a model on which you can finalize the last step of determining strap length. You can subtract seam allowance, but it is not crucial because you will make it fit your model anyway. Cut a separate piece of bias for strap 3.

Bepaal aan de hand van je patroondelen de lengte van de benodigde bias. Je kan een flexibel meetlint gebruiken, maar ook een touwtje. De lengte die je nodig hebt is dus de lengte van bandje 1 en 2 en de volledige bovenkant van het topje. Terwijl je de bias naait trek je er een beetje aan, je kan dus niet exact bepalen hoeveel je nodig hebt. Voor deze hack heb je dus een model nodig om de bandjes aan het einde op vast te stellen. Je kan de naadwaarde van de patroondelen afhalen, maar dat is niet zo belangrijk, omdat je aan het einde toch je model nodig hebt. Knip daarnaast nog een stuk bias op de lengte van bandje 3.

Now mark the length of strap 1 on your long strip of bias. Fold over one centimeter of the top of the bodice to the back. Sew the front bodice to the back bodice by closing the sides.

Markeer op de lange strip de lengte van bandje 1. Vouw de schouder op de voorkant van het lijfje een centimeter om naar achteren. Naai de zijkanten van het lijfje (voor en achterkant) aan elkaar vast.

Sew the bias (good side on good side) to your bodice from the mark that you made in the previous step (with the one centimeter folded under), slightly strength the strip while sewing (yes I know that is vague, but after sewing some bias you will just know how much you have to pull). Sew along the entire top line of the bodice, all along the back and to the other side of the shoulder where your started. The entire top of the bodice should now be sewn.

Naai nu de bias (met goede kant op goede kant van de stof) aan het lijfje vast vanaf het merkteken dat je net maakte (en met de centimeter omgevouwen). Trek een kleine beetje aan de strip terwijl je naait (ja dat klinkt vaag, maar je moet een beetje ervaring krijgen in het naaien van tricot bias, dan weet je hoeveel je moet trekken). Naai helemaal rond het lijfje tot je weer bij de schouder aankomt. Het hele bovenkant van het lijfje moet dus de bias ertegen aan hebben.

Take your strip three and fold it into a finished bias (so four layers of fabric and sew it closed. Use clips to put strap three in place (use the dots of the pattern piece). Now fold the entire bias from the dress like you did in for strap three. Where the bias is sewn on the dress, the dress is a fifth layer in between the bias. Now close the entire the bias strip, including the pieces hanging down from the bodice (they will form strap one and two). While you finish the bias you also sew strap three to the dress.

Neem het stukje bias voor bandje drie en naai het dicht. Doe dat op de gebruikelijk bias manier, dus vier lagen stof op elkaar gevouwen. Spelt het bandje op de juiste plaats aan de jurk (gebruik de stipjes op de patroondelen). Vouw nu de bias die aan de jurk zit op dezelfde wijze als bandje drie. Van begin tot einde, dus ook die stukken die eraan hangen. Die stukken worden namelijk bandje één en twee. Waar de bias op de jurk zit is de bias dus vijf lagen dik. Naai nu de bias helemaal dicht van begin tot einde, daarbij naai je ook meteen bandje drie van aan de jurk.

Put the unfinished dress on your model. Now determine the length of strap one and two (the straps hanging from your dress) either mark the optimal length or cut them to the right length. Keep in mind that you need at least one centimeter extra length to fixate it to the dress on the back. Sew once over the previously made seam (only there where the straps should be fixated) to fixate strap one and two to the dress. Continue with the skirt.

Laat je model de onafgewerkte jurk aantrekken en bepaal zo de lengte van bandje één en twee. Je kan de bandjes markeren of al afknippen, houd er wel rekening mee dat je de bandjes vast zet door nogmaals over het eerdere stiksel van de bias heen te gaan. De bandjes hebben dus iets meer dan een centimeter extra lengte nodig dan waar ze onder de lijn van het lijfje verdwijnen. Naai dus nog eenmaal over het eerdere stiksel(daar waar de bandjes vast moeten) om de bandjes vast te zetten. Ga vervolgens verder met het vastzetten van de rok.

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Guest post: Brueram smocked back and free circle add-on

Due to the “Summer of Sofilantjes” event in the Sofilantjes Sew and Show Facebook group, I decided to finally turn the circle skirt idea for the Brueram into a free add-on. I noticed that many people seem to fear the smocking of the back of the Brueram, so when I sewed a circle add-on dress, I also made some process pictures of the smocking. I hope I can convince a few of you that this is totally doable. The end result looks super complicated, but the process is just sewing straight lines (with elastic thread in the bobbin). You can find the free circle skirt add-on in your downloads next to the other Brueram files (after you have bought them). Attach the circle skirt the same way as the maxi skirt. The only difference is that the circle skirt should fit onto the bodice without gathering, so you can skip steps 15 and 16. I made several pictures that mostly visualize step 20 (the actual smocking) of the instructions. Continue reading Guest post: Brueram smocked back and free circle add-on

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Montis Surprise

By now we’re sure you have seen a few Montis Tunic and Dresses floating around. We had a little secret that we waited to share. Are you ready?

THE MONTIS CAN BE MASHED WITH THE SOLIS AND LITORE SKIRTS!!!

That’s right.  See you thought the Montis only had one skirt option with 2 lengths..  Right now we’re going to show you some of the different mash-ups the testers did.

The Montis and the Litore look great together.

Now the Montis and the Solis.

 
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Montis Tunic and Dress RELEASE

It has been very quiet here. We took a little time off to enjoy family and friends and to find new inspiration. We found it!

After summer already started we decided to give you one more summer dress. A pattern that you can sew in half a day. We love this one.

The Montis Tunic and Dress comes in sizes 12M/80 to 14y/164 and will be released in Dutch, French and English. There are two bodice options and there is one skirt option in two lengths.

Option A is a lined bodice with 3 straps. The front has one shoulder and one strap showing. The back is where you get to add the fun colors.


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Celebrating Summer – Day 5

Today is the last day of posts.  How did you like Miranda’s Brueram? I loved it! What a great modification.  Amanda’s Nivalis was perfect for her little scientist.

We have 2 bloggers for you today.  The first blogger is Patricia from MoonStar – Wondermirakel.  She is an admin for Sofilantjes and she also guests blogs for us.  Wait until you see what she’s done.  She did a mini capsule wardrobe.  What a great idea!

Next we have Tiffany from Sew A Piece of Joy.  She is also an admin for us and she has sewn up our latest summer dress.  Wait until you see the full view of this fabric.  Another great job.  Go check out her post.

Last, but certainly not least.  We would not be able to have prizes for the games and our rafflecopter if it weren’t for these amazing sponsors.  In order to win some of the prizes you need to be a member of their group.  It’s totally worth it though. They stock some amazing fabrics.  You can enter  a Rafflecopter giveaway right here!

Here is this week’s lineup.  Our bloggers have really worked hard to showcase our summer dresses and they have done an amazing job.

Monday – Tales of a Tester

Tuesday – Kreatita

Wednesday – Ronda B. Handmade

Thursday – TurtleBirdies, Inspiration

Friday – Sew A Piece of JoyMoonStar – Wondermirakel

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Celebrating Summer – Day 4

It’s day 4.  How did you enjoy yesterday’s round-up? It was great! Today we have 2 bloggers.

Amanda from TurtleBirdies is joining us today and I think you’re going to love what she made.  I do.  There’s purple…

Next, we have another one of our admins.  I’m sure you recognize Miranda from Inspiration.  She made an awesome twist on the Brueram and made a modified Cicero.  You have to see these.  They’re great!

Last, but certainly not least.  We would not be able to have prizes for the games and our rafflecopter if it weren’t for these amazing sponsors.  In order to win some of the prizes you need to be a member of their group.  It’s totally worth it though. They stock some amazing fabrics.  You can enter  a Rafflecopter giveaway right here!

Here is this week’s lineup.  Our bloggers have really worked hard to showcase our summer dresses and they have done an amazing job.

Monday – Tales of a Tester

Tuesday – Kreatita

Wednesday – Ronda B. Handmade

Thursday – TurtleBirdies, Inspiration

Friday – Sew A Piece of JoyMoonStar – Wondermirakel

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Celebrating Summer – Day 3

How did you like yesterday’s Sylva?? How about that Foliis?? Loved them both.  Today we have Ronda from Ronda B. Handmade doing a round up of our dresses!  She tells what she likes about each dress.  Go have a look at her post!

 

Last, but certainly not least.  We would not be able to have prizes for the games and our rafflecopter if it weren’t for these amazing sponsors.  In order to win some of the prizes you need to be a member of their group.  It’s totally worth it though. They stock some amazing fabrics.  You can enter  a Rafflecopter giveaway right here!

Here is this week’s lineup.  Our bloggers have really worked hard to showcase our summer dresses and they have done an amazing job.

Monday – Tales of a Tester

Tuesday – Kreatita

Wednesday – Ronda B. Handmade

Thursday – TurtleBirdies, Inspiration

Friday – Sew A Piece of JoyMoonStar – Wondermirakel

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Celebrating Summer – Day 2

We are on Day 2 and today we have something to show you you that’s not one of the summer dresses.  I don’t know about you, but my Little Miss will not wear a dress everyday.  Sometimes they just need to rip and run, but they still need to be cool in the summer.  Right?

Well Tania from Kreatita is showing you how to stay cool this summer without being in a dress.

Last, but certainly not least.  We would not be able to have prizes for the games and our rafflecopter if it weren’t for these amazing sponsors.  In order to win some of the prizes you need to be a member of their group.  It’s totally worth it though. They stock some amazing fabrics.  You can enter  a Rafflecopter giveaway right here!

Here is this week’s lineup.  Our bloggers have really worked hard to showcase our summer dresses and they have done an amazing job.

 

Monday – Tales of a Tester

Tuesday – Kreatita

Wednesday – Ronda B. Handmade

Thursday – TurtleBirdies, Inspiration

Friday – Sew A Piece of JoyMoonStar – Wondermirakel

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We Are Three!!

Three years ago it all started with the Summer Surprise.

Now we are 21 patterns in and no signs of stopping.  We wanted to celebrate this week.  So we decided to have a mini blog tour and some other fun.  Are you in our Facebook group?? If not come join us in Sofilantjes Patterns Sew and Show  so you don’t miss out on anything.  Our first blogger on the tour is our VA Melissa.  She blogs over at Tales of a Tester.  Go see what she’s made today.

 

Last, but certainly not least.  We would not be able to have prizes for the games and our rafflecopter if it weren’t for these amazing sponsors.  In order to win some of the prizes you need to be a member of their group.  It’s totally worth it though. They stock some amazing fabrics.  You can enter  a Rafflecopter giveaway right here!

 

Here is this week’s lineup.  Our bloggers have really worked hard to showcase our summer dresses and they have done an amazing job.

 

Monday – Tales of a Tester

Tuesday – Kreatita

Wednesday – Ronda B. Handmade

Thursday – TurtleBirdies, Inspiration

Friday – Sew A Piece of JoyMoonStar – Wondermirakel

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Guestpost: Mantica – Litore

Guestpost by MoonStar-Wondermirakel

If you haven’t seen a Mantica Dress yet, you’ve probably been cut off from all social media for the past week.
Especially in the Sofilantjes Sew & Show group on Facebook about 150 Mantica dresses have been shown. The Buy-Sew-Show-Win contest with the hashtag ‘FreeMantica’ might have something to do with it.

 

Misschien zag u nog geen enkele Mantica Jurk, maar dan bent u wellicht afgesloten geweest van sociale media de afgelopen week.
Vooral in de Sofilantjes Sew & Show groep op Facebook werden er ongeveer 150 Mantica jurken gedeeld. Maar de Koop-Naai-Toon-Win actie met de hashtag ‘FreeMantica’ zal daar wel iets mee te maken gehad hebben.

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