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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A long sleeved Vallis, the Ni-Vallis!

Hi there, and a Happy New Year to you! I hope next year will give you lots of sewing time and inspiration to get creative with all these pretty Sofilantjes patterns! Today I would like to show you my new favorite dress which I made for these last holidays. I call it the Ni-Vallis!

Last summer I sewed myself my first Vallis. It went straight to the top of my most favorite dress to wear. But since it’s a real summer dress pattern it has no options for sleeves. I really wanted a dress though similar to the Vallis, only then with long sleeves. So that’s when I decided to do a mash-up with the Nivalis! Today I will show you how I did this.

I already had the Vallis pattern pieces cut out, as I made this one before. It’s recommended to start with this if you don’t have it yet. Compare your measurements with the charts and cut out your pattern pieces as needed. The only thing you don’t need for this Ni-Vallis are the armbands. For a fit suited for my length and preferences, I added 4 cm length to the bodice and 10 cm length to the skirt!

To make your Ni-Vallis, you first need to find out which measurements of the Nivalis suit you and then print the sleeves and the bodice pieces (at least the parts where you can see the armholes). As shown on the picture above I took my front bodice piece of the Vallis and placed it on top of the pattern pieces of the Nivalis. I lined out both the fold line as well as the shoulder seam and taped it together.

Then I drew a new line to make a new bodice pattern piece, as shown in the picture above. I liked my dress to have the same neckline as the Vallis, so for that part I just followed the line of the Vallis pattern piece. Then for the shoulder seam I followed the line al the way through the armhole and then followed the armhole line as it was given in the pattern piece of the Nivalis. This way I was sure the sleeves of the Nivalis would fit in my Ni-Vallis. Now as you can see the armskeys of both pattern pieces don’t line up, so I had to drew a line for the side seam. I drew a slightly curved line from the armscye down to the bottom of the front pattern piece of the Vallis. With this alteration the dress is a little less fitted around the chest than the Vallis would be.

For the back of the dress, I followed the same steps as above. The Vallis has a low back though, so for a winter dress it could also be you would like it to have a higher neckline. You can easily adjust this by following the neckline as given in the pattern pieces of the Nivalis instead of the Vallis!

With your new pattern pieces drawn and the other pieces of the Vallis already cut out, you can now cut your fabric and start sewing! In the picture above you can see the back of my dress with the low neckline. I love this back view from the Vallis and really wanted to keep it for this holiday dress, but next time I will also definitely make one with a higher back like the Nivalis.

And this way, my new favorite dress was born! Now I can wear my favorite kind of dress type all year long, with or without sleeves. I definitely love it, and I hope I’ve inspired you to try the same! If you still need the Vallis or the Nivalis, you can find them directly through these affiliate links:

Vallis: in Dutch, French or English
Nivalis: in Dutch, French or English

Can’t wait to see what you’re making. Happy sewing!

Love Cindy
Miss Maakt

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.

So this is us. My kids, my husband and myself all wearing the Omni Tempore! All the same, but yet so different. I also used the same sweat fabric to make it really alike, only the colors are different. Let’s start with a closer look at the ones I made for my kids.

This is the version I made for my little boy. For his Omni Tempore I used the waistband-option, the pocket-option and the collar-option. For the pocket and the collar I decided to line it with the wrong side of the same fabric. I love the effect this gives to the look, especially at the pocket with just a little bit of the lining peeping through.

Same pattern, whole different look though! The neckband is not a featured option in the Omni Tempore pattern, but I decided to just leave out the collar or hood for my daughter’s version and finish it with some ribbing instead. To do so I used 70% of the neck opening to decide the length of my neckband. For this version I didn’t use the waistband-option but cut the sweater at the hemming line and hemmed it instead. Add a heat transfer application and it’s something quite different at once!

For my husband’s Omni Tempore I used the hood and the waistband options. For the lining of the hood I once again used the wrong side of the same fabric. The waistband I adjusted a little bit to adjust for stretch. The fabric wasn’t really that stretchy so I cut a waistband at 90-95% of the bottom measurements.

And last, but not least, my own Omni Tempore! It’s actually all the same as the one for my husband, except for the color. I love the fit of it. It has a comfy fit just like a sweater is supposed to have. And isn’t it great when a pattern has all these different options so you can use the same pattern but still create a different look? And then I even haven’t had the chance to show all the options it comes with, like different sleeve lengths and a dress add-on in the kids pattern!

Don’t own this pattern yet but want to? The affiliate links below will bring you to them!
– Kids version –> in Dutch, English or French
– Adult version –> in Dutch or English
– Bundles –> In Dutch or English

Happy sewing!

Love Cindy
Miss Maakt

New Release: Festum Dress

Project Run and Play has already given us the Risu Dress now we also have the Festum Dress! Releasing today this holiday, party, any occasion dress is the perfect addition to your pattern library.  The Festum is available in Dutch, English, and French.  We also have a Festum and Aura bundle! The single pattern and the bundles are on sale from November 15 08.00 CET through November 19 08.00 CET.

The Festum Dress in sizes 3m/54-14y/164.  It has one bodice and three skirt options; one, two, or three tier.  The Festum also features fun braided straps. You can make your Festum super fancy or make a simple dress.  The possibilities are endless.

Single Layer:

Double Layer:

Three Layer:

Festum and Aura:


The pattern is on sale for €5 – excluding EU taxes (€6,05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €7,85 excl taxes.  The Festum and Aura Bundles are on sale for €8 – excluding EU taxes.  Please keep in mind the Aura size range is 12m-14y and the Aura is only available in Dutch and English.  The French bundle contains the English Aura.

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

New Release: Via Top, Tunic, and Dress

Today is homecoming day! We received the Via back from Project Run and Play and it is now also available in Dutch and French.  It’s been so long since you’ve seen the Via in action, so we’re going to give you a refresher.  So you can make your quick decision, because the Via is only on sale from November 7 08.00 CET through November 11 08.00 CET.

The Via comes in sizes 12m-14y.  It has three lengths; top, tunic, and dress.  There are also three sleeve lengths; sleeveless, short, and long.  Our favorite part?  The really cool color blocking down the sides.  You can go wild and use different colors and prints or you can make it all one color.  The possibilities are endless.

As usual our testers are amazing.  Let’s look at some of their pictures. Shall we?


Short Sleeves:

Long Sleeves:
So much information…  So we’re going to wrap this up.  The pattern is on sale for €5 – ex taxes (€6,05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €7,85 excl taxes.

Once again the Via is on sale from November 7 08.00 CET through November 11 08.00 CET.  Hurry up and get yours before the sale ends.

Use the affiliate links below to get your copy.


Once you sew up your Via Top, Tunic, and Dress come join us in our Facebook group, Sofilantjes Sew and Show, and show it off!

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 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 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 on the photo I didn’t closed the side seams yet. This way it was more easy 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 



New Release: Beatum Bikerpants

All of you have been SO patient and now the wait is over.  The Beatum Bikerpants has released today! The Beatum Bikerpants are a biker style jogger.  They feature a plain front (option A) or a biker-look knee (option B). Both back options feature a back yoke. Back option A has in­seam pockets and back option B has patch pockets. With so many options you can make a really unique pair of joggers.

The Beatum Bikerpants release sale will run from October 17 08.00 CET through October 21 08.00 CET.
Let’s look at some of these option:
Plain Front (Option A)
Biker Knee (Option B)

Plain Back/ Patch and Inseam Pockets

Before you ask this pattern looks great on girls as well!

As usual our testers were very creative.  These knee patches look great!
We also have released some cool SVGs to go with the Beatums.
So much information…  So we’re going to wrap this up.  The pattern is on sale for €5 – ex taxes (€6,05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €9,50 incl taxes. The SVGs will be on sale for €3 – ex taxes (€3,63 incl EU taxes), no code needed.

Once again the Beatum are on sale from October 17 08.00 CET through October 21 08.00 CET.  Hurry up and get yours before the sale ends.

Use the affiliate links below to get your copy.

Once you sew up your Beatum Bikerpants come join us in our Facebook group, Sofilantjes Sew and Show, and show them off!

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!



New Release: Arcus Skirt

Every summer we run an event called Summer of Sofilantjes.  This year for the last week Miranda chose to run a test.  Those that have never tested were afforded a chance to see what happens behind the scenes.  We had the largest test group we have ever had.

As a result we have the Arcus Skirt for you! The Arcus comes in sizes 3-6m/62-68 – 14/158-164.  An easy to sew, fun, color blocked, twirly skirt, perfect for scraps. The skirt is created from four panels.  Go bold with many fabrics or plain and simple, your choice.  The best fabrics to use for the Arcus will have a minimum of 40% stretch.  Medium weight fabrics will give the best results; cotton jersey, thin French Terry, or a stable knit like ponte.

Let’s see some Arcus skirts!

On the babies.  They are SO cute.

On to the toddlers.

And the older girls.  This skirt is perfect for all ages!

We’re not going to keep you any longer.  Go get your copy of the Arcus Skirt.  It’s on sale from September 12, 08.00 CET through September 16, 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €3,50 (excl EU taxes – €4,24 incl EU taxes) no code needed.

You can get your copy here (affiliate links):

English – https://www.sofilantjes.com/product/arcus-skirt-pdf-english/?affiliates=53
Dutch – https://www.sofilantjes.com/product/arcus-rok-pdf-nederlands/?affiliates=53
French – https://www.sofilantjes.com/product/jupe-arcus-pdf-francais/?affiliates=53
Once you sew up your Arcus Skirt come join us in our Facebook group, Sofilantjes Sew and Show, and show them off!