Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Regem and Play pants



If our son could choose, we would always be in his under wear (maybe even less, but a minimum of under wear is where we draw the line for the living room). The Play Pants by Madeit Patterns (that are popping up every where in my social media feed) are designed to create a matching pair of modesty pants to be worn under a dress, or to be show off on the beach. But, I imaged it would also be great for the boy in our house hold. So, I made him a new shirt, a Regem by Sofilantjes and gave him a pair of matching Play pants. Why would only girls need matching pants?




If you buy a boy under wear pattern, it will have some extra space for the "business" in front. But I feel this is mostly done due to the fact that our husbands wear those types of underwear. I assumed that if I can fit my own chest in a flat fronted T shirt pattern than, our son would not need, extra space in the front neither. I was right, the Play Pants are not tight in the front and fit perfectly. Next time I might make a size bigger, but this is due to the size of his upper leg.




I sewed our son two Regem* shirts this weekend, and the other was not an exact match to the under pants. But why would the ensemble only be good if the fabric matches? So we continued the shoot by just switching shirts.  I had not sewn the Regem for our son, only for our middle daughter. At the moment the average temperature is quickly improving, and I noticed  how short all last year's summer shirts had become. So, I immediately cut two Regem shirts, and I played around with the fabric choice of the sleeve.



For one of them I made the sleeves the same color as the upper color block, for the other, the same as the lower part of the body. The one that has the color block the same as the sleeve, the shirt seems a raglan shirt. For the other one, the color block creates a shoulder pop effect, that elevates the shirt from a plain front to one that clearly stands out. I forsee several more of these, in both color block options for the coming summer. All the fabrics were bought at Joyfits.



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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sahara Sunshine sale



Two weeks ago, I showed you the Josephine from Bella Sunshine designs, which was on special Sunshine sale for just $5.00. Well, today, and only today, the Sahara* is on sale with the same discount! The Sahara is both a top and a dress and the pattern is available both for kids and for ladies. In the past, I already sewed a Sahara for all the girls in our house, but you can never have to many of these so I made another for our middle daughter.



Our middle one is a huge fan of wearing trousers with top, but she also loves to twirl. The Shara in top length is therefore perfect for her. Last year, I made our youngest a top, and then I made the skirt part in cotton jersey. That gave a nice peplum effect. This time I used a very flowy viscose jersey with a perfect drape. The fabric therefore falls down rather straight, and it twirls like crazy as well. It is fun to see how fabric choice really affects the look of the garment.



Both the top and dress Sahara pair perfectly with leggings. I sewed this particular pair last year and the color was a perfect combi with this top. Since then Bella Sunshine actually released a free leggings pattern. If you have not scooped up that awesome goodie, make sure that you become a member of the Bella Sunshine group to get the code to get both a lady and child leggings pattern for free.



The scooped neckline sits perfectly on our kids' back. The pattern is designed to have a slightly smaller lining such that the lining should never show. I decided to actually use the lining a bit, to play with a minor line of lining fabric. Therefore I did not use the lining pieces, but just doubled the main body piece and I did not under stitch. I personally love the little red stripes showing a tiny bit.



The flower fabric is French Terry with a very nice stretch and recovery. I showed the first garment piece that I sewed with the same fabric last weak, this Orbis. Both the flower fabric and the red stripes are from Textielstad. I wrote it before, the pattern, both for children* ($5.00) and for adults* ($6.00) is now on special sale and therefore is just as cheap as it was in the pre-release. It has never been cheaper and the sale only lastst for one day. Use the code "sunshinesale" to get the awesome discount.


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Orbis for spring



There are two favorite trouser patterns in our house, one is the Domi*, and the other one is the Orbis*. Both are sewn with knits and are pull one trousers. I have sewn full jeans in the past, but making jeans just does not make me happy. If you combine my dislike of sewing meters of top stitching with our children's love for "soft" trousers, you get Sofilantjes trousers.  I have made so many Domi's that I have stopped counting, but before today's three Orbisses I "only" made six, making the total at nine.



I really like how the Orbis fits our kids. It is more fitting than the Domi, and therefore especially suits our eldest daughter's wishes better than the Domi (which has a relaxed fit). Our eldest really wore her earlier versions until there were multiple holes in them. For her, I sewed two new ones, one long one and a short one. The short one is a trial version, because I am not sure if she will like the length. During fitting and pictures she liked them, but the weather has not been suitable to actually wear. The flower fabric is from a remnant French Terry that I bought at Textielstad.



The blue swan one already has seen the outside world and the inside of the washing machine often already (we made pictures when they were brand new of course). Making one long pair was clearly not enough. Yesterday, I realized that it even has a stain that is not coming out anymore. A pitty, but it does not make the trousers less suitable for break dance, circus class or scouting. I bought the fabric at Joyfits a long long time ago. The fabric for the pocket I bought years ago as a 35 centimeter remnant, but I never came around using it. This year I finally did, after making this onesie en these pockets, the fabric was gone.



I also sewed our son a short version. When he was younger he was in for the half length, but now a days he is more picky and since he has such a love for the short Domi, I started with one for him as well. The long Orbis that I sewed him is a huge hit for sure, so I have good hopes for this short one. I sewed the short Orbis in the same fabric as his Cicero, but not with the intention of him combining them. I personally dislike the track suit look. But our kids apparently love it, and he, like his younger sister, insisted on a picture with matching pieces. This star fabric was also bought at Joyfits The red triangle fabric that I used for the pockets is from Textielstad.



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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Josephine Sunshine sale



I have tested and sewn many Bella Sunshine Design* patterns, and I am always happy with the result. Bella Sunshine has many great girl patterns for both jersey and woven fabrics. They also have patterns for women, if you like to twin with your girls, this is your go to shop. Last year, the Josephine dress* was released as part of One Thimble issue 15*. For a while the pattern is already available at Bella Sunshine as well, and today, really only today the pattern is extra cheap. For just $5 and the code “sunshinesale” you can now buy this beautiful vintage inspired pattern.



The Josephine is a pattern for woven fabrics with split side panels that scream piping. The pattern can be sewn either as a dress or a top. The gathered skirt for the dress option comes in regular and vintage length. There is an extra wide hem on the bottom that you can let out if the dress becomes a bit to vintage short. The pattern has cute cap sleeves and has an exposed zipper as a sophisticated detail. The boat line neckline makes it a timeless design.


I sewed the dress in a fabric from the goodie bag from our sewing weekend. This beautiful flowy drapey fabric comes from Huis van Katoen. I could not find the fabric on the site this morning, but there are many other great options. I used some silver piping that I still has in my stash to show off the side seams. I have to admit that sewing on that pipping on a bit stretchy slippery fabric was not the most enjoyful experience, but the result totally makes up for it. If you use a regular woven, it sews up in a breeze though.



 So, if you want to scoop up this pattern* for a bargain, go and buy it now! It is on sale until midnight Sunday 25 March US time with the code “sunshinesale”. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.




Thursday, March 22, 2018

Foras dress release



Color blocked jersey dresses are my favorite sewing projects, if you feel the same, you will love the new Sofilantjes pattern, the Foras*. The Foras is a dropped waist relaxed fitting dress with two skirt options. One with a circle skirt, the other gathered skirt. The pattern is made for pockets lovers. The pockets that fall  perfectly in line with the color block in the bodice. But, you can very easily not make pockets and have a nice basic drop waisted dress. Today, I am showing you two of the four dresses that I sewed with this pattern, one with circle skirt and one with gathered skirt.



The side color block is an easy sew. If you are a beginner just clip or pin the color block in, and it should line up perfectly. Those side panels really adds to the design on the dress, because of the color block options. On one hand those side panels are perfect for using some treasured scraps. On the other hand, the side panels make the front bodice relatively narrow, which make it perfect for all kind of small panels. The pattern comes with three sleeve lengths, long, 3/4 and short sleeves. The long sleeves have a long cuff, which gives some extra color block options.



The first dress that I made is the black velvety dress for our eldest, that Fabric comes from Textielstad. Recently, when I just went to buy a rol knive, I bought at Textielstad some awesome new striped ribbings (my current obsession) that perfectly match the jersey that they sold as well. That means that for the black dress, the pockets are in jersey and the neckband is ribbing. For the other dress, the bunny one (The fabric is from Joyfits), I clearly did not use ribbing for the neckline, so although it is nice and stretchy fabric, I did add about two centimeter to the length of the neckband to avoid a pulling neckline.



I know that I just wrote that I recently bought new ribbings and matching jersey stripes, but I am really trying to not buy new fabric. Every time I sit in front of my fabric closet I feel that the good fabrics are gone (although there are piles and piles of fabric), but when I force myself to make something from the piles, I always rediscover some perfect fabrics. I did the same with the bunny fabric. My daughter picked it, and I am now so in love with the combi. I considered making a matching print on the pocket, and even halfy tried, but I decided that I just needed a sewing shot and decided not to be bothered. I glued, cut and sewed the bunny dress in a two hour break that I had before the kids came home from school. I was really craving from creative endeavor. The joy that I felt after finishing the dress was similar as I would have been to a Spa for the entire day, which really shows that sewing is cheaper than therapy.



As usual dress is on a very attractive release sale, you can buy the Foras* now for just 5 euro's (excluding EU VAT). This time the sale period is actually longer than we are used to at Sofilantjes, you can buy the dress until Sunday evening 22:00 (EU time). Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.




Friday, March 16, 2018

Cicero times four and an awesome sewing weekend



I mentioned it a few posts ago, last month, I again went on my sewing weekend. We went to the same location as the first and second time and it was great again. This time MonDepot joined our sewing group and she took her store with her! The social atmosphere was great again, and that much uninterupted sewing time is always a good idea. My personal theme this sewing weekend was basic summer stuff. I already showed you the two Vivaxes that I sewed that weekend and today I am showing you four Cicero's*.


I love the Cicero pattern. It is both great as a base pattern and awesome if you use the color block options. My kids needed new hoodies, because it is what they practically live in in the summer. They do not wear coats, they wear hoodies. I made a few color blocks versions in the past and I hacked a few, but this time I went for plain and simple. I love the fact that the zipper is actually a sort of color block option. I shortened the zipper again the same way as I showed here.



All four of them were sewn without a color block, but I of course added pockets. A few of the people were surprised by my "plain" choice of fabrics. But I did it on purpose because I know how their wardrobe looks like and I know that these jackets will be combined with a lots of different colorful clothes underneath, so they will be color bombs any way. These "plain" jackets are a way to down down the craziness a little bit. Our smallest is showing off her Cicero in an almost toned down combination of an Orbis (at the end of the post) and Hibernis that I sewed for her older sister in the past.



At the beginning of the sewing weekend we again got spoiled with a goodie bag filled with fabric and haberdashery. I always get super greedy and immediately put it together with my stash, almost afraid that I have to give it back. I am a bit like Gollum when it comes to sewing gifts, my precious! So of course I forget to make a picture of the content of my bag. She was less greedy and her picture gives you a good view of what was in the bag. My fabrics where different, but I will show them when I use them. I already sewed up one that I will be showing next week.

So I want to thank the generous sponsors of our goodie bag!




The fabrics that I used for the Cicero's had divers sources this time. The red and orange stars came from Joyfits. The pink grey starts with fluffy inside came, as often, from her stash. The deer fabric I bought at Cas and Nina, a recently discontinued fabric store. Half a year ago, I made our middle daughter a Domi* from the same fabric and of course she wanted to combine them for this shoot. The trousers were often washed already so the fabric changed color a bit already. The white with grey glitter fabric came from Textielstad.



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