Saturday, January 6, 2018

Regina times four

I already told you in my previous post, December was super busy, and blogging was the thing that had to go. Fortunatly, I did not let go of sewing (it relaxes me) and last month, I sewed four Regina's* (besides some other sewing), the newest pattern of Sofilantjes*. As you can understand from the name, a dress fit for a queen.

Seeing as I made four dresses already, it is clear that I once again adore the pattern. It has several features that I love. First, the pleated sleeve. I am a sucker for pleats (in jersey) or other 3D effects and those cute pleats on the front of the sleeves make a very cute detail. In the short term I already foresee a slightly hacked version with pleats on both sides of the sleeve. The pleats are most visible in a uni colored fabric, but they look great on a printed fabric as well. The pattern also includes a regular sleeve, in case you do not have enough fabric (which is why the giraffe version has regular sleeves).

The pattern comes with two skirts that fit the Solis/Litore/Montis. There is an all-round pleated version (the Solis skirt has a partial pleated skirt) and a gathered circle skirt. The latter one now competes with the high low skirt from the Litore over being my favorite skirt option. My girls love a good twirl and with a gathered circle skirt they can almost literately twirl their socks of. Both the giraffe and glitter dress have a pleated skirt. The pleats are best visible in a fabric that does not have much drape. That is why the giraffe dress's pleats look better than the glitter one. With drapey fabric I would advise a circle (Solis) or the double circle skirt.

The Regina has a boatlike neckline and the front and back bodice pieces are the same. This means that after cutting your bodice pieces you can still choose which print placement makes the prettiest front. The neckline is finished with a jersey band, so you no not have to find a complementing ribbing color. Another advantage of a similar front and back is that of you have regular sleeves and but the seam of the neckband at the shoulder, the dress can never be backwards on your child. The same advantage as the Silva pattern. The dress in is unlined, so if you have a girls that sweats easily, this also makes a perfect summer dress.

When I was writing this post, I realized that coincidentally all four of these fabric were bought at Textielstad and they are from four different trips 9al in 2017...). Last year, I started with administrating how much fabric went out (and sometimes in) my stash. Unfortunately, I am not that good in keeping up these kind of organized routines, so after four months I stopped. This year I do not have any special plans on how to decrease the stash, but I feel I am doing fine at the moment, I feel at least my stash is not growing. I did gift myself another Bobbinhood kit (a bigger one) and I actually plan to print fabrics, instead of buying prints. This means that the uni colored fabrics in my stash are more versatile and a smaller stash should be a logical result (right?).

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.


  1. Leuk, allemaal zo verschillend! Die giraffenstof heb ik ook nog liggen (niet genoeg voor een regina) maar altijd leuk om inspiratie op te doen :)

  2. Zo mooi. Ga het patroontje ook eens bekijken.