Thursday, February 9, 2017

Orbis Skinny Harems


The Orbis is here! The Orbis is here!  The Orbis Skinny Harems, which were featured in One Thimble Issue 13, have finally made their way home to the Sofilantjes website. To help celebrate their return I am participating in the Orbis Skinny Harems Blog Tour.  Be sure to check out all the other stops:






Today is my day to show you my latest version of the Orbis. This pair was made for my oldest turkey, who seems to grow out of at least one pair of pants every week.  You may have read my previous post on the Orbis, but if you haven't heard of this awesome pattern, let me tell you a bit about it... 

The Orbis is a unisex pattern that features two lengths, a dropped crotch, faux fly with buttons or snaps, a drawstring waist, and two over-sized pockets that connect in the back. It's a great pattern for sneaking in or combining funky prints.  They are super comfortable and easy, but still look incredibly cool!    


They are designed for fabric with at least 30% stretch, so you could use a number of different types of fabric.  This pair is made from a fleece backed sweater knit from Joann Fabrics.  It's a nice medium to heavyweight fabric and super cozy.  I really like to make sturdier items for my fellas, since they are so rough on their clothes.  



The fit on these is somewhere between a jogger and a legging.  The legs are pretty fitted from mid thigh down through the ankle, but the dropped crotch makes them super comfortable and look less "legging-ey," which is good, according to my boys. They are definitely the most comfortable, and most worn pants my boys have, as the previous pairs are completely worn out.  


I love the pocket feature on the Orbis.  And the angled faux fly (below) is really cool.  Anne does the best job designing pieces with really unique and interesting details, and has become one of my favorite pattern designers.


Lets talk about the mods... I modified this pair of Orbis just a bit.  Truth is, I was making this pair to match a new Sofilantjes' pattern (coming tomorrow!!), and I ran out of fabric.  I had to do some interesting seaming on both front leg pieces and decided to add a little angled knee patch to cover the seam, all while complimenting an element from the new pattern.  The other little mod, was the addition of the squares behind the grommets.  I wanted to sneak in a bit more of the pocket print.  You may also notice that these appear to have no cuff at the ankle.  This is only an illusion... I made these a size longer than he needed, to give him a bit of growing room, the cuffs are just folded to the inside a bit, until his legs get longer.  As I stated above, this turkey seems to grow out of pants weekly!  


The knee patches were really simple to add.  Here's a quick run through:  Before sewing the inseam and side seams... I cut an 8" tall strip of the grey (at an angle to match the grain line on the front legs).  I folded under each of the long edges under about 1/2" and pressed (you could use wonder tape here as well, handy stuff).  Then I pinned the strips to the front leg pieces, at a pleasing location that also covered my pieced leg seams) and topstitched them down.  The short edges were caught and finished be the serger when I seamed together the sides and inseam.  I love that the angle on the legs continues across both legs and mimics the lines in the new pattern. 


The Orbis is just an overall great pattern.  The details make these so special an unique and Anne's clear and detailed instructions give you a perfectly professional product. (love alliteration) Make sure you head over to the Sofilantjes's shop and pick up your copy. The Orbis, as well as all Sofilantjes' patterns, is offered in both English and Dutch.  

Be sure to stop by all the other blogs on the tour and check out their beautiful creations:


Monday - Sew A Piece of JoyDroomstoffen

Wednesday - MoonStar - WonderMirakel (for the Sofilantjes blog), Ronda B. HandmadeSew Cucio


Look for the newest Sofilantjes' pattern on the blog very soon.  You won't be disappointed...  Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  



And, as always, here are a few more pictures:

This one cracks me up!!

















Monday, December 12, 2016

Tea Party Ensemble: Jilly Atlanta Constance Cape and Duchess Dress


I was asked to test the newest pattern by Jilly Atlanta, the Constance Cape.  This is a gorgeous little cape with tons of potential.  I paired with cape with the Duchess dress, another fabulous Jilly Atlanta pattern.  This is possibly the most elegant outfit I've created for a kid. It screams high fashion! And to think it all started with clearance aisle fabric.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Little Experiment with Foliis (and a tutorial)


The Sofilantjes' Foliis pattern is amazing and wonderful and I love it!  It's quick and easy and makes such a lovely little jacket.  I tested both the long jacket and the cropped jacket.  Read more about them here.

As I was testing the cropped version, I had somewhat of a styling crisis.  I could not figure out what I wanted to pair with this cute little cropped jacket.  I liked the look of the cropped jacket with the Gemini, but I also wanted to try another look.  A simple dress, maybe...  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sofilantjes' Foliis Jacket


I'm a lucky lady!  I was chosen to test the newest Sofilantjes pattern, the Foliis Jacket and Dress.  The pattern has a slim-fitting design with a unique hood, and includes options for a long jacket, a cropped jacket and a dress. I made both the long jacket and the cropped jacket.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Orbis Skinny Harems for ONE Thimble


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One Thimble Issue 13 is finally here!! And I can finally show you the Orbis Skinny Harems by Sofilantjes.  I am really excited that I was able to participate in the testing of this pattern.  I had not had the opportunity to test for Anne of Sofilantjes before, and I am so happy that I was chosen.  Anne makes amazing patterns, that are easy to follow and create extraordinary pieces that have a very unique look.  The Orbis is certainly no exception.



The Orbis is a unisex pattern that features two lengths, a dropped crotch, faux fly with buttons or snaps, a drawstring waist, and two over-sized pockets that connect in the back. It's a great pattern for combining funky prints.    



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Pair of Kopics


I'm super excited!!!  I was finally lucky enough to be chosen as a tester for Heidi&Finn.  The new Kopic Tunic and Dress pattern is pretty great.  It's easy to sew, easy to wear, and easy to customize.  My girls are in love and have requested 17 more.  Which, and I don't normally say this, I will happily make!  



Friday, September 23, 2016

Upton in the Village


It's been a couple of (very busy) weeks, but I'm back with another post for you!  I'm the last stop on this week's Blaverry blog tour and today it's all about the updated and re-tested Upton.  


Christie is updating all of her patterns and this time it's the best selling, Upton's turn. 
This is a simply gorgeous dress.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Magical Golden Unicorn Dress...


What's this you say?  Why, it's another post!  This week I'm the last stop on another fun blog tour Make It Maddox hosted by Blaverry.  The tour is all about the re-tested and updated Maddox; a smart, stylish, and classic dress, that you absolutely need for your girl.  


Amelie's magical golden unicorn Maddox was was miraculously (or magically, if you prefer to keep with the title) made from a 1 yard remnant that I got at Joann's a few weeks ago.  Serious tetris situation, lemme just tell ya.  I spotted the golden unicorns on the aqua and it was all over.  Ama saw it and immediately knew it was meant for her.  Buttercup, however, was none to pleased about being left out.  But, as luck would have it, I found some golden arrow on aqua fabric at the local quilt shop, Thimble Pleasures.  There will, in the near future, be a Buttercup accompaniment to the golden unicorn dress.  But, back to Maddox...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cruise Around and Be A Star with BLAVERRY


Surprise! I've done some more summer sewing and... I'm participating in a fancy little blog tour hosted by Blaverry! I am really excited to be a part of Christie's team.  I get to sew up some amazing patterns, take beautiful pictures and then share them! 

This week's tour is called Cruise Around and Be a Star, and features the new an improved Cruise Chinos and Star top.  You will love these, I promise. Christie is an amazing designer and has so many chic and versatile patterns. Make sure you check out everything she has to offer. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Some items I've neglected to post...

Here's a post! A real live post.  I apologize for my absence, but we've had a move and a real lack of willpower (involving my blog and actually posting pictures).
So here are several photos of things that have been happening behind the scenes...


by Violette Field Threads