I’m so happy to be part of this blog tour celebrating Sofiona Designs one year anniversary! I was so eager to get on this tour I said I would make anything they needed, stay true to pattern or do a pattern hack. I must admit I had my fingers crossed for getting to stay true to pattern since I’m no designer. But no luck there – LOL! My assignment was to hack the Starry Night pj’s, hmm now how the heck am I supposed to do that? Haha! It took me a couple of months to come up with a plan and now I’m super excited to share what I came up with.
So my first hack was to take the pj part out of the equation, that was easy enough. Then I added a little slant to the lower half of the pants and added a stripe down the side of the leg. The fabric I used for the pants is jersey cord from Stofflykke, its so soft snd my daughter loves her new pants.
For the top I made a casing at the waist and added en elastic. I also eliminated the binding for the neck and armscye. I extended the lining to cover the entire armscye and sewed the main and lining together using the burrito method. The fabric for the top is from Stoff og Stil.
Now I was on a roll and just had to keep on hacking so I made her an outfit for her RG training as well. For the shorts I added a little slit at the side. The fabric I used for the shorts has been in my stash for some time now and I think I bought it from So Sew English Fabrics.
For the top I joined the top and lower pattern pieces into just one pattern piece both for the front and the back. I didn’t use the lining piece and I added bands at the neck and armscye.
I also slimmed down the shorts into a fitted pair of gymnastics shorts. The fabric here is from Boo Design
Well I could’t just stop there now could I? I mean it’s getting colder so this girl of mine needs to be able to cover up a bit. I went through the Sofiona design patterns I have and decided to see what I could do with the Rhubarb.
I bought this faux fur with stretch from Stoff og Stil and hacked the Rhubarb into a jacket. I cut to front pieces instead of cutting it on the fold, I added about 1″ to the center seam allowance and added a facing along the zipper length. I dropped the ruffle and took out the scoop at the back neckline. I could have made the neck opening a little less wide. I sized up two sizes as I wanted the jacked to have a bit of an oversized look. I also added some width to the cuffs.
So by now I have made six very different items using just two patterns, but why stop there? A girl has to assessorize am I right?
Sofiona has you covered in that department as well with the brand new Balsam bag! The bag comes in two sizes and in two styles, an angled bag and a fold over bag. I snatched a pair of jeans from my husbands closet for the smaller angled bag. I used one of the back pockets from the jeans instead of using the pocket pattern piece. She loves her bag and I’m totally bummed for not having made the bigger size for me, haha.
The great thing about the Balsam Bag is that all profits go to A21, a non-profit abolitionist group that fights to free slaves and disrupt the demand for slavery around the world.
You should keep a look out for for a site wide sale and giveaways, also Fabric Snob is is offering a 10% off orders from the entire shop using code SOFIONA November 4. – 10.
Each day this week, two bloggers will pair up to showcase one Sofiona pattern. Follow along to see your favorite Sofiona patterns sewn “as is” by one blogger and a clever “hack” by the other.
- Monday 4 November: (Starry Night): That’s Sew Venice, By Dagbjort
- Tuesday 5 November (Moss): Sew Cucio, It’s Liesel
- Wednesday 6 November (Raven): bigflynotions, Made by Kates
- Thursday 7 November (Railway): Stitched by Jennie, PACountryCrafts
- Friday 8 November (Fireweed): Wonderfully Handmade, Sewcial Science
Some of our favorite Instagrammers will also be sharing their Sofiona makes this week and they’ll be doing the same pairing up to showcase one pattern. Follow them for more inspiration:
- Monday 4 November (Arctic Fox): Tine, Sara
- Tuesday 5 November (Lynx): Meghan, Amanda
- Wednesday 6 November (Rhubarb): Ummul, Noortje
- Thursday 7 November (Aurora): Kimberley, Jenny
- Friday 8 November (Juniper): Anna, Emily
Join us in the Sofiona Designs Fan Group on Facebook for more fun and to share your favorite Sofiona makes!
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