Get ready for summer with Project Jet Set

This week the newest pattern collection from Project Run & Play released: Project Jet Set. Project Run & Play releases a new collection twice a year. This time the collection includes twelve patterns, from which I tested five. In this blog post I will show four of them.

I will start with the three patterns designed by Jennifer from Jennuine Design: The Cruise Culottes, the Overlook Raglan, and the Camper Hat. They go together very well, so I decided to make a set. The Cruise Culottes come in four options: standard culottes in shorts or pedal pusher length, or culottes with one or two gathered tiers added. I chose the option with one tier. The pattern is designed for light weight woven fabrics, and has pockets with an optional faux pocket flap. I used a light weight cotton fabric.

The Overlook Raglan is designed for light weight flowy fabrics and comes in two lengths. It has two options for the short sleeves: hem or cuff. I chose the cuff. For the larger sizes the placket neckline closure is optional. For the smaller sizes it is requiredd for the head to be able to fit through. What I love about the construction of this pattern, is that most seams are sewn with French seams. This gives a neat finish inside. I used rayon fabric for this top.

Some details.

I made two Camper Hats for Miss SieBe. One in the same fabrics as the culottes and raglan top, and one in pink and green with pink flowers. I think they will get a lot of wear in the summer. Since they are reversible, Miss SieBe now has four options to match them with her clothes. I am making one for Little Mr SieBe too, and hope to make one for myself too. This patten comes in new born until adult sizes, so is suitable for everyone.

The last pattern of the collection I will show is the Cancun Cover Up. It is perfect on the beach after swimming! This pattern comes in two lengths (hip and knee), has two hood options (regular and pixie), and a large front pocket. I made knee length, and the pixie hood. I used double gauze fabric. It can be made out of any fabric you like and think is suitable for this purpose, though when using knits, it is advised to size down.

The other pattern I tested is the Saltillo Swimsuit. It peeks through a bit underneath the Cancun. This is a lovely swimsuit with all the feminine options! So absolutely recommendable!

It was quite a time ago that I wrote my last blog post. Other things of life come in the way sometimes. I hope that it won’t take me this long again to write my next post. In between you can follow me on Instagram (@siebesew), where I post more often. Also, I will announce new blog post there. If you want to be sure you don’t miss any blog post, you can subscribe to my blog below.

Also, if you have any comments, questions, tips, or the like, I like to hear from you. Please use the comments below or on instagram. I read English, Dutch, German, and with the help of translate programs I can try to understand other languages too. 🙂

Meet Lily and Emmy

Fab For You Patterns has released two new patterns: The Lily Sweater and the Emmy Skirt, and they make a great pair! I have tested both patterns and made two sets for Miss SieBe.

For the Lily Sweater of the first set, I used a red French Terry and black ribbing. This one is sweater length, and has balloon sleeves, which Miss SieBe likes a lot. They are comfortable, she says. A nice detail of this pattern is the waistband at the back. On the front, I added a heart with my Easy Print Screen kit from Bobbinhood. For the skirt I used a woven fabric. The two layers are characteristic for the Emmy skirt, although it is also possible to make only the shorter or the longer layer.

For the second set I chose partly the same, partly different options. Again the skirt has two layers, but this time, I chose the paperbag waistband for an even more festive look. Another option for the skirt, which I didn’t make, is a sash. I made the skirt out of plissé (pleated) fabric. The Lily Sweater is made out of a navy French Terry. For the bands I used the same fabric. This is crop length, and it has balloon sleeves. Other sleeve options are regular long sleeves and short sleeves.

In the waistband of the sweater I added a ribbon as an extra embellishment. I wrote a short tutorial on how to do this, which will be published on the blog of Fab For You soon. So stay tuned!

The Lily and Emmy come in a large size range of NB – 14 y, though it is also possible to buy only half of it (NB-7y; 7y-14y). Included in the patterns are two projector files, one with different colors for each size and one with all sizes in black. The projector file has full pattern pieces with a fold line in the middle, so you can choose whether to cut them on fold or not. I like that! Find the patterns here.

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Sofilantjes* released a new sweater pattern: Fortuna*. The front of this sweater has a characteristic colorblock, and it has two options for the back, one of which includes the option of adding side seam pockets. The sweater is finished with bands at the neckline, sleeves, and bottom. Perfect for those who don’t like to hem. Sleeves come in short, long, and long colorblock options.

I have made both Miss SieBe and Little Mr SieBe a Fortuna sweater. I chose almost all the options, except for the short sleeves, because we don’t need them for the coming winter season. For Miss SieBe I made option A bodice and option A sleeves, for Little Mr SieBe I chose the B options.

The difference between the two views is most noticeable at the back, where option B has an off center seam, and option A no vertical seam. Because only option A has side seams, pockets are only possible with this option.

I finished the sweater for Miss SieBe first. When I showed her the sweater for her brother later, she immediately said: That is the same pattern as mine! And later she asked: Can we make pictures together? That wasn’t an easy job, because despite she asked for it, she wasn’t very cooperating.

Her brother on the other hand, never posed as well as this time. Spontaneously, he put his hands on his hips, showing his cool sweater. I have never asked him to do so. That was very funny! His outfit is completed with a Beatum*. Good to know: I will host a give away of the Beatum pattern on Instagram in the coming days.

This is the second sweater I made Little Mr SieBe with these fabrics. A little more than a year ago, I made him a Velocitas*, but that one has become too small. He is going to miss the hood of that sweater though!

For Miss SieBe, I chose a different style. The center colorblock part, I made with a lace overlay, and I added zippers to the pockets. In this post I explain how I did this. With the sweater, she is wearing her Flora* that I made during the test of that pattern. She has grown in between, so it is a bit short now.

I did not make them both a Fortuna in the same color for the reason to match, but it was simply the fabric I had that coordinated best both with the lace and the skateboards fabric. The bands are in different colors: black for Little Mr SieBe, and navy for Miss SieBe.

The Fortuna Sweater is on sale from Friday, November 19, 00.00 CET (November 18, 6 pm EST) through November 23 00.00 CET (November 22, 6 pm CET) for €5,51 excl EU taxes (€6,67 incl). The pattern is available in English*, Dutch*, and French*.

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Fortuna with Zipper Pocket

The new pattern from Sofilantjes*, the Fortuna Sweater*, has various options to make it in your own style, but also offers possibilities of making it even more fancy. Of course, you can use your own creativity, but in the instructions that come with the pattern, various tips are included. One of these is adding zippers to the pockets, and that is what this blog is all about. I will show how I made zipper pockets in the Fortuna Sweater. It was kind of an experiment for me, but I liked the challenge. I chose for blind zippers, because I think they combine nicely with the look of the lace overlay that I used for one of the colorblock parts of the front bodice. Good to know: Since the pockets in the Cicero Jacket* are constructed in a similar way, this tutorial can also be used for the pockets in that pattern.


You will need:

  • all pattern pieces for Fortuna option A with pockets
  • two blind zippers, about 5 cm longer than the pocket opening
  • four (or eight) strips of fusible interfacing

Sew the three colorblocking pieces of the front bodice and the two pieces of the back bodice. You can sew the shoulder seams, but I found it easier to sew them after I did the pockets. Iron the strips of interfacing on the back of the bodices, where you will sew the pockets. Your strips need to be the same length as your pocket pieces. Optionally, add strips as well to your pocket pieces.

Apply the strips of fusible interfacing

Step 1 Sew zipper to the pocket

Take one pair of pocket pieces and one zipper. Now we are going to sew the zipper to the pocket pieces. Open the zipper and place it with the back side of the zipper (which you want to be inside the pocket) on the right side of your fabric. Pin it and make sure that you have 1 cm seam allowance at the top. Stitch at about 0,4 cm from the zipper teeth, leaving the first and last cm open (seam allowance). Back stitch at both sides. Perhaps you can stitch closer to the zipper teeth, but I didn’t want it to be in the way for the outer fabric.

Fold your fabric back, and topstitch. Repeat all steps for the other side of the zipper and sew it in the same way to the other pocket piece of your pair.

Step 2 Sew you pocket pieces with zipper to the bodice

With the zipper open, place one of the pocketpieces with zipper on the bodice, with right sides up, and the pocket away from the bodice. Make sure the zipper teeth, when folded open are at 1 cm from the side (seam allowance). To keep it in place I used wash away glue. You can also use wondertape.

Pin from the right side, fold the zipper teeth to the side and sew with your blind zipper foot or in another way you prefer, as close as you can to the teeth. Again observe the seam allowance at the top and bottom of the pocket. Repeat for the other side of the zipper and sew this to the back bodice. You can now close and open the zipper. When you did it the right way, you can only see the zipper lip when the zipper is closed. Repeat step 1 and 2 for the other pocket.

Step 3 Finishing the zipper

Before sewing the side seams and the pocket closed, open the zipper, fold the top end of the zipper under and sew with a few stitches (picture left below)

Then close the zipper partly, and pin the side seam and pocket right sides together. Stitch at the red lines with your regular sewing machine. The stitching at the bottom of the pocket goes only to the bodices (in the seam allowance). Then sew the side seams and pockets closed and cut off the zipper ends.

Step 4 Finishing the Sweater

Baste the pockets to the front bodice (as per instructions). Sew on the waistband. Because the side seams are quite bulky already, I decided to place the seam of the waistband in the center back. I would advise to first sew the waistband on with the regular sewing machine, and then finish the seam with the serger/overlock. Make sure you don’t catch the end of your zipper with the knife, cause it might shorten it’s life. Then you can finish the rest of the sweater as per instructions.

The Result

Give the sweater to your model and hopefully you have made someone happy!

I like the result, and so does my daughter. However, I am not a professional seamstress, and I don’t have a lot of experience in sewing zippers, and even less in blind zippers. I searched for instructions for adding blind zippers to pockets, but since I didn’t find them, I made the method up myself. I enjoyed this challenge. However, this also means that probably some steps can be made easier or more professional, or I forgot important in-between-steps. If you have more experience and know how things can be improved, I would love you to leave a comment. We can all learn from each other!

Would you like to read and see more of the Fortuna Sweater? You can read my other blog post about the Fortuna too, where I also show the sweater I made for Little Mr SieBe. If you enjoyed this blog post, you are always welcome to follow me on Instagram (@siebesew), or to subscribe to my blog below!

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Preparing for winter with the Brooklynn Scarf

The trees in front of our appartment block, that color beautifully red in autumn, have lost almost all of their leaves. Temperatures drop, especially in the early morning when we head to school and work. Time for warm and cozy clothes! The release of the Brooklynn Triangle Scarf by the new designer Fab For You Patterns couldn’t come at a better moment. Yvette from Fab For You is not new to designing  ̶ I have tested for her before  ̶ , but now she has her own pattern company. I was very excited to test for her again. I am testing more of her patterns, two other will release very soon, so stay tuned!

The Brooklynn scarf can be made out of any fabric you like. Choose thick and warm fabrics for winter or thinner fabrics for other seasons. I made this one out of viscose jersey (black with flowers), and minky fleece (pink). Both were small scraps I liked, but didn’t know what to do with. The closing of the scarf is totally up to you. I chose for a snap in the shape of a heart (always a winner!). What I like most about this pattern is that it is different from the scarfs I know.

Snap closure

The pattern includes kids and adult sizes. It is on sale for a week (50% off):

RAWR! Be Careful, a Dinosaur Nobilis!

Today I am writing about something I really like, but usually do not take time for: use my own creativity to make something unique. I hacked the Nobilis* pattern from Sofilantjes*. At first, I found this pattern cute, but not especially so for my own children. Then, it appeared to me that it would be a perfect pattern to hack for costumes. The low crotch, not my favorite for daily wear – I don’t know why -, is perfect for an animal costume!

So I decided to give it a try and made a dinosaur costume for Little Mr SieBe. We have quite some costumes at home, but most of it is princess-related and owned by his big sister. Although he wears these skirts and dresses now and then, I think the costume box can be more varied for more playing fun.

I’d like to explain in this blog how I made the dinosaur costume. First, I searched for inspiration pics on the internet. This helped me to decide what the costume should look like and what elements I had to add to the original pattern. I added a hood with eyes, a mouth and teeth, spikes, a colorblock on the front, and a tail. Because of the hood I had to add a zipper for Little Mr SieBe to be able to take on and off the jumpsuit. I sized up for several reasons. First, so that it would fit over normal clothes, and second because I think he should not outgrow it too fast. I don’t have time to undertake such a big project often. I made it two sizes larger in width, and one size longer than his size according to the size table. It is still an experiment, so I see some points of improvement.

Colorblock and arm cuffs

I added a colorblock to the front. I drew this myself and made sure to add seam allowance to both parts. I sewed them together, pressed it and continued with assembling. I added cuffs to the sleeves. In that way, I could make them a bit longer, to allow some growing room.

Hood and zipper

I used the hood of the Cicero* jacket, also by Sofilantjes. I drew the neckline of the Cicero on the Nobilis, so that the hood would fit well. I used the instructions for the zipper as well from the Cicero. Only at the bottom it was a bit different, since I used a non-divisible zipper instead of the divisible zipper that is required by Cicero. To make it work, I sewed in the zipper before sewing the inside leg seam. Instead of cutting one piece on the fold, I cut the front piece two times mirrorred, adding seam allowance at the side of the zipper.

Mouth with teeth and eyes

The inside of the hood I made red, the color of the inside of the mouth. I added a mouth piece I drew myself to the hood (between the inner and outer hood pieces). For more stability, I added 5 mm thick interfacing to the mouth piece. For the teeth, which I sewed between this mouth piece, and the eyes I used white and black.

Spikes and tail

I made three rows of spikes: four on the hood, five on the back and four on the tail. I drew this piece myself. For each row, I cut out two pieces and reinforced them both with heavy fusible interfacing. Then, I sewed the pieces right sides together leaving the bottom open. I trimmed back the corners, and turned it right sides out. For each spike I cut a triangle of the 5 mm thick interfacing, and put it on the inside of the spikes. Those rows I sewed in between the two outside hood pieces, the back, and the tail. For the back I cut two pieces mirrorred instead of one on fold. I added seam allowance to the centre back. The tail I drew myself, two mirrored pieces, sewed it right sides together, with the spikes in between, left it open on the top, turned it right side out and filled it with the material you can use for teddies and cushions. The tail I sewed in between the two back pieces at the very bottom.

It is not perfect, for example I am not so happy with how the tail turned out, since the spikes fall down to one side instead of staying up. However, I am quite satisfied with the total result on this first try. If you have any tips or know tricks to make it better next time, I’d love to hear them. Please leave a comment below (can also be in Dutch or another language).

Little Mr SieBe loves to scare his grandparents, aunts, and uncles in his new costume, so I think it is a success.

Only a few days are left to get this pattern (and a few others) for less than usual. So if you feel inspired and want to get creative to and create your own costume, this is your chance! The pattern comes in three languages: English*, Dutch*, and French*. Click on the language of your preference and you will be directed to the pattern on the website. I can’t wait to see what costumes you will create! I already received an order for another jumpsuit: a Unicorn costume for Miss SieBe.

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Risu or Risias

The Risu Dress* from Sofilantjes. I fell immediately in love with this dress when I first saw it. It is so stylish! It took some time before I finally started sewing it, but I did. Although I like the skirt of the Risu, I thought that the skirt of the Ferias would be a good match too with the Risu bodice. And I expected that this combination would be nice on Miss SieBe. So I created the Risias. What do you think, was I right?

She loves the dress. Despite blue isn’t her favorite color anymore, she still likes it for clothes. I am happy with that because it looks good on her, with her blue eyes, which she is hiding now behind her sunglasses.

The back is eye-catching, but also the front neckline is special! Love those details. I made the dress with short sleeves, but it also has 3/4 and long sleees as option.

I love that almost all Sofilantjes dresses allow to exchange the skirts. I would love to try out the Risu skirt too, perhaps combined with the bodice of another dress. I might choose for Ferias, and combine it the other way around, but I might decide otherwise. We’ll see. Suggestions and inspirational pics are always welcome.

Find the Risu here in (click on your language of preference): Dutch*, English*, French*.

Risu is now on sale, as is the Montis*. I’ve made a Montis last year, and I might make one this year also. Or combine its bodice with the Risu skirt. We’ll see. 😉

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See and watch Videre’s back with a special touch

Did you see it? Videre * is the newest summer dress from Sofilantjes. Again a pattern with a lovely Latin name that makes us wonder why this pattern has been named this way. Videre means ‘to see’. If you didn’t study Latin in school, think of the word ‘video’ that is derived from this Latin word. Ok, enough language talk for now, this blog is about sewing.

Videre is a stylish summer dress with two options for the back: a simple back option, or a back option with an opening. The opening on the back has the shape of an eye, so perhaps that is why this name has been chosen.

I sewed three Videre dresses for Miss SieBe during the test, two with the open back, and one with the closed back. Before I applied to test this dress, I asked Miss SieBe if she liked the design and if so what her favorite option was. I didn’t expect it, but it was the open version. She was lucky that this version was assigned to me. But since I don’t like to sew the same thing over and over again, and I like some variation in her wardrobe, I also made the other version.

For the final version I sewed a matching Aura Bolero,* so she doesn’t have to wait until the summer before she can wear her Videre. That would have been too hard for her, because she loves it. After we took the pictures, she didn’t want to take it off, and the next day she wore this dress again. I think that says it all.

Oh, and if you think: I need this dress for myself also, well, that’s possible, because the pattern has released in adult sizes* too.

The Videre Dress release sale will run through June 1 00.00 CET (May 31, 6 pm CET). The pattern is available in three languages:

Dutch – *

English – *

French – 280 *

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Amicis: A friendly fitting pattern

Sofilantjes* released a new pattern, well, not totally new, since this pattern already exists in children’s sizes*, but now the Amicis* is available for adults too! I got the chance to sew this great pattern before the release. I sewed two up until now, but will show only the first one, since I don’t have pics yet of the second one. Something with a child that hides important notions on top of a high mirror… yes, he is only three years old. Fortunately, the five-year-old told me where it was after I asked, and after I searched a whole evening.

Back to the Amicis. This pattern comes in four lengths: top, tunic, knee length dress, and midi dress. Three sleeve lengths are featured: short, half, and long, all cuffed. I have first made the top length with short sleeves, looking forward to warmer temperatures. The back has a center seam for optimal fit, because this pattern is meant to be fitted to the body. This might sound scary when you rather hide certain parts of your body, but I must say that the pattern still is very friendly: It doesn’t hide everything, but it shows bodies in all sizes in a beautiful way. Perhaps that’s where the name comes from: Amicis comes from the Latin word amicus, which means friend. Look at the pictures on the website* and in the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group on Facebook to see how flattering it is

Of course, as with all patterns, but maybe even a little bit more with this one, it is important to measure meticulously and adapt the pattern according to your measurements. This is all explained in the instructions. My measurements fall in three different sizes, the largest being three sizes bigger than the smallest, and I had to do a FBA, so I had quite some work at this point. But once you have the right pattern, you can use it over and over again. That’s a good thing with this pattern, because it is absolutely a wardrobe staple for all seasons!

I already told that the back center seam is helpful for the best fit and, therefore, I wouldn’t want to miss it. However, it is impossible to match most motives on fabrics. I don’t really like that, so I tend to use solids or fabrics with rather small motives for patterns with a back center seam, but I found another ‘solution’: a band to hide the seam and the uneven matching sides. It not only hides, but also adds a nice little extra detail.

That’s it for now I think. As I told, I have made a second one. And …. a matching one for Miss SieBe! Hope to post about those dresses soon! Stay tuned!

The release sale will run through May 11, 00.00 CET (6 pm CET). The pattern is on sale for €6,50 – excl taxes, no code needed.

Dutch: *

English: *

French: *

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Fabiën: A new jumpsuit for the little ones

Sofilantjes* released a new baby pattern: The Fabiën Jumpsuit*. This is the second jumpsuit from Sofilantjes. The other one is Stella*, about which I wrote in this and this post. It will be hard for any new jumpsuit to beat the enormous popularity and reputation of Stella, but I think Fabiën is a good competitor! At first, I thought I would not write a blog post about it, because I didn’t test it on a model, but now I decided it is too cute not to pay attention to it here.

The most obvious difference between the two jumpsuit patterns is the closure and neckline. Fabiën has a binded neckline, and an asymmetrical binded snap closure from the top until the legband, where Stella closes in the center front with snaps, and has a neckband. Another difference is the short sleeve option that Fabiën has. That’s the one I made. The longsleeve option has bands as well.

I can’t say anything about the fit myself, but the examples from other testers show that it fits very well. The ‘egg part’ at the bottom helps to give it a nice fit, and the bands keep the sleeves and legs well in place. I doubted to sew one for Little Mr SieBe, because he still fits in the size range (NB – 2T / 50 – 92) and it would make very cute pajamas. In the ended I decided not to do it, because it would not be very practical, since he doesn’t wear diapers anymore. So I chose to make a small size (3M / 62) as a baby gift.

It might look like it is hard to sew, but it isn’t. Once the binding is on, it is a very quick sew. If you’re lucky enough to have a coverstitch machine with a binding attachment, it is even more simple, I heared. But I am still saving for that! The most time consuming part were the snaps! I am not a big fan of attaching snaps, but I have to admit, they are essential on baby clothes, and easy to use.

The pattern comes in three languages and is on sale this weekend (-43%!), so this is the time to get it:

Nederlands – *

English – *

French – *

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