We haven't properly introduced our Starry Night PJs to you yet! And when we decided to do a sew-a-long featuring this pattern, we figured it was time! So have a read about this pattern and then we will discuss the sew-a-long with prize details from So Sew English Fabrics. The Starry Night PJ's are a… Continue reading It’s a Starry Night
Juniper was the very first pattern I got to test out on Stella (she's our mannequin child and she's AMAZING at standing still for fits and photos)! There have been a number of little tweaks and no less than 3 complete re-drafts of this pattern since that first day, but we're so very happy with… Continue reading Juniper
The journey for these tights actually started almost 5 months ago when we set out to draft a really well fitting basic legging shape. We have a bit of a "thing" about saggy bum tights and really wanted to be able to offer a product that didn't do that! Other higher priority patterns came along,… Continue reading Rocky Shore Tights
The newly released Lynx pattern is one that's been on my mind since long before Sofiona Designs became a reality. Almost a year ago I decided to have some fun sewing along with a season of Project Run & Play. This is the (self drafted) outfit I submitted for "Signature Style" week (see anything familiar???):… Continue reading The Cat’s Out of the Bag and We’re Calling It: Lynx
It's no surprise to say that everyone comes in a different shape/size. One of the benefits of sewing your own, or your kids, clothes is that you can customize the pattern to your exact requirements! Today we're going to show you how to use a pattern's lengthen/shorten line to obtain the length you need. In… Continue reading Using a Patterns’ Lengthen/Shorten line
Today we have a new tutorial, which probably means a new pattern coming soon!!! Sometimes when joining two parts of a pattern you may be required to deal with pieces that are not an exact size match. Some examples of this would be neckbands, waistbands or cuffs (which are often slightly smaller than the pieces… Continue reading Quartering Necklines, Cuffs, Ruffles Etc.
Bias tape, as the name suggests, is always cut on the bias of the fabric. That is, at a 45 degree angle to the fabric's selvedge edge. This allows for some stretching of the tape, even when created from a fabric that is typically considered to be "non-stretch". This is especially helpful and necessary when… Continue reading Preparing Bias Tape