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Hi Everyone, it’s Anne again from Sofilantjes. I was asked to sew something up to inspire you. Hopefully I can.

Flashback Sinny Tee- Toys theme.

The last post I wrote was more about girls than boys, so I though this time I will make it all about the boy, my big Hero. For my inspiration post I was allowed to choose a pattern from Made by Rae.  If you did not check out her pattern shop, it is a must. She has some beautiful patterns. Plus a great blog to follow. I choose the Flashback Skinny Tee for my skinny almost 6 yo and she was so lovely to send me the Parsley Pants too, in case I wanted to sew it later on. So sweet!

Flashback skinny tee-Toys

I sewed up a size 6 with a little extra length. My son is the perfect size 6 in chest according to the size chart. It fits him beautiful and skinny, just like it should. I gave my son a cars shirt with his own road, traffic light and a car! If only I had a car like that….

The road is made by cutting a strip of black knit fabric and adding yellow stripes with a (paint)fabric marker. I sewed it on top of the sleeve with my coverstitch. The car is an iron-on I once received with a fabric order from Joyfits. The two-tone cuff is a hack of the normal 2″ cuff in the pattern. Looks easy right?! I am sure you can do even better than me.

Toys theme Collage

It’s save to say that he really loves this shirt. He wants to wear it again tomorrow. Thank you Rae for a great pattern and sponsoring this winter edition of Kids Clothes week.


Comment on this post to win the classic Made by Rae pattern combo, the Flashback Tee and Parsley Pants, as well as one yard of knit fabric from Imagine Gnats. Rachael has such a fantastic variety of knits in her shop that you could make a flashback tee out of each one of them and they would all be awesome! Here are a few that caught my eye. They would all look fabulous with a 2-color cuff, a technique I’m now itching to try out!! 


1. avantguard: chalk on charcoal in knit 2. cotton/lycra jersey in navy stripes 3. artisan: intertwill patience in knit 4. organic interlock knit: spots in navy 

Enter by Tuesday Feb 23. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 2 digital patterns from Made by Rae and 1 yard of knit fabric from Imagine Gnats. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! 

made by rae & imagine gnats giveaway on kcw


Good luck and Happy KCW! 

in the shape of toys: anne from sofilanties


Hello everyone,

It’s Anne again from Sofilantjes. Today I am here to stretch the theme Toys a little. I came up with this fun idea about mimicking toy shapes. That does not mean that I will show you how to dress your child like a teddy bear, because that would be dressing up (yet adorable….)

I thought it would be fun to give you some advice about body shapes and patterns. Children, just like adults, have different body shapes. The differences aren’t huge like with adults, but there can still be a different build. And the older they get, the larger the differences become. So let’s talk about those body shapes and patterns that fit those shapes. Only I am not using the apple, pear, hourglass like you would with adult body shapes. I am using toys.


First lets talk about (Pear) Toll shapes. Children with these shapes usually have a slimmer upper body but larger hips and butts. For these types of kids, I would suggest using patterns for blazers, shirts with V-necklines or lots of detail around the neckline. Patterns that draw attention to the upper body. But also fun pants with fun details. To give you some ideas here are a few I found for you:

Pear figure 1. Elisas halter top- FAM 2. Phresh blazer- WWD  3. Zane /joggers- Elliedactyl 

Hourglass. Ok, so I do talk about pear, apple and hourglass. But the hourglass is a toy too right?! I used to play with it all the time. I had a fun pink one with gel in it that used to drop down.

For the hourglass figure, that usually comes when children (mostly girls) get older there are some great patterns to find. Patterns that fit this type of figure really well, are dresses or tunics with detail on waist. You want to draw the most attention to the waistline. High waistlines usually are less flattering. Here are some beautiful patterns that work for these type of figures, but they will work well for other figures (and are a must have).

hourglass figure 1. Rebel girl party dress- Bella Sunshine design  2. Girls California dress- EYMM  3. Tallulah top and dress- Izzy and Ivy  

The 8-shape can be made out of train tracks, car tracks, puzzles…. And do not forget toy magnets of the number 8. The 8-figure is like the hourglass but with more curves. Fun pattern for a figure like this are crop tops, beautiful dresses that sit at the waist and skirts with high waistlines.

8-figure 1. Crop top set- Mingo and Grace 2. UTDT- Sew Straight and Gather  3. Point Mugu maxi skirt- Seaside Notions

Rectangles can be found anywhere. Magnets, toy busses, doll carriers. Lots of little children have rectangle shapes too. There is no clear waistline yet. Good patterns for those little ones are pants with lots of details, dresses with wide skirts for the little ladies but also straight dresses.

rectangle figure

1. Jacob pants- Zonen09 2. Once Upon A Party- Iene- Miene  3. Artemis top and dress- Stitch Upon a Time

Reversed triangle. I had so much fun searching for these shapes in toys. It actually made me look at toys really differently. We have a home full of very interesting toys. The triangle, like the rectangle, is in a lot of toys. I also see this body shape on my almost 6-year-old. Skinny legs with a skinny waist and wide shoulders. You can almost see how he will look like when he is an adult. At least I hope so 🙂

Patterns that fit body shapes like my son are baggy or boyfriend pants, although a regular fitted pants will fit my son baggy at this point… And simple T-shirts. Clean lines on the shoulders for boys. For girls you will need to draw the attention to the legs.

reversed Triagle- figure 1. Boys baggy jeans- Burda  2. Rowan Tee- Titchy Threads  3. Swag dance pants- Cole’s Corner creations

Apple, see the image below. It’s a toy apple. We have lots of them in our home. They stay in the toy kitchen. There are also lots of puzzles and other toy apples to be found. I even found one with a toy worm in it!

Apple shaped children usually have a larger belly. You will see this shape in lots of little children but bigger children too. Fun patterns to use for these types of figure that will make them look great, are wide boxy tops, tight and shorter skirts for the girls and pants with lots of details to the hips.

apple figure
1. Ziggy top- MadeIt  2. Parsley pants- Made by Rea  3. Gemini skirt Bundle- Sofilantjes Patterns


Most of the patterns shown above are for girls, but that’s just because there are more patterns for girls than boys…. There are some fun unisex or boys pattern designers out there though. Are you already planning on how to incorporate toys in to your sewing project? This might be a bit of a stretch but anything is possible right? And if you add a fun fabric with toys or a nice applique you will have doubled your toys inspiration 😉


Thanks for stopping by!


KCW FEB 2016: toy fabric inspiration

TOY FABRICS: by anne from sofilantjes

Hi Everyone. It’s Anne from Sofilantjes. I am here today to share some inspiration. This winter season the theme is Toys. Toys can be incorporated in to clothing is so many ways. You’ll see 😉

Today I will share how to add toys to clothing by using fabric. Fabrics are a very easy way to give your garment a certain look. It doesn’t matter if you are going for bold, sweet, mature or little. There are so many great fabrics out there that can help you get that one look you desire. But in the jungle of fabrics it can be hard to choose. I will help you a little with that.

First boys fabrics.

Boys Collage

1. Skateboard for big boys and girls. 2. Boats for the little one. 3. Sirens, you can never go wrong with those. 4. Excavators, because you will be the coolest mom.

Not all of us who sew have boys to sew for. A lot of us have both or only girls. Here is a little girly inspiration for you.

Girls Collage

1. Masks, I love them. 2. Matroujska, we all know what those are.  3. Paper boats. I loved playing with them when I was little. 4. Paper planes, oh yes more childhood memories here.

You might wonder about how these fabrics will look great on a garment. Or what sort of garment you should sew. Anything is possible. Color block. Sew a whole garment out of one fabric. Make a blouse for your son or a beautiful dress for your daughter. Match them by using the same fabrics for both clothing items. Sew pants. Use a print for only the pockets. Line the hood with toy fabric.

Here’s some inspiration for you.

fabric Collage

1. Dolls on a shirt. 2. A jumpsuits can be cool. Even on bigger boys. 3. Boats jumpsuit, for the little ones. 4. Bicycles are toys in our country. At least for the little ones they are. useful toys.

One more and then I will stop I promise.

toy Collage

Panels and printed fabric both work. Didn’t Karly do a great job on these?!

I hope I was able to inspire you a little. If not, there is another post on fabrics coming. There is so much more to show you and there are so many more places for you to look. Don’t stop at prints though. Have you ever thought about using actual toy fabrics to sew a nice fur vest?

Thanks for reading. I had fun. Off to sewing…