www.From-a-Box.com Sofilantjes Otium Top in Stripes

A Stripe-ity Top for a Tween

This is another knit top made for my 12 year old niece.  She suggested stripes and a bright color like purple.  Using Sofilantjes newest pattern, The Otium Top for girls (12m-size 14), this is the result…..

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The Otium Pattern can made in 3 versions – this one with the diagonal front, or a dropped back with the bow, or a with a simple front and back.  The sleeves can be short, 3/4, or long.  Annemieke does a great job including instructions how to lengthen the bodice and the sleeves for those tall and long girls that are between sizes.  The Otium Top works for little girls and toddlers, school kids, pre-teens, and teens.  The tops can mix and match fabrics between the arms and front and back, cuffs, waistband, and even the binding around the neck.

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Sofilantjes Patterns is having a DOUBLE RELEASE PARTY this weekend… releasing both the girls’ and the women’s sized Otium Pattern.  Each pattern is at a special price, and the bundle of patterns is at a special price.  See HERE for the shop.

For testing, I made the diagonal front version in a size 12 for my niece.  She is slender with a long torso.  The size 12 fits her a bit bigger around the middle than she prefers. So next time, I will make a smaller size, but extend the arm length to fit her.  I used purple interlock knit fabric from Jo-anns on the back, sleeves, cuff, and waistband. I used black & white stripes knit fabric from Pacific Fabrics on the front and diagonal piece.  While the diagonal can be left as an open pocket per the instructions, I stitched the diagonal closed to eliminate the drooping effect on an older girl.

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See pictures of the other Otiums for the younger girls where the pocket was left open, HERE.  One of my favorites is where the little girls carries her doll in the diagonal pocket – now that is CUTE!

As all of Sofilantjes patterns, the pattern pieces can be printed in layers by selecting your size and only printing lines for your cut out version.  This saves some paper and ink, but the biggest benefit is, you don’t have to figure out which size lines to cut.  You just cut the only ones on the pattern!

www.From-a-Box.com Sofilantjes Otium Top in Stripes

The pattern instructions are clear and concise with drawings for almost every step.  And there is a cheat-sheet at the end for your second, third, fourth, and many more Otium tops.  It is a summary of the construction steps for reference.  The pattern also has other details necessary in a quality product – grain/stretch direction lines, included and obvious seam allowances, finished garment sizes, instructions to lengthen sleeves and bodice, and simple, complete instructions.

www.From-a-Box.com Sofilantjes Otium Top in Stripes

This top was sewn mostly on Nina, my Bernina serger machine, with a two-needle overlock stitch.  The top-stitching was sewn on Varnie, my Husquvarna sewing machine, with a double needle stitch.

the  Otium Top  in stripes 3

Get the Otium Pattern for girls and women HERE.


  1. Yipes, stripes! This is a perfect look. It’s so stylish and great for the active tween. Your color combos are always so striking.


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