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I recently had an opportunity to pattern test for Love Notions. They are currently updating most of their patterns for a better fit and a wider sizing range. The Allegro pattern is their newly re-released pattern and it is surely a wardrobe staple.
The Allegro pattern features 7 bottom views which feature a pull-on style with front slash pockets, back patch pockets, a faux fly and elastic waistband with drawstring. The pants and shorts have a semi-relaxed fit through the hips and thighs, tapering down to the ankle. Both pants and shorts can be hemmed or cuffed. there are also two skirt options included: knee length and ankle length. The ankle-length skirt features two slits up to the knee.
- Size range 0-32
- 4 lengths: full length, cropped, 9″ shorts, 5″ shorts
- 2 skirt lengths: knee & ankle
- Jogger option
- Optional cuffed shorts
- Front slash pockets and back patch pockets
- Drawstring & elastic waist with faux fly
- Trimless pattern format
- Pattern format: Print at home, AO and a projector file.
This pattern is recommended for light to medium weight apparel woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, rayon and poplin. However, knit fabrics may also be used with but one may need to size down.
I sewed mine up in a crepe fabric with some drape which allowed it to lay well on the body. Otherwise a very stable fabric might not be a good choice for the ankle length skirt.
I made the ankle-length skirt in size 4 in a crepe fabric which was gifted to me by a friend. I had an option of omitting the side pockets but who would do such a thing? So I opted for the side pockets but not the back pocket which I knew would not flatter the skirt option. The skirt came together pretty fast that I sewed it all up in one evening.
The only two alterations i made to this skirt were;
- Lengthened the skirt by 1.5 inches.
- Added1 inch to the rise of the back skirt piece which I blended into the side seam.
The Finished Garment
I am sure you know what I will say. I love my finished garment and there is nothing else I would change about it. I hope to have a go at the jogger options as I find joggers in woven fabrics quite flattering. They also offer an option of either dressing them down or up. Would you make any of the Allegro bottoms?