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Metra Blazer by Love Notions

Metra Blazer by Love Notions

A knitted Blazer!! Yes, please. I was honoured to take part in the pattern testing process of the newly released Metra Blazer by Love Notions. This blazer is quite different from the ordinary blazer which is often made in woven fabrics and may require lining without mentioning the amount of fitting that comes with it. The Metra blazer, sewed in stable knit fabric, is a less complicated alternative and one I have been missing in my me-made wardrobe.

I am both a pattern tester and an ambassador with Love Notions patterns. This means that any purchases you make using the Love Notions patterns links I share on here earns me a small commission which goes to support this website. However, this comes at no extra cost to you and you are under no obligation to use them.

It is worth mentioning that Love Notions has launched their very first Live virtual workshop which is the Metra Blazer workshop. This is ideal if you need some hand-holding during the construction process and also if all you need is some motivation. I hope you check it out if this sounds like something you need.

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Here is the link to the pattern review video if you would rather watch it instead.

The Metra Blazer Sewing Pattern

Pattern Description:

  • Two collar options: a shawl and a wide lapel
  • Welt in-seam pockets
  • The back seam which helps with fitting.

Pattern Sizing:

The Metra blazer comes in 9 ladies sizes ranging from Size XS – 5X and all these sizes come with full bust pieces too. I sewed up size XS which is the size I make for Love Notions top patterns.

I went with the wide lapel version which I found to add a bit of drama to the blazer. I guess that’s the beauty of making your own clothes. You are free to express yourself whichever way you want to.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Pretty much yes, however, this pattern is recommended for an intermediate sewist. This is because some techniques in the construction process may not be very easy for a beginner. Fortunately, the instructions come with some video tutorials which are helpful for the steps which are not as easy to understand.

Fabric Used:

This pattern is recommended for medium to heavy-weight knits which have at least 25% stretch such as Ponte, Scuba,
Liverpool, Double knits, French terry and Sweatshirt fleece.

I used Ponte fabric to sew up the blazer. I sewed it up using a straight stitch on my sewing machine and my overlocking machine to finish off the seams. The fabric sewed up with ease and I would recommend it for a beginner,

Sewing with Ponte Fabric

  • Size 80 ballpoint or stretch needle is recommended for the needle to glide between the fibres without snagging or tearing the fabric as you sew.
  • It is also important that you refrain from pulling and stretching the fabric as it passes through the machine because knitted fabrics would not recover from it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I shortened my pattern pieces by 1 inch because I have a short torso. However, I will not need to make this alteration to the final pattern because this adjustment has been catered for.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Of course, I would sew this blazer again because it pairs up well with a number of pieces in my wardrobe. And yes, I would recommend this pattern to an intermediate sewist and a very confident beginner.

Conclusion:

What’s not to love about the Metra blazer? It can easily turn into a wardrobe staple, an item that easily pairs up with most items in my wardrobe ranging from jeans, dresses and pencil skirts.

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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Deer and Doe Myosotis Dresses

Deer and Doe Myosotis Dresses

This is the third pattern from Deer and Doe patterns I have fallen in love with. I don’t say that lightly because in books when I make a pattern more than once, it only means that I really love it. And the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress was not any different I have sewed it up twice already with some few hacks here and there. I love both dresses I have made so far and I am not yet done with this pattern.

Pattern Description:

The Deer and Doe Myosotis dress pattern is an oversize shirt dress with inseam pockets. It comes in two versions; version A has sleeve ruffles and a tiered skirt and version B has plain sleeves and a gathered skirt.

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern comes in 10 sizes ranging from size 34 to 46 for Printed patterns and size 34 to 52 for PDF ones. I sewed up size 36 throughout.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, it did look like the pattern envelope if I am not considering some alterations I made to the pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Oh yes, I can’t fault the Does and Doe instructions. They are well-written and hold your hand through out the construction process.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The pattern is drafted to be quite short that I added two inches to the Version B dress to get to above my knees.

Fabric Used:

For this version B dress I made it out of Dashwood studio cotton poplin fabric which was given to me by Sew by the Sea Margate (a fabric store in Margate with an online store too).

For the second one, I hacked version A into a midi dress and I used a Lady McElroy cotton lawn fabric which I received from Minerva in exchange for a blog post.

Here is the link to the detailed blog post about the making of this dress I posted on the Minerva site.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I lengthened both bodice pieces by an inch which end up landing at my natural waistline.
  • I added ties to both dresses to cinch in the waist because the dress is meant to be loose around the waist.

I lengthened the version B this skirt piece by 2 inches to give it the length i was happy with.

For this version, the hacked midi dress, I used the lengthened Version B skirt to which I added the ruffle pattern piece which comes with the version A

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Of course yes. I would recommend this dress to a confident beginner who is comfortable with sewing buttonholes.

Conclusion:

I love both these dresses and I am also happy that i hacked the pattern to create a midi dress version. I will be revisiting this pattern again sooner than later. Thank you for stopping by.

Four Prisma Dresses by Love Notions

Four Prisma Dresses by Love Notions

I have in the past not sewed up a single pattern more than twice because there are so many patterns to try. This changed when I first sewed up the Love Notions Prisma dress which has become my tried and tested little girls dress pattern. It offers many mix and match options while being a great scrap busting project too. It can be made up as either a casual or dressed up dress depending on the fabrics used.

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I am both a pattern tester and an ambassador with Love Notions patterns. This means that any purchases you make using the Love Notions patterns links I share on here earn me a small commission which goes to support this website. However, this comes at no extra cost to you and you are under no obligation to use them.

Prisma Dress Sewing Pattern

Pattern Features

  • Girls size 2T – 16
  • Three neckline options: scoop, Peter Pan collar and button boatneck
  • Three sleeve lengths: short, elbow and long
  • A-line, drop-waisted flare of pleated skirt
  • Two-pocket styles
  • Recommended for a confident beginner

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for Knit fabrics such as cotton jersey, rayon jersey, Ponte, ITY, Liverpool and Scuba. However, if you are sewing the pleated skirt, a more stable knit is recommended.

The Making

I sewed up four dresses for my daughter using the Prisma Sewing Pattern and I have played around with various fabrics and features.

I sewed up size 6 for version 1 with the bodice lengthened to size 7. And I went for size 7 for the rest which I lengthened by two inches. I added an inch to both the bodice and skirt pieces.

Version 1

I went with a scoop neck and short sleeves for this version. I used cotton jersey fabric pieces which were leftover from previous projects. I did not have enough fabric for the flared skirt and I instead gathered the skirt. I used an elastic (braided) to gather the fabric which gave it more even gathers.

Love Notions Prisma dres
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Version 2

This version was her Christmas day dress and I wanted to make it more festive. I went with a scoop neck, elbow-length and flared skirt options. I used stretch velvet fabric for the bodice and gold sequined fabric for the skirt. The Gold sequined fabric is a woven fabric which I lined with gold satin fabric.

I was confident to use a woven fabric for the skirt because it has a dropped waist which does not need to fit over the body. This pattern allows for woven fabrics that match the stretch bodice fabric.

Version 3

This is a flared skirt version with elbow length and a boat neck. The boatneck option comes with buttons for easy access. I opted for plastic snaps for my version which are way easier than sewing buttonholes on jersey fabric. I also used a cotton jersey fabric in a ballerina print from Minerva.

Version 4

This was made out of an animal-print cotton jersey fabric I bought from Fabrics for all. I went with a flared skirt, elbow-length and a scoop neck. This version was the fastest to make because it was basic with no complicated options.

Conclusion

I love all the versions of the Prisma dress I have made and I know there are more to come. This pattern offers very many options to work with ranging from the pattern features to prints and types of fabric you choose. I hope you will give the Prisma pattern a go.

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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Compose Robe by Love Notions

Compose Robe by Love Notions

Everyone needs a robe in their wardrobes. I thought I should put it out there before I tell you all about the newly released sewing patterns by Love Notions. Love Notions has just released the Compose robe for ladies and /he Compose kids robe. Both these patterns are on release sale until 07/12/2020. The Compose robe can be sewed up for Christmas presents for both kids and the ladies in your lives. How timely is this pattern release!

I am both a pattern tester and an ambassador with Love Notions patterns. This means that any purchases you make using the Love Notions patterns links I share on here earns me a small commission which goes to support this website. However, this comes at no extra cost to you and you are under no obligation to use them.

Pattern Description

The compose pattern is drafted for both children and Ladies. Unfortunately, there is none for the men but I am so sure you can hack the pattern to sew up for them too.

Compose Pattern Line drawing

Features

  • Two lengths; knee and calf
  • Hood and band options
  • Optional patch pockets
  • Meant for both knit and woven fabrics.
  • Bonus compose hair wrap pdf pattern included

Pattern Sizing

Compose Kids robe comes in size 2T-16.

Compose robe (Ladies) and all sizes come with full bust pieces.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions are well-written and so easy to follow by a confident beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This pattern is recommended for both knit and woven fabrics ranging from light to heavyweight such as French Terry, Fleece, Waffle knit, Ponte, Double knits.

Fabrics Used

I made two Compose robes: a summery one in Viscose twill and a wintry version in cuddle fleece fabric.

Viscose Twill Fabric

I made a lightweight robe in a Camouflage Viscose twill fabric also known as rayon twill. I went with the collar version in this fabric however I skipped the pockets. This is mostly because the fabric easily slips and slides when working with it.

Bonus: the lightweight version can also double as a beach cover-up even better when made in a knee-length.

Cuddle Fleece fabric

My second version is the wintry version made out of an orange Cuddle Fleece fabric from Pounds Fabric, UK. This fabric is also known as Minky fabric. It was quite affordable considering I needed 3 metres for the project.

This version was made with the hood and the pockets. I am so happy with the final outcome, however, this fabric is not the easiest to sew up by any standards. This is because the pile on the fabric affects the way it feeds through the sewing machine.

Someone said to me that her sewing room looked like she had murdered a muppet from there after sewing up with Cuddle fleece fabric. Hahaha…

Tips on sewing with cuddle fleece fabric

These are my tried and tested tips which made the sewing process a bliss.

  • I used a walking foot which enables even feeding of both the top and the bottom fabrics.
  • Stretch / ball point needle size 90/14 is recommended and probably a brand new one.
  • Stitch length of 3.5 and above works best.
  • Lower presser foot tension of about 2.5 – 3 was perfect for me.
  • I also used long pins because they helped the hold the fabric together without shifting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

There were no considerable changes made to the pattern apart from raising the belt loops because I have a short torso.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I have both my children asking for new robes already. I know I will be sewing up some for the kids. I recommend this pattern to anyone who can use a sewing machine.

Conclusion

I love the two robes I have made and this is a pattern that every sewist needs These robes would also make the perfect Christmas presents.

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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