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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.

Southbank Sweater by Nina Lee London

Southbank Sweater by Nina Lee London

The sweater season is upon us once again. Of course I didn’t just make a sweater but instead a sweater dress. This is the Southbank Sweater pattern by Nina Lee London. I sewed up it in the cosiest Fur back Ponte Roma fabric which was generously gifted to me by Minerva.

I thought I should bring this to your notice that Minerva has launched their new website this week. It is much more interactive and it also allows you to follower other sewists over there. Another exciting thing about the new website is the ability to purchase fabric off their site in increments less than a metre.

Pattern Description:  

The Southbank Sweater is a slightly oversized fit, funnel neck and drop-shoulders. This pattern comes in 3 versions: Version 1 is a sweater dress with a sweatshirt-inspired hem band and side-seam pockets, Version 2 is a hip-length top and Version 3 is a cropped sweater designed to finish at the natural waist. All three variations feature slouchy, slightly over-long sleeves with cuffs.

Nina Lee Southbank Sweater Sewing Pattern

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern comes in sizes 6-28 in PDF copy and sizes 6-20 for the printed one.

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

Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, they were well written.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It is such an easy and quick sew.

Fabric Used:

Fur back Ponte Roma Knit Fabric from Minerva.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I lengthened the pattern by 2 inches.

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

Yes, I hope to make a few more of the jumper dress. I would recommend this pattern to anyone even to a beginner.

Conclusion:

I love my jumper dress and it has had loads of wear already in the short time since I made it. If you would link to read in detail about how I got along with making this jumper dress, here is a detailed blog post over at the Minerva website.

La Bella Donna by Love Notions – Winter and Summer Versions

La Bella Donna by Love Notions – Winter and Summer Versions

I recently made the Love Notions La Bella Donna pattern for the very first time during a pattern testing process. I really loved the tunic version I made and I knew it was not going to be my last. I wrote a pattern review of the La Bella Donna sewing pattern then. Today, I am sharing with you how this pattern can be worn in both warm and cold seasons.

Here is the La Bella Donna Pattern review post

La Bella Donna Sewing Pattern

 I have been a pattern tester with Love Notions for over two years and recently became an ambassador. This means that any purchases you make using the Love Notions patterns links I share here earns me a small commission which supports this website. This comes at no extra cost to you.

Here are more of my Love Notions sewing pattern reviews

The Fabrics

I Chose two different fabrics: a cotton jersey for the warm weather and the sweater knit for the cold or winter months. I realised that the fabric chosen for the La Bella Donna greatly contributes to the fit and shape of the final garment. I sewed up my first version in a viscose jersey which was a drapey fabric which gave a close fitted look.

I made my second version in a white cotton jersey for a classic Look however it came out more boxy than the first. This has a lot to do with the cotton jersey being less drapey compared to Viscose jersey. It also gave it a loose fit which I was tempted to take in but I decided to leave it at that. The loose fit pairs well with tight jeans.

My third version is a tunic version with a cowl neck and long-sleeves. I sewed it up out of two different sweater knit fabric with different shades of grey. I had no intention of a colour-blocked one however it turned out better than I had envisioned. I was not sure of the fibre content of both of the fabrics because I have had them in my stash for a while. The dark grey fabric was scratchy which I suspected to have some wool content whereas the lighter grey one was soft to the touch. That is why I opted to use the soft one for the cowl and the sleeves because i intend towearit with a top underneath.

The Making

I made all my three versions in size XS. This pattern is such a quick make which can be made up in one sitting. I sewed most of it up using my overlocker/serger and used my coverstitch machine for the hems.

The Finished Garment

I love my new La Bella Donna tops and it is about to become a wardrobe stable of mine. The pattern can be worn throughout of the year depending on the features and fabric chosen.

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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Lyric Dress by Love Notions – Pattern Review

Lyric Dress by Love Notions – Pattern Review

I am really excited about this gorgeous Lyric dress by Love Notions. I was gifted the beautiful Viscose Linen fabric by Fabrics for All to review as a member of their blogger team. It is your perfect summer dress and I know we have a few days to Autumn/Fall. I am a tropics girl who can be caught sewing a summery outfit in winter.

Here is a full video review of the Lyric dress

The Fabric

The viscose Linen fabric I used offers you the best of the two worlds. The viscose content offers the soft drape you would not get from 100% linen. The linen content adds body to the fabric making it perfect for dresses. This fabric washed well and the blend of both fibres made it an easy iron too. we can agree that neither linen nor viscose is an easy fabric to iron on their own.

Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern

This pattern is recommended for medium weight woven fabrics such as Linen, Chambray, Rayon/Viscose and Cotton poplin.

The Pattern

The Lyric sewing pattern is both a dress and top pattern which comes with a coordinating girls’ Dolce dress pattern.

Love Notions Lyric Pattern

Pattern Features

  • Size ranges 0-24
  • Three lengths: peplum, knee & midi
  • Four bodice cup sizes A-D
  • Flared & gathered skirt options for dress lengths and a peplum top.
  • 6 sleeve options: sleeveless, short, flutter, bell and two lengths of bishop- elbow and full length
  • Patch pockets for the gathered skirt
  • Slash pockets for the flared skirt
  • Darts for shaping

More of my Love Notions sewing pattern reviews.

The making

This dress is recommended for a confident beginner and I guess because it has buttonholes to deal with. This is because they were a nightmare for me to sew this time round. The instructions are well-written and very easy to follow as usual. The additional video tutorial within the instructions helped with finishing the neckline very easy too.

I went with the knee-length, gathered skirt options with short sleeves. I sewed up size 2 throughout and with a cup size A.

Alterations

  • I altered the gathered a bit to give me some soft gathers. The gathered skirt option is self-drafted with the measurements of each size included. I did not want heavy gathering at the waist considering my fabric was a bit on the heavier side. I did some maths and I eliminated a quarter of the total skirt width. I also lengthened the knee-length because it was coming off short considering the finished measurements.
Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern
  • The gathered skirt option comes with patch pockets which I am not a fan of. I instead used a pocket piece from a pattern I have used before to create in-seam pockets.
  • I also added ties to the dress which attach at the side seams.

The Completed Project

I love this Lyric dress and i do not know why it took me this long to make it. I know I altered the pattern a bit but i guess that’s beauty with making our own clothes. This will not be my last and I hope to sew up the Dolce dress for my daughter in the future.

Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern

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La Bella Donna Tunic

La Bella Donna Tunic

La Bella Donna, the beautiful lady, is a ladies’ top and tunic sewing pattern. It is your easiest and quickest pick-me-up pattern when you feel like your sewjo is gone. It is also one you would run to any time of the year given the many variations it offers. I made the La Bella Donna during a pattern testing process. It also comes in the girls’ version, Girls La Bella Top & Tunic, making it perfect for mum-and-me matching outfits.

I have been a pattern tester with Love Notions for over two years and recently became an ambassador. This means that any purchases you make using the Love Notions patterns links I share here earns me a small commission which supports this website. This comes at no extra cost to you.

Here are more of my Love Notions sewing pattern reviews.

The Pattern

The La Bella Donna sewing pattern is a versatile pattern that can be worn in both cold and warm months. The cowl and hoodie versions can be worn as layering pieces or on their own during the colder months whereas the short-sleeved top version is perfect for summer.

La Bella Donna sewing pattern

Specifications

  • Sizes range XS – 5X
  • Full bust pieces included
  • Shirt and Tunic length
  • Neck Options: round neck, cowl neck and hoodie
  • Sleeve Options: Short, 3/4 and long
  • Rounded and banded hem options
  • Pocket option
  • No-trim pages & print only your size(s).

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for medium weight knit fabrics with a 4 way stretch. This includes cotton jersey, rayon/ viscose jersey and sweater knits (perfect for colder months).

I made the tunic version using a floral cotton jersey fabric which was rather drapey and behaves like viscose jersey. I bought it from Girl Charlee UK before they closed down in the UK.

Here are my fabric recommendations from myfabricsuk (who stock an amazing range of jersey fabrics).

The Making

La Bella Donna pattern is such a quick make which can be completed in a sitting. It is a beginner-friendly pattern for anyone who wants to have a go at sewing with knit fabrics.

The short-sleeved version I made features dolman sleeves which eliminates setting in sleeves. The short-sleeves are finished with sleeve bands which is easier than hemming the sleeves in my opinion.

I also made the boatneck version for the pattern testing in size XS. I had the option of finishing the neckline by either folding it over Itself or using a binding. I went with the hidden binding option which came together pretty easily.

I made no alterations to this pattern which is anyone’s dream. Although my tunic version does not seem long enough, the final pattern was lengthened.

The Finished Garment

what’s not to love about La Bella Donna? It is an easy pattern that is sure to become a wardrobe staple. I plan to make the short- sleeve shirt version this summer and cowl tunic one in sweater knit fabric for winter. Of course, I will also be making the girls’ version for my missy in matching fabric.

Thank you for stopping by. Xx

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