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Sewing Robes for Kids – Compose Robe

Sewing Robes for Kids – Compose Robe

Hi, Good to have you back here. I am excited to share with you this make(s) that I have been meaning to sew for quite a while. I am really glad I finally made them. This is the Love Notions Kids’ Compose robe and just in case you are wondering, there is the ladies Compose robe too. I made two versions of the ladies’ robes last year and I shared a pattern review and a few tips about the construction process. I will be sharing with the two robes I made for my little people and they are really happy with them because they had the chance of choosing their fabrics.

Read about my review of the Ladies’ Compose robe.

Pattern Features:

  • It comes in two views: a simple band and a deep hood.
  • A bonus composehair wrap pdf pattern.

Pattern Sizing:

The kid’s compose robe is drafted for sizes 2T to 16.

I made size 8 for my daughter who is 7 years old to allow room for growth. And I sewed up size 8 for my rather slender 10-year old son but I lengthed all pattern pieces to size 10.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

This pattern is quite easy to follow, all thanks to the well-written instructions. I have made two of the ladies Compose robes last year during the pattern testing process which made the making of this very easy.

Fabric Used:

I made both versions out of fleece fabric. This pattern is recommended for both knit and woven fabrics such as fleece, French terry, Sweater knit, Sweatshirting, waffle knit, and Ponte.

Fleece sewing tips

If you experience skipped stitches while sewing with fleece, you could try some of these tips.

  • Use a walking foot to allow for even feeding of the fabric under the presser foot.
  • A brand new ball point or stretch which works better than a univeral needle.
  • A longer stitch length is recommended such as 3.0 and above due to the bulkiness of the fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Apart from the sizing changes I made to my son’s robe, I did not need to make any other alterations to both robes.

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

Of course, when they outgrow these which may happen soon or later. I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who loves who had been looking to sew robes for children in your life. The ladies Compose robe is one I would recommend too.

Conclusion:

Having made the Ladies compose robe a year ago, I knew I had to make the Kids’ Compose robe for my children too. Their RTW robes had become short which made the time perfect for new compose robes.

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Arlington Sweater – Your Cold Weather Wardrobe Staple

Arlington Sweater – Your Cold Weather Wardrobe Staple

The sweater season is upon us over here in the northern hemisphere and I am proud to bring to you the Arlington sweater by Love Notions. This is the newest pattern by Love Notions and there is no doubt that a lot of planning has been put into it. This pattern is a great transitional piece for your cold-weather wardrobe. It is a very versatile pattern offering so many options to make which is always a bonus with most of the Love Notions patterns,

Love Notions Arlington Sweater with a cowl neck, bishop sleeves, and a banded hem

This pattern is on a release sale at 30% off from today (28th September until 4th October 2021).

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.

Arlington sweater with a mock neck and straight sleeves

Love Notions Arlington Sweater with a cowl neck, bishop sleeves, and a banded hem
Arlington sweater with a mock neck and straight sleeves

Love Notions Arlington Sweater Pattern Features:

  • It comes in 3 lengths: banded shirt, hip length shirt and above knee dress.
  • It features 3 necklines: turtleneck, mock-neck and cowl
  • There are 5 sleeve options: short & long puff sleeves, long sleeve, bishop and elbow length sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:

The Arlington pattern comes in 9 sizes ranging from size XS to 5X. All these sizes come with full bust pieces. I made both my versions in size XS which is true to size.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, the instructions were easy to follow. I must add that this pattern is very easy to sew and I would recommend it for a confident beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The one thing I really love about this pattern is its versatility. This pattern has many options to choose from.

Fabric Used:

This pattern is meant for light to medium-weight knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch. The recommended fabrics include Sweater knit, French terry, Interlock, and other jersey blends. A more stable knit is recommended for the mock neck view whereas a drapey one would be perfect for the cowl neck one.

For version one, I used a medium-weight Sweater knit for my cowl neck version and I also opted for the bishop sleeves. These two features came out better in this sweater knit because it has some drape.

I used a medium-weight rib-knit fabric for the mock neck for my second version. This fabric is stable enough to hold up the shape of the mock neck. I bought this fabric from Minerva purposely for this top.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I shortened the shirt length version by 1 inch which is a common alteration I make. I have a shorter torso compared to the rest of my body and I often do it to most of the Love Notions patterns I have sewed up with.

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

Of course, I need to make the dress version soon now that sweater weather is finally here. Who am I kidding? I live in the Uk where it is sweater season all year round. 🙂

I would recommend this pattern to anyone who needs a sweater or Jumper (as it is called in the UK). And a confident beginner would not struggle with putting this together.

Conclusion:

I love the Arlington sweater because it is a cold-weather staple. I do not really need to say more about it because it offers a view for everyone out there. You will be seeing more of these sweaters really soon. Thank you for stopping by.

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Sybil Illusion Skirt by Love Notions

Sybil Illusion Skirt by Love Notions

The Love Notions Sybil Illusion Skirt is the only skirt sewing pattern you will ever need. It is your go-to beginner-friendly skirt pattern meant for knit fabrics. This pattern comes with 7 variations catering to different styles and needs. It can either be dressed up or dressed down all depending on the fabrics you choose to use. I have made two already and I see more to come.

The Sybil Illusion skirt pattern is on a re-release sale at $5 today only (Friday 9th July 2021) and It will be at 30% off throughout the weekend. 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.

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I have shared a tutorial on how to sew and fit the pencil skirt variation of the Sybil skirt collection on my youtube channel. if you require some hand-holding while you sew your version, here is the video for you to follow along.

Pattern Description:

The Sybil Illusion Skirt Collection is drafted for knit fabrics and with 7 variations: pencil, a-line, swing, drop yoke with swing, gored, asymmetrical wrap, and pleated. And all versions in this collection, with the exception of the drop yoke, come with both knee and midi length options and inseam pockets. All skirt waistbands can include the optional hidden control panel or a yoga-style waistband with no closures needed.

Pattern Features

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • 7 styles: pencil, a-line, swing, drop yoke with swing, gored, asymmetrical wrap and pleated
  • 2 lengths: knee and midi
  • Optional inseam pockets
  • Optional hidden control panel
  • Yoga style waistband

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern has just had an update in sizing and it now comes in sizes XS up to 5XL. I made my two skirts in both sizes XS and S. I made the pencil skirt in size XS at the waist that I blended into size S at the hips. And I went for size XS for the swing skirt throughout because it was not fitted at the hips requiring me to blend into a bigger size.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were very easy to follow and that is why I would also recommend this pattern to a complete beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like that this Sybil skirt pattern sews up pretty fast with no closures and elastic but only requiring a yoga waistband. Most features can be assembled with just 3 pieces if you choose to omit the pockets.

Fabric Used:

The Sybil skirt pattern is recommended for knit fabrics ranging from light to heavy-weight fabrics depending on the variation you choose. Some variations require drapey and light-weight fabrics such as rayon /viscose jersey, cotton jersey, cotton interlock, or ITY whereas some might require more stable and heavier fabrics such as Scuba, Ponte, and French Terry.

I used two variations of Scuba fabric for my two skirts. I used a more stable Scuba for the pencil skirt and a Crepe Scuba with some drape for the swing skirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I needed to take in the Pencil skirt at the sides and I would advise that you fit on the skirt first before attaching the waistband. I share the fitting process in the video linked in this post above.

The knee-length swing skirt came off a bit short for me because I have long legs. I omitted to turn the hem up by an inch and instead used a narrow rolled hem to finish off the hem of the skirt.

Conclusion:

I love the two Sybil skirts I have made so far and they are sure to get loads of wear. I do not have an idea why it has taken me this long to sew up this pattern having owned it for a few years. I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to have a go at sewing a skirt, which includes a complete beginner because it comes together so fast and easily. Will you be picking up the Sybil Illusion Skirt during the sale?

Thank you for stopping by. x

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Love Notions Lyric Dress – Second Version

Love Notions Lyric Dress – Second Version

I love a button-down dress and that’s why I am bringing you another Lyric dress by Love Notions. This is the second time I am making the Lyric dress after my first version that made me fall in love with this pattern. I made my very first dress version with short sleeves and a gathered skirt to which I added some ties. I decided to go with the flared skirt this time around that I have hacked a bit and I am so happy with it.

I reviewed the first version on my blog here and I also uploaded a pattern review video attached below if you would rather watch the review.

The Lyric dress pattern has been redrafted to increase the size range from 0-24 to 0-32. The pattern now accommodates more sewists which is always a bonus. It is today’s feature Friday pattern on sale for $5 (today 25th June 2021) and will continue on a release sale at 30% throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Pattern description

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

Love Notions Lyric Pattern

Pattern Features

  • 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

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Pattern Sizing:

The pattern has been redrafted and the sizing increased to run from 0-32. All these sizes come with full bust pieces. I sewed up size 2 throughout using a B cup bodice as per the instructions.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, the instructions are quite easy to follow. However, this pattern is recommended for a confident beginner because it requires sewing a number of buttonholes and with bias tape.

Fabric Used:

The pattern is recommended for light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton poplin, linen, cotton lawn, chambray and rayon.

I used the Art Gallery Fabrics Everlasting Cotton Poplin Fabric I receive from Minerva as a minerva ambassador. This fabric was a dream to sew up with.

The Making and Pattern alterations :

I used the flared skirt option for my dress which comes with both knee-length and below-the-knee options. I went with the knee-length piece that I later shortened by 1 inch.

I cut out a rectangle that was roughly 1.5 longer than the dress hem which I gathered with soft gathering. I added a gathered piece of the dress to create a ruffle for my dress.

Conclusion:

This is just the second Lyric dress and I see many more to come. This pattern is a blank canvas that can easily be hacked to give it a new look and style. Thank you for stopping by.

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Luna Loungewear by Love Notions – Pattern Review

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions – Pattern Review

I never thought I would ever be excited about sewing pyjamas or nighties. I was pretty content with the store-bought ones until I made my very first Luna Loungewear by Love Notions. I caught the bug and I must say nothing fits better than my me-made ones. I made the dress with the shelf bra and it got the seal of approval because it gave me both comfort and containment of the “girls”. I am happy to answer the door in it without feeling less put together.

Pattern Description:

The Luna Loungewear is such a versatile pyjama / loungewear pattern. There are a number of options to choose from that you can easily customise with a wide range of fabrics. The bonus is that it comes in both ladies and girls patterns which are on sale for $5 each today only (11th may 2021). You can choose from a knee-length nighty, a cami top, shorts and capri which could be made in either knits or woven fabrics. It also comes with an optional shelf bra which i appreciate so much.

Pattern Sizing

Ladies Luna Loungewear comes in sizes XS up to size XXXL which all come with full bust pieces. I made size XS for the cami top and the nighty dress and size S for the shorts.

The girls loungewear comes in sizes 2T – 16 and I made size 8 for my daughter.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, the instructions were very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the fact that this pattern comes with many options to choose from. I also love the optional shelf bra that comes the pattern. I added the bra to both the dress and top I made for myself.

Fabric Used:

The Luna loungewear pattern is recommended for both knit and woven fabrics. Although the woven fabrics can only be used for the shorts and capris.

For the ladies knee-length night, I used a medium weight cotton jersey from my stash, And I used Art gallery Fabric cotton jersey from Minerva for the girl’s dress and cami top. I made the the shorts from Seersucker gingham fabric from my stash too.

The making

The pattern offers many options of finishing both the neckline and the armholes. The easiest could be using binding made from the fabric used for the body. However, I opted for fold-over elastic (FOE) for all my versions and I used two sizes of the fold-over over elastic. I used 5/8 inch wide elastic for the girl’s version and 1 inch wide one for all my versions. I needed a wider elastic for mine because I was encasing two layers of fabric; the shelf bra and main body pieces.

How to sew with Fold-over elastic.

  1. Pin the recommended length of the FOE to the pattern pieces matching the middle pieces together with the elastic aligned to the back piece. Sew with a long basting stitch while remembering to stretch the elastic a bit as you go.
  2. Fold over the remaining half of the elastic onto the right side of the pattern piece.
  3. Sew it together with a three step zigzag stitch. For the 1 inch wide elastic I used a 3 step zigzag stitch with settings of 6.0 width and 2.5 length.

I also added a little decorative detail to the hems of both the girl’s dress and my top by using a three thread coverstitching on reverse in deep pink thread. I was happy with it and so was my daughter.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I shortened the knee-length nighty by 3 inches to get it to a length I was happy with.
  • I omitted the pockets on the shorts because I wanted to sew them up quickly.

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

I have made three sets already and I plan on making more, I would recommend this pattern to a confident beginner who has sewn with knit fabrics before.

Conclusion:

I have three lunas already and I am sure there are more to come because they are such great scrap busters. I don’t think i need to convince you how much we each love our pyjamas but I will let this picture speak for its self. Thank you for stopping by.

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