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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Prisma Dress Sewing Pattern
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
Recommended for a confident beginner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a brand new Henley pattern with no buttonholes. Yes, you heard right. Love Notions has just launched the Breckinridge Henley sewing pattern which is sure to be a favourite of many. I am honestly not a fan of buttonholes but I can’t always avoid them. However, my sewing machine and I hate sewing buttonholes on knit fabrics. I have already made two tops from the Breckinridge Henley pattern and I don’t think they will be my last. My final version is in pink in honour of Pink October for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Here is a pattern review video if you would rather watch instead of read.
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Size range XS – 5X
All sizes come with Full bust pieces.
Three variations; Shirt, tunic and dress
Three sleeved options: short sleeves, Longs sleeves with cuff or roll-tabs.
I made my first version out of a Striped cotton jersey fabric which was generously given to me by Fabrics for All. I am a blogger for Fabrics for All and I am given fabric in exchange for a review. The stripe pink and yellow fabric is the perfect fabric for pink October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This fabric also comes in other colourways which are still in stock online. I really enjoyed sewing up with it because it is quite stable and has a good weight to it.
My second version was made with two viscose jersey fabrics. The main fabric is a floral red which I picked up from a local fabric store a few years ago. And the grey viscose jersey I used to colour block was a scrap fabric I had in my stash.
I sewed up both my versions in size XS he sewing process these tops was straight forward. The one part in the process which would be a bit of a challenge is sewing the placket but the instructions come with a video tutorial which simplifies that part.
For the pink top, I sewed up the long-sleeved version with the tabs. The cotton jersey fabric gave me a more relaxed and almost boxy fit.
I took in the top at the side seams for a more close fit.
I shortened the top by 1 inch mostly because I have a shorter torso compared to the rest of my body.
The red floral viscose jersey version was made with the short sleeves. The viscose fabric has more drape and fits better on the body. I did not find the need to take in this top because I was happy with the overall fit. This version was not shortened and it comes past my hips.
The finished projects
I am really happy with my final makes from this pattern. I am so sure these will not be my last. I hope to sew up the dress variation next with probably short sleeves. I hope you give this amazing pattern a go. You will not be disappointed. Thank you for stopping by. xx
I have admired this pattern for a long while but waited to purchase it at the right time. I bought it during a sale and waited to get the perfect fabric for it. This gorgeous fabric was given to me by Fabrics for All in exchange for a review. I am happy to report that the pattern and fabric were a perfect pairing. This dress has had loads of wear already and nothing is about to change.
The Fringe pattern is a woven dress and blouse with two views. View A has a button-up front, elbow sleeve and sleeve tab whereas View B has a pullover, notched front with a cuff. This pattern features optional waist ties, and interchangeable sleeve/cuffs.
This pattern comes in sizes 0 -24 and with 2 cup sizes. I sewed my dress in size 2 and cup size A/B.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looked exactly as good as it appears.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were really brilliant to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love this pattern however there is one thing i might change. The side hem is quite high up and I find it a bit short at the sides. I might lengthen it at the side hem by an inch next time.
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.
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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.
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
No-trim pages & print only your size(s).
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.
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.
I love a loose-fitted linen dress whenever the weather warms up. Unfortunately, the hot and very warm summers are never promised in the UK. However, I have had the pleasure to enjoy a few warm ones which have felt like I was back in Africa. It is those times that have made me look for a pattern like this cocoon dress.
This Cocoon dress was a free pattern in one of the UK sewing magazines which I missed out on. However, I later managed to get my hands on it and I quickly made my very first dress. I am sure I will be making a few more dresses from this pattern really soon.
This Cocoon dress is a statement style that is suitable for all body shapes and sizes. It is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down for all occasions. For a more fitted look, it could be paired with a narrow belt.
It does not require any zips, buttons or darts which makes this Cocoon dress a super quick and easy garment. And this makes it a great choice even for complete beginner to dressmaking.
Pattern Sizing It comes in UK sizes 6 - 20
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? Very easy to follow even for a complete beginner.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked how quickly this dress comes together. And the fact that you do not need any fitting whatsoever if you choose the right bust size.
Fabric Used: Cotton and linen blend with vibrant stripes.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any alterations to this pattern but I intend to eliminate the seam on the front the next time i make this dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This is a beginner friendly pattern as it comes with no closures and needs no fitting whatsoever.
I love this dress so much and I am planning on sewing a few more really soon and maybe one in african wax print fabric. I have found my warm summer holiday dress. Thank you for stopping by.