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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

More of my Love Notions sewing pattern reviews.

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.


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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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.

Pattern Description

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

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.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

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.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

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.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review
Nina Lee Patterns – Camden Pinafore ft Minerva crafts

Nina Lee Patterns – Camden Pinafore ft Minerva crafts

If you know a bit about me, you would not be surprised that I love pinafores. They are a versatile piece of clothing which can easily be worn all year round. I tend to wear them on their own during the warmer months and layered up in colder ones.

I received this amazing leopard print needlecord fabric from Minerva Crafts in exchange for a blog post reviewing the fabric. It was such a beautiful fabric that required an equally beautiful piece made out of it. That’s why I went for Nina Lee Camden Pinafore and Skirt pattern.

If you would like to read about this leopard print pinafore, here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Crafts blog. I hope you enjoy it.

But if for any reason you would prefer watching my review video instead, you may find it below.

Nina Lee – Camden pinafore review video
True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

I recently joined the team of Minerva Crafts Makers, which is an exciting experience. Just in case you do not have an idea what I am talking about… (i have got you :D). Minerva Crafts is a big online fabric store here in the UK. And it collaborates with a number of sewists by giving them fabric in exchange for a blog post reviewing that fabric.

When I received my very first fabric from them, I got pretty excited and got my thinking hat on. I was inspired by the midi dresses with flounces or ruffles that are everywhere on the high street.

French Connection
Urban Outfitters

I decided to hack the True Bias Ogden Cami pattern to recreate a similar style using the Stretch Crepe Fabric that I received from Minerva Crafts. I never thought I would love a midi dress as I tend to opt for either a knee-length or a maxi-dress. However, I was pleasantly surprised to love the dress.

If you are interested to know how I went about hacking the Ogden Cami Pattern into a midi summer dress, here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva crafts blog. Enjoy!

Nina Lee Patterns Carnaby dress pattern Review

Nina Lee Patterns Carnaby dress pattern Review

Who does not love a good comfortable shift dress for summer? I always forget that the world summer is relative to wherever you stay. I am in the UK, and to be honest with you for a total of six years I have lived in this lovely country, I have only experienced just one true summer. Being a tropical girl, one warm day amidst a week of rainy and cloudy does not count as summer. Let me stick to talking about the Carnaby dress by Nina Lee Patterns.

Pattern Description

The Carnaby dress is a shift style dress with separate bodice and skirt piece and of with inseam front pockets. The skirt piece connects to the bodice at around the hipline which makes it really interesting. And the separate bodice and skirt pieces allow for colour blocking. This dress also features an exposed zipper at the back.

The Carnaby dress offers two style options; View A which is a sleeveless dress and View B with short sleeves. Both can be made out of a range of fabrics and can also be worn in the colder months with some layers.

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern runs from sizes 6 up to size 20. And according to the pattern size recommendations, I was a size 6 at the bust and in between sizes 8 and 10 for both waist and hips. I decided to cut up two dresses in size 6 for both the bust and the waist which I blended into a size 8 at the hips. I decided not to cut the waist at size 8 considering it is a shirt dress which has some ease around the waist and the hips. 

The pattern fitted pretty well all around apart from the armscye which felt small and the sleeves were a bit tight considering I cut up the recommended size at the bust. I plan to sew up the second one I cut up then omitting the sleeves and hoping it will fit much better. 

Fabric Used:

I made this version out of an African wax print (Ankara fabric) I got from Uganda (home) which sewed up beautifully. And I have a second one cut up already in light blue chambray fabric.


I love how my very first Carnaby dress turned out and I plan to make more in the near future. However, I intend to cut up a size 8 all throughout as that might give me the best fit around the sleeves.

And one thing I have also loved with this pattern is the well-written instructions and especially the instructions on sewing the exposed zipper on which are brilliant.

The Carnaby dress is a well-drafted pattern and I am sure it would look nice on various body shape.

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