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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.


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.

Sewing for Autumn and Winter With Love Notions Patterns

Sewing for Autumn and Winter With Love Notions Patterns

I am so sure we can all agree that this year, 2020, has gone by so fast. I do not need to get into details because we all probably have personal stories to tell. Where did the summer go? I do not remember enjoying wearing my me-made summer clothes out of my house much. And right now we need to start sewing for Autumn/Fall and Winter. And I would like to offer you some inspiration for your cold season wardrobe featuring Love Notions patterns.

Love Notions is currently running a 40% off site-wide birthday sale from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October. This is also the last sale of the year. I hope you are inspired to pick up a few patterns before it ends.

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.

Just in case you are wondering why Love Notions patterns? I have been a pattern tester with Love Notions for over 2 years. I have loved how the patterns are drafted and with the extra attention given in writing up the instructions. These patterns come in a wide size range not forgetting the full bust pieces included on all ladies’ patterns. These are PDF patterns so you should not expect them to come in the mail. The PDF patterns come in 3 versions: A4/ Letter size, AO size and a projector copy. This gives you instant gratification with many options to work with.

Love Notions patterns are drafted for ladies, gents and children. And many adults especially ladies’ pattern come with coordinating kids’ patterns. I would like to share with you patterns I have both sewed up or plan to sew up in groups.


  • La Bella Donna (Ladies) and Girls La Bella Donna – This pattern comes in both ladies and girls and can be throughout the year. It comes with various sleeve options. The long-sleeved and the cowl or hood options are perfect for the cold weather.
  • Terra Tunic – This is a straight fitting tunic which comes with 5 neck options and 4 sleeves lengths. The long-sleeved with wither a funnel neck or hoody is perfect for the cold weather in a cosy fabric.
  • Rockford raglan and Wrigley raglan – These are raglan tee patterns which feature various hem options and sleeve lengths. The Rockford is the ladies whereas the Wrigley is the girls’ version.


  • Glissando Pattern – This is the newest pattern which is exempted from the sale. It features shorts, cropped pants and a knee-length skirt. The cropped pants can be lengthened to make them suitable for the cold weather. And the skirt in a heavy-weight fabric would also be perfect when paired with tights and boots. This is exempted from the sale.
  • Resolution bottoms – This is such a versatile pattern which I plan to sew up really soon. It features 5 variations; plain leggings, moto leggings, bootcut yoga pants, straight cut yoga pants, and joggers. All these options are suitable for cold weather if made in cosy fabrics.
Glissando Cropped pants


  • Sloane sweater for ladies and Sloane sweater for girls – This is a pullover with various options. It can be made more fitted or with a relaxed fit. It also features any hem options. I have made to ladies’ Sloane sweaters which I hacked to be more fitted.
  • Constellation and Navigator Hoodie & Pullover – This is a great layering piece with a zipper option which can be made either as a hoodie or a pullover. I made both of these during pattern testing.

Cardigans / Sweater


  • Octave coat – This was the very first coat I ever made. It features a shawl collar, hood and a wide collar option has recently been added.
Octave Coat

Men and Boys

  • Dockside and Driftwood Henley & Polo: The Dockside is the men’s whereas the Driftwood is the kids. Both these patterns feature 3 variations: a crew neck tee, a polo and a Henley which when sewn with long – sleeves are perfect for the cold weather.
  • North Star and Navigator hoodie and pullover are similar to the ladies’ constellation jumper.
  • Samson Sweater: A boy’s shirt pattern which comes with two shirt hems and a hood option. It is a great winter wardrobe stable if made in cosy fabrics.
  • Vanguard Kit: This contains cargo joggers and a colour-block long sleeved it.

That is a round-up of my Autumn/fall and winter LoveNotions pattern recommendation. I hope you get round to sewing up some. Which of the patterns shared would you love to have a go at making?

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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Love Notions – Navigator and Constellation Pullover Pattern Review

Love Notions – Navigator and Constellation Pullover Pattern Review

I was honoured to pattern test both the Love Notions Navigator and Constellation hoodie and Pullover patterns. Both these pullover or hoodies are exactly the same but drafted for different age groups and sexes. The Navigator pullover is a unisex children’s pattern whereas the constellation is the women’s. And of course, the men were not left out as the North Star is the men’s version of the same pattern.

These hoodies are great layering pieces during the cold months and can be worn over tops in less cold weather. These patterns are a must-have if you love sewing for your entire family or if you struggle with handmade gifts for the men and boys in your life.

The Pattern

All these three patterns have the option of both a hood or a collar giving you two options to work with. The half zip design makes dressing easy for young children while looking stylish. And the large pocket is ideal for keeping hands warm on chilly days. The cuffed sleeves and the hem band make sewing a breeze and also keeps the wind out. And the zipper section gives an opportunity for using custom panels or colour blocking.

Navigator Pullover is perfect for both boys and girls ranging from 2T to 16 years.

Love Notions - Navigator Hoodie and Pullover Pattern

Constellation Pullover is designed for women in sizes XS -5X. The zipper section gives easy nursing access if needed. And the ladies version features three hem options: banded, curved and bound curved hem. A FBA (full bust adjustment) piece is included in all Love Notions Patterns.

Love Notions - Constellation Hoodie and Pullover Pattern

North star Pullover designed for men in sizes XS – XXL. The men’s version is a more relaxed and roomy fit perfect for layering.

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for stable knits such as French Terry, Ponte, Sweatshirting, Sweater knit and Fleece. I sewed both my versions in sweatshirt fabric which is readily available to me.

The Making

All Love Notions patterns offer an option of just printing off only the size you are interested in and also features trimless pattern assembly. which makes working with pdf patterns a breeze.

They are such an easy make and the pattern comes with links to video tutorials of the rather not so simple steps in the construction of these pullovers.

Love Notions - Constellation and Navigator Hoodie and Pullover Pattern

The Finished Project

I loved the final outcome of both the pullovers I made for myself and my daughter. I also purchased the North Star pattern to make one for my husband. And I have fabric ready to sew the navigator for my son too. Please let me know what you think. Would you consider trying out any of these patterns?

Love Notions - Constellation and Navigator Hoodie and Pullover Pattern

Sewing My First Coat: Love Notions Octave Coat Pattern Review

Sewing My First Coat: Love Notions Octave Coat Pattern Review

I made my very first coat and It is such an exciting experience. I feel like I have moved a step up on the sewing ladder. If there is such a thing as a sewing ladder. The coat pattern in question is the Love Notions Octave coat Sewing Pattern. I made this coat during a pattern testing process which was quite daunting. And who makes their very first coat during a pattern testing process?

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.

The Pattern

The Octave coat comes in two versions; the shawl collar or dramatic hood. It features integrated pockets, princess seams and can be made either fully lined or unlined. It can also be made with either a belt or a single statement button for a closure. And it hits the body at the high thigh. This coat pattern runs from sizes XS to 5X and all sizes come with full bust pieces.

Here are more of my Love Notions patterns reviews

If you would rather watch the review video, here you go.

The Fabric

The Octave Coat can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric you choose. This coat fabric recommendations range from wool, fleece, flannel to mid and heavyweight stable knit.

I sewed up the shawl collar version in size XS. And in a wool blend fabric (50% Wool and 50% Polyester) which I bought about 2 years ago from The fabric sewed up really well and I am glad I held onto it for the perfect coat.

Fabrics I recommend for the Octave coat.

The Making

To my surprise, the octave coat was not difficult to sew as I had envisioned it to be. Sewing the princess seams and the integrated pockets were the only step in the making of this coat which would be a challenge. However, the pattern tutorial comes with an accompanying video which makes this step easier.

I sewed up the shawl collar option and I went with both the belt and the button options for closure. And I decided to line my coat which is one of the trickiest part of coat making. It all came together pretty well given the clear instructions of this pattern.

The finished project

I am very pleased with my very first coat and I am happy that I got the opportunity to pattern test the Octave coat. I would recommend this pattern to a confident beginner (someone who has sewed a few clothes already). This is the best beginner coat pattern for anyone to ease into coat making.

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