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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

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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.


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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Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern Review

Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern Review

When the Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit came out early in the year, it was embraced by a number of people in the sewing community. I was not about to miss out on the opportunity considering how much I love jumpsuits. I decided to sew up this amazing jumpsuit out of a knit fabric which I was gifted to by Fabrics for all. Fabrics for all is on a family-owned fabric store located in Leeds with an online presence too. And as a member of their makers’ team, I receive fabric every month in exchange for a blog post.

Deer and Doe Sirocco  jumpsuit

The Fabric

Jersey fabric with 60 per cent stretch is recommended for this pattern. I chose this gorgeous colourful viscose fabric for the jumpsuit. I was under the assumption that viscose jersey is a lightweight fabric. However, this particular one is medium weight and quite flowy too.

 deer and doe Sirocco jumpsuit

This Fabric sewed up well without any issues on both my sewing machine and overlocker. And It was such a pleasure working with it because it washed and ironed pretty well too.

Fabric recommendations for the Sirocco jumpsuit

The Pattern

The sirocco pattern is a mock-wrap jumpsuit which comes in two versions: version A a jumpsuit which features tapered legs and version B which is a romper. It comes in a number of sizes ranging from 34 to 46. And I cut out size 36 for the bodice which I blended into size 38 to both the band and trouser pieces. In hindsight, I should have cut out size 36 throughout the pieces.

Sirocco jumpsuit

The making

I sewed up the Sirocco jumpsuit using mostly my overlocker and only used my sewing machine to reinforce a few seams. I also used my coverstitch machine for the hems which sewed up really well too.

After I had put the jumpsuit together I realised that that the fit was quite big on me. And I spent a considerable amount of time adjusting almost every piece before achieving the best fit.


  • Made a swayback adjustment to the back bodice piece.
  • Shortened the trouser legs by 3 inches considering the hem is meant to be folded over. I preferred to have mine coming up to the ankle which I found to be smarter.
  • Took out a considerable amount of excess fabric from almost every side seam and some from the inner leg seam too.

If for any reason you prefer watching the review instead, here is the youtube video where I review this jumpsuit.

The finished project

Despite the numerous alterations I made, it came out exactly as it appears on the pattern in the end. I love the final fit I achieved and I can say that this jumpsuit is a secret pyjama. It is not tight in any areas while keeping a good fit and look.

Deer and doe Sirocco jumpsuit

I will definitely be making another Sirocco jumpsuit since I have transferred all the alterations to the pattern pieces. And my recommendation to anyone planning to sew up this jumpsuit is to consider sizing down if using fabric that has more than 60% stretch.

Thank you for stopping by…

Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit


I popped into Fabrics for All once again with the need to find fabric for my monthly make. Fabrics for all is a family-owned fabric shop located in Armley, Leeds which also has an online presence too. I joined the Fabric for All maker’s team where I am given fabric in exchange for a blog post to review that fabric.

If you know a thing about me, you would know that I love jumpsuits. So I popped into Fabric for All to pick up fabric to sew up the New Look 6446 Jumpsuit which was also meant to be my entry into the ‘sew together for summer 2019’ challenge. And the challenge this year was to sew up a jumpsuit, however, this particular the jumpsuit was not ready by deadline day. So I decided to enter the toile instead which made me a winner of one of the prizes.

New Look 6446 Romper

The Fabric

For the pattern I had in mind, I needed a stable woven fabric which was still light enough for a summer outfit. I picked up a 100% cotton fabric which is a beautiful print with green and white birds on a black background. I know a black background may not sound like a summer fabric choice but that’s before you see the fabric in person. It was such a pleasure to work with this fabric which washed pretty well and ironed well too.

New Look 6446 Pattern

The pattern I choose was the New look 6446 which I picked up last year but I was not sure I would sew it up any time soon. As we can all agree that ‘the big four’ patterns are not the easiest to sew up and you come out with a well-fitting garment.

This pattern comes in four variations: a maxi dress, a knee-length dress, a playsuit and a jumpsuit. All four variations have the same bodice which features princess seams, a squared neckline, thick straps and an invisible zipper. It also comes with a belt strap which helps to define the waist.

The making

This pattern comes in sizes 8 to 18 and per my measurements, I was supposed to cut out size 8 at the bust and size 10 for both the waist and hip. As we know the big four patterns come with a lot of ease added, so I decided to use the finished garment measurements instead and cut it out in a size 8.

New Look 6446 Jumpsuit

I first sewed up a toile in a rather cheaper fabric before cutting into the beautiful fabric. And I found that the bodice was a bit roomy so I decided to take out some amount at the side seams. However, the trouser piece fitted pretty well at both the waist and the hip area.

The sewing process was pretty much straight-forward and I did not need to make any major alterations to this pattern. Of course, the invisible zipper is never for the faint-hearted but I am getting better at it.

The finished project

I love the finished jumpsuit which is exactly as it appears on the pattern. I am certain I will be sewing up a few more jumpsuits or playsuits from this pattern as I have defined the fit and I have less to worry about.

New Look 6446 Jumpsuit

Thank you for stopping by and thank you Fabrics for all for the fabric gift.

New Look 6446 Jumpsuit
My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda during my summer holiday. Just in case you are not aware, I am born and raised in Uganda (a beautiful country located in East African). My family and I relocated to the UK which has turned into our second home. I know I should be talking about my sewing makes for the summer holiday.

If you are a sewist and you have a holiday booked, I am almost certain a handmade wardrobe might be the first thing you think about. Uganda is warm all year round, and most of my handmade clothes favoured the British weather. So I had to come up with sewing plans specifically for that holiday.

Here is the video where I share with you what I sewed up for the holiday. I hope you enjoy it.

I would also like to share with you in detail the patterns I used for my summer holiday makes.

Firstly, I made up three Cami tops using the True Bias – Ogden Cami Pattern, a well-loved sewing pattern in the sewing community. It comes together in pretty much any lightweight fabric however I prefer making it out of viscose fabric.

I also made up this gorgeous unicorn dress for my princess using a pattern from a Burda Style Magazine. Burda 06/2019 #129. It was made out of a cotton poplin fabric.

burda 06/2019 #129

I also hacked the Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit pattern into lightweight summer pants which I wore a lot during the holidays.

Simplicity 8178 Trouser Hack

And the final project I made was the viscose zebra print night robe made using the stoff & Stil kimono pattern.

Stoff & stil Kimono

Thank you for stopping by…


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

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