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Four Prisma Dresses by Love Notions

Four Prisma Dresses by Love Notions

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.

Here are more of my Love Notions sewing pattern reviews

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Prisma Dress Sewing Pattern

Pattern Features

  • 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
  • Two-pocket styles
  • Recommended for a confident beginner

The Fabric

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.

The Making

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.

Version 1

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.

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Version 2

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.

Version 3

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.

Version 4

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.

Conclusion

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.

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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Breckenridge Henley by Love Notions

Breckenridge Henley by Love Notions

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.

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

Breckenridge Henley sewing Pattern

Pattern Features

  • 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.
  • A button placket without buttonholes.
  • Open Henley neckline

The Fabric

The Breckenridge Henley pattern is recommended for knit fabrics with at least 40% stretch. And these include rayon/viscose jersey, cotton jersey, ribbed jersey, waffle jersey and French terry. I sewed up two tops in two different fabrics and it was clear that the fabric chosen determines the overall fit if the top.

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.

The Making

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.

Alterations

  • 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

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Sunday Romper & Dress by Love Notions Sewing Pattern Review

Sunday Romper & Dress by Love Notions Sewing Pattern Review

I have been pattern testing once again and I could get used to this. Love Notions has released another awesome pattern which I had the honour to test. This is the Sunday romper for ladies and a similar one has also been released for girls which is the Sunday romper for girls. I intend to get the girls one too to make mum-and-me matching outfits soon.

The Pattern

The Sunday Romper is a versatile pattern which can be worn by both jumpsuit lovers and those who would not be caught in one. It is possible to dress it both up and down and all go down to the fabric of choice.

It features V-neck openings on both the front and back bodices which are wide enough if you opt for the pants option. It also features front angled pockets which is an added detail, however, you also have an option of omitting them.

Specifications

  • Sizes range 0-32
  • Full Bust pattern pieces if needed
  • Dolman & tank bodice options
  • Drawstring or elasticated waistband
  • Three lengths for pants- shorts, cropped & full length
  • Two length options- knee & full length
  • Meant for knit fabrics however woven fabrics can be used for the pants and skirts pieces.

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Here is the video, where I review this pattern ,

The Fabrics

This pattern is recommended for light to medium weight knits such as jersey, modal, cupro and rayon/viscose blends. I made two versions of the Sunday Romper pattern in two different fabrics.

The Romper which was my pattern test make was made out of a tomato red paisley print viscose jersey. I purchased this off eBay and it was perfect for the romper considering it is lightweight and floaty.

The knee-length skirt bottom version was sewn out of an olive green cotton rib jersey knit fabric I bought from Minerva crafts. This was a medium weight fabric which is perfect if you do not want clothes clinging onto your body.

The Making

I sewed up both the dress and the romper in size 2 for the bodice and size 4 for both the shorts and the skirt pieces. I made the romper version with the dolman sleeves and the tank option for the dress. Both bodices sit perfectly well at the shoulders and it did not need to make any adjustments. I opted for the elasticated waist as opposed to the drawstring. This is because I was not ready to turn a long tube of jersey fabric. However, it would have been a cute touch to my plain coloured dress.

Alterations

I made a swayback adjustment to the back bodice pieces which is a common alteration I make. This gave me the same amount of drape at the waist for both the front and the back pieces.

The Finished Garments

What’s not to love about this pattern? It is a perfect pattern for both jumpsuit and dress lovers. I might make the jumpsuit pattern soon maybe after I have sewed up the girls’ version.

Thank you for stopping by. Xx

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Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Have you ever needed the ultimate T-shirt pattern? The Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee is your go-to t-shirt pattern. You could easily use it to sew up T-shirts for everyone in your life. I know it is designed by men and boys but I also used it for my daughter. This pattern features a curved hem which gives a feminine touch to a girl or woman’s shirt.

The Pattern

The Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee pattern is a fitted raglan T-shirt sewing pattern for men and boys. It features three sleeve lengths: short, three-quarters and long and it is an everyday classic T-shirt. And this pattern comes in 27 sizes running from size 92 /F (age 2) to adult size FF/52. It also has two hem options: the straight hem and the curved one.

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for knit fabric with 40% stretch. And for all my four projects, I used cotton spandex fabric with varying thickness. The printed fabric was slightly thicker than the plain ones but they all sewed up really well.

Here are my fabric recommendations for the Jalie Nico Pattern

The Making

These t-shirts sewed up really fast since no setting-in of sleeves was required. I mostly used my overlocking machine to sew them up and my coverstitch machine for the hems.

Below are classes I would recommend for anyone who would like to learn sewing with knit fabrics.

I made size DD/XL for my husband as per his measurements. However, I later took out a total of two inches in the side seams because he preferred a more fitted look. And I also added two inches to the length of his shirt.

The two shirts I sewed up for my son fitted really well because I went a size down. This is mostly because he is quite a slim boy.

My daughter’s T-shirt was true to size (size J) and I used the curved hem for a feminine look. And both my husband’s and son’s shirts a flat hem was used.

The finished project

I love the final outcome of all the Tshirts and I know I will be using the pattern a lot more. I recommend this pattern for anyone who wants just a single Tshirt pattern for the entire family. It comes together really fast and very easy to sew up too.

Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Autumn Sewing 2019 – What I have made this autumn so far.

When I think of autumn sewing, I think of practical and function pieces of clothing that I will wear throughout the cold season. These items range from tee shirts, pinafores, skirts, jumpers and other items I can layer up. I may not have sewed up a range of these items this month but I plan to do so in the subsequent months.

Here is a video from my youtube channel It is Josie where I documented what I sewed up in the month.

Itch to stitch Idyllwild top pattern

I made a t-shirt for myself using the Itch to Stich, Idyllwild top and dress pattern which I hacked into a boat neck one. I achieved this by raising the neckline which in turn reduced the curve. I also omitted the neckband and instead folded it over which I finished up with a coverstitch machine.

Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee Pattern

The Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee pattern was used to make four T-shirts for my family. This pattern comes in 27 sizes for both boys and men. However, I made one for my daughter using the curved hem variation. This pattern also has three sleeves variations: short, three quarter and long ones making it perfect for all year round sewing.

Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit pattern

Lastly, I made the Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit which I have already reviewed on the blog here and also on my youtube channel if you prefer to watch it instead.

October has been a productive month in terms of sewing. And I am hoping to be more productive as we come to the end of the year. I am currently working on a coat this month which is a first for me but quite exciting too. I hope to share with you more of my Autumn sewing at the end of the month. Until next time…

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