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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

This pattern is on a release sale at 30% off from today (28th September until 4th October 2021).

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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.

Conclusion:

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 Myosotis Dresses

Deer and Doe Myosotis Dresses

This is the third pattern from Deer and Doe patterns I have fallen in love with. I don’t say that lightly because in books when I make a pattern more than once, it only means that I really love it. And the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress was not any different I have sewed it up twice already with some few hacks here and there. I love both dresses I have made so far and I am not yet done with this pattern.

Pattern Description:

The Deer and Doe Myosotis dress pattern is an oversize shirt dress with inseam pockets. It comes in two versions; version A has sleeve ruffles and a tiered skirt and version B has plain sleeves and a gathered skirt.

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern comes in 10 sizes ranging from size 34 to 46 for Printed patterns and size 34 to 52 for PDF ones. I sewed up size 36 throughout.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, it did look like the pattern envelope if I am not considering some alterations I made to the pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Oh yes, I can’t fault the Does and Doe instructions. They are well-written and hold your hand through out the construction process.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The pattern is drafted to be quite short that I added two inches to the Version B dress to get to above my knees.

Fabric Used:

For this version B dress I made it out of Dashwood studio cotton poplin fabric which was given to me by Sew by the Sea Margate (a fabric store in Margate with an online store too).

For the second one, I hacked version A into a midi dress and I used a Lady McElroy cotton lawn fabric which I received from Minerva in exchange for a blog post.

Here is the link to the detailed blog post about the making of this dress I posted on the Minerva site.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I lengthened both bodice pieces by an inch which end up landing at my natural waistline.
  • I added ties to both dresses to cinch in the waist because the dress is meant to be loose around the waist.

I lengthened the version B this skirt piece by 2 inches to give it the length i was happy with.

For this version, the hacked midi dress, I used the lengthened Version B skirt to which I added the ruffle pattern piece which comes with the version A

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Of course yes. I would recommend this dress to a confident beginner who is comfortable with sewing buttonholes.

Conclusion:

I love both these dresses and I am also happy that i hacked the pattern to create a midi dress version. I will be revisiting this pattern again sooner than later. Thank you for stopping by.

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.

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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.

Love Notions Prisma dres
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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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Lyric Dress by Love Notions – Pattern Review

Lyric Dress by Love Notions – Pattern Review

I am really excited about this gorgeous Lyric dress by Love Notions. I was gifted the beautiful Viscose Linen fabric by Fabrics for All to review as a member of their blogger team. It is your perfect summer dress and I know we have a few days to Autumn/Fall. I am a tropics girl who can be caught sewing a summery outfit in winter.

Here is a full video review of the Lyric dress

The Fabric

The viscose Linen fabric I used offers you the best of the two worlds. The viscose content offers the soft drape you would not get from 100% linen. The linen content adds body to the fabric making it perfect for dresses. This fabric washed well and the blend of both fibres made it an easy iron too. we can agree that neither linen nor viscose is an easy fabric to iron on their own.

Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern

This pattern is recommended for medium weight woven fabrics such as Linen, Chambray, Rayon/Viscose and Cotton poplin.

The Pattern

The Lyric sewing pattern is both a dress and top pattern which comes with a coordinating girls’ Dolce dress pattern.

Love Notions Lyric Pattern

Pattern Features

  • Size ranges 0-24
  • 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

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The making

This dress is recommended for a confident beginner and I guess because it has buttonholes to deal with. This is because they were a nightmare for me to sew this time round. The instructions are well-written and very easy to follow as usual. The additional video tutorial within the instructions helped with finishing the neckline very easy too.

I went with the knee-length, gathered skirt options with short sleeves. I sewed up size 2 throughout and with a cup size A.

Alterations

  • I altered the gathered a bit to give me some soft gathers. The gathered skirt option is self-drafted with the measurements of each size included. I did not want heavy gathering at the waist considering my fabric was a bit on the heavier side. I did some maths and I eliminated a quarter of the total skirt width. I also lengthened the knee-length because it was coming off short considering the finished measurements.
Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern
  • The gathered skirt option comes with patch pockets which I am not a fan of. I instead used a pocket piece from a pattern I have used before to create in-seam pockets.
  • I also added ties to the dress which attach at the side seams.

The Completed Project

I love this Lyric dress and i do not know why it took me this long to make it. I know I altered the pattern a bit but i guess that’s beauty with making our own clothes. This will not be my last and I hope to sew up the Dolce dress for my daughter in the future.

Love Notions Lyric Dress Sewing Pattern

Thank you for stopping by. xx

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COLOURFUL FRINGE DRESS BY CHALK AND NOTCH

COLOURFUL FRINGE DRESS BY CHALK AND NOTCH

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.

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Pattern Description:

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.

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Pattern Sizing:

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.

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Fabric Used:

I sewed up my version in a multi-coloured Cotton lawn which was given to me by Fabrics for All to review. This pattern is recommended for lightweight woven fabrics such as rayon challis, rayon crepe, rayon voile, cotton lawn, cotton voile, cotton shirting, linen and double gauze.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I am proud to say that I made no single alteration to this dress which is not common to me.

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Oh yes, I intend to sew up this dress again and I might hack it to have a straight hem.

Conclusion:

I love the fringe dress and this gorgeous fabric is the cherry on top. I am almost sure I will be sewing up another (next summer). Thank you for stopping by. XX

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress
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