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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).

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 earn 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.

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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Sybil Illusion Skirt by Love Notions

Sybil Illusion Skirt by Love Notions

The Love Notions Sybil Illusion Skirt is the only skirt sewing pattern you will ever need. It is your go-to beginner-friendly skirt pattern meant for knit fabrics. This pattern comes with 7 variations catering to different styles and needs. It can either be dressed up or dressed down all depending on the fabrics you choose to use. I have made two already and I see more to come.

The Sybil Illusion skirt pattern is on a re-release sale at $5 today only (Friday 9th July 2021) and It will be at 30% off throughout the weekend. 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 earn 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.

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I have shared a tutorial on how to sew and fit the pencil skirt variation of the Sybil skirt collection on my youtube channel. if you require some hand-holding while you sew your version, here is the video for you to follow along.

Pattern Description:

The Sybil Illusion Skirt Collection is drafted for knit fabrics and with 7 variations: pencil, a-line, swing, drop yoke with swing, gored, asymmetrical wrap, and pleated. And all versions in this collection, with the exception of the drop yoke, come with both knee and midi length options and inseam pockets. All skirt waistbands can include the optional hidden control panel or a yoga-style waistband with no closures needed.

Pattern Features

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • 7 styles: pencil, a-line, swing, drop yoke with swing, gored, asymmetrical wrap and pleated
  • 2 lengths: knee and midi
  • Optional inseam pockets
  • Optional hidden control panel
  • Yoga style waistband

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern has just had an update in sizing and it now comes in sizes XS up to 5XL. I made my two skirts in both sizes XS and S. I made the pencil skirt in size XS at the waist that I blended into size S at the hips. And I went for size XS for the swing skirt throughout because it was not fitted at the hips requiring me to blend into a bigger size.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were very easy to follow and that is why I would also recommend this pattern to a complete beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like that this Sybil skirt pattern sews up pretty fast with no closures and elastic but only requiring a yoga waistband. Most features can be assembled with just 3 pieces if you choose to omit the pockets.

Fabric Used:

The Sybil skirt pattern is recommended for knit fabrics ranging from light to heavy-weight fabrics depending on the variation you choose. Some variations require drapey and light-weight fabrics such as rayon /viscose jersey, cotton jersey, cotton interlock, or ITY whereas some might require more stable and heavier fabrics such as Scuba, Ponte, and French Terry.

I used two variations of Scuba fabric for my two skirts. I used a more stable Scuba for the pencil skirt and a Crepe Scuba with some drape for the swing skirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I needed to take in the Pencil skirt at the sides and I would advise that you fit on the skirt first before attaching the waistband. I share the fitting process in the video linked in this post above.

The knee-length swing skirt came off a bit short for me because I have long legs. I omitted to turn the hem up by an inch and instead used a narrow rolled hem to finish off the hem of the skirt.

Conclusion:

I love the two Sybil skirts I have made so far and they are sure to get loads of wear. I do not have an idea why it has taken me this long to sew up this pattern having owned it for a few years. I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to have a go at sewing a skirt, which includes a complete beginner because it comes together so fast and easily. Will you be picking up the Sybil Illusion Skirt during the sale?

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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.

Compose Robe by Love Notions

Compose Robe by Love Notions

Everyone needs a robe in their wardrobes. I thought I should put it out there before I tell you all about the newly released sewing patterns by Love Notions. Love Notions has just released the Compose robe for ladies and /he Compose kids robe. Both these patterns are on release sale until 07/12/2020. The Compose robe can be sewed up for Christmas presents for both kids and the ladies in your lives. How timely is this pattern release!

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Pattern Description

The compose pattern is drafted for both children and Ladies. Unfortunately, there is none for the men but I am so sure you can hack the pattern to sew up for them too.

Compose Pattern Line drawing

Features

  • Two lengths; knee and calf
  • Hood and band options
  • Optional patch pockets
  • Meant for both knit and woven fabrics.
  • Bonus compose hair wrap pdf pattern included

Pattern Sizing

Compose Kids robe comes in size 2T-16.

Compose robe (Ladies) and all sizes come with full bust pieces.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions are well-written and so easy to follow by a confident beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This pattern is recommended for both knit and woven fabrics ranging from light to heavyweight such as French Terry, Fleece, Waffle knit, Ponte, Double knits.

Fabrics Used

I made two Compose robes: a summery one in Viscose twill and a wintry version in cuddle fleece fabric.

Viscose Twill Fabric

I made a lightweight robe in a Camouflage Viscose twill fabric also known as rayon twill. I went with the collar version in this fabric however I skipped the pockets. This is mostly because the fabric easily slips and slides when working with it.

Bonus: the lightweight version can also double as a beach cover-up even better when made in a knee-length.

Cuddle Fleece fabric

My second version is the wintry version made out of an orange Cuddle Fleece fabric from Pounds Fabric, UK. This fabric is also known as Minky fabric. It was quite affordable considering I needed 3 metres for the project.

This version was made with the hood and the pockets. I am so happy with the final outcome, however, this fabric is not the easiest to sew up by any standards. This is because the pile on the fabric affects the way it feeds through the sewing machine.

Someone said to me that her sewing room looked like she had murdered a muppet from there after sewing up with Cuddle fleece fabric. Hahaha…

Tips on sewing with cuddle fleece fabric

These are my tried and tested tips which made the sewing process a bliss.

  • I used a walking foot which enables even feeding of both the top and the bottom fabrics.
  • Stretch / ball point needle size 90/14 is recommended and probably a brand new one.
  • Stitch length of 3.5 and above works best.
  • Lower presser foot tension of about 2.5 – 3 was perfect for me.
  • I also used long pins because they helped the hold the fabric together without shifting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

There were no considerable changes made to the pattern apart from raising the belt loops because I have a short torso.

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

I have both my children asking for new robes already. I know I will be sewing up some for the kids. I recommend this pattern to anyone who can use a sewing machine.

Conclusion

I love the two robes I have made and this is a pattern that every sewist needs These robes would also make the perfect Christmas presents.

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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