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50% off everything except LaBella Donna!

* This is the biggest sale EVER and you should not miss out!

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So it wasn’t too long ago that Love Notions expanded that size chart, and I have been so grateful for that. I have already added quite a few pieces to my and my mom’s closets. Today I wanted to tell you about some of my faves while they are on sale!

First up! The Summer Basics Maxi dress!

 

 

I love the overall fit of this dress! I really appreciate that it is not too low in the neckline or underarms. I love that is doesn’t use a ton of fabric even though it is a maxi. This one sews up quickly and it perfect for the bold prints I love to wear. Fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties.

  • XS-5X
  • Two dress lengths: knee & maxi
  • Fitted tank top
  • Full bust option
  • Shelf bra option
  • Quick sew
  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • One video to help with construction

#2 Vivace

OK friends! It is time I tell you a little secret! I CAN NOT sew a pretty V-neck if my life depended on it. The Vivace Dolman has some magic happening and this neckline is all sorts of amazing! I love the quick sew of a Dolman and I wear this one at least one time a week. 🙂 All fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties.

  • XS-5X
  • Knit and woven versions
  • Full Bust pattern pieces if needed
  • Dolman style sleeve
  • Three lengths- shirt, tunic & dress
  • Trimless pattern format
  • Layers
  • Print at home
  • In addition to the print-at-home

#3

The Forte Top, Tunic, and Dress Pattern

I can not resist a nice peplum style top! I really can’t! I adore them and wear them ALL THE TIME!! This pattern is jam packed with options and can literally work for any occasion! Fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties and Surge.

This pattern is rated for confident beginners.

  • Four top views:
    • A- gathered skirt peplum style with scoop neck
    • B- waterfall skirt with v-neck
    • C- classic tee with scoop neck
    • D- gathered inverted with v-neck
  • Two dress views: B & D
  • Six sleeve options to mix and match:
    • short with flounce
    • bell
    • gathered
    • plain short
    • plain mid-length
    • plain long
  • A full bust piece is also included for ladies with a 4-6″ high bust to full bust difference– no need to do a FBA! The Forte is fitted at the bust with plenty of ease in the waist and hips.

#4 Tessa and Sybil Mash Up

In case you didn’t know, The Tessa bodice will mash up with all the Sybil skirts!!! This red dress is one of Momma Mia’s bolder dresses, but she wears it alot! This pattern has been added to the expanded size range yet, but Tami plans to have all the patterns updated by the end of 2021! Fabric is from Stitchin’ Pretties.

Tessa Dress

**The dress features a bateau or scoop neckline, optional yoke detail and five sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow, 3/4 and long. Two hem lengths are also included- above knee and shin. Bonus- the bodice part of the pattern can also be easily mashed with the Sybil Skirt Collection.

Sybil Skirts

**Meant for knit fabrics, the Sybil comes with seven variations: pencil, a-line, swing, drop yoke with swing, gored, asymmetrical wrap and pleated. All versions, with the exception of the drop yoke, also have knee and midi length options as well as inseam pockets. All skirt waistbands can include the optional hidden control panel or a yoga-style waistband, no closures needed.

 

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VISIT ALL THE STOPS ON THE TOUR FOR PATTERN SHOPPING INSPO

    • Koe is on the Love Notions Blog with a way to help your kids embrace mask-wearing, using a little creativity and the Cartwheel Collection. read more
    • Ilse is showing off her latest Sloane with Sly Fox Fabric and has a giveaway! read more
    • Josie gives a detailed review of her favorites! I love Josie’s style and her simple but elegant take on the patterns. read more
  • Anjori has such a sweet style and her mommy and me twinning with her daughter is my favorite! read more
  • Katie is a hacking genius and active mom who sews for herself and her two boys. She has a pattern round up AND lots of fabric to show off! read more
  • Tami Peterson’s photography makes me drool but her style is what I love to copy! She has a round up of pattern perfect for summer into fall! read more
  • Chris has a full review of the Rhapsody Blouse, info on the new studio, and a full round up of the patterns you’ll love. watch now
  • Katie G. is showing off a lovely Allegro Skirt hack that you will want to make ASAP — plus she’s rounding up her absolute favorite patterns. read more
  • Crystal is showing off the Cartwheel Collection for her kiddo and discussing “Back to School — at home!” read more
  • Koe is also on her blog showing off her top 4 most used Love Notions patterns — if you don’t have these yet, you are missing out! read more
  • Karina from Lifting Pins and Needles is one of the most helpful and inspiring sewists. She is showing how to simplify a few faves: Vivace and Lyric! read more
  • Keira from Island Sewcialist is ready for twirling! See why she’s ready for anything in her Sybil Skirt. read more
  • Sequoia of SequoiaLynn Sews is showing off her favorite Love Notions makes PLUS giving away a free Love Notions pattern. You do not want to miss out! read more
  • Kim K from Dorothy’s Daughter is showing off the Cartwheel Collection and has a playlist of her LN favorites. You’ll love her sewing tips! watch now

Love Notions – LaBella Donna

~~~$5 Feature Friday~~~

Finally!! The LaBella Donna is me sized! Love Notions has just updated this pattern into their more inclusive size range and added the projector file. Double Bonus points for them!

I have already sewn up 2 LaBella Donnas and have another 2 in the works!

LBD Tunic short sleeves 4x-5x (4)

This animal print version is the top length with 3/4 sleeves. I did the arm cuffs and the hemmed neckline and bottom edge. I adore it! Such a fun top. Looks good with jeans, black slacks, a skirt or even under a blazer. I seriously love animal print! I love that the shirt length has the longer back tail. 🙂

LBD Tunic short sleeves 4x-5x (3)

  • Ladies sizes XS-5X
  • Shirt length with shirt tail hem
  • Shirt length with banded hem
  • Tunic length with pocket option
  • Full bust option for both views
  • 3 sleeve options: short, 3/4 & long cuffed
  • Hood & cowl options

I also sewed up a longer length from a waffle knit fabric. This was my first tester run and the sleeves and cuffs were slimmed down slightly after this one was finished. (Just an FYI) I really love this waffle knit fabric! I paired it with my Rivinia here. I have wore it to the office with jeans and it was stylish and cozy.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (4)

So as to not overload you too much in one blog, I will only share these two to kick off $5 Feature Friday! Today is the biggest savings day for this pattern! I’d would be grateful if you used my afflink.

You can click here to shop for the LaBella Donna!

Click here if you still need to pick up the Rivinia Skirt!

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (1)

Let’s talk about fabric!

Kylie (animal print) is ITY and perfect for all things lightweight and comfy. It has a beautiful drape and breaths well it the heat. Here is a direct link.

The floral print is DBP and is sold out in the blue background. Don’t worry though, Zoe is the same print in beautiful darker colors on a black background. Here is a direct link.

 

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Guest Blogging over at Ellie and Mac

Hi Readers!

Today I am guest blogging on the Ellie and Mac blog! I am hacking the Be Graceful Maxi with the Jersey skirt to make a super trendy handkerchief hem tunic! Trust me! You want to come over and learn how to do it!

Opening Photo

I used some STUNNING ITY fabric from Stitchin’ Pretties. The more I look at it, the more I think about beautiful sunsets! Trust me when I say, you need this one!

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Nancy Raglan – Again!

This is one of Momma Mia’s favorite patterns. This pattern is the Nancy Raglan and it has loads of options! She has several already, I have a couple and now I am adding two more to her closet.

Today I am sharing a dress and another tunic with you. She is super excited about these as she “needed” some more pretty things in the closet.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (9)

Let’s start with the dress. I used double brushed poly for this one and these colors are so her. She wanted longer sleeves and a longer length. She frequently tells me how often she wears her dresses and I am 100% certain she is dropping hints for more. I am just glad she likes them. I ordered this fabric from fabric.com before Mother’s Day. I am not sure where the brown is from, it was just in my stash and a perfect match.

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (10)

I sewed up a 1x graded to a 2x and then back to a 1x. I used 3/4 sleeves and the crew neck option. I think she is going to get a ton of wear out of this dress!

Because she is a little spoiled, I also made her a new tunic. This time I made the split side hem, long sleeves, and a crew neck. She needs to be covered up from the sun so this one is perfect for that!

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (6)

This fabric is cotton lycra from Stitchin’ Pretties.  The reason I love CL is that it doesn’t make me feel hot. I wear it year round and it is just comfortable. I love it.

You can totally find this print in the clearance tab! CL for $5.99 a yard is a steal, just saying! 

Sequoia Nancy Raglan Xl.XXL (8)

Hope you have enjoyed my most recent 5oo4 Nancy Raglans!This tops really are quick to make, perfect for using up scraps and mixing prints!

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Love Notions – Ravinia Skirt Updated

Hi Friends! Can you believe I have managed three blog posts this week? Seems excessive after being MIA for a bit, huh? The truth is, I have been making some super cool things! This skirt is no exception. I sewed it up a few weeks ago and finally it has rereleased and it is the Feature Friday pattern which means it is ONLY $5!! Yep, $7 bucks work of savings on this deal! Today only though, don’t waste time.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (1)

This is the Ravinia from Love Notions and it was just updated in their new, more inclusive sizing. The size chart now includes a 59.5 inch hip measurement. I made a 5x waist band, added an encased elastic in the contour waistband, and graded down to a 4x hip. I then height adjusted for my 5’1 self. Then I sewed up the Maxi length and added an extra band of color at the bottom. I did this because my fabric was JUST short of the needed length and it is really easy. If you need details, just let me know in the comments and I would be happy to make you a step by step tutorial of it.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (2)

This pattern is rated for confident beginners.

  • 3 lengths: maxi, calf & knee
  • Gathered pockets
  • 3 waistband options: yoga, contoured & maternity
  • Print at home
  • Large format file for copy shop printing
  • No-trim pages + layers

Do you know what my favorite part of this pattern is? These pockets? How amazing are they especially when assembled with contrasting fabric! I adore them! They really take this basic skirt to the next level! I love the binding on the pocket edge and am strongly thinking about how fab it would be in a striped fabric.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (3)

My beautiful fabric is double brushed poly and is from Stitchin’ Pretties, but sadly this colorway was such a hot seller, it is already gone. Zoe, is the same print in a darker colorway and is gorgeous as well!  There are tons of great options at Stitchin’ Pretties, and you can still take advantage of the buy 2 continuous yards, get a bonus cut free” deal.

Rivinia Skirt 5x maxi with pockets (4)

OK Time to Shop!

Here is the Ravinia updated pattern for only $5 today only!

Stitchin’ Pretties has all your fabric needs covered!

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Bella Sunshine Designs – Hazel with a Hack

Remember when the Hazel first went live and I made 2 of them? I love them both and wear them frequently. If you don’t remember them, just click the link above. I sewed up my most recent version for vacation last month, and am finally getting it blogged.

So here is my THIRD Hazel! I made it in tunic length again and added a color blocked section for the back shoulder area. I would love to say that I did this because I planned it, but the reality is, I didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut the front and back bodices in my desired length. I actually really love how the solid panel breaks up all the plaid.  I used my solid fabric scraps to make my sleeve drawstrings and to make the neckband.

Hazel Tunic (1)

This awesome plaid is called Tara and it is more of a watermelon color than a true red and I absolutely love it!! Tara is a double brushed poly which is a lovely weight and perfect for this pattern! I knew when I was picking patterns, I wanted a Dolman sleeve so that the plaid wouldn’t get too messy looking with added seams of a set in sleeve.

You can order this print by using this link. Don’t forget the sale! Buy 2 yards of any regular priced fabric and Laura will send a bonus yard of fabric your way!

Hazel Tunic (3)

As always Bella Sunshine Designs is size inclusive. This means her sizes go up to a Women’s size 30 which is an upper bust and hip of 59.75 inches. This pattern comes in top, tunic, and knee length dress options to fit all of your needs. There are also multiple sleeve lengths available. Mine is a tunic, not height adjusted. As I have worn this several times now, I think I will take a few inches off the length. It will still be leggings friendly, but not as long. 🙂

Hazel Tunic (2)

You can pick up a copy of Hazel here Bella Sunshine Designs.

The Fitting Experiment – Hourglass Dress

The Fitting Experiment

Episode 2- The Hourglass Dress

Background: I am hanging out with some new bloggers friends and we are calling our adventure, The Fitting Experiment. Our goal is to test out patterns that are drafted with a large size range to determine if the pattern has a great fit across the board. We are looking at comparing the fit across the size chart, construction techniques and directions, included options, and anything else the bloggers want to chat about. After this episode, we are adding more friends and not all of them are actual bloggers. Some use other platforms of social media and some make videos. We are mixing things up and expanding our game!

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The Fitting Experiment is back from quarantine and ready to share our latest project. This is the Hourglass Dress from Made by Runi. Yup, You read that right… DRESS! Psst: I know I am wearing a shirt! I made it into a shirt length because my closet is stuffed to the max with dresses. 🙂 Let’s start with the details of the pattern.

The pattern includes sizes 34-58 (European sizes).
Options included are: slim fit or flared skirt

Hourglass silhouette or solid front and back bodices.

Colorblock shoulder detailing

Two neckline options

Three sleeve lengths

I went with the flared fit, lower neckline, solid bodices and colorblocked short sleeves.

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Adjustments: I am just outside of the waist measurement for this pattern, but I straightened out the hourglass shape of the pattern (since I don’t have one) and blended from the bust to the hip and now it fits wonderfully. I also did a full bust adjustment and a bicep adjustment for this pattern. These are both adjustments I make on nearly all patterns I wear. This pattern called for binding the neckline, but I made bands. I am honestly terrible at binding, it looks like rubbish always. So I measured the opening, did the match, banded the neck. 🙂 I hemmed the sleeves and bottom.

New to me- I had to add seam allowances to the pattern. Apparently, this is a normal thing with European patterns…I had no idea. While this did take a little bit of extra time, it allowed me to pick the SA I wanted to use. The pattern pages also needed to be trimmed before assembling. So this pattern required a good bit of prep work before I could get down to sewing. Another thing that was a bit odd to me, the directions for assembling are on the website instead of with the pattern. While all these things are typical for the companies I usually sew, it wasn’t a deal breaker for me to sew. I only wish the size range included more sizes so I wouldn’t have to adjust so many things to get a great fit.

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Overall, I am happy with the fit after adjustments and will likely make the colorblocked version as well. This is a comfy top and I am wearing it to work today. I like that this top has a few different options to change up the look of it. This one will get a lot of use this summer!

If you would like to check out this, and other patterns from Runi, here is the link.

My fabric is from The Material Girls.

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A special thank you to Made by Runi for sponsoring The Fitting Experiment makers with patterns so that we can share our thoughts with you.

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Going Home Sweater for Momma Mia

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (3)

I haven’t been blogging much or even sewing. I have been mostly just hanging out, geocaching and keeping a low profile. I have made Momma Mia several clothing items though. She has requested some long sleeve shirts for summer as she needs to avoid the sun. No problem, I can do that. Before I even began sewing, I wanted to look at the best fabric for the job. I ordered her a few cotton lycra fabrics and this beautiful CVC Jersey fabric. CVC is an antimicrobial fabric. This means the fabric offers protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and other yucky microbes. This fabric is a cotton poly blend, but it is cool like cotton. This fabric/color is called Suzanne.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (2)

I decided to make Momma a Going Home Sweater from Ellie and Mac. A super quick raglan sleeve pattern. It comes with these options.

Three sleeve options

Cowl or neckband option

Shirt, tunic or dress length options

I made her the tunic length, neckband option, and long sleeves. I used thumb hole cuffs from another pattern to create this top.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (1)

If you like this pattern it is available in sizes through 4x plus is it ON SALE 50% off!!

Here is the link.

While you are at it, go check out this fabric and so many other great ones. Stitchin’ Pretties still has their “Buy 2 continuous yards of fabric, get a bonus yard of something else free.” Momma Mia likes this fabric because it is lightweight and not too hot. We have already ordered the other two colors that were in stock.

Momma Mia Going Home sweater (4)

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