More Pattern Hacking with Love Notions

So I know I just had a blog post with a similar title, but this one is a bit different. I tried out several different options when I wanted to work out a fall style hack for my Love Notions Summer Basic. For this hack I wanted to have attached sleeves and it was super easy to do. I looked through the Love Notions site and quickly picked out the Sunday Romper.

The Sunday Romper has a dolman style sleeve which means there isn’t a shoulder seam. The body of the shirt and the sleeves are a continuous pattern piece. Typically if you want to have long sleeves on a Dolman, that is a separate piece to add length. Psst: I will show you tell you how to do it!

The first step of this hack is to print your pattern for the bodice of the Sunday Romper and the Skirt of the Summer Basic. I know the Sunday Romper comes with its own skirt, but the Summer Basic has more flare at the hem. In my size there was only about a 1.5 inch of difference between the bodice and the skirt width. I just added 1.5 inches to the center of the skirt and rolled with it.

Since I was hoping for a fall winter look, I used the lower sleeve cuff from the La Bella Donna pattern to lengthen! Just make sure your Dolman sleeve is the same width as your sleeve extension. Instant Long Sleeves!

Cut your pattern pieces in your favorite fabric! I used Darcey from Stitchin’ Pretties. This is an Alpaca Sweater knit and it is the softest fabric ever. I think I just sat wrapped up in it the entire time I planning this dress. The website notes this should be hand washed and dried flat or on low. I didn’t see those directions and washed in cold and dried for 50mins on normal heat. I didn’t notice anything weird, but I suggest following directions. Don’t forget this fabric is included in the buy 2 yards get 1 bonus yard free. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love love love this deal!

All The Links – Afflinks for patterns

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Love Notions – Oakley Vest Update

Hi Friends and Hello Fall! The temps have dropped into the 50’s here in Ohio and that means it is time to pile on the layers! Thankfully, Love Notions heard my unspoken pleas and decided this was the perfect time to update the Oakley Vest into me sized! It it now sized through 5x with an included FBA. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is your warning, I have sewn all 3 bodice versions and you are about to be on overload! In addition to making 3 vests in this blog, I also used 3 “slightly unusual” fabrics. That mean this aren’t your typical clothing choices, but they worked perfectly! Dig deep in your stash, I bet you have something awesome there.

Let’s start with View A.

Described as – open front, fully lined with optional in-seam pockets, meant for faux furs and minky-type fabrics.

I used flat fold denim, which I found in a recent sewing stash clean up AND my unusual fabric – A shower curtain!! Yep, this shower curtain did indeed hang in my bathroom for more than year and the matching rug is at my backdoor. I also sewed my inseam pockets inside. Now they are secret snack pockets and pretty epic! Can you see the UNICORNS on my lining?!?! OMG!

I am wearing my View A vest over my La Bella Donna which I blogged about here.

OK View B – I made this one for Momma Mia. It would be super selfish If I sewed all these for myself wouldn’t it?

Described as – Separating zippered front, bias bound, patch pockets. Choose a collar or hood.

So Momma Mia got this neat quilted fabric. I am not sure what this fabric was originally used for, but it has been in my stash for years. I am not sure if it came in a yard sale bin or what, but it is PERFECT for her vest! These colors scream Fall to me and she loves it too! Did I mention there is a hood?! You can choose a collar if you would prefer. I took advantage of the the double sided fabric and used the reverse side for the contrast pockets! The hunter green bias binding looks great too! If you want to skip the finished seams on the inside, you can do French seams and make your vest reversible!

Momma Mia is wearing her Oakley Vest over this dress.

View C- My Favorite!

Described as – Separating zippered front, bias bound, princess seams with integrated pockets. Choose a collar or hood.

This fabric is quilted upholstery fabric and it is kinda fantastic. It is heavier weight and toasty warm. I am happy to report that it wasn’t even difficult to sew after I put in a heavier weight needle. I love that all the edges are finished before construction and that outside edges are finished with binding tape! So easy!

I am wearing my View C vest over the La Bella Donna.

This pattern is already getting a whole lot of love from me and I am sure you will love it too. each version came together quickly and the results are pretty fantastic!

So are you ready to put this one in your fall line up? Today only It is on sale for $5!! Such a deal – Don’t miss out!

My Afflink for the pattern.

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