Love Notions Bash and a couple new Forte’s to celebrate!


Love Notions is celebrating!  Hop over to the blog for tons of pattern hacks all week and a chance at so many fun prizes!

To celebrate Love Notions is having it’s best sale of the year- 50% off ALL PATTERNS through October 27th.  You can grab patterns for you, your teens and tweens, little girls, boys, almost everyone in the family is covered.  I’d thought I’d share some of my favorites with you in case you needed a little help decided which one to grab!


It’s no secret that I love my Love Notions Patterns.  I am an Ambassador but my journey began as a tester.  I had tested for multiple designers when I started testing for Tami.  I couldn’t believe how thorough and attentive she is.  She really listens to testers and makes adjustment after adjustment to get the fit just right for everyone.  I love that our voices are heard and that she is willing to do multiple revisions based off our feedback.  I especially love that she sews right along with us, usually ending up with dozens of prototypes by the time the pattern is released.  She uses trimless pages which make printing out and piecing together new patterns a breeze- so quick!  I was thrilled that her patterns fit a huge range of sizes- her women’s patterns start at XS and go to XXXL and most of her children’s patterns start at 2T and go up to a 16.  This was huge for my kids as I have teens and tweens that are super hard to find patterns for.  I always go off my measurements (you might find you are a smaller size than you’re used to) and have great fitting garments.  Safe to say after a few pattern tests I was hooked.


I became an affiliate AFTER I realized I was constantly referring fellow sewists to her patterns.  I knew I could confidently recommend each one and figured I could make a little change on the side to pay for fabric for the next pattern test.  This post contains affiliate links meaning that by purchasing through them I earn a small kickback (which no doubt goes to my fabric stash).   As an Ambassador I am happy to answer any questions you may have and I will continue to spread the word about all things Love Notions!


In honor of the bash I’m sharing two new Fortes.  I was on vacation during most of the testing of this pattern.  I whipped up a version C as I was packing and wore it multiple times during our trip.  Stripes and a sleeve flounce were all I needed to feel chic while sight seeing! I couldn’t wait to get home and make more.


I came home and quickly made a couple more version C’s- one tee and one dress hack.  I also made a version B for my mom and love how quickly these come together (and the fact that there are soooo many options!).  This tee is a double brushed poly and is left unhemmed.  I love, love it styled with my Canyon Cardigan.


I’d been dreaming of a simple dress using this view and it was such an easy hack.  I measured how long I wanted it and just extended the side seams straight down.  I originally thought I’d need more width through the hips and knees and had done an a-line extension.  The extra width was more frumpy than cute so I took it off and love the final result.


I also raised the neckline on this one an inch and a half.  I prefer almost a crewneck look and Tami is a scoop neckline kinda gal.  She’s gotten me to branch out and I usually love the results but will alter the neckline now and then.

Are you ready for some more of our favorites? The Miss Mary Mack is one that I reach for over and over when I want to pair a couple different fabrics.  It’s such a sweet little girls top that can be worn year-round.

The Li’l Laundry Day Tee is also a huge hit.  A knit dress full of options that works for both school and church is something that get worn a ton!  With all the neckline and sleeve choices my girls can totally customize their dresses exactly how they want them.

For my boys the Moto Maxx set is essential.  Every fall I sew up a new batch for my youngest.  They are perfect for running and playing and the extra layer at the knee gives them a much longer life than his normal sweatpants.

Fun boy patterns are hard to find so you might like the Vanguard Kit as well.  Both these boy patterns come with top and bottom patterns and for $6 that’s quite the steal.  The colorblocking on the Vanguard tee takes all the guess work out of doing it yourself and those cargo pants are perfect for all his treasures.


Now for ladies, I’ll give you my top five must haves (ok- counting the Forte it’s six but they’re on sale so I’m really ‘saving’ you money, right?!).  The Bluezette is just a winner guys.  There are two bodice styles, five skirt options and three sleeve lengths which means you could make a dozen and have a different dress each time.  This dress has gotten so much wear because it flatters and in this double brushed poly I honestly never want to take it off.

These four tops were made from the same versatile pattern- the Terra Tunic.  The Terra is full of options- hood, funnel, scoop, v-neck, asymmetrical, and boat-neck necklines and multiple sleeve choices too.  It’s a great basic pattern that lends itself to easy hacking.  The leopard print sweater is simply cropped a few inches and you can find my hack for the peplum top here on the Love Notions Blog.

The Boyfriend Cardigan is definitely my most worn piece in my wardrobe.  That charcoal grey french terry version in the middle there gets worn almost daily.  I just leave it out and if there’s the slightest chill in the air I grab that baby.  It’s comfortable and I feel like it’s a step up from my ratty hoodie.  There is also a girls version and I think my daughter is developing a very similar relationship to hers!


I’ve got extra love for this pattern since it was the first pattern I ever tested for Love Notions.  Look how much my little girly has grown!

My next go-to pattern is the La Bella Donna Top and Tunic.  This is another pattern that comes in girls sizing too.  It’s a versatile dolman sleeve top that is full of options (are you sensing a theme here?  LN patterns are usually loaded with tons of options in each pattern, something I always look for!).  There are cowl, hoodie and boat neck options along with multiple sleeve lengths.  For my striped version I widened my cowl for a cute chunky look.  I love this pattern for everyday tees too and after comparing MANY dolman patterns this one remains the winner.

Last but not least is the Sybil Illusion Skirt.  This is the ULTIMATE knit skirt pattern.  Really, buy this one and you won’t ever need another skirt pattern ever!  There’s a box pleat, a-line, pencil, swing, drop yoke, asymmetrical wrap, and gored options and all come in knee or midi lengths.  There’s an optional control top waistband panel and best thing- no closures!  Wait, the real best thing is actually POCKETS!  I can’t live without them!  These skirts come together so easily and are perfect for dressing up or down.


K, are you ready to do some shopping?  If you want more in-depth reviews of any Love Notions patterns you can use the search function on my blog to bring up all my past LN makes or click the Love Notions tag at the end of this post.  There are so many other patterns to choose from you really can’t go wrong with any of them.  Happy Shopping!


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