2020 was a doozy in so many ways. It was full of incredible moments and so much uncertainty. Looking back over my sewing projects for the year, they were a true reflection of life and how we rolled with the punches. My sewing time was at a premium and as a result I sewed less and sewed more quick, easy to wear pieces that fit into my new, low-key lifestyle. In honor of Love Notions big site-wide 30% off sale, today I’m sharing some of my favorite LN makes of 2020.
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I started the year with a quick fun Sloane in this darling print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I used the Classic Tee neckline and have since made that my go-to neckline for the Sloane. I just like crew necks and I figure if I’m making my own clothes, I should be making them exactly how I like them. Sometimes, a too-wide neckline is enough to make me not wear something so I need to remember to make the slight adjustments so these pieces will get worn!
My second quick make of the year was this amazing Sybil pencil skirt in Raspberry Creek ponte (good news, it’s BACK!). I wish this had gotten more wear this year but sadly with online church and no big nights out, this piece is just waiting for a bit of normal life to return. I can’t wait to wear this more! The Sybil Skirt collection is so full of options and a must have in any pattern collection.
The Sabrina Slims rerelease in early February was great timing. I made two pair for the rerelease- one stretch denim and one soft ponte. Sabrina’s are great for this time, still comfy but they look a little nicer than the sweatpants you’ve been reaching for.
This Rhapsody Blouse was a staple for me this summer. I love the easy, breeziness of it and in this amazing Art Gallery rayon, this is one piece I can’t wait for warm weather to wear it again. I have a stack of fabrics pegged for more Rhapsodies this year and I’m really hoping they happen sooner rather than later. I really need to get the Rhapsody maxi dress out of my head and into reality STAT!
This post just had to include the Allegros. I think we’re looking at a three way tie for my most used LN pattern with this, the Classic Tee, and the Sloane Sweater. I now have a pair of Allegros for every day of the week in everything from tencel chambray to rayon challis to double brushed poly and even hacci sweater knit. This is the pattern of quarantine life. Easy to wear, oh-so-comfortable, and so, so versatile. I love using this pattern as the bottom piece in a faux romper look. I’ve lengthened the pants a bit to really work year round too. A good, elastic waist pant and skirt pattern is such a workhorse and I will continue to reach for this pattern in 2021 (and beyond!).
This Namaste set has been one of my most worn makes this year. I admittedly wear them all day and then sleep in them at night (or vice versa on especially lazy days!). I love that this feels ok to answer the door in at 2 pm and no one really suspects you’re still in your pj’s (not that that’s happened or anything ;)). The Namaste Nightwear Collection is latest sewalong pattern happening on Facebook and I highly encourage you to join in the fun. This is such a great versatile pattern that will get you through whatever these next few months have in store.
These were some of my final makes of the year and boy are they favorites already! The Compose Robe came at the perfect time. My girl loves hers and I love cozying up in mine too!
Looking back, 2020 was chock-full of Love Notions sewing for me. Although it was less than my normal crazy sewing years, it was still productive in the best way. These pieces really worked for us and I love, love the time I was able to carve away to create. Love Notions patterns give me a chance to get creative and make clothing pieces that all my kids and I reach for all year long. Make sure to check out the 30% off Love Notions sale and let’s kick off 2021 with some sewing and hope for a great year to come!
When Diana at Raspberry Creek Fabrics mentioned new hacci sweater knit prints were coming to the shop, I immediately began dreaming of the perfect leisure outfit in plush RCF hacci. This classic houndstooth print totally spoke my name and I knew it just had to happen.
RCF hacci knit is a medium weight fabric with over 50% stretch. It’s light and flowy but has an incredible softness and plushness too. The poly/rayon/spandex blend means this fabric washes up beautifully, has enough stretch and recovery for almost all of your needs, and feels like heaven!
For this outfit, I turned to two of my go-to Love Notions patterns: the Sloane Sweater and Allegro Bottoms (affiliate links). I slightly modified both patterns to fit my vision and I’m pretty ecstatic with the results.
In the past I’ve found my Sloane’s a little too wide in the neck. For this version, I used the crew neckline from the Classic Tee to bring the neckline in and up a tad. I also added length to the sleeves so I could omit the cuffs and do a rolled sleeve hem instead. While I love cozy sweaters, I always push my sleeves up to mid forearm (something about my wrists suffocating, lol). Omitting the cuffs makes this so much easier and more comfortable. Since I was going for cozy comfort, I made these modifications to make these pieces really suit me.
For the Allegros, I made a few small changes. I added a band to the pocket to pull it in a touch. I also modified the waistband piece to be two separate rectangles instead of the curved waistband. To do this I measure the length of each waistband piece then used that as my length. For the width I just doubled the width of the waistband minus the upper seam allowance since I wanted to just fold my pieces in half lengthwise. For the cuffs, I cut a couple of inches off of the legs then used a cuff piece from another jogger pattern. While the Allegros have an elastic cuff option, for true comfort I knew eliminating the elastic and using a same fabric cuff would be ideal.
So the big question is, Do I dare wear this set outside of my house? It’s so perfect for lounging but am I cool enough to run errands in head to toe houndstooth? I love that these pieces will work so well with so many things in my wardrobe. I have a cute magenta sweatshirt that I will totally wear with the pants and this top will look so cute with jeans and layered over a plaid shirt. So whether they’re worn together or as separates, I have a feeling these pieces are going to be worth their weight in gold.
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As August approaches each year I always have the same dilemma. Do I sew for the sweltering heat we’re in or do I start sewing for the cold weather just around the corner? Utah seems to go from summer to winter in the blink of an eye. For my latest makes I settled on a couple of pieces that will work well now and into the fall too.
It’s no secret that I LOVE the Allegro pattern and I currently have a pair for every day of the week (and then some). They are the perfect summer pant but I knew I wanted to make some to wear into cooler weather too. That relaxed fit and comfy knit waistband make them so easy to wear but they also look a little more classy than my cut-offs I tend to gravitate to.
The full length pant option hits me right at the ankle and for this pair I wanted them to be a little longer. I lengthened them an inch at the hem and then took a smaller 3/4″ hem to make them even longer. I wanted to be able to wear them with all kinds of shoes and this length works really well with anything from sandals to sneakers or even ankle boots.
For this pair I used a nice chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s the same fabric I used for my Vero shorts and I knew I needed pants out of it too. It’s just a great mid-weight fabric that is light enough for summer but won’t too light once it cools off too.
I love that I can style these pants with so many of my favorite LN tops patterns for tons of different looks, no matter what the season is. For this summery look, I sewed up a new Harmony Blouse. I love that this look is casual but fun and a little more dressy than just a knit tee.
I am part of the Love Notions Ambassadors, an amazing group of sewists from all over the world. We sew up and promote Love Notions patterns for Feature Friday posts and new releases, help test new patterns, and get in on all the behind-the-scenes fun going on at LN. Tami and Tessa are always coming up with new ideas and fun promotions and I’m always grateful to join in the party. Coming up soon, there will be a Fabric Feature in which all of the ambassadors got to pick fabric from their favorite online retailers to help spread the word on all of the amazing fabric shops out there. It can be hard to know just where to shop for certain types of fabric and also what fabric feels like from reading an online description. This will be an invaluable resource coming to the Love Notions blog.
For my fabric gift, I headed to my favorite online shop for affordable, great quality wovens that are hard to find in other shops, Alyssa May Designs. I picked two gorgeous fabrics and am excited to share my first make with them. I sewed up a Harmony Blouse in this pretty floral lightweight stretch chiffon. This fabric is a 95/5 poly spandex blend and is silky and soft without being too slinky to work with. The bit of stretch makes it so nice to wear.
The Harmony is an easy to sew top pattern that comes with multiple sleeves (cap, short, flutter, or sleeveless), back keyhole closure, and a full bust piece. It’s fitted through the chest and shoulder but nice and relaxed through the rest of the top. Sewn in a drapey, lightweight fabric, it just flows over any problem areas and is so nice to wear in the heat of summer. For this version, I used the Classic Tee crew neckline to bring up the neckline a couple of inches. I’m kinda weird and like to wear either a v-neck or crewneck and nothing in between. It’s been nice to figure out why certain handmades weren’t being worn and now I can easily make that adjustment when I’m sewing up new pieces.
Are you ready for a few more head-to-toe Love Notions looks that can take you from summer straight on to fall? These Allegros will certainly get a workout in my closet. This is the look that I’ll probably wear the most through the rest of the summer. Allegros and a Classic Tee are my go-to combo (see my all knit versions here and here ). I did an easy mod to this tee by adding a sleeve cuff and buttons- love that little extra touch!
The Melody Dolman is one of my all-time favorite patterns too. It’s such a great pattern for an adventurous beginner and the perfect pattern if you’d like to give button-ups a try. It comes together so smoothly and quick and is so on trend right now (a quick stroll around your favorite retailer and you’ll see this style everywhere!). I love it paired with Allegros for a cute, relaxed, and stylish look.
As the air gets a little crisper, I always reach for my Rockford Raglans. This lightweight sweater knit version looks fantastic with these pants. I think moving into fall these pants will be a nice alternative to jeans. They work great with sweatshirts and hoodies too!
I’m a little embarrassed to say this is probably how you’ll catch me 95% of the winter. Comfy pants, short sleeve top, and cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. Also the fact that it’s charcoal grey from top to bottom is pretty standard too. This Boyfriend cardi in comfy french terry is my go-to layering piece. It’s so soft and has been washed to the prime coziness.
Here are a few of my other Love Notions favorites to fill your closet! At 50% off, these patterns are a steal and all have so many options making them perfect for this transitional season. I love a 3/4 sleeve top and the Tabitha top is just too cute! Sabrina Slims paired with a Canyon Cardigan vest are darling together and both pieces are super easy to mix into your wardrobe.
If you want to see more of my Love Notions makes click here for all of my past LN posts. So much of my families wardrobes are LN makes and we get so much wear out of them! For some quick inspiration head here and here.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the HUGE sitewide Love Notions sale. You can head to all the other Ambassadors posts for loads more inspiration!
Visit all the stops on the tour!
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
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
Ilse always has a lovely, wearable version of Love Notions patterns and has timeless style that is approachable for anyone! 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 a fabric gift giveaway! 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 from 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
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I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.
As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!
I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!
I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.
This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!
When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!
I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.
We had our first real taste of spring this week and I couldn’t be happier. Warm sunshine, green grass, and the world blooming around me just makes me so happy for what lies ahead. It was the perfect time to make some new comfy and casual pants to see me into summer.
I was excited to get to work with yummy Riley Blake Linen for this project. I’d used it once before for one of my favorite dresses for my daughter and have been eager ever since to have some in my closet! It’s a great weight for clothing, not too heavy but still nice and structured. It sews up so easily without curling or shifting and I loved working with it. I picked the navy color so I’d have a good basic pant to mix and match with so many of my tees and tops. It’s just the right deep color and really works great with my stash of stripe and floral tees.
I used the Allegro Pants from Love Notions (affiliate link). I have a few pairs of pants from H&M that are similar to this look that I lived in last summer. I love the relaxed fit that tapers through the leg. They’re easy to wear and look a little nicer than my other summer staple of cut-off jeans 😉 The Allegro pattern also has multiple short length options as well as two skirt choices too. It’s a great pattern to add some summer basics to your wardrobe.
I sewed up the pattern in a size small grading out to a medium for my calves. I love that calf measurements are included in the pattern because I tend to have to grade out for mine. I also did a faux drawstring since I hate losing them in the wash!
I think I’m going to need a few more easy, breezy linen pieces this summer. I think this fabric would work well for a pretty dress, a structured woven tee, or some casual summer shorts. Here’s to hoping spring is here to stay!
Tami at Love Notions was in my head yet again with her latest pattern release. My go-to for those lazy-I-don’t-want-to-shave-my-legs-days are lightweight, flowy pants. I’ve got a handful I wear faithfully but I’m always on the hunt for more. The Allegro Pants and Skirt (affl. link) are those comfy, yet stylish pants we all crave.
For my pair I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA. I skipped the drawstring to keep this a little more versatile. I like being able to dress them up a bit too. I love the looser through the thigh, slimmer through the calf fit of these. Totally comfortable but not sloppy looking.
The front slash pockets are nice and deep and perfect for my phone. I’ve turned into a pocket connoisseur and these totally get my approval!
These are my tester pair and I really love when a tester garment is 100% wearable. I’m between sizes and went with my waist size for this pair, sewing a straight medium. I think for my next pair I will try a small to get a little more slimmer fit. My current favorite pair of lightweight pants is from H&M and they are almost identical to this pattern, only a bit more fitted. I’m almost giddy that I can now recreate them any time I want!
Are you ready for all the options with this pattern? There are two shorts lengths and two skirt lengths too! I’ve got a lovely rayon gauze on my sewing table ready to be made into a fun beach skirt! I can’t wait!