A look back at my 2020 Love Notions makes and SALE!

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!

Acorn Vest
Harmony Top and lengthened Allegros
Cadence Top
Cadence Top and Glissando Bottoms
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Rockford Raglan
Sabrina Slims
Sloane Sweater and Samson Sweater
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Classic Tee and Allegro Bottoms
Sprint Muscle Tee
Luna Loungewear and Namaste Nightwear
Tidal Top
Sloane Sweater and Allegro Bottoms hack

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!

The perfect lounge set with Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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.

Love Notions Compose Robe

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The newest Love Notions pattern couldn’t be more perfect timing. The Compose Robe is a cozy layering piece that is so full of options. There is a ladies and children’s version so you can outfit your whole crew.

You can sew up your robe in virtually any fabric as this pattern is meant for both knits and wovens. There is an optional hood and of course big, deep pockets! The women’s version also includes a full bust piece. The women’s is done in Love Notions inclusive sizing of XS-5X and the children’s also has a huge size range of 2t-16. Love Notions patterns are trimless for easy printing and taping and there are print shop and projector files included as well.

This cute girl asked for a robe for Christmas but wanted it handmade and not store bought (smart girl!). Little did she know that Tami at Love Notions was granting her wish! Throw in some AMAZING leopard minky from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and she is one happy girl! This fabric is so fluffy and soft that she never wants to take it off. It’s just like wearing her favorite blanket!

I sewed up a size 8 for her with added length. We did the hood, of course, for extra coziness!

She kept yawning while we were taking pictures and blamed it on her robe just being too cozy it made her want to take a nap!

Sewing with minky can be a little tricky but my good friend Katie shared some of her tips on her blog or you can check out Rachel’s post on the Raspberry Creek Blog as well. Following their tips really did make it an easy and fun experience sewing this project.

For my robe, I knew I wanted something cozy but not too bulky and hot. This gorgeous sweatshirt fleece from Raspberry Creek is exactly what I envisioned.

It was much easier to sew than the minky version and was a quick afternoon project. It’s so soft on the inside but not too thick. It’s just so perfect for lounging around the house! As I type this I’m seriously wondering why it’s not on my body right this second. I’m not a big robe person but I think I’ve just never had the right one. 2020 has changed so much of my wardrobe and I think this robe will get way more wear than I ever imagined. It’s just the ultimate in comfort!

I sewed up a size small in calf length with the hood as well. I wanted ALL the coziness!

Do you think if I wear the hood up my kids will get the hint and leave this mama alone for a bit?! Hood up, a good book, and some hot cocoa and my day would be made!

Make sure to grab your patterns (kids and ladies) on sale through Monday December 7th. And there’s a bonus hair wrap pattern included in both the versions!

Love Notions Glissando Crops and Skirt

The Love Notions Glissando pattern is here! I don’t know if there was ever a more anticipated pattern.

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The Glissando pattern in so full of options. There are shorts, cropped pants, and a knee length skirt. It comes in the new Love Notions extended sizing 0-32 and a full belly pattern piece as well. There is an exposed button fly and front and back pockets too!

Let’s talk about mine. I’ve sewed many pants before but I usually gravitate towards elastic waists and quick easy sews. The Glissandos are a great jump into the world of ‘real’ pant sewing. Don’t be intimidated by the fly or fitting. There are so many tips and these can really be sewn up in an evening or afternoon.

For my pair, I used this gorgeous stretch rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It has just enough stretch to make wearing them all day easy and comfortable. The eggplant color is vibrant but will work so well with so much of my wardrobe. I love this fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as most linens and is not too fussy to sew with.

The fit of the Glissandos is based off of your hips. The leg is a straight leg from your hips on down so you will notice the leg flare gets a little wider in the larger sizes. I sewed up a straight size 6 and took in the sides at the hip a bit to accommodate for my lack of curves. I think for future pairs I will size down in the hips and grade for my body. This is one pattern that would be almost essential to muslin but I tend to dive in head first and just go for it! Living on the edge! I used heavy duty snaps for my fly and love the look!

I paired my Glissandos with a Cadence Top in yummy RCF stretch crepe. I like that these pants can be dressed up or down and that they work for all seasons too. I love them with boots too!

You can grab the Glissando pattern on sale through Sunday, September 27th. Now I really need to sew me up a skirt version!

Love Notions Flash Sale and Sewing for the upcoming season

Love Notions Patterns is celebrating a brand new workshop space with an unprecedented 50% off site-wide sale! Now’s your chance to grab all of those amazing LN patterns you’ve had your eye on. I’m sharing a couple of my latest LN makes and joining in the party! Head to my Instagram for a chance to win a pattern of your choice too.

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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.

Both the Forte and the Laundry Day Tee have multiple sleeve options which make them incredible for year round wear. Bonus, if you join the Love Notions Facebook Group you can snag the LDT for FREE!

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

And remember if you are in the area, stay in touch on the Love Notions Workshop email list! sign up here

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour

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.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics- A Match Made in Kid Heaven!

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An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating!  All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th.  40% off!!!  That’s impossible to pass up.  I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.

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First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank.  I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern.  It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves.  Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts.  There’s a ladies version that I love as well!

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I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands.  I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute!  It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.

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My little guy got a comfy new outfit too!  He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time.  It’s been amazing on laundry.  He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though.  This outfit made the cut!

I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.

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I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it!  I can’t wait to make some for my girls too.  The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun.  You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking.  I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!

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For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation.  I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven.  It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts.  I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee.  We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams.  He tried these on and has refused to take them off.  Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!

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The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw.   They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.

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Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set.  This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids.  It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included.  I used the cami and capri’s for this set.  Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later.  They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!

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This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print.   It’s such an adorable print!  The colors are absolutely amazing.  I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.

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Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s.  She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there.  (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).

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The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant.  There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants.  There is also a night shirt view.  I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).

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This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print!  It coordinates with everything!  I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too.  It’s just so cheerful!

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It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too.  Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing.  They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well.  They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits.  Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place.  They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out).  A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.

Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow.  You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites.  These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th.  What a perfect combination!

 

Love Notions Rhapsody Re-release

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Love Notions is re-releasing the Rhapsody Blouse and you’re going to flip for all the options!  It’s on sale today only for just $5 as part of the Feature Friday or you can grab it for $9 through Thursday April 29th.  Such a steal for such a versatile, option packed pattern!

The Rhapsody has been completely redrafted using Tami’s new pattern block with her new full size range.  A projector file has also been added.

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The Rhapsody is a woven blouse and dress pattern that comes in sizes XS-5XL and includes a full bust piece as well.  The neckline features a front v-split and bias tape ties.  There is gathering at the shoulders and a back yoke and pleat.  The bottom is a beautiful curved hem.  There are nine (yes, nine!) sleeve options.  It looks amazing in drapey wovens and is the perfect warm weather top.

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I can’t believe this was my first Rhapsody.  I’ve been wanting to make it since it was first tested but just never made it a priority.  I even decided to sit this test out as my sewing time is so limited these days and when I am sewing it’s masks, masks, and more masks.  As the tester versions rolled in, I fell more and more in love with this pattern.  All of the testers looked amazing in their new makes and I loved all of the new options that have been added.  I finally decided to take an afternoon and do a little sewing just for me!  Best decision ever!

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I sewed up a size small with the 3/4 bishop sleeve.   I’ve had this yummy Art Gallery Fabrics rayon in my stash for far too long.  I’ve always pictured it as a simple summer top and I love that it finally happened.  I love Art Gallery rayon- so soft and the drape is incredible plus it’s not too shifty and sews up so easy.

 

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If I’m being honest, that bias trimmed neckline had me super nervous!  Tiny bias tape, yikes!  I conquered my fear and can’t believe it had me so worried.  The tutorial is full of tips and hand holding and it went on so smoothly.

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How is it going for you guys?  Are you finding more time to sew?  I just barely remodeled my sewing space earlier this year but it’s in the basement away from my kids and all the action.  Normally that’s a blessing but trying to do home school and entertain my kids all day meant I was NEVER making the trip downstairs.  When we started sewing masks, I moved the production to the family room and the whole family joined in.  It’s been so nice having my machines so central and accessible and makes it easy to sew for a few minutes here and there.  We’ve sewn masks for family, friends, and neighbors as well as helping my husband’s company sew masks too.  So many masks!  It can be wearing though and I definitely need to switch it up every now and then with some fun projects too.  This top was the perfect project!  It was a quick afternoon sew, something fun and summery, and used up a precious stash fabric that I know I’ll love seeing in my closet.  It was also the perfect excuse to do my hair and makeup for the first time in weeks.  Man, it felt good!

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Are you itching for a fun sew too?  Make sure you pick up the pattern today for just $5 or through Thursday for $9!

 

Styling the Newly Updated Sabrina Slims from Love Notions Patterns featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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The Love Notions Sabrina Slims are new and improved and on sale for just $9!  Tami is working tirelessly to add more inclusive sizing to her pattern collection which means the Sabrina’s are now available in sizes 0-32! Hooray!

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The Sabrina’s are a slim-fit elastic waist pant meant for sturdy knits or stretch wovens with at least 20% stretch.  There are loads of optional details that can take your pants from plain Jane to wowzers in no time!  You can do back welt or patch pockets or add front pockets (featuring a total unique construction that can act as a control panel) too.  Pockets are always a smart choice!  There are multiple inseam options and you can add a split hem or ankle zips.  Want to add a little more detail?  There’s front and back center seam versions that can be mixed and matched with the plain pant choices too.  There’s even a maternity option!  What I would’ve given for comfy and cute pants during my pregnancies!

Also added during this update was a projector file for all you lucky peeps with that cool time-saving technology.  For the rest of us, there are A0 files and trimless files too!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, you can re-download the new file from your Love Notions account.  No need to purchase it again!

They are meant to hit at your natural waist.  I love the higher-rise fit and think it’s so flattering!  Included with the pattern is an amazing fitting workbook to help you get the best fit possible.  It’s an incredible resource and I know I’ll turn to it often.  I still feel so new to sewing pants (besides my trusty joggers) so I need all the help I can get!  I know for future woven pairs I’ll continue to tweak the fit until I get it just right.  This pair feels great but I think they can be even better with a little work.

The pattern includes measurements for your waist, hip, thigh, and calf when choosing sizing.  There are finished measurements for all of the above as well as the front and back rise.  This makes it easy to grade your patterns according to your own body.  My measurements meant I went with a 6 waist graded to a 4 through the hip and thigh and out to a 10 for the calf (I always have tight calves in RTW and this explains so much!). I also used a size 10 for my rise- a measurement that didn’t shock me either considering my long torso.  I took out a small v-shaped chunk from the center back as well (also not surprising considering most of my RTW pants have the lovely gaping at the back waistband).  I LOVE that I was able to easily customize these pants to fit my body.  It’s the beauty of sewing at it’s finest!

I sewed up two pair and used Raspberry Creek Fabrics for both of them.  The first pair is this fantastic black medium weight Cone Mills tencel stretch denim.   It’s soft and lighter weight than my store bought denim jeans.  The stretch and feel make them so much more comfortable than my RTW jeans too.  I love the color and think it works to be dressed up or dressed down.  I’ve been looking for pants that work for those events that jeans and a tee are not totally appropriate for and I think both of these will work well.

The second pair is made up in RCF CLUB ponteThis print just released as part of their spring line.  My last pair of Sabrina’s was also in CLUB ponte and it is just PERFECT for this pattern!  CLUB ponte is a little more stable than other pontes that I’ve tried.  This makes for a little more substantial pant that is still soft and easy to wear.  This pair feels like my most comfy pj’s but looks WAY nicer, lol!

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When trying on tops to pair with my new pants I was so surprised by the options I had in my closet.  These pants are incredibly versatile and I couldn’t narrow down my choices for the perfect outfits.  Hence, you get a full-blown styling your Sabrina Slims post!  Looking for something springy and bright, I’ve got you covered.  Maybe you’re more casual than fancy, I hope I’ve got some ideas for you too.

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This first look is featuring my favorite Love Notions Melody Top.   I wore this top so much last summer and it’s been great for layering through the winter too.  This outfit will be perfect for spring days.  Paired with a fun flat shoe (similar here) I like that this look feels put together but great for everyday mom life.

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This is my ‘business casual’ look.  It works for meetings, lunch dates or anything where you need to look like you’ve got your ‘stuff’ together.  I paired my Sabrina’s with a leopard print Terra Tunic (from ages ago!), a white button-up, and classic oxfords (similar).   This outfit really did make me feel like I could conquer the world and look cute while I was at it!

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This is the outfit I stayed in after the shoot for our date night out (you better believe that after all these pics my husband earned that date night!).  This is probably how I’ll be styling these pants for the next couple of months.  I love a good oversized sweater and this outfit was soooo cozy!  I also love the Sabrina’s paired with ankle boots.  It just feels so on point (even better if you can do a little heel but heels and I aren’t really friends).  I love H&M for sweaters (this one is from a local shop and not available) and the boots are my new favorites (they were super comfortable right from the get-go and you can’t beat a slip-on!).

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This outfit is how I’ve always pictured styling the Sabrina’s- just like the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.  A sleek turtleneck sweater, ballet flats, and a scarf in her hair.  She was such a style icon and her look would still be in the fashion magazines of today.   This outfit made me feel similar to the leopard print sweater look.  Casual and comfortable but a little powerful and on-top of life too.  This sweater is classic (and a steal).  A similar scarf and shoes complete this simple outfit.

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These last two looks have me dreaming of spring.  I just love this bright pop of color paired with these pants.  It’s so fun and happy.  I think a casual woven top is a wardrobe staple and the Love Notions Harmony would pair great with the Sabrina’s.  This is an old ready-to-wear top (similar), paired with even older kicks (similar sneakers here).  It feels good to find new looks for old standbys.

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This is a slightly dressier look that is great for everyday.  A cute little cardigan is always a good idea!  This one is from Downeast and I love their basic cardigan in ALL the colors to coordinate with everything in my closet.

I hope these looks give you a few ideas to use with what is already in your closet.  I know I get stuck in my jeans and tee (or even better jogger and hoodie) wardrobe and the Sabrina’s really up my wardrobe game.  They’re just as easy-to-wear and look so much more pulled together.

Make sure to grab your Sabrina pattern here while it’s on sale through next Monday, February 10th.

 

Liberty Flower Show Spring for Riley Blake Fabrics

GroupI’ve been a lover of Liberty fabrics since I started sewing regularly almost ten years ago.  I dragged my husband to the Liberty flagship store many years ago on a trip to London and I wandered the store for far too long for someone as cheap as I am!  I left with a few small trinkets (fabric buttons, a handkerchief, and some gorgeous bias tape) and vowed to one day splurge on actual yardage when I felt confident in my sewing abilities.   When I saw that Liberty has partnered with Riley Blake to offer affordable quilting cottons, my thrifty little heart rejoiced!  You get the same iconic prints and Riley Blake’s quality cottons.

Group2I’m excited to introduce you to the Liberty Flower Show Spring line.  There’s an amazing variety of prints- from the vibrant and bright spring florals to the subtle tone on tone prints.  I requested a few different prints that I fell in love with.  I knew I needed something for myself and was torn between which children deserved this goodness.

Newport2Payton needed a dress in this happy floral print. I’ve been wanting to make a Simple Life Pattern Co. Newport Dress since it released and I knew this print would be great for it.  I love the simple lines of this pattern and those pockets are the coolest thing EVER!  The construction is unexpected but the look really adds so much to this dress.  I sewed up a straight size 10 (she’s right in between an 8 and a 10 size-wise but I want her to be able to wear this through the summer too) with added length that I ended up taking out by doing an extra wide hem.  I always think I want dresses to hit below the knee so she can wear them longer but in the end I decided that I like the look of slightly above the knee so much better.  With a wide hem, I can just let it down when she grows!  The joy of sewing your own clothes!Newport1Newport4I paired the Malvern Meadow print with the Wiltshire Shadow Collection Custard for the lining and pockets lining.  The colors in the Malvern Meadow print are so fun and cheery.  They bring a bit of sunshine to our gloomy winter days.  I made a warm weather dress for an upcoming vacation and know she’ll be happy to wear this come spring too!

GymShorts1This print, Yorkshire Meadow, had me so torn.  First, it was going to be a tie for one of my boys.  The subtle print and muted colors make it a floral that works great for anyone.  I finally settled on shorts for my oldest daughter because it was the most practical.  As we get ready for our trip I noticed she’s grown about a foot and her shorts are a little extra short now.  These will be perfect for throwing on with a swimsuit and wearing while we do a little sight seeing too.

GymShorts3GymShorts2I used the Free Purl Soho City Gym Shorts pattern.  I love this free pattern!  It’s quick and the racer styling never goes out of style.  She’s in the largest kid size for her waist and I added an extra inch to the inseam length.  I used store bought bias tape and 1.5″ elastic instead of the 1″ the pattern called for.  They offer this pattern in children’s sizes 2-11 and women’s waist sizes 33-46″.  It’s such a great lounging pattern and works well with lots of different fabric types.  It’s fantastic for beginners too!

MelodyFor my top, I used the Arley Gardens print (not available on the website but it should hit your favorite quilt shop soon!).  These colors are divine!  The rosey-pinks and dusty blues- c’mon!  It feels a little more grown-up and not so flashy.  It’s just so darn pretty!

Melody2smallMelody3Melody4I used the Melody Top from Love Notions (affiliate link).  It’s the perfect beginner friendly button-up.  No finicky plackets to mess with and great, detailed instructions.  I sized down to an XS this time as I was afraid it would look too boxy in this heavier weight cotton.  I love that the Melody looks amazing in so many different fabric types.  I made one slight change to the pattern and cut the back piece straight across instead of the shirt tail hem.  I plan on tying the front whenever I wear it and I found with my last Melody that my back hem just naturally bunched up in the back.  Cutting the shirt tail curve off will reduce the bulk back there.

Group1FlatLayAre you itching to get your hands on some of this line now?!  If you’re looking for the Liberty lawn feel, this isn’t going to work for you.  It has the same feel and weight as a high-quality quilting cotton.  It will be great for lots of home and apparel projects as well as nice on your bank account too!  If you’re like me that means you can just buy ALL the prints then!