The Love Notions Melody Top is here. I’m thinking this will be THE pattern of the summer (at least MY summer, anyway!).
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The Melody dolman is an easy fit button-up blouse. It features sleeve cuffs, a cute wide collar, and a shirttail hem that can be worn down or tied in front. The pattern comes in sizes XS- XXXL with a full bust option as well.
I sewed up a size small with an inch added for my 5’7″ height. I think I will leave off the extra length next time though. I used an amazing lightweight viscose crepe from Blackbird fabrics (purchased early last year and just waiting in my stash for the perfect project). The fabric has such a beautiful drape and was so nice to wear. It’s not too hot and was so dreamy against my skin. I will definitely be on the hunt for more of this fabric type.
The construction of this top is seriously so quick. If you’ve been wanting to try a button-up but are feeling intimidated by it (do you see me raising my hand- I’m looking at you Cheyenne), this pattern is for you! The collar comes together easily and the dolman sleeve style means no setting in sleeves.
I’m anxious to sew up a couple of more to get me through summer. I’ve been dying over all the tester versions and think I need to try a more stable linen version next. I’ve got my eye on this pretty Buttercup yellow linen or a soft striped rayon challis (both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics). Fabric plays such a role in the look of this pattern and I love the idea of having a closetful but each one being completely different.
One of my favorite parts of testing is the community it builds. I’m so lucky to live by the amazing Rachel of Little Fish, Anna of Kainara Stitches, and Katie of Made by Kates. We met up for a quick shoot in our Melodies and I couldn’t love these pics more. Huge shout out to Nicole for taking these shots and Anna for working her magic on them. I love how our tops all look so different and I want to copy them all!
You can grab this pattern on sale through Sunday, June 23rd.
The Dolce Dress from Love Notions is here and it’s going to jump to the top of your sewing queue! It’s on sale for just $7 through Thursday, May 9th.
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The Dolce Dress is the girl’s version of the amazing Lyric Dress. It has many of the same features as the Lyric including multiple sleeve options and the cute button-front bodice.
The girl’s version has the option to omit the button-front skirt and the elastic waist casing in the back makes it easy to get on and off. The Dolce also has a cute back yoke with a gathered back bodice, a detail that I think is adorable! One of my favorite things about Love Notions patterns is the huge size range, 2T-16, making this one my girls can use for a few more years still.
For our version, I did the button-front bodice, plain skirt and puff sleeves. I sewed up a size 8 with a 10 length (her measurements put her in a 7 width but I wanted a little growing room). I also used 5 buttons instead of the recommended 3 buttons on the bodice because I liked the look of them so much.
The fabric for this dress came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. They just got in a bunch of pretty wovens and I had such a hard time picking one. I love this girly in pink and peach tones and knew she’d be excited for a kind of grown-up fabric choice. It’s a lovely rayon challis with just enough weight to sew up easily but also lightweight enough to drape so nicely. I really adore rayon challis in the summer!
Make sure you check out all the listing photos for a TON of cute inspiration. The other testers really did a great job showcasing just how versatile this pattern is. My sweet Sophie has already requested her own version as well and I think a trio of Dolce/Lyrics is totally in order.
The Love Notions Feature Friday this week is a good one! Today only you can grab the Harmony Blouse for just $5. (This post contains affiliate links. Shopping through them costs you nothing but I get a small commission that keeps this hobby of mine going ;))
The Harmony Blouse is a classic woven tee pattern that is perfect for all those flowy wovens you’ve been hoarding (oh wait, is that just me?). The Harmony has multiple sleeve options and shaping in all the right places. Bust darts and a back center seam bring things in where you want them. It is fitted through the chest and shoulders and nice and loose through the waist and hips.
For this version, I made a few changes to suit my personal taste. I sewed up a size small and raised the bust darts an inch (there’s instructions on this simple alteration in the pattern). The Harmony has a scoop neckline but I prefer a much higher neck. I used the crew neckline from the Classic tee in the front to bring the neckline up about 2 inches. I adjusted my bias tape length to compensate for this change.
I also eliminated the back closure on this one. I noticed on my two previous versions that I could easily slip them on without undoing the button and thought I’d experiment with leaving it off. Even with raising the neckline, this still fits over my head super easy (and I even tried it with a big ‘ol bun in my hair!).
I used a dreamy Art Gallery rayon that floats and was so nice to work with. It feels so good on and I’m pretty sure this will be part of my new uniform for my Saturdays at the hot soccer fields. It’s so light and airy and I think it will pair great with shorts or a cute pencil skirt too!
Make sure to check out the Love Notions blog today for a great guest post on the Harmony and a new fun add-on (I’m dying to try it on my next version!).
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!
A road trip vacation called for one thing- new comfy pants! And when there is snow still in the forecast you go for the warmest, coziest pants you can find. These Love Notions Resolution Joggers in fluffy Raspberry Creek sweatshirt fleece couldn’t be better!
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This french terry sweatshirt fleece is just about the warmest, fluffiest fabric ever. My little guy found a scrap of it and is begging for his own pair. He declared it the softest fabric he’s ever felt. There is minimal stretch but it worked great for this pattern with a little modification. I used a different cotton/spandex french terry for the cuffs and added 2″ elastic to the contoured waistband for more stability. I also added the drawstring for a sporty look.
I used the tutorial in the Resolution Sew Along to add velvet ribbon down the side. I’ve been crushing on all the side stripes I’m seeing everywhere these days and this was such a simple addition that totally added that ‘wow’ element to these pants.
The Resolution pattern comes with jogger, yoga pant, and legging options. I was a bit nervous when attaching the jogger calf pattern piece to the upper pant option of the pattern. It creates a defined angle at the knee that I was worried would mean strange-looking legs. I subtly curved my piece a tiny bit and crossed my fingers. At this point I really should just trust those Love Notions ladies! The final result is a great fitting pairing of joggers. That back yoke detail is super flattering and a great place to do a little fabric mixing too.
These pants were so perfect for our snowy drive and have been in constant rotation since. Utah spring still brings snow and chilly temps so I know I’ll get more use out of these this season.
My jogger obsession continues and I’m happy to have finally sewn up this pattern. I know I’ll use it again and again!
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When Tami starts posting her inspiration for her next patterns, I perk up! It’s usually something I’ve been seeing in stores or filling my Pinterest feed. The Lyric Peplum and Dress is no exception.
The Lyric is a button-front woven dress pattern with all kinds of options. It features waist and bust darts and cup-size bodice pieces for a great fitting dress. You can do a simple flared or gathered skirt and there are five sleeve options as well. I did the flared skirt with elbow length bishop sleeves in a size 6 A-cup. I’m so in love with this dress!
Love Notions patterns all come in a huge range of sizes. This one comes in sizes 0-24 with A, B, C, and D cup bodice pieces. They also have layers and no trim pages that make putting together the patterns a breeze. The tutorial is full of tips and alteration guides to get the best fit possible.
When picking fabric, boy did I struggle. As a tester you walk this fine line between hopefully sewing up a garment that fits your body and your style and the possibility of it ending up in the donate pile almost immediately. I was hopeful for a garment I would love but also cautious as well. Dresses can be hard to fit and finding the right fabric would play a big part in that. I’ve had this gorgeous paisley print rayon in my stash for a couple of years. I picked it up in LA which means 1- it was cheap but 2- I couldn’t easily replace it. I had bought it thinking it’d be the perfect maxi dress or jumpsuit. I loved that it wasn’t a floral , lol, and that it has all my favorite colors in it; navy, blush, mint, and mustard. I knew it had the right flow for those bishop sleeves I can’t get enough of so I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and cut into it. Man, am I so happy I did!
This pattern looks great in so many fabrics. I want a classic linen version next! Or chambray? Or stripes?! So many cute possibilities. Make sure you check out the listing for so many different versions and fantastic fabric choices. It’s one of those patterns that you can have multiple of in your closet and no one would ever know they’re all the same thing because with a simple change of fabric and sleeve options you’ve got a whole new look!
You can grab your pattern here on sale through Thursday April 4th. Can’t wait to see all the Lyric’s filling my feed!
We’re kicking off a fun and exciting blog tour today! I’m so excited to be cohosting the Suit Up for Summer With Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swim Tour with Karly of Paisley Roots. Karly and I hosted the Suit Up for Summer Tour a couple of summers ago and I’m thrilled to be sewing up swim again! This time we’re so happy to be featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest swim collection. There are so many prints to choose from and you can grab them on sale through Wednesday, March 13th.
I’ll be bringing you posts all week, highlighting different aspects of swimwear sewing each day. Today I’m happy to showcase sewing for the boys in your life. These two kids were thrilled to have new coordinating suits just in time for our spring break.
Charlie loves the color teal and picked out this classic gingham board short fabric. The Raspberry Creek Fabrics Facebook group has gone nuts for the new Swim Boardies pattern from Lowland Kids and I jumped at the chance to sew it up. I love when pattern releases and fabric releases seem so serendipitous!
I sewed up a size 6/7 according to his measurements and love the fit. They’re short and really show off his cute little legs. He just turned 7 and I know he’s about to grow out of the ‘little kid’ stage but I’m happy to milk it as long as possible!
This guy is just on the brink of out growing boys patterns. I was planning on using my go to boys swim pattern, the Linden Shorts and Add-on Pack, but realized his recent growth spurt put him just out of size range (hooray for him, sad for me!). I turned to my trusty Love Notions Patterns and the Kayak Boardshorts. He fit perfectly into the size 14, hallelujah!
I did a little pattern hacking to get the look he was after. I cut them mid-thigh per his request- not too short and not too long. The Kayak’s call for a knit waistband but I used the board short fabric and just cut it to fit the waist of the shorts, adding grommets and a drawstring to the waistband. I also added a swim liner, using the 5 out of 4 Men’s Swim Trunks liner. Sewn up in Striped Flamingo Board Short it’s the perfect swimsuit to keep him looking cool and on trend.
I hope you’re excited for a week of incredible swimsuit inspiration! You’ll see kids suits, women’s wear, learn new tips and tricks, and just be awestruck by the amazing bloggers joining the tour.
Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!