Love Notions Ravinia Skirt

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I feel like Tami at Love Notions has secret powers.  Every time I find a whole in my wardrobe Tami magically knows and poof! A new pattern appears.  This summer I’ve been wanting to add a few more casual skirts to my closet and the Ravinia Skirt (Affiliate Link) is just perfect!

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links provides a small kickback to me that I use to keep up this sewing hobby of mine 😉

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Our summer days are usually spent either at the pool, sports lessons and games, or lazy days at home.  With temps close to triple digits, these skirts will be perfect for whatever our day holds.

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The Ravinia pattern comes in sizes XS-XXXL and can be made in three lengths- knee, calf, and maxi.  There are three waistband options- a simple yoga waistband, a slimming contoured band, and a maternity option.  As always, the pattern features no-trim pages which make putting it together a breeze.  There is also a copy shop file so you can send it off to be printed as well.

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My favorite feature is the pockets!  They are nice and roomy and that gathering is so unique and fun!

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I got both of my fabrics from Cali Fabrics brick and mortar shop Fabric Outlet when I was visiting San Francisco earlier this month.  Anyone else feel the need to fit in just a little fabric shopping on vacation?  I love shopping their online selection but touching and feeling all the pretty fabric in real life just can’t be beat.

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You can grab this dreamy modal jersey here and it’s such a steal!  It’s so soft and that drape is dreamy!  I paired it with my stripe modal Classic Tee and it’s almost like wearing nothing at all- it’s just so comfortable, breathable, and soft! (And way better on my family than if I did cruise around in my birthday suit all day, lol!)

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This skirt is a cozy double brushed polyester.  It’s super soft and I didn’t want to take it off!  This particular print is sold out but Cali has a large selection of dbp to pick from.  I really like this pattern in DBP too!

I love the fullness of this skirt.  These cuts were 2.5 yards each and I used almost every last scrap for these skirts.  The floral fabric was a wider piece so I was able to fit the size small maxi out of it easily.  The taupe modal wasn’t quite as wide and the midi length worked great for it.  I did the contour waistband in the taupe and that needs four waistband pieces instead of the one yoga waistband piece.  There is an option to add power mesh to the contour waistband so of course I was all over that!  I sandwiched my power mesh between the front waistband and front lining piece and like the extra ‘help’ it gives the stomach area.

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You can grab your own Ravinia pattern on sale now through Sunday July 22nd!

 

 

Love Notions Lace Tour

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I’m so excited for you all to see the glorious creations coming your way this week on the Love Notions Lace Summer Blog Tour.  So many pretty variations on your favorite Love Notions patterns!

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I’m a pretty casual gal and don’t usually go for a ton of lace in my wardrobe.  I knew I wanted something that would get worn more than just on the rare special occasion and  I kept dreaming of an easy lace woven tee.  I pulled out my Harmony Top pattern and found the perfect white eyelet in my stash.  And that is how my perfect summer top was born.

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My last Harmony top didn’t make it to the blog and I’ve been dying to make a few more for the summer.  It’s just the perfect light and breezy top.  I love a good woven top to dress up my usual jeans and the Harmony is relaxed and perfect for all those wovens I’ve been hoarding.

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I love the back shaping of this pattern.  It’s a swingy loose top and bringing in the center back really helps it fit just right.

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I did modify the neckline this time and used the crew neckline from the Classic Tee.  I love a higher neckline and with the back button it works great and still easily slips over my head.  I was channeling these two Pinterest tops.  They are just so classy!

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Using an eyelet meant I didn’t need to make any other alterations to the pattern.  I actually debated between an open weave lace and worried about the seams and front darts looking strange if I didn’t finish them in the exact color serger thread.  White eyelet meant no changing thread, lol!

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I’m so excited to have this top all summer long.  It’s such a great staple and a classic I will wear for a long time to come.

Are you ready for the other stops on this tour?  I seriously can’t wait to check them out all week long!
 

lace tourMonday: Sewing Curves SewSophieLynn Kainara Stitches
Tuesday: doodlenumber5 My Heart Will Sew On Third Shift Creations
Wednesday: Princesse et tresors Phat Quarters
Thursday: All Things Katy! Back40life,Sprouting JubeJube
Friday: Sew Like a Sloth Very Blissful Seamly Behaviour

 

Love Notions Classic Tee

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I’m a jeans and tee girl 95% of the time- even in summer time it’s usually cut-off denim shorts and a simple tee.  The new Classic Tee from Love Notions will be my new best friend!  It’s the perfect relaxed fit basic t-shirt and the big bonus- you can get it for FREE!

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There are multiple sleeve and neckline options making this such a versatile pattern too! There are crew, scoop, and v-neck choices and short, elbow and long sleeves so you can use this pattern no matter what season you’re in.

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I want to wear this version every. single. day.  I literally almost cried when I had to take it off.  It’s so darn soft and lovely.  I used this modal jersey from Cali Fabrics.  It was my first time sewing modal and now I want a whole wardrobe of it.  It’s a bit thicker than rayon spandex and so much softer.  The drape is amazing and it’s just thick enough to glide over all the little lumps and bumps.  It sewed up so nice and easily too!  Excuse me while I go buy a million more yards…

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I’ve done a handful of v-necks in my day and they still always intimidate me.  They take a little longer than a basic crew or scoop neck but are so flattering and well worth the little extra time.  I love the depth of this one- not too low for my super modest tastes.

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This version is about as basic as it gets.  Everyone needs a good white tee in their wardrobe and this one is perfect.

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I used a white double brushed polyester for this version.  I love the drape and thickness of this fabric.  It’s also super soft and plush.  The only drawback of dbp is that it doesn’t breath as well as a natural fiber.  I still wear dbp on most days, only avoiding it on super warm days where I’ll be outside in the heat for extended periods.

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Make sure you hop on over to the Love Notions shop.  Take the short and sweet survey in the listing and you’ll get a coupon code upon completion.   Super easy and you’ll be whipping up your new favorite Classic Tees in no time!

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress

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The Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress (affiliate link) is new and improved!

This post contains affiliate links.  In return for purchasing through my links, I receive a small portion of each sale.

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The pattern features a dress and peplum length, optional bodice gathering or pleats, two neckline depths, and multiple sleeve options.  There’s even an optional neckline ruffle that is so pretty!  Like all Love Notions patterns, it’s available in sizes XS-XXXL and is so flattering on all figures.

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I sewed up a size small with elbow sleeves (no surprise there) and a pleated bodice.  I also chose the higher neckline.  I used a gorgeous Art Gallery cotton spandex knit, Lantana in Cobalt from Katarina Roccellla’s Mediteraneo collection, that I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I love the weight and drape of Art Gallery knits and it worked so well with this pattern.

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I have been hesitant in the past to try wrap dresses, thinking they just weren’t right for my figure.  Most wrap dresses seem to be cut really low and that just doesn’t suit me.  I knew I could trust Tami at Love Notions to make a pattern that was both modest and flattering on all body types.  I was nervous to try on the finished dress but fell instantly in love!

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The shaping of the bodice and a-line skirt are so nice.  I measure into a medium at the waist but didn’t grade out because of the flare of the skirt and I like the finished look.  I will grade out next time for my arms- I always forget to do that!  This fabric is nice and stretchy though so I will still wear this a ton.  I actually think my next version will have the flutter sleeves.  They make this dress so sweet and feminine.

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I’ve also talked in the past about my plethora of unworn knit dresses in my closet.  I think this dress is dressy enough for church and other formal functions.  The bonus of it being super comfortable means I’ll reach for it again and again.  I’m planning to get lots of wear out of it!

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You can grab the Willow Wrap Dress on sale today and tomorrow for just $6 then it will be $8 through Monday, June 4th.

 

 

 

Love Notions Sonata Dress

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Hi guys!  It’s been forever!  After all the craziness of Project Run and Play I’ve been enjoying a little break from all the commitments and blog tours this last month.  I did do a quick guest post for Cali Fabrics during Chambray Week and it was a great chance to get back to my machines.

When Tami at Love Notions previewed her latest pattern I knew it would be perfect for summer.  The Sonata Dress (affiliate link) is an easy to wear dress that will get you through those hot summer days in style.

*This post contains affiliate links.  In return for purchasing through them I get a small kick back that I inevitably use to get more fabric to sew up more fantastic patterns.  Win-win for us all!

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This pattern is full of features.  There are bust and waist darts with excellent instructions on getting a great bodice fit.  The neckline is finished with a facing that you can do on the outside or inside of the dress.  There are three sleeve options; short, flutter, and sleeveless.  The back of the bodice has an elastic casing that really cinches in the waistline.  An a-line skirt with built in pockets finishes the dress perfectly!

For my version, I wanted to do one that would work well as a swim cover-up.  I used a light gauze fabric from Hobby Lobby (last year) and added tassel ties to the neckline.  There are instructions to line sheer fabrics in the pattern but I chose to do mine unlined to keep in light and airy.

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I’m so excited to finally have a cute cover-up for all those pool days we love so much.

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I love that this dress gives my very rectangle body a bit of definition at the waist.  The back elastic and bodice darts give me just enough shaping to make me feel like a million bucks!

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I’m so out of the habit of taking pictures of myself!  For these I set up the tripod and had my little guy man the shutter.  It was such a hilarious shoot and in most of the pictures I’m either out of focus, yelling at him to take the picture, or grimacing from the fact that he wandered off again to look for bugs.  There’s even a dozen of me talking to the nice lady walking her dog right through our little spot.  It was definitely not ideal but he was such a trooper.

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Grab the Sonata Dress on sale now through Sunday May 6th!

Love Notions Thomas Track Pants

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There’s exciting things happening in the Love Notions Pattern world.  Kelly has joined Tami as an assistant designer and has just released her first pattern!  I love working with Kelly and know she’s been after a great track pant pattern for ages.  So it was obvious they should be her inaugural pattern.

(This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through these links provides me a small commission that I use to keep up fabric hoarding obsession.)

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The Thomas Track Pants are so full of options!  You’ve got to check out Kelly’s ah-mazing cover pair.  Pockets, colorblocking, and hem zippers make them perfect for your little athletes.  They come in sizes 2t-14 and I’m thinking my teenage soccer players need some too!

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Charlie asked for some cozy pajama pants and picked out this plush fleece for his first pair.  After trying them on he declared them soooo soft and comfy and had to wear them to school that day.  So they may have started out as pj’s but have become his go-to pants whenever they are clean.  This is the basic no pocket, solid version.  They’re a super quick sew and the perfect fit!

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I made Charlie a couple Moto Maxx tops and he needed a pair of track pants to match too!  This version features the cool colorblocking.  I skipped the other bells and whistles which made these another quick sew.  I used the much sought after oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics with some olive heathered french terry (also from RCF but currently out of stock) for the accent.   His top is also made with RCF cotton lycra jersey (so soft!).

Just in case you need the perfect top to go with your new track pants, I can’t recommend the Moto Maxx enough!  I love being able to mix and match prints and that shoulder detail is too cool.  Boys clothing can be boring but not with this pattern!

I’m so excited for Kelly to be joining the design team and to be dreaming up more boy patterns.  I love sewing for this kid and know Kelly will do some fantastic things!

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I’ll leave you with this gem.  He’s pretty convinced that ‘matching’ means wearing head to toe of the same color.  He just had to wear his new shades and I think he’s doing his best to intimidate you into grabbing this pattern!  I know you’ll love it as much as he does!

 

Favorite Patterns Valentine Style

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I’ve been loving stocking my kids closets with warm, comfy sweatshirts.  They are the first things they reach for all winter long.

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This guy outgrew his beloved flannel front Samson Sweater and it was about time he got a new version.  The Samson Sweater (affiliate link- I get a small kickback if you purchase through Love Notions links in this post) has tons of options- crewneck, hoodie, button-front cardigan.  This simple relaxed raglan style is such a great fit.  I absolutely love this Mammoth Plaid Flannel/charcoal french terry combo (all fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  I didn’t make any modifications to use this woven as the front piece and the fit is fantastic!

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My oldest daughter got another Sloane Sweater (affl. link) because we can’t get enough cute sweatshirts!  I took the same plaid flannel and cut a simple heart.  I serged the edges then edgestitched it on.  It was looking a little too plain jane so my Cricut came to the rescue.  In five minutes flat we had the ‘love’ cut and ironed on!  I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!

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This cute fabric combo just jumped into my arms during my last trip into Raspberry Creek.  I sewed up a new Toaster Sweater for me in this pretty quilted knit (coming soon to the blog too!) and I couldn’t waste any of it!  I sewed up another favorite pattern- the Hey June Hatteras Hoodie view B.  It’s one of my go-to patterns when I want to do a little color-blocking.  I mixed in the Salmon Dots in french terry and Light grey french terry for bands and I’m loving this fun fabric mix!  I modified the pattern just a bit by doing an extended cowl neckline.  I simply used the band length and widened the width to 6″ to give it a cute slouchy turtleneck look.  It’s an extra cozy addition!

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A little girl in pink polka dots just kills me!

My kids should be set in the sweatshirt department for awhile!