Love Notions Sewing Retreat and Projects

retreat1

It’s been almost a month since the Love Notions sewing retreat. I can’t believe I was one of the lucky ones in attendance and it’s definitely an experience I’ll cherish. Friendships were made and strengthened, sewing skills were learned, projects were finished, fabric was scored, and a great time was had by all. I can’t wait to share with you my experience and of course all the projects I was able to start or finish while there!

retreatcollage

I’ve worked with Tami at Love Notions for a couple of years now. She was one of my first ever pattern tests and it was such a great experience. I loved how hands on she was through the testing process, sometimes sewing up a dozen or more of each design right along with the testers. She puts so much effort into perfecting a pattern and her eye for detail and design is amazing. I also just really love her classic, simple style! Needless to say, I was super excited to finally meet the whole Love Notions crew in person! It felt like being with old friends! My favorite parts of the whole weekend were talking sewing, family, and life with these ladies. Kelly (Handmade Boy), Rachel Ring (Handcrafted By Red), and Caroline Gaddy (Sew Like A Sloth) have been such inspiration and it was incredible spending time with them in the flesh.

retreat2retreat7

The venue was perfect! A cabin in the woods with 38 women- all there to share their love of sewing, what could be better. There was a big main room where we had classes (a fitting class, a pattern hacking class, a vinyl workshop, a photography class, and a sew-a-long) and free sewing. The Sly Fox Fabrics crew were amazing and treated us to the best game of Yankee Swap I’ve ever played (purses and fabric prizes, hello!). We hung out in the hot tub, ate lots of yummy food, and of course sewed our hearts out. These women were all so different and brought so much to our group. I’m so grateful I got to know these ladies from all over the US (and you cute Canadian Lisa!). For this shy, introvert sewing can be so solitary but it was so nice to be able to share this passion of mine with so many inspiring, incredible women. Thanks for such a fantastic few days!

serenity1

While I was there, I did actually sew a few things 😉 My plan was to cut out projects and I was super productive cutting three Moto Maxx joggers for my little guy and a Classic Tee for myself. While there I sewed up this Serenity Sweater during the Sew-A-Long and also a Rockford Raglan. I’m also sharing my latest Boyfriend Cardigan that I tried to have done in time for the retreat (everyone sews the day before a big trip, right?!) but had to save til I returned.

serenity6

The Serenity Sweater (affiliate links included in this post) was a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I sewed it up. I love the clever construction! It’s such a cute, on-trend piece that I love to dress up or down. I stopped at Raspberry Creek Fabrics a few days before my trip and loaded up on pretties to sew up. This Teal Brushed Hacci Sweater Knit was perfect for this pattern. I love the vibrant color so much!

rockford2

The other thing I sewed while at the retreat was this Rockford Raglan. The retreat was located just outside of Rockford so it was only fitting that I sew one up!

rockford1

This gorgeous Floral Sweater Knit made for such a pretty sweater. I tend to always use contrasting fabrics for raglans but love the simplicity of this one done in a single fabric. I love the relaxed fit of the Rockford and the quick finish that it is.

classic1The Classic Tee is a favorite in my wardrobe and I’ve been wanting to add some long sleeve versions. I cut into this pretty Rust Floral Double Brushed Polyester at the retreat and sewed it up as soon as I was back home.

classic5

The fit of the Classic Tee is nice and fitted through the chest and shoulders but relaxes through the belly and hips. It’s absolutely perfect in my book!

boyfriend5

And now for the ultimate piece in my new Love Notions wardrobe, a cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. I hate to play favorites but the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern is the chosen one for me. It’s the quintessential layering piece and works so well in so many different fabrics.

boyfriend1

I scored this plush, thick sweater knit in LA almost two years ago and have been meaning to sew it up ever since. It was just made to be a cozy cardigan and I’m so glad it’s now in it’s rightful place in my wardrobe.

boyfriend4

I may or may not have worn it three days in a row… taken a day off, then wore it two more days, lol! The big shawl collar, deep pockets, and long length just make it the best thing ever to throw on for those cold fall days. And in gray, c’mon, it’s a no brainer. This puppy will get worn to death this season.

K- thanks for indulging me as I gush about all things Love Notions. I’m such a fan and I’m so grateful to Tami and the team for letting me join their fun. PS- you can still grab the Ladies Constellation Hoodie on sale through Saturday for $8!

Love Notions Rockford Raglan

stripe1

Are you ready for another amazing pattern from Love Notions?!!  (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them provides me a little kickback to keep up this lil sewing habit of mine!)  The Rockford Raglan is such a versatile top and will be a staple in your wardrobe!

white3

There are so many fun options with this pattern that I had to keep sewing them up!  There are swingy top and tunic versions, an asymetrical overlay, and a banded option.  Add in multiple sleeve lengths and this could be the only raglan top you need.

frenchterry1

I sewed up four different tops during testing and love them all.  The view D banded version is a great everyday basic.  This one is done in french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s fun to dress up with a scarf and cozy enough for pairing with my favorite joggers for snuggling on the couch.

floral3

Double brushed poly is perfect for the view A swingy tunic option.  This pretty fabric is also from Raspberry Creek (surprise, surprise).  I’m going to need to grab some leggings to match this one.  It’ll be too cute paired with boots!

stripe3

This view B top version might be my surprise favorite.  I paired these fabrics from my stash on a whim and love it so much!  These flowy versions are perfect for hiding those extra holiday pounds and look great under a cozy cardigan too.

white2

I think raglans are the perfect blank slate to add a little vinyl fun.  This pretty white and pinecone version (also from Raspberry Creek Fabric) was just asking for a little bling.  I wanted to do something wintery that could be worn through the new year too.  My Cricut sure is getting a workout this time of year!

Which view are you going to sew up first?  It’s so hard to pick a favorite!!

group4

I was lucky enough to get together with fellow testers Rachel from Little Fish and Anna from Kainara Stitches.  It’s so fun having sewing buddies close by and even more fun when we’re pattern testing together.

group2

Rachel is a rockstar for braving our freezing temps in her short sleeve version!  I love seeing the various versions on our different body types.  Such a cute, flattering top!

You can grab your copy while it’s on sale here through December 19th!  Perfect pattern for a little breather between holiday sewing projects!

rachelpic

Can’t wait to see all your versions!!