Ever since I started sewing for my daughter, I had visions of making us matching clothes and walking around town hands in hands. Visions, not reality since she is a size 4 tiny petite thing and I am a plus size Mom. I have a hard time believing in a style I have sewn for her that will translate well on my curves, bust and still have a nice appeal. However, I decided that this Mother’s day, 3+ years into my sewing adventure-that it was time to take the plunge.
I knew I wanted to work with knit fabric because it’s more forgiving and I was dying to work with Katarina Roccella new InBlue fabric line for Art Gallery fabrics that I received a few weeks ago. After doing an extensive research on mother/daughter (Child + Plus size) I landed on Love Notions patterns, Maggie Peplum top for Hobbes and Margot Peplum top for me. Truthfully, I was amazed by the span of sizes...between the two patterns, you are covered from 2T-XXXL, roughly a 22 in women's sizes.
This being the second time I've sewn for me, I probably could have benefited from sewing a muslin first. I recommend doing so-especially in women’s clothes when you are petite, have a bust and plan on blending sizes. The Margot patterns, really full of fantastic information, gave me the tools I needed to make the changes...and me being confident, I dove right in. Overall, I really like the fit of the peplum top. I did make a mistake in measuring my top without accounting for the lift of my bra. I would size up next time.
For Hobbes top, I decided to try the princess seams option. I am obsessed with the look of mixing the two prints. I adore the loose fit of her top, and in both of our peplums, the swing option.
Both Maggie and Margot patterns come with plain or princess seam bodice. You have the choice of 4 sleeve options: short, elbow, ¾ and long; and 3 peplum options: swing, gathered or pleated-so really these two patterns can be made year long. I actually think it would be fun to elongate the peplum option (based on personal measurements-it shouldn't be hard to do the math) and make my next version a dress. I’ll be sure to share it here when I am done.
Till next time, Happy Sewing!
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With Summer coming to an end, it is time to start looking for those Fall patterns. Since I am in California, that means I still have a few months of warmer weather, so this is a perfect transitional piece! Today, Paige shares her review and Denita shares her pictures of the Love Notions Pemberley Tunic!
Can you believe the BundleUP sale is almost here?!?! We've shown you so many great reviews this week, and tomorrow it will be YOUR turn to get in on the action! Don't forget to enter the "Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest and see if you can score all of these patterns for FREE! So until then, we have Nichole, JaNette, and Carrie with their stunning versions of this great dress: the Bluzette Dress from Love Notions.
This pattern will be available in the Women's Bundle UP May 1-8 at a deep discount, and after May 22 at full price in the Love Notions SHOP.
You know you're singing it:
"Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back..."
You get the idea. But guess what?! This knit tunic from Love Notions has no buttons! Read on to see what Carrie has to say about this easy, spring staple.
No collection of patterns is complete without a great set of pajamas! Pajamas are a great place to practice your sewing techniques, an amazing place to have fun with fabrics, and if you little girl is anything like mine - she LOVES her pajamas!!! So I am so excited the the Girls BundleUP! includes the Jam Jam PJ's by Love Notions.
Can you believe it - the Bundle is COMING!!!!!!!!!!! And we are on our very last review... which must mean that the bundle is coming TONIGHT!!! Hold on to your hats and get ready.
The last pattern - and certainly not least, is the Hip Hop Tank & Top by Love Notions. I absolutely love the variety in this pattern, there is something for everyone - and don't be surprised if you teen steals this out of your closet! JaNette is here to share all the details.....
Today we take a look at a great spring play dress - this is trendy and cane be finessed to your little's girl's personality based on the knit fabric you choose to make it in. The Trendy Tunic by Love Notions is definitely a must have for the fashionista in your house. With large pockets, you child will be able to carry anything they need from found treasures to their most treasured stuffy. Check out what Theresa and Nicole did with the pattern! We've got sweet spring time and super cool super heroines... check it out.... And enter below to win your own copy!
We are continuing our look at outfits that are perfect for Spring - WOW, last week it was flurrying here in central PA and yesterday it was in the 80's - thank goodness for all of these awesome patterns that have been inspiring me to sew for my littles! Today's pattern is the Everyday Playdress by Love Notions - a knit dress that is just perfectly comfy for play. The pattern has the option of a flat front or a cross over front giving you plenty of versatility. Check out what Paige and Ellen did with this fun pattern!