Hi, it’s Marnie from Horris and Deedle blogging today on behalf of Pattern Revolution for the Love Notions Blog Tour. Love Notions are always popular and well received with the Pattern Revolution team and I am excited to be representing them today. I live in Sydney, Australia, and after months of seeing gorgeous Northern Hemisphere photos of people enjoying the Summer sun, I am stoked that the world is turning and it’s our turn to have it back here. And, whilst many on this tour are doing some great hacks, I actually just wanted to sew some patterns straight up - because I actually like them just as they are.
I made myself a Tessa Sheath Dress. I am a real knits girl - I find myself pulling knits out of the closet over clothing made from other fabric because it is so comfortable to wear. A Tessa dress makes for a great staple item in a women’s wardrobe. I chose to use a simple black and white striped ponte because I knew it would be versatile and could go with lots of items in my wardrobe.
I measured in between two sizes and sized up because I used a ponte knit that didn’t have heaps of stretch. I probably would size down next time, but that’s all part of making adjustments to suit your own figure - something I find necessary for any dress, no matter who is designing it. The dress included a centre back seam which I love because it makes it easy to make adjustments to the bodice without having to use the side seams - i like to leave the side seams as is because I find if I adjust through them, I tend to get more clinging at the hips than I would like. I also went rogue and added a tiny little cap sleeve. We get very warm here in the Summer months and a full sleeve is often a little too hot for my liking.
This is a very versatile dress that can be styled a few different ways to produce a few different looks. Considering this was the first time that I sewed the pattern, I am really happy with it. It’s a great little dress pattern. I will make some adjustments next time I sew it - but once again, that has nothing to do with the pattern designer, and all to do with my figure and the process of tweaking patterns to fit your figure.
Love Notions Patterns are so cute that I didn’t want to leave my daughter out of the tour and sewed her a quick Miss Mary Mack Tunic. This came together very quickly and is super cute. Zoe is four and starting to voice her opinion a little more about what she does and doesn’t like. I let her choose her fabric for the top and I should have known she would pick the unicorns with the odd rainbow burst here and there. She also decided that the unicorns were best paired with her zebra pins and there was no changing her mind.
Overall I love this little top and even though the four year old self styling is a little loud for some people’s tastes, I quite like it and can see this as a pattern that will really grow with her. Love me a bit ofLove Notions!! Thanks for reading along and don’t forget to post all your fabulous creations in the Love Notions pattern group so that we can all share the love!!