Love Notions Presto

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Alright, so wovens kind of scare me. Weird, right? I mean, we start by sewing wovens. At least, I did. I used to only sew wovens. I remember acutely how terrified I was the first time I sewed knits – it was my son’s Super Why Halloween costume. I checked every youtube video I could find for tips. I asked friends who sewed. I grabbed every little helper and tip I read about and sewed with my heart in my throat. I even did a pattern hack, before I even knew what a pattern hack was! 😂 And it was my first pdf pattern to boot! Well, that Halloween costume turned out pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.

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My sweet little Super Why.

I may not be quite so cute in the Love Notions Presto I made in testing as he was in his costume, but I’m still happy that I tackled a challenge head on. 🙂

My Presto isn’t perfect, but I did it and I learned some things along the way.

  • I used a lightweight stretch woven from Joann’s. It’s a lovely weight and it has a nice drape. It will be fantastic for summer. It was not terrible to work with – a little slippery, but not bad.
  • 3/4 length sleeves are my favorite. I don’t think they ended up being the best choice for my body type in this pattern though. I think this will look much better if I chop them to short sleeve or go sleeveless. This length looks fantastic on some of the other testers. This was just a case of the wrong choice for my body.
  • I opted to do the bias finish for the neckline. It was a later addition in testing, and I wanted Tami to have some pictures with that option. I quite like it! It’s simple and clean. I like that it leaves the neckline a little more open too.
  • The darts worked out alright, but I should have shifted them down slightly. I thought my bust point lined up with the patterns, but I think it’s really just a little lower – like .5″ or less. I’ll change that next time!
  • I kind of wussed out of the buttons. It was half wuss and half trying to help. Since the plain placket was an option and most testers hadn’t done it, I wanted to show it. But I was also scared of the button hole function on my machine. It’s backfired on me before and I’d worked so hard on this Presto, I just couldn’t do it! I know, I know. I’ll get over my fear on the next one. 😉
  • I used a featherweight interfacing for the placket, but it ended up being too heavy for this super light fabric. It weighs the placket down a little. Oh well. It still works. I’ll get that one right next time too. 🙂 I don’t have much practice with interfacing.
  • For a little extra something, I lined the placket with piping. I love how it came out! It sets off the placket well and gives the top a little extra pop. Super easy addition, too.
  • I ended up putting a little tack in the placket just under the bust. I just felt it helped the placket sit better – especially since the interfacing was a little too heavy.

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Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, the pattern itself! Like so many Love Notions patterns, it’s lovely. Despite my trepidations over sewing woven again, the pattern went together beautifully. The shaping of the top is perfection. I had my doubts! I admit it. But the fit is really great. It’s loose, but nicely skims the body. And those back darts. LOVE! I do think that the difference between the front and back hem is a bit too big in the standard bust (it’s 3″), but that’s a matter of personal preference, and is an easy alteration. I’ll probably shorten that back hem a bit in future versions.

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Those back darts though. 

I like this top. I still need to learn some adjustments to get my best fit, but it’s a nice pattern. It would make a wonderful swim cover up! It’s on sale until the 10th, and worth adding to your pattern collection.

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Back in the game: making a “jersey”

I’ve been absent, friends. I’m sorry. I had such high hopes at the beginning of this year, but reality quickly set in. Alas, I’m juggling too much, and sometimes I don’t do it well. I dropped the ball on blogging. The end. But I’m back with a fun creation today: a Love Notions Sloane “jersey”! (And I have good stuff planned for the rest of the year!) Thanks for hanging with me!

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Go team TARDIS!

Things that make this creation extra fun:

  • This brushed poly fabric from Aurora Designs is FANTASTIC! So soft. Lovely drape. And it gave me all the Doctor Whoiness I needed to make my nerd “jersey”. Go team TARDIS! This is from the fandom round. Preorder closes today 3/2, but availability will continue, just at a slightly higher price. 🙂
  • Simple, cute, lazy modification to an already awesome pattern
  • Oh, hey, guess what? This already awesome pattern is ON SALE this weekend (3/2/18 – 3/4/18) for 50% off (and so is the rest of the Love Notions catalog. WHAT?!) I suggest this and almost every other Love Notions pattern that exists. Go snag them during the sale!
  • I got to play with a sonic screwdriver for the photoshoot! 🙂

How did I do it?

Easy peasy, folks. This is sew like a sloth. I don’t like things to get too complicated. I have many Sloanes. First, I put one on and estimated where I’d like the sleeve on the “jersey” to fall. I was aiming for about elbow length. Then, using the fancy “eyeball method,” I figured where I should cut the sleeve pattern piece, accounting for about a 1″ hem. I drew a straight line across, using my handy dandy acrylic quilting ruler, and then I cut.

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New sleeve length

The Sloane has two views. For the jersey look, I used the curved hem option, with back yoke. I used a coordinating navy CL for that fabric.

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I keep a sonic screwdriver in my back pocket for cabinet emergencies.

I cut out all the fabric pieces. I measured the bottom of the sleeve where I assumed I’d be placing the fabric strips. Then, I cut a 1″ wide strip of CL about 1″ longer than the sleeve measurement. I wanted room to play. I was experimenting, so I put the first strip down on the sleeve. It didn’t work. Not the look I was going for – too wide. So, I cut that in half. Bam! Perfection. So I cut a couple more. *Note: I cut these to have a raw edge. You could certainly make this with a more finished edge by folding under 1/4″ of each long edge of the fabric strips. If you want a finished width of 1/2″ like I did, you’d need a 1″ strip of fabric for this option.

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Playing with the sleeve accent. Photobomb from my awesome pattern weights from Mikimooshi!

Then I put the pattern together per the instructions. I hemmed the sleeve before serging the side seams though. I wanted them finished first so I could fiddle with the strips of CL.

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Almost finished! On the ironing board for a press. (The only time I use an iron is when I’m sewing.) Isn’t this fabric gorgeous? I swoon.

Side note: Make sure you use a stretch stitch when sewing on the bands. This seems obvious, but I have a RTW shirt that did NOT do this, and my arms hulk out of those no-stretch buggers. I used a zigzag. I know my topstitching isn’t perfect. Oh well. 🙂

Then I serged up the side seams, serged the bottom for a raw hem and voila! Who jersey!

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Oh! Behind the back shot!

That’s it! A fun little mod for an already awesome pattern. Don’t miss out on this amazing Love Notions sale! Have any questions about my favorites? Check out some of my past posts or ask me here! (The Sybil, Sloane, and Sabrinas are absolute must-haves, in my opinion.)

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And this fabric. Ho. Ly. Cow. It makes my nerdy little heart sing. This is the first fabric I’ve sewn from Aurora Designs, and I was not disappointed. I want all the fabric! Doctor Who not your thing? This round also has Harry Potter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. Is your nerdy heart singing with me?????

 

 

 

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Sonics are hilarious, amiright?

 

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Love Notions Handmade Holiday Tour: The Gift of Sewing

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Learning to sew. (With my handy dandy reminders taped to my serger in the background – haha!)

I love making handmade gifts. I feel like they have a little extra sprinkle of love and joy in them. Luckily, my family appreciates gifts I make, which certainly makes creating them more enjoyable. 🙂 But I’ll be honest, sometimes the making of the gift defeats the purpose of the gift. I get a little perfectionist about my creations and spend a lot of time making them, maybe stress about them a bit. And then I emerge from the sewing table, with crazy eyes and disheveled hair, fueled by caffeine and over-exhaustion and profanities, and hand the gift over grumpily. “HERE! Enjoy it.” Sprinkled with extra  hatred love.

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You better love this stupid gift!

It’s not always pretty. So, I’m trying something different this year. I’m passing on the gift of frenzied gift making to future generations. I’m teaching my son to sew. I swear this was his idea!

As you may already know, I’m in graduate school. I’m a mom, a wife, a student, a researcher, a clinical intern, a person trying to make her way through life. I’m busy. Lately, my son has been expressing his sadness that I have to go to work and I have to go to class. “I don’t want you to go, mommy,” he exclaims as he clings to me. “I hate that you have to leave.” I hate that I have to leave too, sweetheart.

“Will you be done with school soon?”

He calls the nights I have work and class “stinky Wednesdays”.

He’s over this whole mommy-is-gone all the time thing. And it just so happens that he wants to learn how to sew. So, sewing it is!

He’s been “helping” me sew for a little while. He steps on the pedal while I sew; he helps pick fabric and patterns, etc. I started officially teaching him by having him sew lines and line drawings on paper. He did a fantastic job! I was so impressed. (Pics of his progression below)

Then, we moved on to a simple sew. He made a little softie fish from the DIY Mermaid & Pirate softie kit (affil link) from Peek-A-Boo. This was a GREAT idea for a beginner. The directions are pretty simple, everything is all laid out, and you can still kind of sew by following the lines. He is in love with his fish and has happily added it to his MASSIVE collection of “friends”.

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Mermaid & Pirate DIY Softie Kit from PAB. Picture of kit from Peek-A-Boo’s Fabric Shop. (affil links)

But my boy has a giving heart. He wanted to make something for someone else. It’s almost Christmas after all! He asked to make a gift for his sister. I still wanted it to be semi-simple, so I suggested a taggie blanket. I admit I never saw the point of these things before. My son was not much of a tag chewer. Baby girl, on the other hand…she can’t get enough of those tags. Her favorite snack is the tags on her bibs! He thought the blanket was a great idea. He picked out the fabric, the ribbons, and sewed the blanket together. I did the topstitching. I let him pick minky as the backer, which was of course, stupid of me. If you’ve ever sewn with minky, you know that stuff is a pain. Slippery little devil! But it’s his favorite fabric and he wanted it for his sister, and who am I to say no to that. Oh well! 🙂

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This is a Christmas present and my son was adamant that baby sister couldn’t see her present early. I had to sneak this pic when he wasn’t looking. 😂 I’d say she likes it!

I wasn’t the best teacher. I was sometimes impatient. I sometimes stepped in and took over when I should have let him keep trying. But we had a lot of time together. Unadulterated time. Time when he asked questions and told stories and had my undivided attention. I didn’t have to do homework or go to class or hold his sister. I just had to sew with him. The time goes by so fast – if you’re a parent, you already know how painfully fast it goes. Just yesterday it seems he was the baby in that picture. I blinked and now he’s an eight-year-old boy. I meant to give him the gift of sewing, but it may have been more of a gift for me. The gift of time. Just me and my boy. I’ll take that time as long as I can get it. ❤️

Check in with these other fabulous ladies on the Love Notions Tour for more Handmade Holiday fun!

 

Take that 2017!: Sewing the Love Notions Oakley Vest

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The bottom line is that the Love Notions Oakley (affil link) is a fun and versatile pattern. Like all love Notions patterns, it has a lot of options and a lot of possibilities for more with some simple hacks. The pattern went together well, the directions were clear, and I enjoy the final product. (And check out how well it pairs with my favorite Love Notions Sloane!) But before I talk about that…

I’m gonna throw some truth out there with this post. 2017 has sucked. It’s been full of loss and pain and sadness – with one shining exception, the birth of our daughter (which I do not diminish. She is a wonderful light in our lives and watching her develop a relationship with her brother is one of the greatest things I have ever been privileged to witness). But overall, it’s just been a hard year. One of those years where the hits just keep on coming.

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Recovering from death virus is easier in a pretty vest.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you just wanted to accomplish one little thing? And the challenges to accomplishing that little thing kind of sent you over the edge? Just me? Okay then. Well, I had a moment testing this vest. I made my muslin for the test and was really happy and excited. Ready to sew! I was so excited about my fabric plan, but I had to wait for my quality sewing days to make my final. And then…virus. Evil, energy-sucking, butt-kicking, plague virus. I don’t know what that virus was, but I do believe it was sent by Beelzebub himself. I lost my quality sewing days to laying in bed, feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. And I was devastated. DEVASTATED. Like I’m embarrassed to admit this, but kind of crying all over myself devastated. I just wanted to accomplish this one little thing. I just wanted to execute this cute vest I had planned. And instead I was lying in an abyss of germs.

 

The thing is, my devastation wasn’t really about the vest or the germs. It was about the fact that I have felt helpless this entire year. I have been tossed about in the tumult of 2017 (that jerk) and have felt control over very, very little of it. The sickness was just one more thing, one more challenge to overcome, one more problem to work through. And I was done with it. So I pouted in my plague-induced haze. I felt really sad. I felt angry and frustrated. And then, I came through the other side, carved out some extra time when I felt a little better, and sewed that bugger.

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D’oh!

It isn’t perfect. The first time I sewed on the zipper, the hem ended up out of alignment (even though I basted it on first! Rude!). So, I ripped the rude side out and put the whole thing in time out for a couple hours for misbehaving. Then, after it had learned its lesson, I came back to it and fixed it. The corners on the bias tape aren’t quite as sharp as I’d like (it was my first time doing that technique). I think I could’ve gotten the pockets put on a bit more cleanly.

*shrug* It’s not perfect.

But I love it! For once, the final product was pretty darn close to my vision. And I got to try a new thing! Underlining! I didn’t even know that was a thing until this test. Look at me learning new things in my old age! The lining is a magnificent and thick mustard and grey flannel from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The outer fabric is a soft quilted fabric, with really nice drape (that I think I also got from RCF). The vest is surprisingly warm with these two fabrics paired together.

Like I said, I really like this pattern. The Oakley (affil link) comes in three different views.  I tried out both view B (pictured) and C (princess seamed version – princess seams are life) in the large, and love both. View A, the fur vest, may be too cool for me. I don’t know…not sure I can pull that one off. I’ll get a lot of use out of the other two though. The instructions are clear. There are lengthen/shorten lines, if needed. I wish the zipper were finished a little bit more cleanly, and not so exposed on the inside, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the pattern. I might try a little hack with the next one to fine tune that a bit. Overall, I give this pattern a solid and enthusiastic thumbs up. I give the virus a big fat thumbs down. (Well, really I give it another finger, but this is a family show, folks! 😉 )

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Sloane Tour: All Sloane All the Time

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Sneaky peeky!

I am so excited for this blog tour, friends. Like legitimately ecstatic. I had eyed the Love Notions Sloane (affil link) for a long time, but never made it. I don’t know why. Recently, Tami gave the pattern an update and I tested it. Ho. Lee. Cow. People. I love this pattern. I love, love, love it. I want to marry it. I want a closet full of Sloanes. I want to wear one everyday.  If you have made some in a large, please send them to me. 😉

Today I want to share two magnificent Sloanes with you to show you the versatility of the pattern. I have more! But, alas, I hurt my back and am headed out of town for a conference, so I don’t have them blog ready yet. Check back next week! I’ll have a fun little hack, a mommy/son Doctor Who set, and my spirit animal Sloane. Now, on to the pretties for this week!

The Sloane comes with lots of options: kangaroo pocket, hood or regular neckband, two body options (view A & B), two hem finishing options (curved hem (A) or banded (B)), and it even includes full bust pieces for those of you who need a FBA! Woot! Both of the Sloanes I am sharing with you today are view B. I made no modifications, except to shorten the sleeve slightly of the grey one. I have short arms. haha!

The first Sloane I made is as simple as they come. I made this one in testing. Just a simple, bang around, perfect for Fall sweatshirt. Made of a french terry/sweatshirt combo fabric. It’s soft. It has amazing drape. I want to cocoon myself in it and hibernate there until winter is over.  Look at my “I’m so happy I made this” face in the first picture. It’s true. I am so happy I made it. Even my husband is jealous of this awesome Sloane. (I told Tami we need a men’s version! haha!)

The next one I made for this tour. It’s the fancy, sassy cousin of my bang around sweatshirt. And I won’t lie to you, it is completely impractical for my life. But I don’t care. It’s glorious. I loves it.

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Those sleeves are gonna get dunked in mac and cheese in about 5 minutes. Still love it.

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Sassy and see-through. Because I have so many places to wear that. You know what? I don’t have anywhere to wear the tiara either. Doesn’t stop me.

I made this version out of a gorgeous open weave sweater knit from Simply by Ti.* It was my first time working with this type of knit and I’ll be honest, I was intimidated. But I had a vision and I was going to make it happen!

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Vision achieved.

This look was pretty simple to achieve. It wasn’t simple to sew, but it was darn simple to create. I just added this fancy trim I found at JoAnn Fabrics to the sleeve hem and the shirt hem. I used black CL for the neckband. Done and done!

I’m going to admit something now. I didn’t intend to make the sleeves fancy. But the serger tried to give one sleeve a thumbhole. That was not helpful. So I had to do something. Mistake crafting (that’s my special name for most-of-Caroline’s-creations-are-the-product-of-fixing-some-error) to the rescue! Fancy trim cuff. Boom.

This sweater knit is so gorgeous and SO SOFT. It’s like wearing a cloud made of bunnies. I won’t lie to you. I’ve gotta be gentle with this top. It’s a little delicate. Not because it’s poor quality – not at all! It’s just the nature of this kind of weave. You don’t want to wear it near a rose bush. haha! But it is absolutely delicious, and really was not as scary to sew with as I anticipated. I do suggest reinforcing the seams and sewing with patience. Play your meditation music. 😉 I’m delighted with how the top came out. And I can’t wait to show you the other Sloanes I am working on! They all make me so happy.

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I’m teaching my son to sew. (He’s doing really well. I’m so impressed!) He wanted to help me with this blog, so he took all the pictures of the sweater knit Sloane. Didn’t he do a great job??? 🙂 I’m a proud mama! But he did insist that I do one picture with a “silly pose”. He told me to be a weeping angel (link for the non-Doctor Who fans out there). I think Tyra Banks would give me the thumbs up on my interpretation. 😉

Make sure you check out the awesome creations coming at you for the rest of the blog tour! And check back here next week for the other Sloanes I have to show you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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*I am a fabric ambassador for Simply by Ti and received this fabric at a discount. The opinions expressed about the fabric are honest and are my own.

Dress Up This Town Blog tour: Things don’t always work

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Welcome to the last stop of the Dress up this Town Blog tour! I intended to come to you today with my review of the new Love Notions Cadence Dress & Top. I was lucky enough to test the pattern, but alas, I had some sewing mishaps and as a result, I have no pictures for you. Sad face. You can see some awesome tester pics when you click on the link though! 🙂 So, I’ll fill you in on my experience, sans visuals. Just use your imagination! Haha!

First, a quick rundown of my thoughts on the pattern:

  • It’s well put together and I find the directions easy to follow.
  • Tank version utilizes the burrito roll technique. I love a good burrito! Both in sewing and in my belly! I had a little trouble pulling my fabric through the tank strap, but that may have been due to the thickness of my fabric. Or user error.
  • Nice summertime garment piece. Whether you sew the top or the dress, it’s just one of those easy, simple styles you can throw on and look good wearing.
  • Options! I love that Tami offers multiple options in her patterns. This one comes with a variety of sleeve and hem length (including top and dress) options.
  • Tutorials! I also love that Tami so frequently includes a little education in her patterns. I always learn something when I’m sewing Love Notions. I enjoy that.
  • As usual, pattern has layers, is no trim, and can be printed in large format.

My experience:

Welp, I sewed up my quick fit dress with no adjustments. The dart point was a touch high, but it was workable. I haven’t worked with woven in a long time. It’s so funny to think that a couple years ago I was TERRIFIED of working with knits. Now I sew with them so often I feel like I have no idea what to do when I’m handling woven. I think to myself, “Oh I can just ease that in a bit.” NO, NO YOU CAN’T! IT DOESN’T STRETCH. Dummy.

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The testing period extended because Tami wanted to perfect the fit.* Then I suddenly had to go out of town to visit family. So I brought the dress with me. And a sewing machine. (Yes, I am that kind of crazy.) I took out my basting stitches and sewed the final version for pics.

NOPE. Nopity, nope, nope. The darts were all wrong on this one. And I mean ALL WRONG. It ended about 2 inches above my bust point. I am not sure exactly what happened between my basted version and final version that the dart got so far off. My working theory is gnomes. Little troublemakers.

I haven’t done many darts, so I couldn’t troubleshoot to fix it fast enough for pics. So, I put my Cadence in timeout. Because it was hurting my baby brain. I will take it out in a few days and attempt to make the appropriate adjustments (Tami did include a tutorial for that!). Hopefully, I’ll have pics to share with you all soon! In the meantime, learn from my mistakes. Vertical adjustments are your friend! In my case, I think my bust point is lower than the pattern’s (because I have a super long torso, this is an adjustment I’ve had to make before). Stay tuned for my future victory post on darts and the Cadence dress and top! Until then…womp, womp. (I mean, this is a blog about my sewing (mis)adventures…) Now go forth and Rafflecopter!

*Let me just take a moment to appreciate Tami’s testing process. Because it is spectacular. I’ve tested for her for about a year. I’ve also tested for several other pattern designers. Tami is one of the best; she really considers the feedback she’s given and she extends the testing period if needed. She does not rush out a pattern for the sake of getting it out there. I really appreciate that about her.

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Week 1: July 1st-8th

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7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
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18- Sprouting Jube Jube
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21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

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23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On
26- Indulging Mum
27- That’s Sew Lily
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Back in the sewing saddle: Love Notions Allegro

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Loving my new Allegro skirt and this beautiful day!

Long time no talk, interwebs! You may notice I look a little different. That giant pumpkin I was carrying in my belly is now my little pumpkin out in the world! 🙂 She is 8 weeks old and will surely be featured in a forthcoming post, or like all of them. haha! But for now, let’s talk about the Allegro (affil link), which I was lucky enough to test, and I’ll tell you a little bit about my sewing journey along the way.

Here’s a thing. Sewing is hard with a new baby. Life is hard with a new baby. No, that’s not exactly true. It’s not life that is hard, it’s accomplishing anything that is hard. It’s a successful day if I change out of my pajamas. If I manage to wash my hair, we might as well drop balloons and confetti from the ceiling. I realize I should have known this. I have had a baby before. In my defense, he just turned 8, and likely as some sort of biological protection to ensure that reproduction continues, a kind of memory wipe occurs as the years pass by after having a baby. You remember, but you also forget. The memory of the sleep deprivation, the inability to think of anything beyond the immediate need of a diaper change, a feeding, a baby who needs to be comforted, gets smoothed over. You look at pictures and tear up because of how stinking beautiful that baby was and wonder how the time went by so fast. So, here I am now, being acutely reminded of the sleep deprivation and inability to think, and trying to appreciate it all because I know this is the last time. And once my brain smooths this chaos over into something nostalgic, it will be gone forever because I will never experience it again.

Having these emotions, this revisitation of new parenthood, and a baby who is struggling

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Hard not to feel amazing in a skirt this awesome

(tummy issues), made sewing harder than I expected. Suddenly, I couldn’t wrap my head around simple things that I do all the time, like grading. My brain went “I’m supposed to go from one size to another, what is this madness?!?!?!” Thankfully, the Allegro pattern is kind to beginners and overly exhausted moms/graduate students/new business owners. And Tami (owner/designer of Love Notions) and Kelly (her assistant) were kind and wonderful (as usual), too. While I struggled, they were kind and understanding. And, in the end, even though I couldn’t make my brain work, the pattern still went together beautifully. The instructions are clear and the tutorials that Tami so often includes in her patterns are so wonderful. Really, her patterns are like mini-fit classes. I love them so much. I can think of no higher praise for this pattern than to say that I was able to sew it up, and end up with a wearable result in my current new-baby-brain state.

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Check out these awesome pockets!

Simply put, I love this skirt. I can’t wait to make more. The pattern is intended for woven fabric, but the skirt can be done in woven or knit. Mine is done in french terry. I skipped the drawstring because, frankly, I kind of hate them. I also skipped the optional patch pockets because I didn’t want to interrupt the pattern on the skirt and I didn’t want to waste the fabric for that much pattern matching. But, speaking of pockets, let’s talk about the front slash pockets. They are REAL pockets. None of that whimpy-I-can-fit-3-finger-tips-in-here-why-did-you-even-waste-the-time-to-sew-this-in pockets for the Allegro. Oh no! These pockets are deep and can easily and securely hold whatever you are toting around with you.

The fit of the skirt is great, even on my strangely shaped, kangaroo pouch belly, postpartum body. I like the skirt so darn much, I don’t even hate the fact that you can see my hippo knees when I’m wearing it!

Bottom line: Run, do not walk, to get this pattern. You will use it and you will be happy you have it. It’s a staple and the end result is lovely. Plus, with the Allegro you can shorts (in TWO lengths), cropped pants, a short skirt, AND a maxi. This purchase is a no-brainer to me. A++ pattern; a home run. So go get it here (affil link)! 😉

And, P.S., this is a sewing blog, so my business is not my focus, but I did pair the skirt with a LuLaRoe Perfect T, which I also love. If you love them and want to check out the ones we have in stock, come visit us at LuLaRoe Frank & Caroline Gaddy. We’re fun people and we have a friendly, positive group. If you join us, say hello and let me know that you’re a fellow sewist! 🙂