Driftwood

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After a month of sewing for my girls for Project Run and Play, it was time to sew for my boys who had been patiently waiting. I’ve made a couple of tshirts for them, and my husband, but I immediately signed up for the Driftwood test when it came up! This is a new boys pattern from Love Notions, and it includes crew, henley, and polo options. I made two henley versions in testing, but only have one photographed. The pattern is a pretty simple sew. I made the second one in an evening while my husband was out with one of my girls.

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The pattern includes an optional chest pocket, and short or long sleeves. Sizing is from 2T-14.

This shirt was an upcycle from a polo my husband had just cleaned out of his closet, I harvested the buttons from it too! I love the color, and I loved getting good quality “boy fabric” for free πŸ™‚

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My three year old is about ready to give lessons to his big siblings in taking photos. He loves the camera. And will give the cutest faces and poses!

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The pattern is on sale for 20% off for release, you’ll have to use code HAPPYFOURTH2018 while their site-wide sale is going on, but it will automatically be marked down after that!

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Thomas Track Pants

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The newest pattern from Love Notions is another one for the boys! My son is old enough to see everything I make for the girls, and he asks me to sew for him more often. A few weeks ago he asked me to make him some soft pants to wear at home, and he emphatically told me he wanted them to have pockets. Shortly after that, the test came up for these, and I knew it would be perfect for him!

These are the Thomas Track Pants. I kept it simple with my versions, but there is a great color block option included that makes it really fun to mix colors. The pockets are deep, and the waistband is wide and comfy. The sizes included are 2T – 14.

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Since these are track pants, there is also an option for a zipper at the bottom of the side seam, to make it easy to take off without removing your shoes. There is also an option to line the pants. Love Notions does a great job covering all the options you will need, and spells the steps out clearly in the tutorial!

I made my first pair out of orange french terry with almost 0 stretch. The pattern can be made from woven or knit, which makes fabric selection easy, or harder, if more options overwhelms you πŸ™‚ The second pair I made, inseam lengths were added, and so I cut the length I thought his inseam measured, even though it was a length shorter than his height, and they ended up a tiny bit too short. If I would have sewed according to his height, they would have been perfect. I measured his inseam while he was standing on the top bunk bed, with pants on, so I wasn’t very accurate. Don’t be like me. He has a little brother who will happily accept hand me downs, so it’s not a waste.

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You can grab the pattern on sale during release week, for $7. The sale will go through Monday, February 5th. This will be a hit for all ages, I think! My son has already washed and worn these multiple days.

You also get to see my son pre and post haircut. Haha! He hates getting his hair cut, so we wait as long as possible, and it gets pretty shaggy πŸ™‚

Thomas Track Pants

Fabric sources:

Orange French terry: Hancock flat fold table (still sad they’re gone)

Green micro fleece: Joann

Acorn Vest

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My girls have a fur vest they fight over, and it is fun to wear, so I don’t blame them. When this pattern came up for testing, I knew I wanted to make View A, so I could make their own fur vests! This is the Acorn pattern from Love Notions. It includes 3 views. This is View A, an open front vest, meant for thicker fabrics, faux furs, etc… Views B and C have a separating zipper closure up the front, optional hood or collar, and View B includes patch pockets, View C includes princess seams with pockets in the seam.

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Sizes range from 2T-16. I love that the upper end of Love Notions sizes goes to 16. My oldest is already in 12 for length, and that’s only 2 sizes away from growing out of girls sizing! It gets me as far as possible until I have to jump to making her women’s sizes.

For a fun treat, there is a doll version included as well! I very rarely make my girls doll clothes, because it’s not my favorite. But I knew I could handle a vest. It’s unlined since that would be really tricky to do in this tiny size, so it’s so quick to sew, with just the shoulder seams, and side seams.

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I was trying to decide how to style my daughter’s vest for pictures, and made a lil LDT for her. I found this black and white print remnant at Joann, and squeezed as long of a dress as I could out of it. I love both of these pieces, as they will be so versatile with other outfits all winter!

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You can get the Acorn vest on sale. There will not be any black Friday sale at Love Notions, so don’t wait for that πŸ™‚ And there’s also a women’s version, called the Oakley vest, or you can buy them in a bundle for bigger savings.

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Acorn and Oakley Bundle

Fabric sources:

Fur, and dress fabric both from Joann

 

 

Forte

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First, I’m going to say I can’t believe I’ve only made one of these tops. I absolutely love it. I wore it BEFORE I took these photos of it, which I never do, in case it’s somehow ruined while I’m wearing it. It’s fast to sew, the sleeve flounces are designed to be left un-hemmed, and there are a million options with all the mixing and matching you can do with this top! It’s the latest favorite, and I don’t think it will be moving from that spot for a while.

This is the Love Notions Forte pattern. It includes 2 necklines, scoop, or V-neck. Four shirt views, two dress views, and six sleeve options! So many options for mixing and matching.

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I made view C, with the short flounce sleeves for this top. It’s a look I had been wanting to re-create, and I’m so happy to have a pattern for it.

This pattern is on sale for release. You will want to grab it now, and don’t wait to sew it up! It is flattering, fun to sew, and quick. Go scour your Pinterest boards, I’m sure you have something on there pinned that you can make with this pattern. It’s perfectly on trend. Some of the portions of this top can be made from woven too, if you have something with good drape! The bodice will need to be knit, but some of the skirt options should work in woven too!

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Forte

Fabric sources:

Animal print double brushed poly: So Sew English

 

Prisma Dress

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This is the new Prisma Dress from Love Notions. I am absolutely IN LOVE with it. I think I say that about a lot of things, but this is really, truly, true to my style! I love the basic A-line silhouette, and my girls love how comfortable and easy it is to wear. But look at the drop waist pleated skirt or swing skirt options! I’ve had some pins on my “Kids Clothes” pinterest board for ages that I can finally make with this pattern. SO cute!

There are also three neckline options. And three sleeve lengths, plus a couple of pocket options. I’m so excited about the boatneck, pleated skirt option!

Love Notions always puts out a well made pattern. The tutorials are some of the cleanest, most organized, and are always concise, with lots of helpful information. You can’t go wrong with this pattern!

You can get it on sale for a few days at the release price, don’t miss it!

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Prisma Dress

Fabric sources:

Olive French terry: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Floral French terry: Pretty Posh Prints

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Terra Tunic

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Here’s the newest pattern from Love Notions. It’s the Terra Tunic, and it’s a classic, comfy tunic top that is perfect for so many different occasions! The six different neckline options and four sleeve lengths, plus optional welt pockets, and elbow patches make it a go-to pattern to make a casual short sleeve tee or a chic long sleeve tunic!

The top has a deep hem, with side vents. The back is slightly longer than the front, which is perfect for wearing with leggings! All these little features are what make it stand out from other tunic patterns!

This is a quick sew. And the pattern directions are some of my favorite in the industry! There is a print chart so you only print the pages you need, the illustrations are clear, and there is plenty of help, including videos for some of the more complex steps!

The pattern will be on sale for it’s release, I’m hope you’ll check out all the listing photos, and then go make it your own πŸ™‚

Both of these fabrics are from So Sew English, and they are both gorgeous! The sweater knit is the softest I’ve ever felt, and the floral is a double brushed poly which is all the rage right now, for good reason. It’s so soft, and has the perfect balance between drape and stability, I feel like it’s so flattering to wear! The colors of this floral are gorgeous in person. I can’t wait to make some tiny baby clothes for my niece out of the scraps πŸ™‚

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Fabric sources:

So Sew English

 

Whistler

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This is the newest pattern from Love Notions. It’s the Whistler Pull-Over and Hoodie. Now, i wasn’t expecting much from this pattern, it’s a cute top, a little different style than a lot of other patterns that are out there…but when I made it and tried it on, I discovered that this is the GREATEST HOODIE EVER!!!! Let me share that my favorite things to wear around the house in the winter are hoodies and sweat shirts. I want to stay cozy and warm, and I have several favorites. But since I’m still nursing my baby, they’re really bulky to pull up and nurse in, plus, then my back is cold which is not warm and cozy!! I also really don’t prefer my clothes to look like nursing tops. Just a personal preference. So this hoodie, that doesn’t look like nursing clothes, plus is warm, plus has a shawl collar which makes it incredibly easy to nurse in has made my winter warmer and happier. All from a pdf pattern. Haha!

I made this out of fleece. And I’ve worn it many days since I made it. That’s the true test, and Whistler passes with flying colors!

The details about this pattern are:

-Sizes XS-XXXL

-Shawl collar or hoodie

-In-seam pockets

-Shirt length-banded, hemmed, or curved hem, or tunic length

-maternity and nursing friendly!!!!!!!

I can safely recommend Love Notions Patterns for being well drafted, and well-fitting. Tami pays attention to all the little details, and her tests are thorough. I love this pattern, and I think it will be a popular top! Go get it while it’s on sale. The release price will be better than the Black Friday price πŸ˜‰

I have to add the disclaimer that I sewed this version up late at night, and messed up on the directions for the collar, it’s not supposed to be caught in the seam on the side, but instead be open, and then have buttons or snaps. I actually found this was a happy mistake for me, but I want to share that this is not how it was designed πŸ™‚

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Whistler

Fabric sources:

Fleece: Joann Fabrics

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