Saturday, February 13, 2016

Love Notions- For the Love of Dresses and Tunics Blog Tour- Laundry Day Tee, Pemberley Dress, and the Origami Tunic

Posted by Heather at Saturday, February 13, 2016

Love Notions- For the Love of Dresses and Tunics Blog Tour

Hello lovely readers and guests to All Things Katy! Today, it is my pleasure to be one of your last stops on the Love Notions For the Love of Dresses and Tunics Blog Tour. I have not one, not two but THREE pretties to share with you! I sewed up the  Laundry Day Tee, Pemberley Dress, and the Origami Tunic.

Plus..... read all about a fun GIVEAWAY at the end of this post...!


First up, the Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee. This quick, easy sew is a great wardrobe staple and so easy to sew up! 

Here is the 411 on the Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee PDF sewing pattern:
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee is a flattering a-line profile top.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee is sized for XS-XXXL.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee includes 3 sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 and long.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee includes 2 hem lengths- top and tunic.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee includes 2 ways to finish the neck- scoop and V-neck.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee PDF sewing pattern is trimless and layered. That means that you only need to print out the size that you need/want and there are no pages to trim before you assemble your pattern (this is one of my FAVORITE things a PDF sewing pattern can include....!)
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee PDF sewing pattern includes a printing chart, layout, fabric requirement chart, and sizing chart.
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee PDF sewing pattern includes 6-7 numbered steps(depending on what neckband you choose) with shaded diagrams. Easy, peasy!
-The Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee PDF sewing pattern also includes directions to make alterations to fit you best- lengthening, shortening, etc. There is a shorten/lengthen line included in the pattern- I love that in a pattern! (#shortgirlproblems)

I sewed up a size small, 3/4 sleeve, scoop neckline Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee as a tunic. I shortened the tunic length by one inch at the shorten line. I used a colorful, floral sweater knit purchased locally at Hancock Fabrics for the body of the tunic and a small amount of red ITY (also purchased at Hancock Fabrics) for the neckline. I really, really wanted to add a cowl to this pattern. However, I just didn't have enough fabric to make it work. The cowl add-on for the Love Notions  Laundry Day Tee can be found here

The Laundry Day Tee sewed up so quickly! By shortening the tunic length by one inch to accommodate my *ahem* short stature, the hemline hit right just right- enough to cover but short enough to wear with some leggings! I love this pattern and I KNOW that I'll be making more in the near future!


Second, we have the Pemberley Dress. I sewed this dress back at the end of the summer in preparation for my hubby's fancy birthday dinner. Then, right around the time of his birthday, hubs had an accident... and surgery.... and recovery.... So, needless to say, we never got a chance to go out for that fancy birthday dinner. So, maybe I'll get a chance to wear my Love Notions Pemberley Dress for Valentine's Day...?!!

Here's the 411 on the Love Notions Pemberley Dress:
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress is an empire-waist bodice, meant to flatter most body types.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress is sized for XS-XXXL.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress includes 2 lengths- tunic and dress.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress includes 4 sleeve options- short, 3/4, long and bishop.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress includes options for a tab sleeve and a shirt-tail hem detail.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress has an elastic casing empire waistband where the gathers can be adjusted, as needed.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress PDF sewing pattern includes a print chart, table, sizing chart and fabric requirement chart.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress also includes a lengthen/shorten line and directions on how increase/decrease the bust pattern pieces.
-The Love Notions Pemberley Dress PDF sewing pattern includes numbered directions with shaded diagrams to get you through the pattern.

The pictured Pemberley Dress is a size small, dress length, 3/4 sleeve with button tab detail. I did NOT include the shirt-tail hem detail. I purchased the black ITY knit at my local Hancock Fabrics. I purchase the button detail at Hobby Lobby.

The Love Notions Pemberley Dress is a great, figure-flattering pattern. I love that it cinches in the right places and skims over all the wrong places. ;-). Sewing this up in ITY makes it feel fancy. However, I also have to note that this dress is super comfy to wear. The only thing uncomfortable about this outfit are the spike-high heels I'll end up wearing with them....! (once again, #shortgirlproblems ;-).


Now, onto my third and final Love Notions pattern for the "For the Love of Dresses and Tunics" blog tour- the Origami Tunic! (Last pattern for the tour, but definitely not my last Love Notions pattern- I'll be sewing up plenty more of those!). This is the pattern that I am supposed to be highlighting. From the smile on my face, you can tell that I LOVED Love Notions Origami Tunic!!

Love Notions Origami Tunic- Handkerchief Hemline

Here is the 411 on the Love Notions Origami Tunic;
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic is a flattering top that includes a fun handkerchief hem detail.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic is sized for XS-XXXL.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic includes 2 hemlines- top and tunic.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic includes 2 profiles- handkerchief hemline or more form-fitting.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic includes 3 sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 or long.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic includes 2 neckline options- banded or cowl.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic also includes pattern pieces and instruction to create a fun cardigan.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic PDF sewing pattern includes a printing chart, layout, fabric requirement chart, sizing chart and cutting chart (for non pattern pieces).
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic also includes a shorten/lengthen line and directions on how to get the best fit.
-The Love Notions Origami Tunic PDF sewing pattern includes numbered directions with photographs for each step. 

I sewed up a size small, tunic length, handkerchief hem, cowl neck, 3/4 sleeve Love Notions Origami Tunic. I did not shorten the length of the bodice as I wanted a longer tunic. In retrospect, I kind of wish I had lengthened the pattern pieces to create a dress out of this pattern (next time!)! The red ITY knit fabric was purchased awhile ago from Hancock Fabric.

I used my serger for the construction of the  Love Notions Origami Tunic- everything but the sleeve hems. Shhh... don't tell... but, I didn't even bother to hem the handkerchief hemline.... this makes it SUPER quick to sew up!! I love that the cowl finishes the neckline (no hemming!) and creates a built in "scarf."

I've never worn- let alone sewn- anything with a handkerchief hemline. I wasn't sure how it would look on me. I was very pleased with the results- very flattering, flowy and fun!! I really enjoyed sewing up the Origami Tunic. It's a little different than my normal wardrobe but it's always fun to try something new- especially if I can sew it!! I can't wait to try this pattern as a cardigan. I wear a cardi in the workplace almost daily, so this would be great for being fashionable while also being office-appropriate. ;-)

So, in conclusion, you really can't go wrong with a Love Notions PDF sewing pattern. From daytime to an evening out... so many possibilities with all of the Love Notions patterns!  I've already worn the Laundry Day Tee and Origami Tunic to work with dress slacks and boots. Swap the slack out for leggings and I'm ready for some weekend/evening fun! Of course, my fancy Pemberley Dress is perfect for the wardrobe essential "Little black dress.". They are simple to create, easy to follow and very figure-friendly. Each pattern has the potential to be all your own- just pick the fabric and trims and make it personal!

Whether you wear that Love Notions Dress or Tunic on a hot Valentine's date, or tame it down to wear to the office, or around the house, you will look and feel great!! Have fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you'd like to be inspired by some other great Love Notions patterns, please feel free to visit any (and all!) of the following talented sewists and bloggers of the Love Notions "For the Love of Dresses and Tunics" Blog tour!

Now, for the fun giveaway....!!! Did you feel inspired by some of the Love Notions creations that you saw, above? Well, now is your chance to enter to win your choice of 5 Love Notions patterns AND a $50 gift card to Girl Charlee Fabrics...! Woohooo!! Happy sewing!!

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***Disclosure: "While I received these patterns for free, from Love Notions. The opinions expressed here are my own."***
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Kelly Simonsen on February 13, 2016 at 8:35 AM said...

All three of these look great on you! I especially LOVE the red Origami! Thanks for joining the tour!

daniKateDesigns on February 13, 2016 at 10:33 AM said...

You look great--I love when you sew for yourself :) That red is super cute and looks fun--I have the Origami pattern, but if I didn't, I'd run right out and buy it after seeing yours. I think it would look cute on you as a dress as well. And that black dress--I commented on it on FB a while back, but I still LOVE it! I hope you get a chance to wear it :)

Liesel on February 13, 2016 at 10:54 AM said...

The Pemberley dress is SO flattering on you! I might need that pattern now!!

Susan C on February 13, 2016 at 2:41 PM said...

The Pemberly dress- empire waist, those tabbed sleeves! I never really noticed the possibilities of this pattern, from a casual, sporty look to dressy. Looks like a great dress for Phoenix summers.

Melissa (Books and Things) on February 13, 2016 at 3:58 PM said...

Love the origami one!

sarah on February 13, 2016 at 10:43 PM said...

The origami tunic is super cute and soo flattering!!

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