Monday, October 17, 2016

Love Notions Spectacular:Guest Blogger

Today, Handmade Boy is going to be handing the blog over to Alex for her stop on the Love Notions Spectacular. Alex is one of our amazing Love Notions testers and she is always sharing her awesome makes and I'm so proud to have her posting here today. I hope you enjoy!

Are you as excited as I am for the big Love Notions celebration? So many great events happening during this time. Speaking of celebrations...I wanted to show you all how I took two of my favorite Love Notions patterns, mashed them and made a party dress that is comfortable, yet stylish. So today in my blog I will be showing you how easy it is to mash the Bluezette with the Sybil skirt in order to get this dress look. Start by printing the patterns in your needed size. You will only need to print and cut the bodice and sleeves of the Bluezette. This hack workes will either one of the sleeves options. As far as the bodide goes, I prefered the looser bodice instead of the shorter fitted one. It is just my personal preference 😊. You can certainly use the tighter bodice, you will need to make some grading on the skirt though. I also chose to do the unlined option and cut the neck facing too. Should you prefer to make the lined option, you will not need to cut the facing. Isn't it awesome that Tami includes so many options in her patterns? Next print and cut the asymmetrical skirt option of the Sybil Illusion skirt. You do not need to cut a waistband. I used the knee length style with an 1 inch added to the length. This style dress will work amazingly with the midi length too. Let your style be your guide. You should now have a pile of fabric similar to this. img_2064 You will sew your Bluezette bodice according to the pattern instructions and set it aside. Next, sew the Sybil skirt (without the waistband). Mark the center front and center back with a pin/clip or a small snip. Take your Bluezette top and mark the center front mad back the same way. With the right sides together you will now match the side seams of the skirt to the side seams of the top. Pin them together. Match the center front/back of the skirt to the bodice's center front and back. Attach the skirt to the bodice using your sewing machine or your serger. img_2095 
You are almost done. All you have left to do now is decide if you'd like the elastic waist or not. For this one I skipped the elastic so the waist seam hits under my natural waist. Luckily, the Bluezette pattern has instructions on how and where to add the elastic casing so you achieve your desired look. Follow the directions if you'd like the cinched look. img_2076 
TIPS FOR USING THE FITTED BODICE: Eearlier in the blog I mentioned that you can use the shorter, more fitted bodice of the Bluezette instead of the relaxed fit longer one I used. The only change you will need to make would be to the Sybil skirt. You will need to grade the skirt at the top of the waist to match the width of the Bluezette top. Without grading the skirt will be wider than the bodice and you do not want to stretch it to fit. Since you are doing the asymmetrical skirt option you will need to grade both the pencil skirt part and the "wrap" piece of the skirt. img_2082 
 Hope you enjoyed this project and that you'll give it a try. Don't forget to share your creations in the Love Notions group and keep am eye out for all the great surprises we have planned during these celebrations.
Love Notions would like to thank all of the amazing bloggers on the tour. Please be sure to stop by and see what awesomeness was created! And don't forget the guest bloggers participating each day on the Love Notions Blog!



  1. Instant comfy cute chic! Brilliant mash-up Alex!

  2. This is a brilliant hack! Thanks for joining us on the blog tour Alex!


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