This year has been a slooooowwww pattern buying year for me partly because I haven’t been sewing much, and partly because I already have sooooo many patterns in my stash, half of which I will probably never get around to sewing. I’m sure my wallet thanks me, or at least it did until I saw the newest pattern from Closet Core Patterns – Closet Core Nicks.
FYI, Livia was part of McCalls Spring 2020 collection. I think I ordered it pretty soon after the release, but once it arrived neatly filed it away in my pattern stash, unopened, uncut and unused. I decided I wanted a new dress for my Maternity Shoot part 2, and this pattern sprung to mind. If my recollection served me well (which, with baby brain, I was almost afraid it wouldn’t), Livia had an elastic waistline, making it, in my view, a maternity-friendly pattern… or so I would hope.
Sewists, what better way is there to start a new year than with a new dress made by yours truly?! Thats a trick question, obvs. lol There is NO better way. Every year since I’ve started sewing, I’ve made myself a birthday outfit. I wasn’t sure I’d get there this year because jah knows this belly has been in my way and slowing me down, almost grinding my sewing to a complete halt over the last 7 months.
The Lola tank and dress by Stay Stitch Pattern Company caught my eye especially with that racer front neckline situation. Up until now, I’ve hardly sewn any knits. In fact, in the 4 years since I’ve been sewing, I think I’ve made a whopping total of 3 knit garments… this one being numero tres! Simple math means that’s less than one knit project a year. What can I say? *shrugs* I started out sewing wovens and hit my stride and as dey say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it…
Well, y’all now its officially broken!!
I discovered the Naomi Shirt by Coffee and Thread Patterns at the beginning of 2021 and was super intrigued by the line drawings. The pattern retails for $12 bucks and comes in sizes 0-22. Naomi is drafted for a B/C cup and fits a bust of 30 inches up to 50.4 inches. The shirt has raglan sleeves which are incorporated into the yoke pieces, making for some pretty cool construction.
Sewing served as a great distraction from my internal emotional wars over the last couple of years, but I haven’t heard the soothing sounds of my motor since last year! So here we are.
In just a couple of weeks, 2021 will be nothing more than a distant memory, and we’ll be unlocking the good fortune of a brand-spanking New Year! Just before we shout sayonara, I wanna record my thoughts on 2021.. you know… for the sewing vault!
In case you missed it, Cortney is an oversized top and dress drafted for woven fabrics. The pattern features a slightly dropped shoulder and comes with 2 sleeve options: a pleated sleeve and a set in sleeve with no gathers/pleating. Both the top and dress have a front placket closure and mandarin collar with 3 buttons, so go on and whip out that buttonhole foot again. The best part about this pattern, (other than the sleeves) is its size inclusivity. Cortney starts at a size 2 (bust of 31”) and goes up to size 30 (bust of 59”).
So, I did a poll on Instagram earlier this week, asking if anyone had purchased this pattern. I was shocked that 69% of you guys said ‘pass’, so I’m here to tell you why you MUST add this one to your pattern stash. Thank me later.
The opinions I am about to share on this pattern are my own.
The Lani Gown is a flowy caftan with three lengths: tunic, midi and gown. I really wanted to sew up the gown, but my fabric would not allow for it. I had 3 yards of a 60” width fabric, and was able to cut out the midi length with minimal scraps. Although the pattern gives a size range from XS-4X i.e. bust 35”-60”, it is, in actuality a one-size-fits-most kinda pattern.