Well hello there! I am here this lovely Friday participating in the very first Love Notions blog tour — For the Love of Tunics and Dresses. I’m sharing how I will wear one of my favorite Love Notions patterns, La Bella Donna (affiliate link), for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.
So Valentine’s Day … one of my least favorite “holidays,” to be honest. I hate to be a Valentine’s grinch, but I’ve really just never seen the point. When I was single, it was just depressing, and now that I’m married with kids, it’s just an expensive date night.
But ANYWAY … I actually sewed up two La Bella Donna tops for this tour. One that’s appropriate for a date night out:
And one that’s more along the lines of what I’ll actually wear on Valentine’s Day, since it falls on a Sunday, and I will likely be home with the kiddos all day long:
For my dressier one, I used a rayon jersey that I picked up aaaaages ago from Wanderlust Fabric. It’s really thin and drapey, but very comfortable to wear. I didn’t have enough fabric for a cowl or hood, and I’m not a big fan of the turn-under-and-stitch method of finishing a neckline, so I used the stretch-and-feel method to cut a neckband.
I also know that my fabric didn’t have the level of recovery that I would want for the cuffs (I haaaaaate saggy cuffs), so I used the same cotton/spandex jersey that I used for the neckband for the long arm cuffs. I do love the long cuffs on this pattern.
For my casual top, I went with the cowl neck, which I really like, particularly at this time of year. It’s getting warmer here, but is still chilly enough that it’s nice to have something adding a little neck warmth. I also decided to cut the cuffs at 3/4-length rather than full length, so that the top will transition better to spring.
I’m not one of those fancy-pants people with a Cricut or Silhouette, so for the graphic, I used the good ol’ print-a-picture-and-trace-it-on-to-transfer-paper method. I cut it out with my exacto knife and ironed it on. The heart is appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but also very much true to my personality, and I love graphics on tops.
So there you have it! This pattern is quickly becoming a TNT for me. It goes together quickly and I always get a great result!
Be sure to check out all the other amazing ladies on this tour:
** Tami sent me a copy of this pattern free of charge for this tour, but it didn’t occur to silly me that I should choose a pattern that I didn’t already own when the designer is providing patterns for a blog tour. I already had this one, provided for my Six Degrees of Separation look back in December.