Blog Tour, Pattern Review

For the Love of Dresses and Tunics: La Bella Donna

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.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

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:

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

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:

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

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.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

 

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.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

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.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

 

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.

Creative Counselor: For the Love of Tunics and Dresses, La Bella Donna

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:

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** 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.

0 thoughts on “For the Love of Dresses and Tunics: La Bella Donna

  1. Love the cute heart graphic! I’m with you on the Valentines front. These days it’s mostly about doing fun stuff with the kids. We never go out for V-day date night!

    1. We rarely do either. We might go out for dinner on Saturday eve this year, but we’ll do a burger joint or Mexican and avoid those expensive prix fixe menus!

    1. Thanks! I really like how the La Bella Donna fits. It’s slimmer through the bust and waist than many other dolman patterns out there, and I just think it looks better on my body type.

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