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.

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

  1. Pingback: For the Love of Dresses and Tunics, Day 5 | Love Notions Sewing Patterns

  2. lisa g

    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!

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    1. Katie Post author

      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!

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    1. Katie Post author

      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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    1. Katie Post author

      I agree! I made one for N this fall and it’s actually one of her handmade items that gets a decent amount of wear. And I love quick patterns for kids.

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