Rhapsody In Blue….

and plum and cream and florals and so on……

If you haven’t made a Rhapsody blouse…what are you waiting for? Don’t be like me and miss out on this awesome pattern any longer. Can you believe that I had never made one until just a few weeks ago. Fast forward to today~ and I now have 5!!

I LOVE this pattern! My go to woven top pattern used to be the Harmony, and although I still love my Harmonys~ the Rhapsody has moved to the top! I find it so amazing that one blouse(and dress)pattern can create so many totally different blouses! A casual top to wear with jeans, a dressier blouse to wear to work, or a boho blouse to wear with linen pants~ the Rhapsody can do it all!

I HIGHLY recommend grabbing this week’s Love Notions Feature Friday pattern today (5/20/22) for $5. You will not be disappointed!

Details

The Rhapsody blouse and dress is THE perfect thing to fill your closet for summer. (And that’s just what I’m doing!). The Rhapsody has a relaxed fit with just a hint of shaping~ making it perfect for hot and humid summer days. However, with the all the different sleeve options this pattern can follow you right into Fall. This V-neck blouse/dress features a flattering curved hem, gathering at the forward shoulder seam and a back yoke with pleat. The dress version includes an elastic encased waist. The neckline is finished with bias tape.

Features

  • Blouse and dress lengths
  • V-Neck with optional ties
  • French seams
  • NINE- yes NINE sleeve options: Sleeveless, Cap sleeve, Short sleeve, Flutter sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, 3/4 sleeve with flounce, 3/4 sleeve with cuff, Bishop sleeve and Trumpet sleeve

I have made the Cap sleeve, Flutter sleeve, Short sleeve and Bishop sleeve. I can’t decide which is my favorite! I’m planning a few more cap sleeved and sleeveless versions for summer. Bishop sleeves are perfect for that transition into Fall~ but also great for cool evenings here at the coast.

Sizing and Alterations

The Rhapsody is available in sizes XS through 5X. Like all updated Love Notions patterns, a full bust front piece is included.

Remember to choose your pattern size according to your high bust measurement. It’s important to do this so you can get a good fit across your shoulders. If you are in-between sizes, make sure you size down. This is a relaxed fit blouse and if you size up you might find it too big in the neck and shoulder area.

For example, my high bust is 40″ and my full bust is 44″. This puts me in an XL. My hips measure just out of the XL, so I have graded out to the 2X for my hips. There is enough ease for my hips if I went with an XL because I used the full bust front piece, but I wanted that little bit of extra room. You might not want as much ease in the hips, so check the finished garment measurements before deciding on your size.  Remember that using the Full Bust front pattern piece adds 2″ to the waist and hip finished garment measurements.

I am only 5 feet tall, and I did shortened the body of the Rhapsody 2″. I also redrew the front bottom curve on my versions. I use the full bust front piece, this piece adds additional length to the center of the bottom front curve. (This is to account for how a full bust might pull up the front hem of a top.) Since I am just at the cut-off for needing the FBA, I find that I don’t need all of this additional length at the center front. On my short sleeved version, I shortened the sleeve by 1″.

Fabrics

The Rhapsody is designed for lightweight woven fabrics with some drape. Fabrics such a rayon challis or crepe, voile, lawn, gauze and chiffon will all work well.

Rayon challis is one of my all-time favorite fabrics~ so I’ve made all 5 of my versions with it. I have a few more planned~ and yup they are all rayon challis. I have seen a few popping up in the Love Notions Facebook group made from lightweight knits(with good drape) and they looks awesome, so I’m sure I will eventually need to try that out as well.

Tips for Sewing the Rhapsody

  • Change up your Rhapsody! For some of my versions, I did gathers on the back instead of the inverted pleat. Simply gather between the pleat markings.
  • You can color block the Rhapsody. The sleeve and yoke can be made with a different fabric, or even just your bias binding!
  • When doing gathering stitches, don’t cut corners and sew just one row. Two rows of basting stitches help to make your gathers looks nicer AND make them easier to stitch over. I like to do my basting stitches at 1/4″ and 5/8″, this way when sewing your 3/8″ seam you are sewing in-between them. Yes, you will need to remove the one row when finished. I’ll be honest~ way back when I was lazy and used to just sew one row, even though directions always said 2 rows. Believe me, it really does make a difference!
  • Staystitching~ DON’T skip it! I like to do it as soon as the front and back are sewn together(not waiting until Page 8-Step 6). This prevents your neckline from stretching out. Yes, wovens that have a bias cut edge can easily stretch out. I do my staystitching just 1/8″ from the neckline edge, which means I don’t have any visible staystitching after my bias tape is sewn on. (It’s no big deal is yours shows~ it can easily be taken out)
  • For a really professional look- try making your own bias tape. It really elevates the look of your finished blouse.  I find that store bought bias tape is just a tad too stiff and doesn’t look as nice. Don’t be afraid to push yourself to try making your own. It’s easier than you think! Be sure to use the link on Page 10 of the tutorial. Remember that Best Press or any type of spray starch will help you immensely!
  • When cutting out “shifty” fabrics such as rayon- make sure NOT to let your fabric hang off your cutting table. The weight of the hanging fabric pulls on the fabric and can result in your pattern pieces being distorted.

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MaryAnne 🙂

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You can grab the Rhapsody pattern HERE.

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To receive an additional 10% off the pattern price, use this coupon code MARYMAC10. This coupon code can be used at anytime on any pattern….even a $5 Feature Friday pattern. It never expires!!

I am currently a Love Notions Patterns Ambassador. I purchased this pattern a few years ago, before I became an LN Ambassador. All fabrics were purchased by me. As always all opinions are my own.

Fabric Resources

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

This is the best rayon challis to work with if you are new to sewing with rayons. I find that their rayon challis isn’t as slippery or “shifty” as some. It washes beautifully and is the perfect weight.

Cream Large Floral rayon challis: is from the Spring 2021 collection, but is still available HERE

Blue Ditsy Floral rayon challis: is one of the winners the “March Madness” contest this past March and is available HERE.

Stylemaker Fabrics

Plum Botanical Floral rayon challis: is from the Fall 2021 collection and not available 😦

Boho Patchwork rayon challis: this was purchased a few years ago and I loved it so much I have been waiting for the perfect pattern. I finally found it!

I always find the best rayon challis at Stylemaker Fabrics. The prices may be a tad higher than some other shops, but the quality is outstanding! With rayon challis, I feel you get what you pay for. Sign up for their newsletter, and be sure to enter your birthday. During your birthday month they send you a 25% discount code. I always place a BIG order in September!!

A Good Melody Is Never Out Of Fashion

Someone once said “Sometimes all you need is music if you want to feel better.” I believe that all you need is a Melody if you want to feel better. Are you in a sewing funk, lost your sewjo, can’t decide what to make next? The Melody is the perfect pattern to get you going again. Because we all know that “A good melody is never out of fashion”.

The Melody is the $5 Feature Friday pattern today, 5/13/22. If you don’t have it~ be sure to grab it!

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The Cadence Got Updated~ My Mindset Did Too!

The Love Notions Cadence just got an update for Spring~ and to my surprise my mindset has gotten an update as well! I’m going to be totally honest here. I planned to make this a post simply about the updated Cadence, it’s options and how I made it to fit my pear shape. I made a top version and then a knee length dress. I was happy with them both. Then I went outside with my trusty tripod and took photos. And that’s when it hit me. Everything I thought before about fitting my body changed. Be sure to read down to the Sizing and Alterations section to learn what I discovered!

Oh yeah, and the Cadence is only $5 today, Friday 5/6 and $9 on Saturday and Sunday 5/7 and 5/8. Seriously go grab it~ you won’t be disappointed. This breezy shift style dress deserves a place in everyone’s closet!

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The Best Bang For Your Buck~ Love Notions Spring Sale

In honor of the 40% off site wide sale at Love Notions this week, May2-6, 2022~ I decided to put together a list of patterns that I think give you the most bang for your buck! Not sure which patterns to add to your collection? Well, keep reading to see why these 5 patterns are a great bargain! To win a free Love Notions pattern from me, make sure to read to the end!

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Aria + Linen = Summer Perfection

Have you heard? Love Notions has released a new blouse pattern, the Aria Button-down, and it’s LOVE! I received the pattern a few days ahead of it’s release (as a Love Notions Ambassador) and I’ve already sewn up 3 versions in my favorite fabric for summer ~ LINEN and I’m not done! (I also made a muslin which turned out to be totally wearable!)

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Love Notions Game Day Jersey~ Not Just For Game Day!

The Game Day Jersey is the perfect pattern to make your own “team” jerseys, but this pattern is so much more!! I honestly didn’t think I needed this pattern. Last year when I became a Love Notions Ambassador, each ambassador sewed one up to show we were all a part of the Love Notions team. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed wearing this!

Some day I will find just the right fabric to make a “real” team jersey (Go Bruins!), but in the meantime I will be making a few more non-team versions for my closet. Keep reading to see how easy it is to create a “non-jersey” top with this versatile pattern!

There is a whole family of Game Day Jerseys available: Women’s, Men’s and Kids. Today, Friday April 15 they are all on sale for $5 each as the Love Notions Feature Friday patterns!

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Sunday Romper~ The Romper Everyone Can Wear

Back in 2020, I did my first pattern test for Love Notions. It was the Sunday Romper. At that time, I made the dress version~ because I “knew” I would look terrible in a romper! My thoughts were: “I’m too old to wear a romper”, “I’m too short to wear a romper”, “Pear shapes can’t wear rompers” and the excuses went on.

Fast forward to 2022 and well~ you guessed it~ At almost 60 years old, this “petite pear” made herself a romper and she LOVES it!

Regardless of your age, size, shape or height~ we all deserve some secret pajamas! The SUNDAY ROMPER belongs in EVERYONE’s closet! Today, 4/01/22 it’s on sale for just $5!

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Magical Metra Blazer ~ From Love Notions

First off, I just need to say that I had so much fun sewing this pattern! I purchased the Metra Blazer pattern when it first released, had it printed at the copy shop and then it just sat in my sewing room. What I love about Feature Fridays, is that as an ambassador I often try to sew one up so I can post about it and I am SO happy I did! WHY oh why did I wait so long to sew this up!?!?!?!

So trust me, if you haven’t sewn one, you need to! I made my wearable muslin~ which I actually LOVE and suddenly I wished I had sewn this so long ago! If you think you aren’t the blazer type of person, I would give this a try. I NEVER wore blazers, even before I retired and I want a closet full of them now!

Details

The Metra is a simple casual blazer with two collar options. You can choose between the classic shawl collar and the modern wide lapel collar. It features in seam welt pockets that are much easier to construct than you might think! What I love most about this pattern are the great construction techniques that help you create an amazing, clean inside finish. I love when the inside of a garment is as pretty as the outside!

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up For Summer ~ Swim Tour 2022

Hi Friends!! I am so excited to be back again for the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up For Summer Swim Tour of 2022! This is my third year participating in this tour and the fabrics just keep getting better and better. How is that possible!?!?! Make sure to read to the end of the post for GIVEAWAY details!!

DISCLAIMER: If you’re looking to see cute swimsuits sewn up in beautiful RCF swim fabrics- you won’t find them here. BUT– you will see some other ways you can use this awesome swim fabric from RCF! Hopefully my blog post today will inspire you to grab some of these awesome swim fabrics and make something other than a swimsuit! Because we all know swim fabric isn’t just for bathing suits anymore!!!

As soon as I found out I would be on the tour again this year, I knew exactly what the first thing I would make would be! I LOVE the UPF50+ pullovers sold by Lilly Pulitzer. So, my first mission was to recreate my own version with RCF swim fabric. I selected this awesome Paint Swirl Print from the Trends Collection. Let me tell you~ this was a favorite among the promo team! In fact the Trends Collection is so awesome I wish I could have every single design! I grabbed my beloved Love Notions Constellation Pullover pattern to create my dream pullover! I honestly wore this 2 days in a row after taking photos and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it! I never knew I needed a pullover in swim fabric~ now I need to make another one asap!

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Wrapping Up Winter~ in the Love Notions Whistler

If you’re looking for a great pullover pattern filled with options~ the Whistler just might be the pattern for you! I’ll be honest, I never thought it was really my style. Then last winter Tessa at Love Notions sent me the pattern and asked if I would sew one up for a promotion. And now~ it’s one of my favorite pullovers to wear!

You can grab yours TODAY only~ 3/18/22 for just $5! Make sure you use my coupon code- MARYMAC10 for an additional 10% off!

Details

The Whistler sweater and hoodie is a loose fitting pullover with an interesting inset yoke. It can be made with a shawl collar (my favorite version) or a hood. The BEST detail about this sweater is the inset pockets. If you like to carry your phone around with you~ these pockets are the best!

The options are endless! There are three lengths to choose from: top, tunic and dress. You can also choose between a banded hem or a straight hem. At the inset you can opt for a flat or gathered front.(All my versions have the gathered front). This sweater requires 2 buttons( functional or not- I just sewed mine through all layers).

The skill level is listed as intermediate, but I think an advanced beginner could tackle this. The video links in the tutorial are excellent! This pattern looks a lot harder than it actually is! I found it to be a surprisingly quick, fun and satisfying sew!

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