My Top 5 Love Notions Patterns

In honor of the 40% site wide sale over at Love Notions this week- I decided to give you a run down of the 5 Love Notions that I use the most! These are the patterns I use over and over again to create my wardrobe.

Make sure you read to the very end of this blog post for some really exciting news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Sloane Sweater

What I love about this pattern:

  • The versatility of this pattern is never ending!
  • Amazing options to choose from: hood, pockets, yoke, elbow patches, 2 body styles
  • Hackability: the Sloane is so easy and fun to hack.
  • Easy to achieve a good fit- it makes a great pattern to use for gifts

Click HERE to see my blog post all about my Sloanes. You can read about several hacks and RTW copycats that I have created. All the Sloanes below are made from sweater knit and are the ones I am wearing most this Fall. My blog post features Sloanes made with French Terry and other fabrics.

2. Harmony Blouse

This is the only pattern for wovens that made it into my top 5, but it has been a favorite of mine since I first discovered Love Notions Patterns.

What I love about this pattern:

  • Flattering fit
  • Sleeve variations: sleeveless, short sleeved and flutter sleeve
  • Ability to use Rhapsody sleeves
  • Year round wearability- it’s awesome underneath a cardigan. Harmony + Boyfriend Cardigan = PERFECTION!
  • Sleeveless view requires just about a yard of fabric. (I love using this view for expensive high quality rayons that I “need” to have)

Click HERE to read my blog post about my collection of Harmony Blouses and what fabrics are my favorite for this pattern.

3. Laundry Day Tee Dress

What I love about this pattern:

  • It’s FREE! Join the Facebook Group to get the code.
  • The fit! I was able to achieve a fit that works perfectly for me. Using the FBA front piece and grading between sizes is the KEY for me.
  • A great simple silhouette that can showcase a beautiful fabric.
  • Makes a great LBD (Little Black Dress)!
  • Included options: Scoop neck, V-neck , Cowl neck as well as sleeve length variations
  • Ability to look different in different fabric bases

Click HERE to read my blog post about my LDT dress collection. I’ve sewn the LDT dress in many different fabric types and discuss them in this blog post.

4. Rockford Raglan

Why I love this pattern:

  • Quick sew
  • Easy to fit-which makes it great for gift giving as well
  • Options, Options, Options!
  • Great for color blocking and scrap busting
  • A great basic when made in solid colors.

Click HERE to read my blog post about all of my Rockford Raglans. I’ve included Tips for Sewing Neckbands in this post.

5. La Bella Donna AND the Boyfriend Cardigan

Because top 5 sounds so much better than top 6 and I couldn’t choose between these two! These two patterns go perfectly together!

La Bella Donna

Why I love this pattern;

  • Very quick and easy sew.
  • Great beginner pattern.
  • Only 1 yard needed for the cap sleeved version in most sizes
  • Great layering piece for under the Boyfriend cardigan

I haven’t written up a blog post on the La Bella Donna (Yet!). But I have to say that I have at least 7 cap sleeve versions in solid color rib knits. I wear these under- you guessed it, my Boyfriend cardigans! I also LOVE the cowl neck on the LBD- it’s not too big and not too small- its just PERFECT!

These three Cap Sleeved versions are a few of my favorites. I love that I can make them with one yard of fabric.

Boyfriend Cardigan

Why I love this pattern;

  • It’s the only cardigan pattern you’ll need!
  • Length options: A new duster length was added when it was updated!
  • Hood or Shawl collar options
  • I LOVE the side vents and pockets on this pattern!

This is another pattern that I haven’t written up a blog post for either- but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this pattern any less! I have about 8 versions in my closet right now and I have more planned for this Fall/Winter. Using different fabrics can really change the look of this cardigan.

All of these Boyfriend Cardigans below have a cap sleeve La Bella Donna underneath.

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog! I hope I’ve inspired you to go sew something! Remember to follow me over on Instagram to see all my latest makes (not just Love Notions!) @sewmarymac

Mary Anne 🙂

To receive 10% off any Love Notions pattern at any time(even during sales) use my coupon code MARYMAC10 when checking out! This code never expires! This code is also good during any sale!

You can click here to purchase any Love Notions pattern. This is my affiliate link. It costs you nothing additional to buy through this link, but I do get a small percentage which helps me buy more fabric! Don’t forget to use my discount coupon listed above!!


Ok, so you’ve read my entire blog post! So here is the exciting news! Tami and Tessa of Love Notions are giving away a sewing machine in honor of the sale! If you win you get to select either a Babylock Victory serger or a Babylock Brilliant sewing machine.

Click here to read all the rules and info about the giveaway.

To enter my giveaway for a free pattern and my nomination to win a new awesome sewing machine, make sure to do the following:

  • Follow me on Instagram @sewmarymac
  • Watch for my Giveaway post on Instagram
  • Leave a comment on my Instagram Giveaway Post telling me what your favorite SewMaryMac blog post is

All fabrics were purchased by me. All patterns featured above were purchased by me before I became a Love Notions Brand Ambassador. As always my opinions are my own.

The following are links to my favorite online fabric retailers. Most of the fabrics above were purchased through them.

Stylemakers Fabrics- rayon challis and crepes

Mily Mae Fabrics– rib knits and sweater knits

Amelia Lane Designs– Pointelle knits

Raspberry Creek Fabrics- Hacci sweater knit, waffle knits

Fabmere Fabrics– sweater knits and DBP

Zelouf Fabrics- my favorite for ITY

Boho Fabrics– Sweater knits


  1. Karyn says:

    I have made all of these Love Notions patterns! They are versatile basics with so many creative ways to personalize each make. Thanks for the blog posts!


  2. Gail Pelton says:

    I own all of these patterns, but have not made them all, yet. In have been thinking about making the La Bella Donna, and seeing your cowl neck version has me sold on that version.


  3. Melissa says:

    What a wonderful blog. I think I have all of these patterns, but have yet to make them all. You’re inspiring me to get on them now.


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  6. Ann says:

    Is it possible to make a Laundry Day T shirt with princess seams? I finally have a good fitting LDT, and now I would like to dress the shirt up a bit with princess seams. What do you think? Ann from Kentucky


    • sewmarymac says:

      So Sorry I didn’t reach out to you sooner Ann! It’s been a crazy few weeks for me! I think adding princess seams to the actual LDT dress will require a lot of testing. I would suggest using the Tidal dress which has princess seams and perhaps using your LDT to adjust it to fit you as you like. If you love the neckline of your LDT you could trace that onto the Tidal.


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