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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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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!!

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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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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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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The Terra Tunic Gets an Update!

The Terra Tunic from Love Notions has gotten a long awaited update! This is such a versatile pattern that can easily update your work and casual wardrobes! As a Love Notions ambassador I was able to test this pattern and sew up a few versions. You’re gonna need this pattern, trust me!

The Terra Tunic is the $5 Feature Friday pattern for Friday 2/25/22. It will be $9 Saturday and Sunday 2/26 and 2/27. You can grab the pattern HERE. Make sure to read to the end to get an additional coupon code!

The Details

The Terra Tunic is a straight fitting top, not too fitted and not too oversized. The chunky 2 1/2″ hem with side vents is one of my favorite features of this pattern. The back is slightly longer than the front, giving you plenty of coverage.

The Terra has 6- yes 6 neckline options: scoop, V-Neck, funnel, asymmetrical, boatneck and V-neck hood. Also included are 4 sleeve lengths: short, elbow, 3/4 and long. (As you can see, I am a big fan of 3/4 sleeves.) Optional welt pockets and elbow patches are also included.

The best thing about the Terra is that you can fill your closet with them. By mixing and matching the different options in addition to different fabric types you can create many unique tops!

My newest obsession right now is the V-neck hood version. I typically never make the hooded version of things, because I always feel that the hood is choking me. I just love the look and feel of this V-neck hood. I made 2 of this version and have another one (or 2) planned.

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Holiday Blog Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I was so excited to be asked to join in on this Blog Tour for Raspberry Creek Fabrics! As some of you may know, previously I was a Strike-Off sewist and member of their Blog Promo team. When they approached me about being part of this Holiday Tour, I couldn’t say no!

My challenge was to create Holiday Pajamas with any fabric that Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer.

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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.

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Sloane Season Is Here!

GET READY FOR FALL WITH THE LOVE NOTIONS SLOANE SWEATER

Every fall I can’t wait to make a few new Love Notions Sloane Sweaters. Why should you want some Sloanes? Well, it’s a fast sew, beginner friendly, cute, flattering, and the options are endless, need I go on? Oh yeah, and it is such a fun pattern to hack! Did you know I’ve been called the “Sloane Queen”? Well believe me, I’m not the only one that loves this pattern- and soon I’m sure you’re going to love it too!

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In Perfect Harmony

THE LOVE NOTIONS HARMONY BLOUSE

I discovered the Harmony Blouse years ago when I retired and had plenty of time to sew! It was my first Love Notions pattern and it was instant love for me! I have a closet full of them and they get worn year round! It can be dressed up for work with a pencil skirt or dress slacks. But since I don’t do that thing called “work” anymore- it looks just as great with a pair of jeans, casual linen pants or capris!

I like to think of the Harmony as the LDT for woven!!**

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