Earlier this fall I joined the Love Notions plus size tester group. Over the last few months they’ve been expanding their size range to include up to 5x, which now includes me! On the current size chart, I sew a 3X bust, graded to a 5X hip. It’s been such a hectic few months though, that I didn’t actually get a chance to sew up the first few expanded patterns. Then came the Laundry Day Tee, affectionately known as the LDT. I’ve honestly heard about this pattern since I first got into sewing garments about 2 years ago. At that time, I actually test sewed the Namaste pajamas as one of my first pattern tests ever. However, I’d never actually sewn a Laundry Day Tee if you can believe it. All of a sudden I had some time to spare, some sparkly fabric, and the new LDT was coming up for release! Tami was kind enough to let me jump in last minute to make a holiday tunic before the release. And here it is!
The Pattern: Laundry Day Tee, updated version with expanded sizing
Designer: Love Notions
Size Range: XS to 5X
What I Made: 3X bust, graded to 5X hip
Options: Tunic Length, v-neck, elbow length, regular bust
Alterations: Cheater full bicep adjustment – I used the 5X armscye and sleeve
This fabric was a sparkly double knit from Fabricland that was on sale through the month of December. It’s actually got fantastic stretch and I might even go back and see if I can pick up another colour way. Even though there is a sparkle thread running through it, the back side is smooth and not at all scratchy. It has a bit of volume and great wavy flounce.
The LDT is absolutely going to be a new staple in my wardrobe for a few reasons. I love the v-neck on this pattern, it’s the perfect height for work wardrobe, not too high to feel like I’m choking (seriously, crew necks and high v-necks drive me bananas all day long), and not too low that I can’t do my job professionally and effectively. I made the tunic length which is perfect for wearing with leggings and slim fit pants or jeans. My height is 5’3″ and I didn’t make any adjustments to length. Even though that’s technically a petite height, my full forward stomach is more comfortable in regular or high rise pants and longer length shirts so as to not cut my body in half at the widest part. Comfy and a style preference.
It was absolutely freezing on the day we went out for pictures, and completely overcast with clouds. Alas, the pictures are a bit dark but I think you can still see how great the fit of this pattern is for me. I didn’t have to make any bodice adjustments which was fantastic and made this truly a quick sew.
Last day of 2019 and winter is definitely here in Southern Ontario!
If you don’t own the LDT already, the pattern is only $5, or you can get a code in the Love Notions Pattern Support Group to get the pattern for FREE! If you already own the pattern, the updated version should automatically be updated in your account. As I never actually made the original version, I can’t speak to the differences compared to the newer version. There is also a site-wide 30% off sale on January 1st through 8th, which is rare for Love Notions. So make sure to stock up!
If you’re wondering what other top patterns are already expanded to 5X, they include:
- Octave Coat
- Ladies Game Day Jersey
- Constellation Hoodie and Pullover
- Classic Tee Shirt
- Rockford Raglan
- Forte Top and Dress
- Willow Wrap Dress
- and the Sloane Sweater
I hope to get as many of these sewn up as possible over the next few months as I’ve always loved the Love Notions patterns, and I’m glad to be included in their new sizing. I think the Octave coat is up first with some sherpa backed faux leather look I’ve had kicking around for a while. Thank you to the designers who are listening and seeing the plus size and curvy sewists and working hard to include us!
Good to Know…
- The pattern includes regular and full bust pieces which will save time for those who normally need to make a full bust adjustment
- Lots of options included: 3 hem lengths – short, tunic and knee; 3 necklines – scoop, v-neck and cowl; high low hem option for tunic and dress lengths
- Sleeves – tank with separate cut line, short, elbow, 3/4 and long. But what’s nice is that the different sleeves are actually separate pieces since the silhouette is slightly different depending on the length. The sleeve hems are trued which means you get a nicer folded hem.
- Knits with drape and at least 40% stretch are required
- Follow the instruction to pick your size based on the high bust! This is a loose/relaxed fit shirt, and is really only fitted just to the apex of the bust or just below.
- A comfortable style for fellow apples
- I’ll probably make a few with the exact same options but in different fabrics including some florals I’ve had stashed for a while
- Bamboo for the summer!
- I will try the sleeveless version, but probably mix it up and do binding or fold over elastic as I really like how it looks and I find fold over elastic wears really well especially at the underarms.
What are your wardrobe staples and tried and true patterns that you can whip up in an hour or two? This pattern has so much potential depending on the fabric choice and options you choose. Thought? I always love to hear them!
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