The Tempo Sundress, Love Notions

A Review of The Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern by Love Notions Sewing Patterns.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

As soon as I saw the promo photographs for the new release by Love Notions: The Tempo Sundress I knew I wanted to make one. I was attracted by the fact that it's a pdf pattern for woven fabrics and that the back is elasticated so there's no need for buttons or zips. Another factor is that the designer has drafted The Tempo Sundress with wide straps - meaning you can still wear most bras without your straps showing.

The Tempo Sundress is just what you need for hot summer days. This design is meant for woven fabrics and features a soft v neckline, thick straps to conceal bra straps and two tiers of skirt. In-seam pockets are included and are anchored at the waistline to keep them securely in place. The dress can be made with one tier that hits just above the knee or add the second tier for a mid-calf length.

Source: Love Notions

Love Notions Sewing Patterns that I've tried previously have been a really good fit - the instructions include fitting tips and full bust pattern pieces are included in the designs too. Previous makes include: Sabrina Slims, The Laundry Day Tee and The Vivace Dolman.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

Recommended fabric is woven such as 100% cotton, rayon or linen. I already had some beautiful multi-coloured linen purchased from The Tempo Sundress is available in sizes XS - 5X which is a bust range of 33" - 57.5". The pdf is layered and comes in A4, US Letter, A0 and Projector versions.

I made the knee length Tempo Sundress because I didn't have enough fabric to make the calf length version with the tier (I'd only purchased 2m of fabric). I chose to make the elasticated back panel rather than the shirred version because I've had hit and miss success with shirring in the past.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

The Tempo Sundress has a fitted bust with the bodice hitting the natural waist. There's ease drafted into the waist and hips. You choose your size using your High Bust Measurement and if there's more than 4" difference between your High Bust and Full Bust you need to use the Full Bust pattern pieces. Therefore, I cut a Large with the Full Bust Bodice pieces.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

The Tempo Sundress bodice is drafted to hit the natural waist on an average 5'5" woman. Tips are included on how to lengthen and shorten as well as how to blend sizes and adjust bust darts. Lengthen and shorten lines are marked on the front and back bodice pieces - I chose to shorten my pieces by 1/2" because I'm 5'4". However, the shorten / lengthen lines are not marked on the elasticated panel which goes at the back between the two back bodice pieces. When I came to sew these pieces together I was confused why they didn't match! I've emailed Love Notions with this feedback (along with pointing out a few typos) so hopefully the pdf will get updated.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

The elasticated back panel of The Tempo Sundress is created by sewing channels through two layers of fabric - 3/8" elastic is then threaded through each alternative channel. This was an easy alternative to shirring but does give a bulkier finish.

Most of The Tempo Sundress is easy to construct and the instructions are clear. I did, however, construct the back pieces in a different way to get a neater more accurate finish. The instructions have you attaching the straps, back facing, back bodice and elasticated panel in one step. I found this tricky as there were too many elements to line and match up accurately. I found it easier to:

  1. baste strap to back bodice piece RST

  2. sew back facing to back bodice RST along the top only

  3. sandwich the elasticated panel between the back bodice and back facing butting the top of the elasticated panel up inside the top seam you've just sewn

  4. sew through all layers.

The skirt of The Tempo Sundress is lightly gathered and the inseam pockets are sewn to the waistline. I thought this was a very neat way of adding pockets especially as inseam pockets can sometimes be a bit droopy.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

The overall fit of The Tempo Sundress has come out as expected. The bust is gently fitted, not too tight and the dress is easy to get on and off due to the elasticated back panel. The straps are wide enough to cover bra straps without looking frumpy and the v-neck sits at a good position on the chest. The waist falls at a flattering spot and is comfortably loose with the skirt gathering nicely. The pockets are a great size and hang nicely without adding bulk to the side seams.

Tempo Sundress Pdf Pattern Review Love Notions

I'm very pleased with my Tempo Sundress and I think it will get plenty of wear through Summer here in the UK. I love the linen fabric and might purchase more as it's such a fun cheery pattern to wear! Linen is a great fabric for this type of garment as it keeps some structure and doesn't waft about in the wind while remaining informal and relaxed looking.

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