I am loving seeing so many pattern companies expanding their sizes, and Love Notions is another in that list. I think I’m extra excited about Tami expanding because A: Love Notions was one of the first pdf companies I found and B: she is quickly expanding old patterns and not just releasing new ones! Do you have a favorite older pattern that you’d love to see updated? I’m looking forward to Lyric and Rhapsody, myself.
Today, we’re talking about the latest pattern on the lineup for expansion: the Forte top and dress. The pattern has been expanded to the new 5x sizing – up to 59.5″ hip and a 55″ high bust. The pattern also includes a full bust adjustment piece meaning that lots of people can get away without making an adjustment! I tested the expansion along with two of my fellow bloggers and everything went together so well. We were also able to work with Simply by Ti’s fabric, so I picked out this navy/ivory stripe on rayon spandex. It feels really nice and has a good weight. You know how sometimes you can get some rayon spandex that feels really thin? This is NOT like that!
I made the view A peplum bodice with short flounce sleeves. It’s not a fitted top, which is a nice break from the usual pdf style. I used the FBA piece and did my usual size blending, but made no other adjustments. Everything comes together beautifully and I kind of love the way the stripes play off each other. The flounce matches up perfectly which doesn’t sound like much but is really wonderful.
Oh and let’s not skip talking about the re-release sale! Forte goes on sale today as the Feature Friday pattern for only $5 and then it will continue on release sale for a week at $8 (through 11/14). So you’ll have lots of chances to buy at a sale price!