7 talented ladies and their Angelinas!

Today I’m here to show you the gorgeous things some very talented seamstresses have been doing with our Angelina pattern! Every time someone posts a photo of a Valentine & Stitch garment I get such a thrill, it’s the best feeling! If ever I stop feeling that thrill, you may kick me. Or just gently remind me to take pleasure in it again. I don’t think that feeling will stop, though, so hopefully I should remain bruise-free 😉

So I wanted to show you what some of these lovely ladies have been making with Angelina, including ways they have tweaked the pattern to make it a reflection of their style. Shall we start with the dress?

Kelly made this beautiful sleeveless Angelina with a textured mauve fabric. It’s a perfect summer dress, and she chose to keep the neckband t-shirt style rather than sew it down – it makes for such a great casual look with her Avarcas shoes from Mallorca, and I love knowing that she’s lighting up the streets of LA in her Angelina!

You can read Kelly’s blog post about her Angelina dress here! She has some gorgeous photos of both the finished garment and the construction method, and she talks through the pattern and her style choices.

Another solid colour Angelina dress is this knockout bright pink one that Janet made for a friend of hers. A perfect choice of colour to stand out this summer, but still remain elegant! Janet chose the short flutter sleeves, and the whole silhouette of this dress is just gorgeous. What a perfect dress to make for a friend, I hope she will love wearing it this summer! A little birdie told me that Janet has some of this glorious fabric left over too, so there may be a top on its way soon! Janet blogs here, if you want to follow her sewing stories!

Maxine also went for the dress version, and used a lightweight Aztec print ponte from Girl Charlee for the perfect beach dress (she was featured in their ‘June Knit picks’ round-up with this dress! You might spot another familiar face in there too ;))

Maxine did the short flutter sleeves, and a slightly shorter hemline (I think this would also look great over cropped white leggings in the cooler weather!) Plus she added a waist tie in the same fabric, which gives a lovely shape and definition. And did you notice? More Avarcas, from Menorca this time! You can follow Maxine’s dressmaking journey here.

Onto the top! The first sewist to post pics of Angelina on Instagram was @violaisabelle6. She has so far made THREE Angelina tops for her lovely daughter, all with the short flutter sleeves! She lowered the neckline slightly, and has finished the sleeves with a rolled hem and a lettuce hem.

These tops need to stand up to some physical tests as they will be worn at camp this summer – I’m happy to report they got the thumbs up!!

If you follow Lynsey on Instagram, you’ll know she usually goes for beautiful floral prints, but she chose a plain pale pink for her Angelina top, and look how elegant it is! She too chose the short sleeves, and this fabric has such a lovely drape that the sleeves could not be more perfect. Lynsey also lowered the neckline and lengthened the neckband to fit, and I really like the effect it has, especially in that dreamy fabric. You may also know that I have a soft spot for anything pink, so this top got all the heart eyes from me!

And now for my partner in crime for Sleevefest, Diane! Diane is the first person to have gone for the elbow length sleeves, as she says in her blog post here, she wanted All. The. Flounce! You can read Diane’s blog for more details about her Angelina, and of course those sleeves!

The solid colour of this fabric combined with its beautiful drape really shows off the floatiness of the sleeves, and offers maximum swishiness. Diane also lowered the neckline a couple of inches, and raised the sleeve cap to better suit her style.

OK, that was going to be the end of my round-up, but then literally as I was writing, this gorgeous photo popped up on my Instagram feed! Hayley made a DOUBLE FLUTTER SLEEVE Angelina as an entry for Sleevefest! Her navy bandana fabric is also from Girl Charlee UK, it’s a rayon blend and has a beautiful drape, and just look at the lace finishing on the sleeve hems! What a great idea, and a super top. I also just remembered to update my title in honour of Hayley’s Angelina – it went out as ‘6 ladies’, but now they are the Magnificent Seven 😉

Aren’t they all gorgeous? It has been an absolute delight to see these Angelinas and to talk about them, and to see all the different ways these fabulous ladies are using the pattern. Thank you to all of them for allowing me to feature them on the blog! I can’t wait to see what they all make next 🙂

12 thoughts on “7 talented ladies and their Angelinas!

  1. Kelly

    Thank you for the feature Helen! I love that you get such a thrill from all the Angelina’s out there and it’s so awesome that you featured us on your blog! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and creating patterns that help build this wonderful sewing community!

    1. valentineandstitch Post author

      I’m the one who should thank you, Kelly, and all of you, for these beautiful makes and for allowing me to put them here! I loved doing this post 🙂

      1. Kelly

        Oh Helen you’re absolutely wonderful! Anything for you! 🙂 Glad there is so much Angelina love out there!

  2. Diane G

    Wow, I’m in such great company! Such great versions from the other lovely ladies. Angelina is a fabulous pattern. Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog Helen. Xx

    1. valentineandstitch Post author

      It’s an absolute pleasure, Diane! I loved writing this post, and I love all these different versions of Angelina! It’s great how you’ve all taken it and made it your own 🙂

    1. valentineandstitch Post author

      I know, the version I keep making is the sleeveless dress but every time I see these lovely versions with the flutter sleeves I start craving for them too!

  3. Maxine

    Aww thanks for mention Helen, this has put a smile on my face, I have been absent from IG for days now (suffering withdrawal symptoms!) as my dear dad passed away on Saturday and I’ve been with my mum and brothers, am back home now and can’t wait to sit down behind my machine! Sewing really is so pleasurable for so many of us and will be my solace in the coming weeks I’m sure. Lovely to see so many Angelinas 😍

    1. valentineandstitch Post author

      So sorry to hear about your dad, Maxine. I’m glad this has made you smile, and hope the coming days and weeks are not too unbearable for you. Sending big hugs your way.

  4. Lynsey

    You say such lovely things and are so kind and supportive. It’s a great pattern and I know you are going to create so many more 😘😘

    1. valentineandstitch Post author

      I don’t say anything that isn’t true! I can’t even tell you how amazing it feels to see these beautiful versions of our patterns. It is hands down the best thing about the whole adventure! And thank you in return for saying such lovely things about this pattern and the future ones 🙂

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