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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 🙂

Angelina is here!

Excitement has been at full pitch here with the release of our new pattern for women, Angelina! Angelina has SIX different versions: you can make it as a top or a dress with three different sleeve options for each. It’s incredibly versatile, and has already become the staple of my Spring/ Summer wardrobe. Here’s a look at the different versions, and ideas of how to style Angelina:

The simplest version of Angelina is the sleeveless one. It can be made casual, like this t-shirt in Art Gallery Fabrics jersey, or smarter like my polka dot dress that I’ve worn for work a few times already.

The sleeveless dress also looks good with leggings and a cardigan, so can be adapted for cooler weather. I can’t stop making this version! I did a black and white one which has been perfect for work, and then earlier this week I made this grey floral version, which is a little more casual for the lovely sun we’ve been having in the UK lately.

I was also asked for a back view, so this is what the sleeveless version looks like from the back:

It’s harder than I thought to take pictures of your own back

 

 

 

The wavy dress hem isn’t part of the pattern. My fabric didn’t wash well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next option is short flutter sleeves. This works well to make a simple t-shirt a bit more eye-catching, like this rose polka dot version. I also made it in this pretty teal viscose for a stylish more formal dress, and I think this is my most elegant Angelina so far:

 

The third option is elbow-length flutter sleeves. This makes Angelina more dressy, as you can see from the floral dress which was the first one I previewed on Instagram:

Handle of a child’s wheelbarrow bottom left. Just keepin’ it real folks 😉

The sleeves are so swishy and fun! This last one I’m showing you is a definite sewing fail, but I thought you might like the idea behind it:

 

I did a lace overlay with lace sleeves. I disliked it almost instantly, even though I loved the idea! I think it’s just because the colour does nothing for me – it looked cream on the website I ordered from (though in fairness the colour was called ‘latte’ – it does look like a milky coffee, but I assumed it meant latte as in milky coloured!!) This one ended up being a bit of an experiment – since I wasn’t keen on the lace, I thought it didn’t matter if I didn’t like the end result, so I tried just hemming all the edges with a narrow overlocker stitch (the white thread was what was in my overlocker and I’d already given up on this garment being wearable to pick out the white fabric underneath the bodice). I still don’t like the colour of this top, but I’m glad to have tried something new!

 

And since I don’t want to leave it on a low note, here is a montage of my favourite Angelina shots – including some bloopers!

Don’t forget that you can buy Angelina for 30% off with the code INSTA30 until midnight tonight (BST)!