When I picked up sewing 2 years ago, An from StraightGrain has always been inspirational in this little journey of sewing for my children. Her designs are beautiful and I confess being a hoarder of her sewing patterns! So when she asked if I would like to join in the NOVA blog tour, I was over the moon!
And with her new paper patterns, sewing is simply a breeze. Don't get me wrong, PDF patterns are awesome but I just love the idea of opening a readily-printed pattern pack without the hassle of scaling my computer/printer.
The NOVA paper pattern includes patterns, instruction booklet printed in full colour, lovely packed in a coloured folder. Open it, trace and I was all ready to sew! And without a doubt, I made a NOVA in Liberty Tana Lawn.
The Liberty Tana Lawn I chose is Felicite B, a sweet rose trail pattern designed for Liberty in 1933. Like the Betsy and Wiltshire prints, Felicite was created by a designer with the initials D.S. and is part of the Liberty Classic collection. Little E is in a pink phase now so this print is perfect and yet, not overly sugary sweet.
I'm a smocking addict and I love NOVA's 4 options of pleating methods - box, zigzag, flat and honeycomb. Aspiring smockers will love the honeycomb smocking technique, which creates a loving diamond design on the dress. I stitched mine with DMC Mouline Special 25 cotton threads in red and blue to create a more subtle effect.
NOVA offers options of sewing a dress or blouse, with multiple sleeve, back options and even a peter pan collar. I made a simple back button closure with a matching scarlet fabric button. An's instructions are easy to understand, and detailed in explanation. Available in both PDF and paper patterns, NOVA is a definite must have in your sewing patterns collection.
The slightly A-line dress also enables little E to twirl, run and sit comfortably, and Liberty Tana Lawn is perfect for the hot, humid climate in Singapore! I can't wait to sew more NOVAs and thank you, An, for the privilege of sewing for this blog tour!
Do check out all the other beautiful NOVAs by clicking on the links below and stay tuned for an Elizabeth Little giveaway next week!
Sisko by Mieke - Bel'Etoile - Zowiewo - Petrol & Mint - sewpony - Fairies, Bubbles & Co
- Elizabeth Little - Maker Mountain Fabrics - Better Dressed Child - Just Add Fabric - My Petite Sophie
Frances Suzanne - I Sew Blanche - Lily & Woody - My Minnie Mie
I Love You Sew - Thread Riding Hood - Ariane Blog