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If you subscribe to the Love Notions Newsletter you’ve already seen that I’ve pulled a fast one and released two patterns this morning! These patterns are my thirty and thirty-first official patterns. That’s pretty cool! Both of these patterns are on sale this week through Saturday, August 29th. Use coupon code ‘labella’ for 20% off. If you purchase both the ladies and girls patterns tiered pricing will apply and you may still use the 20% off coupon! That’s about 28% off total! 

I’ve been asked where I get my inspiration for some of my designs and today I’ll let you in on a secret of mine– I subscribe to the clothing box subscription service Stitch Fix. It’s a fun way for me to build up my own closet with little work on my end and I get inspiration for future Love Notions Patterns. It’s also just plain fun to get a box of clothes someone else has styled for you in the mail every once in awhile. A lot of times the clothes they pick for me are not items I’d normally pick for myself so it kind of gets me outside my own box. (This is my referral link if you’re interested in signing up yourself.)

While I’m waiting for my own box of clothing goodness I stalk Youtube box reveals, pinterest and random blog posts to see what everyone else is getting. There’s one popular shirt that most ladies are dying to get (as well as pay $$$ for). It’s the Corinna Dolman by Market & Spruce. I haven’t gotten one myself so what’s a pattern designer to do? Knock it off, of course! This is a pretty easy design, nothing too earth shattering. It has a dolman style sleeve but it’s more of a fitted dolman shirt, it does not have the large bat-wings so many dolman tops do.


Stitch Fix Market & Spruce Corinna Dolman


It’s pretty cute, right? Here’s my take on the Corinna Dolman– the Love Notions La Bella Donna Top & Tunic. The Love Notions top has two lengths: shirt and tunic as well as three neckline options: boatneck, cowl and hood. And what pattern would be complete without sleeve length options?! The La Bella Donna has short, 3/4 and long sleeves.

La Bella Donna Shirt

La Bella Donna Shirt with 3/4 length sleeves and boatneck

Wear the LBD with skinny jeans and some booties for a great fall look:

Short Sleeve La Bella Donna

Short Sleeve La Bella Donna

Or for an even more fall look, pair the tunic with cowl with leggings or tights along with your favorite pair of riding boots.

La Bella Donna Tunic with Cowl

La Bella Donna Tunic with Cowl

What’s even better is that the LBD also comes in girls sizes! All the same great options and fit but in girls sizes 2T-16. This will be a staple in your closet as well as your daughters.

Girls La Bella Tunic with hood

Girls La Bella Tunic with hood

Girls La Bella Top & Tunic

Girls La Bella Hooded Tunic details

Girls La Bella Top Details

Girls La Bella Top Details

My testers did an amazing job on both the ladies and girls pattern. You can see more tester photos on the Facebook page. Girls tester album & Ladies tester album..

Tami Meyer

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