***Valentine & Stitch patterns are sadly no longer available in the marketplace***
Who doesn’t love a free pattern?? I got to know the lovely Helen of Valentine & Stitch during the #sewapril17 challenge and I’m so happy that I did! Not only is Helen super friendly and kind but she and her husband are talented pattern designers so of course I was delighted when she announced that they would be releasing their first free pattern!
Lotus was recently released at the beginning of May. It is a versatile blouse in two versions. Version A being an off-the-shoulder tunic with a dipped hem while Version B has a narrower neckline and falls at the hip. It is an easy and satisfying sew that can be made an afternoon.
I sewed mine up in a lightweight jersey knit that I purchased at my local fabric store Fabric Planet. I picked a neutral gray because I want to be able to wear this with a variety of outfits. It has the right amount of stretch and drape for this pattern on top of the fact that it is really nice to the touch.
I decided to sew up Version B in XXS size and it fit like a glove around my bodice but I found that at this size for my body type the length did not hit me at the hip. That was totally fine though because it works perfectly with mid to high-waisted jeans which are very stylish right now. I went for this size because if I don’t go for the smallest size I end up with a garment that is too big. However, there will be plenty more Lotus’ in my future and the fun part is that I can play with the length to my liking. I think for my next one I will go for the XXS but cut the length at an XS or S instead. Either way I can’t get over how cute Lotus is! 🙂