Today is my stop on the Coffee and Thread Lana Blog Tour! The Lana is a top/dress with lovely ruffle on a dropped sleeve. To sweeten the pot, Olga, the designer, added a long sleeve to the mix. If you already own the pattern, it will be added to your account 🙂
I recently helped Olga to test the girls Lana, There is also a ladies version (or, go crazy and get the ladies/girls bundle). So, when I saw there was a pattern tour, I jumped at the chance to join the fun. I’m not the best for time management so knowing I had a deadline helped me to sew up another version of the pattern my daughter and I know we already love!
I don’t test as often as I used to but when I see something truly unique (like the Lana ruffle), I can’t not try to test! My first sleeve was a little fiddly but the next version I made went in much easier because Bonnie (here, here, and here are her versions) suggested first sewing along the seam allowance on the sleeve and ruffle individually before sewing them together. Eureka – – TADAH!
I love learning new tips. I have sewn countless bodices to gathered skirts but never once thought to add a small strip of interfacing like Olga suggests in the Lana pattern. This is genius because it eliminates the waviness I’d seen in the past when doing this in a knit. I was able to use woven interfacing on this knit pattern because it had some ease to it but I recently used this trick with a fitted knit bodice and added a strip of the knit interfacing instead and it worked like a dream!
Looking for more Lana inspiration? There are some amazing short sleeve, long sleeve, dress, and top versions (and tons of fun hacks!) from other seamstresses on the pattern tour. Be sure to stop by the Coffee + Thread Patterns Facebook group and find more Lanas on Instagram with these hashtags: #lanatopanddress #lanatopanddresstour #coffeeandthreadpatterns#lanakids
To celebrate the pattern tour, there is a 20% discount code on the ladies patterns and girls patterns (bundles excluded). YAY!
***As a Coffee + Thread Tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing it up
and offering feedback throughout the testing process. This blog post contains
zero affiliate links and it is my joy to share a pattern and designer I adore.***