April 23, 2021

A Lotte and a Cachet

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I had big plans for all the sewing I would get done over my Easter break. 10 days off? With no need to be anywhere else? I planned garments galore, plus the basting of my applique version of Spring Meadow and getting a start on the quilting, oh and finishing the embroidery blocks for version two. Even heading into the break, I knew I wouldn't actually get it all done, but a girl can dream, right?

I've been dreaming about making the Lotte Hoodie, pattern from Sinclair Patterns, for months. I was a bit intimidated by it, but also just stuck because there are soooo many ways to colour block it and they all look amazing, so I couldn't decide what fabric to use where. Then I saw a version that was all one colour except for the lining of the cowl and I loved how it looked, so that's what I did.

I love it! Our weather has been cold and damp for days on end and I keep reaching for my Lotte.
Lotte hoodie | DevotedQuilter.com
I keep stumbling over what to call it - the pattern is called a hoodie, but I don't really like hoods, so I chose the cowl option instead. Did I make a cowlie? 😆 When I was making the cowl, I was a little nervous I wouldn't like it because it seemed really big, but it's perfect. It's nice and cozy, but not too close to my face or too tight around my neck. 

I love the front pocket!
Lotte hoodie | DevotedQuilter.com
Now that I've sewn one Lotte, I know it's not as complicated as it looked and I have so many plans for more! If only I had more time!

After finishing the Lotte early in my week off, I took an evening and cut out 4 more garments - 2 Cachet shirts, an Essential Tank (pattern from Patterns for Pirates) and a knee length Summer Basics dress (that will be my fifth dress using the pattern from Love Notions!). That was pretty ambitious and most of them are still piled up in pieces, lol. The Essential tank is about half finished, but I want to cut a contrasting fabric for the neck and arm bands, and I haven't done that yet. The dress and one of the Cachets didn't even get started.

I did finish one of the Cachets, though, and I love this marbled pink print. This is the second Cachet I've made for myself (plus two for my Mom for Christmas) using the pattern from Sinclair Patterns and it's wonderful to make something using a pattern I already know fits me perfectly, plus the Cachet is so quick to put together. There are only three pieces to the shirt - the front, the back and the neckband. I don't think a shirt can get any simpler than that!
Cachet shirt | DevotedQuilter.com
I had a few pink threads to choose from, ranging from light to dark, and I chose the darkest of them. I really love the added detail of the twin needle top stitching around the neckband. My topstitching has definitely improved as I've made more garments!
twin needle top stitching | DevotedQuilter.com
If you'd love to sew your own clothes, but you're intimidated by the thought of going from quilts to clothes, check out my Quilters Can Learn to Sew Clothes post. I fully believe you can do it!

After finishing the Cachet, I switched back to quilting for an unexpected secret project with a rather tight deadline, which is why none of my other Easter sewing plans got accomplished. That fun, scrappy quilt is coming together nicely and when it's done I'll be getting back to the other things I cut out over the break. So there will be more garment finishes in the near future 😊 

I'm linking with TGIFF at MMM Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, NTT, Finished (or Not) Friday, and Beauties Pageant.


  1. Pink looks really good on you Leanne! I went from garments to quilts, and have only sewed a few things in the past few years for my grandson, but keep getting that pull... especially when I see what you've been up to! I am in love with your cowlie lol - I've heard the term zippy before for the hoodless hoodies. Where are you getting your fabrics? That blue especially I just love (you know I would). I used to get a lot from Fabricland. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  2. LOVE both of your projects - and I especially love those colours on you!
    I actually pulled out a few patterns the other day, wondering if it's time to start sewing clothes for myself again - maybe after quilting season is done? (like that's ever going to happen!)

  3. Both projects are beautiful. Your top stitching looks amazing. Did you purchase a serger, or did you already have it? All in all, both tops are so nice. Well done. I am sure you will finish up the other projects. How smart to get all of the cutting done. Now you can sit and sew when you have the time.

  4. Wonderful job! I will be getting back to garment sewing, but not for me, for all the babies showing up in my life!

  5. Perfect fit on the 'cowlie' and excellent choice of color for you. Two beautiful tops to take you into the Spring.

  6. Great additions to your wardrobe, Leanne!! I have a few clothing patterns, but have only sewn improv quilted jackets on sweatshirt bases in the last 10+ years. Perhaps, I should dust off my serger!

  7. Wow, both of these look so professional. If you hadn't said you made them yourself I would never have known. You are making me want to try some garments....(I'll hold off some more cause I have a gazillion quilt projects going. But thanks for the wonderful eye candy.

  8. These look so professional!! LOVE that Hoodie!!!


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