Exploring new fabrics and new patterns for fall…..

Fall is in the air where I live in North America! Our days are still seeing nice afternoon temperatures, but you can feel the chilly edge when you jump out of bed in the morning or go outside to tell the kids it’s bed time. I did not sew as much for myself this summer as I would have liked, but I did make a few dresses that saw heavy rotation through the summer. I appreciate nothing more than wearing clothes that fit me and the confidence that it brings to my day.

I found as I was pushing back my summer clothes to the rear of the closet, that my fall-appropriate RTW wardrobe is just not enough for me.

Enter the Origami Tunic and Cardigan by Love Notions!   I was looking for something that had a relaxed fit without being bulky that would also work well with my new French terry obsession. I’m mainly a cotton Lycra girl, and while CL is on the list of fabrics for the Origami, switching up your fabric choices can really vary your look.

I am in between a M/L on the Love Notions size chart depending on measurements. I ended up making a large so I can layer this over a thin tee this winter and also wear it with jeans without the hem clinging to the fly front (a pet peeve of mine). I used this beautiful double brushed French terry from the Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop.  It is also available in olive and charcoal. I loved this so much I ordered some more to make girls’ Origamis for my daughters!

I love the loose cowl neck that makes the Origami tunic extra cozy. Even though I am 5’10” I did not need to add any extra length to the sleeves and since I wanted this to pair well both with leggings and with jeans for our upcoming trip to the U.K. I did not add any additional length to the tunic. I do appreciate that there was a shorten/lengthen line for easy adjustments though.

I’ve already ordered a few more cuts of French terry to try the handkerchief hem view of the Origami.  Which view is your favorite?




  1. Diane | 7th Sep 17

    View #2 shows of the way the top is very nicely fitted in the bust and shoulders. Then it has a graceful flow away from waist and hip area. Love the collar, too. You look great.

  2. Mary | 7th Sep 17

    Like the way you got the cowl neck to come out on this, did you lengthen it at all or is that straight from the pattern?

    • MadebyEleri | 16th Oct 17

      Hi Mary! Didn’t see the notification about this comment – the cowl came straight out of the pattern. I think it’s a great cowl! My french terry gave it some nice structure, too.

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