Did someone say it’s pumpkin season? Today I am introducing a new pattern from Love Notions, the Breckenridge Henley. It’s super comfy yet stylish and I made mine in a stunning orange cotton jersey.. I can’t find any other way to describe this dress than ‘Pumpkin Spice’. I am totally getting into the Fall spirit though we have no seasons here.
I thoroughly enjoyed testing the Breckenridge Henley. I’ve only ever made a henley for hubby and that placket experience was not fun! The Breckenridge, however, has a completely different neckband application that doesn’t even require buttonholes! Phew.. I’ve been waiting on this day for so long! And if that’s not good enough to convince you to get this pattern, there are top, tunic and dress versions! So many possibilities!
I made the dress version because I am very much into dresses lately. I feel like my style is actually changing since I became a Love Notions Ambassador.. I know.. that’s crazy! I feel like my focus was more on ‘insta fashion’ and trends before but since I’ve been exposed to more practical patterns, I realised they make a lot more sense for my wardrobe. Especially right now during this pandemic, I am loving everything comfy and practical, which is exactly what the Breckenridge is .. not to forget.. super cute!!
- Shirt length
- Tunic length
- Dress length
- Full Bust option
- Cuffed long
I was so excited when I saw there was a roll tab option for the sleeves. This has to be my favourite sleeve style ever! Even hubby loves them both for himself and me! As usual I made size L and graded to XL hip though I did end up taking in a smidgen on the skirt at the last minute right before my shoot. Next time I think I can get away without grading.
While we’re talking about next time, I am totally making the top version in a buffalo plaid to create my Christmas pjs! I saw a Victoria’s Secret version and knew right away I had to recreate it! The wrong side of my fabric is plain red too so I can literally make this exact henley! My fabric is flawed and I didn’t notice until weeks after I brought it home so it really is just suitable for pjs.. match made in heaven! I think the only thing I would change is the buttons.. I prefer black!
Now let’s talk about how I whipped this dress up in a few hours on shoot day! It was such a high stress situation but my machine totally surprised me. It usually acts naughty on jersey especially when I am scrambling to finish a project but this time I was so proud of it! It handled the fabric just right and did an absolutely amazing job on topstitching that neckband. I was actually blown away! I used 6 buttons on my neckline and one each for the sleeve tabs. The buttons I chose are antique brass and I think that was such a great choice! They complicate the orange so well! I wouldn’t say the neckband is complicated but it could be a bit tricky for beginners. Luckily Tami created a sew along video specifically for attaching the neckband and I plan to use it every single time I sew this pattern. It is so good!
I cannot get over this fabric. I believe it is the Catalina Knit from Robert Kaufman, a pretty thick jersey that just sews up like a dream. I really enjoyed making this dress even through the rush. And after my shoot, I didn’t want to take off my dress. It felt like I was wearing nothing. So soft.. so comfy.. so cozy! My buffalo plaid fabric is cotton spandex and will be equally soft and comfy.. I am already envisioning myself opening presents under the tree in my Christmas pjs!
The Breckenridge Henley pattern is on release sale for one week. It will be $3 off the regular price from Tuesday October 20th to Monday October 26th. I think this is one my favourite releases since I’ve joined the team. Needless to say, I approve and highly recommend this pattern! If you feel inspired and want to grab yourself a copy, I would love for you to use my link. Stay tuned for my top version I’ll be sharing soon!