Love Notions Melody Dolman

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The Love Notions Melody Top is here.  I’m thinking this will be THE pattern of the summer (at least MY summer, anyway!).

This post contains affiliate links.  I am a Love Notions tester and ambassador.  A portion of your purchase through my links will come back to me.  I joined the team AFTER falling in love with these patterns and the amazing ladies behind Love Notions patterns.

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The Melody dolman is an easy fit button-up blouse.  It features sleeve cuffs, a cute wide collar, and a shirttail hem that can be worn down or tied in front.  The pattern comes in sizes XS- XXXL with a full bust option as well.

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I sewed up a size small with an inch added for my 5’7″ height.  I think I will leave off the extra length next time though.  I used an amazing lightweight viscose crepe from Blackbird fabrics (purchased early last year and just waiting in my stash for the perfect project).  The fabric has such a beautiful drape and was so nice to wear.  It’s not too hot and was so dreamy against my skin.  I will definitely be on the hunt for more of this fabric type.

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The construction of this top is seriously so quick.  If you’ve been wanting to try a button-up but are feeling intimidated by it (do you see me raising my hand- I’m looking at you Cheyenne), this pattern is for you!  The collar comes together easily and the dolman sleeve style means no setting in sleeves.

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I’m anxious to sew up a couple of more to get me through summer.  I’ve been dying over all the tester versions and think I need to try a more stable linen version next.  I’ve got my eye on this pretty Buttercup yellow linen or a soft striped rayon challis (both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  Fabric plays such a role in the look of this pattern and I love the idea of having a closetful but each one being completely different.

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One of my favorite parts of testing is the community it builds.  I’m so lucky to live by the amazing Rachel of Little Fish, Anna of Kainara Stitches, and Katie of Made by Kates.  We met up for a quick shoot in our Melodies and I couldn’t love these pics more.  Huge shout out to Nicole for taking these shots and Anna for working her magic on them.  I love how our tops all look so different and I want to copy them all!

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You can grab this pattern on sale through Sunday, June 23rd.

Riley Blake Edie Jane

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Have you guys missed seeing these cuties as much as I have?!  My sister and her family are now living in Colorado and all I wanted for my birthday this year was a trip to visit them in their new home.  I couldn’t help but squeeze in a little photoshoot with my nieces while I was there.

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This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics.  I just had to get my hands on the new Edie Jane line for my own little Edie girl.  When you have a fabric line with your same name it’s a no brainer right?!  Edie in Edie- perfection!

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For these dresses, I used Edie Jane Main Teal and Edie Jane Navy Dot.  There were so many prints to choose from and I simply love all the colorways.  Teal, blush, navy, and gray are the main colors in the collection and they look so sweet together.  There are large and small scale florals, script, and triangle prints and more.

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It was so fun to pick prints that would suit their styles and personalities.   While little sister is into all things girly, big sister loves dinos, dragons, and adventures.  This subtle print is classic and just right for her.

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I sewed up the Spencer Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  I wanted a dress that could easily be layered and could take her into summer too.  The simple silhouette is so cute and the buttons up the back are such a darling detail.

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I love a simple dress to really let a fabric shine!

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This dress is the Polly Pinafore from Bebekins.  I’m sad my own girls have outgrown the pinafore look and I was dying to sew one up for this girly.  The shoulder ruffles are so cute!

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These girls were too cute on this windy Colorado day.  It was so fun to play dress up AND get to take their pictures too!  Being an aunt is the BEST!

Make sure you check your local or online fabric shops for this sweet line.  There are so many prints to choose from and the possible combinations are endless!

DIBY Club Helen Dress

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This post is sponsored by DIBY Club and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I was contacted by DIBY Club to try their patterns and review them but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  To read my DIBY Club Rosa Dress pattern review head here.

When choosing which patterns I wanted to review and sew up I was drawn to DIBY’s dress patterns.  They all were cute, easily wearable patterns that looked amazing on all the testers.  I sewed up the Rosa Dress as a pretty church/date night look.  I wanted a more casual summer dress and especially wanted one that would work well as a swim cover-up.  The Helen Dress was just what I needed.

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The Helen Dress is a drawstring waist dress with multiple lengths, cap sleeves or racerback tank options, and scoop or crossover necklines.  It comes in sizes 00-36 and the patterns feature layers and trimless pages making it a cinch to print and put together.  As with the Rosa Dress, the tutorial is amazing and walks you through any alterations you may need to get the best fitting garment.  This pattern would be a great place to start if you’re new to sewing or just trying knits for the first time.

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I did the scoop neckline, cap sleeve, knee length options.  I sewed things per the pattern instructions until it was time to do the drawstring.  Since I am planning to wear this as a swim coverup I opted to use elastic in the drawstring casing and added a faux drawstring for looks.  I find elastic more comfortable than drawstring and hate losing them in the wash.  It was a personal choice and one that worked for this super casual dress.

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I used lightweight french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I am in love with the CLUB dots and rugby striped poly rayon spandex french terry and it works so well as lightweight sweaters, shorts, and especially after-swimwear when you’re just a bit chilled.  It was such a good match for this pattern.

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I am so excited about this dress.  I love that I can wear this from the pool to the store or snow cone shack and feel totally comfortable.  It’s going to be the first thing I pack on my beach vacations too- from beach lounging to lunch on the patio, I love a little more coverage and this just nails it.  I’m counting down the days until my kiddos are out of school and we can hit the pools and splash pads all day, every day.

Thank you DIBY Club for giving me the opportunity to sew up these patterns.  They just released the new Emmeline Dress and it’s another one I’m adding to my list.   It feels great to find another pattern company I can trust with great fitting patterns, comprehensive tutorials, and super cute styles.  You can check out their women’s patterns, or try a pattern for free!

DIBY Club Rosa Tulip Dress

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When the gals at DIBY Club contacted me about partnering with them and reviewing a couple of their patterns I was thrilled and jumped at the chance.  I’d heard amazing things about their patterns and their Facebook Group is such an incredible, supportive community that I love following.   Their patterns are always popping up as favorites of my sewing friends and I had been wanting to try them out for myself.

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When scrolling through their pattern library, I was amazed by the variety.  They have a dozen free patterns if you’re wanting to try one out for yourself.  They have men’s, women’s, and children’s patterns but I knew I was going to be selfish with this one- I wanted to sew up something just for me!  Heading into summer, I’ve been wanting to add a few more dresses to my wardrobe.  I settled on the Helen and Rosa Dresses, two knit dresses that will be great additions in my closet.

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I sewed up the Rosa Dress for this review and couldn’t be happier with my new dress.  The Rosa is a beautiful dolman sleeve bodice with a fun tulip, crossover skirt.  The pattern comes in sizes 00-36, features multiple sleeve lengths, crew and scoop necklines, and shirt, knee, and maxi lengths.  It’s rated for experienced beginner sewists and is full of amazing tips throughout the in-depth tutorial.  Before beginning, I looked over the tutorials for both the Helen and the Rosa.  I was so impressed by the attention to detail, the thorough fit and alteration sections, and the clear illustrations.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these patterns to someone just starting out sewing.  These patterns offer a little more ‘hand holding’ than some making things so easy to understand.

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The measurement charts are in-depth and help to achieve the perfect fit.  I fell into a 4 chest and hips with an 8 waist.  I used the instructions to grade the waist out (the pattern pieces include so many reference points so it’s easy to determine where to grade) and also added length to the bodice and skirt pieces according to the tutorial as well.   I’ve found that as I sew up patterns, I tend to change lots of construction methods just for my own personal preference.  With this pattern I changed two simple things- I tacked the sleeve cuffs with my machine instead of by hand (hello lazy sewist) and I sewed the belt altogether right sides together and left a small hole to turn it instead of sewing one long side after you’ve sewn and flipped the other three seams.  I think this says a lot about the construction and tutorial of this pattern.  Not that the way I do things is neccesarily the ‘right’ way but that I trusted or would have naturally done things per the tutorial made it an easy, comfortable sewing experience.

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The waist sash is one of my favorite details!

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I also really adore that the back skirt piece has some shaping with the center back seam and is not gathered.  This creates a sleek, flattering silhouette.

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My fabric came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I love that these colors feel seasonless and I can wear it layered under a cardigan or denim jacket in cooler weather.

I’m lovin’ my new dress and am excited to sew up the Helen.  I’ll for sure be turning to DIBY Club in the future and would totally recommend giving them a try.  Great pattern, amazing tutorial, incredible fit, and beautiful finished product!  What more could you ask for?!

Check out their free patterns here, all their women’s patterns, or grab a dress pattern or two!

Monarch Jacket in Riley Blake Wool

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When the Monarch Jacket from Allie Olson released I just had to have it.   I love the easy, classic style and knew I had to sew one up stat.

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When it came time to pick a project for this sponsored Riley Blake post, I kept going back to a bomber jacket.  The Monarch was the perfect silhouette but is meant for knits.  Did I dare hack it?!! You know how much I love having all the work done for me 😉  With a little deliberation with my sewing peeps I was convinced I could tackle this project and I’m so glad I did.

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Before I dive into the alterations I did, let’s talk fabric.  I ordered this cuff ribbing in the fall and have been looking for the right project to really highlight it.  I used it as my starting point and picked the fabric to coordinate.  There are 33, yes 33!, colors of wool to choose from at Riley Blake.  I stuck with a classic Navy then felt like the sky was the limit with a coordinate.  I wanted something seasonless since I was sewing this in the spring but wanted to be able to wear it in the fall as well.  I waffled between Mint, Beehive, Holly, or a classic Gray.  In the end, I surprised even myself and picked Lipstick, a pretty coral-pink that looks equally suited for sunny spring or the jewel tones of fall.  It’s got a bit of a rust tint that I really love.

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This was my first time sewing with wool.  I washed and dried my fabrics a couple of times to shrink them up and felt them a bit.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the dry cleaners, so I wanted to be able to throw this jacket in the wash.   Hopefully, I’ll be good to wash on cold and hang it to dry when needed.

The fabrics softened when washed and I love the nubby texture they took on.  It’s a nice medium weight and was not too thick to sew up or add my snaps to.  It’s nice and structured without being too stiff.

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Ready for my easy alterations.  I fell into a size 4 chest and 6 waist but sized up to a straight size 8 to make sure there was enough ease.  I probably could have stayed with the 6 bodice but definitely need the extra room in the arms.  I lengthened the sleeve piece in an oh-so-technical way.  I laid my cuff fabric on the cuff pattern piece and determined how much width I was loosing and added that to the sleeve piece length.  It worked out lovely.  I  lined the sleeves in a super soft double brushed poly knit so I could easily wear a short-sleeved shirt and not be bothered if the wool was too itchy.  I basted the lining to the sleeve piece and treated them as one piece when sewing up the jacket.  The sleeve seam is a bit bulky and I was glad I used a thinner knit to keep it from being too terribly thick.

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The collar was the most intimidating part for me.  The collar pattern piece is angled and folded and I was working with a rectangular single piece of ribbing.  I angled the ribbing onto the jacket neckline and basted it according to the pattern directions.  I was pleasantly surprised it worked out so easily and I was able to finish the jacket according to the tutorial.  It’s so nice having that soft ribbing on my neck!

The pattern does not have pockets which I totally get if you wear it as a light layering piece but I’m really missing them on this jacket.  I’m contemplating adding patch or welt pockets to this to make it more functional.  It didn’t help that these jeans are sans front pockets as well- a girl needs

her pockets!  Any suggestions for me?

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I used the pattern suggestion and finished the placket with a little bias tape.  This fabric is another Riley Blake print coming soon, Edie Jane (I can’t wait to share my makes from that collection!) and I love the subtle feminine touch it adds.

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Overall, I’m thrilled with how this project turned out.  It’s a classic piece that I’m sure will be the first jacket I grab on those cold mornings or chilly soccer game days.  I’d love to make a comfy knit version too and have already scoured my stash for fabric options.

My first go at working with wool might have spoiled me for the future.  My confidence is high that I just might be able to tackle a real coat come fall.  This Riley Blake wool was so nice to work with.  The hardest part just might be picking a color!

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Hey June Lucerne Blouse

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The Hey June Lucerne Blouse is sure to become a fan favorite.  I was lucky enough to get to test it and I’m already anxious to sew up more!

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The Lucerne is the perfect summer blouse- nice and flowy with so much style.  It features a curved shirt tail hem that is longer in the back.  It works great for my ever-present half tuck in front but still covers my tush in the rear 😉

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My favorite feature is the fantastic sleeve options.  I sewed up the tie sleeves but the pattern also comes with a tulip sleeve choice as well.  AND you can mix and match the sleeves from the Amalfi and Phoenix patterns too giving you a boatload of combos to try!

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The Lucerne comes in sizes 2-22.  I sewed up a straight size 6 and love the fit of it.  The neckline is finished with a facing which is becoming my favorite way to finish a woven neckline (I can’t seem to get a bias neckline to behave!).  This version is sewn up without alterations but I do think I’ll raise the neckline slightly in the future.  Let’s just say the hubby is a fan of this neckline but I prefer a little more coverage.

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I sewed mine up in a pretty striped rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This fabric moved so beautifully in the wind and I love how light and airy it is.  It is a tiny bit sheer but not too bad.  I did wear a tank under because between the neckline and opacity I knew I’d be more comfortable with it.

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I loved seeing all the tester versions and with each new sew my wish list grew!  Make sure to check them all out here.  You can pick up the pattern here.

 

 

Love Notions Dolce Dress

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The Dolce Dress from Love Notions is here and it’s going to jump to the top of your sewing queue!  It’s on sale for just $7 through Thursday, May 9th.

This post contains affiliate links.  I get a small commission for purchasing through them that I in return use to keep this little hobby of mine going 😉

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The Dolce Dress is the girl’s version of the amazing Lyric Dress.  It has many of the same features as the Lyric including multiple sleeve options and the cute button-front bodice.

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The girl’s version has the option to omit the button-front skirt and the elastic waist casing in the back makes it easy to get on and off.  The Dolce also has a cute back yoke with a gathered back bodice, a detail that I think is adorable!  One of my favorite things about Love Notions patterns is the huge size range, 2T-16, making this one my girls can use for a few more years still.

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For our version, I did the button-front bodice, plain skirt and puff sleeves.  I sewed up a size 8 with a 10 length (her measurements put her in a 7 width but I wanted a little growing room).   I also used 5 buttons instead of the recommended 3 buttons on the bodice because I liked the look of them so much.

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The fabric for this dress came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  They just got in a bunch of pretty wovens and I had such a hard time picking one.  I love this girly in pink and peach tones and knew she’d be excited for a kind of grown-up fabric choice.   It’s a lovely rayon challis with just enough weight to sew up easily but also lightweight enough to drape so nicely.  I really adore rayon challis in the summer!

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Make sure you check out all the listing photos for a TON of cute inspiration.  The other testers really did a great job showcasing just how versatile this pattern is.  My sweet Sophie has already requested her own version as well and I think a trio of Dolce/Lyrics is totally in order.