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?!

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 Harmony

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The Love Notions Feature Friday this week is a good one!  Today only you can grab the Harmony Blouse for just $5.  (This post contains affiliate links.  Shopping through them costs you nothing but I get a small commission that keeps this hobby of mine going ;))

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The Harmony Blouse is a classic woven tee pattern that is perfect for all those flowy wovens you’ve been hoarding (oh wait, is that just me?).  The Harmony has multiple sleeve options and shaping in all the right places.  Bust darts and a back center seam bring things in where you want them.  It is fitted through the chest and shoulders and nice and loose through the waist and hips.

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For this version, I made a few changes to suit my personal taste.  I sewed up a size small and raised the bust darts an inch (there’s instructions on this simple alteration in the pattern).  The Harmony has a scoop neckline but I prefer a much higher neck.  I used the crew neckline from the Classic tee in the front to bring the neckline up about 2 inches.  I adjusted my bias tape length to compensate for this change.

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I also eliminated the back closure on this one.  I noticed on my two previous versions that I could easily slip them on without undoing the button and thought I’d experiment with leaving it off.  Even with raising the neckline, this still fits over my head super easy (and I even tried it with a big ‘ol bun in my hair!).

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I used a dreamy Art Gallery rayon that floats and was so nice to work with.  It feels so good on and I’m pretty sure this will be part of my new uniform for my Saturdays at the hot soccer fields.  It’s so light and airy and I think it will pair great with shorts or a cute pencil skirt too!

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Make sure to check out the Love Notions blog today for a great guest post on the Harmony and a new fun add-on (I’m dying to try it on my next version!).

Riley Blake Linen Pants

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We had our first real taste of spring this week and I couldn’t be happier.  Warm sunshine, green grass, and the world blooming around me just makes me so happy for what lies ahead.  It was the perfect time to make some new comfy and casual pants to see me into summer.

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I was excited to get to work with yummy Riley Blake Linen for this project.  I’d used it once before for one of my favorite dresses for my daughter and have been eager ever since to have some in my closet!  It’s a great weight for clothing, not too heavy but still nice and structured.  It sews up so easily without curling or shifting and I loved working with it.  I picked the navy color so I’d have a good basic pant to mix and match with so many of my tees and tops.  It’s just the right deep color and really works great with my stash of stripe and floral tees.

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I used the Allegro Pants from Love Notions (affiliate link).  I have a few pairs of pants from H&M that are similar to this look that I lived in last summer.  I love the relaxed fit that tapers through the leg.  They’re easy to wear and look a little nicer than my other summer staple of cut-off jeans 😉  The Allegro pattern also has multiple short length options as well as two skirt choices too.  It’s a great pattern to add some summer basics to your wardrobe.

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I sewed up the pattern in a size small grading out to a medium for my calves.  I love that calf measurements are included in the pattern because I tend to have to grade out for mine.  I also did a faux drawstring since I hate losing them in the wash!

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I think I’m going to need a few more easy, breezy linen pieces this summer.  I think this fabric would work well for a pretty dress, a structured woven tee, or some casual summer shorts.  Here’s to hoping spring is here to stay!

Love Notions Resolution Joggers

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A road trip vacation called for one thing- new comfy pants!  And when there is snow still in the forecast you go for the warmest, coziest pants you can find.  These Love Notions Resolution Joggers in fluffy Raspberry Creek sweatshirt fleece couldn’t be better!

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This french terry sweatshirt fleece is just about the warmest, fluffiest fabric ever.  My little guy found a scrap of it and is begging for his own pair.  He declared it the softest fabric he’s ever felt.  There is minimal stretch but it worked great for this pattern with a little modification.  I used a different cotton/spandex french terry for the cuffs and added 2″ elastic to the contoured waistband for more stability.  I also added the drawstring for a sporty look.

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I used the tutorial in the Resolution Sew Along to add velvet ribbon down the side.  I’ve been crushing on all the side stripes I’m seeing everywhere these days and this was such a simple addition that totally added that ‘wow’ element to these pants.

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The Resolution pattern comes with jogger, yoga pant, and legging options.  I was a bit nervous when attaching the jogger calf pattern piece to the upper pant option of the pattern.  It creates a defined angle at the knee that I was worried would mean strange-looking legs.  I subtly curved my piece a tiny bit and crossed my fingers.  At this point I really should just trust those Love Notions ladies!  The final result is a great fitting pairing of joggers.  That back yoke detail is super flattering and a great place to do a little fabric mixing too.

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These pants were so perfect for our snowy drive and have been in constant rotation since.  Utah spring still brings snow and chilly temps so I know I’ll get more use out of these this season.

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My jogger obsession continues and I’m happy to have finally sewn up this pattern.  I know I’ll use it again and again!

Lyric Dress and Peplum from Love Notions

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When Tami starts posting her inspiration for her next patterns, I perk up!  It’s usually something I’ve been seeing in stores or filling my Pinterest feed.  The Lyric Peplum and Dress is no exception.

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The Lyric is a button-front woven dress pattern with all kinds of options.  It features waist and bust darts and cup-size bodice pieces for a great fitting dress.  You can do a simple flared or gathered skirt and there are five sleeve options as well.   I did the flared skirt with elbow length bishop sleeves in a size 6 A-cup.  I’m so in love with this dress!

Love Notions patterns all come in a huge range of sizes.  This one comes in sizes 0-24 with A, B, C, and D cup bodice pieces.  They also have layers and no trim pages that make putting together the patterns a breeze.  The tutorial is full of tips and alteration guides to get the best fit possible.

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When picking fabric, boy did I struggle.  As a tester you walk this fine line between hopefully sewing up a garment that fits your body and your style and the possibility of it ending up in the donate pile almost immediately.  I was hopeful for a garment I would love but also cautious as well.  Dresses can be hard to fit and finding the right fabric would play a big part in that.  I’ve had this gorgeous paisley print rayon in my stash for a couple of years.  I picked it up in LA which means 1- it was cheap but 2- I couldn’t easily replace it.  I had bought it thinking it’d be the perfect maxi dress or jumpsuit.  I loved that it wasn’t a floral , lol, and that it has all my favorite colors in it; navy, blush, mint, and mustard.   I knew it had the right flow for those bishop sleeves I can’t get enough of so I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and cut into it.  Man, am I so happy I did!

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This pattern looks great in so many fabrics.  I want a classic linen version next!  Or chambray? Or stripes?!  So many cute possibilities.  Make sure you check out the listing for so many different versions and fantastic fabric choices.  It’s one of those patterns that you can have multiple of in your closet and no one would ever know they’re all the same thing because with a simple change of fabric and sleeve options you’ve got a whole new look!

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You can grab your pattern here on sale through Thursday April 4th.  Can’t wait to see all the Lyric’s filling my feed!