Coffee and Thread Madrid Tour

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I love a good blog/Instagram tour, especially when it’s for one of my favorite designers.  I jumped at the chance to join the Madrid Dress tour for the lovely Olga of Coffee and Thread patterns.  I’ve been wanting to sew up this pattern since it came out and this was just the nudge I needed.

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The Madrid Dress and Top is a faux wrap bodice with multiple sleeve styles and three length options.  It comes in sizes 2-20 and the tutorial is top notch.  Olga always does an amazing job with her patterns and I know I can count on them to fit great and come together smoothly and easily.

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For my dress, I used a beautiful crepe from La Finch Fabrics.  I snagged this fabric as an end of bolt deal (it’s out of stock but keep your eyes peeled for another end of bolt deal) and wasn’t quite sure what it was going to become.  As soon as I had it in my hands I knew it needed to shine as a dramatic maxi dress.  The print is so pretty and full of my favorite colors (that navy and yellow combo never gets old).  The weight and drape make it so nice to wear.

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For my version, I had a little fun with the pattern.  I switched up the tiered skirt to be one full-length skirt.  I used the full width of fabric for both the skirt front and back making it feel like a princess gown!  It’s so full and twirly but the lightness of the fabric keeps it from being too poofy.

I did a full bishop sleeve using the existing long sleeve pattern piece.  I straightened out the sleeve taper on both sides and added an inch for the elastic casing.  I love love bishop sleeves.  They add a little drama but the cinched elastic at the wrist keeps them practical and out of the way.

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I had so much inspiration for this dress.  It all started about a year ago when I spotted a gal out and about in a gorgeous bishop sleeve wrap front maxi dress.  It looked effortlessly chic and oh so comfortable.  I couldn’t get it out of my head.  This version, this pretty short version, and this cute hi-low beauty convinced me I needed my own boho-inspired dress.  I love being able to take all the little details of my inspiration and make them a reality that fits my needs and vision.  This dress exceeded all my wildest dreams.

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You can follow along the tour with Coffee and Thread on Instagram and use code ‘madridtour’ to get 25% off any pattern in the shop.  I can’t wait to see all the lovely versions of this pattern!

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!

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.

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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.

 

 

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!

 

Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs

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Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs is here and it’ll have your heart swooning!  We love the darling retro feel and it has us gearing up for Valentine’s.  It’s such a sweet collection full of bright colors and playful prints.

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The Gradient Heart is black was such a great choice for my oldest.  It’s got a modern edge to it that was so well suited for one of our favorite dress patterns.

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I love the clean lines of the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace (you can see our other versions here, here, and here).  Those big box pleats and hidden inseam pockets are the stuff that makes me giddy!

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Can you even stand those ombre hearts?!!  The colors are just so fun!

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For this dress, I made a size 8 width with a 12 length in the skirt.  She actually measures into a 7 width but I was hoping by sizing up it’d fit a bit longer.  The problem is this girly keeps growing up and not out so I’m pretty sure it’ll be too short the next time I blink!  Little sister is already patiently waiting for her to outgrow it 😉

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Speaking of litttle sis- she got a Samantha Skirt from Made for Mermaids paired with an Ocotillo Leotard from Honeydew Kisses with handmade suspenders.

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This floral print is just too cute!  It reminds me so much of some of my favorite art when I was growing up.  Definitely brings me back to the early 90’s with fond memories!  Paired with Riley Blake black and white striped knit gives it a fun, contemporary twist.  This combo is just so adorable!

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Thanks for joining us today on our stop on the Hello Sweetheart Blog Tour.  Riley Blake provided us the fabric to sew up but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rose Garden Fabrics Tour for Riley Blake Designs

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I’m sharing another gorgeous fabric collection today from Riley Blake Designs, Rose Garden by Gerri Robinson.   The subtle pinks, greys, taupes, and creams of this line are just beautiful!

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I immediately envisioned a sweet spring brother/sister look the minute I saw this fabric.  The Rose Garden Main in cream really shines on big sis and the Rose Garden Paisley pink is the perfect compliment.

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My little guy really loves to wear a tie each week to church and usually reaches for one of his floral ties.  This paisley and floral print is an upgrade to his collection.  I used the free Totally Terrific Tie tutorial from Hem Me In.  It was a fun, quick sew and I know I’ll turn to it often.

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I used the Georgia Dress pattern from Violette Fields Threads for this classic dress.  The simple silhouette and ruffle neck and sleeves just let this fabric shine.   It’s such a beautiful pattern that I’m anxious to sew up again too!

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These prints are just so, so pretty!  I’m thinking I can be WAY ahead of the game and call these their Easter looks, right?!  They’re too precious not to.