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.
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.
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.
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.
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!