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!

Fall Mini Hudson Joggers

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This little guy is always asking for me to sew him up new clothes.  He loves wearing mama-made but I think he’s really in it for the photo shoot bribes!  I’ll take it though because there’s nothing I love more than looking at that smiling face!

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He has a severe hatred of ‘hard pants’ aka jeans.  To satisfy both of us, I’ll happily sew up some slim fitting joggers.  They’re a quick sew and I love how they look on him!

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I have several jogger patterns I like and for these I used the Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.  I love the fit of these and it was a great twist of fate that I already had a size 7 traced and ready to go.   He’s growing like a weed and I can’t keep up with those long legs so none of my patterns from the spring would work for him.

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I did modify the waistband for multiple reasons.  One, I’m lazy!  Two, actual drawstrings always come out in the wash. And three, again, I’m lazy, lol!  The pattern calls for wider elastic than I had on hand and then you create a casing for a drawstring.  I simplified the heck out of it by doing one big casing and attaching a faux drawstring to the front.  These joggers were done from cut to finish in less than an hour.

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I used this cotton modal french terry from Knitpop for these.  I had originally ordered this luscious stuff for myself but when it arrived the color was a bit more brown than I wanted.  I knew it’d be perfect for my boys though.  It’s seriously some of the softest stuff I’ve worked with and I’m slightly jealous of these beauties.

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Another easy peasy project in the books!  I think my family might just hold the world record for most joggers in one household.  If not, I think I better keep it up because that’s a title I’d proudly take!

Love Notions Thomas Track Pants

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There’s exciting things happening in the Love Notions Pattern world.  Kelly has joined Tami as an assistant designer and has just released her first pattern!  I love working with Kelly and know she’s been after a great track pant pattern for ages.  So it was obvious they should be her inaugural pattern.

(This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through these links provides me a small commission that I use to keep up fabric hoarding obsession.)

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The Thomas Track Pants are so full of options!  You’ve got to check out Kelly’s ah-mazing cover pair.  Pockets, colorblocking, and hem zippers make them perfect for your little athletes.  They come in sizes 2t-14 and I’m thinking my teenage soccer players need some too!

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Charlie asked for some cozy pajama pants and picked out this plush fleece for his first pair.  After trying them on he declared them soooo soft and comfy and had to wear them to school that day.  So they may have started out as pj’s but have become his go-to pants whenever they are clean.  This is the basic no pocket, solid version.  They’re a super quick sew and the perfect fit!

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I made Charlie a couple Moto Maxx tops and he needed a pair of track pants to match too!  This version features the cool colorblocking.  I skipped the other bells and whistles which made these another quick sew.  I used the much sought after oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics with some olive heathered french terry (also from RCF but currently out of stock) for the accent.   His top is also made with RCF cotton lycra jersey (so soft!).

Just in case you need the perfect top to go with your new track pants, I can’t recommend the Moto Maxx enough!  I love being able to mix and match prints and that shoulder detail is too cool.  Boys clothing can be boring but not with this pattern!

I’m so excited for Kelly to be joining the design team and to be dreaming up more boy patterns.  I love sewing for this kid and know Kelly will do some fantastic things!

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I’ll leave you with this gem.  He’s pretty convinced that ‘matching’ means wearing head to toe of the same color.  He just had to wear his new shades and I think he’s doing his best to intimidate you into grabbing this pattern!  I know you’ll love it as much as he does!

 

Striped Swallow Hideaway

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I’m always on the hunt for quick, cozy top patterns and was excited to try out the Hideaway from Striped Swallow Designs.  I think it took longer to decide on fabric than it did to sew up this cute top!

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This pattern is meant to be off the shoulder but I used a simple hack Mandalynn posted on her Instagram.  I simply skipped cutting the neckline and hemmed the neck opening 1/2″ before sewing up the shoulder seams.  Since it’s a dolman top and only four pieces, it came together in a heartbeat!

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This reverse french terry I picked up in LA was perfect.  It has excellent drape and I love the muted camo print.  Funny story and bonus for all you local peeps: I wore this top out running errands and stopped in to my local fabric shop, Fabric Center on Redwood Rd.  They totally  have this exact fabric in stock!  It felt a little like when you’re shopping at Target and walk past the display only to realize you’re wearing the same top as the mannequin- doh!

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I love the silhouette of this top and that it’s a bit out of my comfort zone.  I already want to sew up a few more to get me through our cold winter months.  I’d love a cozy sweater knit version and you can never have too much french terry!

A New Batch of Halifax’s

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I’d like to pretend that I wake up every morning and get dressed to the nines but my reality is not so glamorous.  My biggest debate every morning is whether or not I can get away with wearing sweats all day.  More often than not you can find me in a sweatshirt and jeans or joggers getting all the glorious mom-life done.

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One of my go-to sweatshirt patterns is the Halifax Hoodie from Hey June.  I’ve currently got about 10 in my closet- a bit obsessed is right (you can check some out here, here, here,  and here).  They are quick sews and I just adore all the options.

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This cute plaid and polka dot version is my new favorite thing.  I used french terry dots and plaid double knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics– the BEST place to get your cozy fabrics for this pattern.  This is view B- the view I do the most.  I can whip one of these bad boys up in the time it takes to watch an episode of the Office.  So stinking fast!  It’s also my favorite pattern to use up scraps and mix prints.

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I’ve been dying to do a big bishop sleeve sweatshirt and this pattern was a great place to start.  I used view D with a couple of tweaks.  For the sleeves I extended the length a few inches and drew a straight line from the shoulder to the new hem- keeping it nice and wide.  I made an elastic casing and 1/2″ elastic instead of a cuff.  I like the added fullness it gives the sleeves but it’s not too much drama- still nice and wearable everyday.

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I raised the neckline up a bit and added the cowl.  I love the cowl a little snugglier around my neck.  Such a cozy sweatshirt!  I used an incredible organic bamboo french terry from CaliFabrics for this version and it’s a little piece of heaven.  This slate blue color is so pretty and works well in my wardrobe.

Some of my favorite sewing buddies are having a little party over on Instagram celebrating this fun pattern.  It’s a great little refresher from all that holiday sewing and perfect for a little gift to yourself.  Search the #halifaxholidayparty to join in the fun!

 

Love Notions Sloane Blog Tour Day Four

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Today’s post is a little sentimental.  This pretty lady right here is my mom.  She is absolutely the most selfless, kind, genuine person you’ll ever meet.  She actually taught me how to sew when I was young.  She sewed a ton of my clothes when I was little but then life with five kids kept her away from her machines.  She was busy driving us to school, practices, jobs and always had a side job going too.  As a mom of five myself, I don’t know how she did it (and our house was ALWAYS clean- super woman, I tell you!).

As my sister and I have gotten more into sewing she’s been wanting to get back into it too.  She was super nervous to sew for herself and scared of the new PDF world.  We knew that Love Notions Patterns (affiliate link) would be a great match for her.  They are classic styles with great instructions that come together easily and there are tons of beginner friendly patterns too!

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I’ve been sewing PDF patterns for so long now that I forget about how different they are from how I learned to sew in Home Ec.  The printing and taping are new not to mention the trend towards cutting pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter instead of pins and scissors.  I find it so much easier but that rotary cutter can be a little intimidating for a first timer.   We started with the LDT pattern this summer.  I think it’s a great pattern for a beginner (although the fabric recommendations can be a little trickier to sew with).  She made two gorgeous dresses and wore them all summer!  Once fall hit she kept mentioning she’d love to try a hoodie.  The new Sloane Sweater was perfect!

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Our first stop was Raspberry Creek Fabric for some pretty french terry.  She had a hard time deciding and grabbed fabric for two versions!  I knew this cotton spandex french terry would be much easier for her to sew than the rayon spandex she’d been struggling with.  It’s nice and thick, doesn’t curl or fray, and sews up so great on the serger.  I highly recommend it for a newbie to sewing knits- it’s a dream!

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We washed the fabric, printed and cut the pieces, and sewed this up all in an afternoon! This is her ‘I can’t believe I made this!’ face!  She was so excited to have a cute finished garment in no time.  It’s the best feeling to see someone’s confidence grow and their love of sewing ignite again.  Doesn’t she look amazing?!  I think she did an awesome job too!  I love her fabric pairing and how she used the dots.  It suits her so well!  I think that’s one of my favorite things about Tami’s patterns- if you look through her tester photos you will see real women, all shapes, sizes, and ages, and everyone looks fantastic!  Her patterns are easy to wear for women of all walks of life- you can make them dressy for the office or casual for the stay-at-home mom and everyone in between.  They’re just so, so good!

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And here she is doing the signature blogger ‘look at the ground as naturally as possible’ pose.  Nailed it!  This was simply the best afternoon and I’m so glad I got to share a piece of it with y’all.

You can catch all the other stops on the tour here:

 

Love Notions Sloane Tour Day Two

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If you’ve followed me for very long you know I’m all about comfort.  Even in my fanciest dresses, I love to feel like I’m in my pajamas.   So it’s no surprise I now have a closetful of variations on the Love Notions Sloane (affl. link).  Sloane season also coincides with french terry season which means I will be living in comfort (and style!) for months!

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Raspberry Creek Fabric carries my favorite french terry, a thick cozy cotton spandex blend, in tons of gorgeous prints in their in house CLUB fabric line.  Diana at Raspberry Creek is a dear friend and has graciously sponsored most of my Sloane fabric posts.  You definitely need to head over to check out her huge selection at amazing prices (not to mention lightning fast shipping!).

This newest line is something dreams are made of.  I’m such a fan of olive and plum and this fabric is just beautiful!  I used the floral on oatmeal base and plum dots for this version.

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I did view B with the yoke and hood options.  I did a size small and like the boxy fit of this pattern.  The wider fit sets this apart from my other hoodie patterns and feels very fresh and trendy that way.  It’s still classic and not too slouchy though too!  This pattern can be made almost entirely on your serger making it sew up in a flash.  I did a french seam on the hood and a little topstitching on my machine but even then this was easily a quick afternoon project.  Am I speaking your language too?!  I don’t think anyone ever has ‘too much’ sewing time!

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I had to quickly throw this on hot off the machines so I could get quick pics.  I was dying to wear this out trick-or-treating with my crew.  It was perfect for our slightly crisp fall evening!

You can check out more fantastic Sloanes this week by following the blog tour- so much cuteness!