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!

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.

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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.

 

 

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!

Suit Up For Summer Day Four

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Today I’m sharing a couple of women’s suits for ya’!  I’ve been loving all the brave beautiful women in their handmade suits this week and now it’s my turn.

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It’s amazing to have gorgeous handmade suits in your closet but posting those suits for all to see is a little intimidating and oh so vulnerable!  With great fabrics, stellar patterns, and a little bit of power mesh it was a little easier to bring out the inner swimsuit model in me, lol!

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I used a couple of my favorite swimsuit patterns and did a little pattern hacking as well to get two suits I can’t wait to wear this summer.

(Can we get a huge shout out to mother nature for giving us a day with temps in the high 50’s?!! Never mind it was a blizzard the next day because that taste of spring was just what I needed!)

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I have a whole Pinterest Board full of adorable swimwear inspiration for the whole family.  I’m loving all the wide vertical stripes I keep seeing and wanted to recreate this Gap swimsuit.  This vertical stripe swim print was just perfect for it.

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I used the Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  I wanted a basic one piece suit with no bells and whistles.  The Mairin is so full of options that it felt a little strange to go with such a basic option.  I’ve decided my swim collection is full of ‘adult beach vacation’ suits and not enough ‘family pool time’ suits, if you know what I mean.  I was in need of a suit I could throw on and not worry about coverage.  This suit totally fits the bill.

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I used the mid cut lines for everything from the scoop neck to the back to the leg rise creating a modest suit that I feel so comfortable in.  I added bra cups and an elastic shelf bra to the lining.  I also added a layer of power mesh between the lining and outer swim fabric as well (I cut it from just under the elastic bra line to just above the leg opening).

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Paired with board shorts from our last Suit Up Tour, I’m ready for a day of swimming with the kiddos.  I used the Gracious Threads Swim and Surf Shorts and I wear them constantly!  I love a little extra coverage and I turn to this pattern again and again.

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This next swimsuit is a little less kid friendly but definetely hubby approved.  I have been dying to hack the Patterns For Pirates Wiggle Dress into a swim top since it’s release.  This citrus print was just begging for a little something special and the off the shoulder look was perfect! Paired with the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms it’s a look that’s both classy and a little sophisticated.  I love feeling covered but a little flirty at the same time 😉

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Modifying the Wiggle for swimwear was a pretty easy task.  I used the size I fell into and cut it at the crop top line plus an inch for the hem.  In the future I think I’ll add more length so I can wear it a little higher on my shoulders and still cover my tummy.  I added a lining with soft bra cups to the front bodice.  Otherwise I constructed the top per the pattern instructions and it worked brilliantly.  I’m the worst pattern hacker and I’m so glad this turned out to be a no-brainer!

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I have a feeling these simple black bottoms will go into the rotation with so many of my other swim tops.  I love the fit and coverage!

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I’m so thrilled to have these suits to turn to once pool season arrives.  These fabrics were such a treat to work with and I’m loving the huge variety I have to pick from.  I’ve got my eye on so many more prints I think my own swim collection will be growing this summer.

Today’s bloggers joining me on the tour have killed it with their own looks.  Make sure you check them out and don’t forget to take advantage of the incredible discounts from our awesome sponsors!

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Suit Up For Summer Day Three

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Day three of the Suit Up For Summer Tour is here!  I’ve got a little blog miracle happening today- you get to see a rarity around these parts.  My oldest is joining in the fun!

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He’s headed to the sun for spring break this year so he was happy to get a new swimsuit.  I love this classic Leaf Outline boardshort print.  It’s a print that works great for everyone and looks fantastic with a little pop of color.

I used the 5 out of 4 Men’s Swim Trunks with a couple easy modifications.  He wears a mens medium in ready-to-wear and fell right into the size medium for these too.  I always think that’s helpful especially when sewing for others.  I added grommets to the outside so we could see the functioning drawstring.  I also shortened the length per his request.  The pattern is a fairly quick sew and the tutorial was very straightforward.  I needed a sewing win and these delivered!

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These fit just like he was hoping.  I’ve gotten to the point with him that I don’t dare buy him clothes anymore since he’s extremely picky.  To get his approval on this suit is a MAJOR mom win! (Cue the confetti cannons!)

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These trunks will work so great for him.  They can go from the pool to the hamburger joint no problemo!

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That’s five kiddos in mama-made swimsuits!  We better hit the pool stat!  I’m so grateful for RCF that I could get fabrics that speak to each of their personalities and tastes.  I love that they can coordinate without being too matchy matchy (they would die of embarrassment at this point!).

Have you been speechless at the amazing suits this week?  I can’t get over the incredibly cute looks each and every day.  Today is no exception!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom