The Lemon Drop Tunic and Dress

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In continuing with my spring and summer sewing, I have a lovely new dress pattern to share with you all today.  Actually, a few new dress patterns!  I’m so excited about these patterns too because they’re so fun to sew and select fabric for.

The Lemon Drop Tunic and Dress from Tie Dye Diva was inspired by Matilda Jane fans.  It’s the perfect pattern to showcase large florals and patterns, and its twirl and ruffles give it a little something fun for the girls too!

Lemon Drop Dress

I made the simple tunic version without ruffles to test tunic length and bodice fit, so this is a wearable muslin.  The final tunic length is a bit longer, but this gives you an idea of how adorable the pattern is.  I paired it here with another Tie Dye Diva pattern, the Daffodil Capris (*afflink).

Lemon Drop Dress

A little peek at the back.  I used coordinating Kam snaps which made it so easy.  I haven’t made a final version yet, but there are some absolutely gorgeous ones from the pattern tester group you can see in Tie Dye Diva’s Facebook group.

Lemon Drop Dress

I’m here mostly to show you how incredibly sweet the 14.5″ doll pattern is!!!  I love it and so do my girls.  My big girl selected her fabric from my scraps, and I’m so impressed with her choices.

Lemon Drop Dress

I don’t know if she planned to match these rain boots, but they’re great together.  I had no idea she liked gold so much either!

Lemon Drop Dress

My little one’s dress matches her own tunic, but I made the doll dress version without pockets or a ruffle.  It was definitely less than an hour for this one, so definitely a satisfyingly quick sew for an impatient little girl.

The patterns are on sale through Thursday the 23rd and can be combined with her volume discount.  There’s the girls’ dress version available in sizes 12 months – 9/10 years, the 18″ doll size, and the 14.5″ doll size (aka the Wellie Wisher doll).  You can find the patterns in Tie Dye Diva’s pattern shop (*afflink).

I can’t wait to raid my local fabric shop for some large floral and cat prints!  I’m new to making my girls matching doll outfits, so if you have any fun doll patterns to share, please do!

*What are affiliate links?  When you click on my affiliate links, you pay the same amount for what you buy, but the designer compensates me with a percentage of your purchase with no extra cost to you.  It’s like a sewing commission that lets me sew EVEN MORE STUFF!

5 Cozy Knits for Kids

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Today I’m at Cali Fabrics (aka Fabric Outlet I’m always raving about in San Francisco) reviewing some fun knits!  Take a look…

Cali & Co

Hi all, it’s Gina here for Tie Dye Diva patterns. One of my favorite things about sewing with apparel fabric is the variety of knits available. It seems like every day (well not really, but you know what I mean!) there’s some type of knit fabric on the market I’ve never heard of and I need to touch them, pick them up, see how they drape, test their stretch, fall in love with them!

Sewing for little ones means I can play with a wide variety of knits in small quantities. I narrowed myself down to five very different types of knit fabrics available from Cali Fabrics, and I selected the New York Minute Dress pattern and Sterling Leggings pattern both from Tie Dye Diva to show off what these knit fabrics can do.

This first New York Minute dress features the hood, kangaroo pocket, and long sleeves options…

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The Loli Dress

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One of my favorite things about summer are sundresses.  Not like it’s anywhere near summer, but you bet I’m already sewing some up!  I especially couldn’t wait after seeing the Loli Dress by Bobkin Designs in One Thimble magazine issue 14 (*afflink), I just fell in love with the feminine design and retro hemline, and I had just the perfect vintage sheet waiting for it.

Loli Dress

My girl’s measurements put her in size 3 with a size 5 length.  I decided to make the elastic version instead of the button up version since I’m planning on her wearing this throughout the summer.  Maybe I’m sewing it up a bit early, but my girl seems to only grow up, not out, and the elastic will hopefully stretch with her so I’m not too worried.

The instructions took a good read through to make sure I understood, as there were a few different ways to construct the dress.  Basically there’s a top or dress version, spaghetti straps or plain ties (can be straight or criss crossed in the back), button up or elastic back closures, and instructions for a quick faux placket (button up version) and a fully enclosed yoke (elastic version).  Lots of choices!

Loli Dress

My final choice was spaghetti straps criss-crossed in the back (because I can totally see her moaning about how her straps won’t stay on), elastic back dress, and I chose the instructions for the fully enclosed yoke.  I like the dainty detail and femininity of the yoke, but pay a little attention to the way the skirt piece fits into the bottom of the yoke to get it to lay correctly.  I have seen some versions where there’s puckering and poofiness.

Loli Dress

I’m so happy with the way this dress turned out!  It’s so feminine and delicate, much like she is.  I also love how sweet the vintage bedsheet looks!  Unfortunately most of the bedsheet has paint splatters or small tears, but I did get it for a $1, so I just needed to be very careful about where I cut the pattern from.

I had fun putting this quick little dress together, and I think it’ll layer well with capris and a cardigan.  I think it’ll also make a good summer nightgown pattern too!  I can’t wait to make some more of the patterns that came with this boho themed issue of One Thimble.  There are sooo many great patterns and tutorials included this time by designers Thread Faction, Winter Wear Designs, Petite Stitchery, just to name a few.  There are also articles about how to cover kam snaps with fabric (never even occurred to me!) and making a leather belt or leather infinity scarf cuff.  I had to buy this one because I just really couldn’t believe how much comes in just one issue!  Anyway, take a look and see for yourself 🙂

*What are affiliate links?  When you click on my affiliate links, you pay the same amount for what you buy, but the designer compensates me with a percentage of your purchase with no extra cost to you.  It’s like a sewing commission that lets me sew EVEN MORE STUFF!

 

Love a Simple Pattern Mash-Up

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Today I’m over at Tie Dye Diva with a super easy pattern mash-up tutorial!  What’s even better is the patterns that I’m using are both on sale until March 3rd, so if you’ve been on the fence about these, now’s the time (I’m a total enabler!).

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The Opal Knit Flutter Tunic and Dress had been on my radar for awhile when I bought it last year during one of her sales (I have such a weakness for pattern sales!).  I really love the ruffle detail in the front, plus I have been planning this lace overlay for awhile.

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

My girl wore this dress to a birthday party last weekend where the kids ran around like animals and the wind was blowing, and her dress just flowed around her and stayed modest the whole time.  Yay for not showing our knickers!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The gray sparkly fabric is a rayon jersey blend, but for the life of me I can’t remember where I found it.  The lace overlay is tiger stripes in coral, and I want to say I picked it up at Fabric.com awhile ago.  It was really easy to do the overlay, I just cut the same pieces in the bodice for the gray fabric as the lace fabric and basted around them (or use wonder tape).  After that treat them as one piece.

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The sleeves are from the Garnet Dress/Skirt/Top pattern, and I’m glad the mash-up was a success!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

That look!  She slays me!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

Run!  The chickens are coming!  Go ahead and hop on over to Tie Dye Diva’s blog if you want to see more mash-up pics (not just of my little one 😉 ) and the mini tutorial!

*What are affiliate links?  When you click on my affiliate links, you pay the same amount for what you buy, but the designer compensates me with a percentage of your purchase with no extra cost to you.  It’s like a sewing commission that lets me sew EVEN MORE STUFF!

Ficus Cardigan – A Ladies Peplum Cardigan

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Almost immediately after Sew Like My Mom released her Fern Cardigan, there was demand for a ladies version.  It really is such a lovely cardigan (and I do so love cardigans!), so I was excited to test the Ficus Cardigan.

The Ficus Cardigan is available in XXS through 3XL and is intended for knit fabric.  It is a fitted cardigan with a large collar, three sleeve options, and includes a tie option for a more polished look.  She includes lots of tips and recommendations for selecting fabric to get your right fit.  For example, if you have 30-50% stretch, you would select your size based on your chest size, but if you have more stretch, then size down.  I tested size XXS with long sleeves and no tie.

Ficus Cardigan Muslin

I did make a quick muslin to check for any bodice length changes, as the bodice and peplum are supposed to meet at the natural waistline.  I used a scuba knit which was probably not the best choice, but I just wanted to check length for changes.  After seeing it I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to shorten it or not, so I didn’t make any changes.

Ficus Collage

My next version I used a lightweight French Terry that had almost 50% stretch.  I tested the length before adding the collar, and it definitely needed to be shortened an inch.  I was able to remove the peplum and remove the inch from the bodice, then reattach the peplum.  In the image above, you can see the before on the left, my gorgeous hand carved seam ripper in the middle (#sve2017), and the after on the right.  I also had to remove an inch from each end of the collar.

Ficus Cardigan

It was very simple to sew together, most being done on my serger and hems on my coverstitch.  This material is also quite soft and easy to sew with.  I picked it up a few months back at Fabric Outlet.

Ficus Cardigan

I’m very happy with the way it looks, and I added my own belt to help tie it together.  I really loved all of the testers’ Ficus Cardis.  Seriously a flattering pattern.  It has such a wide variety of looks depending on the fabric selected.  Some looked very polished and others looked quite casual.

Ficus Cardigan

The Ficus Cardigan is now available on sale through Wednesday.  It is also bundled with the Fern Cardigan on sale as well.  I can’t wait to make a Fern for my little one and be all matchy matchy 😉

How to Make Fabric Jewelry

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I’ve always wanted to make fabric necklaces, but for some reason I just never got around to it.  I finally made some with a really fun fabric collection called Panda-rama by Maude Asbury (which was provided by Blend Fabrics to Tie Dye Diva).  The Rice Paper fabrics are perfect for fabric jewelry!

Fabric Jewelry

My girl and I threw some wood beads into the mix to add to the boho feel of these, but when paired with the Garnet Top/Skirt/Dress pattern from Tie Dye Diva, they also look so sophisticated!

Fabric Jewelry

This was seriously such a fun project, and now there’s a tutorial on Tie Dye Diva’s blog to make these really simple necklaces and bracelets.  The greatest part is all you need are some fabric scraps and beads.  It’s also super kid friendly, so this would be a lot of fun to make with kids too (just make sure they don’t try to swallow those beads!).

Fabric Jewelry

I was glad to finally get around to making the Garnet top and dress.  Goodness!  That skirt has some serious twirl.  I loved watching the movement of it as she walked too.  I know more of those are coming down the pike, along with some shorties underneath!  I love the waistband too.  It’s a knit (also called a yoga) waistband which is comfortable on her.  In addition to her sensory issues, she gets lots of tummy aches, so I know this is a very welcome addition to her wardrobe.

So are you going to try out some fabric jewelry?  Such a great way to use up those scraps!

A Peplum Top Pattern Hack

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Today I’m over at Tie Dye Diva sharing a fun New York Minute peplum hack.  I finally made one for big sissy (can you see how happy this made her?!) after little sissy already had two of them, plus a third on the way!

Fleece Peplum Top

This is such a quick sew too as I’ve taken all the guess work out of it with the tutorial.  I really love the little kitty pocket too!  I’m thinking these little kitties would look so cute as back pockets… Anyway, head on over there and take a look!