Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tie Dye Diva Fairytale Dress for Halloween

Today I have the most fun Fairytale Dress to share with you!  This is a pattern I adore and it is perfect for this time of year.  It can be transformed into just about any Halloween costume.  It layers beautifully.  And it's great for featuring fun fabrics.


I had the privilege of sewing with this fun Spooktacular Eve fabric by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics.   This is such a fun fabric line for Halloween.  It hits all the whimsical Halloween notes without being over the top or garish. You may remember this Ruby Ruffles Skirt from the same collection last year. Isn't it fabulous?

I mentioned that the Fairytale Dress pattern makes a great costume.  A few ideas that immediately come to mine are witches, fairies, pirates, scarecrows, Tinkerbell, Red Riding Hood, and the bodice makes a perfect start for Rapunzel. To provide even more inspiration, I searched through our interactive Facebook group and found these wonderful examples of dresses shared in the group by Tie Dye Diva Pattern users:

Adorable witch by Tomi-Anne B.

Another great witch by  Lucky2BCute

Riding Hood by Tina M.

Magical fairy by Tina M.
Now for a little bit more about the Fairytale dress.  It is an advanced beginner level pattern due to the recommended buttonholes, but options are included for a no buttonhole version.  The pattern includes sizes 12 months through size 5, but when you purchase directly from the Tie Dye Diva website  you also receive a bonus e-book for sizes 6/6X and 7/8 in top length.

While the pattern is not recommended for directional prints (because the skirt is not pieced), when you have an amazing directional print such as the owls I used, one simple modification is all you need.

  • When cutting your square of directional print add one inch to the length (making it a rectangle). 
  • Then cut the length in half.  
  • Turn one rectangle piece so that the heads (in my case) are together as pictured below.

  • Flip the top rectangle down onto the bottom rectangle so that right sides are together and seam across the top with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish this seam.
  • You now have a square the same size as directed to cut in the pattern.
The green line through the center highlights my seam.
  • Continue with the pattern as directed.
Here you can see where the seam meets on the side.

The beauty of pattern features on the Tie Dye Diva blog is picking up tips to help you get the most oft of your Tie Dye Diva patterns.  This next tip was emailed  in from a happy customer and we wanted to pass it along to you our readers so that you benefit from it also!  

When cutting your the waist circles of your skirt (if you've ever made the Fairytale pattern you know what I'm talking about), use the cut circles to help you mark quarters on the skirt. After cutting, keep the discarded circle and notch both folded edges. 

Then open up the circle, it is now marked in quarters. I went over the notches with a fabric marker for visibility.

Now lay that circle in your opened up skirts and use a marking pen to mark quarters. 

Your skirt is now marked in quarters for easy distribution of fullness when gathering.  Thanks Karen W. for the tip!  This dress came out just beautifully and perfect for fall.  Did I mention it twirls?


Speaking of Blog tips to get the most out of your Tie Dye Diva patterns, here are several other tips and ideas using the Fairytale dress on the blog:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Back to School Fashion Tour with Tie Dye Diva Patterns

 We’re so happy to be today's stop on the Riley Blake Designs Back to School Fashion blog tour!

Miss Kennedy’s wearing the Tie Dye Diva Potato Chip Skirt pattern which is the perfect comfortable, wearable skirt for back to school. The Potato Chip Skirt features a flat front, elastic back, and inset pockets (gotta have the pockets!). It’s a great pick all school year long - pair it with sandals and a tee when it’s warm, and tights, a cardi and boots when it cools off.

Best of all? The Potato Chip Skirt pattern is reversible! We’ve featured two prints from the Wiltshire Daisy collection by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs. Our side with pockets is looking tidy and elegant in the Main Blue print, and the reverse is so sweet in the adorable cheater print in the pink colorway.

The tee is your first sneak at our upcoming Garnet Tee and Dress pattern! Because it's still late summer, I've chosen the tee option and short sleeves, and added the optional collar to match the skirt. The pattern options include dress and top, short and long sleeves, and collar or no collar. You’re going to love it! We sewed this one up in the super soft Riley Blake Knit Basics in Gray, and added the collar made with scraps of our adorable Wiltshire Daisy cheater print. Such a pretty and unique way to make a matching tee for your handmade skirts or pants. Come join us in the Tie Dye Diva Patterns interactive sewing group on Facebook to be the first to know when this pattern is launched.

Topping off our complete look is a sweet little accessory pattern that debuts right here, right now! Presenting The Knot (or Not) Headband pattern!


The Knot (or Not) Headband pattern comes in sizes fitting newborns through adult and there are so many ways to wear it! Knot it, wear it plain, reverse it! All those photos above are a single headband sewn in about 20 minutes. The downloadable PDF pattern includes a printable pattern piece for the bow, all sizes proportioned for the wearer's head size, and beginner skill level instructions with full color photos and diagrammed stitching lines. We've got a special intro price of $4.95 and on top of that, a discount code just for you that takes $1.50 off any purchase from the Tie Dye Diva Sewing Patterns website. Just use code BTSFASHION at checkout through noon on 9/8/2015. Snatch it up, grab your scraps, and start accessorizing all your favorite handmade with matching headbands!

Thank you, Rock Princess Photography for rocking the Back to School look for us!

There is still one stop ahead on the Back to School Fashion Tour - at Riley Blake Designs itself (and psst, a giveaway)! And you can check out any posts you might have missed along the way with this list of tour participants:

8/20 - Quiltscapes
9/1 - Izzy & Ivy

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday: How to add flutters to the Fair & Square Top and Dress Pattern

After a long summer hiatus, Tutorial Tuesday returns today!  Today we turn to the Fair & Square Top and Dress pattern.  This is a pattern I find myself reaching for over and over again.  It is a summer top or sundress but also an adorable jumper in cooler weather.  It dresses up and down.  It is really a perfect go to pattern.

Top length with a border
print and Sterling Leggings
Dress length layered for
fall with a long sleeve
tee and boots

Top length with bias hem
and Pretty Pantaloons
Dress length for spring
with a tee and capri tights

Another way to layer. Top length
with skinny jeans and a cardigan.

Today We're sharing how to add flutter sleeves to the Fair & Square pattern making it even more versatile.  Ready? Let's get started!

Begin by cutting out each of the pattern pieces as directed.  Then cut two flutters. To keep this easy we will start with rectangles.  For this 6-12 month size I cut rectangles that are 2 1/2" x 12".  For larger sizes you may want to cut rectangles up to 1" wider and 4" longer.  Keep in mind that the longer the rectangle is, the more gathered the flutter will be.

Now shape the rectangle.
  • Fold each flutter in half so that the short ends are together.  
  • Measure and mark 3/4" on the short cut (not folded) edge.  
  • Draw a gentle curve from that mark to the long edge of the flutter near the fold.
  • Cut on this line. We now have a shaped flutter.
  • Repeat for the second flutter.

Now we will add the flutter into the construction of the Fair & Square dress.  If you have made the Butterfly Dress pattern then this will sound very familiar.
  • I  opted to not add the included bow, but instead stitched some crochet lace to the center of the yoke.
  • Sew the shoulder seams for both main fabric and lining as directed in the pattern. Also press bottom edges of the liner up 1/2".
  • Before proceeding with the institutions we will now prepare and attach the flutters.
  • Hem the curved edge of the flutters with a narrow hem by folding under 1/4" and then another 1/4".  Stitch close to the folded edge.
  • Sew two rows of gathering stitches along the straight edge, one at 3/8" and the second at 5/8".

  • With right sides together, pin each end of the flutters to the yoke leaving 3/4" clear at each end of the yoke. Gather to fit.
  • Pin and baste in place.

Now continue with the Fair & Square instructions picking up were where we left off.  To accommodate the flutters, it is easiest to begin with sewing the neck edges of the main and lining. Then sew the armhole edges rolling the flutters to fit between the layers if necessary. 

That's it! Finish off your top or dress according to the pattern instructions and enjoy your Fair & Square with flutters.

Some other tutorial links you might enjoy: