Saturday, December 12, 2015

Garnet Dress for Girls and Dolly goes Vintage Noel!

Garnet is the newest pattern from Tie Dye Diva Patterns.  If you haven't already fallen in love with this pattern, be prepared!  For toddlers, girls, and dolly too, the Garnet pattern (dolly sold separate) is loaded with options and knit-and-woven patterns are so popular right now for their mix of comfort and style. This may have become my newest go to dress for ... everything!

Today I am also excited to show you the Vintage Noel fabric collection by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics.  I have loved this collection since first setting eyes on it.  Vintage decorations, bows, and sweet treats soft, non-traditional colors mixed with modern gray, what's not to love?

We've been generously provided this fabric by Blend free of charge; all opinions are my own. You can find this pretty collection wherever you like to buy Blend fabrics - Hawthorne Threads has a number of prints, as does One Red Blossom Fabrics.

The Garnet Dress, Top and Skirt for girls includes extended sizes from 12 months through girls 9/10.  Yes you read that right, the Garnet pattern includes a dress, tee, and yoga waist skirt!  Featuring a drop waist knit bodice that is perfectly placed, not too high or too low, and knit or woven skirt, the options for sewing this dress are endless.

The top features a simply adorable, petite collar attached to a comfy, knit bodice.  The knit bodice means the dress simply pulls over the head, no closures necessary.  Sweet little gathers in the cap of the sleeves (you choose short or long) add to the girly charm.  If making long sleeves be sure to check out the optional ruched sleeve option, which is the one I've made here.

The circle skirt (be it attached to the bodice for a dress or the yoga waistband for a skirt) can be made with either knit or woven fabric.  Also choose either a single fabric skirt or paneled skirt made from two or more fabrics.  Circle skirts are super quick and easy to sew because no gathering is required.  The pattern also includes multiple tips and ideas for hemming circle skirts either with a narrow folded hem or pretty trim.

Don't for get about Garnet for Dolly! If you've not tried one of Jen's doll patterns, let me tell you, they are the easiest around and fit great!  Just as in the girl's pattern, Garnet for Dolly also includes dress top and skirt as well as the perfect tiny collar.  Choose from short or long sleeves and knit or woven skirt.  Use a folded hem on the skirt or finish with trim.  The back is open all the way down for easy dressing and closes with your choice of Velcro or snaps.

This sweet bow print was perfect for Dolly

Today I've made the dress version of the Garnet pattern for both Sweet Pea and Dolly. I've paired it with a Knot or Not Headband for the perfect finish. 

Each of the little details of this dress add up to perfection. Take a look:
Perfectly sweet collar with gathered cap sleeves.
I love the ruched sleeves.
Ric Rack Hem
This pattern will take you through every season and to all occasions.  Long and short sleeves means you'll use it all year long.  Make an all knit dress for super comfy summer playing.  The woven skirt skirt is perfect for showing off your favorite novelty print.  Try the paneled skirt using your favorite designers newest fabric collection or use up your stash.  The dress makes a lovely holiday dress using stretch velvet for the bodice with a special occasion fabric skirt. And have I mentioned, it's a quick sew!  I can cut and sew this dress from start to finish in just a couple hours.

And what girl wouldn't love a sweet dolly outfit to match her favorite new dress?  There is just something so sweet about a girl and her doll!

Make sure you grab your Garnet patterns today and be ready for addictive sewing!
  • Pattern includes dress, top, and yoga waist skirt
  • Sizes 12 months through girls 9/10
  • Long or short sleeves
  • Features knit bodice with woven collar
  • Choose single fabric skirt or paneled skirt
  • Skirt can be made from knit or woven fabric
  • Pull over style means no closures
  • Pattern includes dress, top, and skirt.
  • Long or short sleeves
  • Open back for easy dressing

Monday, November 23, 2015

8 Years, 100 Patterns, and a TDD, YCMT and KAM Snaps Giveaway!

 See this?
It’s not just a doll pattern.

It’s my 100th sewing pattern.

One. Hundred. Patterns. I can hardly believe it myself. This along with Tie Dye Diva’s eight-year anniversary this year really has me thinking about all the changes over the years.

When PDF sewing patterns first made their debut, the customer base for them was small. Not all, of course, but many, PDF users were relatively new to sewing, and wanting to make clothes for their own children or to sell as "custom boutique" on eBay (because etsy was still a little start up almost no one had heard of). The focus of many PDF patterns was a quick and gratifying sew, with simplified techniques and detailed instructions so even a newcomer could enjoy finished ruffle pants, or a dress, in a matter of hours. Most users wanted patterns with no buttonholes or zippers and no techniques needing repeated practice such as bound plackets or seams enclosed within a lining. They wanted to work with quilting cottons and not less-familiar knit fabrics (which were mostly available only in solids and not easy to find anyway).

Kim Christopherson had the vision to create You Can Make This, a marketplace of PDF craft and sewing patterns in July, 2006. [affiliate link] The website opened with about 12 designers and 25 products. I joined them as a pattern author in 2007, and I can say without a doubt Tie Dye Diva patterns would not be here today without them.
Me, Kim of YCMT, her twin sister crafter/quilter Kris Thurgood, Carla of Scientific Seamstress (one of the original YCMT authors!), and Heather of Goosie Girl, who is also a YCMT author.

This is one of the early Tie Dye Diva patterns that is still “in print” (as PDFs go). It was released in 2008. High-key photography (with the white background) was soooo popular!

Fast forward to today - how far we have come! The PDF sewing pattern community has exploded. Pattern designers number in the hundreds and PDF users are from all walks of life with all sewing backgrounds, experience levels, and needs. PDF patterns look a lot more like traditional paper patterns in their garment design and construction techniques. The You Can Make This website has hundreds of designers, and thousands of PDF patterns.

Download Sewing Patterns Today!
Hand-held KAM snaps pliers and set-in-snaps have opened up a whole new world for seamstresses who still shy away from buttonholes. Several years ago, the main alternative to buttons was sew-in snaps, which require some fiddly hand-sewing to apply. I chatted with Judy at KAMSnaps about the early days of, which was at about the same time as the early days of Tie Dye Diva patterns. Judy said,
"Back then, not many people knew about KAM snaps or even thought of snaps much at all.  Hand-held pliers weren't on the market yet so the only way to install KAM snaps was with the table-top presses, which were much more expensive back then than they are today.  I don't know what people were using instead of snaps--maybe velcro or sew-on buttons. 

KAM snaps became much more mainstream with the advent of the KAM pliers because it meant users could now install snaps with a relatively inexpensive tool.  Now it seems like somebody in every sewing or crafting group knows about snaps!"
Our Perfect Party Dress pattern, with perfectly matched KAM snaps!

I know, right?  Now seamstresses of all skill levels love the option KAM snaps provide to make a quick work of a closure  - no buttonholes needed.  Custom-printed knit groups and websites have made adorable, trendy printed knits easy to get.

Tie Dye Diva patterns has grown and matured too. We focused on the very beginning seamstress for many years. Early patterns reminded the user to backstitch at the beginning of each seam to lock the stitches! Now we have patterns for all levels of seamstresses, with plenty of buttonholes (but no-buttonhole options included of course!) zippers, and patterns for knit fabrics. We include more advanced techniques that give a beautiful finish, along with quick-finish instructions as an alternative. (A few simpler patterns are being updated right now to include both more complex and quick finish options and to specifically refer to set-in snaps as a closure option.  If you already own one of these patterns that does not include a placket/enclosed waist seam, you can see step-by-step instructions here on the TDD blog.)

Our Butterfly pattern with enclosed bodice, continuous placket and yep, KAM snaps!

I'm beyond blessed to have been able to do what I love for so long and am grateful to every supporter who has helped me continue and grow in this business for these 8 years and into the future! We are celebrating with a big GIVEAWAY from Tie Dye Diva, You Can Make This, and KAM Snaps! Enter to win a $35 gift certificate from Tie Dye Diva, a $25 gift certificate from, and this amazing KAM Snaps starter kit from - pliers, 200 snaps in 20 colors, all in an organizer case!

I'd love it if you'd join the TDD mailing list, and I think you'll love it too. I send it less than 4 times a year. You can sign up here.

But, you do NOT need to join the mailing list to enter the contest. Just leave a comment to enter and be sure I have a way to contact you if you win. Contest runs through midnight Friday November 27. The winner will be randomly drawn Saturday morning. Contest is open worldwide. Any unclaimed prize will be redrawn after 48 hours.

Ready? Leave a comment to enter, and be a pal and share with your sewing friends! Good luck!

[EDITED: Contest is closed, congratulations to commenter #94, Crescendo Gal! I'll be contacting you via email about your prizes!]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Designer Swap: TDD Sews The Acorn Tee from Sew Like My Mom

What fun it was to sew someone else's pattern for the Designer Pattern Swap! I got lucky enough to be paired with Sew Like My Mom, and chose this adorable Acorn Tee pattern. It's a unisex, semi-fitted tee with a stylish twist - a working snap-front placket and includes sizes 12 months to 8.

I had just bought this video-game themed knit from Sweet N Charmed Fabric and it was the perfect marriage. I knew right away how I'd make the placket. Wokka wokka wokka ...

[The eye is a KAM snap, with Sharpie details that are not holding up to wear. Anyone have ideas for how I can make the details on the snap more permanent? Comment, please!]

We love the working placket!
The slender 6 year old I sewed for is a 5 chest, tippy-top of 6 height on the size chart, and I made a straight size 6 because, lazy. I did omit the pattern's cuffed sleeve and extended the sleeve to the pattern's final length (with just a little math), as personal choice since the fabric could border on pajama-ish. The cuffs will be great for another time! The pattern was a quick sew and the fit is great.

Thank you Sew Like My Mom for this opportunity to sew up such a fun and stylish tee!

Now ... here are YOUR opportunities!

First, in celebration of Lily Bird Studio sewing up my Opal Knit Flutter Top and Dress Pattern in the Designer Swap (you can see her pretty top at her link), Opal is on sale for only $5 through tomorrow!

Second, enter to win a big bundle of PDF patterns from all the participating pattern makers!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, November 13, 2015

Riley Blake Lulabelle Blog Tour and Inseam Pocket Tutorial

Welcome to our stop on the beautiful Lulabelle Collection blog tour! I hope you're enjoying the fresh colors and sweet designs in this collection. I had so much fun sewing it up, and the talented designer, Dodi Poulson, was wonderful to work with while we prepared for the blog tour. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for your chance to win some of these beauties!
I chose to sew with Lulabelle Main, with its adorable birds, birdcages, and flowers, and the Bowtie print as an accent, both in the Mint colorway. The fabric was provided to me free of charge so I could bring you this tutorial, but all opinions are my own. And look how cute the selvedge is! "Squirrel!"

I chose our Sugarplum Skirt Pattern just to show how easy it is to take this special-occasion skirt pattern, leave out the optional underskirt, and make it in these pretty cottons for every day wear! And every day wear made me think ... SQUIRREL! No wait. POCKETS!

So let me show you how to add inseam pockets to any pattern. It's much easier than you might think. You'll need only scraps of same or coordinating fabric for the pockets, a pocket pattern, and a few minutes of your time.

How to Add Inseam Pockets to Any Pattern

First you'll need a pocket pattern piece. I grabbed the inseam pocket pattern piece from the Tie Dye Diva Hello Hoodie pattern, which is easy for me to do because I have all my patterns right here at hand, but you can easily draft your own if you don't own Hello Hoodie. It's not an exact science, just make a downward-sloping "D" shape big enough for the wearer's hand and be sure it's at least 4" finished on the open end so you can easily get your own hand in there to check for treasures before you do the wash!  Be sure to add seam allowance.

Cut 4 pockets, 2 reversed so that you have two matched pairs. Finish the edges all around. I've used a narrow 3-thread stitch on my serger, but you can also zigzag the edges or using pinking shears. Also finish the side edges of your garment pieces, be it pants, skirt, or whatever.

Place the pockets at a comfortable height for the wearer. The Sugarplum Skirt has a wide flat front waistband that finishes at 2" wide. I guessed at a good height for this girl's size 5 skirt and measured about another 1.5" down on my skirt fabric *but I wish I hadn't*. They came out a little low, so next time with this pattern I'd just set them 5/8" from the top edge to allow for the seam allowance. With right sides together, stitch a pocket piece to each side edge of your garment piece. You want to use a seam allowance that is 1/8" less than you will be using for your garment side seams. For the Sugarplum Skirt, the seam allowance is 1/2", so I am sewing pockets at 3/8". Repeat for front and back.

Press the pocket toward the seam allowance. Do not turn the seam allowance under - press only the pocket.

Lay the garment front and back right sides together, aligning the pockets. Sew down the side seam going around the pocket. Press the seam allowance toward the front of the garment.

Finish the garment per pattern instructions.  Fill with hands, treasures, etc. and enjoy!

Photo by Rock Princess Photography

The bow instructions are included with the Sugarplum Skirt pattern. I love how this clever Bowtie print (look closely! There are little bows.) coordinates with the main.

Lulabelle is shipping in late November and you can find it soon at Hawthorne Threads and wherever you buy your favorite Riley Blake fabrics.

You can find the Sugarplum Skirt pattern on the Tie Dye Diva Patterns website.

Don’t miss out on the great giveaway that Dodi is offering this week. Simply go to and leave a comment to win Lulabelle Fat Quarters and/or check out Lulabelle on Instagram @sashgal to win 5, ½ yard pieces of Lulabelle. (Rules for the Instagram contest will be posted there.)  Contests will end at 12:00 p.m. (pacific )on Saturday the 14th with Riley Blake doing a wrap up for the tour! Winners will be chosen after the close of the tours. Best of luck!