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Pattern Review: The Daydreamer Dress by Tie Dye Diva

The Daydreamer Dress is a PDF pattern by Tie Dye Diva. It makes the perfect summer (or spring!) dress. With the many different pieces, there are ample opportunities to customize the look and make it yours. I used fabrics from Sweetwater's Lucy's Crab Shack fabric collection.

There are only two pattern pieces and only one needs to be put together (it was very easy). There are a lot of rectangles to cut out, but the pattern reminds you right away to label them immediately so as not to get them mixed up!

The instructions are extremely clear and easy to follow with a photo for almost every step of the way. I made no modifications to the dress, but if I made it again I might make it a bit longer. I ended up making a 2T for my 5-year-old (she's tiny), but she's taller than the average 2-year-old so I often run into things being a bit short. However, I really like this length for a summer dress. I would recommend this dress for the confident beginner with the most difficult part being all the gathering - especially for the bottom ruffle. 

Tie Dye Diva has a wonderful selection of printable PDF sewing patterns for girls, boys, babies and more. Also, check out the Tie Dye Diva blog for new pattern announcements and details, free tutorials and more.


(Full disclosure: as a sponsor of A Sewing Journal, Tie Dye Diva provided me with a copy of the pattern for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this reveiw are honest and my own.)


Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille

Another beautiful fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille! Marmalade is expected in stores in October. 

Photos via Simplify, Moda and Fat Quarter Shop.


Verona Lickety Split Bag

I really love how fast this bag goes together! I made this Lickety Split Bag (pattern by Made By Rae) using Emily Taylor's lovely Verona fabric.

(See my other Lickety Split Bag here)


Monday Flickr Favorites


Nursery Versery by Heather Ross

In shops now is Heather Ross's Nursery Versery fabric collection! I just love her take on nursery rhymes and her fresh and modern color palettes. (I found it at Miss Matatabi).


Working On ... Another Lickety Split Bag!

I'm working on another Lickety Split Bag! What are you working on?