Hello, all of you wonderful Tie Dye Diva fans! My name is Lisa and I’m thrilled to be joining the Tie Dye Diva team. I feel super lucky to be able to work closely with Jen, and I can’t wait to share what is in store in 2018 for the TDD family!!
A little about me – I am a 40-ish stay at homeschooling mama of 2 spectacular and crazy kids. I have been married for 19 years to my husband John, and we currently live in Northern California. I started sewing about 18 years ago mainly sewing pillows and home decorating stuff. Nine years ago I found out I was having a little girl and ever since then I have been creating girly clothing. I discovered the sewing community on Facebook and from there lots of wonderful things began to happen!! I got involved in testing, started selling my creations, and joined Pattern Revolution. Plus I’ve met some amazing people and I have made the best friendships.
Besides sewing, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, surfing Pinterest and Instagram, having spa treatments with my little girl (we take turns giving each other manicures and pedicures), and of course shopping for FABRIC! We are just a tiny Disney obsessed and take a trip to Disneyland a few times a year. We live in Sacramento and the trip is about 6 hours for us.
We hope this list has left you feeling inspired for a brand new year! We’ve got easy-pinning so you can pin items from this top 10 list to your Pinterest board, and feel free to follow Tie Dye Diva on Pinterest to always know when we’ve got something new! See you in 2018.
Thank you for a wonderful 2017 at Tie Dye Diva Patterns!
We welcomed in just a few new patterns, but oh, how we love them! We introduced Wellie-Wisher doll sized patterns and now have 3 to choose from. We launched our new website (same address, better website!) in April, so now all downloadable patterns you buy are available in your account whenever you log in. We reached over 11,000 members in our Facebook Group, and increased the reach of our blog, instagram, and pinterest accounts. We had not one but TWO fun sew alongs. We’ll count down our top 10 most popular blog posts separately!
Without further ado, here are Tie Dye Diva’s most popular top 10 PDF sewing patterns of 2017.
I love when I am able to give customers the patterns they have asked for! TDD fans asked for a cover-up for sleeveless dresses, and being unable to decide on just one style to make for you, I made three different looks, all in one pattern. East Coast Cardi, Bolero and Shrug Pattern is a quick-sew pattern for knit fabrics that includes three versatile views – snap- (or button-) front cropped cardi, bolero with or without a front tie, and a shrug with built-in ties.
The cover image features the snap-front cardi view with ruched sleeves, made by testing team member Genevieve O. Do you recognize New York Minute Dress pattern peeking out beneath?
All views have long sleeves with subtle gathers at the shoulder and a hi-low hem that lets her outfit shine in front, and gives coverage in back.
The bolero view can be made with or without the front tie.
The shrug view features built-on ties that knot in front for a casual look that looks as great with dresses or jeans as it does at dance class.
East Coast Cardi, Bolero and Shrug Pattern includes nine sizes: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7/8 and 9/10.
Recommended sewing experience with knit fabric: Advanced Beginner or higher.
Our New York Minute Dress Pattern Sew Along has come to an end already – it really did fly by in a New York minute! We enjoyed seeing your sew-along makes, giving you tips on fabric choices and pocket options, and showing you some fun modifications to the pattern including the scrunch neck and hi-low hem. Remember, those instructions are here on the blog whenever you might want to give them a try! If you didn’t get a chance to pick up your pattern, you can still grab it at the discounted sew-along price through today!
As is our tradition, we now bring you a parade of participants’ lovely creations!
Two-way sequins are my favorite! So fun and super blingy on Sue’s beautiful wintery NYM! TDD <3’s you too, Sue!
Amy made a cozy NYM with Minnie fabric and the perfect accents of black ribbing.
Carol’s cutie is ready to play in this NYM with a fun print and stripey accents.
Marie, we love that you went with the dark pink after polling group members, it looks great!
Shana’s girl is adorable in this classic look! I want one just like this for myself!
Amanda’s first time sewing fleece had a super cute result (though hard to go wrong when your model has this much personality)!
Judie made two fabulous New York Minute dresses. The second one’s modified with a pop of pink zipper to accommodate fabric without much stretch. Bravo for ‘make it work’ moments!
Elaine’s dress has pandas and a pocket! We also love her make-it-work brilliance after accidentally cutting sleeves the wrong size – a little ribbing and a cute cropped length!
Sonya made these two great New York Minute dresses featuring sew-along’s hi-low hem and a sew-along inspired cowl neck!
Crystal also did a take on the sew-along scrunch neck, making a cozy folded turtleneck for her sweetie!
So much cuteness in this hedgehog-printed french terry NYM by Cathy!
We love this absolutely STUNNING embroidery on Inma’s Christmas-themed NYM!
Laura famously made this first NYM in 45 minutes on her girl’s birthday morning! Then she made two more, one more in cotton/lycra and one in minky-backed fleece with a hi-low hem.
Can you believe Linda made these mostly with scraps and leftovers? No kitten!
One last thank you to our fabulous sponsors, and congratulations to the randomly-chosen winners: Sue who won a $50 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics, Shana who won a $50 gift certificate to Cali Fabrics, and Laura who won a $50 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats!
Today is the last day of our sew along, and it’s been so much fun! Many of you have almost completed your dresses or tops, but if you’re just joining us, you still have time. You have until Sunday to enter your completed New York Minute dress or top into our Tie Dye Diva Patterns Facebook group entry thread. Also, you can find our previous New York Minute Sew Along posts here:
If you’ve chosen to finish your hem using the hi low hemline, we’re going to walk you through that one today. Those of you that have selected the hi low hem with the ribbing, simply attach your ribbing as shown in step 6b on page 12 of the pattern’s instructions, and you’re done! If you’re finishing your dress with the hemmed bottom, we’re going to make some hem facings to finish everything up and make our dresses look pretty.
Making Your Hi Low Hem Facing
Since we can see the inside of our hem finish from the front, we want to make a hem facing long enough to keep our dress looking neat and finished. First, you’ll want to grab your front hi low hem altered dress pattern piece, and trace a new line 2″ above the bottom hemline, shown in pink below. Cut on this new line, and this will be your front hem facing pattern piece. Repeat the same process to the back hi low dress pattern. Alternatively you can simply trace the bottom of your front and back dress patterns, and create a 2″ hem facing as well.
Once you have your front and back hem facing pattern pieces ready, you will cut 1 front and 1 back hem facing pieces on the fold of your fabric. Remember to mark your front center with 1 notch and your back center with 2 notches at the bottom to tell them apart.
Sewing Your Hem Facing
Place front and back hem facings right sides together matching side seams and sew using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
With your dress right side out, slide your hem facing up over the bottom of your hi low dress matching raw edges, side seams, and center front and back notches. Sew at the bottom edge using a 1/2″ seam allowance and trim this seam to 1/4″ if you didn’t serge it.
Pull your hem facing down and press using lots of steam (don’t forget the pressing cloth). Turn hem facing under towards wrong side of dress and press again. Top stitch close to your hem facing’s raw edge, give it one last press, and you’re done!
It looks great from the front, and although we used the same fabric for our facing as our dress, you can always use a contrasting fabric for a fun look!
I absolutely love the look of this hemline. It’s so fun and easy too! We used our sew along sponsor Raspberry Creek Fabrics’ Club French terry for the main fabric, and lined the hood and made our kangaroo pocket with polar fleece. Never too soon to sew for the holidays!
Have fun finishing your New York Minutes, and be sure to enter the giveaway to win one of THREE $50 gift certificates for fabric! To enter the giveaway, finish your NYM, snap your best photo, and post it to the Giveaway thread in Tie Dye Diva’s Facebook group which will be posted later today (Thursday). Giveaway details: Winners will be chosen randomly from eligible posts to the giveaway thread, entries will be accepted through Sunday Nov. 12 and three winners chosen on Monday Nov. 13. Open worldwide. Photos posted to the giveaway thread will be reposted here on the Tie Dye Diva blog. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
We have to give a big shout out to our sew along sponsors, Cali Fabrics, Imagine Gnats, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics! Each of them have generously donated $50 gift certificates to their shops, and they all have drool-worthy fabric. If you haven’t taken a look at their shops, you should. Make a wish list in case you win one of the gift certificates!
Good luck, and thank you to everyone that participated!
You’ve made it to the halfway point you New York Minute sew-alongers! Today we’re moving onto steps 4 and 5 of the New York Minute Dress pattern, finishing the neckline and sleeves. If you’re just joining us, you can find our previous posts here:
Today’s modification is probably one of our favorites simply because of the cozy factor, and you can play around with some cute fabric for the lining! This scrunch neck will keep kids’ necks super warm and comfortable, and the bonus is that this hack is incredibly simple and fast to make. We do recommend making a practice neck piece first to ensure it fits properly over your child’s head and is the desired length.
This scrunch neck is made with fabric from one of our lovely sponsors. The striped fabric is Raspberry Creek Fabric’s Club French Terry and lined with polar fleece. This French terry has plenty of 4-way stretch and excellent recovery, and the polar fleece lining gives it a bit of structure and that added warmth that’s perfect for colder weather.
This scrunch neck is made with micro fleece from Joann’s, and Cali Fabrics’ hot pink polar fleece. It has a beautiful scrunch even with both layers being fleece. Talk about warm and cozy!
Creating Our Scrunch Neck
First, place your front and back dress pattern pieces together, lining up center fold lines. You will want to measure the neckline from shoulder point to shoulder point, shown below in pink.
Take this measurement and double it, then add 1″ ([length of neckline x 2] + 1″ seam allowance = your neck width). This will be the width of your neck piece. The length is really up to you, as you can make it short and simple, or you can make it long and scrunchy. We chose a scrunchy neck with cozy folds, so our final main neck piece measures 5″ long X 16.5″ wide for a size 4 dress.
If you are making this in the smaller sizes, keep in mind you don’t want the scrunchy neck to cover their faces, so keep it shorter. You will be able to try it on them before attaching it to your dress, so you can always make changes if you need to, especially if it only needs to be shortened.
Alright, so from your fabric, you will cut a neck main and neck lining piece.
Take your main piece and fold it right sides together, matching short raw edges. Sew this seam using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with your lining piece.
Turn your lining piece right side out, and slide it into your neck main piece so right sides are facing, and match up the top neckline and back seam.
Sew this seam using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Pull open, and with wrong side facing you, press your neckline seam well, using a pressing cloth so you don’t melt your fleece.
Turn your neck piece right side out and press using your pressing cloth.
Now is the time to try it on your child to make sure you like the fit. It might be just a bit snug pulling over their heads because it is something of a “turtle neck”, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Also keep in mind the length, especially for the smaller sizes. If it seems too long, simply shorten the bottom raw edges of the neck main and lining pieces until you get your desired length.
Sewing Our Scrunch Neck
Yesterday we completed through step 3 of the New York Minute pattern, sewing the shoulder seams. Now we’re moving on to step 4, finishing the neck. We’re doing it a bit differently if you’re adding the scrunch neck though. First, turn your dress wrong side out and your scrunch neck piece right side out.
Slide your neck piece inside the dress so right sides and raw edges are together, matching the center back of your dress with the neck seam. Also match your center front seam, and divide the other points in half too, so everything matches up. You shouldn’t have to stretch the neck piece at all while sewing in place as everything should match up evenly.
Sew this seam using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Turn right side out and marvel at the coziness!
Our final version includes inset pockets and a ribbing hemline. The microfleece offers more drape as it’s a lighter weight fleece, yet it’s plenty warm on colder days.
If you find the scrunch neck to be too tight using the above method, you may have to widen the neckline on your pattern piece and make your neck piece wider. You can do this by lowering the front dress neckline up to an 1″, and lower the back a 1/4″, then blend to the shoulder seams (don’t remove anything from the shoulder width). Always make a practice version before you cut into your special fabric when making changes like this to a pattern. Once you have widened the neckline, go back to the beginning of this tutorial to derive the measurements for your new neck piece.
Now finish through to step 5 on page 12 of the pattern to add your sleeves. Tomorrow we’re finishing up our dresses with the hemline we’ve selected. If you’ve decided to add the hi-low hem modification, we’ll be showing you how to do that. For now you’re done, but don’t forget to share as we love to see what you’ve been working on, although it’s not required! Go ahead and hop on over to Tie Dye Diva Patterns Facebook group and share your progress, or just visit to see what everyone else is creating and show your support!
Don’t forget we have some amazing prizes from our wonderful New York Minute Sew Along sponsors! Cali Fabrics, Imagine Gnats, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics have each generously contributed $50 store credits for our sew along winners, so go ahead and take a peek at their shops to dream and drool over their beautiful fabrics and notions! We are so thankful to have them on board with us!
Welcome to Day 2 of our New York Minute sew along! Today it’s all about the pockets, and there are plenty for you to choose from. We’ll be completing steps 1 through 3 of the New York Minute Dress pattern, so if you’re thinking about adding one of our sew along pockets, then today’s post is for you. There’s plenty of time to catch up, so if you’re just joining us, you can find our previous posts here:
The New York Minute Dress comes with two pocket variations, set in pockets and a kangaroo pocket, but this dress provides the perfect canvas for a variety of other pockets too. Did you know that there are already several free pocket patterns on the blog? You can find them by hovering your mouse over the Tutorials selection at the top to drop down a menu that includes “Pocket Tutorials“.
When you click on that, you will see a variety of free pocket patterns and instructions for sewing them up.
If you recognize the cat pocket, we’ve used it in the past on this New York Minute peplum hack. Isn’t it just so sweet?! We used a heart stud for the nose which made it quick and super adorable. Of course you can also make the peplum version during the sew along which takes advantage of the top tutorial that comes with the pattern.
Sewing the Pockets
Really the only thing you need to know about using the various other pockets is placement. Ultimately it’s up to you and where your child wants them, but we’ll show you where we like to place them. We selected the heart pocket for today’s striped dress mostly because my girl loves pandas, and the heart pocket is a perfect way to highlight this cute little panda.
You will need your front dress pattern piece for this one. First, lay flat your front fabric piece, then place your front pattern piece over your fabric, lining it up again. Taking a ruler, measure the length of the inset pocket opening, and note the center point, highlighted in pink below. You will place the top of your finished pocket at this height.
Now to figure out how far over to place it, find the widest point of your pocket, and place this edge 5/8″ from the side seam, shown in yellow below.
Stitch your pocket in place following that pocket’s tutorial instructions.
That’s it! Now go ahead and continue on through step 3 of the pattern, sewing your front and back dress pieces together at the shoulders. We’ll return tomorrow with one of our favorite dress hacks, the scrunch neck.
We’d love to see which pockets you’ve selected, so hop on over the Tie Dye Diva Facebook group and show us! If you share on Instagram, use the hashtag #nymsewalong, and make sure to tag us too @tiedyediva so we can show our love. See you back here tomorrow!
It’s finally here! The New York Minute Sew Along! Can you believe it’s almost been a year since the pattern was released? We don’t know about you, but we’ve been anticipating this sew along for months, and we’re so happy to have you joining us. Our next few days together (because this sew along is as quick as its namesake!) will be filled with lots of fun inspiration, tips, pattern hacks, and of course at the end lots of lovely New York Minute (NYM) creations!
If you don’t have the New York Minute Dress pattern already, you will need to pick up a copy to participate. It’s on sale through the end of the sew along. This pattern is available in sizes 12 months to 9/10 years and comes with a variety of options: 3 necklines, 2 sleeve lengths, 2 pocket variations, and 2 ways to finish the hem. It even provides a tutorial to make it into a top! The NYM pattern is also beginner friendly, and it’s the first Tie Dye Diva pattern to include layers, so you can simply print the size you need.
We love throwing in sew along options too, so there’s something new for those who have already made loads of these dresses! You will have a variety of pockets to choose from, a cozy scrunch neck hack, and a fashionable hi low hem.
Before we get into our activities for today though, let’s go over what you can expect over the next few days.
Our Sew-Along Timeline
Monday – Today we’ll go over how to select the right size and get the correct fit. We’ll print our pattern, make our necessary changes to the pattern depending on size and sew-along options, finalize our fabric selections, and cut our fabric.
Tuesday – (Pattern steps 1-3) We will go over pocket variations, prepare our sleeves, and sew the front and back together. Did I mention LOTS of pocket choices?!
Wednesday – (Pattern steps 4-5) We will be showing you how to create and add the scrunch neck if that’s one of the sew along options you’ve selected, and assemble the dress (or top).
Thursday – (Pattern step 6) Our last day together! We are going over the hi low hem finish for those who have selected this sew along hack. Everyone else will be finishing their hems according to the pattern.
Let’s not forget about those prizes! You will have through Sunday, November 12th to enter your NYM dress/top in a sew along thread that will be posted in the Tie Dye Diva Patterns Facebook group. Keep an eye out for this beginning Thursday in order to be eligible for prizes, and if you haven’t joined the group yet, now is the perfect time! You can sew and enter more than one NYM dress/top, but you can only win once.
Now let’s get to work on our New York Minutes!
Selecting a Size and Printing Your Pattern
To achieve the right fit, you will need to choose a size based on your child’s chest measurement, not age, then make the length changes necessary following the pattern’s instructions on page 15. If your child’s chest size is in between sizes, it’s recommended that you size down. Also, the dress is designed to hit at the knee, and the finished length chart for each size can be located on page 2 of the pattern to help you. If you have chosen to make your NYM using cotton/spandex or double brushed poly, refer back to our sew along kick-off post, Choosing Fabrics about whether or not you want to size down.
For example, if your child’s chest is size 4, but her height puts her in a size 5, use the size 5 finished length measurement to figure out how to lengthen your size 4 dress pattern. Subtract 22.5″ (finished length of size 4) from 24″ (finished length of size 5) to get a difference of 1.5″, and that is how much you will lengthen your dress pattern using the guidelines on page 15.
Remember you can use layers to print your NYM pattern in only the size(s) that you need. Page 3 of the pattern covers printing and assembling, and includes a pattern layout for your convenience. Once you have your pattern printed and assembled, you’re ready to make your modifications.
Sew Along Pattern Hacks
Hmmm…so many choices! Our sew along also includes three hacks: pocket variations, scrunch neck, and a hi low hem. Each day we’ll cover a different hack, so your pattern modifications today will be very easy. Really there’s just one you’ll need to make before cutting out your fabric, and that’s the hi low hem. The remaining hacks are simply cut the day of the blog post, and an extra 1/3 – 1/2 yard of fabric should cover the fabric requirements.
Hi Low Pattern Modifications
If you have chosen to add the hi low hem to your sew along dress, you will need to make some modifications to your dress pattern. We’ve chosen a modest hi low hemline, but of course yours can be as dramatic as you like. This same pattern modification will work for both hem finishes that are included with the pattern, you simply need to make these changes to the cutting line you’ve chosen.
First grab your Dress Front pattern piece. We’re going to do some super simple and painless math! To calculate how high to raise/shorten your center front seam, measure the length of your center front pattern piece (in pink below). You will take your measurement and plug it into this equation:
Using my girl as an example, I decided to make the hemmed version for her hi low dress, so I measured my Dress Front all the way down to the “a-line hem cut” line. My center front measurement is 22″ long, so my equation will look like this: 22″x.089=1.958″, or rounding up to 2″ to make it easy. This is how much I will shorten the front (shown in pink below).
Draw a line from this raised point to the side seam’s seam allowance (it’s a 3/8″ seam allowance), drawing an ever so slight curve, since we’re going for a modest hi-low look. Now cut 1 on the fold using your new hem line.
Since we’re lengthening the back pattern piece, either do this modification before you cut your back pattern piece out, or place another piece of paper under the bottom of your pattern to make it longer. Now to lengthen the back, draw a line down the same length you used to shorten the front and draw a slightly curved line up to the side seam’s seam allowance point.
Cut 1 back piece on the fold using your new hi low dress pattern.
We will create our pattern pieces for finishing the hi low hem on Day 4 of our sew along.
Cut the Fabric
You can use page 5 of the pattern for the cut list and ribbing measurements if you’re using those options. Please note the following for the sew along hacks:
If you’re going to select one of the sew along pocket variations, simply cut your front dress piece without making any changes to it for pockets, just cut on the side seam line.
If you’re adding the scrunch neck, omit the hood, neck facing, and neck ribbing pieces.
If you’re hemming your NYM using the hi low option, you will do one of the following: cut the ribbing for your hi low hem if you’ve chosen the ribbing version, or wait for Day 4 to cut your hem facings for the hemmed version.
Tomorrow we’ll begin sewing, and although it’s not required, go ahead and share your fabric and pattern options in the Tie Dye Diva Patterns Facebook group for inspiration, or just because we love seeing what you all are planning to make 😉 See you back here tomorrow!