Clementine is full of vintage charm. You can make it in dress length, or tunic length.
Here’s some other things you might notice from those two pretty pics up there: you can make it with cropped hemmed sleeves or with pretty ruffle sleeves. You can have it button in the front or back. You can make it with a curved sweetheart neckline or a rounded neckline. And with a double hem detail or a standard hem.
You can also gather the sleeves with elastic. (And there’s that pretty hem detail again!)
Or go with short sleeves, with elastic or without.
See how different it looks every time? And you can make it in a variety of fabrics including rayon/viscose. Classy!
And, you can add pockets. (POCKETS YOU GUYS!)
Clementine’s packed with options that I hope will keep you sewing it all year ’round. And it’s on an introductory discount through Friday 2/16 only so snap up your copy of the Clementine Dress and Top Pattern at a great price!
She’s a darling, indeed! (The dress pattern, not the cat. The cat’s actually a little ornery.)
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!