Jalie Diane

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Jalie was one of the first companies I bought a pattern from a few years ago when I was just discovering pdf patterns! So they have a special place in my heart. It doesn’t hurt that they are incredibly well done, professional, and the size range in most of their patterns ranges from little kid to plus size adult! You get a massive bang for your buck! I had the opportunity to sew a couple of their new patterns.

Jalie has one big release a year, and they are releasing 14 new patterns right now! They are known for their dance and active wear, but have plenty of offerings for everyday wear for the whole family.

The first one I’m going to share is a swim suit pattern, Diane. This is a one piece tank suit that comes in sizes 2 (girls) – 22 (womens)! There is an optional mesh waist tie, but I didn’t add it, since I’m sure my girly will be too rough and tumble for it to stay tied 🙂

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This is a blend of sizes, to fit her measurements. The pattern includes all the measurements you need to get an amazing fit! The directions are clear and simple, but they’re compact enough to print out, only 2 pages! And you can have them right beside you while you sew.

I used this AMAZING swim fabric from Pretty Posh Prints (affiliate link). The colors are so vibrant, and the fabric is thick and sturdy. I am so in love with it! The fabric name was Sydney, and that’s my daughter’s name, so it was meant to be for this suit 🙂 The black and white polka dot fabric in the back is from Needle Nook fabrics.

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I don’t think you can go wrong with Jalie. I’d encourage you to check them out if you’re new to them. All the new releases only add to their wide range of patterns already available. I prefer to buy in sets of three, since you can get a discount on your cart!  Check out the promotions link at the bottom of the home page. And prices are in CAD, so you can change that for the most accurate listings.

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Thank you for reading, my next post for Jalie will be later this month!

Tess Tulip Shorts

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I’m happy to be able to show off the new Tulip shorts from Bella Sunshine Designs! Their patterns are top notch, and I am not just saying that. Whenever I have a woven pattern from them, and I grade it between sizes to match my girls measurements, the pieces always, amazingly match up exactly when I’m sewing. Even with the possibility of my grading error, cutting the pattern out error, or fabric cutting error, it always matches up exactly, which is a beautiful thing, especially for wovens.

I know this will be a hit, because this style of short is so trendy right now! This pattern comes in sizes 6mo-12, and has short, or a longer inseam. This is the shorter version. There are optional inseam pockets as well. She also just released the Tess Tulip shorts for women, so you can twin with your mini me!!

These are on sale for release. And they sew up quickly. You can get crazy with your trims and piping, for some super fun shorts. But you will not want to miss the sale price, so you can get to sewing!!

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Tess Tulip Shorts (girls)

Tess Tulip Shorts (women)

Fabric sources:

Orange floral quilter’s cotton: Hancock

Imari

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Sansahash Patterns has released their third pattern, and it is the Imari woven shorts! These are a great faux fly, elastic back shorts pattern for woven, or stretch woven. There are separate pattern pieces included to make a bubble version as well! I LOVE the bubble style, but my girls aren’t as crazy about it, so I made these perfect flat shorts, which I love too, for them 🙂 They have two small pleats on either side of the front, which is a fun detail, and adds a little ease for wearing.

They are pretty quick to sew. The faux fly is SO simple. No need to be worried about that part, and I love having  fun with the prints on these shorts, perfect to go with all the basic tops I have for my girls (they’re so cheap to pick up at War-Mart or Target, and I can’t resist all the fun colors, plus I don’t love graphics on my kids shirts).

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They are a great deal, and come in a size range from 6mo-12, so they will last you a long time!

I made 2 versions in testing, the black pair is the first version, and the yellow ones are the final version of the pattern. I used some 100% cotton from Joann for the black ones, and a sheet set I picked up at Goodwill for the yellow pair.

Get them quick, before the sale is over!

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Imari

Dylan+Vivienne

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This is the new Family bundle of patterns from Made for Mermaids. It includes their first men’s pattern! The Dylan Tee and Men’s Dylan Tee is a tee, with color blocking on the sides. It includes short or long sleeves. The Vivienne and Mama Vivienne include top, tunic, mini, and dress lengths, and is a sleeveless bodice, with color blocking on the sides, and a gathered front and back skirt.

They are all quick sews. The Vivienne patterns are finished around the neck and arms with binding, and the neckline of the tee is finished with bands. There are optional side pockets on the Vivienne patterns that I did not add to any of mine, and I don’t know why, but I have the pattern cut out for one of my daughters, and I plan on adding that cute pocket to hers!

These photos are all the versions I made during testing. and I have another Mama Vivienne almost finished, and my daughter’s cut out that I will share soon!

And the big news is, that the patterns are available in a bundle of all 4 patterns, and it’s only $18!!!!! That is the biggest bundle discount they have ever done, 50% off, and the bundle option will only be available during the release sale, which means you need to get it before June 2nd! I think this is such a fun set, and my husband and brothers love when I sew for them, so I will be making lots of Dylan Tees for them!

Family Bundle (best deal!!)

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Mama Vivienne

Dylan

Men’s Dylan

Fabric sources:

All the fabric was from my stash, so I might not be able to list all of it! I remember the prints, but I think the grey solids were from the flat fold table at Hancock (still sad they closed 😦 ) And I am not sure on the content. They are very drapey, probably a rayon blend.

White floral: rayon spandex from Girl Charlee

Grey/white/blue long sleeve Dylan tee: completely up cycled from my husband’s old clothes.

Grey/navy stripes: cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Vintage airplane side panel fabric: rib knit from a destash page

blue/grey 100% cotton jersey on the men’s Dylan tee: Needle Nook Fabrics

Sommer

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I have been sewing for summer for my kids lately, and I’m excited to share this maxi dress that I made from Made for Mermaid’s Sommer pattern! This also comes in tunic or dress length, but maxi usually wins when I give my kids a choice.

This is double brushed poly from So Sew English. I actually got it on accident in an order, and was missing a different cut, so I emailed, and offered to send it back, but they told me to keep it and rushed me my missing piece #customerservicegoals And it was fun to have extra fabric, but this is a color I would NEVER buy, or wear, so it went into my tub to sit and think about what it wanted to become. Now that I’ve made it up into this dress, I am so happy for the accident, because it is so beautiful! It’s good to be pushed out of your box every now and then 🙂

This pattern has options for single or double straps, also, you can omit the ruffle, or just do it across the front of the bodice. The skirt can also be made from knit or woven. You will love this pattern for summer!

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There are also Baby and Mama versions of the Sommer pattern, so if you want to match your babies, pick those up also! There are coupons that will work through Sunday, I’m not sure if the bundle discounts will work after that. The patterns are also on sale already with no codes needed.

Use buy2sommer for $3 off any two Sommer patterns, and buy3sommer for a $5 discount on all three patterns.

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Sommer

Mama Sommer

Baby Sommer

Fabric sources:

Double brushed poly: So Sew English

Lilah

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This is the new Lilah top and dress pattern from Sansahash! The creators of the Kamaria dress and sunsuit I recently shared 🙂

In contrast to the tons of option in the Kamaria pattern, this is more simple. It is a racerback bodice with options for top or dress length. But it is the small details that make it a valuable buy! The fit is excellent. The bodice has separate pieces for knit or woven, and each fits perfectly so you won’t have gaping, or pulling. The shape of the racerback is gorgeous. The skirt is gathered to be full and twirly. I love this, and my girls do too. One of my favorite reasons for a full skirt, is it’s easier to gather. Instead of having to space out a lightly gathered skirt, you just push them all on there, and it’s perfect. Lol!

This is a quick and easy sew. Of course the woven version has a few more steps, but it’s still simple. This pattern also works well with a sweater on top, and tights underneath if you want to use it through multiple seasons!

I made a top and dress version, and also added length the the skirt to make a maxi version! My top and maxi versions were made from fabric from So Sew English, and the blue animal print dress was cotton jersey from LDG Textiles.

Hop over to the Sansahash blog to see the tutorial for making it into a maxi!

You can grab Lilah here!

Here are my 4308567734098 photos, because she was loving the outfits, and cooperating 🙂

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Lilah

Fabric sources:

Grey hearts rayon jersey: So Sew English

Blue vertical stripe DBP: So Sew English

Blue animal print cotton jersey: LDG Textiles

Patricia’s Boho High Low Top+Dress

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This new pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company is practically everything. This is Patricia’s Boho top, and it is such a beautiful, perfect top for summer! This works best with light weight, draped woven fabrics. I used a gauze from my stash. Actually, I have no clue what it really was, I picked up the piece at a church garage sale several years ago for a quarter, and it was finished on all 4 edges, but it was much to big to be a blanket. Anyway, it was perfect for this top, and it will be so easy to wear even when it gets warm because it will breathe!

You can make this sleeveless, or with short sleeves, long sleeves, or bell sleeves. There is an option for top or dress length, and on both of those you can make the high-low hem dramatic or more subtle. This is the top with the dramatic high-low, which I love so much!

There are no closures, the back has a nice scoop, so it goes on easily, and that means it’s also quick to sew!

Patricia’s is on sale for $7.50 right now, no code needed. ❤ Here are the rest of our photos of this version!

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Patricia’s

Fabric sources:

gauze from stash

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