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DIBY – Bravado Flare Add-on

I’m back with another DIBY pattern! This time I will try to refrain from gushing too much (see my DIBY Helen post for thoughts on the designers behind DIBY). But I am SOOOOOO excited to be talking about these jeans today.

The original Bravado pattern came out a few months ago and I desperately wanted to buy it, along with the other three jean patterns they released. They looked AMAZING!!! But, they also didn’t have any pictures of people my size on the website. Since this project is a bit more time intensive than most, my feed also wasn’t suddenly flooded with everyone making them. So, I hesitated just a bit too long and missed the sale. Boy, do I regret that!! These f***ers are AMAZING!!!!!!!

 

I spent a good bit of time altering the pattern to fit and making a muslin. Actually, that part was more time consuming than these amazing pants I ended up with. I HIGHLY recommend you read through the full instructions at least once before you even print the pattern. I mean actually sitting down, with as few distractions as your life can have, and full on focusing on the instructions. I read every single fit tip, possible issue, and alteration suggestion before I even glued my pattern together. This pattern also taught me that I’ve been adding length to my bottoms wrong! I’ve been splitting it evenly, but it turns out, I’m all thigh (insert thunder thigh joke here…) and have very little extra height below the knee. Anyone want to feel weird about their shape, but also end up with jeans that fit for realsies? Make these!

Ok, ramble over. I graded between sizes for EVERY spot. High hip, hip, thigh, knee, and calf. It can be a lot of grading. It. Is. Worth. It. I promise. Then I adjusted for height. See above for the weird feelings that brought on. But, I cut out a quick muslin out of liverpool and the fit was perfect!!!!!! I was so pumped to cut into my denim. Plus, this step eliminated all nervousness about wasting the good stuff. I should mention here, the good stuff was bought directly from DIBY and it is freaking gorgeous! This is the most fantastic quality stretch denim I have encountered!! Wow.

Now, getting back to it, I must admit, this project did take a bit longer to sew than many of my current projects (even longer than swimsuits!!), but it isn’t due to difficulty! There is just a lot of topstitching, and ironing, and switching colors (or machines, if you have multiple). All in, from cut to finish, I probably spent a good 8 hours on these suckers.

Now, you do need the original Bravado pattern AND the Flare Add-on to achieve this amazing flare. But, the Bravado has a bootleg and flood option, and the Flare Add-on has this flare and a slim flare option, so it is amazing variety!! Now, if you are so sold on these jeans that you want all the options, check out the Bespoke Jean Bundle. This one has the Bravado, the Dauphine Skinny Jeans, the Walker Shorts, AND the Augusta Motos!! It is a fantastic deal!! Plus, there is a freebie for some fun stitching options for your pockets!! I used one of them and had trouble deciding with all the cute choices. 🙂

I so hope you’ll share your DIBY jeans, regardless of the type you sew, with me! I’d love to see them!

stephanie xx

***This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my fabric habit if you purchase using my links. This doesn’t cost you anything at all! So, win/win? Thank you!***

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DIBY Helen

20180526_132003I have recently had the great pleasure of joining the DIBY team of testers.  And I need to share a confession.  When I first learned DIBY existed, I thought it stood for Do It Beautifully Yourself.  Everything I saw from them was so gorgeous!! Assumptions were made.  Oopsies.

Obviously, I’ve become much more familiar with them and I have to say, the design team at DIBY appears to strive to give their customers the best possible fit on every pattern they release.  I love that!!!  I typically only test more than once with designers that seem to actually care about a pattern working for every body and size that they draft for.  If they’ll let me, you’ll be hearing a LOT about DIBY in the future.

20180526_131731The Helen.  This dress makes me feel just lovely!  I could not be happier with the fit or the time investment to get there.  I’m a little taller than most patterns are drafted for (5’8″), so I added height where appropriate and just love how it nips in at the waist and blouses over just a touch!

I also love this single brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics!  It drapes just perfectly AND is cool and comfortable for these humid summer days! (This is Vivid in Teal, which they are out of.  But!!  They do still have Vivid in Olive and it is just as gorgeous!!!)
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I also ADORE that this doesn’t have elastic in the waist casing.  I can distribute the gathers to my heart’s content.  Sometimes, I like them evenly gathered.  Other times, I focus the gathers more at center back.  It also means I get exactly the tight fit I’m looking for!  Sometimes elastic is just a smidge loose and I look frumpy.  Or I overindulge at dinner and it feels a little restricting.
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There are some super cute options available with this pattern.  It also includes some amazing customization for fit!  If you are scared of a FBA on knit patterns, this is a great starting point!!  The detailed instructions are so, so clear!!!  I truly think anyone can tackle them!

So, pick up your pattern DIBY Helen and share with me just how beautiful you look in this dress.  (This is an affiliate link.  If you click it, then purchase the pattern, the designer thanks me for sending you there with a small commission.  It costs you nothing extra!)

Stephanie xx

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HALLA – Elise

DSC_0075 (2)So, I am so late with this post and promotion for Halla, which is not the kind of first impression I like to make and this was my very first test with these wonderful ladies!!  But, I am just recovering from surgery.  I had to have my stupid tonsils taken out and man, has it been a terrible week.  Did you know that the best way to recover from this procedure is to drink a ton of water?  Did you also know that every breath and swallow is like being stabbed repeatedly in the throat?  Yeah, great mix.  Then I turned up allergic to the liquid form of the pain meds they prescribed.  Fun times.

But, that’s not what we’re here to talk about!!  Testing for Halla was ridiculously fun!!  The group is funny, sarcastic, full of food and puppy lovers and, well, real.  It was definitely a new approach to testing for me, but I found it exciting and fun.

On to the juicy stuff.  This pattern is gorgeous!!  If you are looking for fun, easy to wear and something I haven’t seen in another pattern, stop right now and look here!!

DSC_0056 (2)The Elise is easy to wear, comfy and beautiful.  Look at those tabs!!  LOOK!!  I love how such a simple addition took this top from a cute faux wrap, to vavavoom!!!  The pattern comes with tons of options too!!  I have to make the non-gathered skirt, since that will be much more me!

Also, did you notice??  There are pockets!!!!!  A shirt that can pull off pockets, you say?! Hell yes!!  They are well hidden in my gorgeous So Sew English floral french terry, but there are slat pockets on my shirt!!

DSC_0012 (2)The pattern also includes no tabs, dress length, a waistband, the ungathered skirt I mentioned above, a banded sleeve, a puffy sleeve and in-seam pocket options!

What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!!  You can even use the code ELISE to save 20% off all PDF orders until March 30th!

Grab your pattern here – Elise Top (affiliate link – a small portion of your purchase will be shared with me directly from the designer if you use this link)

And check out So Sew English Fabrics here – So Sew English

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SUAT Ursula

I’m so excited to be writing about my first pattern test since starting this blog. I have been extremely lucky to test for quite a few different designers. Some of them I stay with for the long haul (as long as they’ll have me), some I’ve done one and walked away for one reason or another.

Stitch Upon a Time is a great pattern company with some really fantastic patterns. I’m not going to lie, prior to this test, I had only tried the underpants. I freaking love the underpants. So to have an opportunity to try out SUAT’s take on leggings was super fun!

Leggings are not new to me at all. And there are so many patterns out there. So, why this one? Well, let me say, Jennifer really cares about getting just the right fit so everyone looks and feels amazing in her patterns! (Let’s say, I hope she let’s me test for her again!) Plus, the time it saves to start with a pattern, rather than hacking a cool feature is tremendous!

The Ursula’s were quick, easy to sew and so pretty! I just love the diamond cutout option!!! Plus, the skirted option is a petal skirt!! So. Much. Fun!!

I kept it simple for my final version with capris in this ridiculous neon athletic fabric from Fabric Mart, which I toned down with some grey topstitching and a contrasting waistband.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about working with the SUAT team, was that I got to choose the details of my final!! Sometimes it is quite nice to be assigned options, but sometimes, I get assigned things I’m not the most comfortable with. This pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is half the point of testing. But, since they let me choose my own stuff, I feel like my comfort and happiness really show in the final photos!

My final was actually my third pair from this test!! And I love all three! I started with the diamond cutouts in this really fun coral print that I picked up from Hancock Fabrics before they closed. (Anyone else still sad about that?)

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I clearly love bright colors. They make me happy. And, to be honest, any little happy that is also associated with the gym is a win. When I saw the petal skirt for the first time, I knew I had to go full on ridiculous and once again, add a Wonder Woman inspired piece to my wardrobe! Thankfully, my friends and family have accepted that I’m…awesome…and fully support my shenanigans. Both of these fabrics are also delightful scores from Fabric Mart!

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Now I have a great motivation to remember to hit the gym this week! Can’t wait!!

 

<3 Stephanie

On an aside, the tops I chose to wear with each are the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Agility Tank, a RTW tank from Old Navy that is still hanging out in my wardrobe, and a Patterns for Pirates Essential Tank with a zip-up also from ON. (I clearly need to sew some more workout tops!) They are all really comfy and great for working out or lounging. If you’re interested in any of the patterns or to check out the Fabric Mart, here are some links. Two of these are affiliate links. If you click and end up buying something, the designer sends me a little thank you.

Ursula Leggings

Agility Tank

Essential Tank

Fabric Mart