It has been awhile since I tested with Diby Club, but this one was worth the wait! Trust me! Let me show you Helen, beautiful Helen.

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Yea I know, I kinda love it also.

This dress comes in maxi, knee, and mid thigh length. There is a slit up the sides of the longer two lengths. I took several inches off the length of this one, but left the slit at the same height.

This was the first time I have sewn a garment with dolmen sleeves, but it made this one a fairly easy construction. I did find the sleeves a little snug in the blue dress so you may want to do a bit of measuring if you have larger arms. It is a personal adjustment. I nearly always need to make it. I adjusted that in the next one. 🙂 DIBY Helen 30-28 12

This is the full front bodice option. I love how quickly this came together. Well written directions make the casing come together quickly and you can choose buttonholes or grommets.

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This beautiful fabric is an ITY from Iamsewblessed. It is gorgeous. It feels amazing! I need more of it! Now Helen 2.0.

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OK Helen 2.0 is kinda amazing as well. I shortened the mid-thigh an extra 3 inches so I could wear it as a top instead of a dress. I honestly have no place to wear a short dress. 😉

Did I mention the pockets in this dress? They are large! Roomy enough to tuck in my phone, my keys, and my hands. 🙂 All dresses need pockets. Why don’t all dresses have pockets?

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So let’s talk fabric. This amazing Zebra with gold foil ITY came from Sly Fox Fabric. It is a new release from Sly Fox Fabrics. You can check it out here. You need it! Trust me! I have a little bit left and NEED to use it ASAP! You also need this pattern. You can pick it up using the links below.

OK So now that I talked you into Helen, you can get it here.


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Author: SequoiaLynnSews

I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out. I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way. People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :) Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn

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